From Our Inbox

22 July 2014
 (Toronto) – In response to recent criticisms of Greenpeace by Canada’s Minister of the Environment, Leona Aglukkaq, at the Inuit Circumpolar Conference in Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Greenpeace Arctic Campaigner Farrah Khan declared:

“Greenpeace Canada has been invited to support the community of Clyde River in its opposition to seismic testing in Baffin Bay, and we have agreed to offer that support. Proposed seismic testing activities in Baffin Bay will have severe impacts on marine life and traditional lifestyles of coastal Indigenous Peoples. We stand with the community of...
14 July 2014
Part one of two

This may come as a shock, but only 55 million years ago, our planet had no polar ice caps; in fact, it nearly became a steamy, runaway greenhouse world, with CO2 levels exceeding 2,500 ppm. Then, all of a sudden, something intervened, causing a shift.

Atmospheric carbon dioxide began to drop, steadily generating today's world, with ice caps at both poles. But why did this happen? And better yet, could whatever triggered this drastic switch be used to temper today's climate?

Good questions. But the answers lay buried deep in the Arctic, hidden to researchers."
04 July 2014
On July 1, 2014, Communities to Protect our Coast (CPOC) gathered more than 300 people together on the  Parksville beach to illustrate just how large an Supertanker is at 330 meters long and 69 meters wide which the Enbridge Corporation plans to bring to Canada's westcoast to export  tarsands oil(dilbit) from Alberta to China.

 

 

 

 
25 June 2014
Vancouver, BC (June 25, 2014) --- In anticipation of large predicted returns for a handful of the Fraser River’s 44 sockeye salmon populations this summer, the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has more than quadrupled the number of endangered Interior Fraser River coho salmon that can be killed as unintentional “bycatch” in the sockeye fishery. Conservationists from Watershed Watch Salmon Society, the Raincoast Conservation Foundation, and SkeenaWild Conservation Trust say the official fishing plan was released 3 weeks late and also allows for increased harm to many other...
25 June 2014
June 6, 2014

The oil and gas extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, could potentially contribute more pollutants to groundwater than past research has suggested, according to a new study in ACS’ journal Environmental Science & Technology. Scientists are reporting that when spilled or deliberately applied to land, waste fluids from fracking are likely picking up tiny particles in the soil that attract heavy metals and other chemicals with possible health implications for people and animals.  

Tammo S. Steenhuis and colleagues note that fracking, which...
25 June 2014
June 6, 2014

The oil and gas extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, could potentially contribute more pollutants to groundwater than past research has suggested, according to a new study in ACS’ journal Environmental Science & Technology. Scientists are reporting that when spilled or deliberately applied to land, waste fluids from fracking are likely picking up tiny particles in the soil that attract heavy metals and other chemicals with possible health implications for people and animals.  

Tammo S. Steenhuis and colleagues note that fracking, which...
24 June 2014
 

TAR SANDS HEALING WALK IN FORT McMURRAY

Walk Through Tar Sands Will Build Strength, Unity 

On June 28th hundreds of First Nations people and non-native supporters from Canada and the US will be participating in the Healing Walk in Fort McMurray for the last time as they get ready for the next front in the battle to protect the land, air, water and climate and have their treaties honoured.

This will be the fifth and final walk through tar sands operations, once traditional hunting, fishing and gathering grounds, to offer healing prayers to the land and to build...
24 June 2014
GITXSAN TERRITORIES, June 23, 2014 /CNW/ - There will be no further discussions on any pipeline development on Gitxsan lands as long as the Crown continues its offers of Gitxsan lands and rights to the Kitselas and Kitsumkalum Indian Bands (Tsimshian).

This unanimous decision effective on June 21, 2014 by Gitxsan Hereditary Chiefs, with the support of 53 huwilp affects all natural gas projects on Gitxsan lax yip including those proposed by Prince Rupert Gas Transmission LTD (PRGT Project), Westcoast Connector Gas Transmission Ltd (Spectra Energy) and Pacific Northern Gas Ltd (PNGL).

The...
24 June 2014

MONCTON, NB (June 23, 2014) – The New Brunswick Anti-Shale Gas Alliance (NBASGA) is taking the provincial government to court to stop shale gas development in the province.“We’re taking this action to protect the health and well-being of New Brunswickers, both now and in the future,” said NBASGA chairman Roy Ries.



