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Nenshi’s oilsands stance is like telling people to go canoeing during a flood

Is it a Harper-like strategy or a big let down? Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi has won praises from progressive voices since he surprisingly snatched the mayor’s seat in 2010, but recent statements are putting him at odds with the environmental community.
 By: Raphael Lopoukhine @blogokhine Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi has won praises from progressive voices since he surprisingly snatched the mayor’s seat in 2010, but recent sta… http://thecaen.ca/i-deas/nenshis-oilsands-stance-is-like-telling-people-to-go-canoeing-during-a-flood/

Greenpeace activists climb tallest building in Britain to protest Arctic drilling

Arctic Climb Six Greenpeace activists are climbing the tallest building in Western Europe to hang a banner opposing Arctic oil drilling. The all women climbers are from Britain, Canada, Sweden, Poland, the Netherlands and Belgium. The building faces t…
Six Greenpeace activists are climbing the tallest building in Western Europe to hang a banner opposing Arctic oil drilling. The all women climbers are from Britain, Canada… http://thecaen.ca/main-streams/greenpeace-activists-climb-tallest-building-in-britain-to-protest-arctic-drilling/

NWT resource deal concerns environmentalists

Arctic Assessment Environmentalists warn a new resource agreement between the Northwest Territories and Canada’s northern economic development agency will weaken the environmental review process. The new deal favors northern economic development at a…
Environmentalists warn a new resource agreement between the Northwest Territories and Canada’s northern economic development agency will weaken the environmental review proce… http://thecaen.ca/main-streams/nwt-resource-deal-concerns-environmentalists/

Electronic recyclers face tight margins in Ontario; as traditional recycling industry grows

Re-Money Recycling electronics has improved in Ontario, but not enough is done to encourage refurbishing and re-use, says the executive director of Computers for Kids, Chris Davies. More goods are being recycled since the province created stewardship …
Recycling electronics has improved in Ontario, but not enough is done to encourage refurbishing and re-use, says the executive director of Computers for Kids, Chris Davies. … http://thecaen.ca/main-streams/electronic-recyclers-face-tight-margins-in-ontario-as-traditional-recycling-industry-grows/

Pipeline companies need $1 billion for spills; as Enbridge continues spill cleanup

Polluter Pays Under new rules, the federal government is requiring new (and eventually older) pipelines to have $1 billion available to cover oil spills from ruptured pipelines. Major pipeline companies will also need to appoint a senior manager to be …
Under new rules, the federal government is requiring new (and eventually older) pipelines to have $1 billion available to cover oil spills from ruptured pipelines. Major pipe… http://thecaen.ca/main-streams/pipeline-companies-need-1-billion-for-spills-as-enbridge-continues-spill-cleanup/

B.C ombudsman to study streamside protection

Watching After hearing complaints about the Riparian Areas Regulation of 2004 and complaints about enforcement, the B.C. Ombudsperson Kim Carter said she would review the law. The law covers 17.5 per cent of B.C., providing guidelines on vegetation ar…
After hearing complaints about the Riparian Areas Regulation of 2004 and complaints about enforcement, the B.C. Ombudsperson Kim Carter said she would review the law. The … http://thecaen.ca/main-streams/b.c-ombudsman-to-study-streamside-protection/

Don’t cap offshore liability, says Greenpeace

Hats Off The Harper Government announced plans to boost the cap on offshore liability in the event of an oil spill to $1 billion from $30 million, but Greenpeace says there should be no cap. The environmental group says the increase is positive but it…
The Harper Government announced plans to boost the cap on offshore liability in the event of an oil spill to $1 billion from $30 million, but Greenpeace says there should be … http://thecaen.ca/main-streams/dont-cap-offshore-liability-says-greenpeace/

Oil will flow without Keystone, says Doer; as Redford heads to NYC to push oil; and anti-Keystone billionaire takes to social media

Key Pebble Ambassador to the U.S. Gary Doer says Alberta tar sands oil will flow to the U.S. with or without the Keystone XL pipeline, but without Keystone it will be delivered less efficiently. Read it all at the Vancouver Sun. Meanwhile, Alberta P…
Ambassador to the U.S. Gary Doer says Alberta tar sands oil will flow to the U.S. with or without the Keystone XL pipeline, but without Keystone it will be delivered less eff… http://thecaen.ca/main-streams/oil-will-flow-without-keystone-says-doer-as-redford-heads-to-nyc-to-push-oil-and-anti-keystone-billionaire-takes-to-social-media/

Sable Island becomes a National Park with an asterisk

$able Island Sable Island became Canada’s 43rd national park, as last minute parliamentary procedures ensured passing before the summer break. Elizabeth May, leader of the Green party, was the lone voice dissenting. It required unanimous consent of …
Sable Island became Canada’s 43rd national park, as last minute parliamentary procedures ensured passing before the summer break. Elizabeth May, leader of the Green party,… http://thecaen.ca/main-streams/sable-island-becomes-a-national-park-with-an-asterisk/

B.C Supreme Court calls for treaty negotiations

Old Treats The B.C. Supreme Court is calling on the provincial and federal governments to renew treaty negotiations with a Vancouver Island First Nations group. In a ruling on forestry land-use, the court said the B.C. government has a duty to seek a…
The B.C. Supreme Court is calling on the provincial and federal governments to renew treaty negotiations with a Vancouver Island First Nations group. In a ruling on forestry … http://thecaen.ca/main-streams/b.c-supreme-court-calls-for-treaty-negotiations/

