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Expert quits 'rigged' Trans Mountain oil pipeline review PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 14:17
Economist Robyn Allan has quit as intervenor in the Trans Mountain pipeline hearings, saying the process is biased. - File photo
Economist Robyn Allan has quit as intervenor in the Trans Mountain pipeline hearings, saying the process is biased.
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A prominent expert has withdrawn as an intervenor from the National Energy Board review of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion project to protest what she calls a broken system.

Robyn Allan, an economist and former ICBC president, quit in a strongly worded eight-pageletter to the NEB outlining her concerns with the review and the board itself.

"The game is rigged," she wrote. "We are being conned by the very agency entrusted to protect us."

Among Allan's criticisms is that the NEB is examining the project based only on Kinder Morgan's appli

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 May 2015 14:23
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 23 April 2015 10:32

 Canadians have a choice when it comes to fighting global warming, but true change can't be achieved by tar sands expansion






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Last Updated on Thursday, 23 April 2015 10:40
Pacific herring stocks are shadows of their former abundance. But the Canadian government wants to reopen fishing off British Columbia. PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 12 February 2015 14:30

Fighting Over Herring­the Little Fish That Feeds Multitudes

By Craig Welch

National Geographic

Pacific herring in British Columbia, Canada, come near shore in massive schools every spring to spawn.

The Pacific herring­an oily, silvery, schooling fish­is rarely high on the list of marine animals people fret about.

But for the second straight year, the Canadian government has ignited a skirmish in British Columbia by moving to let fishing nets scoop up spawning herring, despite objections from scientists, Native people, and even commercial fishing groups.

"Last year it almost got to a war­locals were geared up to block fishing boats in port," said Tony Pitcher, a fisheries scientist with the University of British Columbia. "There were more police on the dock than there were local people."

This unusual battle is part of a global debate about the future of some of the oceans' most important fish: the abundant schools of sardines, squid, smelt, anchovies, and herring that serve as forage for larger animals in the sea.

Scientists like Pitcher argue that too few governments take into account the essential role these forage fish play in marine systems before deciding how many of them can be caught.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 February 2015 16:58
NAFTA environment watchdog won't probe oilsands tailings ponds PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 03 February 2015 19:02

By Bob Weber, The Canadian Press 

 Wednesday, January 28, 2015 2:30PM EST

Alberta oilsands
A hydraulic shovel loads a heavy hauler at an oilsands mine north of Fort McMurray, Alta. on June 19, 2003. (Adrian Wyld / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
The three countries that run the North American Free Trade Agreement's environmental watchdog have voted against an investigation into how Canada oversees Alberta's oilsands.

The unanimous decision by Canada, Mexico and the United States comes despite recommendations from staff at the Commission on Environmental Co-operation. They had concluded there were enough questions about how environmental rules are enforced on oilsands tailings ponds to justify an investigation.

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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