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Trudeau Government Backs Energy East, Supports Tar Sands Expansion
On the same day that US President Barack Obama rejected the proposed 830,000 barrel per day Keystone XL pipeline, highlighting that approving the pipeline would undermine efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions, the government of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau came out in support of the...
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Campaigners Bid Harper Adieu While Vowing to Hold Liberals Accountable
Yes, Trudeau's sweeping win was a repudiation of "negative, divisive politics" in favor of "a positive vision that brings Canadians together"—but the new prime minister still has much to prove.
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The Right Whale and The Wrong Company
The North Atlantic Right Whale is a symbol of the biodiversity and fragility of the Bay of Fundy. It is a magnificent marine mammal and it is also the most endangered whale in the world. August and September are the months when these and other whales come into the Bay of Fundy in the largest...
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Large Pipeline Spill in Alberta 'Stark Reminder' of Dangers of Tar Sands
Rupture near Fort McMurray may be one of province's largest
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Premiers Must Take Stand on Fracking, Expanding Oil Sands
The havoc currently being wreaked by rampaging wildfires out west, fueled in part by climate change, reminds us that reducing climate pollution is more urgent than ever. This should be at the forefront this week as provincial energy ministers meet in Halifax, and premiers and territorial leaders...
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Canadian Government Lambasted for Stifling Science and Dissent
'Together, we feel neither secure nor valued,' says coalition of more than 200 civil society groups
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Will the Climate Justice Movement "Seattle" the Paris Talks?
While the New York Times editorial board says , "The Paris [climate summit] may well be the world’s last, best chance to get a grip on a problem that, absent urgent action over the next decade, could spin out of control", most are already bracing for another massive failure by the political elite...
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Canada 'Can't Hide' From Climate Impacts of Energy East Pipeline, Groups Say
'Either include climate impacts and community voices in review, or lose all credibility and legitimacy in the eyes of the Canadian people.'
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Testing the Human Right to Water in Detroit
In March, the beleaguered—some would say besieged—city of Detroit, Michigan announced it would begin shutting off water services to between 1,500 and 3,000 households every week. It seemed impossible at the time but officials quickly made good on the promise. Detroit, the former industrial...
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Spectre of NAFTA Investor-State Challenge Looms over New Brunswick Fracking Moratorium
On September 22 the people of New Brunswick voted clearly and decisively against fracking. They defeated the incumbent government that was backing (and was backed by) the fracking industry and elected a government that promises to implement a moratorium against fracking. And so far the premier-...
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