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Wildfires in U.S. are a growing national emergency

The U.S. wildfire season has gotten off to an early and intense start, scorching more than 5.2 million acres since the beginning of the year. There are 47 very large fires burning across nine states and they should be considered a national emergency.

Moratorium creates major roadblock to US and Canadian fuel exports

While the move received little attention from the mainstream media, on March 21, 2017, the Whatcom County, Washington Council voted in favor of extending for six months a moratorium on shipments of unrefined fossil fuels out of the Cherry Point area.

Gas taxes and crumbling roads — How do we pay for our highways?

A conundrum is facing state legislatures across the country - How to pay for critical transportation infrastructure with a declining gas tax revenue? And how can states make up for the decline without penalizing those of us who are leading greener lives?

Op-Ed: Pro-science California pledges to launch 'own damn satellite'

California Governor Jerry Brown had strong words against a potentially climate denying U.S. federal government on Wednesday, stating that if Trump intends to take down earth science satellites, then California will launch its “own damn satellite.”

Nearly 4,100 sea turtles sucked into Florida power plant

Port St. Lucie - For the past decade, nearly 4,100 endangered sea turtles — over one every day — have been sucked into the St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant on Hutchinson Island, near Port St. Lucie, Florida. Nearly one-tenth of the marine animals are injured or killed.

Eleven U.S. states are now saying 'No' to Syrian refugees

On Sunday, after Friday's deadly terrorist attacks in Paris, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, and Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley announced their states would not accept any Syrian refugees, prompting nine more states to say "no" to Syrian refugees on Monday.

Op-Ed: America's overcrowded prisons won't be going away any time soon

Washington - President Barack Obama has recently taken steps to address the problem of prison overpopulation in the U.S. He has told us something many people probably don't want to hear — there isn't much he can really do about it.

Op-Ed: Kansas limits ATM withdrawals to $25 for welfare recipients

Wichita - In a controversial move, Kansas will continue to implement a $25 limit on ATM withdrawals by welfare recipients, even though this restriction may violate federal law.

ACHE Act addresses health problems associated with MTR mining Special

In 2001, after retiring, Bo Webb moved back to Clay's Branch hollow in West Virginia where he had been raised. Shortly thereafter Webb came face-to-face with mountaintop removal mining, and he was sickened and appalled.

Supreme Court case deals with cheerleaders cheering for Jesus

Kountze - Cheerleaders are taking a case to the Supreme Court of Texas. Team members had banners removed or censored and are claiming that this infringes on their right to free speech.

Louisiana Governor does an about-face on Common Core standards

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, in a complete about-face, announced on Wednesday his plans to remove Louisiana schools from the nation's Common Core English and math standards. The move would make Louisiana the fourth state to withdraw this year.

Drugmakers ordered to pay $9 billion for hiding cancer risks

Japan's biggest pharmaceutical company has been hit with a $6 billion penalty for concealing cancer risks associated with its Actos diabetes drug while Eli Lilly and Co, Takeda's co-defendant in the case, was ordered to pay $3 billion in punitive damages.

Joint Review Panel urges approval of Northern Gateway pipeline

Calgary - Today, the long awaited Joint Review Panel released a lengthy report recommending approval of Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline but with 209 conditions. Environmental groups vow to stop it for the sake of our climate, land and water.

Op-Ed: Defend our climate, Defend our communities protest on November 16

On November 16, 2013, thousands of Canadians will gather including environmental organizations, community groups, and First Nations for the “Defend our Climate, Defend our Communities” national day of action to protest pipeline expansion.

U.S. shutdown leads to health risks

As US health services, including the FDA, CDC and USDA limp along due to the federal government shutdown, a salmonella outbreak has occurred.

Op-Ed: America's child President

In a time when America needs her president, Obama once again pits his federal government against the American people punishing them for government actions.

Interview: Leadnow mobilizes widespread support for FIPA appeal Special

Vancouver - Leadnow mobilizes widespread support for the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA or FIPPA). If ratified, Canada would be bound to this agreement for 31 years, undermining democratic control of our natural resources.

Interview: MP Don Davies discusses the Canada-China pact FIPPA Special

Vancouver - MP Don Davies (Vancouver Kingsway) discusses implications of the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPPA or FIPA), encourages transparency and consultation with Canadians and First Nations before it’s ratified.

B.C. rejects the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project

Calgary - The B.C. Liberal government rejected the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project shortly after they were elected to office. The project was fraught with conflict, and analysis of evidence for this pipeline approval was thorough and relentless.

Op-Ed: The Constitution Act of 1982, Quebec and Thomas Mulcair

Ottawa - Canada's Constitution Act, along with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms was enacted with the signature of Queen Elizabeth II 31 years ago, It is the law of the land and is one of the great achievements of Liberal Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.

Could President Obama serve three terms?

As Representative Jose Serrano pushes for the proposed amendment H.J.Res 15 to repeal the Twenty Second amendment the chances of President Obama serving a third term becomes a possibility.

Alberta asks public for consultations on fracking and water use

Edmonton - In a surprising move, Environment Minister Diana McQueen announced that the Alberta government would engage the public in consultations (February 19 - March 21) province-wide on the controversial hydraulic fracking practice and water use in Alberta.

Op-Ed: Canada's national energy strategy: Alberta oil to east coast

Edmonton - With the XL Keystone and Northern Gateway pipelines in limbo, Alberta's Premier Alison Redford is looking at markets in Central and Atlantic Canada. In an effort to market Alberta oil, Redford is developing a national energy strategy.

Op-Ed: Altered environmental laws pose risk to Canada, warns Ecojustice Special

Calgary - As the controversial Canada-China Investment Treaty may become a reality, Ecojustice, one of Canada’s foremost independent non-profit organizations, encourages passionate Canadians to support the environmental integrity of Canada.

Washington area schools and government offices closed on Tuesday

Washington - As Hurricane Sandy hovers over the Washington, D.C. Metro area, many additional closings for government offices and schools have been announced.

Alberta and B.C. fight over Northern Gateway pipeline intensifies

Calgary - The battle between Alberta and British Columbia over the Northern Gateway pipeline project intensifies and continues with no sign of it letting up as Premiers Alison Redford and Christy Clark have a ‘frosty’ meeting in Calgary, Alberta.

Op-Ed: Economic benefits are debated as Enbridge hearings resume

Calgary - The Enbridge Northern Gateway hearings resumed on Tuesday, September 4th as Calgary-based Enbridge and the Alberta Government prepare to convince Canadians that the 6 billion dollar pipeline is important to Canada’s economy.

Ottawa investing $826,000 to protect us from exploding sausages

Brampton - It seems exploding sausages are quite a problem in Canada, at least to the governing Conservatives, who announced an $826,000 investment in Cardinal Meat Specialists, a company developing burst-proof sausages.

Review: The 3rd Annual Canadian Water Summit Report Special

Calgary - The 3rd Annual Canadian Water Summit was held in Calgary, Alberta Canada on June 28th at the TELUS Spark new Science Centre. The focus was on the Water-Food-Energy NEXUS and the suggestion for all Canadians to participate in a national dialogue on water.

Civil servants' rising absenteeism costing Canadians $1 billion

Toronto - An internal report from the Treasury Board suggests that the number of sick days among federal public sector servants is increasing. It highlighted that civil servants stayed home 18 days each year and this costs the taxpayers more than $1 billion.
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