Maybe we can call the latest political 'controversy' involving Stephen Harper ATV-gate.
During their week-long visit to the north, Harper and his wife Laureen inadvertently rode into the middle of an ongoing debate about the use of all-terrain vehicles in the Yukon's delicate ecosystems.
According to iPolitics, the Harpers' off-road adventure through sand dunes near Whitehorse on Monday has touched a nerve with local environmental activists, who have spent years trying to keep all-terrain vehicles from tearing up the territory's "pristine wilderness."
Canada’s scientific and environmental community received a huge blow last week with news that the Government of Canada plans to shut down the ELA. Employees of Fisheries & Oceans Canada learned on May 17, 2012 that research at ELA no longer fits within the government’s mandate and the world-renowned facility will be terminated in March 2013.
The abrupt closure means invaluable water research projects—not being done anywhere else in the world—will be lost, and their future findings lost with them. This includes a one-of-a-kind climate change study and the only investigation in the world looking at what happens in a lake polluted by nanosilver, the increasingly popular antimicrobial agent found in everything from household cleaning sponges to socks and even children’s teddy bears.
First-Nations communities along the St. Lawrence River are warning the federal government to get tough with firms that wish to transport nuclear waste via the waterway, despite new challenges created by the Tory government’s massive omnibus budget bill.
Bruce Power, Canada’s first privately-owned nuclear power generator located on Lake Huron, had applied to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) in 2010 to transport nuclear waste to a Swedish treatment facility. The waste would be shipped to Sweden via the St. Lawrence Seaway.
OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper heads to the Far North next week, with his annual trek focusing on the Western Arctic and developing the region's natural resources.
The five-day north of 60 trip gears up in Whitehorse Monday, with stops at copper and gold mine Minto Mine and Norman Wells, an oil drilling and exploration hub, in the Northwest Territories.
The prime minister then heads to Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, where two years ago he announced a new $81 million high Arctic research station would be built in the hamlet perched on the Victoria Island coast in the Arctic archipelago.
The tour wraps in Churchill, Man., where Harper is to take part in Operation Nanook, alongside 1,250 navy, army and air force personnel for an annual northern sovereignty exercise.
Harper has spent a week every summer in the Arctic since he became prime minister, an annual trip meant to assert Canada's presence in the region.
The Globe and Mail (September 27, 2012)
Environmentalists sue to force Ottawa to protect species along Northern Gateway route Add to ...
By Dene Moore
One of the most powerful foes of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline through northern British Columbia is not a lawyer or a conservation group or any of the many First Nations who have lined up against the project.
It’s a very large, very, very old fish.
The Nechako white sturgeon is listed as an endangered species under the federal Species At Risk Act, a designation which is supposed to legally protect the sturgeon’s habitat so the species can recover.
The pipeline is planned to cross the Stewart and Endako rivers, where the highly imperilled species — there are estimated to be only 335 left — live.
SASKATOON - Coal-fired power plants got more regulatory breathing room than expected to release greenhouse gases Wednesday, something federal Environment Minister Peter Kent says is necessary to protect Canada's power supply.
The final regulations for coal-powered plants, released Wednesday, stipulate they can emit no more than 420 tonnes of greenhouse gases per gigawatt hour of electricity generated.
This number is significantly higher than the 375 tonnes per gigawatt hour Kent proposed in earlier draft regulations released in August.
While admitting the new rules are "at the high end" of the 360 to 425 tonne per gigawatt hour range he considered, Kent said the decision was made to avoid putting the "consuming public at risk of inadequate power supply."
Local environmental organizations say a decision by Queen's Park to enhance its plan to protect the environment will be a boon for the Credit River.
Premier Dalton McGuinty announced today that the Province is expanding its Greenbelt Plan and adding provincially owned lands in Oakville to grow the greenbelt to nearly two million acres of protected land across the Golden Horseshoe.
The greenbelt stretches about 325 kilometres from Rice Lake, near Peterborough, to the Niagara River and was created to protect environmentally sensitive lands from urban development and sprawl.