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President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
United States of America
Dear President Obama,
We learned late Friday that Prime Minister Harper has written to you with an offer of reducing Tar Sands emissions in exchange for your approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.
Please know that the majority of Canadians support strong action on greenhouse gas emissions and want to prevent runaway climate change. Unfortunately, the Prime Minister represents the interests of multi-national oil companies, not Canadians.... Read more »
By John Bennett
Remember back in the day when a friend would send you a mixed-tape? Well here’s mine…
I didn’t know it then, but I had taken the first leg of a lifelong road trip. The bush, the flat prairie, the foot hills, mountains and the coast…I saw it all that summer (Hitchin’A Ride ♫).... Read more »
By John Bennett
It’s that great Canadian time of year...beginning of the camping season. In the thousands, we head to the Great Outdoors hoping to catch a glimpse of nature and its critters!
For the endangered Jefferson Salamander and Western Sage Grouse, it’s just like any other day -- avoiding predators, finding enough food and hoping to survive. They can’t do any more than that, so their survival is up to us.
Are we willing to leave them a little room on the planet or must we take it all away? Sadly, that’s the question facing Canada’s 300 endangered and 400 threatened species. Every day is critical… every day they inch closer to extinction.
RELATED: (Video) Where endangered species go when they lose their home... Read more »
The European Union (EU) banned three pesticides (Imidacloprid, Clothianidin and Thiamethoxam) last week to protect rapidly declining bee populations.
Bee pollination is essential to the functioning of our ecosystem and the production of all fruits and vegetables. When bee populations start to mysteriously and rapidly die-off, it’s a big deal.
RELATED: Media Release, July 17, 2013 -- CLICK HERE
I, like most Canadians, don't like it when a member of the family misbehaves in public and I feel it’s necessary to apologize on their behalf (for the good of the family name).
Well this is one of those occasions. So here goes:
On behalf of Canadians, I would like to extend a full and sincere apology to Dr. James Hansen (or “Jim” as his friends call him). He is owed an apology for recent derogatory remarks by Joe Oliver, the Federal Minister of Natural Resources.
So what’s this all about? Oliver, Canada’s Oil Minister (as the UK Guardian recently dubbed him), was in Washington last Tuesday flogging the Keystone XL pipeline yet again. While speaking, he dropped the veneer of sober economic pragmatist and diplomat, and the real Joe emerged.... Read more »