NBASGA is an alliance of 22 non-profit, community groups across New Brunswick. It filed a Statement of Claim against the Province of New Brunswick in Saint John Court of Queen’s Bench Monday. NBASGA’s lawsuit says the development of unconventional shale gas and oil deposits...
20 June 2014
European goal is zero plastics waste going to landfills by 2020; part of discussion at Polyethylene-Polypropylene Chain Global Tech/Business Forum, 25 -26 June in Zurich

LONDON (June 20, 2014) – Despite the fact that Europe is a global leader in plastics recycling and in diverting plastics from landfills by using waste-to-energy programs that convert waste into power generation, Europe, along with many other industrialized regions, recently  got another major incentive to increase its recycling effectiveness for plastics—the message that China no longer wants to be the world’s dumping...
17 June 2014
 Federal and provincial governments disregard Indigenous Title and Rights


Today, we unequivocally reject the Harper Government’s decision to approve the Enbridge Northern Gateway tanker and pipelines project and First Nations will immediately go to court to vigorously pursue all lawful means to stop the Enbridge project.

We have governed our lands, in accordance to our Indigenous laws, since time immemorial. Our inherent Title and Rights and our legal authority over our respective territories have never been surrendered.

Our inherent rights are human rights constitutionally...
17 June 2014




VANCOUVER—The federal Cabinet’s approval of Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline proposal is no guarantee that the controversial project will ever be built, environmental groups said today.

“Eighteen months of regulatory hearings made one thing clear: Northern Gateway is a risky and unnecessary project that does not serve the national interest of Canada or Canadians,” said Ecojustice staff lawyer Barry Robinson. 

“We are deeply disappointed, but you need to look no further than the spate of legal challenges filed against this project to know that Cabinet’s...
16 June 2014
First Nations, 2 in 3 British Columbians deny Northern Gateway permission to proceed

Vancouver, June 16 2014 – A coalition of First Nations and civil society groups today delivered a final rejection of Enbridge’s pipeline and oil tanker project.

With many First Nations gearing up for court battles to protect their territories from this risky proposal, representatives of Coastal First Nations, Dogwood Initiative, Unifor, West Coast Environmental Law, Douglas Channel Watch and One Cowichan promised to work together to defeat Northern Gateway, regardless of any approvals issued by the...
14 June 2014
June 12 was Marine Harvest’s lawyers turn to present their arguments to the court.  

Their first presentation to the judge was about piscine reovirus.  Piscine reovirus is important only because the test case that gave rise to this legal action was the transfer of infected juvenile Atlantic salmon from the Dalrymple hatchery in Sayward into a net pen salmon farm on the Fraser sockeye migration route off northern Vancouver Island.

Marine Harvest’s lawyer told the judge that piscine reovirus does not come from the salmon farm sites,  it comes from...
11 June 2014
Jun 10, 2014 Vancouver — Aquaculture licences issued by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans that allow fish farms to transfer farmed Atlantic salmon carrying disease agents into waters shared with wild salmon are unlawful and must be struck down, Ecojustice lawyers will argue in Federal Court tomorrow. 

“The Department of Fisheries and Oceans is standing by while companies decide to put fish carrying viruses into the ocean,” said Margot Venton, Ecojustice staff lawyer. “Not only is this a reckless approach to marine protection, but we believe it is unlawful.” ...
11 June 2014
CoalWatch News, June 10, 2014

In January of 2014, the Ministry of Energy and Mines awarded coal tenure to Hillsborough Resources for 2287 hectares in two claims on Woodhus Creek and the Oyster River. This was despite a request from the Comox Valley Regional District that the tenures not be approved. The claims are immediately to the southeast of Hillsborough's Quinsam Mine.

In May, Hillsborough applied for permits to drill five exploration holes in the area. On June 10, the Committee of the Whole for the Comox Valley Regional District will review the application, and the staff report...
09 June 2014

Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada, June 9, 2014 – Fishermen, environmentalists,
First Nations, and others kicked off International Oceans’ Week with a
demand to the federal, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, PEI, New
Brunswick and Quebec governments to immediately place a moratorium on
offshore oil and gas exploration and development in the entire Gulf of St.
Lawrence. They followed up with a call for an independent Gulf-wide review
panel with thorough public consultations on whether offshore oil and gas
activities should ever be allowed to proceed in the Gulf.

“Since time...
06 June 2014

 

Kinder Morgan is considering seeking orders from the National Energy Board to access land to test a new tunnel route under Burnaby Mountain for its Trans Mountain pipeline, a sign of how contentious the $5.4-billion project is in Burnaby.

