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2012-07-18 22:41   |   Climate Change, Alberta Tar Sands Pipelines, Energy Onslaught
TV host Ezra Levant raised some eyebrows by calling oil from Canada's oilsands "the fair trade coffee of the world's oil industry." Levant, who has become a spokesperson for the so-called "ethical oil" movement and has made a career bolstering the Alberta oilsands, was a keynote speaker Tuesday at Pacific Northwest Economic Region's (PNWER) annual summit in Saskatoon. "Out of the top 10 oil reserve countries in the world, we are the only one that is a...
2012-07-12 23:14   |   Radioactive Waste, Nuclear-Free Canada
Three Cameco workers in Ontario were exposed to airborne uranium dust in an incident at the Saskatchewan company's Blind River refinery last month, federal regulators say. The exposure happened June 23 when a worker loosened a ring clamp on a 208-litre drum of uranium oxide yellowcake. The lid blew off and about 26 kilograms of the material were ejected into the air. The worker closest to the drum and two others in the area, who were not wearing respirators, were exposed to the dust...
2012-07-11 22:30   |   Nuclear Phaseout
Quebec, July 11, 2012 - Two voluminous reports from Japan and France draw important lessons from the Fukushima nuclear disaster that go against the proposed extended operation of nuclear power plants at Gentilly-2 in Quebec, and at Point Lepreau in New Brunswick. In Japan, an independent special commission on Fukushima, established by the Japanese parliament, issued a condensed 88-page report on 5 July 2012 (the complete report in Japanese has 630 pages). It is a thorough analysis of the...
2012-07-08 23:22   |   Nuclear Phaseout, Nuclear-Free Canada
Decaying concrete at nuclear power plants is the latest concern for nuclear safety authorities. At Quebec’s sole atomic power station, Gentilly-2, eroding concrete has prompted federal licensing officials to suggest that any provincial attempt to refurbish and re-license the 30-year-old plant must satisfy federal concerns over the aging concrete’s ability to stand up to another two or three decades of service. The move comes as economic pressures force nuclear utilities to...
2012-06-11 22:11
The executives of the Japanese utility that owns the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant and a number of the country's government officials should go to jail, according to a complaint filed by more than 1,000 local residents on Monday. more  
2012-06-01 22:11   |   Climate Change, Energy Onslaught
The energy industry calls fracking a game changer, but environmentalists compare it to coal and oil. As energy demands collide with climate change, the question becomes whether fracking is worth the risk. Read more
2012-05-21 21:49   |   Ban Asbestos, Toxics, Government
OTTAWA ~ The federal government says it doesn't actively keep track of projects to remove asbestos from infrastructure, despite owning 318 buildings that contain the cancer-causing substance, according to a recently compiled list from Public Works and Government Services Canada. More than one-third of the buildings are in the Ottawa-Gatineau region, but the locations listed span the country from coast to coast to coast ~ including the Supreme Court of Canada, RCMP buildings, the East,...
2012-05-17 03:32   |   Climate Change, Climate Summits, Renewable Energy, Transition to Sustainable Economy
Dear Editor: Adam Randell’s article “Blowing in the wind,” The Packet, May 3, 2012 offers some insight into how green sustainable energy production could look in the future. Todd Shirran’s initiative to build and operate a wind turbine deserves praise as a true, local initiative, green project.   Similarly efforts by the town of Bonavista to renew efforts to establish a wind farm on Burnt Ridge should be encouraged and promoted. What is required to make these...
2012-05-10 21:41   |   Renewable Energy
Dear Editor: Adam Randell's article "Blowing in the wind," The Packet, May 3, 2012 offers some insight into how green sustainable energy production could look in the future. Todd Shirran's initiative to build and operate a wind turbine deserves praise as a true, local initiative, green project. Similarly efforts by the town of Bonavista to renew efforts to establish a wind farm on Burnt Ridge should be encouraged and promoted. What is required to make these projects...
2012-05-06 22:18   |   Government
CBC's The National: Groups angry about anti-environment budget to launch campaign. Watch the video

   

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