MNR Minister David Orazietti introduces the Invasives Species Act at Queen’s Park.
Groundbreaking legislation a first of its kind in Canada – aims to fill in legislative gaps in combatting invasive species in Ontario.
Ontario is attempting to clear away some of the regulatory red tape and overlap that keeps Ministry of Natural Resources officials from moving quickly to combat invasive species with a new Invasive Species Act introduced late last month.
The bill, which MNR staff began working on in earnest last summer, would give Ontario greater authority over banning particular species and their transportation into and within the (Read more…)
If you are in the northeastern United States, it’s likely that your weekend traffic makes it rain on Saturday and Sunday. In fact, most of us help control the weather in some way. Here’s how you are making the sun shine, or bringing on a thunderstorm….
The National Energy Board’s (NEB) announcement of its approval of Enbridge’s Line 9B pipeline is generating outrage among environmental activists across Ontario and Quebec. The pipeline, already in place for nearly 40 years, has a history of leaks and the repurposing of it to carry dilbit (diluted bitumen) under high pressure is seen as an environmental catastrophe waiting to happen. Mark Mattson, an environmental lawyer and president of Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, is particularly concerned. “There are hundreds of rivers that feed into Lake Ontario. [Line 9] will be carrying dilbit, and this pipeline wasn’t made for that. It was made to carry other substances.” He goes on to add, “Line 9 is just one of many, many emerging threats to the Great Lakes.”
Monday, March 10, 2014
It’s a brutal winter for power rates and oil bills. Wherever I go, people are fretting about what to do. Small ele…
In Western countries, both childhood and adult obesity have long been linked to socioeconomic status – in short – not having enough money (and/or education) can make you fat. This may be the most obvious explanation for an intriguing finding by Jessica Jones-Smith and colleagues published in JAMA, showing that opening or expansion of American […]
Hillary Rodham Clinton was in Calgary last week to give the keynote address at a breakfast meeting of 2500 Calgarians who paid about $500 to hear her speak. Luckily my friend, the Zen Banker, invited me to attend as her guest.
Hillary is like the Chloe Diamond—brilliant, mesmerizing, multifaceted and years in the making. Agree with her or not, it’s critical that Canadians understand how the woman who may become the 45th president of the United States views the world and our little part in it.
Here are the highlights:
Energy is the key: Energy is at (Read more…)
National Geographic recently sat down with McKenzie Funk – author of the new book Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming – to learn about how businesses hope to make money from climate change. “Basically,” says Funk, “the more north you are, the more likely some of the effects are going to be positive.” Read the full interview here.
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by: Obert Madondo
Nearly 400 youth were arrested on March 2 outside the White House during the XL Dissent, a non-violent, student-led action to stop TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline.
The students had marched from Georgetown University, where US President Barack Obama made a significant climate change speech last summer, to the White House.
“Oscar for best performances by a human being go to the youth who got arrested by the hundreds in DC today #XLDissent,” said Bill McKibben, the founder of 350.org, on Twitter. “I think #xldissent may be the biggest single day of civil disobedience in (Read more…)
Data from NASA’s Aqua satellite shows an enormous atmospheric river bringing rain and snow to California in February in this visualization.
Can you do it? Can you be inspired by the strong possibility that we can move to a post-carbon energy infrastructure, like I wrote about yesterday? Can you not reject science like the tarsands-addicted bad employee of ours, Mr. Harper? Can you see that, as a species, we must choose policy that is based on […]
by: Obert Madondo
A new study by Environment Canada confirms what First Nations and environmentalists have been telling us all along: the Alberta tar sands are increasingly becoming a threat to our water sources.
The Toronto Star reports: “New federal research has confirmed that water from vast oilsands tailings ponds is leaching into groundwater and seeping into the Athabasca River. Previous studies using models have estimated the leakage at 6.5 million litres a day from a single pond.
