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Lac Megantic explosion: Ottawa approved having only one engineer on ill-fated train PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 11 July 2013 08:44

by By: Les Whittington Ottawa Bureau reporter, Liam Casey GTA, Jessica McDiarmid News reporter, Bruce Campion-Smith Parliament Hill, 

 Tue Jul 09 2013 toronto Star thestar.com/news/canada/20… … #LacMegantic

 

Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway got the green light from Transport Canada to operate trains with only one engineer on board, officials disclosed Tuesday

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Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway got the green light from Transport Canada to operate trains with only one engineer on board, officials disclosed Tuesday

 
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OTTAWA—The rail company whose 73-car train devastated a Quebec town when it derailed convinced the federal government last year that it could safely operate trains with only one engineer on board, officials disclosed Tuesday.

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Protest Biotech Industry Meeting in Quebec City - Manifestation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 11 July 2013 08:36

Join the Protest on July 15 in Quebec City - Manifestation à Québec contre la luzerne OGM: 15 juillet

Protest Biotech Industry Meeting in Quebec City - Manifestation
https://www.facebook.com/events/211976512285016/

When? Monday July 15 at 8-9AM


GM Crops Creating Superweeds and Superpests

Over 99% of all genetically engineered crops are either engineered to be insect resistant (Bt) and/or herbicide tolerant.

From The Failing Experiment of Genetic Engineering" by CBAN Coordinator Lucy Sharratt, published in the Watershed Sentinel March/April 2013, now posted at http://www.cban.ca/content/view/full/1745 : "Monsanto faces major defeat in the form of a weed of its own creation.

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First Nation discovers large petrochemical sheen on Athabasca River; Alberta’s new energy regulator missing in action PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 07 July 2013 17:33

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07 Jul 2013

UPDATES AND INFO ON ACFN'S CASE AGAINST SHELL OIL

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First Nation discovers large petrochemical sheen on Athabasca River; Alberta’s new energy regulator missing in action

July 7, 2013, FORT MCMURRAY – The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation is demanding answers and action from the Alberta government following reports of a large possibly petrochemical spill into the Athabasca River. The large visible peteochemical sheen may be from a previous spill that regulators failed to contain or from a new release. Either way it has been left unaddressed and has forced the community to close the communities water intake.

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The End of Car Culture PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 02 July 2013 10:33

by Elisabeth Rosenthalhttp://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/30/sunday-review/the-end-of-car-culture.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

 PRESIDENT OBAMA’S ambitious goals to curb the United States’ greenhouse gas emissions, unveiled last week, will get a fortuitous assist from an incipient shift in American behavior: recent studies suggest that Americans are buying fewer cars, driving less and getting fewer licenses as each year goes by.
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Calgary floods hamper pipeline spill clean up in northern Alberta PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Monday, 24 June 2013 10:59
 
Calgary floods hamper pipeline spill clean up in northern Alberta
 

The Lubicon Lake First Nation says Pennwest believes the spill took place on Saturday evening in an area that is the proposed location of future reserve lands. File photos of Little Buffalo School.

Photograph by: Larry Wong , Edmonton Journal

LITTLE BUFFALO, Alta. - An pipeline operated by Pennwest Exploration has leaked more than 5000 litres of oil in northern Alberta and co-ordination of clean-up efforts is being hampered by flooding at the company's head office in Calgary.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 June 2013 11:15
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Climate catastrophes like the Alberta floods have the potential to shatter political careers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Friday, 21 June 2013 18:31

by Charlie Smith on Jun 21, 2013 at 9:59 am

http://www.straight.com/news/394046/climate-catastrophes-alberta-floods-have-potential-shatter-political-careers
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Prime Minister Stephen Harper has never paid a great deal of attention to climate change.

No single extreme weather event can be linked to climate change.

However, when there are a series of unusual catastrophes, it raises questions about the impact that carbon-dioxide emissions are having on the planet.

This year, two of those disasters have occurred in areas represented by North America's most intransigient climate-change-denying politicians.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 June 2013 18:38
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Canadian Food Inspection Agency has recently approved one variety of genetically engineered alfalfa: PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 11 June 2013 11:03

Stop GM Contamination: Stop GM Alfalfa

Bee says Join us to Stop GM Alfalfa

 

The recent discovery of contamination from unapproved GM wheat in the US clearly shows why stopping the introduction of GM crops, such as GM alfalfa, is the only way to stop contamination.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 11:16
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[Canada & US have not yet signed]; Historic Arms Trade Treaty Signed at U.N. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 04 June 2013 05:02

By Lucy Westcott

Anna MacDonald of Control Arms speaks at the start of the ceremony for the signing of the Arms Trade Treaty at United Nations headquarters in New York, Jun. 3, 2013. Credit: Keith Bedford/INSIDER IMAGES (UNITED STATES)

Anna MacDonald of Control Arms speaks at the start of the ceremony for the signing of the Arms Trade Treaty at United Nations headquarters in New York, Jun. 3, 2013. Credit: Keith Bedford/INSIDER IMAGES (UNITED STATES)

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 4 2013 (IPS) - The United Nations witnessed a historic moment Monday with the signing of the Arms Trade Treaty, first adopted in April by the General Assembly, and the first time the 85-billion-dollar international arms trade has been regulated by a global set of standards.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 June 2013 05:06
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U.S. Urged to Reject Genetically Engineered Trees By Carey L. Biron PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Friday, 31 May 2013 08:14

 By Carey L. Biron

Technician Christine Berry checks on futuristic peach and apple

Technician Christine Berry checks on futuristic peach and apple “orchards”. Each dish holds tiny experimental trees grown from lab-cultured cells to which researchers have given new genes. Credit: USDA Agricultural Research Service

WASHINGTON, May 30 2013 (IPS) - Consumer advocates and environmentalists this week are taking advantage of an industry conference to highlight concerns over the U.S. government’s pending approval of a genetically modified eucalyptus tree.

Last Updated on Sunday, 02 June 2013 18:14
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The Canadian War on Science: A long, unexaggerated, devastating chronological indictment PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 20:29

by John Dupuis on May 20, 2013

 
 
This is a brief chronology of the current Conservative Canadian government’s long campaign to undermine evidence-based scientific, environmental and technical decision-making. It is a government that is beholden to big business, particularly big oil, and that makes every attempt to shape public policy to that end. It is a government that fundamentally doesn’t believe in science. It is a government that is more interested in keeping its corporate masters happy than in protecting the environment.
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 May 2013 07:17
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