Leading climate scientist: Canada’s tar sands makes climate change ‘unsolvable’ | The Raw Story.
Major international oil companies are buying off governments, according to the world’s most prominent climate scientist, Prof James Hansen. During a visit to London, he accused the Canadian government of acting as the industry’s tar sands salesman and “holding a club” over [...]
Artist finds inspiration in Canadian government’s attempt to silence her | Environment | guardian.co.uk.
“It is almost like it’s a corporation exercising extreme message control,” she said in a phone interview. “It’s as if Stephen Harper were the CEO of Canada the corporation and we were his employees and we were not allowed to step [...]
Fracking is not a right: Tell Lone Pine to drop its NAFTA lawsuit against Quebec’s moratorium on fracking!.
From the COC: “When the people of Quebec spoke out against fracking, the provincial government listened. Quebec put a moratorium on the controversial and dangerous method for extracting hard-to-reach natural gas until the environmental impacts could be [...]
[13-May-13] Enbridge asks NEB to keep pipeline safety issues secret.
“…Eighteen months after being ordered to correct important safety issues with its oil and gas pipelines, Enbridge has finally filed a plan with the National Energy Board (NEB) as to how and when it will come into compliance with the NEB’s regulations. The company [...]
NEWS: Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere now tops 400 ppm.
We’ve hit it (and surpassed the 350.org mark, of course)
The BBC reports, “Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere have broken through a symbolic mark. Daily measurements of CO2 at a US government agency lab on Hawaii have topped 400 parts per million for the [...]
Science Cuts: Ottawa Views Pure Science As ‘Cash Cow,’ Critics Say.
More details about the redirection of science research into industry (entire article at link above).
“…an analysis of more than 140,000 NSERC grants going back to before the Tories took office in 2006 reveals in stark terms how remaining federal research dollars have been [...]
NOW Magazine is calling this one of the city’s “can’t miss” events!
Last year at this time, the Council launched its Great Lakes Need Great Friends speaking tour right here in Toronto. This marks the return of the tour, and an opportunity for us to build on the great momentum that has been generated to [...]
Experimental lakes research area to remain open this year: Ontario. For those of you who signed various petitions, here’s breaking news about the ELA (experimental lakes area). Keep us posted about OTHER cuts to social, civil, and environmental services and citizen actions.
TORONTO – Ontario has found common ground with the federal government and Manitoba [...]
What: 2013 Great Lakes Commons Water Forum When: Saturday, April 27 from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. Where: Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay W, Toronto) Guest speaker: Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, and others
The Great Lakes Commons theme reminds us that the City of Toronto is part of a larger community [...]
Sierra Club to use civil disobedience for first time in 120 year history – The Agonist.
Interesting… (Kevin S forwarded the Sierra Club campaign to OHS as well) as the blog says: This is a big thing. The Sierra Club has a membership estimated at 1.4 million and is one of the oldest environmental groups [...]
Cry for new environment laws unites Idle No More and chiefs, but not Ottawa. Montreal Gazette
OTTAWA – If there’s one issue that unites Idle No More protesters, Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence and militant and moderate First Nations alike, it is the federal government’s recent changes to environmental oversight.
But the united stand among First [...]
A little more background on C-45, IdleNoMore, Chief Spence, and the effect of the budget bill, from a journalist who has recently moved back to Canada from the US:
“Tens-of-thousands of everyday people across the country .. are standing up on this Christmas eve, supporting her efforts to oppose what is unarguably a [...]
Landmark climate change report leaked online | Environment | guardian.co.uk.
Climate skeptic leaks UN report because of one sentence (about cosmic rays), but the BODY of the report says scientists now 99% certain human activity causes global warming
The draft of a major global warming report by the UN’s climate science panel has been leaked [...]
How are fracking and water protection affected by eliminating the Hazardous Materials Information Review Commission?.
[more information from COC on dismantling transparency and environmental protection via the Omnibus - note the stats below on increasing lack of compliance by industry since 2009...]
This morning the Senate approved Bill C-45, Harper’s second omnibudget bill of the [...]
Canada Decides It Is a Straight-Up Petro-State.
Good headline, from the Agonist.
Not even pretending anymore.
Canada is formally withdrawing from the Kyoto accord, Environment Minister Peter Kent said Monday.
The decision to do so will save the government an estimated $14 billion in penalties, Kent said. The Conservative government says it has no choice [...]
World Bank backs land grabs in poor nations » StraightGoods.ca.
Globally, an area more than double the size of British Columbia has been sold off in the rush for land. That’s land that could feed nearly 900 million people — the number of people who go to bed hungry every night.
Oxfam’s research [...]
this post is from Eliz Chow – but brought to our attention by Cory Doctorow – (SciFi writer and activist)
David says, “Canada used to have 2.5 million protected lakes and other bodies of water. After recent Conservative Omnibus bills, we’re down to 97. 87 of which are located in Conservative ridings (rich cottage country)”
forwarded From Gail:
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.
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 [...]
[Forwarded from members] From the Council of Canadians regional office:
Harper’s budget bills gut environmental legislation without public debate. Come to an Emergency Townhall meeting with Megan Leslie (NDP Environment Critic), Elizabeth May (Leader of the Green Party), Ben Powless, Anil Naidoo and myself in Ottawa on November 27 at 7:30pm. We’ll be meeting at [...]
‘Mega quarry’ proposal dropped in Dufferin County – thestar.com.
The company behind the proposal for a massive quarry in Melancthon Township has withdrawn its application to build what would have been one of the largest quarries in North America.
The Highland Companies announced that it will also cease efforts to restore a rail corridor through [...]