“But the Environment Canada study used new technology to actually fingerprint the mix of groundwater chemicals in the area. It (Read more…)
OTTAWA – The Green Party of Canada joins the BC Green Party in welcoming today’s announcement from Federal Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq that the New Prosperity mine development proposal has been rejected.
This controversial proposal from Taseko Mines Ltd. for for an open-pit gold-copper mine at Fish Lake (Teztan Biny) in the central BC interior follows an almost identical development proposal that was rejected by then-Minister of Environment Jim Prentice in 2010.
“This is an important decision for British Columbians, critical for the integrity of the environmental assessment process and a victory for the Tsilhqot’in and Secwepemc people who have opposed the mining proposals for more than two decades,” said Adam Olsen, Leader of the BC Green Party. “Environmental issues aside, the BC government’s continued support for the New Prosperity mine is an affront to the commitment they have made to build real and lasting relationships with First Nations in British Columbia.”
Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada and Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands also expressed support for the Environment Minister’s decision.
“Canadians need to know that this project received a proper and thorough environmental review, thanks to the fact that even the second review remained under the rules of the original environmental assessment act,” said Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada and Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands. “I shudder to think what would have happened if this disastrous project had been initiated under the gutted shell of environmental assessment we now have in the wake of the 2012 omnibus budget wrecking ball.”
In announcing her decision to reject Taseko Mine’s revised proposal today, Minister Aglukkaq acknowledged that if it were built, the mine would cause “significant adverse environmental effects that could not be mitigated,” a conclusion supported by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) October 2013 Report of the Federal Review Panel: New Prosperity Gold-Copper Mine Project.
The CEAA report, the result of months of public hearings and consultation with Aboriginal groups, scientists and industry experts, concluded that the New Prosperity Project would have significant detrimental effects on “water quality in Fish Lake, on fish and fish habitat, on current use of lands and resources for traditional purposes by certain Aboriginal groups, and on their cultural heritage.”
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HALIFAX – Bruce Hyer, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay–Superior North and Deputy Leader of the Green Party of Canada will be embarking on a rail trip from Halifax to Montreal this Sunday, in order to push for a national transportation strategy and to raise awareness of funding cuts which could mean the end of passenger rail in the Maritimes as early as this summer.
Hyer will begin his Save Maritime Rail tour with a rally at the Halifax Train Station at 10:00 AM on Sunday morning. The tour will include stops in Truro and Amherst, Nova Scotia, as well as Sackville, Moncton, Miramichi, Bathurst, and Campbellton, New Brunswick.
With CN Rail abandoning a 71-km stretch of track between Bathurst and Miramichi, New Brunswick that is shared jointly with VIA Rail, passenger rail service in the Maritimes will likely come to an end this July.
“Since Confederation, our coast-to-coast rail network has served to unite our country and streamline our economy,” said Hyer. “But today, we’re facing the cancellation of passenger rail service in places like the Maritimes, we have too many tragic accidents and freight derailments, especially with dangerous DOT-111 rail cars shipping bitumen, and we have a government that puts oil company profits above the public interest.”
A long-time rail transportation advocate, Hyer has also worked extensively to restore passenger rail service along Lake Superior’s north shore, in his home riding of Thunder Bay–Superior North.
“Right now, we are the only OECD country without a national transportation strategy,” said Elizabeth May, Member of Parliament for Saanich–Gulf Islands and Leader of the Green Party of Canada.“It’s time for this government to show some leadership and work to improve rail infrastructure and safety standards.”
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If the 1% has Russell Brand killed, we will see it in the corporate media as a drug OD relapse, or a freak accident. Why? He is dangerous because he fearlessly tells the truth and challenges pretence. Let’s examine this in some detail here [with video]: His brain works twice as fast as most brilliant […]
At least 2 Weyburn City Councillors were not duped by anti-Wind propaganda that afflicts many municipalities. There’s probably no bylaw against this family running a noisy, polluting diesel generator in their backyard, contributing to poor health of their neighbours. I’d have to reason that the neighbour(s) who complained about this windmill isn’t very bright. The […]
A recent study led by the University of Notre Dame and the U.S. Forest Service confirmed that hydrologically separating the Great Lakes from the Mississippi River watershed would be 95 to 100 per cent effective at containing Asian carp.
