Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Advocates Take Harper to Court Over 'Pattern of Muzzling' Energy Critics

The Tyee

One of Canada's top constitutional lawyers is taking the Conservative government to court over increasing restrictions on who can speak at energy board hearings -- and what they are allowed to say. Details here.

Monday, 19 August 2013

Why living in Shannon, Quebec, is Bad For Your Health

The Independent

Water quality was once a source of pride for a town in the shadow of an arms factory. Now, 500 cancers have been diagnosed. Details here.

Saturday, 17 August 2013

KEYSTONE XL: TransCanada Acknowledges Oil Sands Crude Could Sink if Spilled

E&E Publishing

In comments released yesterday by the State Department, TransCanada Corp. acknowledged a possibility that opponents of Keystone XL have long used against the project: The heavy oil sands crude that would run through the controversial pipeline, if spilled in water, could sink below the surface. Details here.

Glacier National Park, Melting Before Our Eyes

Seattle Times.

Once home to about 150 glaciers, Glacier National Park now has 25. A trip through the park feels like being witnesses to an execution, writes editorial columnist Jonathan Martin. Details here.

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Save British Columbia's Fish Lake From an Open-Pit Mine!

2013-urgent-Fish Lake

Dear Larry,

There is only a week left to have your say on Taseko’s proposed open-pit mine at pristine 
Fish Lake, a sacred place of ceremony and gathering for the Tsilqhot’in people and the 
heart of a watershed that supports unique rainbow trout, at-risk grizzly bears, and 
sustainable  local economies that respect the ecosystem. Take action.

Keep Arsenic out of the Water at Virden, Manitoba, Canada! An Open Letter to Manitoba's Minister of Environment

by John Fefchak

Dear Minister Mackintosh. 

Your department staff says it's OK to get rid of arsenic into a surface water source. However, this only leads to more questions that need answers.
(Photo, l. courtesy of Food & Water Watch)

Why This Year's Gulf Dead Zone Is Twice As Big As Last Year's

Mother Jones
First, the good news: The annual "dead zone" that smothers much of the northern Gulf of Mexico—caused by an oxygen-sucking algae bloom mostly fed by Midwestern farm runoff—is smaller this year than…Now, for the bad news...Details here.

Beyond Covid 19. Are we risking yet another pandemic if we continue to embrace "assembly-line" livestock production into the future?

by Larry Powell No one would argue that Covid 19 demands our undivided attention. Surely,  defeating this "beast" has to be &...