Showing posts from August, 2014

America's Burger King 'Inversion' Allows it to Profit Off Public, Dodge Taxes, say Critics

Common Dreams Fast food giant to acquire Canada's Tim Hortons, reap benefits of tax loophole. Story here.

'Severe... Pervasive... Irreversible": IPCC's Devastating Climate Change Conclusions

Common Dreams Mystery vapour trails over Neepawa, MB. P in P photo A draft of the UN panel's synthesis report on the global scientific community's assessment of human-caused global warming offers the starkest and most strongly-worded warning yet of the dangers ahead. Story here.

The Province of Manitoba, Canada Announces Additional Moose-Hunting Closures In the West-Central District

Government of Manitoba Release Declining Population Needs TimeTo Rebuild P in P photo Effective immediately, moose hunting is closed to all hunters in the area north of Porcupine Mountain in the Red Deer Lake area of Game Hunting Area (GHA) 12. A ban continues to be in place for all licensed hunting in this area, which was put in place last year.  Moose hunting is now also closed to licensed hunters in GHA 19A, east of Duck Mountain.

Conservation Plan of Canada's National Government Ignores National Parks, Wilderness: Critics

CBC News Black Bear. Riding Mtn. Nat'l. Park. PinP photo. Plan too narrowly focused on built-up areas, critics say. Details here. Please also read: "MP Plays Both Ends Against the Middle." (Letter)

Exciting Development: Seralini Study on Toxic Effects of GMOs and Glyphosate Republished

People for Glyphosate Testing A "crop-duster" sprays chemical on a GMO crop in Manitoba, CA. (PinP photo) The Séralini study on the long-term effects of GMOs and glyphosate has been republished in the journal Environmental Sciences Europe. Story here.

Canada's Governing Conservatives Use Loopholes To Get Around Mail Rules (& Video)

Brandon Sun  Manitoba MP, Robert Sopuck, sends partisan letters to Canada's Arctic. Story here. Below, watch a video which declares MP Sopuck a "legend!"

Monsanto May Have Just Met Their Match: Beekeepers.

Sum    Of + Us Help Mexico's Beekeepers Stand up to Monsanto. Story here.

Evaluating Soybean Varieties for Suitability in Organic Production Systems in Manitoba, Canada.

Manitoba Co-Operator Organic growers in Manitoba have limited options right now. Story here. A soy crop in Manitoba, genetically-engineered to resist the herbicide, Roundup.  An estimated 90% of all such crops are manipulated in this fashion,  resulting in copious use of such chemicals. P in P photo.

'Severe' Drought Covers Nearly 99.8% of California, Report Says

Los Angeles Times Drought conditions may have leveled off across California, but nearly 100% of the state remains in the third-harshest category for dryness, according to the latest measurements.  Story here. Puddles of water are all that remain in some areas of the San Gabriel River's West Fork in the Angeles National Forest, revealing the effects of the prolonged drought. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times) 

Meet The First Pacific Island Town To Relocate Thanks To Climate Change

ClimateProgress A small town on Taro Island — the capital of Choiseul Province in the Solomon Islands — is planning to relocate its entire population in response to climate change, Reuters  reports . It’s the first time that a provincial capital in the Pacific Islands will have done so. More here.

Lac-Mégantic, Canada: Transportation Safety Board (TSB) says no Single Factor to Blame for Derailment

CBC News TSB report made public more than a year after deadly train accident in Quebec. Details here. Please also read; "Have Our Servants Become Our Masters?"

Caribou Herd in Crisis as Population Dwindles, Says Inuit leader in Labrador, Canada.

By: The Canadian Press NAIN, N.L. - An Inuit group in Labrador says there's no time to waste in developing a long-term management plan for the George River caribou herd as its population dwindles. Sarah Leo, president of the Nunatsiavut (noon-AT'-see-ah-voot) government, describes the situation as a crisis. The Newfoundland and Labrador government said last week that the herd's population has dropped by more than 13,000 over the last two years despite monitoring, research and a five-year moratorium on all hunting. The herd is now estimated at about 14,200, down from 27,600 in 2012. The latest estimate comes from a photo census by biologists in Newfoundland and Labrador and Quebec in July. 

Keystone XL's Climate Impact Worse Than Thought: Study

CommonDreams 'We can't be investing in infrastructure that's going to lock in our fossil fuel reliance.' Details here.

Manitoba Politicians "Missing in Action" on the "Poison Berries" Issue.

by Larry Powell Back in May, I reported (on P in P , the Roblin Review and Neepawa Press), that wild berries and medicinal plants in central Manitoba had been found by First Nations researchers to not only be declining in abundance, but to be in very sickly condition, as well. While lab tests proved inconclusive, the researchers remain convinced through observation and experience that farm chemicals used on field crops on and near the reserves, are likely contributing factors. I asked three Manitoba cabinet ministers to comment. (While aboriginal people come under federal jurisdiction, conventional farmers who operate in the vicinity of reserves, do not.)  Today,   more than three months later,   not one of these politicians has seen fit to get back to me! Those I invited to comment were; 

Humans Now Strongest Driver of Glaciers Melting, Study Finds

                                   The Guardian    During the last two decades two thirds of glacial mass loss was due to humans, up from a quarter previously.  More here.       Traffic is bumper to bumper as people clamor to see the sites in Jasper National Park, CA, including the receding Columbia Icefield (r). PinP photos.

