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Grace C. Visconti

Digital Journalist based in Calgary, AB, Canada. Joined on May 10, 2011
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President Obama vetoed controversial Keystone XL Pipeline project

Washington D.c. - On February 24, U.S. President Barack Obama vetoed the contentious Keystone XL Pipeline project. GOP lawmakers are unable to reverse his decision after a long battle with power struggles, interruptions, public protests, and legal challenges.

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.

Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project controversy rages on Special

Calgary - The long awaited Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline project was approved on June 17th by Prime Minister Stephen Harper amid controversy and objection by First Nations groups, environmentalists, concerned Canadians and the political opposition parties.

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.

Op-Ed: Leadnow's call to action against voter suppression, election law Special

Vancouver - Rodrigo Samayoa of Leadnow (Vancouver) discusses voter suppression, how the Unfair Elections Act (UEA) will disenfranchise many voters and will affect fraud investigations. He encourages people, including youth, to sign the unfair elections act petition.

Op-Ed: University of Toronto oil sands study excerpts, discussion Special

Scarborough - This is Part 2 of an Interview with Abha Parajulee about the study done with University of Toronto PhD supervisor Frank Wania that sheds light on emissions where oil sands production is occurring.

Op-Ed: University of Toronto researchers share oil sands study results Special

Scarborough - This is an interview with Abha Parajulee about the study done with University of Toronto PhD supervisor Frank Wania: Evaluating Officially Reported Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Emissions in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region with a Multimedia Fate Model.

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.

Interview: Simon Dyer of Pembina Institute on oilsands hearing Special

Calgary - This is an Interview with Simon Dyer, Policy Director, Pembina Institute, about an attempt by the Government of Alberta to ban the Oil Sands Environmental Coalition from an oilsands hearing. Justice Richard Marceau overturned the “biased” request.

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.

Photo Essay: Landscapes of Alberta, Canada Special

This Photo Essay is a culmination of the great places I have visited in Alberta. The landscapes during all four seasons are absolutely spectacular. The province of Alberta is a Canadian treasure for its natural beauty and wildlife.

Photo Essay: Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park, Alberta Special

Milk River - Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park in Alberta also known as the Áísínai'pi National Historic Site, has more than 50 rock art sites of petroglyphs and pictographs that are between 3,500 – 5,000 years old. This area is sacred to the Blackfoot Nation.

Photo Essay: Waterton Lakes National Park

Waterton Park - This is a Photo Essay of Waterton Lakes National Park in Waterton, Alberta, one of Canada’s treasured tourist vacation spots. This area is a photographer’s dream especially for anyone interested in wildlife and landscape photography.

Op-Ed: Photo Essay — Honoring the Calgary Zoo post flood 2013

Calgary - This Photo Essay honors the Calgary Zoo animals that were traumatized during the devastating flood in Calgary, Alberta, June 2013. A revisit to the zoo on June 22 was postponed due to massive flooding of the Bow and Elbow rivers from torrential rainfall.

Flood: Parts of downtown Calgary will be without power for months

Calgary - On Sunday, approximately 65,000 Calgarians were allowed to go home after being evacuated due to the worst flood in Calgary’s history. But the evacuation still stands for 10,000 people. The clean up continues downtown and in affected Alberta communities.
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