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Environment, Politics

Canada bans all industrial activity in marine protected areas

The federal government is adopting a total ban on oil and gas activities, mining as well as waste dumping and bottom trawling in all of Canada’s marine protected areas, Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson announced Thursday. Wilkinson announced the new standards »

Economy, Politics

Ottawa offers $1.6B boost for Alberta’s ailing energy sector

The federal government is promising more than $1.6 billion to support Alberta’s ailing oil and gas sector as the province struggles to recover from an oil glut and diversify its export markets beyond the United States. Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet »


Oil, gas companies weaken climate goals, charge groups

Oil and gas companies in Canada are systematically weakening and delaying Canada’s climate plan, say environmental groups attending the climate summit (COP 24) in Katowice, Poland. The group Environmental Defence charges that the Canadian government continues to give subsidies to »

Economy, Environment

Ottawa signals it’s open to talks on offshore Arctic oil and gas development

The federal government says it is open to talks with territorial governments, industry, and Indigenous governments and communities on the future of offshore oil and gas development in the Canadian Arctic, raising hopes among some that Ottawa is ready to »


Canadian economy grows at 2.6% annual pace

Canada’s economy grew by half a per cent in May, almost twice what economists were expecting, partly fueled by a strong rebound in the oil and gas sector. The country’s gross domestic product expanded by 2.6 per cent in the 12 »

Economy, Environment, International, Internet, Science and Technology, Society

New study finds much higher methane release from oil and gas fracking

The environmental “footprint” of fracking and the oil and gas industry is about to change dramatically, and not for the better. A new study by the environmental group David Suzuki Foundation and St Francis Xavier University, shows about 50 percent »

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Update: Seismic oil and gas exploration in Arctic waters postponed again

It has been controversial since it was first proposed by a consortium of oil and gas companies in 2011.  The consortium wants to conduct seismic exploration off the coast of Baffin Island but have faced strong opposition to the plan. »

Economy, Environment, Indigenous

Indigenous community voices support for oil development

Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline has been vehemently opposed by many Indigenous groups in Canada, but there are also Aboriginal voices that strongly support the oilpatch. Chief Jim Boucher, from Fort McKay in northeastern Alberta, is one of them. His community »

Economy, Environment, Indigenous, International, Internet, Science and Technology, Politics, Society

Supreme Court to hear seismic exploration case in Arctic waters

A international consortium of companies has sought to perform seismic tests in oil and gas exploration in the waters off Baffin Island in northern Canada. Local residents are worried the loud blasts will scare off or even harm the marine »

Economy, Environment, Indigenous, International, Internet, Science and Technology, Politics

Seismic ocean exploration, U.S. scientists and Canadian Inuit say no!

Controversy continues: ocean seismic tests and effects on marine life In 2011 a consortium of Norwegian oil companies applied for seismic exploration of the seabed off the coast of Canada’s Baffin Island. The cross-hatched area indicates zones to be extplored »