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.
The idea that the proposed Site C Dam on the Peace River is going to be used for supplying electrical energy to all of British Columbia is utterly naïve.I say this because the site of this proposed project is directly over the Montney Formation shale gas deposit, with reserves of 449 trillion cubic feet of marketable natural gas, 14,521 million bar
"How long can an industry and a government completely disregard a nation’s laws that are intended to protect that country’s citizens? That’s the question that continues to be asked about tar sands companies and the Canadian government, when it comes to the tailings ponds leaking toxic waste into rivers in northern Alberta.
I asked myself that question again last week, when the Commission on Environmental Cooperation (CEC) ruled that there was plenty of evidence that tar sands companies were breaking Canadian law and lots of evidence that the Canadian government was failing to do anything about it.
What’s the CEC? It’s the environmental arm of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and it ensures that the three signatory NAFTA countries uphold their laws that protect the environment. The CEC is using that mandate to undertake a deeper investigation into the leaking tailings lakes in Canada."
"[Ottawa – August 10, 2014] As part of a pretty comprehensive diagnostic poll on a range of current issues, we have conducted an update of the political landscape in Canada. There is nothing particularly remarkable about these results, but put in context with the overall time series which precedes it, and some of the other more probing questions we will be releasing later, this poll really does not augur well for the Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party."
OTTAWA - The Harper government has taken to social media to make the case that it's being generous to disabled veterans, but critics and the opposition say Conservatives are posting misleading information.A chart laying out different scenarios of com...
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.
An Imperial Metals shareholder has started a class action lawsuit, following the tailings pond breach at the company's Mount Polley mine that poured 10.5 cubic metres of toxic minewater and 4.5 million cubic metres of contaminated sediment into nearby waterways. "There was a filing made last week in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice,"
Lakes are in B.C., Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, NWT and NunavutTerry Milewski CBC NewsPosted:Jun 16, 2008 6:39 PM ETLast Updated:Jun 16, 2008 9:42 PM ET
"Bush pilot Doug Beaumont and environmentalist Jim Bourquin fish on Kluela Lake, downstream from the planned dump site for the Red Chris gold and copper mining project in northwestern B.C. ((Terry Milewski/CBC))
CBC News has learned that 16 Canadian lakes are slated to be officially but quietly "reclassified" as toxic dump sites for mines. The lakes include prime wilderness fishing lakes from B.C. to Newfoundland.
Environmentalists say the process amounts to a "hidden subsidy" to mining companies, allowing them to get around laws against the destruction of fish habitat.
Under the Fisheries Act, it's illegal to put harmful substances into fish-bearing waters. But, under a little-known subsection known as Schedule Two of the mining effluent regulations, federal bureaucrats can redefine lakes as "tailings impoundment areas."
That means mining companies don't need to build containment ponds for toxic mine tailings."
News flash: the Fraser Institute's ongoing push for small government packaged in its latest study exaggerates the size of taxes to come up with a bogus story line about how Canadians are paying too much in taxes.