somecanuckchick dot com: It’s the tar sands, stupid!

What’s in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet; Act II, Scene ii, Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare The Athabasca tar sands have always been, are now, and will always be known as… the Athabasca tar sands. Why? Because the tar sands’ consistency is actually similar ...

DeSmogBlog: Comparing Territories: Tar Sands Blanket Caribou Habitat

Picture 3.png As the controversy surrounding Canada’s proposed wolf cull in Alberta grows, the provincial government is attempting to limit criticism directed at the country’s polluting Tar Sands – the prime driver behind the region’s rapid decline in caribou populations.  Alberta’s Ministry of Sustainable Resource Development (SRD) is the government body responsible for, not surprisingly, ...

DeSmogBlog: Oil and Gas Industry Refused to Protect Caribou Habitat, Pushed for Wolf Cull Instead

Picture 6.png There’s something really wrong about the Canadian government’s recent proposal to spend millions of dollars to scapegoat Alberta's wild wolf population for the impact on caribou populations that is in fact due to industrial development wrecking wildlife habitat. (See our earlier coverage of this issue here.) It’s not just the impractical costs of the ...

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 ...