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Twelve Canadians is a series about Canadian women and men who stand out from the crowd; people who've been devoting their lives to social, economic or environmental justice, and to the healthy development of Canadian communities and the world.

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One more post from the MSM that thinks the West ends at Calgary -- yet here we are - an entire island (the size of Britain) with a population 3 times that of PEI but every writer characterises the West as if there was nothing beyond the Granite Curtain. And as if we all had our heads in the tar sands. Just stop already!   

Mallick: Nexen deal proves Harper is China’s plaything

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Posted on October 17, 2012

Have we reached the turning point, or just discovered another twist in the bottom line?

by Maggie Paquet

On June 10, 1998, one of Canada's largest logging companies announced it will embark on a forest stewardship strategy focusing on old-growth and habitat conservation. Company president Tom Stephens said, "For MacMillan Bloedel (MB), today marks the beginning of the end of clearcutting and a recognition of non-timber values in our old-growth forests." Error! Filename not specified.

Posted on October 16, 2012

Canadian federal scientists say the common additive to industrial and household detergents and sprays seems to be related to the troubles of East Coast salmon stocks. The question is, where else are these chemicals causing problems?

by Miranda Holmes

Recent Department of Fisheries and Oceans research suggests that nonylphenols (one of the breakdown products of the family of chemicals known as alkylphenol ethoxylates or APEs) may be playing a role in the failure of salmon stocks to return to many of Canada's East Coast rivers.

Posted on October 16, 2012

The Harris government's Lands for Life program is more trick than treat.

by Mike Buckthought

The day before Halloween, the Harris government's Lands for Life program released its final report. More trick than treat, the report is a scary and often contradictory document that recommends opening up Ontario's forests to intensified logging, mining, and hunting. It rolls back environmental safeguards and does little to advance the cause of aboriginal rights.

Posted on October 16, 2012

by Alice Chambers

Perched on the banks of the Winnipeg River, immediately upstream of Sakgeeng First Nation Reserve in Manitoba, the Pine Falls mill is the oldest pulp mill on the prairies and it shows. The mill opened in 1927 and since that time there have been concerns over resource use, corporate behaviour, regulation and enforcement. This article briefly outlines the resource use and corporate behaviour issues and looks in some detail at the regulatory and enforcement situations.

Posted on October 16, 2012

A volatile political climate makes fisheries forecasts jiggery-pokery.

by J. Cates

It's always difficult to predict where the fish will be found on the west coast, especially when forecasts have to be made in an atmosphere where there's always the potential for a new outbreak of political posturing between Canada and the US. The word from Fisheries Minister David Anderson is that harvesting of Pacific salmon in 1999 is likely to take place in all sectors: First Nations, commercial, and sports.

Posted on October 15, 2012

We all love to walk on the wild side, but boardwalks and parking are no way to save a fragment of wild beach dune for the creatures of PEI.

by Sharon Labchuk

When the dunes at Greenwich, PEI were declared a national park last year, most people figured this relatively unspoiled natural area would finally be safe from developers. They were forgetting one thing though - politicians. Lawrence MacAulay, Canada's solicitor general and Liberal MP for the Greenwich area, has re-election on his mind. He's not going to let rare plants or the endangered piping plover get in his way.

Posted on October 14, 2012

Corporations want to divert Canada's rivers south to irrigate a few years of profits.

by Don Malcolm

By 2025 the earth's population will have increased by an additional two billion people. What we do in the next twenty-five years will determine whether we are moving toward civilization or chaos. The first three decades of the 21st century will bring change difficult to imagine by many from to-day's perspective.

Posted on October 14, 2012

There's plenty of juice available from the winds and tides, if we choose to use it.

by Liza Morris

Electricity. Energy. Power. The stuff without which our modern, convenient, western lifestyle would come crashing to a halt.

Canada's largest wind farm will be able to supply 16,000 households in Quebec.

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