Analysis

Ken Wardroper passes away

Brent Patterson | 11 years ago
Ken Wardroper passed away on February 26 at the age of 87. His obituary in the Ottawa Citizen notes that, “He served with the Canadian Scottish Regiment during the Normandy invasion and the liberation of Holland. He attained the rank of Captain with the regiment and was…

Prentice in DC today to push energy-environment accord

Brent Patterson | 11 years ago
The Globe and Mail reports today that, "Canadian federal Environment Minister Jim Prentice lands in Washington today to pursue the Canada-U.S. co-operation on energy and the environment that was promised when the new President visited Ottawa two weeks ago. In meetings with…

Blue Gold screens at Connecticut film festival

Brent Patterson | 11 years ago
Chronogram Magazine reports that, "the Kent Film Festival, which bills itself as 'Connecticut’s premier film festival,' is one of the region’s best-kept cultural secrets. For four days each spring, the festival screens world-class feature films in the northwest corner of the…

WIN! Shapleigh, Maine bans the selling of its water

Brent Patterson | 11 years ago
The Portland Press Herald reports that, "Shapleigh residents have banned companies from drawing or selling its water." SHAPLEIGH Shapleigh is a town in Maine with a population of approximately 2,326 people. It is part of the Portland–South Portland–Biddeford, Maine Metropolitan…

Water and tar sands hearings expected to start Thursday

Brent Patterson | 11 years ago
The National Post reports this morning that, "The House of Commons environment committee is wading into a raging public relations war over the Alberta oilsands with a study of the industry's impact on water resources. The MP who proposed the study is Montreal-area Liberal…

Water and the tar sands

Brent Patterson | 11 years ago
The much-noted 'Scraping Bottom' article in the most recent issue of National Geographic highlights the following points about water and the tar sands. 50 SQUARE MILES OF TAILINGS PONDS "To extract each barrel of oil from a surface mine (in the Athabasca Valley, the industry)…

Water crisis in California

Brent Patterson | 11 years ago
The Los Angeles Times reports today that, "Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proclaimed a statewide drought emergency Friday, urging Californians to cut water use by 20% and easing the way for water sales from Northern California to Southern California cities and San Joaquin Valley…

UPDATE: The Council of Canadians opposes the Sun Peaks Resort

Brent Patterson | 11 years ago
Sun Peaks Resort In 1992, the Japanese company Nippon Cable purchased the Sun Peaks Resort near Kamloops, BC, as a 400-bed resort. In 1997, the provincial government approved a 24,168 bed expansion to the resort. In October 2000, the Skwelkwek'welt Protection Centre was…

'We are now facing a global jobs crisis', says the ILO

Brent Patterson | 11 years ago
The International Labour Organization reports that, "The global economic crisis is expected to lead to a dramatic increase in the number of people joining the ranks of the unemployed, working poor and those in vulnerable employment..." WHAT IS THE ILO? "The International Labour…

Cost of Afghanistan mission could reach $11.3billion, government says

Brent Patterson | 11 years ago
The Canadian Press reports that, "The Canadian combat mission in Afghanistan could cost taxpayers around $11.3 billion by the time it ends in 2011, according to a new government estimate." COST BREAKDOWN "Around $9 billion of the costs are Defence Department-related and include…

South African decision on right to water expected in late-March

Brent Patterson | 11 years ago
The Coalition Against Water Privatisation in South Africa writes today that, "For three days (Monday 23rd – Wednesday 25th February) the appeal against the historic High Court judgement on the rights of poor communities to equitable, adequate and affordable access to, and…

Ignatieff dismisses National Geographic feature on the tar sands

Brent Patterson | 11 years ago
The Canadian Press reports this afternoon that, "Opposition Leader Michael Ignatieff is positioning himself as a staunch defender of the Alberta oil sands." The article continues, "He's brushing aside a 20-page spread in National Geographic magazine that outlines environmental…