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Canada accused of ignoring NAFTA obligations by environmental law association PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 15 August 2013 13:58
 
 

Canada has so weakened its environmental laws that it is “in violation” of its obligations under the North American free-trade agreement, the West Coast Environmental Law association says.

In an open letter released Wednesday, the non-profit legal foundation asks the Commission for Environmental Cooperation to take a hard look at Canada’s actions, saying the government has exposed the environment to undue risk to give Canadian industry an edge over the U.S. and Mexico.

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Quebec professor calls for inquiry into transportation of hazardous materials PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 11 August 2013 17:14

By Christopher Curtis, The Gazette

 

http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Quebec+professor+calls+inquiry+into+transportation+hazardous+materials/8770596/story.html#ixzz2bWpA4KGC

August 9, 2013

 

Quebec professor calls for inquiry into transportation of hazardous materials
 

While hundreds of trains carrying hazardous materials pass through urban centres every day, there’s no legislation that forces them to alert those municipalities, points out Jean-Paul Lacoursière, who teaches chemical engineering at Université de Sherbrooke.

Photograph by: Peter McCabe , The Gazette

MONTREAL — There’s more crude oil travelling on Canada’s railroads now than ever before.

In fact, there will be 26 times more crude shipped by rail this year than there was in 2009, according to the Railway Association of Canada. It’s something that went largely unnoticed among the general public before a freight train derailed and exploded in Lac-Mégantic last month, killing 47 people

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Quebec professor calls for inquiry into transportation of hazardous materials PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 11 August 2013 17:09

By Christopher Curtis,

http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Quebec+professor+calls+inquiry+into+transportation+hazardous+materials/8770596/story.html#ixzz2bWpA4KGC

The Gazette August 9, 2013

 
Quebec professor calls for inquiry into transportation of hazardous materials
 

While hundreds of trains carrying hazardous materials pass through urban centres every day, there’s no legislation that forces them to alert those municipalities, points out Jean-Paul Lacoursière, who teaches chemical engineering at Université de Sherbrooke.

Photograph by: Peter McCabe , The Gazette

MONTREAL — There’s more crude oil travelling on Canada’s railroads now than ever before.

In fact, there will be 26 times more crude shipped by rail this year than there was in 2009, according to the Railway Association of Canada. It’s something that went largely unnoticed among the general public before a freight train derailed and exploded in Lac-Mégantic last month, killing 47 people.

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Alberta Tar Sands Demonstrate a Legacy of Negligence and Deceit, New Study Says PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Monday, 05 August 2013 13:47
 Adam Kingsmith http://www.desmog.ca/2013/07/24/alberta-tar-sands-demonstrate-legacy-negligence-and-deceit-new-study-says
 
 
Wed, 2013-07-24 11:19
 
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The results of so-called "regulations" in action. Image Credit: howlmontreal/Flickr
 

It’s no secret that the province of Alberta, the government Canada, and the titans of the fossil fuel industry pride themselves on robust regulatory and oversight structures when it comes to the extraction of natural resources.

"Environmental protection is a priority for our government and Canada is a global environmental leader," said Canada’s Natural Resources Minister, Joe Oliver. "This is why Canada's oil sands are subject to some of the most stringent environmental regulations and monitoring in the world."
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Stephen Harper withholds details of government ads for big oil MINISTER WANTS TO SPEND UP TO $16.5 MILLION ON ADVERTISING PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 04 August 2013 05:51

by Editors Pipeline observer  26 May 2013 

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The Harper government is declining to explain how and where it is spending millions of taxpayer dollars on advertising to promote oil, gas and pipeline companies as well as other Canadian natural resources.

 

Facing nearly four hours of questions from opposition MPs this week, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver also declined to provide specifics on a training program, worth up to $500,000, for his department’s scientists and other officials, “designed to help them communicate with the public and to do so in a way that is accessible to the public.”