The company announced last week the tunnel is its preferred route because recent public consultations showed it was least disruptive to residents.

However, Kinder Morgan Canada president Ian Anderson said Tuesday the City of Burnaby is preventing the company from going onto city lands and doing the necessary geotechnical work to determine...
05 June 2014
From May 29th to June 1st, the first hearing of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal on the Canadian mining industry will take place in Montréal, during which about 15 witnesses and experts from Latin America will  denounce human rights violations and environmental damage caused by Canadian mining companies, with whom the Canadian government is involved.

This will be the 40th session of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal (PPT), an institution founded in Italy in 1979  by lawyer and senator Lelio Basso. It is the first session of the PPT to take place in Canada.

Canada is the most...
05 June 2014
Washington, D.C.—Food & Water Watch today is calling on the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) to force AquaBounty Technologies, the producer of genetically engineered salmon, to come clean to investors about the risks the company faces as it attempts to join NASDAQ. In a complaint filed with the SEC, Food & Water Watch highlights some of the ways in which AquaBounty’s SEC filing misrepresents the market barriers, regulatory hurdles and financial prospects facing its sole product, GE salmon.

“The SEC needs to ensure that investors are able to distinguish between what AquaBounty...
29 May 2014
(Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver – May 23, 2014) “The Harper Government established the Cohen Commission in 2009 at a cost of $26 million which heard from over 170 witnesses, over 3 years of study and resulted in a voluminous report with 75 recommendations. We are simultaneously appalled and deeply troubled by the Harper government’s deliberate destruction and refusal to implement the recommendations of the Cohen commission,” stated Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs. “Justice Cohen got it right when he prioritized the conservation and protection of wild...
15 May 2014
Voters Taking Action on Climate Change issues notice of legal challenge of Texada Island coal export permit approval
-- challenge will argue use of Mines Act to issue coal port permit illegal, process unfair

Vancouver -- Voters Taking Action on Climate Change (VTACC) has served the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) and Texada Quarries Limited (TQL) with notice that it is bringing a court case challenging the legality of MEM's recent approval of a major coal export expansion on Texada Island.

MEM quietly issued a permit approving expansion...
13 May 2014
May 17, 2014 The findings imply that the birds' navigation is controlled by a biological system sensitive to artificial electromagnetic noise, but the biophysical mechanism is unclear. 
Credit: Charlesjsharp via Wikimedia Commons

Interference from electronics and AM radio signals can disrupt the internal magnetic compasses of migratory birds, researchers report today in Nature. The work raises the possibility that cities have significant effects on bird migration patterns.

Decades of experiments have shown that migratory birds can orient themselves on migration paths...
13 May 2014
STOP THE ASSASSINATION OF COMMUNITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENDERS WHO REJECT MINING IN HONDURAS!

The Honduran Center for the Promotion of Community Development (CEHPRODEC) and the 49 organizations that comprise the National Coalition of Environmental Networks most forcefully condemn the horrific assassination of the environmental defender, Rigoberto López Hernández, which occurred on May 3, 2014 in the community of Santa Cruz, Municipality of El Níspero in Santa Bárbara.

Once the National Congress passed the fateful Mining Law, we cautioned the government, holding it responsible for the...
08 May 2014
Governments must abandon plans to build Site C, says Wilderness Committee

VANCOUVER – Today’s release of the joint federal-provincial environmental assessment report on the Site C dam states that there is no demonstrated need for the project, and that the project poses a "significant adverse effect" on traditional uses of the land by First Nations, some of which "cannot be mitigated."

In its 471-page report, the Joint Review Panel made 50 recommendations and many conclusions about the risks and impacts associated with the $8-billion megaproject. In regards to the overall need for the...
08 May 2014
The CoalWatch Comox Valley Society has uncovered information that indicates the BC Government has issued a coal license to Compliance Coal Corporation for a coal tenure in the Anderson Lake area, with part of the tenure in the sensitive Tsolum River watershed.

The BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas issued the coal license on May 5, 2014, with the tenure being 1448 hectares in size. The issuance of this coal license to Compliance increases their coal tenure in the Comox Valley to over 30,000 hectares, which includes the proposed Raven Coal Mine near Fanny Bay, and the Bear Coal...
07 May 2014
Vancouver – Leading environmental organizations are rejecting the British Columbia government proposal for forest tenure change that would increase the amount of land under the control of logging companies in the form of Tree Farm Licences. The Ancient Forest Alliance, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society BC, Canopy, ForestEthics Solutions, Greenpeace, Sierra Club BC,  Wildsight and West Coast Environmental Law Association are calling on British Columbians to visit the government’s consultation website to reject the tenure rollover proposal and instead demand a coherent action plan to...
06 May 2014
May 6, 2014 (Vancouver) — A group of landowners, business people, academics and environmental advocates are launching a second constitutional challenge to the NEB review of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline.  The motion filed asserts that the NEB review process unfairly restricts public participation as a result of process design, unduly rejects participant applications, and refuses to hear concerns related to climate change or oil sands development.

“Last year in Omnibus Bill C-38 the Harper Government snuck in amendments to the NEB process that restrict who can speak before...
05 May 2014
NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C. and COAST SALISH TERRITORY,  May 2, 2014

Today, the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, the “People of the Inlet”, islaunching a legal challenge of the National Energy Board’s (NEB) review of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker project. The Nation says that serious legal errors made by the federal Crown and NEB have led to a flawed and unlawful review process that puts Burrard Inlet and all peoples who live here at risk.

This is the first legal challenge by a First Nationagainst the new pipeline and tanker proposal, and it opens the project to significant...
01 May 2014
April 29, 2014, Lethbridge, AB: No Drilling Lethbridge is thrilled that Goldenkey Oil has announced it will not be submitting an application to drill and frack for oil and gas in Lethbridge.

The Lethbridge community has been united in its opposition to Goldenkey’s plan to drill 3 exploratory wells in West Lethbridge.  An 11,000 signature petition calling on the Alberta Government to ban drilling for oil and gas within Lethbridge city limits was tabled in the legislature in March. Another 2000 signatures were added in April. Our community’s position was further galvanized by the...
29 April 2014
 

April 29, 2014, VICTORIA – An investigation of how well the Forest and Range Practices Act (FRPA)protects drinking water in community watersheds has identified a number of improvements necessary to help ensure government objectives for drinking water quality and quantity are achieved.

“The status and management of community watersheds needs to be reviewed by government to ensure this resource is being properly managed in those places where it needs to be managed, in consideration of all types of development activity,” said board chair Tim Ryan.

While most forestry licensees...
22 April 2014
CIA in Washington
Washington, DC -- The Cowboy and Indian Alliance (CIA), a group of ranchers, farmers and indigenous leaders, launched a five-day “Reject and Protect” encampment on National Mall this morning to urge President Obama to “reject” the Keystone XL pipeline and “protect” their land, water, climate, and tribal rights.

 "Historically, cowboys and Indians have been at odds—but no more. The Cowboy and Indian Alliance shows our cooperation and our working together in mutual respect,” said Ben Gotschall, a fourth generation rancher who grew up in Nebraska's Sand Hills. “That shared bond proves...
20 April 2014
FINLAND, Minn. – Today, by a vote of 28-2, the Vermont state Senate passed H.112, a bill to require mandatory labeling of foods sold in Vermont that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The bill also makes it illegal to call any food product containing GMOs “natural” or “all natural.” Unlike bills passed last year in Maine and Connecticut, which require four or five other states to pass GMO labeling laws before they can be enacted, Vermont’s law contains no “trigger” clauses, making it the first “clean” GMO labeling law in the country.

The bill now goes back to the House which is...
17 April 2014
 -- coal contamination on beach confirmed by citizen lab test, suggests terminal violating existing export permit

Vancouver -- An email sent April 10th by the BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) to a concerned citizen revealed that the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) quietly approved up to a 20 fold expansion in coal exports from Texada Island one month earlier.  The Lafarge Canada facility on Texada currently handles up to 400,000 tonnes of coal each year from Quinsam Mine on Vancouver Island, but the permit amendment now means that it could handle up to 8 million tonnes...
16 April 2014
April 16, 2013 FORT NELSON, B.C. - A group of B.C. officials has been kicked out of a First Nations forum on liquefied natural gas over the government's decision to exempt most of the gas produced in the province from mandatory environmental assessment.

Chief Sharleen Gale of the Fort Nelson First Nation, organizer of the summit in the northeast corner of the province, asked the bureaucrats to leave and escorted them out.

"There was no consultation as far as changing that policy," said Chief Terry Teegee of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council, which represents eight First Nations...
16 April 2014
BC citizens unite to fight 'disturbingly dismantled' NEB Kinder Morgan process

April 16, 2014, VANCOUVER -- A group of concerned BC citizens, with the support of ForestEthics Advocacy, have retained legal counsel to explore options regarding the recently dismantled National Energy Board (NEB) consultation process for the Kinder Morgan pipeline project and its lack of review of climate and environmental impacts.

