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by David Suzuki on Wednesday Aug 03 2016

(Editor's Note:  Southern BC is also home to most of the world's at-risk population of Mountain Caribou, and the comments in the column below about the need for undisturbed habitat apply equally.  For a BC government document on the Mountain Caribou's need for "large tracts of old-growth forest in the Interior Wet Belt,"  click...

by Sara Golling on Wednesday Jul 27 2016

The Rossland Telegraph  

Things are beginning to look up for rape victims.  Recently, a judgment by Alberta Court of Queen's Bench Justice Juliana Topolniski reversed an acquittal of a teen charged with sexual assault.  The language in her ruling made it very clear that she was disappointed, to say the least, with the lower court judge's lack of understanding of the...

by Contributor on Wednesday Jul 27 2016

The following article was originally posted on the Worldwatch Institute blog. Worldwatch is an independent research organization based in Washington, D.C. that works on energy, resource, and environmental issues.

Ask environmental leaders where voluntary family planning fits into their organizations’ missions and goals, and most will...

by Sara Golling on Wednesday Jul 20 2016

Another bear story:

I heard a noise in the night, outside, at a former residence.  Looking out the back door with a flashlight, I saw a disappointed-looking black bear gazing back at me over one shoulder, a bag of flour in her mouth, and a thick trail of flour leading from our neighbour's back porch to the bear.  The neighbour was storing flour, pet food, and other...

by Murray Dobbin on Friday Jul 15 2016

The Trudeau government is hell-bent on ratifying two massive investment agreements -- the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) -- that will radically undermine Canadian democracy. Yet very few Canadians are informed about these deals because our mainstream media has been so irresponsible in reporting on their impacts. The first-order...

by David Suzuki on Wednesday Jul 13 2016

People have harnessed energy from moving water for thousands of years. Greeks used various types of water wheels to grind grain in mills more than 2,000 years ago. In the late 1800s, people figured out how to harness the power to produce electricity. Throughout the 20th century and into the 21st, hydropower has expanded, producing about 17 per cent of the world’s electricity by 2014 and about...

by David Suzuki on Wednesday Jun 29 2016

Broken records define the climate crisis

We’re living in a time of records. More renewable energy came on stream in 2015 than ever — 147 gigawatts, equal to Africa’s entire generating capacity — and investment in the sector broke records worldwide. Costs for producing solar and wind power have hit record lows. Portugal obtained all its electricity from renewable sources...

by Sara Golling on Monday Jun 27 2016

A legal challenge to the constitutional validity of Bill C-14 has been filed.  

In a unanimous decision last year,  Canada's highest court declared that the Criminal Code provisions against physician-assisted dying  "are of no force or effect to the extent that they prohibit physician-assisted death for a competent adult person who (1) clearly consents to the termination of life and...

by Rossland Telegraph on Wednesday Jun 22 2016

BC Premier Christy Clark famously denounced environmental activists as "the forces of NO," and proudly aligned herself with "the forces of YES" for industrial development, and in particular, the Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) industry and the LNG projects her government is pushing -- along with the Site C dam to provide power for it. 

Are LNG projects a good thing for BC, or a bad thing in...

by Contributor on Wednesday Jun 15 2016

North American Bat Monitoring Program has started in BC

“Our bats are crucial for our ecosystem” says Dr. Cori Lausen, Bat Specialist with Wildlife Conservation Society Canada.  “They consume enormous numbers of nocturnal flying insects, including moths that are agricultural or forest pests. Monitoring the disease’s spread and impact through this NABat...

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