Politics and its Discontents: And Speaking of Disappearances…

It seems like the silence over the disappearing Environment Canada committee discussed in my previous post may have had its precedent set back in 2012, when another strange silence was orchestrated over another disappearance. Margaret Munro, in The Ottawa Citizen, reports new evidence of the Harper regime suppressing information Canadians have a right to by ...

reeves report: New evidence of Triclosan toxicity

Hand soaps containing triclosan and triclocarban. (Andrew Reeves/Reeves Report) OTTAWA KNOWS that a common ingredient in antibacterial soaps is posing acute and chronic problems for human health and freshwater ecosystems but has done nothing to ban triclosan, according to environmental and consumer advocates. But now there’s even more evidence against the toxin. The Canadian Environmental Law ...

Politics and its Discontents: Forecast: Very Cloudy Indeed

Mike de Sousa is a former Post Media reporter now operating his own website continuing his investigative work into energy and the environment. He is well-worth paying attention to. His latest piece, Government’s weather forecasters shouldn’t discuss climate change, says Environment Canada, while perhaps not breaking any new ground, is a potent reminder of how ...

The Canadian Progressive: Ex-US president Jimmy Carter urges Obama to reject Keystone XL Pipeline

“History will reflect on this moment and it will be clear to our children and grandchildren if you made the right choice,” laureates remind President Obama as the world awaits his decision on the Keystone XL pipeline by: Obert Madondo | April 17, 2014 To show leadership on climate change and leave a lasting legacy, US President ...

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: More Totalitarianism From The Harper

Just as Harper has been tearing down the apparatus of scientific research that would ordinarily be used by governing parties to make informed policy decisions, the next prong of his attack on reasoned governance in Canada has begun.   It really began in 2012, when the government rolled out a program with specific funding for ...

The Canadian Progressive: The Alberta tar sands’ criminal assault on water, Athabasca River

by: Obert Madondo A new study by Environment Canada confirms what First Nations and environmentalists have been telling us all along: the Alberta tar sands are increasingly becoming a threat to our water sources. The Toronto Star reports: “New federal research has confirmed that water from vast oilsands tailings ponds is leaching into groundwater and seeping into ...

Leftist Jab: Environment Canada To Adopt The "What Does Leona Aglukkaq’s Brother Think?" Based Approach To Climate Change

Polar Bear Cubs or Radical Environmental Activists? Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq does not know how Environment Canada scientist work. This is the only conclusion you can reach when you read her following statement on polar bear research: A lot of time, scientists latch on to the wildlife in the North, to state their case that climate ...

Bill Longstaff: Save the songbirds—curb your cats

I have always been a dog man myself. Cats … well, they can be cute and cuddly, but whereas dogs seem to belong with us, I have always found cats to be alien if not a little unnerving. Those cold, deadpan eyes seem to send the message that if I was small enough, I would ...

The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: Stephen Harper personally asked for the Chinese pandas, memo reveals

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: The two giant Chinese pandas, Da Mao, a four-year-old male, and Er Shun, a five-year-old female, jetted into Toronto today to much fanfare. Prime Minister Stephen Harper was on hand to give them the VIP welcome. Did you know that the Conservatives were prepared to keep Canadians […] The post Stephen Harper ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: The New Head Of Environment Canada On What Causes Global Warming

“Wow. Umm. They didn’t tell me I’d have to answer questions like that when I took this job. I think that it’s – I don’t know the total answer to that –,” Wow indeed.

Trashy's World: Pollution monitoring cuts at Environment Canada

These cuts are truly irresponsible and should be of concern to all Canadians. This group provides an unbiased measurement, research and analysis function that allows for an accurate assessment of the levels of potentially harmful emissions from industrial activities. So I guess it will be up to polluters to monitors themselves. Oh boy. I feel ...

