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The Dry Weather That’s Hitting The Tar Sands Industry Is ‘A Preview Of The Future,’ Scientist Says PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 23 August 2015 04:59

 AUG 21, 2015 1:57PM

CREDIT: AP PHOTO/EAMON MAC MAHON

This June 25, 2008 photo shows an aerial view of Alberta's Athabasca river running through the oil sands developments in Canada.

Dozens of tar sands developers in Alberta’s tar sands have been suspended from taking water — needed for their operations — out of local rivers, after a low flow advisory was issued.

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) suspended 73 licenses to temporarily divert water (TDLs) from the Athabasca, Peace, and Wabasca rivers on July 24, after unusually dry weather caused water to fall to at or below healthy maintenance levels. Now, scientists are saying this could become a regular issue for Alberta’s tar sands industry.

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The Harper Government was negligent in withdrawing from the International Convention on Combating Desertification and Drought PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 09 June 2015 17:00

By Joan Russow PhD

Global Compliance Research Project

Photo of 2012 drought in Alberta

 

Digby McLaren, Past President of the Royal Society of Canada,  once stated that "inaction is negligence``. (Global Change Conference, 1991)

 

This dictum could be aptly applied to the Harper Government. Their inaction on drought has been negligent

 

On March 13, 2013, the Harper government withdrew from the International Convention to Combat Desertification and Drought

The withdrawal from the Convention would have been after there had been a serious drought in Alberta

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 June 2015 10:28
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Ontario first in North America to curb bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 09 June 2015 14:36

By CARLOS OSORIO / TORONTO STAR 

Neonicotinoid pesticides are blamed for hindering the ability of bees and other pollinator species, including birds and butterflies, to navigate, feed, or reproduce. The chemical is also blamed for making pollinators more susceptible to illness.CARLOS OSORIO / TORONTO STAR Order this photo

Neonicotinoid pesticides are blamed for hindering the ability of bees and other pollinator species, including birds and butterflies, to navigate, feed, or reproduce. The chemical is also blamed for making pollinators more susceptible to illness.

 
Farmers and the province have agreed to rules for reduction that begins July 1, while the manufacturer maintains the controversial insecticide is safe.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 June 2015 22:44
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Our Body of Scientific Evidence Against Trans Mountain PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 05 June 2015 08:45

 

Chris Genovali Headshot

 
 
 
This article is co-authored by Raincoast Conservation Foundation biologist Misty MacDuffee.
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/chris-genovali/our-body-of-scientific-ev_b_7508236.html
 
On May 27th, Raincoast Conservation Foundation filed four submissions to Canada's National Energy Board (NEB) regarding the impacts that Kinder Morgan's proposed Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline and oil tanker expansion will have on wildlife. Our evidence encompasses four major areas: a Population Viability Analysis of Southern Resident Killer Whales; acoustic disturbance from vessel traffic on Southern Resident Killer Whales; the risk from oil spills to Wild Salmon of the Fraser River and Salish Sea; and the risk from oil spills to Pacific herring and other forage fish of the Salish Sea. Ecojustice is providing Raincoast's legal representation at the NEB review of Trans Mountain, and will be presenting our aforementioned evidence, which consists of some 500 pages. In stark contrast, according to the NEB's most recent update, the Province of British Columbia has submitted no written evidence.
 
Last Updated on Friday, 05 June 2015 09:01
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“Banning neonicotinoid pesticides will have almost no impact on corn and soy production PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 22 May 2015 20:32

MEDIA RELEASE / May 22, 2015

 
OTTAWA – A leaked report from Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) will make banning bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides a lot easier.

An economic analysis of the use of neonicotinoids on soy and corn crops shows a very tiny benefit to a very few farmers. Corn growers in some parts of Ontario may be seeing an economic benefit of only 3.6% while soy planters see almost no benefit (0.4%). These numbers are orders of magnitude lower than the doomsday predictions of the agro-chemical industry.

Banning neonicotinoid pesticides will have almost no impact on corn and soy production, and the vast majority of farmers will actually make more money not using them,” said John Bennett, National Program Director, Sierra Club Canada Foundation.

Neonicotinoid pesticides are used indiscriminately on almost all corn and soy crops in Canada. They are applied to the seeds before planting and the poison is absorbed by all parts of the plant, including pollen and nectar. The PMRA study looked at the added cost to the farmer of using the bee-killing pesticides and compared yields and losses to calculate the cost/benefit of their use.

