Standing beside a crowd of "a few" aboriginal friends at Lake Athabasca in northern Alberta, Leonardo DiCaprio -- Hollywood’s leading star in the environmental movement -- threw down a challenge to the most powerful people in Canada’s oil sands development.DiCaprio wants Stephen Harper and key captains of the oil sands industry to put ice on their
When a tailings pond broke at the Mount Polley gold and copper mine in south-central B.C., spilling millions of cubic metres of waste into a salmon-bearing stream, B.C. Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett called it an "extremely rare" oc...
“It’s hard to deal [with] and treat something if you don’t know what it is,” Richard Holmes, fisheries biologist with Cariboo Envirotech, said in an interview at Mount Polley Mine, home to the tailings pond that breached August 4, sending an estimated 14.5 billion litres of mining waste into the local environment, including Quesnel Lake, a major so
They’re a nuisance and disruption to people trying to live their lives, go about their work or operate a business in Pictou County this summer. They’re possibly a health threat, too, though provincial governments have never done an epidemiological study to find out.
Analysts say cleanup costs for Imperial Metals' Mount Polley tailings disaster could cost anywhere from $50 million to $500 million, but the bonds available today to cover that are now a fraction of that. Documents from the Ministry of Energy and Mines on July 25, 2013 suggest that Mount Polley Mining Corporation (owned by Imperial M
OTTAWA - A new report by Canada's veterans watchdog says nearly half of the country's most severely disabled ex-soldiers are not receiving a government allowance intended to compensate them for their physical and mental wounds.
The George River caribou herd, which migrates between northern Quebec and Labrador, was once the largest in the world. Its population has dropped by 98 per cent in the past two decades and there is still no cross-border management plan.
When asked how Noah's struggle in his most recent film influenced his decision to visit Canada's tar sands, Darren Aronofsky was intrigued. "I like where you’re going. Very interesting." he said. "Continue.""Noah is about a good man who has to struggle with outside forces that push him to become an evil man," a reporter said.
The Conservative government is telling public servants to delete emails with no “business value,” possibly opening the door to the destruction of potentially valuable or embarrassing records, say critics.
The federal government is rejecting renewed calls for a public inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women in advance of a meeting Wednesday between premiers and native leaders, one of whom says the prime minister is isolated in his position.T...
CHARLOTTETOWN - Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says he doesn't know how long any level of government can ignore something like the murder of a 15-year-old aboriginal girl before looking at ways to prevent such deaths.Tina Fontaine was found wrapped i...
B.C.'s economy – already facing what seems like the perfect economic storm of stagnant job growth, an acute skills shortage and the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision on First Nation land title claims – can now add one more low pressure system into that mix: the Mount Polley Mine disaster.In its wake to date: government announced delays to Imp
Climate scientist Danny Harvey has launched a constitutional challenge against the National Energy Board for refusing to consider climate change as a factor in its decision on the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. Harvey, who is a geology professor at the University of Toronto, told the NEB in an affidavi
Back in 2004, Wilburforce stipulated that the purpose of funding Y2Y was to protect the region "from oil and gas development, through an advocacy campaign that focuses on grizzly bears and critical wildlife habitat," tax returns say. Since then, the Wilburforce foundation has granted more than US$25 million to environmental and First Nations organizations in Western Canada.
The Yukon chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society runs an intense campaign to place the Peel watershed off-limits to industrial development. This became a major issue in the 2011 election and is headed for the territorial courts this July. By my analysis of the budgets for the "Protect the Peel" campaign, available online from the Conservation Alliance, more than 90 per cent of the funding for the Peel campaign is from U.S. sources, including $600,000 for legal fees. A similar funding trend is playing out in British Columbia's Great Barrier Rainforest.