The co-plaintiffs include residents of Vancouver, the North Shore and the Fraser Valley who were denied intervenor status in the Kinder Morgan NEB hearings. Of the over 2000...
13 April 2014
April 15, 2014  By Mike Chisholm
Just days after the city of Kitimat soundly rejected the Northern Gateway pipeline project, the citizens of Nanaimo have sent a clear message to Metro Vancouver over a proposal for a garbage incinerator in Nanaimo.

In a unanimous vote Monday night, Nanaimo city council voted to reject a proposal for a waste-to-energy incinerator facility at Duke Point. The non-binding vote was taken during a raucous council meeting that followed months of angry emails, phone calls and letters from residents to local politicians.

“We declined an interest in it...
11 April 2014
Victoria City Council passes motion supporting First Nation's call for mining moratorium

First Nation and environmentalists pleased with Council decision

VICTORIA – On Thursday, April 10th, Victoria City Council passed a motion supporting the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation’s call for a moratorium on mining in its territory in Clayoquot Sound.

The motion, moved by Councillor Ben Isitt on March 21, came in response to a letter from Moses Martin, Chief Councillor of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation. The Tla-o-qui-aht declared their territory off-limits to mining activity after the provincial...
09 April 2014
April 9, 2014 Washington, DC--Scientists and environmentalists today condemned a recent press release by researchers at the University of British Columbia announcing they have created genetically engineered (GE) poplar trees for paper and biofuel production, opening the prospect of growing these GE trees like an agricultural crop in the future. [1] 

The poplars were genetically engineered for altered lignin composition to allegedly make them easier to process into paper and biofuels. Groups, however, warn that manipulation of lignin, and the potential contamination of wild...
08 April 2014
Greenpeace asks Elections Canada to investigate whether links between the Conservative Party and Ethical Oil break election rules

(Ottawa) - Greenpeace Canada has asked Elections Canada to investigate whether the Conservative Party is colluding with the Ethical Oil Institute in violation of the measures in the Canada Elections Act that prohibit donations to federal political parties from corporations.

“We have compiled some very troubling evidence on the relationship between Ethical Oil and the Conservative Party that we believe merits investigation by the Commissioner of Canada...
07 April 2014
VANCOUVER, B.C – CRED BC, a collection of over 90 BC-based businesses, along with several other local business leaders, have been denied intervenor status in hearings on Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Today’s announcement by the National Energy Board (NEB) left CRED’s members with questions about the hearing process, particularly the level of consideration given to economic concerns.

“Such a large infrastructure development project will have direct & lasting impacts on many local businesses. The risk of an oil spill in Burrard Inlet or the surrounding...
07 April 2014




"Earthworks applauds Rio Tinto’s decision to withdraw from the Pebble Mine proposal that threatens Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed, home to the world’s largest wild sockeye salmon fishery. 

We also applaud their recognition that “Alaskans should have a say in Pebble’s future development”.

And Alaskans have had their say: they overwhelmingly oppose the mine. 98% of comments from Bristol Bay residents oppose the Pebble Mine proposal.  That’s largely because, as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s peer reviewed scientific assessment of large...
02 April 2014
April 2, 2014

BC Liberal Government Revives Proposed “Forest Giveaway Scheme” for Major Logging Companies on Public Forest Lands

Revived proposal would entrench the status quo of unsustainable overcutting by granting exclusive logging rights to major timber companies over vast areas of public forest lands by expanding Tree Farm Licences.

“Despite being killed by widespread public opposition just a year ago, the BC Liberals never stop trying to revive their ‘Corporate Timber Zombie’ that is always reaching out to grab our public forests. But this time they’re strengthening and...
01 April 2014
OTTAWA (March 31, 2014) – An agreement has been reached to transfer the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) research center from under the auspices of the Government of Canada to a non-profit organization, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). The ELA, a collection of 58 lakes in northwestern Ontario, has conducted ground-breaking research on the impacts of environmental problems – such as acid rain, climate change, and mercury pollution – on lakes and fish populations for over four decades. Today’s announcement brings to an end a two-year campaign by Canada’s scientific...
31 March 2014
Breaking News: GM Alfalfa Release Delayed!

Your actions are working! Thanks to all your protest, we have kept GM alfalfa off the market this spring!

