Canada

“Handpicked” committee coaxes First Nations to trade rights for oil money

Documents reveal the latest federally-driven efforts to curb First Nations treaties for fossil fuel gains. The Working Group on Natural Resource Development is engaged in contentious talks with the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), p...

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Mounties target environmentalists in secret memo

A leaked report produced by Canada’s national police force hints that environmentalists could face further surveillance under the Harper administration’s new anti-terrorism legislation. The RCMP argues that environmental activism, l...

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Nationwide coalition plans “epic” rally during April climate talks in Quebec

On April 11, people from all walks of life will march through Quebec streets demanding action from government leaders to seriously address climate change in Canada. Act on Climate, a coalition of environmental groups, students, unio...

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Communities take on the NEB with Energy East proceedings in progress

Cultural leaders are standing up for the rights of their communities as legal battles ensue against Energy East this week. Francophone protection groups are arguing in court today that Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) failed to ...

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NEB ignores 100,000 Canadians, rams forward with applications to Energy East hearings

Canada’s National Energy Board is encouraging stakeholders in the Energy East pipeline approval process to apply for status to participate in hearings starting today, ignoring a nationwide call for a paced, thorough analysis of the ...

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Confirmed: Feds block NAFTA from investigating tailings ponds

Despite the Commission for Environmental Cooperation’s recommendation to move forward with an investigation last August, representatives from the United States, Canada and Mexico collectively passed a motion forbidding the CEC to lo...

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Yellowstone River oil spill shows there’s no safe way to transport Canadian crude

Canadian crude is once again in Montana’s Yellowstone River, highlighting concerns on both sides of the border that there is no safe way to transport tar sands oil. Bridger Pipeline LLC reported Monday it has shut the 42,000 barrel ...

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Surge in oil spills instills further doubt in dependence on fossil fuels

Canadians are increasingly dubious of their federal leader’s ability to protect them from catastrophic consequences of oil spills. A recent poll conducted by Natural Resources Canada discovered that most Canadians “lack confidence i...

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Anti-fracking momentum crosses borders with new regional bans

Quebec and New Brunswick premiers are among the latest wave of North American leaders put forward bans on fracking. Today, New Brunswick’s provincial government announced it would impose a moratorium until outlined conditions are fu...

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EU vote opens the door to more Canadian tar sands imports

Members of the European Parliament today narrowly failed to reject new fuel quality rules — the EU’s crucial climate legislation aimed at reducing emissions from transport fuels — paving the way for more tar sands oil in...

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Report – Canada could salvage botched climate record by 2020 if committed to change

Canada stands a fighting chance at meeting its 2020 emission targets if it expanded climate policies already in place, according to a report by the David Suzuki Foundation. The findings note that that a federal policy program modele...

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Canada barely misses last place in latest global climate performance rankings

Canada is just short of holding last place for lagging on climate action, according to GermanWatch and CAN Europe’s latest Climate Change Index Report. The report, released in conjunction with climate negotiations in Peru, ranks the...

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Climate change consideration no longer requirement for Energy East approval

Ontario and Quebec premiers announced yesterday that rising greenhouse gas emissions from the Energy East pipeline will not be considered as they weigh in on the fate of the controversial project. According to Ontario Premier Kathle...

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TransCanada to target environmentalists under guidance of global PR giant

New documents, authenticated by TransCanada, confirm that a major public relations firm advised the oil giant to undermine environmental organizations and create elaborate illusions of support for pipelines. TransCanada enlisted in ...

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Canadian lobbying efforts could impact Keystone XL vote turnout

After relentless lobbying efforts from Canada’s political leadership, a vote on forcing construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline will take place in the US House of Representatives at noon on Friday, and a vote in the S...

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All eyes on Canada following US-China emission-curbing agreement

After the world’s two largest carbon emitters agreed to curb greenhouse gases this week, all eyes are on Canada to follow in their lead. The surprise agreement, which calls for China’s emissions to peak in 2030 and for the US to emi...

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Tar sands investors threatened by uncertain oil prices, says new report

Staking Canada’s future on continued tar sands development is a risky bet, according to a new report by the UK-based Carbon Tracker Initiative. According to the group’s research, 90 per cent of future oil sands projects are at risk ...

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TransCanada applies for NEB approval of Energy East, draws criticism for exaggerated domestic benefits

TransCanada moved forward with a governmental request to build the Energy East pipeline today, ignoring calls to cease “misleading investors and Canadians” with false claims. The Alberta-based company made the announcement today at ...

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Study: $ 20 billion in economic gains at Quebec’s disposal if oil consumption is scaled back

By cutting oil consumption by 12 per cent, Quebec could salvage up to $20 billion over the next six years, according to a recent study. The report, overseen by the Regroupement national des conseils régionaux du Québec (RNCREQ), a n...

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Enbridge oversights halt Line 9 pipeline reversal indefinitely

Amid protests and upheaval from activists and municipalities, Enbridge’s Line 9 reversal project has halted indefinitely. Line 9B, the reversal component of this tar sands-carrying pipeline project that was set to begin supplying cr...

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