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Consider banning insecticides to save honeybees: Merulla PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 10:49
 
By Samantha Craggs, CBC News Posted: Jun 16, 2014 5:15 PM ET| Last Updated: Jun 17, 2014 10:49 AM ET 
 
Beekeepers such as Les Simonffy of Ancaster have seen large portions of their hives die in the last few years. One Hamilton councillor wants to see what the city can do about it. (Matt Moir/CBC)

Beekeepers such as Les Simonffy of Ancaster have seen large portions of their hives die in the last few years. One Hamilton councillor wants to see what the city can do about it. (Matt Moir/CBC) 

 
 
Research has found neonicotinoids, a widely used insecticide, are contributing to honeybee deaths
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Consider banning insecticides to save honeybees: Merulla PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 10:45

Research has found neonicotinoids, a widely used insecticide, are contributing to honeybee deaths

By Samantha Craggs, CBC News Posted: Jun 16, 2014 5:15 PM ET Last Updated: Jun 17, 2014 10:49 AM ET

Beekeepers such as Les Simonffy of Ancaster have seen large portions of their hives die in the last few years. One Hamilton councillor wants to see what the city can do about it. (Matt Moir/CBC)

Beekeepers such as Les Simonffy of Ancaster have seen large portions of their hives die in the last few years. One Hamilton councillor wants to see what the city can do about it. (Matt Moir/CBC)

Honeybees are dying at an alarming rate, and one city councillor wants to look at banning the pesticides that are suspected of contributing to it.

 

Coun. Sam Merulla wants the city to meet with McMaster University, the Royal Botanical Gardens, the Ontario Beekeepers Association and others to look at how the city can curb the alarming death of bees.

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The Harper Cabinet’s Approval Ignores Interveners Issues, defies international norms and is grossly negligent. PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 18 June 2014 06:20

By Joan Russow PhD

Global Compliance Research Project -A Project of the Ecological Rights Association

 

Enbridge Michigan Oil Spill

File photo of a worker at Enbridge's Michigan oil spill. File photo of a worker at Enbridge's Michigan oil spill. 
 
The Cabinet Decision's mimiked the flawed Decision by the Joint Review Panel If one reviews the initial submissions to the panel in August 2010, one can clearly see that the issues  raised by the submissions were completely ignored.Proceeding with the pipeline and the tankers would be grossly negligent and in defiance with International obligations. There is sufficient evidence of precedents, such as Enbridge spills, regional earth quakes, potential tsunamis, grounding of a drilling rig and widespread pollution of land and water bodies to invoke the precautionary principle...

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 06:51
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If The Harper government approves the northern Gateway project, they will have defied international law and may be guilty of gross negligence PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 07:43

 

By Joan Russow Global compliance Research Project

 

Given the potential threats to the environment and to the land of first nations, under no condition should the Northern Gateway Project Proceed

 

UPDATE: HARPER APPROVED NORTHERN GATEWAY 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 June 2014 20:04
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First Nations and other opponents will "do what's necessary and whatever it takes" to stop the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 15 June 2014 14:26

 

Sunday, June 15, 2014 3:20PM EDT

 

Northern Gateway project

 

Douglas Channel, the proposed termination point for an oil pipeline in the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project, is pictured in an aerial

view in Kitimat, B.C., on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012. (Darryl Dyck / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

First Nations and other opponents will "do what's necessary and whatever it takes" to stop the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, a British Columbia chief

says days ahead of the project's expected approval.

The federal government is expected to give Enbridge's $7-billion pipeline project the green light early this week, just as the House rises for the summer break.

The pipeline would carry Alberta bitumen across British Columbia to a port in Kitimat, where it would board tankers for shipment to Asian markets.

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Update on Enbridge Northern Gateway Tar Sands Pipeline PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 13:24

 By the Sierra Club of Canada

Our friends over at the World Wildlife Fund had a group of scientist look over the Joint Panel Report on the Enbridge Northern Gateway Tar Sands Pipeline.

 

They concluded that the report is flawed and the federal government should not approve the pipeline. Over 100 scientists have now signed a letter to the Prime Minister urging him not to approve the pipeline.

