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Canada Approves (another) Pesticide Against Wireworms in Crops

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Manitoba Co-Operator An "ag chem-maker's" potato, vegetable and fruit insecticide has been cleared to enter the cereal and soybean growers' market in Canada. Details here. Please also read: "Field of Nightmares. Ottawa embraces the widespread use of Roundup by letting corporate seduction trump scientific evidence." Bumblebees. PLT photo

You Made It Happen (Video)

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First Nations Elder Pleads for Help After Mercury Poisoning

CBC News Betty Riffel says mercury from Dryden, Ontario paper mill poisoned her people and is looking for compensation. Details here.

Hawaiian Water Commission Denies Monsanto Request

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Maui Tomorrow The food and grain giant has been denied the right to massive water resources to irrigate GM crops in Hawaii. Details here. Photo credit - Charter Travel

The Best Gift: Honouring Children

The Tyee - By Raffi Cavoukian Raffi, troubadour to the young, on how to stop the theft of our kids' futures. Details here.

Is It Time to Put the Brakes on Runaway Coal Development?

The Globe and Mail The coal industry is booming in British Columbia, with a dozen new mines proposed around the province and the port of Metro Vancouver making expansive plans to become the biggest coal-exporting facility in North America. But the flurry of activity is raising environmental concerns at both ends of the supply chain, and British Columbians may soon want to put the brakes on what is starting to look like a runaway coal train. Details here. PLT: "Runaway coal development" is exactly the effect desired by our Harperite government after it passed on a golden opportunity to tighten restrictions, choosing to actually loosen ones it had earlier promised. In so doing, it has shown itself to be the most blatant and shameless anti-science nation on the planet , caring not a whit for the future of our children. In the full knowledge that coal offers the worst of the worst in terms of energy alternatives and the fight against catastrophic climate change, they govern f

Canada's Top Ten Weather Stories for 2012 - a Year Which Broke Records for the NUMBER of Records

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Environment Canada - A Year in Review From super storms to super heat, and from immense flooding to immense fires; "go big" seemed to be the theme for Mother Nature in 2012. Details here.  Beautiful though it may be, heavy hoarfrost has coated power lines throughout Manitoba, causing them to sag and break . H ydro crews have been sent scrambling to fix hundreds of outages. In some cases, power has been out for several hours in freezing temperatures. While cold snaps still occur, the warming atmosphere is capable of holding more moisture - much more than it used to. This triggers more frequent and severe events such as this. (PLT photo.) PLT: To his credit, Dave Phillips, Ottawa's "go-to" guy for media questions about weather and climate, won't flatly deny that climate change is playing a role here. But neither is he helpful when he muddies the water about not being able to attribute a single year's worth of weather to that factor. (Don't fo

Canadian pig industry: the need for change

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives In Canada, large industrial operations designed to raise hundreds to thousands of pigs in confinement have largely replaced the small, mixed farms that dominated the landscape before the Second World War. These pig factories typically rely on liquid manure systems and have been widely criticized for their negative impact on the environment, and worker health. Details here.

Fracking to be Banned Near Sacred Headwaters in British Columbia

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The Globe and Mail reports, “Oil and gas development is to be banned from a 400,000-hectare area in northwestern British Columbia known as the Sacred Headwaters… Details here. Photo credit; Greystone Books. PLT: While I've labelled this post "Victory," a reading of the small print will reveal that it is still the corporations who really call the shots in our world.

C Ya Soon!

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Dear PLT readers, I'm again involved in researching an in-depth magazine article which will be appearing in the new year. Will tell you more as the time approaches. And, of course, there's Christmas and all that that involves! So I won't be posting as often as I normally do. Anyway, things should get back to normal in the next few weeks. Meanwhile, have a great holiday season and the very best in 2013! Sincerely, Larry

Sharing, Not Buying at Chrtistmas (Podcast)

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CBC Radio - Sunday Edition Over the past century, Christmas has become an annual excuse for frenzied, even pathological consumerism. Sure, it helps businesses big and small, but do we really need all that stuff?  Listen here.

The Gift of Death

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George Monbiot Pathological consumption has become so normalised that we scarcely notice it. Full story here. PLT: Get a talking fish toy for your loved one this Christmas! What a catch!

