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Ford's win opens the gates of pro-development hell

Spooky Halloween costume: Divided Toronto.

People living in vigorous cultures typically treasure those cultures and resist any threat to them. How and why can a people so totally discard a formerly vital culture that it becomes literally lost?

- Jane Jacobs, Dark Age Ahead, 2004

Toronto has been divided and conquered, its downtown core sold for $60, the cost of the vehicle registration tax, for the right of those in the subdivisions to drive downtown with impunity. Good bye road tolls and bicycle lanes.


Annual bird mortality in tar sands tailings ponds exceeds government/industry figures: Study

Edmonton - A study in the peer-reviewed journal The Wilson Journal of Ornithology to be published in early September (online in late August) shows annual bird mortality in the bitumen tailings ponds of northeastern Alberta - an internationally significant migratory bird corridor - greatly exceeds industry estimates.

The authors investigated three types of data: government-industry reported mortalities; rates of bird deaths at tailings ponds; and rates of landing, oiling, and mortality to quantify annual bird mortality due to exposure to tailings ponds.


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.


Alberta First Nations take legal stand on oil sands

Alberta First Nations Take Legal Stand on Oil Sands
April 9, 2010
Peace River Alberta

Two more Alberta First Nations are seeking the assistance of the Supreme
Court of Canada in defending their Aboriginal and Treaty rights in the
face of mounting oil sands development in Alberta. The Supreme Court of
Canada has granted intervenor status to Duncan's First Nation (DFN) and
Horse Lake First Nation (HLFN), in a case that may have major legal
implications for the development of oil sands, pipelines, oil sands
infrastructure projects and other major projects.


Photo: Robert Linsdell/flickr
| November 25, 2014

The Coastal Citizen: The endless ocean garbage dump

November 12, 2014
| We look at why and how we treat the ocean like a garbage dump, how it's affecting us, and what we're doing to clean it up.
Length: 28:21 minutes (13.04 MB)
Photo: Terence S. Jones/flickr
| November 4, 2014

Lines that Don’t Divide: Telling Tales about Chemicals, Animals, and People in the Salish Sea

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 5:30pm


Fletcher Challenge Theatre, Room 1900 SFU Harbour Centre
515 W. Hastings St.
Vancouver, BC
49° 17' 2.9976" N, 123° 6' 43.524" W

Although the Canada-U.S. border has tightened in recent decades, that boundary seems far more porous when we look to nature. Stories about species migrations, food chains, and bioaccumulation blur the distinctions between nation states and even species. Environmental historian Joseph Taylor will narrate a set of ecological stories about human history and marine ecology to illustrate how pollutants have been traveling around the Salish Sea for more than a century.


| September 23, 2014
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