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Pivotal lawsuit over the Peel River watershed

Peel River Watershed

Last week, the Yukon Court of Appeal heard arguments about the future of the massive Peel River watershed, and about the meaning and application of modern aboriginal treaties. Will this land be mostly protected from development, as the Planning Commission decided after extensive aboriginal consultation? Or will it mostly be used for resource extraction, as the Yukon government wants? So soon after the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, will First Nations interests again be  

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Zoning our air shed: a new pathway to cleaner air?

Zoning our air shed: a new pathway to cleaner air?

On any given day, Ontarians can look up the Air Quality Health Index  and find out what health risks they face just by breathing. When Ontario closed its coal fire plants, it made a huge difference to the quality of air and had a significant impact on reducing Greenhouse gas emissions as well. But there is more to be done.  

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Four Big Ideas on Climate Change

Four Big Ideas on Climate Change

The UN climate convention conference that just wrapped up in Lima was meant to deliver a draft for a new universal climate agreement to be inked in Paris, France next year and to come into effect in 2020. Before the meeting, hopes were officially high: All eyes will now be on Lima where the key litmus test of engagement and ambition will be the emergence of a concise and credible draft agreement to be further refined in 2015 Despite the overtime negotiations, that key litmus test was not  

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Class Action for Harming Bees with Neonicotinoids

Class Action for Harming Bees with Neonicotinoids

Last week, Ontario beekeepers filed a lawsuit in Ontario Superior Court (Windsor) against two massive chemical companies, Bayer AG and Syngenta AG, for over $400 million dollars in losses allegedly caused by neonicotinoid pesticides. This is the first Canadian class action lawsuit filed for harm caused by the pesticides which have been identified as potentially responsible for the worldwide phenomenon and mystery known as “Colony Collapse Disorder.” Since the 1970s, but reaching obvious and  

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Canada lags US in protecting endangered Sage-Grouse

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In July, the US Fish and Wildlife Service launched a website to “communicate the breadth of the ongoing conservation actions underway to support Greater Sage-Grouse and the sage brush habitat the bird and 350 other species need.” The Greater Sage-Grouse website highlights work being done at the federal, state, NGO and individual level. Public affairs specialists are available to answer questions about Greater Sage-Grouse conservation.   In stark contrast is the Canadian  

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