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Tree Rings & Droughts

Defying economic logic and fuelled by corporate interests and politicians of all stripes, pipeline battles continue to rage across Canada this summer, and it appears they will not be settled anytime soon.

What was lost, and what was saved?

Recently, my five year old daughter signed up with Earth Rangers, a Canadian kids’ conservation organization. She wanted to start a campaign to save bats. This led her to find out more about bats.

Upland Excavating Ltd. has applied to the Ministry of Environment to landfill solid non-hazardous waste (including construction and demolition waste, land clearing debris and contaminated soil) and to collect and treat the leachate at its site at 7295 Gold River Highway, Campbell River.

In 2009, Compliance Energy Corp. announced its intention to build the Raven Underground Coal Project, a new coal mine in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island.

Compliance was created in 2000 as Beanpole Capital by James O’Rourke, who remained in charge to the end. Its corporate tradition of failure began with a couple of early ventures near Princeton – a small thermal coal mine and a coal-fired generation plant.

Many fisheries generate controversy – including the BC herring fishery. Concerns vary in substance, severity, alleged causes and recommended remedies – but rarely are issues articulated from a biological perspective. This article considers some biological aspects of the controversies. Here are four topics that frequently are stated or implied.

Nestlé Waters Canada, a subsidiary of Swiss based multinational Nestlé S.A., has just applied for a ten- year permit to take water from their site at Aberfoyle near Guelph, Ontario. It also has a permit pending to take water from the possible purchase of the Middlebrook well beside the Grand River, just outside the neighbouring village of Elora.

The Watershed Sentinel recently caught up with 17-year-old Canadian activist Rachel Parent during an Earth Day speaking engagement at Highland Secondary in Comox, BC. Rachel founded Kids Right to Know in Toronto at age 12, after learning about the issues surrounding Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).

See part 1 of this series: Bank of Canada Lawsuit