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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.


| September 23, 2014
Photo: Tim J Keegan/flickr
| September 9, 2014
| August 26, 2014

Toledo is a warning about phosphorus pollution and toxic drinking water

Photo: Ohio Sea Grant/flickr

Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins lifted the city's drinking water ban at a Monday, August 4 news conference after three days of chaos. The National Guard had been called in to provide clean water so residents could avoid potential health effects -- including skin rashes, vomiting and diarrhea -- of drinking Lake Erie water contaminated with blue-green algal toxins. While some toxins remain, the mayor has declared the city's water supply "safe" for human use.

Scientists point to excessive phosphorus as the culprit in this incident. History bears them out.


Our pollution-based economy and the increasing hazards of climate mayhem

Photo: USDAgov/flickr

This is something to behold. A more-or-less hurricane in early July. Has anyone ever seen such a thing?

This is climate change, and it's getting worse. And whereas the news of the day is about people with the power out, the long-term story is about the hit to agriculture, now and in future, here and worldwide -- keeping in mind that farming is more than an "economic sector." It's the food supply.

| July 8, 2014
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