The company Forage Genetics International will not release genetically modified (GM) alfalfa this spring, thanks to farmer and consumer opposition. Your continued protest, culminating in last year’s national Day of Action to Stop GM Alfalfa, has delayed the release of GM alfalfa in Canada. Thank you for taking effective action with CBAN!

The corporate decision to delay the introduction of GM alfalfa was confirmed in the Western Producer...
31 March 2014
COMMONS BC

94% of BC is "public" or "Crown" land. Commons BC advocates for intelligent, data-driven, democratic stewardship of that land, as well as of BC's public interests, common resources, and shared economy and environment. To aid in this project we produce visual graphics based on publicly available BC data. When thinking about "Crown" lands, please note that the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that First Nations Title co-exists with Crown Title.

BC’s farmlands open to fracking & other development? Stop Bill 24





British Columbia contains relatively little farmland...
25 March 2014
VANCOUVER – Today Bill 4 (the Park Amendment Act) is set to become law, despite widespread opposition from the BC public and a consortium of leading environmental organizations and notable park advocates. Changes to the Act will allow poorly-defined industrial “research” to be conducted within provincial parks, facilitating removal of park land to allow for industrial activity, including pipelines, logging roads and resource extraction.

“The Minister has received thousands of letters opposing this bill since it was introduced last month, but the public’s concerns have been ignored” said...
20 March 2014
ISLAND WIDE –   Where does your drinking water come from? Do you know? This year’s Canada Water Week theme “Watersheds 101” aims to celebrate World Water Day (March 22) by educating Canadians about their watersheds and the drinking water systems they serve.  Canadian Geographic defines a watershed as “an area of land where all the surface water drains into the same place, whether it's a creek, a stream, a river or an ocean.” That means that no matter where you are in Canada, you’re standing in a watershed.

For Dr. Paul Hasselback, medical health officer responsible for...
18 March 2014
Burnaby Advises National Energy Board that Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project Application is Incomplete and does not meet Legal Requirements for Hearing and Public Evaluation

Today, the City of Burnaby formally requested that the National Energy Board find that the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project Application is incomplete and reject it on the basis that it contains neither the information needed for the NEB to make an informed decision nor sufficient information for the public to understand and analyze the impacts of the Project and does not...
15 March 2014
The Fluoride Action Network is excited to announce the launch of the FAN Study Tracker, the most up-to-date and comprehensive source for fluoride health research, including studies investigating how fluoride affects the brain (e.g., IQ scores), the bones/joints (e.g., arthritis), the cardiovascular system, the kidneys, and the thyroid gland.

Features of the Study-Tracker include:
-    Over 1,500 abstracts and over 400 full-text studies.
-    Filters that enable 80+ years of research to be organized by health category/subcategory, study type, and date.
-   ...
14 March 2014
Sointula, BC, March 13, 2014  As the Province of British Columbia considers two new fish farm applications, the milestone of over 100,000 signatures on a petition has passed. The petition asks BC Premier Christy Clark to not issue the new fish farm licenses. The Change.org petition is at: http://chn.ge/1fVs6GP .

"BC residents are the vast majority of signators," observed the petition's architect Alexandra Morton.  Morton of  Pacific Coast Wild Salmon Society observed, "Exceeding 100,000 names is like having almost the entire population of a community the size of Langley,...
14 March 2014

VANCOUVER/FORT ST. JOHN, BC – The Wilderness Committee is charging BC Hydro with using unfair practices in its bid to push ahead with the construction of the Site C Dam. The environmental group is reacting to reports that the Crown Corporation has issued a call for contractors to build Site C Dam work camps, even though the joint federal-provincial panel that reviewed the project has until late April 2014 to release its findings.

“It’s a kind of bullying tactic in our view – one that should not be used by a Crown Corporation. It is wrong to start moving ahead on construction associated...
14 March 2014
March 13, 2014
The Ecology Action Centre (EAC) and Living Oceans Society (LOS) spoke out today against the cloud of

secrecy obscuring federal government approvals of genetically modified (GM) organisms in Canada –

including what may be the world’s first GM food animal to hit supermarket shelves: AquAdvantage™

salmon.

