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Oilsands tailings leaking into groundwater, Joe Oliver told in memo

Published on February 18, 2013 by in Home

  BY MIKE DE SOUZA, POSTMEDIA NEWS     OTTAWA — Tailings ponds from oilsands production are leaking and contaminating Alberta’s groundwater, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver was told in an internal memo obtained by Postmedia News. The memo, released through access to information legislation, said that federal government scientists, including Quebec City-based research geoscientist Martine Savard, had

 
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Public Action Making Headway in Stopping ‘Dinosaur Industries’

Published on February 7, 2013 by in Home

  Todd Paglia Forest Ethics My Puget Sound fishing partners are six and eight years old – my sons Nico and Luca. Despite our best efforts we are not yet a major threat to our iconic Northwest salmon – but all that time fishing gives us a lot of time to appreciate the gorgeous islands,

 
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EU executive thwarts Canada lobby on tar sand oil

Published on January 30, 2013 by in Home

By Barbara Lewis and Jeffrey Jones REUTERS   BRUSSELS/CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) – Canada’s urgent hunt for buyers for its oil is being thwarted as the European Commission sticks to a plan to label fuel from tar sands deposits as highly polluting, deterring refiners bound by environmental rules. Intense pressure from Canada, seeking new markets to compensate

 
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Dutch Disease not a major factor in Canada’s manufacturing woes, report argues

Published on January 20, 2013 by in Home

  By JULIAN BELTRAME TheTyee.ca The belief that the commodities boom of the past decade caused the decline in Canada’s manufacturing sector is being challenged in a new report that also takes a swipe at the notion of the loonie as a petro-dollar. The report, issued by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute and written by economist Philip Cross,

 
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Climate concerns are key in Keystone XL pipeline debate

Published on January 18, 2013 by in Home

  Nathan Lemphers Pembina Institute Concerns about oilsands pipelines dominated Canadian headlines in 2012, and the issue is unlikely to step out of the limelight anytime soon. Hearings into the Enbridge Northern Gateway proposal are expected to continue until the middle of this year; meanwhile, proposals to move oilsands bitumen through pipelines to Eastern Canada are also

 
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Mikisew Cree, Frog Lake begin litigation against omnibus bills

Published on January 18, 2013 by in Home

  By Shari Narine Sweetgrass Contributing Editor MIKISEW CREE FIRST NATION     Less than a month after pledging at an Idle No More rally in Edmonton that the Mikisew Cree First Nation will fight the federal government on its lack of consultation, Chief Steve Courtoreille has made good on his promise. On Jan. 8,

 
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Mikisew Cree, Frog Lake begin litigation against omnibus bills

Published on January 18, 2013 by in Home

  By Shari Narine Sweetgrass Contributing Editor MIKISEW CREE FIRST NATION     Less than a month after pledging at an Idle No More rally in Edmonton that the Mikisew Cree First Nation will fight the federal government on its lack of consultation, Chief Steve Courtoreille has made good on his promise. On Jan. 8,

 
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Oil Sands Industry in Canada Tied to Higher Carcinogen Level

Published on January 15, 2013 by in Home

    Watershed Sentinel   Nebraska, January 8, 2013 – For years, independent researchers have maintained that mining tar sands releases toxic and carcinogenic chemicals. Now, a new study funded by the Canadian government confirms those findings. The study found that pollution from tar sands had contaminated lakes as far as 55 miles away from

 
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Deep In Canadian Lakes, Signs Of Tar Sands Pollution

Published on January 15, 2013 by in Home

     npr         An increasingly large share of U.S. oil comes from Canada’s tar sands. There are environmental consequences of this development, but until recently, Canadian regional and federal governments left it to the industry to monitor these effects. A new study follows other recent rigorous scientific studies that have found

 
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Deep In Canadian Lakes, Signs Of Tar Sands Pollution

Published on January 15, 2013 by in Home

   npr       An increasingly large share of U.S. oil comes from Canada’s tar sands. There are environmental consequences of this development, but until recently, Canadian regional and federal governments left it to the industry to monitor these effects. A new study follows other recent rigorous scientific studies that have found ecological effects

 
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Northern Alberta braces for disruption as Idle No More blockade planned for Highway 63

Published on January 15, 2013 by in Home

  BY CAILYNN KLINGBEIL EDMONTON JOURNAL   EDMONTON – As northern Alberta organizers of the Idle No More movement warn of plans to blockade Highway 63 near Fort McMurray, people in the region are bracing for the impact the disruption could bring. “If it’s a full closure, it has a dramatic impact, not just on

 
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Highway blockades permitted: RCMP

Published on January 14, 2013 by in Home

  By Vincent McDermott FortMcMurrayToday.com   Plans for future roadblocks along highways 63 and 881 are expected to proceed, say several local organizers with the Idle No More movement. As long as the protests remain peaceful, however, RCMP detachments in Lac La Biche and Fort McMurray will likely not prevent protesters from blocking the two main

 
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Highway blockades permitted: RCMP

Published on January 14, 2013 by in Home

  By Vincent McDermott FortMcMurrayToday.com   Plans for future roadblocks along highways 63 and 881 are expected to proceed, say several local organizers with the Idle No More movement. As long as the protests remain peaceful, however, RCMP detachments in Lac La Biche and Fort McMurray will likely not prevent protesters from blocking the two main

 
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‘Smoking Gun’ Research Reveals Tar Sands Cancer Legacy

Published on January 12, 2013 by in Home

  By Andy Rowell Oil Change International Chief Theresa Spence is entering what is hopefully her last week of a hunger strike. The Canadian indigenous leader, and public face for many of the Idle No More movement, has said she will finish her fast on Friday when she meets Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The Attawapiskat First Nation Chief

 
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The Foul Legacy of the Tar Sands: Lakes Turned Into Cancer Sites

Published on January 12, 2013 by in Home

  by Kristina Chew Care2     Back in 2010, residents near the shores of Canada’s Lake Athabasca called on the government to commission an independent study about the impact of the tar sands development in northern Alberta and Saskatchewan on the environment. Lake Athabasca is located downstream from one of the major tar sands developments and residents,

 
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