Dragging Secretive Trade Talks Into the Light: Activists Expose Slow-Motion Corporate Coup

Alternet A highly secretive trade agreement aims to penalize countries that protect workers, consumers, and the environment. Details here. PLT:  Luckily, there's growing opposition to this slimy deal which our very own King Stephen is in the middle of. What's that green stuff on your hands, Prime Minister?

Arab Youth Arrested at COP; Canadians Confront Kent

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Cdn. Youth Delegation - Climate Conference, Qatar An hour ago, two members of the Arab Youth Climate Movement were  arrested. They held up a banner in the COP18 conference centre that read, “Qatar, why host, not lead?”. Onlookers erupted in cheers as... Details here.

Canada "Bottoms Out" at International Climate Negotiations

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Alternatives Journal - Alana Westwood Canadians are apologetic people. Yet, navigating the halls of the COP18 climate negotiations as a member of the Canadian Youth Delegation (CYD), the “sorry”s I gave weren’t stereotypical Canuck politeness. Instead, they were apologies of shame for... Details here.                      East-Central SK, 2011. PLT photo

Canadian Youth Delegation Releases Report on Canada’s Failure to Meet International Commitment

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CYD-DJC The CYD-DJC is releasing the report Commitment Issues: Tar sands extraction invalidates Canada’s obligations to the UNFCCC and undermines global climate change negotiations . This  technical report details the role of Canada’s tar sands in ensuring the nation’s failure to meet international climate commitments. It calls for a moratorium on new tar sands to developments, as this is the most effective way for Canada to have any hope of adhering to the commitments it has made to the UNFCCC. The full report is available here , and the executive summary is available here . Le resumé analytique est disponible en fran ç ai

Canada Ranked as Worst Performer in the Developed World on Climate Change

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Climate Action Network Canada Canada trailed only by Kazakhstan, Iran and Saudi Arabia in 2013 climate change performance index. Details here. Western SK. 2011 PLT photo

Is B.C About to Side With "Big Oil" And Against Its Own People? Let's Make Sure it Doesn't Happen!

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ACTION ALERT!!! SIGN PETITION: 3 billion contaminated litres   PLEASE . . . SIGN PETITION AND PASS TO YOUR CONTACTS . . . . "Trillions of litres of water given away for shale gas... How can the B.C. Government do this without regard for those who depend on the river for life?" - FNFN Chief Sharleen Wildeman This month Premier Clark could give Encana license to take 3 billion litres every year from the Fort Nelson river – a river my community depends on. Sign our Petition Robert - The Fort Nelson River is the lifeblood of my community  - the Fort Nelson First Nation. It's where we hunt and fish. It connects our vil

New Jersey Train Derailment Tips Tankers, Sickens Dozens

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Associated Press PAULSBORO, N.J. (AP) —A freight train derailed Friday on a railroad bridge that has had problems before, toppling tanker cars partially into a creek and causing a leak of hazardous gas (vinyl chloride) that was blamed for sickening dozens of people, authorities said. Details here.

Ottawa Blocks Cenovus Gas Project in Alberta: ‘The Environmental Impacts are Simply Too Great’

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Financial Post. CALGARY — The Canadian government on Friday blocked a seven-year-old plan to drill more than a thousand natural gas wells in an Alberta wildlife reserve... Details here.   PLT. Please also read our earlier post, "So, What Will it Be, Prairie Grasslands or Pipelines?" And thanks to Nature Canada for organizing the petition. (I signed! Did you?) Sprague's pi pi t, one of the many  "species at risk" found in the reserve.

Corporate Control & the Profitability of “Consent”

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CYD-DJC  What do Pinehouse, Saskatchewan and COP18 in Doha, Qatar have in common? Details here.

Winnipeg Sewage Plant Upgrade on Hold

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Winnipeg Free Press North End treatment facility big phosphorus polluter. Details here.

Permafrost Thawing Across Siberia And Alaska Poses New Concern, UNEP Reports

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  Courtesy - the Huffington Post  (Reuters) - Permafrost lands across Siberia and Alaska that contain vast stores of carbon are beginning to thaw, bringing with it the threat of a big increase in global warming by 2100, a U.N. report said on Tuesday. Details here.

Chasing Ice - the official trailer (Video)

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ABOUT THE FILM   Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of climate change. Using time-lapse cameras, his videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate.

