the reeves report: Federal court knocks Ottawa for failing to protect endangered species — Ontario could be next

Woodland caribou listed in Canada as a species-at-risk. (Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner Gord Miller is warning Queen’s Park could face sharp reprimands by the courts for its failure to uphold wildlife protections under the Endangered Species Act. Perhaps unsurprisingly, a federal court confirmed last week the Government of Canada does indeed have a responsibility ...

350 or bust: Hiking In Newfoundland’s Rugged Gros Morne Highlands

If all goes according to plan, I will be starting the first (and hardest) day of the Long Range Traverse Trail in Gros Morne Park on the west coast of Newfoundland. The hike begins at the eastern end of Western Brook Pond, a stunning inland fjord. After being dropped off by boat and spending the ...

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 ...