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Alberta, Ottawa agree to reducing oilsands environment monitoring

Edmonton - Alberta has signed an agreement with the federal government that makes major cuts to environmental monitoring of the oilsands, putting monitoring of the Athabasca River and habitats at risk.

Oil sands need to get on board with Canada's climate goals

Ottawa - Alberta’s oil sands operators will need to face higher carbon taxes, stricter regulations and implement technologies that don’t exist yet if Canada is going to meet its climate commitments, warns a new report from the Pembina Institute.

Trans Mountain expansion could depend on Monday's election

Political risks to Canada's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion have grown as tight polls ahead of Monday's federal election increase the odds of a minority government, even though both leading candidates support the project.

Upcoming national election is crucial for Canada’s energy sector

Ontario - Energy and the environment is arguably the key policy area that will decide the election—and most agree the outcome of the vote will, in turn, be crucial for Canada’s energy sector.

Oil sands companies turn down the tap as oil prices remain down

Alberta - Western Canadian oil is still selling at a steep discount, with prices dipping to new lows on Thursday. With no immediate relief in sight from a collapse in Canadian oil prices, Alberta oil sands companies are beginning to turn down the taps.

First Nations-led pipeline plan may succeed where others fail

Vancouver - Most people have probably never heard of the Eagle Spirit Energy pipeline, but for the past five years, the head of the project has quietly been working to get the $17-billion oil pipeline project from Alberta to the West Coast up and running.

New technology will produce titanium from oilsands waste

After several years and nearly $100 million of research and development, engineers say they have developed new technology to extract valuable metals such as titanium and zircon from the waste produced by the oilsands in northern Alberta.

Alberta unveils new rules on large carbon emissions industries

Alberta, Canada's main crude oil-producing province, unveiled new rules governing how it plans to charge large industrial carbon emitters including the oilsands sector, targeting a 19 percent cut in emissions by 2030.

Alberta sets aside $1.4 billion to help reduce carbon emissions

Calgary - Alberta is setting aside close to $1.4 billion from climate levies to help industry reduce carbon emissions. The government said the funding, spread over seven years, will make it easier for industries to invest in new technologies.

Giant airships to aid oil, gas and mining industries

The idea of using giant airships to deliver workers and supplies to Alberta's oilsands and northern Canada's mining industries is a step closer to reality today.

Op-Ed: FIPA undermines sovereignty of Canada, First Nations – Don Davies Special

Vancouver - Don Davies, Canadian Member of Parliament for the NDP representing the riding of Vancouver Kingsway, discusses the approval of the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) and its future impact on Canada and First Nations.

Op-Ed: Law professor Gus Van Harten discusses recent approval of FIPA Special

Toronto - Law professor Gus Van Harten at Osgoode Hall Law School, discusses the recent ratification of the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) and what it means for Canada. FIPA came into effect on October 1, 2014.

Op-Ed: ACFN lawyer Larry Innes discusses oilsands expansion and more Special

Calgary - This is an interview with Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation’s lawyer Larry Innes about Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Project approval, the Jackpine mine consent, First Nations’ land and water rights, regulatory protection, a vision for Canada and more.

Desmond Tutu says stopping Keystone 'most important struggle'

Calling oilsands “filth,” South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu said the proposed Keystone XL pipeline must be stopped, and likened opposition to the fossil fuel industry to the fight against apartheid.

Op-Ed: Ecojustice lawyer Barry Robinson on Joint Review Panel outcome Special

Calgary - This is an Interview with Ecojustice lawyer Barry Robinson about the Joint Review Panel outcome and more. Barry acted as legal counsel to three environmental groups in the Joint Review Panel hearings into the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline.

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.

UBCIC Grand Chief endorses collective vision for Canada - Part 2 Special

Vancouver - UBCIC Grand Chief Stewart Phillip warns that a human rights conflict is imminent if the Indian Act is dissolved, dismantling Indigenous land rights and allowing unprecedented resource development by foreign investors causing environmental consequences.

Indigenous people and land rights: The thin red line - Part 1 Special

Vancouver - UBCIC Grand Chief Stewart Phillip gives a comprehensive summary into the background of Aboriginal land rights, the dissolution of the Indian Act, and the struggle to maintain their distinct culture, heritage, and sacred spiritual practices.

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.

Carbon capture project equal to taking 175,000 cars off road

Redwater - The reputation of the Alberta Oilsands for its impact on climate change have been devastating. Emissions from the oilsands have increased by 48 per cent since 1990. Carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) could be an acceptable way to reduce emissions.

Review: John P. Smol — Oil sands and lake ecosystems study — Part 1 Special

Kingston - This is a 2 Part interview with Professor John Smol, (Department of Biology, Queen’s University). Part 1 has excerpts from “Legacy of a half century of Athabasca oil sands development recorded by lake ecosystems.” Questions and results are discussed

Op-Ed: John P. Smol — Environmental oil sands commentary — Part 2 Special

Calgary - “Environmental oil sands commentary - Part 2” is a continuation of questions asked of John P. Smol based on the commentary by Peter V. Hodson called “History of environmental contamination by oil extraction” about the Kurek et al (2013) oil sands.

Op-Ed: The slippery slope of climate change science

New York - The main argument for stopping development of the Alberta oilsands is based on increased green house gases emissions. Canada's Natural Resources Minister John Oliver came under fire for apparently casting doubt on climate change science. Is he wrong?

Op-Ed: Keystone Pipeline — Is Alison Redford flogging a dead horse?

Edmonton - Alison Redford is on her way to Washington this week amid fierce opposition to the Keystone pipeline project. Redford says she will inform US legislators on Alberta's environmental initiatives on both sides of the issue. Is she flogging a dead horse?

Op-Ed: Former Alberta Premier King Ralph, man of the people, dead at 70

Former Alberta Premier Ralph Klein, a man of the people who spoke in plain language, died on Friday at age 70. Operating on a shoestring budget he became mayor of Calgary and later reigned for 14 years in Alberta. King Ralph changed politics in Canada.

LPC Ldr Debate: Strategic voting, pipeline politics cause sparks

Montreal - The Liberal Party of Canada (LPC) held their fifth and final leadership debate in Montreal. While the debate included a wide range of subjects the most emotional exchanges came when discussing strategic voting and pipeline construction.

Op-Ed: Why Thomas Mulcair is wrong on the Keystone XL pipeline

Ottawa - New Democratic Party (NDP) leader Thomas Mulcair has been vocal on the Keystone XL pipeline. Visiting US lawmakers last week, he made negative comments, which could affect the decision. He dismissed criticism, but fell short of a definitive stand.

Op-Ed: Redford's fall from grace in just ten months; broken promises

Edmonton - On October 1, 2011 Alison Redford was elected leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta (PC) and became premier of this resource rich province. In just ten months she has fallen from grace due to a trail of broken promises.

Op-Ed: Should Canada diversify its energy industry?

Ottawa - Canada's conservative government has put all its eggs in one basket, with its emphasis on oilsands development. With the recent largest rally in Washington to stop the Keystone pipeline, should Canada change its direction and diversify?
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Athabasca River near Fort McMurray, Alberta.
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Athabasca River, downstream from the Athabasca Falls in Jasper National Park on October 1, 2013.`
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Cluster of three compound crystals of zircon found recently in Malawi.
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