Action to Avoid Catastrophic Climate Change May Already Be Too Late

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Huffington Post. In the absence of aggressive government policies aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions, dangerous temperature elevations are not just a possibility, but a near certainty. Details here. PLT. The chart, left, shows the disturbing, upward climb of the main greenhouse gas over the past few years. Anything over 350 ppb is dangerous! Fight climate change! Cut down on fossil fuels! Now!

So, What Will it Be, Prairie Grasslands or Pipelines?

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What will the future hold for Suffield National Wildlife Area? Dear Larry, Loggerhead Shrike: istockphoto Please send your letter to Ministers Kent and MacKay, and ask them to deny Cenovus' request for a permit to expand its drilling operations within the Suffield NWA. Nature Canada is working with other conservation groups to protect the Suffield NWA from expanded industrial activity. Other members of the Suffield Coalition are Alberta Wilderness Association, Nature Alberta, World Wildlife Fund Canada, Nature Saskatchewan, Southern Alberta Group for the Environment, and Grasslands Naturalists. Suffield National Wildlife Area near Medicine Hat, Alberta, is a special space of rare prairie grassland, sand hills and ancient glacial valleys. It's home to at least 15 federally listed species at risk, including the burrowing owl and the loggerhead shrike. But a proposal by energy giant Cenovus to add 1,275 shallow gas wells and

Manitoba Tory MP Insists He Didn’t Want Reporter Fired

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iPolitics - Michael Harris  Jill Winzoski is a name you probably don’t know. Time you met her; she is a canary in the mine of Canadian journalism. Details here. PLT: Please also read, "Hypocricy, Cynicism and Lies Stain the Tory Record in Manitoba" here.

BP Pleads Guilty, Pays Record $4.5 Billion Over Gulf spill; 3 Employees Charged

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Winnipeg Free Press. Details here. PLT: You don't suppose BP will simply write this off as "the cost of doing business" and carry on as before, do you? Naaaah!

Green Party Supports Last-Ditch Efforts to Save Experimental Lakes Area (ELA)

GPC OTTAWA – The Green Party of Canada once again offers its whole-hearted support to the Coalition to Save ELA – made up of top scientists from across the country – in light of rumours that the Harper Conservatives have found a private buyer for this irreplaceable, public, 58-lake scientific area. Details here.

Hurricane Sandy Damage Amplified By Breakneck Development Of Coast (Video)

Huffington Post *Stupid, greedy and myopic local authorities - land planners, developers and politicians - have some answering to do for the destruction wrought by the deadly hurricane.* Details here. *(Inserted by PLT.)*

Ash Dieback: Bishop Calls for Urgent Action to Save Britain's Forests

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The Guardian Bishop of Liverpool says trees should be taken out of the political cycle to preserve 'green and pleasant land' Details here. Ash trees in Canada. PLT photo Please also read: "What Were You Thinking? An open letter to the former ministers who appear to have let a devastating tree disease into the UK ," by George Monbiot

‪David Versus Monsanto - 52 minute Documentary - Trailer‬

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A Song Worth Remembering on Remembrance Day

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Buffy Sainte-Marie talks about and sings "Universal Soldier." Video

Playing Fast and Loose With Another Deadly Herbicide in Manitoba

David Neufeld - Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Our family business includes growing bedding plants. In the spring of 2010 every tomato, pepper and marigold we started curled up grotesquely and died. Details here. ==== Please also read: "Organic Farmer Worries About Weedkiller Sprayed in Ditches in Rural Manitoba"  

Superstorm Sandy—a People's Shock?

Naomi Klein - the Nation Less than three days after Sandy made landfall on the East Coast of the United States, Iain Murray of the Competitive Enterprise Institute blamed New Yorkers’ resistance to big-box stores for the misery they were about to endure. Details here.

US Election Results Give Environmentalists Hope

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Manitoba Wildlands The 2012 US election was supposed to be all about the economy. But in state and federal races, candidates targeted by environmentalists for their positions on climate and energy lost in large numbers November 6, 2012.  Details here.

