Government scientists should be allowed to speak for themselves Publish Date: 25-AUG-2014 03:51 PM Earlier this week, Postmedia reported on its investigation into the cancellation of a technical briefing by scientists from the Canadian Ice Services (CIS). Documents obtained under an Access to Information request show that the approval process for the briefing implicated nine different levels of government, from the director of CIS to the environment minister. Yet despite the herculean efforts of CIS scientists to inform Canadians on the state of Canada’s arctic ice, a briefing that was planned for months was eventually cancelled.
An inside look at U.S. think tank ‘s plan to undo environmental legislation Publish Date: 24-AUG-2014 03:43 PM Internal documents from this summer’s Dallas meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council, leaked to a watchdog group, reveal several sessions casting doubt on the scientific evidence of climate change. They also reveal sessions focused on crafting policies that reduce rules for fossil fuel companies and create obstacles for the development of alternative forms of energy. The meeting, hosted in Dallas from July 30 to Aug. 1, involved a mix of lobbyists, U.S. legislators and climate change contrarians, and was sponsored by more than 50 large corporations, including several that do business in Alberta’s oilsands.
Le projet d’agrandissement du pipeline de Kinder Morgan contesté devant les tribinaux (French) Publish Date: 22-AUG-2014 03:23 PM La Ville de Vancouver dit qu'elle se présentera à la Cour d'appel fédérale, vendredi, pour contester le projet d'expansion du pipeline Trans Mountain de la compagnie Kinder Morgan. L'administration municipale veut une révision judiciaire pour déterminer si l'Office national de l'énergie (ONÉ) doit tenir compte du changement climatique dans l'évaluation du projet.
National Energy Board uses new power to fine pipeline operators Publish Date: 19-AUG-2014 02:48 PM Canada’s national energy regulator has for the first time used its new powers to penalize pipeline operators, imposing fines worth tens of thousands of dollars to four separate companies. The National Energy Board recently posted notice of two of the fines on its website against NOVA Gas Transmission, which is a subsidiary of TransCanada, and Kinder Morgan. Both companies told the Star that they accepted and paid the fines, but believe public safety wasn’t at risk.
Environnement Canada veut centraliser la collecte de données (French) Publish Date: 18-AUG-2014 01:58 PM Environnement Canada procède à une réorganisation de la collecte des données météorologiques, dans le but de répondre à la demande croissante d’information de la population. C’est ce qu’ont expliqué dimanche soir des représentants du service, lors de la Conférence scientifique publique mondiale sur la météorologie (WWOSC) à Montréal.
Mount Polley mine spill : Minister to reveal plans for investigation Publish Date: 18-AUG-2014 01:55 PM B.C. Minster of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett is expected to announce this morning the details of an investigation into the Mount Polley tailings pond failure. On Friday, B.C. Environment Minister Mary Polak told the CBC News there would be an independent inquiry into the accident.
Canada plans to challenge NAFTA agency’s push for oil sands probe Publish Date: 13-AUG-2014 10:13 AM Complaint alleges Environment Canada isn't enforcing the Fisheries Act in the oil sands. Canada appears headed for a showdown with NAFTA's environmental agency following its decision to recommend an investigation into the enforcement of the Fisheries Act in the Alberta oil sands. The Commission on Environmental Cooperation's secretariat notified Canada that it was recommending an investigation, also known as a factual record, on enforcement of the Fisheries Act in the oil sands on July 29, but the secretariat’s decision was not made public until August 7.
Océans : le mercure grimpe (French) Publish Date: 12-AUG-2014 10:34 AM En janvier 2013, à Genève, 130 pays ont signé une convention visant à réduire la pollution au mercure, métal toxique qui s’accumule dans la chaîne alimentaire et qui influe sur le système nerveux et le développement. L’objectif est d’en limiter considérablement les émissions. Mais l’environnement est déjà durablement contaminé, à commencer par le milieu marin. Une étude internationale (États-Unis, France, Pays-Bas), publiée le 7 août dans la revue Nature, montre que la concentration de mercure dans les eaux de surface de presque tous les océans a triplé du fait des rejets d’origine humaine.
Salmon near B.C. mine spill to be tested Publish Date: 12-AUG-2014 10:29 AM First Nations health officials are preparing to test salmon near the site of a massive mine tailing spill in British Columbia amid fears in aboriginal communities that fish from affected lakes and rivers aren't safe to eat. Environment Canada has also started its own investigation.
Mine disaster shows B.C. needs specific whistleblower protection laws Publish Date: 12-AUG-2014 10:12 AM It takes guts to blow the whistle on the boss, but it’s a lot easier to come forward if you know somebody has your back. That’s why the B.C. government should make it clear to employees of the Mt. Polley mine that they should not be afraid to come forward with information about last week’s devastating tailings-pond breach.