In December of 2013, EAC and LOS brought a legal action against the Ministers of Environment Canada

and Health Canada, as well as AquaBounty Canada Inc., asking the Federal Court to decide if the Canadian

government violated its own law when it permitted the...
12 March 2014
(Fort Nelson BC - March 12, 2014) The Fort Nelson First Nation is hosting the First Nation Shale Gas/LNG Summit – Striking the Balance being held in our Traditional Territory on April 14th-16th. This event is invite only, and will be bring together over 300 First Nations leaders, provincial and federal government representatives, natural gas industry proponents, as well as leading energy thought leaders to share information and to discuss the risks and opportunities that come from Shale Gas – LNG development.

We are a nation of approximately 800 Dene and Cree members who...
12 March 2014
EU Parliament resolution calls for Arctic sanctuary around North Pole

12 March 2014 (Toronto) – The European Parliament today passed a resolution calling for a protected area around the North Pole which could ban oil companies and industrial fishing fleets from the region. The text echoes the demands of the international Save The Arctic campaign which has attracted the support of over five million people including Sir Paul McCartney and renowned US oceanographer Sylvia Earle.

The resolution represents a clear break from the current positions of Arctic Council members such as Norway,...
09 March 2014
Defend Our Marine Highways Rally

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 - 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Provincial Legislature Lawn

Victoria, B.C.

Quadra Island:  British Columbians from across coastal communities and throughout the province will bus and carpool to converge on the lawn of the Provincial Legislature on Tuesday, March 11 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm to deliver their pointed message directly to the Premier and the Transportation Minister: stop the cuts, lower the fares and put BC Ferries back into the Highway system and listen to the people.

Impacted communities were stunned and...
07 March 2014
Washington, DC – On the last day of the public comment period, Keystone XL opponents held a rally in front of the State Department to deliver more than 2 million comments submitted to the State Department to urge Secretary Kerry and President Obama to reject the dirty, dangerous pipeline. The public comment period regarding the national interest of the pipeline began on February 5, after the State Department published the final environmental review.

These 2 million+ comments telling Secretary Kerry and President Obama that Keystone XL is not in the national interest exceed the more than...
06 March 2014
Line 9B Reversal Brings Tar Sands to New England’s Doorstep; Faces Major Obstacles to Get In  

Today, Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) approved Enbridge’s controversial application to reverse the flow and increase the capacity of Line 9B between southern Ontario and Montreal. Enbridge’s requests are part of an effort to ship tar sands oil to Eastern Canada and the United States. Anti-tar sands groups in Canada and the United States are united in condemning the decision.

Though the NEB approved this request, the tar sands industry is still a long way off from sending tar sands...
04 March 2014
Two people were taken into custody this morning on a Slocan Valley logging road, less than a day after a judge extended an injunction against the Sinixt First Nation and their supporters.

RCMP Sgt. Darryl Little confirmed two people were arrested without incident for failing to comply with the injunction but said names would not be released until formal charges are laid.

However, Facebook posts have identified one of them as Marilyn James, a prominent member of the Sinixt First Nation. Another post encouraged supporters to attend a hearing at 2 p.m. at the Nelson courthouse, but...
20 February 2014
BC Coastal Mainland Alliance

Defend Our Marine Highways!

Tell the Premier: Stop the Cuts and Listen to the People Rally

Great Speakers & Music

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Provincial Legislature Lawn

Victoria, B.C.

Bring your voices, your placards and your energy to the Legislature lawn to tell Premier Christy Clark to:


Immediately put service cuts and fare increases on hold;
Conduct open consultations with ferry impacted communities to determine what they need from BC Ferries; and
Bring BC Ferries back under government control to lower...
14 February 2014
Kinder Morgan Pipeline Threatens Ecology and Economy of Salish Tribes Tribes on Both Sides of the Border Intervene in Proceeding to Address Tanker Traffic and Oil Spill Risks

 

Seattle, WA & Vancouver, BC, Coast Salish Territories; February 13, 2014

- Opposition to Kinder Morgan's TransMountain proposed pipeline project ramped up today as Coast Salish peoples on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border vowed to oppose the project as intervenors before Canada's National Energy Board (NEB).  Coast Salish intervenors include the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, Tulalip...
13 February 2014
The first thorough comparison of evidence for natural gas system leaks confirms that organizations including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have underestimated U.S. methane emissions generally, as well as those from the natural gas industry specifically.

