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2014-07-27 18:22   |   Atlantic Chapter, Ecosystems, General - No issue selected, Toxics Awareness and Education, Wilderness and Species Conservation, Oceans, Endangered Species
Each blue whale has a unique pattern of spots of its back, like a fingerprint or a nametag. These spots allow researchers to identify each whale as either a newcomer, or an old friend.The Mingan Island Cetacean Study (MICS) is a non-profit research organization located on the Gulf of St Lawrence's northern shore and they were the first group to begin long term study of marine mammals in the Gulf. Since their founding in 1979, this group has followed blue whale populations in eastern Canada...
2014-07-17 00:29   |   Atlantic Chapter, Ecosystems, Right to Water, Sustainable Fisheries, Protecting Marine Areas from the Threat of Oil and Gas Development, Indigenous Sovereignty
"The Atlantic Salmon and the blue whales are both very precious creatures to our nations," said Chief Claude Jeannotte of Gespeg, Quebec. He spoke in Halifax on behalf of these two struggling species Wednesday, July 16.Jeannotte was accompanied by four other First Nations chiefs from across Atlantic Canada, all from communities dependent on the, "rich bounty of the Gulf," in the words of Chief P.J Prosper, representing the Migmaq of Nova Scotia. Together they spoke...
2014-06-01 15:12   |   Atlantic Chapter, Climate Change, Right to Water, Water, Energy Onslaught, Toxics Awareness and Education, Water Quality, Industrial Water Consumption, Atmosphere & Energy
Dr John Cherry, a hydrogeologist with the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA), says fracking wells in Canada aren't built for the long haul; they tend to spring leaks."In my view, well integrity is likely the most important shale gas issue," said Dr Cherry in Toronto, Thursday, May 29. Dr Cherry chaired the CCA's expert panel on understanding the environmental impacts of shale gas extraction (fracking). This panel released its report in early May."Oil and gas wells can...
2013-05-07 12:05   |   Atlantic Chapter, Water, Toxics, Atmosphere & Energy, Health & Environment
There are warnings the tidal bore in the Bay of Fundy will light up by itself if a plan to dump more than four-million litres of fracking waste water into the ocean goes ahead.The water, which has some level of naturally occurring radiation in it, is in a holding tank right now, but Atlantic Industrial Services plans to dump that water into the Debert sewer system if it can get approval.The district manager for the provincial environment department’s Truro office has given the dump the...
2013-04-05 18:39   |   Ecosystems, General - No issue selected, Safe Food and Sustainable Agriculture, Oceans, Renewable Energy, Trade and Environment, Government, Nuclear-Free Canada, Indigenous Sovereignty, Atmosphere & Energy, Health & Environment, Protecting Biodiversity, Transition to Sustainable Economy
Montré du droit par le gouvernement Harper l'an dernier au moment des réformes des lois environnementales, le processus d'évaluation de l'ancienne Loi sur les pêches était en fait très efficace.C'est ce que conclut une étude, la première du genre, réalisée par une équipe de l'Université de Toronto et publiée par NRC Research Press, une entité indépendante du Conseil...
2013-04-05 18:35   |   Ecosystems, Water, Oceans, Toxics, Trade and Environment, Government, Atmosphere & Energy, Health & Environment, Protecting Biodiversity, Transition to Sustainable Economy
Research is questioning the logic behind the federal government's move to streamline environmental assessments.After tracking thousands of assessments over a decade, the peer-reviewed findings of Derrick de Kerckhove suggest a great majority of Fisheries Act environmental reviews over the last decade were completed well within recommended timelines.Nor was there a bottleneck of projects being held up by a clogged review process, he said."We didn't find any. Even when the input was...
2013-03-27 16:22   |   Government, Transition to Sustainable Economy
Environment Canada, not Sustainable Prosperity, to take over research dataThe people who are winding down the controversial National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy say Environment Minister Peter Kent has nixed their plan to keep all their research public.The government pulled funding from the roundtable a year ago, giving the advisory body until this Friday to shut down.Acting chairman Robert Slater says the group had planned to hand over 25 years of research and analysis to...
2013-03-20 03:31   |   Ecosystems, National, Water, Water Quality, Water Conservation, Government, National Water Strategy
A Thunder Bay city councillor wants environmental groups to take over the Experimental Lakes Area — but one of the groups he's named is throwing cold water on the idea.Federal government support for the Experimental Lakes Area in northwestern Ontario is set to expire by the end of the month and there's been no announcement of any deal for another operator to take over the project.Thunder Bay councillor Larry Hebert said it's time for groups such as Greenpeace or the Sierra...
2013-03-20 03:24   |   National, Renewable Energy, Government, Health & Environment
Sickness being attributed to wind turbines is more likely to have been caused by people getting alarmed at the health warnings circulated by activists, an Australian study has found.Complaints of illness were far more prevalent in communities targeted by anti-windfarm groups, said the report's author, Simon Chapman, professor of public health at Sydney University. His report concludes that illnesses being blamed on windfarms are more than likely caused by the psychological effect of...
2013-01-21 12:58   |   Atlantic Chapter, Water, Safe Food and Sustainable Agriculture, Water Quality, Intensive Livestock Operations, Health & Environment
  About five years ago, residents of Yarmouth and surrounding areas joined together and formed the Tricounty Watershed Protection Association to stop the pollution being caused by mink farms at the headwaters of the Meteghan, Sissaboo and Tusket rivers. The Department of Environment conducted water tests in 10 lakes and 75 kilometres of the Tusket River for three consecutive years. The final water test results concluded that the mink farms were the probable cause. The government cancelled...

   

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