OTTAWA--Sierra Club Canada is appealing the BC Supreme Court decision on the Gas N Go project in Comox Valley, British Columbia. The court ruled against Sierra Club Canada’s request to quash the issuing of a development permit for the gas station, which if built would devastate an important watershed.
“We have reviewed the judge’s decision and believe there are grounds for an appeal,” said John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada. “This is an important case not only for protecting this estuary in the Comox Valley, but for other estuaries and watersheds in the rest of B.C. as well.”
Mike Bell, Chair of the Sierra Club Comox Valley, noted the local group was reinvigorated with the decision to appeal. “Gas service stations have a notorious reputation for polluting nearby bodies of water through spills and runoff”, said Bell.... Read more »
A consensus-based, broad, local citizens’ initiative – Castle Special Place Citizens’ Initiative – has proposed that southwest Alberta’s Castle Special Place be legislated and protected within the province’s network of protected areas and parks, as Alberta has been done with its other 80 Special Places.
The proposal was developed in response to the Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation’s September 2007 announcement that he hoped to see more locally-driven citizens’ initiatives bringing forward proposals, as was successfully done for the new provincial recreation area and park at Drayton Valley. Should the Minister decide to proceed, as with all new protected areas and parks the Department undertakes, the Department would carry out public consultation and negotiations with existing disposition holders.
One of the reasons I still read the newspaper (besides being old) is the chance you might come across something you're not looking for. You can't google, "What might be important or interesting?"
I was flipping through the Globe and Mail this morning and accidentally discovered a case of corporate blackmail. It was subtle and I would not have spotted it without the words "environmental rules" in the title (Yes, I could have googled "environmental," but I would have received thousands of meaningless hits).
UTS Energy Corp apparently owns 20% of the proposed Foot Hills tar sands mine and last week it announced it was lowering its estimate of the recoverable bitumen (natural form of tar) reserves. The company says only 490 million barrels can be economically extracted from the 2 to 4 billion barrels at the site. Why is this?... Read more »
OTTAWA— In light of the Prime Minister’s invitation for input on the upcoming federal budget, the Green Budget Coalition (GBC) is today highlighting its three priority budget recommendations, whose adoption could stimulate over 8,000 new jobs in renewable energy, ensure clean sources of drinking water for millions of Canadians, and help Canada meet its commitment under the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity to establish national and regional systems of protected areas.
“These are prime opportunities for Canada to shine on the world stage during the International Year of Biodiversity and in the lead-up to the G8 and G20 Summits,” said Barry Turner, Chair of the Green Budget Coalition and Director of Government Relations, Ducks Unlimited Canada
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