The chemical industry may have convinced farm organizations that they need neonicotinoids to succeed, but this study strongly suggests the true value of these pesticides has been way over stated.

“Removing neonicotinoid pesticides from the marketplace will not have a significant impact on farmers or the their incomes,” said Mr. Bennett. “It’s time to do the right thing and ban these bee-killing pesticides.”

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John Bennett, National Program Director
Sierra Club Canada Foundation
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Expert quits 'rigged' Trans Mountain oil pipeline review PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 14:17
Economist Robyn Allan has quit as intervenor in the Trans Mountain pipeline hearings, saying the process is biased. - File photo
Economist Robyn Allan has quit as intervenor in the Trans Mountain pipeline hearings, saying the process is biased.
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A prominent expert has withdrawn as an intervenor from the National Energy Board review of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion project to protest what she calls a broken system.

Robyn Allan, an economist and former ICBC president, quit in a strongly worded eight-pageletter to the NEB outlining her concerns with the review and the board itself.

"The game is rigged," she wrote. "We are being conned by the very agency entrusted to protect us."

Among Allan's criticisms is that the NEB is examining the project based only on Kinder Morgan's appli

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 May 2015 14:23
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QUEBEC CITY RALLY TARGETS TAR SANDS PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 23 April 2015 10:32
 

 Canadians have a choice when it comes to fighting global warming, but true change can't be achieved by tar sands expansion

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https://nowtoronto.com/news/quebec-city-rally-targets-tar-sands/

 

 

APRIL 14, 2015

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Pacific herring stocks are shadows of their former abundance. But the Canadian government wants to reopen fishing off British Columbia. PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 12 February 2015 14:30

Fighting Over Herring­the Little Fish That Feeds Multitudes

By Craig Welch

National Geographic
http://news.
nationalgeographic.com/news/2015/02/150211-herring-decline-british-columbia-fishery-seabirds-environment/ 

Pacific herring in British Columbia, Canada, come near shore in massive schools every spring to spawn.

The Pacific herring­an oily, silvery, schooling fish­is rarely high on the list of marine animals people fret about.

But for the second straight year, the Canadian government has ignited a skirmish in British Columbia by moving to let fishing nets scoop up spawning herring, despite objections from scientists, Native people, and even commercial fishing groups.

"Last year it almost got to a war­locals were geared up to block fishing boats in port," said Tony Pitcher, a fisheries scientist with the University of British Columbia. "There were more police on the dock than there were local people."

This unusual battle is part of a global debate about the future of some of the oceans' most important fish: the abundant schools of sardines, squid, smelt, anchovies, and herring that serve as forage for larger animals in the sea.

Scientists like Pitcher argue that too few governments take into account the essential role these forage fish play in marine systems before deciding how many of them can be caught.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 February 2015 16:58
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NAFTA environment watchdog won't probe oilsands tailings ponds PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 03 February 2015 19:02

By Bob Weber, The Canadian Press 

 Wednesday, January 28, 2015 2:30PM EST

Alberta oilsands
A hydraulic shovel loads a heavy hauler at an oilsands mine north of Fort McMurray, Alta. on June 19, 2003. (Adrian Wyld / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
The three countries that run the North American Free Trade Agreement's environmental watchdog have voted against an investigation into how Canada oversees Alberta's oilsands.

The unanimous decision by Canada, Mexico and the United States comes despite recommendations from staff at the Commission on Environmental Co-operation. They had concluded there were enough questions about how environmental rules are enforced on oilsands tailings ponds to justify an investigation.

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Killing wolves without purpose PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 22 January 2015 11:58

BY John Bennett,  the Sierra Club of Canada

 

 

 
I have to report an ongoing travesty.

 

In the name of protecting Woodland Caribou, the Alberta Government has killed more than 1000 wolves using poison, traps, and guns from helicopters. Hundreds of other animals have also been killed, including moose and elk to bait wolf traps. Others have died by eating poison intended for the wolves. It’s barbaric and senseless.

This is all happening in the name of protecting Woodland Caribou. They call it a “cull”. The problem is it doesn’t work.

The reality is Woodland Caribou are declining as a result of habitat loss and disruption. In order to survive, Woodland Caribou need large areas of undisturbed, old growth woodland habitat for food, shelter and protection.

Woodland caribou have already lost at least one-half of their historic range in Canada. We’re in danger of losing the caribou if we don’t get a handle on industrial development and enact strong laws to restrict activities in caribou habitat.

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