“Our study goes beyond just presenting barrier options by putting numbers to how effective various barriers will be, including hydrologic separation and the currently operating electric barrier system,” said report author Marion Wittmann of the University of Notre Dame.
“Authors have theorized that invasive species prevention is more cost-effective than control in protecting ecosystem services,” the report states.
The human (Read more…)
The Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami may have struck three years ago, but radioactive water from Japan’s beleaguered Fukushima nuclear power plant is now being detected near Canada’s West Coast. Scientists will be monitoring North American shores for the next two months, but projections point to good news.
The congregation of across the country Trinity-St Paul’s United Church in Toronto voted unanimously on Sunday at its Annual General Meeting to lend its voice to the fast-growing divestment movement, and to ensure that its own funds are not invested in any of the world’s 200 largest fossil fuel companies. The vote confirms a long-standing commitment […]
Today, while we have an ongoing debate over environmental issues, it might be informative to look at a past environmental debate – and a past environmental hoax. Who orchestrated the hoax, and why? You decide.Read more…
Global Forest Watch is a new project from Google to highlight the deforestation that has been happening around the planet since the year 2000. Google is working with a lot of organizations to bring this information to light (including the World Resources Institute).
Global Forest Watch’s most valuable feature, developers say, is that it can be updated with new information every month, detecting “changes in forest cover in near-real-time.”
“Now that we have the ability to peer into forests, a number of telling stories are beginning to emerge,” Google said in a blog post.
The tool could change the (Read more…)
As scientists have demonstrated in the past, the strip mining and tailing ponds employed on a Mordorific scale in northern Alberta are polluting ground and river waters. Sorry #tarsand shills, but turns out you’ve been lying all along when you’ve said that areas surrounding the tarsands are not being polluted. You may have to be […]
Assorted content to end your weekend.
- Lana Payne highlights the Harper Cons’ culture of hate with just a few recent examples: Veterans. Informed-debate. People’s right to a union and free collective bargaining. Voting rights. These are all under threat in Harper’s Canada.
This really is a government that hates; hates anyone that disagrees with them. Hates unions and the ability of people to work collectively to get a fair share of the economic pie. Hates democracy. Hates people who vote for other parties. Just plain hates.
This is not healthy for our country, our society. This is no way (Read more…)
Winnipeg, Feb. 17, 2014: Suzanne Patles of the Mi’kmaq Warriors Society, speaking at Thunderbird House. Photo: Paul S. Graham
It is time to “warrior up” according to Suzanne Patles of the Mi’kmaq Warriors Society. She spoke at Thunderbird House in Winnipeg on Feb. 17, 2014 as part of a national tour to raise awareness about the struggle at Elsipogtog First Nation against shale gas fracking and police repression, as well as their ongoing assertion of nationhood.
Their blockade in opposition to shale gas fracking at Elsipogtog First Nation (located in Kent County, New Brunswick) came to national attention on October (Read more…)
OTTAWA — A Canadian delegation will meet with foreign government officials in Greenland on Monday to work towards reducing the impact of Arctic fishing before it even begins. Huge regions of the central Arctic Ocean – international waters off the […]
Google has partnered with more than 40 other organizations to create a sobering deforestation-monitoring tool. Called Global Forest Watch, the tool enables visitors to witness worldwide deforestation as it happens, in near-realtime. Read more… &…
The Nicaraguan government has approved a plan that would see the country cut in half by a 177-mile-long canal. The new route would boost the country’s economy and rival the one in Panama — but scientists say it would be an environmental and social catastrophe.