Brazil Becomes Stinking Rogue State - Builds Illegal Mega-Dam - Petition & Video

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Dear Larry,  I've just returned from a wildly intense journey to the Xingu River in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon where construction of the catastrophic Belo Monte Dam has begun. There, I joined an occupation of the cofferdam led by fishermen, indigenous warriors and their families, including women, children and elders. What began as a protest by 13 fishermen turned into a 200-person occupation that lasted 35 days to demand JUSTICE NOW for their rights and rainforest homeland. They need your voice! Help these courageous leaders demand that members of the Brazilian judiciary stop stalling on the many outstanding legal cases against the Belo Monte Dam. Sign the petition for JUSTICE NOW! This year has been marked by glorious moments of victory and heartbreaking disappointments in the campaign to stop Belo Monte. During this recent occupation, our partners reached out in a truly brave attempt to foster real dialogue with the Brazilian government and to denounce

The Campaign for GMO Labelling Not Dead Yet - Despite California Ballot Defeat

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Manitoba Co-Operator Re-election of Obama encourages label supporters.   GM canola field. PinP photo The failure on Tuesday of a California ballot initiative that would have mandated labeling of genetically modified foods is not a death knell for those seeking nationwide labeling, U.S. labeling proponents said. Details here. ======= Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) Update - Proposition 37 on Mandatory Labelling in California:  Industry money - $46 million from food and biotech corporations - has defeated the Californian ballot on mandatory labelling of GM foods. The California vote lost 53% to 47% after industry television ads and mailings to households claimed labelling GM foods would raise the price of food. Huge grassroots mobilization brought the vote that far and millions more people across North America are now aware of GM foods. It's been 17 years since the first GM crop, GM canola, was approved (1995) in Canada - We can stop the e

Errol Black: A Truly Remarkable Life

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Centre for Policy Alternatives If we’re very lucky, every once in a while someone special will come into our lives. Errol Black was special. photo credit: CTV News

Harper Spits in the Eye of Science Once Again - Flaunts Heavy Vehicles to Flit Him About India

Winnnipeg Free Press  NEW DELHI - Two armoured cars were shipped to India from Canada to shuttle Prime Minister Stephen Harper around during a six-day, four-city tour this week. The move is an unusual one for a Canadian prime minister. Harper has only brought his own transportation to two other nations — Haiti and Afghanistan. The president of the United States routinely travels abroad with a custom-armoured state car, known as "the Beast" or "Cadillac One." A black sport-utility vehicle and a black luxury sedan carrying Ontario plates appeared in the motorcade when Harper arrived Sunday evening. ===== PLT: This latest stunt by our esteemed leader with delusions of grandeur, smacks of a symbolic but probably malevolant move to wear his anti climate-science bias like a mis-placed badge of honour. Will it take nothing less than a Sandy-calibre storm to strike 24 Sussex to knock some sense into this wilfully ignorant man?

Canada-China Trade Deal is Too One-Sided

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Financial Post - Diane Francis. There is nothing in this deal with China that will protect Canadians. Details here. ===== PinP : Francis is no raging left-winger. She describes herself as a free-enterpriser and her columns over the years are testament to that. There's no doubt this China trade deal, which apparently our leader, Stephen The Great, has already ratified with no formal debate in parliament, sells out our country.  Just recently, a Canadian military intelligence officer was tried for selling secrets to Russia. When all is said and done, I wonder,  who will have done more harm to our country, the traitor or the Prime Minister?  Think about it.

Global domination? Whoa, Canada!

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Boston Globe Could we (the U.S.) handle a muscular new version of our quiet northern neighbors (Canada)? For that matter, could they? Full story here. Commander-in-Chief Harper in Afghanistan

PLT Vindicated!

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PLT: Not to boast or anything, but, on Nov. 1st ... yesterday. ... Bloomberg Businessweek, a magazine owned by the Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, published a cover story entitled, "It's Global Warming, Stupid," (l.) in reference to Hurricane Sandy. In the spring of '09, over 3 years ago, I wrote a story entitled ...wait for it.... "It's Global Warming, Stupid." If you don't believe me, check it out, yourself!

New York Mayor Bloomberg Brings Climate Change out of the Closet in Stunning Snub to Romney

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The Guardian Mayor's endorsement could turn climate change into a serious election issue – and it might even embolden Republicans. Details here. Yellow cabs underwater in New York.

