Without the guar bean, the fracking industry would come crashing down. It sounds like something out of Brothers Grimm. The giant shale oil/natural gas industry is dependent upon a little green bean, which is grown in India.

An obscure tribunal housed at the World Bank in Washington, DC will decide whether OceanaGold will mine in El Salvador.

In 1994 when the FDA removed antibacterial soaps from the drug category, the use of triclosan in consumer products dramatically increased.

China’s coal consumption has slowed down, with a number of key provinces seeing absolute consumption decreases in 2012.

Alberta's mad deer disease and the implications of game farms. In 2005 an Alberta hunter killed our first brain-wasted deer. It was far from being the last.

There were a number of warnings that were raised about the Mt Polley mine impoundment.


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An obscure tribunal housed at the World Bank in Washington, DC will decide the fate of millions of people.

Let them drink benzene, toluene, xylene and ethylbenzene.

Everywhere that the oil and natural gas industry is fracking – using high pressure blasts of fluid, sand, and...

Chinese girl holding balloons against a smoggy sky

The killer line in any domestic climate debate is: “What’s the point of reducing emissions here when China is...

guar bean

Last year on July 4, North Dakota oil and gas billionaire, Harold Hamm just couldn’t contain his patriotic...

soap bubble floating in the air

Most people are unaware of how widespread triclosan and triclocarban chemicals are in their daily lives. Many...

Field filled with rows of solar panels.

So, Canada’s federal government has finally approved construction of the proposed Enbridge pipeline that is intended...

Emperor penguins

Some tagged Antarctic penguins have had a new visitor lately and although it looks cute and cuddly it has an...

Down a long back road, south of Houston BC, there is a place known as the Unist’ot’en Camp. Situated on Wet’suwet’en...

Deer standing in the forest.

Mad deer disease is here. Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is the official name for...

Posted on June 06, 2013

Brenda Sayers - FIPA Rally in VancouverAt the FIPA rally, June 5 2013
Outside the Federal Court, 701 Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC
Photo: Brenda Sayers, pictured here with white blanket, of Hupacasath First Nations, Vancouver Island, has led the First Nations court action, on behalf of Canadians, against the Canada/China Investment Protection Agreement (FIPA).

Interviewer: We're talking all about solidarity. It's all about We Stand Together. How do you think the outcome of this case will affect the other cases that are up right now with the  Frog Lake and the Misigaw around overturning the legislation that destroyed our Navigable Waters Act? 

SP: I think that all of these court cases will serve as a

This is one of the most serious attacks on Canada in history, perpetrated by our own government on behalf of Chinese business oligarchy, giving a handful of industrialists power over our choices about labour, ecology, and Canada's future. Please see this short video and support the Hupacasath First Nation case.


Posted on November 07, 2012

GM Food and Coopsby Lucy Sharratt

The proliferation of genetically engineered (also called genetically modified or GM) ingredients is an extremely complex challenge that’s set to frustrate and test any food co-op, but the co-op model itself is uniquely placed to face this challenge head-on and make sense of it for customer-members and the community at large. In fact, food co-ops in Canada are charting a path through an industrialized food system riddled with GM foods.

Bill to make Disease Secret Withdrawn Amid Public Outcry

Minister McRae’s Bill 37 not going to make law

Press Release from Alexandra Morton, May 31, 2012

Victoria (May 31, 2012) For Immediate Release. In the face of enormous public outcry, agriculture Minister Don McRae quietly withdrew his Bill 37 that would have made disease reporting in animals an offence punishable by two years in prison and $75,000.  The stated intent of the Bill was to encourage greater disease reporting by farmers in BC.

Posted on January 12, 2012

Goldman Sachs, General Electric, and the World Resources Institute (WRI) form a partnership - the Aqueduct Alliance - with a new strategy to increase profit: water privatization.

by Joyce Nelson

Investment banker Goldman Sachs has famously been described by the Rolling Stone's business writer Matt

REDD flag as UN endorses controversial new carbon markets
by Andrea Palframan, Watershed Sentinel
At this summit even soil is being added as a natural carbon sequestration element that can be traded on the carbon market, a move which threatens the livelihoods of millions of farmers.

Watershed Sentinel correspondent Gary McNutt has several videos up on youtube from the COP 17 climate conference in Durban. More material is coming on Gary's channel.
Here are the URLs so far:
Elizabeth May's Message from Durban, speaking to all Canadians but especially to her Saltspring constituents http://youtu.be/qLlNyBNQ8FY
Kumi Naidoo of Greenpeace International shares thoughts from COP 17 http://youtu.be/ZRALIIl3qRg
CYCC Canadian Youth Delegation to COP-17: ACtion of the Day for Dec. 1 http://youtu.be/wbH7ysnijlg

Posted on November 15, 2011

Biofuelby Rob Wiltzen

A combination of federal government subsidies, changes in the pulp and paper market and questionable energy policies threaten British Columbia forests as they come to be viewed as bioenergy.

Tough times for the pulp and paper industry have called for change, and the industry appears to have diversified to energy production. Pulp mills already have the facilities for energy production, they have been given $1 billion in federal funding for the capital upgrades required, and they have a willing partner with BC Hydro offering lucrative power purchasing agreements. [See "BC's Bio Boondoogle," Watershed Sentinel.] Further, there's a profitable future in saleable carbon credits.

The entire scenario is founded on the use of ‘biomass' as renewable energy and it's become a bit of a gold rush.


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