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Lakes across Canada face being turned into mine dump sites PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 11 August 2014 10:58

Lakes across Canada face being turned into mine dump site

Posted:Jun 16, 2008
By Terry Milewski CBC News

http://www.cbc.ca/m/touch/ canada/story/1.733972

CBC News has learned that 16 Canadian lakes are slated to be officially but quietly "reclassified" as toxic dump sites for mines. The lakes include prime wilderness fishing lakes from B.C. to Newfoundland.

Environmentalists say the process amounts to a "hidden subsidy" to mining companies, allowing them to get around laws against the destruction of fish habitat.

Under the Fisheries Act, it's illegal to put harmful substances into fish-bearing waters. But, under a little-known subsection known as Schedule Two of the mining effluent regulations, federal bureaucrats can redefine lakes as "tailings impoundment areas."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 August 2014 22:27
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Nunavut artist refuses to perform for MP Leona Aglukkaq PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 09 August 2014 15:17

CBC News Posted: Aug 08, 2014 5:57 AM CT Last Updated: Aug 08, 2014 6:23 AM CT

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/nunavut-artist-refuses-to-perform-for-mp-leona-aglukkaq-1.2730755

 Lucy Tulugarjuk says Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq is not speaking up for the people of Nunavut.

Lucy Tulugarjuk says Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq is not speaking up for the people of Nunavut. (CBC)

An artist has refused to perform for Nunavut's Member of Parliament, Leona Aglukkaq.

Nunavut's Lucy Tulugarjuk was asked to throat sing and drum dance during Aglukkaq's upcoming visit to Fort Smith, N.W.T., where the artist is currently living.

But she said she's not pleased with Aglukkaq. She said the MP has not addressed the concerns from Nunavummiut over seismic testing.

Some Inuit in Nunavut are furious over the National Energy Board's decision to approve an application to do seismic testing for oil and gas in Baffin Bay and Davis Strait off the east coast of Baffin Island.

They're worried wildlife will leave the area.

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Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq is under pressure from constituents over environmental issues. (CBC)

Tulugarjuk said Aglukkaq should be standing up for her people, rather than taking orders from Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

"I thought it was important to share with Inuit fellows, my friends and family that I am against it also and I will speak against it, if I must, and in that protest I refuse to throat sing and drum dance," Tulugarjuk said.

Tulugarjuk said a chief in Fort Smith asked her to perform, not Aglukkaq's staff.

 
NAFTA Environmental Watchdog Wants To Probe Oilsands Tailings Leakage PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 07 August 2014 16:54

 

 
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Investigators from an environmental watchdog set up as part of the North American Free Trade Agreement want to investigate whether Canada is enforcing its laws adequately when it comes to the oilsands. (CP) | Getty Images

Investigators from an environmental watchdog set up as part of the North American Free Trade Agreement want to investigate whether Canada is enforcing its laws on toxic leakage from giant oilsands tailings ponds.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014 17:03
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More than half of Ontario honey bees did not survive the winter Add to ... Eric Atkins PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 19:43

Honey bees cluster on a bee keeping suit in Ravenna on October 18, 2013. (Deborah Baic/The Globe and Mail) (DEBORAH BAIC/THE GLOBE AND MAIL)
Honey bees cluster on a bee keeping suit in Ravenna on October 18, 2013. (Deborah Baic/The Globe and Mail) (DEBORAH BAIC/THE GLOBE AND MAIL)

BY Eric Atkins

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/more-than-half-of-ontario-honey-bees-did-not-survive-the-winter/article19721276/The Globe and Mail

54 commentsA new report on the health of honey bees in Canada says 58 per cent of the colonies in Ontario did not survive the winter, a figure that exceeds the 15-per-cent mortality rate seen as acceptable.
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Newfoundland bees drawing international scientific attention PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 13:53

By The Canadian Press Posted: Jul 21, 2014 1:14 PM NT Last Updated: Jul 21, 2014 1:19 PM NT

Newfoundland's healthy honeybees are an increasing draw for researchers in the race to understand why colonies across much of the globe are struggling or dying off.

Newfoundland's healthy honeybees are an increasing draw for researchers in the race to understand why colonies across much of the globe are struggling or dying off. (The Canadian Press)

Newfoundland's healthy honeybees are an increasing draw for researchers in the race to understand why colonies across much of the globe are struggling or dying off.

"There is definitely interest in what's happening here," said Dave Jennings, a director with the provincial Natural Resources department.

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