Natural gas consists predominantly of methane. Even small leaks from the natural gas system are important because methane is a potent greenhouse gas—about 30 times more potent than carbon dioxide. A study, "Methane Leakage from North American Natural Gas Systems," published in the February 14, 2014 issue of the journal...
06 February 2014
Kamloops, The Kamloops Area Preservation Association, February 5, 2014 - The undersigned demand the resignation of the BC Minister of Mines, Bill Bennett who recently went to Ottawa in an attempt to persuade the Federal Minister of the Environment, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, to ignore the recommendations of the Review Panel to decline the application for Taseko’s Prosperity Mine near Williams Lake, BC. This is the second time that the minister has been to Ottawa in order to persuade the federal government to overturn the findings and recommendations of the environmental...
05 February 2014
'Three Sisters' Initiative Addresses Critical Sustainability Questions

Cedar, February 5, 2014 - With the Pacific west coast in the midst of one of its driest winters three Vancouver Island organizations are taking positive proactive steps to help ensure the Island is prepared should there be food or  water shortages this summer.

"We're concerned that California has just declared a drought emergency," notes Gillian Butler, a Director of the Vancouver Island and Coast Conservation Society, "and that it's so severe the State will not be distributing water to local authorities....
04 February 2014
Business focus of federal science strategy consultation ignores science crucial for the well-being of Canadians

Ottawa, February 4, 2014 - The federal government is soliciting feedback on their consultation paper - Seizing Canada’s moment: moving forward in science, technology and innovation - to inform a revised science, technology and innovation strategy to be released later this year. This will update a strategy adopted in 2007 entitled Mobilizing Science and Technology to Canada's Advantage.

“Most of the questions posed in the consultation paper are focused on business...
29 January 2014
29 January 2014 (Toronto) – In response to Minister Leona Aglukkaq’s announcement on the launch of the Arctic Economic Council at the Northern Lights Trade Show in Ottawa today, Greenpeace Canada Arctic Campaigner Farrah Khan said:

“We welcome the creation of this council to discuss development opportunities and imagine a prosperous future for the Arctic.  Northerners can only hope this forum will focus its efforts on proposing lasting development solutions that do not rely on non-renewable natural resources, and especially not on fossil fuels. Climate change is the biggest threat to...
23 January 2014
Shawnigan Lake, BC January 22, 2014:  
As part of our public information campaign to stop South Island Aggregates (SIA) aka Cobble Hill Holdings (CHH) establishing a contaminated soil dump in the basin of the Shawnigan watershed, the SRA is using a billboard to raise awareness of the permit that will negatively impact the health, economy and well-being of the people of Shawnigan Lake by jeopardizing the drinking water used by over 12,000 people.

Through a generous donation from a local Shawnigan business the billboard is being utilized to help get the message out to the people...
23 January 2014
David Suzuki, Ian Hanington, Huffington Post, Jan 22 2014

Debating the best way to do something we shouldn't be doing in the first place is a sure way to end up in the wrong place. That's what's happening with the "rail versus pipeline" discussion. Some say recent rail accidents mean we should build more pipelines to transport fossil fuels. Others argue that leaks, high construction costs, opposition and red tape surrounding pipelines are arguments in favour of using trains.

But the recent spate of rail accidents and pipeline leaks and spills doesn't provide arguments for one or the...
22 January 2014
by Curtis Tate, Bellingham Herald, McClatchy Washington Bureau, January 20, 2014

WASHINGTON — More crude oil was spilled in U.S. rail incidents last year than was spilled in the nearly four decades since the federal government began collecting data on such spills, an analysis of the data shows.

Including major derailments in Alabama and North Dakota, more than 1.15 million gallons of crude oil was spilled from rail cars in 2013, according to data from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

By comparison, from 1975 to 2012, U.S. railroads spilled a combined 800,...
22 January 2014
by Mark Hume, Globe and Mail, Jan 21 2014

VANCOUVER — A former scientist with the Geological Survey of Canada has cast doubt on the B.C. government’s promise of an economic boom from increased liquefied natural gas production.

Premier Christy Clark has made gas development a cornerstone of her administration, saying the province has “an unprecedented opportunity” to exploit several new fields and develop LNG export plants. Her government says that would produce a cumulative gross domestic product benefit to B.C. of $1-trillion by 2046 and make the province debt free.

But David...
22 January 2014
New Worldwatch Institute report reviews extent of global energy subsidies

Washington, D.C.----Efforts by a variety of organizations to quantify global support for fossil fuels have generated estimates that range from $523 billion to over $1.9 trillion, depending on the calculation and what measures are included. What is clear is that the level of support has rebounded to 2008 levels following a dip in 2009-10 during the global financial crisis, writes Worldwatch Research Fellow Philipp Tagwerker in the Institute's latest Vital Signs Online trend (www.worldwatch.org).

 Traditional...