Newfoundland quietly cuts protected areas advisory council

We Lack The Newfoundland and Labrador Environment Department has quietly cut its Wilderness and Ecological Reserves Advisory Council (WERAC), abandoning its own legislation. The province created WERAC in 1980 to point out ecologically unique places in…
The Newfoundland and Labrador Environment Department has quietly cut its Wilderness and Ecological Reserves Advisory Council (WERAC), abandoning its own legislation. The p… http://thecaen.ca/main-streams/newfoundland-quietly-cuts-protected-areas-advisory-council/

Metro Vancouver opposes new coal shipments over climate change and air quality

Portlandia The regional authority, Metro Vancouver, passed a resolution opposing expanded coal shipments from the Fraser River estuary over concerns about air quality and climate change. Fraser Surrey Docks wants to build a $15-million coal terminal …
The regional authority, Metro Vancouver, passed a resolution opposing expanded coal shipments from the Fraser River estuary over concerns about air quality and climate change… http://thecaen.ca/main-streams/metro-vancouver-opposes-new-coal-shipments-over-climate-change-and-air-quality/

Environment Canada proposes new pollution rules for mining firms

Protection Environment Canada is proposing the federal government monitor metal mines for four toxic substances that can be fatal to fish, including aluminum, iron, selenium and ammonia. There are an estimated 150 metal mines in operation in Canada …
Environment Canada is proposing the federal government monitor metal mines for four toxic substances that can be fatal to fish, including aluminum, iron, selenium and ammonia… http://thecaen.ca/main-streams/environment-canada-proposes-new-pollution-rules-for-mining-firms/

Oilsands firms failing to clean up tailing ponds face no penalty

Pond Scum Alberta’s Energy Resources Conservation Board says four tar sands mining companies failed to meet 2009 regulations to clean up their tailing ponds. Alberta’s Environment Minister says it is disappointing, but expects new technology under…
Alberta’s Energy Resources Conservation Board says four tar sands mining companies failed to meet 2009 regulations to clean up their tailing ponds. Alberta’s Environment M… http://thecaen.ca/main-streams/oilsands-firms-failing-to-clean-up-tailing-ponds-face-no-penalty/

Tahltan First Nation calls foul on B.C. Liberals’ campaign promise

Promises B.C.’s Thaltan First Nation is calling on the Liberal government to halt plans to fast-track an environmental review of an open-pit coal mine in the province’s Sacred Headwaters, near the Stikine River valley. Annita McPhee says the Libera…
B.C.’s Thaltan First Nation is calling on the Liberal government to halt plans to fast-track an environmental review of an open-pit coal mine in the province’s Sacred Headwate… http://thecaen.ca/main-streams/tahltan-first-nation-calls-foul-on-b.c.-liberals-campaign-promise/

Feds to raise nuclear liability and emission standards for vehicles

Raise It Up The Harper government will soon announce plans to raise the amount nuclear operators pay in the event of an accident from $75 million to between $650 million and $1 billion. In the wake of the billions of dollars of damages from the Ja…
The Harper government will soon announce plans to raise the amount nuclear operators pay in the event of an accident from $75 million to between $650 million and $1 billion. … http://thecaen.ca/main-streams/feds-to-raise-nuclear-liability-and-emission-standards-for-vehicles/

Manitoba seeking major partnership to save Lake Winnipeg

Lake Stinkapeg Manitoba wants other provinces and U.S. states with waterways connected to Lake Winnipeg to join a partnership to clean up the “sixth great lake.” Large algae blooms feeding off pollution flowing into the lake threaten Lake Winnipeg. …
Manitoba wants other provinces and U.S. states with waterways connected to Lake Winnipeg to join a partnership to clean up the “sixth great lake.” Large algae blooms feedin… http://thecaen.ca/main-streams/manitoba-seeking-major-partnership-to-save-lake-winnipeg/

B.C.’s first Green MLA slams Liberals’ LNG Plan

Gone Green Andrew Weaver, B.C.’s first Green Party MLA, is on the attack against the newly elected Liberal government’s plans to boost the province’s liquefied natural gas industry. Weaver, a climate scientist professor at the University of Victoria…
Andrew Weaver, B.C.’s first Green Party MLA, is on the attack against the newly elected Liberal government’s plans to boost the province’s liquefied natural gas industry. W… http://thecaen.ca/main-streams/b.c.s-first-green-mla-slams-liberals-lng-plan/

Iqaluit coast guard monitoring entire Arctic this year

Who’s Watching? The Coast Guard station in Iqaluit will monitor the entire Canadian Arctic this year following the closing of the Marine Communications and Traffic Service Centre in Inuvik. Some mariners are concerned the level of service, including…
The Coast Guard station in Iqaluit will monitor the entire Canadian Arctic this year following the closing of the Marine Communications and Traffic Service Centre in Inuvik. … http://thecaen.ca/main-streams/iqaluit-coast-guard-monitoring-entire-arctic-this-year/

Ontario losing the fight against climate change, says provincial watchdog

Hopeless Ontario’s Environment Commissioner Gord Miller says Ontario has no new initiatives to slow the rise in greenhouse gas emissions and will not meet their 2020 climate targets. Besides shutting coal plants and investments in green energy from a …
Ontario’s Environment Commissioner Gord Miller says Ontario has no new initiatives to slow the rise in greenhouse gas emissions and will not meet their 2020 climate targets. … http://thecaen.ca/main-streams/ontario-losing-the-fight-against-climate-change-says-provincial-watchdog/

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