CROSS-CANADA CHECKUP—NEW PUBLICATION OFFERS SNAPSHOT OF CANADIAN CONCERNS OVER FRESHWATER RESOURCES
The University of Victoria's POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, in partnership with Simon Fraser University's Adaptation to Climate Change Team (ACT), recently released the new report “Cross-Canada Checkup: A Canadian Perspective on Our Water Future.” Taking the national pulse on fresh water, the report offers a first-hand account of the state of water across the country, and outlines the water challenges and priorities facing Canadians.
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.
“We know that the government isn’t looking out for our safety so we are turning to people throughout the province to let the public know what’s really going on,” said Don Bester with the Alberta Surface Rights Group. “Hundreds of spills happen every year and still this government does nothing. We had three major spills last month alone. How many more have to happen before the government finally acts?”
According to the Energy Resources Conservation Board in 2010 there were over 600 spills and leaks from energy related pipelines in Alberta. Two of the last three major spills were undetected by the company but instead, were reported by third parties.
IJC to allow Georgian Bay to drop another 1.25 meters
(Midland) -- The International Joint Commission may be intending to allow water levels in Lake Huron and Georgian Bay to drop by more than 1.25 meters (4 feet) below current levels that are already at historically low threatening shoreline wetlands, navigation and access of island properties if the recommendations of a report by the Upper Great Lakes Study Board are adopted. A video shown at a series of public meeting arranged by the IJC appeared to downplay the implications to the middle lakes.
Lakes Michigan/Huron/Georgian Bay water levels are now within a few centimetres of setting a new record low. While more wetlands are drying up, the number of dead birds and fish washing up on the south shores of Georgian Bay are increasing every day. Dead loons, ducks, grebes and Lake Sturgeon ( a Species At Risk) are being picked up by local residents wearing protective gloves.
Locals hope funds can be raised to dredge the entrance to the Nottawasaga River to allow Lake Sturgeon in next spring to be able to spawn. With levels expected to decline more over the coming months the ecological and economic costs are mounting. Interest and support for restoration of Lakes Michigan Huron Georgian Bay waters levels has now broad support around the Great Lakes.
Attn: Nadine Templeman, DFO St. John's, Newfoundland
Dear Nadine Templeman:
We write as a follow-up to the meeting on Ecologically and Biologically SignificantAreas (EBSAs) held in St. John's, Newfoundland, October 23-25 2012. It was encouraging to view and hear the findings regarding Canada's ocean habitats off northern Newfoundland and the coast of Labrador. We view this as an ongoing process as we all strive to better understand the complex dynamics of our oceans.
Halifax, NS – Sierra Club Atlantic and the Save Our Seas and Shores Coalition are hosting Keep It Blue events next week in Nova Scotia to raise concerns about oil drilling in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The meetings are being held in advance of Open Houses hosted by the Newfoundland and Labrador offshore oil and gas regulator.
“The Gulf of St. Lawrence is a treasured place. Think of the beaches of Prince Edward Island, the views from the Cabot Trail, swimming in the warmth the Northumberland Strait, the stunning coast of Gros Morne National Park. The Gulf is precious, but perhaps we take its beauty and vitality for granted – these meetings are meant to let people know that this special place is under threat and it needs our help, “ according to Gretchen Fitzgerald of Sierra Club Canada– Atlantic Canada Chapter.