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2012-08-04 22:06   |   Water, Safe Food and Sustainable Agriculture, Toxics, Government, Nuclear-Free Canada, Toxins In Food Consumables and Packaging
Little-known statistics compiled by Japan’s Fisheries Agency have documented persistently high post-Fukushima radiation levels in fish.   Are fish from the Pacific Ocean and Japanese coastal and inland waters safe to eat 16 months after the Fukushima nuclear disaster? Governments and many scientists say they are. But the largest collection of data on radiation in Japanese fish tells a very different story. In June, 56 percent of Japanese fish catches tested by the Japanese...
2012-08-04 20:41   |   Energy Onslaught, Government
"(Gwyn) Morgan and Harper go way back. In 2004, Encana gave Harper's leadership campaign $25,000, and Harper tried to appoint Morgan as public appointment commissioner ..." Maher: Tories drop accusatory tone on Gateway pipeline By Stephen Maher, Postmedia News OTTAWA -- That high-pitched squeal you heard this week was the sound of the federal Tories hitting the air brakes on the Kicking Horse Pass. When Christy Clark picked a fight with Alberta last month over the...
2012-08-04 20:36   |   Alberta Tar Sands Pipelines, Energy Onslaught
An Angus Reid Public Opinion poll released exclusively to The Globe and Mail says despite recent discussion about Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway project, only 1 per cent of respondents think energy is the most important issue facing the province. more  
2012-08-04 18:18   |   Climate Change
The relentless, weather-gone-crazy type of heat that has blistered the United States, Canada and other parts of the world in recent years is so rare it can't be anything but man-made global warming, according to a new statistical analysis from a top American scientist. The research by a man often called the "godfather of global warming" says that, from the 1950s through the 1980s, the likelihood of such sweltering temperatures occurring was rarer than 1 in 300. Now, the odds...
2012-08-03 22:30   |   Alberta Tar Sands Pipelines, Energy Onslaught
The federal government has imposed a strict deadline on a review panel to conclude the work on Enbridge Inc.’s controversial Northern Gateway pipeline, even as it scrambles to rescue the $6-billion project from a political sinkhole. more  
2012-07-30 18:34   |   Alberta Tar Sands Pipelines, Energy Onslaught, Indigenous Sovereignty, Atmosphere & Energy
The proposed Enbridge pipeline is the largest issue ever faced by B.C.’s aboriginal community, native leader Stewart Phillip declared Monday, as he vowed a long, protracted fight, including blockades and mass protests, against the project, if it is allowed to proceed. more  
2012-07-24 19:07   |   Energy Onslaught
Moving Alberta oil to the Maritimes would be good for Nova Scotia, but the ultimate goal would still have to be cutting back on carbon-based fuels, says a Dalhousie University professor who studies energy security. Larry Hughes said Tuesday that the province needs to improve the security of its oil supply, especially considering the heavy reliance on fuel oil for heating, instead of relying on unstable areas like Nigeria and the Middle East for portions of the supply. more  
2012-07-24 18:30   |   Renewable Energy, Government
Ahead of their meeting in Halifax, the country's Premiers are being urged to come up with an energy plan for Canadians and not just an energy strategy for Canada. John Bennett with the environmental group The Sierra Club of Canada says before we worry about expanding our energy export business, we need to address our  domestic energy use. "Doesn't charity start at home?" muses Bennett. "Shouldn't it be everyone's first priority to make sure that we meet...
2012-07-21 22:04   |   Nuclear-Free Canada
The Japanese government says it will investigate a report that workers at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant were urged to disguise their exposure to radiation. Build-Up, a subcontractor for plant operator Tepco, admitted one of its executives told workers to put lead shields on radiation detection devices. Otherwise, they would have rapidly exceeded the legal limit for exposure. more  
2012-07-20 21:45   |   Forests, Protecting Biodiversity
A scroll of (over 10,000) signatures snaked down the steps at the legislature Thursday as environmental groups called on the government to complete the promised protections for the Great Bear Rainforest. more


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