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Harper government leaves $321 million for green programs unspent, while overspending on oil and gas
The federal government neglected to spend $300 million in Parliament-approved funding for “environmentally responsible” programs last year, while overspending on programs to support the oil and gas...
Dec 15th, 2014
First Nations chiefs talk tough on oil sands wealth at AFN convention
“Americans are waking up to the fact the Tar Sands is Dirty Oil,” says a Manitoba Grand Chief.
Dec 11th, 2014
Canadian government takes legal action against Alberta First Nation famous for battling oil sands
Athabasca Chipewyan among six First Nations being taken to court for defying a government order to publish audited financial statements online.
Dec 9th, 2014
Landowner refuses to surrender property for Energy East pipeline
Rick Verge was shocked when a TransCanada land agent knocked on his door in Titusville, N.B., last year and offered him $1000 to conduct a land survey in exchange for his signature. He refused. He...
Oct 21st, 2014
Kelowna oncologist wants an energy strategy for Canada based on reality of climate change
Susan Ellard has explored the issues surrounding climate change and found a difference between what you know... and what you think you know.
Aug 27th, 2014
Leonardo DiCaprio and Darren Aronofsky receive gift of moccasins in remote Fort Chip
Leonardo Di Caprio's car drove into town and the megastar jumped out and walked straight to the banks of the Athabasca Lake. He took in the beauty. A small group consisting of chiefs and...
Linda Solomon Wood
Valentina Ruiz Leotaud
Aug 22nd, 2014
Koch brothers' Canadian company moves to exploit oil sands gold rush
Fort McKoch? Construction of in situ facility planned next to Dunkirk River for 2016.
Linda Solomon Wood
May 22nd, 2014
Oil sands fumes linked to families' health woes, Alberta regulator concludes
Report links oil sands pollution to dizziness, fatigue, and headaches in Alberta's northwest -- while another report clears the industry of cancer concerns in Fort Chipewyan area
Apr 1st, 2014
Alberta doctor tells U.S.: Canada is ‘lying’ about tar sands’ health effects
An Alberta doctor tells U.S. Senators that the oil sands pollution is behind a huge spike in cancer rates -- that is 400 times the normal rate in one community.
Feb 26th, 2014
Oil field fumes so painful, Alberta families forced to move
Severe headaches, dizziness, rashes and loss of memory: all symptoms reported to a new hearing examining health effects of Alberta's rapidly expanding heavy oil industry.
Jan 26th, 2014