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Physicians Call for More Bike Lanes, More Quickly PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 26 January 2013 15:39

By   The Torontoist 

http://torontoist.com/2013/01/physicians-call-for-more-bike-lanes-more-quickly/A local physician who was arrested for blocking the removal of the Jarvis bike lanes has rallied support from his medical colleagues.



Tomislav Svoboda (right) sits with colleagues during a press conference at Toronto City Hall.

A group of physicians from St Michael’s Hospital are calling for more progress on the City’s bike plan—and, as part of that push, they’re standing in solidarity with Dr. Tomislav Svoboda, a colleague who was arrested in November for obstructing the now-infamous removal of the Jarvis Street bike lanes.

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 January 2013 16:36
Spores to help the salmon PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Friday, 25 January 2013 18:16

If you look at them really, really closely, they look kind of like Star Wars fighters, says Ken Kirkby, but they're actually the very first stage of one of the oldest life forms on earth.

Kyle Kulbacki prepares the gear for kelp planting on a 40-foot herring skiff last weekend. NEIL HORNER PHOTO By Neil Horner - Parksville Qualicum Beach News

They are also, he said, possibly one of the key pieces of the puzzle of how to bring coho salmon back to the east coast of Vancouver Island.

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 January 2013 15:35
Inadequate monitoring caused two oil spills, federal records show PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 24 January 2013 17:27



By http://o.canada.com/2013/01/21/inadequate-monitoring-caused-two-oil-spills-federal-records-show/

January 21, 2013Keith Stewart from Greenpeace Canada examines warning letter sent to Devon Energy.

Keith Stewart from Greenpeace Canada examines warning letter sent to Devon Energy
Photo by Andrew Norton, courtesy Greenpeace Canada

OTTAWA – Separate oil spills in 2010 – one from an abandoned pipeline owned by a midstream energy company, the other from an oilsands company’s well – were caused by inadequate oversight and monitoring, according to federal government records, which concluded they violated environmental laws.

Petroleum Coke: The Coal Hiding in the Tar Sands PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Friday, 18 January 2013 06:29

By  Oil Change International


Jan17 2013



Petroleum Coke: The Coal Hiding in the Tar Sands

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The Canadian tar sands have been called the “most environmentally destructive project on earth”, with good reason. Extracting tar sands bitumen from under the boreal forests of Alberta, Canada requires huge amounts of energy and water. It has cleared vast tracts of forest, left scars on the land that are visible from space and threatened the health and livelihoods of indigenous First Nations communities across the region.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 January 2013 07:16
Exxon oil spill consultant speaks out against Enbridge pipeline PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 15 January 2013 11:38

by By Luke SimcoeMetro Victoria  January 15, 2013


Torstar News Service Enbridge Pipelines has received National Energy Board (NEB) approval for a controversial plan to reverse the flow in its Line 9A pipeline that carries imported oil to Sarnia refineries through a hub in Westover. 



A B.C. oil spill expert who was hired to consult in the wake of the infamous Exxon Valdez spill says the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline is too risky to proceed.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 January 2013 11:44
Tense final day of Enbridge Northern Gateway Joint Review Panel hearings in Victoria PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 12 January 2013 18:13


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Erin Flegg - Vancouver observer - Lori Waters, displaying "missing islands" from Enbridge's promotional video of Northern Gateway pipeline tanker route

The final day of the Enbridge Joint Review Panel hearings in Victoria was short but tense, with presenters reduced to both anger and tears, and an apparent last-minute rule change.

Lori Waters, the scientific animator who “found” the 1,000 square kilometres of islands that were omitted from Enbridge's promotional video of the Northern Gateway pipeline, was one of the final presenters of the week.


Last Updated on Monday, 14 January 2013 03:59
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Written by Joan Russow   
Monday, 07 January 2013 12:14


by Bob Weber , The Canadian Press January 7, 2013 http://www.timescolonist.com/news/weather/government-funded-study-concludes-toxic-hydrocarbons-from-oilsands-pollute-lakes-1.41572

EDMONTON - New research has provided the most conclusive proof yet that oilsands development in northern Alberta is polluting surrounding lakes.

The findings all but end the debate over industry's contribution to toxins found in local watersheds, say the report's authors.

The federally funded research by some of Canada's top scientists was published Monday in the prestigious U.S. journal the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. It concludes that levels of toxic hydrocarbons in six lakes in the oilsands region are between 2 1/2 and 23 times what they were before the mines were built.

Leaked fracking fluid contaminated groundwater near Grande Prairie: ERCB PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 22 December 2012 08:18


By Sheila Pratt, Edmonton Journal December 21, 2012


Leaked fracking fluid contaminated groundwater near Grande Prairie: ERCB

A gas flare burns at a fracking site in rural Pennsylvania. A report by British Columbia’s energy regulator says a spate of small earthquakes in B.C. could have been caused by fracking.

Photograph by: Les Stone/Reuters files , xx

EDMONTON - Leaked fracking fluid has contaminated groundwater after a “serious” incident at a well site near Grande Prairie in September 2011, according to an investigation by the Energy Resources Conservation Board which regulates the energy industry.

Calgary-based Crew Energy “inadvertently” released toxic fluids at too shallow a level in a natural gas well and then failed to realize the leak was occurring underground, said the ERCB report released Thursday.

‘Tar Sands Oil Orgy’ blockades Canada House in London PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Monday, 17 December 2012 06:34

by No Tar Sands November 20, 2012


Canada House blockaded by tar sands 'oil orgy'. Photo by David Hoffman.

Canada-EU Energy Summit disrupted as Canada’s aggressive lobbying threatens EU climate legislation

Yesterday morning an ‘oil orgy’ performance-protest disrupted the Canada Europe Energy Summit, at Canada House, in London. The annual energy summit was hosted by Canadian High Commissioner Gordon Campbell and featured top officials from Shell, Total and Enbridge, along with Conservative Energy and Climate Minister John Hayes (who has recently received media attention for an alleged plot to promote the anti-wind farm agenda in the Coalition Government). The aim of the event was to promote Canada’s tar sands in Europe, and discussions included how to deal with ‘public policy risks’ such as impending European transport legislation which would discourage imports of highly-polluting fuels like tar sands into the EU market.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 December 2012 06:54
Second B.C. shipping incident in two days heightens concerns over Enbridge Northern Gateway project PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 24 November 2012 18:18

Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun : Friday, November 23, 2012 3:00 PM


Photo Credit: Amy Judd , Global News

A second ocean-going vessel has run into trouble on the B.C. north coast in two days, creating further fodder for critics seeking to block the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project.

Dan Bate, spokesman for the Canadian Coast Guard, said Friday that the deep-sea cargo ship, Tern Arrow, lost engine power in heavy seas and 40-knot winds near Laredo Sound south of Kitimat on Thursday at 2:17 p.m.

Last Updated on Saturday, 24 November 2012 18:22
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