Consider this an invitation to add your voice to the scientists, thousands of Canadians, and over 100 First Nations who oppose this pipeline!

Last Updated on Monday, 09 June 2014 22:11
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Desmond Tutu calls tar sands the product of "negligence and greed" PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 01 June 2014 11:40

By Linda Solomon Wood Linda Solomon Wood

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Photo by Bill Weaver

"The oil sands are emblematic of an era that must end," said South African Archbishop and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu at a conference in Fort McMurray held to highlight First Nation treaty and the threat of climate change.

Archbishop Tutu had strong words for bitumen extraction from Alberta's oil sands the result of "negligence and greed".

While deeply critical of Canada's rapid oil development, Tutu stressed that he could not tell Canadians what to do, and said ultimately Canada already knew what had to be done to prevent further environmental degradation. 

Last Updated on Sunday, 01 June 2014 11:45
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Unprecedented B.C. glacier melt seeps into U.S. climate change concerns PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 18 May 2014 18:53

 

Some B.C. glaciers losing 22 cubic kilometres of ice a year, or about 22 billion cubic metres of water

The Canadian Press Posted: May 18, 2014 6:02 AM PT Last Updated: May 18, 2014 11:12 AM PT

A close-up view shows the terminus of the Lowell Glacier in Kluane National Park, between B.C. and Alaska in the southwest corner of Yukon, in 2011. A U.S. report on climate change has singled out the rapid melt of glaciers in British Columbia and Alaska as a major issue.

A close-up view shows the terminus of the Lowell Glacier in Kluane National Park, between B.C. and Alaska in the southwest corner of Yukon, in 2011. A U.S. report on climate change has singled out the rapid melt of glaciers in British Columbia and Alaska as a major issue. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

But they're in rapid retreat, and an American state-of-the-union report on climate change has singled out the rapid melt in British Columbia and Alaska as a major climate change issue.

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GTA’s top doctors join forces to encourage cities to plan for built-in exercise PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 18 May 2014 05:47

Urban planning should encourage walking, cycling and use of public transit to battle chronic disease, public health doctors say.

By  Health,  Toronto Star  

http://www.thestar.com/life/health_wellness/2014/05/14/better_and_integrated_transit_will_save_lives_doctors_say.htmlon Wed May 14 2014

Toronto Star File Photo

A group of medical officers of health are encouraging governments to spend more money on integrated transit to get people out of their cars to save lives.

The top doctors for Toronto, Peel, Hamilton and Simcoe- Muskoka have joined forces to urge all levels of government to change the way communities are planned, to encourage more physical activity.

When it comes to land-use and transportation planning, more consideration must be given to encouraging residents to walk, cycle and use public transit, they told a news conference at Union Station on Wednesday.

“This really is the big public health concern of our time, of our generation. How our communities are shaped, how we move around and the impact it has on the leading causes of death and illness in our society is something that all health organizations are coming to grips with,” said Toronto Medical Officer of Health Dr. David McKeown.

Last Updated on Sunday, 18 May 2014 05:57
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Big mammals vs. Big Oil: New pipeline puts humpback whales at risk PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 17 May 2014 06:57

By Michael Patrick O'Neill / Alamy

 http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/5/15/big-mammals-v-bigoilnewcanadianpipelineputshumpbackwhalesatrisk.html
 
 

Canada says humpback whales aren’t endangered, which allows a proposed oil pipeline to cut across their feeding grounds

In a deep fjord in British Columbia called the Douglas Channel, where the Kitimat River pours runs of Chinook salmon into the Pacific Ocean, fishermen see singing humpback whales fling themselves into the air.

These barnacled, 40-ton whales with long, ridged flippers were harpooned to the brink of extinction in the 1900s. Only through intense conservation efforts have they found safety in ancient migration routes. Mothers birth a single calf in tropical seas and fast for months as it nurses, before migrating thousands of miles up to the North Pacific. There, in enclaves like the Douglas Channel — a critical feeding ground — the whales nourish themselves on krill.

Last Updated on Saturday, 17 May 2014 07:04
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