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Bill McKibben: It’s time to stand up to the fossil fuel industry

Published on December 15, 2012 by in Home

   The Gavin Newsom Show Current     FROM THE SHOW—Is the fossil fuel industry heading in the same direction the tobacco companies headed in the 1990s? According to environmentalist and award-winning journalist Bill McKibben, the dangers created by the fossil fuel industry are beginning to attract political attention. McKibben addresses the need to stop

 
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How are fracking and water protection affected by eliminating the Hazardous Materials Information Review Commission?

Published on December 15, 2012 by in Home

  Emma Lai Council of Canadians This morning the Senate approved Bill C-45, Harper’s second omnibudget bill of the year, and Governor General David Johnston will give Royal Assent once more to this troubling trend of the Harper government. There is widespread concern about the sweeping changes to environmental legislation and removal of critical safeguards

 
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Pitting the economy against the health of our children

Published on December 15, 2012 by in Home

  Kristy Duncan iPolitics.ca   Successive Harper governments have pitted the economy against the environment. Laws have been weakened and repealed to fast-track development, putting the environment and the health and safety of Canadians at risk. When did the debate change from protecting the environment in order to safeguard human health and well-being to gutting

 
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Marois Sees New Quebec Mining Royalty Regime After March

Published on December 15, 2012 by in Home

  By Frederic Tomesco Bloomberg Quebec Premier Pauline Marois said her government will meet mining companies in the next three months to gather input as it seeks to raise royalty taxes on mining to help Canada’s most indebted province generate revenue. “We will have a discussion probably in February or March” with mining companies, Marois said yesterday in

 
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UPDATE: Further action by Harper on Canada-China FIPA will mean legal challenge

Published on December 15, 2012 by in Home

  By Brent Patterson Council of Canadians   A media release just issued by the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, the Hupacasath First Nation, leadnow.ca, and the Council of Canadians states, “The Union of BC Indian Chiefs is working with other First Nations and organizations who are deeply concerned that the Harper Government may take steps

 
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Ottawa needs to step up for endangered species

Published on December 15, 2012 by in Home

  ecojustice   According to a new national poll released today by Ipsos Reid, three in five Canadians believe that the federal government is doing too little to protect endangered wildlife. The news is no surprise to Ecojustice. Earlier this fall we released Failure to Protect, a report that examined how well laws at the provincial, territorial and

 
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From Twitter Moots to Chemical Valleys, lawyers are talking environmental rights

Published on December 15, 2012 by in Home

  By Andrew Gage, Staff Lawyer West Coast Environmental Law   “Just about every legal right protected in Canada’s Charter was claimed by a movement first, and championed outside the courts, until not including it in the constitution became unthinkable.” –Andrew Gage, West Coast Environmental Law Environmental law organizations are increasingly talking about your right to

 
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First Nations lead the charge against Canada-China Trade deal

Published on December 15, 2012 by in Home

  By Andrew Gage, Staff Lawyer West Coast Environmental Law   First Nations in BC are playing a national leadership role in pushing back against the controversial Canada China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPPA), and are hooking up with some non-Aboriginal allies in that fight.  We’ve just received a press release issued today

 
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Relying on end pit lakes for tailings “reclamation” is reckless

Published on December 15, 2012 by in Home

  Jennifer Grant, Director Oilsands, Pembina Institute At the end of November, Syncrude got the go-ahead to test out its contentious end pit lake proposal to “reclaim” tailings from its oilsands operations by submerging them in the company’s Base Mine Lake. Syncrude, along with a few other oilsands mining operators, intends to cap the toxic tailings waste

 
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It’s official: Harper government withdraws from Kyoto climate agreement

Published on December 15, 2012 by in Home

  Mike De Souza Canada.com       OTTAWA – Canada will officially become the first country to withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol climate change agreement Saturday, following years of criticism from the Harper government and lobbying from major industrial polluters. The withdrawal, first announced by Environment Minister Peter Kent in 2011, coincides with new public

 
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Loss of ‘one voter’ enough to overturn election outcomes, robocalls hearing told

Published on December 15, 2012 by in Home

  By Stephen Maher & Glen McGregor Postmedia News/Calgary Herald     OTTAWA — A judge can overturn the outcome of an election if he believes “at least one voter” in the riding did not vote as a result of electoral fraud, a lawyer for Elections Canada argued in Federal Court on Friday. The applicants

 
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Japanese oilsands project approved after 34-year wait

Published on December 15, 2012 by in Home

  Jacos given green light for 20,000-bpd, $1.4-billion SAGD facility   BY DAN HEALING CALGARY HERALD     CALGARY — A Japanese company that has been active in the oilsands since 1978, the year that the video game Space Invaders was invented in Japan, has approved construction of its first commercial project. Calgary-headquartered Japan Canada

 
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DEFINING CRUDE

Published on December 15, 2012 by in Home

  KATE KUNKEL Valve Magazine TransCanada has been ordered to temporarily stop working on a piece of property in Texas where it has been building a pipeline to carry tar sands oil to the Gulf Coast from Canada. The landowner is in court today, December 13, representing himself in a hearing that could be a

 
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Country’s resources for sale

Published on December 15, 2012 by in Home

  Alf Holbrook, letter to the editor Nanaimo Bulletin   Prime Minister Stephen Harper has taken the first step in selling off our country’s natural resources to China with the Nexen takeover by China National Offshore Oil Co. This is a bad deal for Canadians and a huge step in the wrong direction for climate

 
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Illegal wildlife trade ‘threatening national security’, says WWF

Published on December 15, 2012 by in Home

  Group says organised crime syndicates are ‘outgunning’ governments, leading to sharp rise in elephant and rhino deaths   Suzanne Goldenberg US environment correspondent guardian.co.uk,     Illicit trade in wildlife has exploded into a $19bn criminal enterprise, threatening government stability and national security, the WWF warned on Wednesday. A report from the world’s biggest conservation

 
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