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environment

Barnard Harbour, in the Great Bear Rainforest. Photo by Dogwood Initiative

BC gov't invites letters on Great Bear Rainforest land use

The Province has put the call out for written public input on the proposals and the potential for new biodiversity, mining and tourism areas (BMTAs), by Aug. 10, 2015.
oil spill, Fraser River, Environment, Fisheries, Coast Guard, Marathassa

Capsized boat spills fuel into Fraser River

Early Tuesday, a fishing boat called The Western Crusader capsized while moored at Shelter Island Marina on the Fraser River near Annacis Island in South Vancouver. Although officials say...
Environment, BC Environment, Coastal First Nations, Indigenous rights

Talks continue after B.C. Rail buys coal licenses on "sacred" ground

VICTORIA — Sixty−one disputed licences to mine coal will be bought by a Crown corporation, in an area of northwestern British Columbia considered sacred by First Nations, says B.C. Minister of...
Canadian Coast Guard, Canadian politics, English Bay oil spill, environment

Daughter of former Coast Guard captain pens open letter to PM about closure of Kitsilano station

In an open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Sara Kalis Gilbert, daughter of the late Coast Guard Captain Pieter Kalis, vowed she is "taking up the torch of her father" to see the Coast Guard...
Environment, Haida Gwaii, Northern Gateway pipeline, earthquake, LNG

Earthquake off Haida Gwaii shakes up debate on B.C. tanker traffic

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake off the coast of Haida Gwaii has shaken up the debate over possible impacts of such a quake near the Northern Gateway pipeline termination point or on bitumen tankers in...
Canadian politics, Environment, MP James Moore, MP Andrew Saxton, Coast Guard

After touting English Bay cleanup, industry minister confronted by activists with oil-covered rocks

Criticism of government reports on "world class" clean-up at English Bay continue. A group of activists confronted MPs James Moore and Andrew Saxton with evidence the numbers do not add up.

Linda Solomon Wood to helm Canada's new online newspaper

“National Observer will focus on energy and the environment —at the intersection of business, politics and technology—and bring it to the next level.”

On Earth Day, At Everglades, Obama to warn of growing damage from climate change

WASHINGTON — With swampy wetlands and alligators as his backdrop, President Barack Obama will use a visit to Florida's Everglades to warn of the damage that climate change is already inflicting on...
Canada, environment, emissions, greenhouse gas

Canada's greenhouse gas emissions continue slow climb: Report

Canada committed to reduce its emissions by 17 per cent below 2005 levels by 2020 — and the trend is now firmly heading the wrong way.

Fire breaks out at deep-water shipping terminal in B.C.; smoke billows over town

SQUAMISH, B.C. — A fire that began Thursday at the Squamish Terminals deep-water port in B.C., was 90 per cent contained by early Friday, but a shelter-in-place warning remained in effect. The fire...