DeSmogBlog: Cry Wolf: An Unethical Oil Story

Picture 4.png Over the last several months, Alberta has killed more than 500 wolves using aerial sharpshooters and poisoned bait in order to conceal the impact of rapid industrial development on Canada’s iconic woodland caribou.  Independent scientists say that declining caribou health stems chiefly from habitat destruction caused by the encroachment of the tar sands and ...

Nobody Sings it Like The Raging Grannies

Check out this video posted back in January of the Raging Grannies, doing what they do best; singing for social and environmental justice. With the release of the Conservative Government’s 2012 Budget today we now know where the environment stands.  It doesn’t. Regulations will be further cut in the name of expedient resource extraction. So ...

Matthew McAskill Chisholm: RCEN Cuts: Not Just About Jobs

Canada World Youth intern, Justin Chisholm (writing for the Sierra Youth Coalition), analyzes the recent cuts to the Canadian Environmental Network.  Minister of Environment Hon. Peter Kent and the federal government have severed a thirty-four year relationship with the Canadian … Continue reading →

Environment Canada scientist instructed not to talk about huge new hole in Arctic ozone layer

Reassuring to know that just as Peter Kent decides to cut back on the ozone monitoring network in the Arctic, this happens. Too bad Canadians are not being permitted to educate themselves over this bit of startling news. Another scientist muzzled. Environment Canada scientist David Tarasick, whose team played a key role in the report published ...

DeSmogBlog: "It Can’t All Be True": Canadian Government Launches New Fracking Studies

Screen shot 2011-09-23 at 12.54.53 AM.png According to Environmental Minister Peter Kent, the Canadian government is entering into the shale gas debate by launching two simultaneous studies of fracking and its impacts on the environment.  Environment Canada is pursuing an in-house review of the controversial fracking process, while the Council of Canadian Academies will lead ...

Who cares about that silly old ozone layer anyway?

Evidently not Canada. “People are gob smacked by this decision,” Thomas Duck, an atmospheric researcher at Dalhousie University, said in an interview with Postmedia News.  He and his international colleagues say they’ve been told the network and a related data archive will be closed down as part of the Harper government’s deep cuts at Environment ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Canada Right On Target, To Miss 2020 Emissions Targets

01_tarsands_emissions.jpg According to Environment Canada’s peer-reviewed July report on Canada’s Emissions Trends [pdf], government action to date is not putting the country on track to meet the carbon emissions reductions it commited to in 2009. A year and a half ago at the international climate talks in Copenhagen, the federal government committed to reducing emissions ...

They Call Me "Mr. Sinister": Shades Of Mike Harris’ Ontario

When people start to die of bad water, the government will, I am sure, take full responsibility. That’s what Mike Harris did, right? Right?

They Call Me "Mr. Sinister": While The MSM Is Having Fun

Chasing the “important” Nycole Turmel story, the government is gutting Environment Canada. It is good to see our intrepid press has its priorities straight. Fun, fun, fun. Don’t worry folks, look at the shiny.

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Canadians Embarrassed (Again) After Government Overestimates Its Carbon Reductions

NRTEE-logo-270px-eng.jpg The Canadian government is again being called out for providing misleading information about its commitment to reducing carbon emissions. The National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE) has released its fifth annual report [pdf] analyzing government efforts to follow through with its obligations to reduce its carbon pollution, as set out ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Canada Hiding Its Carbon Emissions Growth Amidst Rapid Tar Sands Boom

4981183847_4c5e148bfc.jpg Each year, in advance of United Nations (U.N.) climate discussions, governments around the world submit an inventory of their carbon emissions. This year, Canada is taking a unique approach to lower its reported emissions in preparing the annual carbon inventory – it has purposefully excluded information in order to give the false impression that ...

Carbon49 - a blog on sustainability for Canadian businesses: Unilever’s Triple Win Sustainability Strategy

Unilever has been the number one Food & Beverage company on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for 12 consecutive years. Through Bullfrog Power, Unilever recently became the largest commercial purchaser of renewable energy in Canada at 59,000 MWh per year. What is Unilever’s sustainability strategy and why do they do it? To find out, I took ...