Hypocricy, Cynicism and Lies Stain the Tory Record in Manitoba (Letter)

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Dear Editor, I never thought I'd say this. But I may be lucky to be living in a riding represented by a Member of Parliament on the government side, (Robert Sopuck - Dauphin/Swan River/Marquette) after all. I say this because the government Mr. Sopuck represents, under Stephen Harper, has decided the Assiniboine River, one of millions of lakes, rivers and streams in Canada, is among the very few designated as "protected" by its new, "Navigation Protection Act."  (It happens to flow through Mr. Sopuck's riding.)  Shellmouth Dam on the Assiniboine. Could it now be harder to approve such structures in Tory ridings - but easier elsewhere? PLT photo. The Assiniboine forms Lake of the Prairies, a popular area for cottagers and boaters, just a few clicks west of where I live. This protection means that ice-fishers, anglers and pleasure boaters will keep their historic right, which dates back to Sir John A. himself, to navigate the river without having to

131 Years of Global Warming in 26 Seconds (Video)

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OnEarth From our friends at NASA comes this amazing 26-second video, depicting how temperatures around the globe have warmed since 1880. That year is what scientists call the beginning of the “modern record.” You’ll note an acceleration of those temperatures in the late 1970s as greenhouse gas emissions from energy production increased worldwide. The data comes from NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, which monitors global surface temperatures. As NASA notes, “in this animation, reds indicate temperatures higher than the average during a baseline period of 1951-1980, while blues indicate lower temperatures than the baseline average.”

Scientists say Global Warming is Likely "Driver" for Intense Hurricanes

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Calgary Herald   WASHINGTON, D.C. – As America’s financial and political capitals braced for what the National Weather Service has called a storm of historic proportions, the subject that politicians here dare not mention has suddenly been pushed to the forefront of public attention by the massive power of nature. Details here. Prof. Ray mond Bradley Unversity of Mas sachusetts

Organic Farmer Worries About Weedkiller Sprayed in Ditches in Rural Manitoba

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CBC News:   The Rural Municipality of Morton defends use of Tordon 101 for weeds.  Details here. PLT: I despair over the lack of sensitivity which is all too common among our local councillors. They sometimes remind me of gunslingers from the Old West who shoot first and ask questions later. Do they even know what's in the stuff they so liberally spray around with apparent abandon? Here's what Wikipedia says about Tordon 101 . The maker of Tordon 101 , Dow AgroSciences, has seen fit to give it a code name - "Agent White." It is a powerful herbicide which the US military sprayed as a defoliant during the Vietnam War. It was one of the so-called "rainbow herbicides" that included the more infamous Agent Orange. Unlike Agent Orange , Tordon 101 does not contains the potent poisons known as dioxins. But it does contain 2-4-D, another potent weedkiller which robs plants of their ability to absorb life giving, airborn nitrogen. And its other active ingred

Barbed Wire and Politicians Spell Bad News for Australian Bats

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Bat Conservation International The past few months have been rough on flying foxes in Australia. In September, the state of Queensland reinstated fruit-growers' right to kill flying foxes, which had been prohibited as inhumane. Full story here.

Why I’m Voting Green

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By Chris Hedges - Truthdig The November election is not a battle between Republicans and Democrats. It is not a battle between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. It is a battle between the corporate state and us. Details here. Chris Hedges - columnist

Frankenstorm: Has Climate Change Created A Monster?

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National Public Radio (US) It was not a good year for people, weather and climate. The winter was strangely warm in many places and the summer ridiculously hot. As a large fraction of the country suffered through extreme or even extraordinary drought many folksnaturally wondered, "Is this climate change?"  Full story here. Sandy wrecks havoc in southern Ontario. (CBC photo) PLT: Below is a comment I prepared for a blog published by Andrew Revkin of, wait for this, the prestigious New York Times. While he may fall short of an outright "denier," he is what I am calling "a sower of seeds of doubt." In one of his latest posts,  Revkin opines that any suggestion that climate change is behind Hurricane Sandy is, in effect, too simplistic! 

Toronto's Glass Towers Take Awful Toll on Precious Bird Life

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New York Times No one is sure, but Toronto's massive banks and other skyscrapers may be making it the most deadly city in the world for our precious, migratory birds. Details here. Cape May Warbler. PLT photo

Monsanto's Lies and the GMO Labeling Battle

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Common Dreams You may have never heard of Henry I. Miller, but right now he is attempting to determine the future of food in this country.  And he has enormous financial backing. Details here.