South Shore of Ostrander Point (Image from CountyLive.com)
Seven months after learning a contentious wind project at Ostrander Point had been halted by the Environmental Review Tribunal, an Ontario divisional court overturned that decision Thursday, paving the way for development to begin later this year.
In July 2013, the Tribunal agreed with the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists that if development of a nine turbine, 22.5 megawatt project from wind proponent Gilead Power was allowed to proceed that local Blanding’s Turtles – a provincially threatened species – would suffer irreparable harm from vehicle traffic on access roads leading (Read more…)
Woodland caribou listed in Canada as a species-at-risk. (Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner Gord Miller is warning Queen’s Park could face sharp reprimands by the courts for its failure to uphold wildlife protections under the Endangered Species Act.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, a federal court confirmed last week the Government of Canada does indeed have a responsibility to follow its own species at risk legislation.
The decision, handed down by Madam Justice Anne Mactavish on Feb. 14, stated the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and the federal Ministry of the Environment “acted unlawfully in failing (Read more…)
BuzzFeed, of all places, as a great and simple way that explains why the weather of 2014 has been so extreme. In North America it has been more cold than the new “normal,” the UK has been hit hard by flooding, and in the South Pacific there has been above average rainfall. Crazy people think this is evidence that global warming (AKA climate change) isn’t happening. Those people clearly don’t live in reality. This awful weather is a result of something that’s been predicted for quite some time: the loss of power in the jet stream.
Why is this good (Read more…)
This and that for your Thursday reading.
- Mark Taliano discusses how corporatocracy is replacing democracy in Canada, while Jaisal Noor talks to John Weeks about the similar trend in the U.S. And DownWithTyranny reminds us how corporations came to be – and how radical a difference there is between entities which were granted limited liability only in exchange for their pursuit of public goods, and the present model in which liability shields instead serve as cover for antisocial behaviour.
- Meanwhile, Frank Graves confirms that the Cons’ goals of public austerity and enrichment of the wealthy couldn’t be (Read more…)
by: Obert Madondo
In this age of the Harper Conservatives and a rampaging fossil fuel industry, Canadian anti-fracking activism requires more than a sense of environmental and social justice. It requires a toolkit of knowledge about what’s happening and how to effectively respond at the local, national and global level.
The Council of Canadians’ new “Fracktivist’s Toolkit” is one such toolkit.
The toolkit empowers Canadians to push back against fracking, protect Canada’s water sources, combat climate change, and partner with First Nations in their ongoing struggle to protect their besieged rights. It was inspired by the Council of (Read more…)
It’s like some terrible parody of William Gibson’s novel Virtual Light, where squatters occupy the trashed remains of the Bay Bridge. A techie wants to “upcycle” part of the decommissioned bridge span into an Airbnb rental.
OTTAWA — The federal government has yet to close a deal to keep the world-renowned Experimental Lakes Area research facility open, but is already introducing regulations so research can get underway this spring. In the latest publication of the Canada […]
Banks have a horrible reputation because of their inability to predict economic behaviour, this was highlighted by the ongoing economic claptrap that started roughly seven years ago. Canadian banks have also received a tarnished reputation because of their ongoing unethical investments in the Alberta tar sands. Perhaps as a reaction to this, Scotiabank launched an awards program in 2010.
Their EcoLiving Awards is focused on bringing attention and finances to companies that are improving the efficiency of households. This can range from better windows to new technology systems. You can nominate a company at their website, so if you know (Read more…)
Carbon emissions from cars and other vehicles are a huge part of what is driving current climate changes. Now a high school student has made a passionate argument for ammonia-fueled cars, and he even got it published in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scien…
OTTAWA — Glacier monitoring conducted by the federal government in Canada’s High Arctic shows the shrinking of ice caps that started in the late 1980s “has accelerated rapidly since 2005” and is part of a “strongly negative trend,” according to […]