NAFTA environmental body wants to probe oilsands Publish Date: 08-AUG-2014 09:37 AM Investigators from an environmental watchdog set up as part of the North American Free Trade Agreement want to investigate whether Canada is enforcing its laws on toxic leakage from giant oilsands tailings ponds.Canada has already told the Commission on Environmental Cooperation that it doesn't have that right. The disagreement sets up a second fight between the Harper government and the three-nation body intended to ensure free trade doesn't degrade environmental enforcement.
Mount Polley mine tailings spill highlights risks of deregulation Publish Date: 07-AUG-2014 09:35 AM "Streamlining environmental regulatory review" and "reducing the regulatory burden on industry" are among the federal and B.C. provincial governments’ hottest buzzwords. As the Mount Polley mine tailings lake breach that occurred on Monday (August 4) demonstrates, however, deregulation of industrial activities that impact the environment is a gamble that can have devastating outcomes for local communities and the environment.
Contaminated water threatens B.C. salmon Publish Date: 07-AUG-2014 08:10 AM Officials are worried that water contaminated after a tailings pond in B.C. burst its dam could seriously impact fish stocks. A good portion of this year's sockeye run could be affected by the massive tailings pond spill at the Mount Polley mine early Monday, officials fear. At least five million cubic metres of tailings slurry from the copper and gold mine breached an earthen dam and rushed downstream towards two lakes. On Wednesday, the DFO said the sockeye — between 845,000 to 2.95 million fish — are “currently migrating ” towards the Quesnel Lake system.
Environment Canada investigating B.C. tailings pond breach Publish Date: 07-AUG-2014 08:03 AM Environment Canada has launched a federal investigation into a major tailings pond breach at the Mount Polley mine in British Columbia. “Environment Canada expects companies to operate in a responsible manner that protects the environment,” department spokesman Mark Johnson told the Star in a statement. “Spills are unacceptable.”
Mount Polley mine tailings pond breach : Local state of emergency declared Publish Date: 06-AUG-2014 11:13 AM A local state of emergency has been declared in an area where a B.C. tailings pond wall collapsed, sending millions of cubic metres of mine waste water and metals-laden sand into local waterways. A summary of the material dumped into the tailings pond last year was filed with Environment Canada. It said there was 326 tonnes of nickel, over 400,000 kilograms of arsenic, 177,000 kilograms of lead and 18,400 tonnes of copper and its compounds placed in the pond last year.
Oil company helped collect evidence for investigation into spill Publish Date: 06-AUG-2014 11:03 AM Federal and provincial authorities allowed a company under investigation for a serious oilsands leak to collect some evidence of the harm caused to wildlife, according to a newly released email from Environment Canada. “The game has always been, get rid of the federal government and then downgrade the provincial, and that is exactly what has gone on here,” said Duncan. “So everything that is done, including pipeline inspection, by the way, is done by the company and the proponents.”
Citizen scientists to help University of Victoria measure radiation Publish Date: 06-AUG-2014 08:01 AM A network of citizen scientists along the B.C. coast is being recruited to help researchers measure the potential risk of low-level radiation arriving from Japan after the tsunami and Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011.University of Victoria chemical oceanographer Jay Cullen is leading a $630,000 project to test water and seafood over the next three years.
Tailings ponds for mining and oilsands waste : FAQs Publish Date: 05-AUG-2014 08:20 AM The breach of a tailings pond at the Mount Polley copper and gold mine in B.C. has released five million cubic metres of mining wastewater into local waterways in early August. Local residents have been banned from using the water from the Quesnel and Cariboo river systems. Here are the answers to some questions you might have about tailings ponds.
IMF calls for green shift with 52% gas hike in Canada Publish Date: 31-JUL-2014 08:16 AM The International Monetary Fund says Canada and other countries can improve their economies and environment by hiking energy taxes — while cutting them on people and capital. In a new book, Getting Energy Prices Right: From Principle to Practice, the IMF essentially endorses policies — at times advocated by the federal Liberals and NDP — calling for what some have termed a "green shift" in the taxation system. The Conservative government, however, has rejected carbon taxes.
Environnement Canada procède à une réorganisation de la collecte des données météorologiques, dans le but de répondre à la demande croissante d’information de la population. C’est ce qu’ont expliqué dimanche soir des représentants du service, lors de la Conférence scientifique publique mondiale sur la météorologie (WWOSC) à Montréal.
B.C. Minster of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett is expected to announce this morning the details of an investigation into the Mount Polley tailings pond failure. On Friday, B.C. Environment Minister Mary Polak told the CBC News there would be an independent inquiry into the accident.