Long Overdue Canada's Boreal Caribou Strategy Released

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Manitoba Wildlands "...almost all the Alberta herds — most of which are in the same region as the oilsands — are very unlikely to survive." A July 28, 2011 Federal Court decision forced the Federal Minister of the Environment, Peter Kent to revisit his March 2011 decision to refuse emergency protections for woodland caribou in Alberta affected by oil sands development. The Canadian Government was given until September 1, 2011 to implement a draft recovery strategy for woodland caribou. 

Senate Recommendations on a Grey Seal Cull: the Good, the Bad, the Outrageous

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International Fund for Animal Welfare The Canadian Senate, our Senate, has just released its report on the “management” of grey seal populations on Canada’s East Coast and recommends spending millions in taxpayer dollars on an “experiment” that is so incredibly flawed that, whatever the result, it will be entirely unreliable.  Details here. Photograph: Joe Cornish/NTPL

Winnipeg Busted for Illegal Poop Discharge

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Government of Manitoba Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship advises charges have been laid against the City of Winnipeg under the Environment Act as a result of the city’s South End Water Pollution Control Centre releasing a large amount of partially treated sewage into the Red River over a prolonged period of time.  Details here.

"Sandy," AKA "Frankenstorm" Lashes the East Coast

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New York Times: Hurricane Sandy, now battering the Bahamas, is expected to head up the East Coast over the weekend and possibly collide with a winter blast, producing what weather forecasters fear could be a historic and potentially devastating storm for a large swath of the Northeast and mid-Atlantic early next week. Details here. CARL JUSTE / TRIBUNE MEDIA / MCT Residents find higher ground as the water level continues to rise in Leogane, Haiti, Friday. Leogane has endured five consecutive days of rain due to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. PLT: The deafening silence emanating from the US campaign trail about climate change can only be further evidence of the disconnect between politicians and power on the one hand, and reality and science on the other. How many "Frankenstorms" will we have to endure before they remove their heads from their a...., er I mean, the sand and start telling it like it is? Please also read: "IT'S GLOBAL WARMING, STUPID!"

Canadian Canola Production - a Riches-to-Rags Tale?

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Manitoba Co-Operator - Commodity News Service Canada A healthy canola field. PLT photo  Canadian canola exports during the 2012-13 crop year were expected to come in at a record-high level -- but smaller-than-anticipated production is now predicted to dim those prospects. Full story here. PLT: Crop production stories, chalk-full of numbers such as this one, are both important and interesting, I'm sure. But, as a consumer with an environmental conscience, I am frequently disappointed at the lack of context in such stories in the overall scheme of things. For example, in my own rural area, coffee-talk is rife with reports of a rare canola disease this year which, I am told, is a fungus spread by an insect which thrives in warm weather. That bug was apparently carried from the south where record heat and drought enabled it to thrive. I THINK the disease is called Aster Yellows (Phytoplasma) (l).  It was, this year, worse than it has ever been and shattered the hopes many fa

Italy's Earthquake Case Reeks of Hypocrisy

Puzzling, isn't it? Several scientists in Italy were recently tried, convicted and sentenced on criminal charges for failing to predict the unpredictable - a tragic and deadly earthquake there a few years ago. I didn't realize governments were all that interested in what scientists have to say, anyway. After all, leading climatologists the world over have been warning for decades that our planet is headed for a crisis due to human-caused climate change - a science that has accumulated years of painstaking data and meteorological records to back its findings. Nevertheless, such warnings have been systematically ignored by Presidents, Prime Ministers and governments everywhere. If it was possible to bring a class action against political leaders the world over (beginning with Canada's Stephen Harper) I'd be leading the charge. Think about it. A few hundred people died in the earthquake - a disaster, to be sure. But millions have died by now due to the catastrophi

Help Malala - She Deserves the Nobel Prize!

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Ash Cloud

By George Monbiot, the Guardian How conservatism turned into an orgy of destruction. Details here. PLT: Sounds like Canadian-style corporatism is metastasizing!

Climate Scientist Sues for Defamation

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The Daily Climate Penn State climate scientist Michael Mann sues National Review, Competitive Enterprise Institute for 'maliciously' attacking his personal reputation. Details here. PLT: At left is Michael Mann's now-famous "hockey stick graph" which has drawn the anger, vitriol and even threats from many climate cranks. Mann and other scientists constructed the graph to show global patterns of annual surface temperature. Despite evidence that the graph is an accurate portrayal, the cranks continue to spew their hatred at this distinguished man.