Big Farm Groups Adopt the "Ostrich Approach" to Major Environmental Issues.

by Larry Powell It has been exactly two weeks since I contacted Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP), Manitoba's main farm lobby group, to comment on my story,  "New Studies Show Farm Chemicals Are Affecting More Than Bees. Bird Populations are Declining, Too.  Is modern agriculture's toxic hold on nature becoming a death grip?"   (It appeared both on this blog on July 30th and subsequently in the Virden Empire Advance weekly. A number of other publications declined to publish.)  I reported on new research showing that insecticides, widely used on crops in this province and elsewhere, were associated with declines in populations of birds which eat insects. The chemicals, members of the "neonicotinoid" family, are the same ones which have, for some time, also been linked to large and significant declines in populations of pollinators, especially honeybees.  Purple Martins.  Among  the "insectivorious"  birds  on the decline. Larry Powell

Ex-Staffer With the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) Guilty of Election Fraud in Robocalls Case

The Canadian Press GUELPH, Ont. - Former Conservative party staffer Michael Sona has been convicted of trying to prevent voters from casting ballots during the 2011 federal election. Details here.

Tell US Department of Agriculture and President Obama to Stop Dow Chemical’s "Agent Orange" Crops

Center for Food Safety Over a hundred million additional pounds of toxic pesticides associated with cancers and birth defects are coming to a field near you. UNLESS YOU STOP IT! To help, click  here. "Crop-Duster." PIP photo. Please also read: "New Studies Show Farm Chemicals Are Affecting More Than Bees. Bird Populations are Declining, Too.  Is modern agriculture's hold on nature becoming a death grip?"

Canola Growers in Canada "Working to Reduce Honeybee Winterkill"

The Manitoba Co-Operator CNS Canada – The number of Prairie canola acres makes the region a great place for honeybees to thrive — but given increasing winterkill rates, canola growers must make sure they take the precautions needed to maintain that relationship. Full story here. Related:  "New Studies Show Farm Chemicals Are Affecting More Than Bees. Bird Populations are Declining, Too.  Is modern agriculture's hold on nature becoming a death grip?"

One Little Piggy Had Birth Defects: Is Monsanto's Roundup to Blame?

Alternet A herbicide marketed by Monsanto is linked to a string of birth defects in pigs. Full story here. Related: " Field of Nightmares. Ottawa embraces the use of Roundup by Canadian farmers by letting corporate seduction trump scientific evidence."

Aboriginal Rights a Threat to Canada's Resource Agenda, Documents Reveal

The Guardian Canadian government closely monitoring how legal rulings and aboriginal protest pose an increasing ‘risk’ for multi-billion dollar oil and mining plans. Details here. Photo Credit - Idle No More.

Phosphorus and Freedom - The Libertarian Fantasy

By PAUL KRUGMAN  - New York Times -  AUG. 10, 2014 In the latest Times Magazine, Robert Draper profiled youngish libertarians — roughly speaking, people who combine free-market economics with permissive social views — and asked whether we might be heading for a “libertarian moment.” Well, probably not. Polling suggest s that young Americans tend, if anything, to be more supportive of the case for a bigger government than their elders. But I’d like to ask a different question: Is libertarian economics at all realistic? The answer is no. And the reason can be summed up in one word: phosphorus.

Will You Chip in Today so We Can Send an Independent Researcher up to Lake Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada to do INDEPENDENT Water Quality Tests?

Sum Of +Us The results are in! Apparently the residents of Likely, BC are safe to drink the water after 4.5 million cubic metres of toxic material from Mount Polley Mine’s tailings pond poured into their water supply. But when we look a bit closer, we know things aren’t right. Details here. Related: " Huge Environmental Disaster at a British Columbia Gold Mine Follows Years of Government Warnings"

Global Warming Will Make Algae Worse

Columbus Dispatch Scientists say climate change is exacerbating toxic-algae problems in Lake Erie and across the country. Details here.

Time For a Hold on New Mine Proposals in British Columbia, Canada

David Suzuki Foundation British Columbians watched news coverage of the Mount Polley Mine disaster with shock and concern after a collapsed dam released almost 15 million cubic metres of toxic effluent into the salmon-rich Quesnel River systems. In addition to concerns for area residents' immediate health and safety, dead fish are appearing and there are fears the spill could cause harm right up to the Fraser River. Details here. Please Also read:  " Huge Environmental Disaster at a British Columbia Gold Mine Follows Years of Government Warnings." 

Global Warming Deniers Get More Desperate by the Day

By David Suzuki and Ian Hanington. The Heartland Institute's recent International Climate Change Conference in Las Vegas illustrates climate change deniers' desperate confusion. Details here.

Huge Environmental Disaster at a British Columbia Gold Mine Follows Years of Government Warnings

CBC News The operator of the Mount Polley mine, Imperial Metals, was warned as recently as a few months ago that levels of wastewater in its tailings pond were too high!  Details here.

Protesters' Blockade Halts Work on Eastern Canada's Enbridge Pipeline

Common Dreams “We hope to stay here indefinitely,” says activist. Details here.

How a 20-Year-old Patent Application Could Upend Canada’s Biggest Trade Deal

The Hill Times online If the pharmaceutical giant succeeds, it will have effectively found a mechanism to override the Supreme Court of Canada and hold Canadian taxpayers liable for hundreds of millions in damages in the process. The cost to the health-care system could be enormous as the two Eli Lilly patents may be the proverbial tip of the iceberg and claims from other pharmaceutical companies could soon follow. Details here. Please also read: Free Trade: Path to Prosperity - or Back Road to Corporatism? - by Larry Powell

Emails Show Secrecy on Federal Oilsands Probe in Alberta, Canada. Proposed answers from Environment Canada to questions about a 2013 oilsands leak triggered emails suggesting the department “limit information” given to media. Details here.