Overall, Oliver said his department wanted to spend up to $16.5 million on advertising in the upcoming year, with details made available “at the appropriate time.”

“This is a critical moment in the development of our natural resources, and therefore we have allocated a significant amount of money for advertising,” Oliver told a special committee studying spending estimates in the House of Commons on Tuesday evening.

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Statement by Environmental Defence’s Adam Scott on TransCanada’s Risky Energy East Pipeline Proposal PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 03 August 2013 10:00

BY Adam Scott

http://environmentaldefense.ca/articles/statement-environmental-defence%E2%80%99s-adam-scott-transcanada%E2%80%99s-risky-energy-east-pipeline-propo

Aug 012013

Toronto, ON - TransCanada’s Energy East proposal to ship tar sands oil across Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick is yet another misguided scheme that puts Canadians in harm’s way for the benefit of the oil industry’s bottom line.

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Pooping Canada geese may have spread GM wheat seeds PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Friday, 26 July 2013 10:00
By Tom Spears,
OTTAWA CITIZEN July 23, 2013
Pooping Canada geese may have spread GM wheat seeds
AGRICULTURE CANADA PLANTED GM WHEAT IN OTTAWA, BUT NEVER THOUGHT WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN IF CANADA GEESE FLEW OFF WITH THE SEEDS. - PHOTOGRAPH BY: PAT MCGRATH , OTTAWA CITIZEN
 
OTTAWA — Canada geese may have spread viable seeds of genetically modified wheat grown at the Central Experimental Farm, documents from Agriculture Canada show.  The odds aren’t high, the department says.
Last Updated on Friday, 26 July 2013 22:34
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Farmers Seek Environmental Assessment of GM Alfalfa from Ontario Government PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 25 July 2013 07:00
 
By Lucy Sharratt - CBAN Coordinator
6:50 AM  JULY 25,2013
 
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July 25, 2013. Ottawa – Two farmers have formally asked the Ontario government to carry out an environmental assessment of genetically modified (GM) alfalfa before the seed is sold in the province. Today, they launched an application under Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights, the first ever request relating to the issue of GM crops.
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Canadians need answers on Cold Lake oil spill PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 20 July 2013 17:27

By Emma Pullman  Rabble 

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/emmapullman/2013/07/canadians-need-answers-on-cold-lake-oil-spill

| July 5, 2013

 

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Emma Pullman is a Vancouver-based researcher, writer and campaigner. She is a campaigner with for Leadnow.ca and campaigns consultant for SumOfUs. Emma will spend the next two weeks in Fort Chipewyan, Anzac, Fort McKay and Beaver Lake meeting with First Nations elders and local residents about the impact of the tar sands on their lands and communities. This series will recount her findings and reflections until her trip concludes when she joins Aboriginal communities from across Turtle Island in Fort McMurray for the Healing Walk against the tar sands on July 5-6. Read parts onetwo and three of the series on rabble.ca.

"We don't know what the hell is going on under the ground".

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‘Nobody understands’ spills at Alberta oil sands operation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Friday, 19 July 2013 18:11

 

 
Photos provided by a government scientist show the site of an oil spill in Cold Lake, Alta. The company that runs the operation says it is effectively managing the cleanup.

 

Photos provided by a government scientist show the site of an oil spill in Cold Lake, Alta. The company that runs the operation says it is effectively managing the cleanup.

Oil spills at an oil sands operation in Cold Lake, Alberta have been going on for weeks with no end in sight, according to a government scientist.

 

Oil spills at a major oil sands operation in Alberta have been ongoing for at least six weeks and have cast doubts on the safety of underground extraction methods, according to documents obtained by the Star and a government scientist who has been on site.

Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. has been unable to stop an underground oil blowout that has killed numerous animals, and contaminated a lake, forest, and muskeg at its operations in Cold Lake, Alta.

The documents indicate that, since cleanup started in May, some 26,000 barrels of bitumen mixed with surface water have been removed, including more than 4,500 barrels of bitumen.

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