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No fracking way: Ban hydraulic fracturing in Canada

Hydraulic fracturing of 'fracking'. Graphic: Al Granberg/ProPublica

Oil and gas companies are injecting millions of litres of freshwater laced with thousands of kilograms of toxic chemicals and sand beneath the ground. Their goal is to extract natural gas embedded in a type of rock known as shale. This is currently happening in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and New Brunswick, and there are plans to establish the practice in Quebec and Nova Scotia.

At risk are ground and surface water, and human and non-human health.

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British Columbia's fossil fuel superpower ambitions

The following is the first in a two-part storyon corporate claims over British Columbia's natural resources. Part two can be found here.

The province of Alberta is well known as a climate-destroying behemoth. The tar sands developments in the north of that province are the single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions on the planet.

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Tar sands pipeline politics -- now it's Energy East

Image: Environmental Defence Canada/flickr

In a recent CBC radio interview on the politics show The House, Gary Doer, Canada's ambassador to the United States, discussed Republican gains in the recent U.S. mid-term election. He predicted that a Republican-controlled U.S. Senate will likely vote to endorse the Keystone XL pipeline by amending an energy efficiency bill. Keystone XL, if then also approved by U.S. President Barack Obama, would transport diluted bitumen from the Alberta tar sands south through the U.S. to Gulf Coast refineries and ports.

October 8, 2014 |
The B.C. Liberal government's singular focus on liquid natural gas development in their speech from the throne was significant for its lack of detail on where the government is going with this file.
Photo: BC Gov Photos/flickr
| October 8, 2014
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| August 14, 2014
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A perspective: Understanding the roots of the conflict in Ukraine

August 1, 2014
| Roger Annis has just returned from an anti-war conference in Yalta, Crimea. He outlines the political changes in Kiev that led to the war now raging in Eastern Ukraine.
Length: 17:14 minutes (15.78 MB)
| June 10, 2014
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The Putin pivot: A new era in global politics

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A $400-billion agreement between China and Russia last week changed the global geopolitical landscape.

In a far-reaching memorandum of understanding between the two powers, China bought itself some energy security for the next 30 years, and Russia unlocked its Siberian natural gas reserves.

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