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Killing wolves without purpose PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 22 January 2015 11:58

BY John Bennett,  the Sierra Club of Canada

 

 

 
I have to report an ongoing travesty.

 

In the name of protecting Woodland Caribou, the Alberta Government has killed more than 1000 wolves using poison, traps, and guns from helicopters. Hundreds of other animals have also been killed, including moose and elk to bait wolf traps. Others have died by eating poison intended for the wolves. It’s barbaric and senseless.

This is all happening in the name of protecting Woodland Caribou. They call it a “cull”. The problem is it doesn’t work.

The reality is Woodland Caribou are declining as a result of habitat loss and disruption. In order to survive, Woodland Caribou need large areas of undisturbed, old growth woodland habitat for food, shelter and protection.

Woodland caribou have already lost at least one-half of their historic range in Canada. We’re in danger of losing the caribou if we don’t get a handle on industrial development and enact strong laws to restrict activities in caribou habitat.

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Five reasons to oppose BC’s wolf cull PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 22 January 2015 11:58
 
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http://www.raincoast.org/2015/01/bc-wolf-hunt/2015 · 01 · 21
 
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One.  Killing wolves will not improve caribou recovery. Ostensibly to protect caribou, the BC government has been engaging in wolf sterilization experiments and wolf killing for more than a decade. These programs have not resulted in any measurable benefits for caribou (as stated in the BC Wolf Management Plan).  Alberta’s wolf cull, as reported in the Canadian Journal of Zoology in Nov 2014, failed to achieve any improvement in Boreal Woodland Caribou adult female survival, or any improvement in calf survival, and as such had no effect on population dynamics.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 January 2015 06:58
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Mining firm takes on B.C. environmental group in defamation court battle PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 20 January 2015 15:33
Taseko Mines Limited offices in Vancouver, B.C.

The offices of Taseko Mines Limited is pictured in Vancouver on Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010. (Darryl Dyck / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

 
y Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press
Published Monday, January 19, 2015 7:13PM EST
Last Updated Monday, January 19, 2015 7:27PM EST

 

VANCOUVER -- Criticism of a proposed mine by an environmental group and allegations of defamation by the project's owner have landed both parties in British Columbia Supreme Court.

Taseko Mines Ltd. (TSX:TKO) launched the lawsuit after the Wilderness Committee made claims during a 2012 public comment period that the New Prosperity mine could destroy Fish Lake.

The proposed gold and copper mine, 125 kilometres southwest of Williams Lake, was undergoing a federal environmental assessment when the statements were made.

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Canada opts not to block international trade in 76 endangered species PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 20:10

Canada expressed reservations at 2013 Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species

The Canadian Press Posted: Dec 10, 2014 1:30 PM ET Last Updated: Dec 10, 2014 1:30 PM ET

Canada has declined to restrict international trade for 76 endangered plant and animal species, including the manta ray.

Canada has declined to restrict international trade for 76 endangered plant and animal species, including the manta ray. (David Loh/Reuters)

Canada has declined to restrict international trade for 76 endangered plant and animal species, including the manta ray. (David Loh/Reuters)

Recently released documents indicate the federal government has reservations about restricting international trade in endangered species — more of them than almost any other government on Earth.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 December 2014 21:07
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Pipeline threatens beluga whales, activists say PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 06 December 2014 09:19

Environmental groups seek injunction to stop planned drilling near Cacouna, Que.

CBC News Posted: Aug 29, 2014 9:17 PM ET Last Updated: Aug 29, 2014 9:17 PM ET

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/pipeline-threatens-beluga-whales-activists-say-1.2751200

 
The latest figures on beluga calves come amid a debate over whether to allow exploratory drilling off shore of Cacouna, Que., near the breeding ground at the mouth of the St. Lawrence.
 

our environmental groups are fighting to get a temporary injunction to stop exploratory drilling in the Saint Lawrence River.

They say the TransCanada pipeline project threatens a nursing ground for beluga whales.

Drilling is expected to begin near Cacouna, Que., just northeast of Rivière-du-Loup, on Sept. 2, but lawyers argued in court Friday for an injunction.

Karine Peloffy, an administrator of the Centre québécois du droit de l'environnement, said the main issue is protecting a beluga nursery in the region.

“Specifically this area around Cacouna because it’s shallower so the females feel more safe feeding their with their newborns than they would where it’s deeper,” Peloffy said.

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