Category Archives: Environment

For Acadian fisherman, early Mi’kmaq fishery in N.S. bay can ‘never’ be respected

METEGHAN, N.S. — As he stands calmly splicing anchor rope, Roger LeBlanc describes the anxiety, anger and suspicion over a Mi'kmaq lobster fishery that is coursing through his small Acadian community. "This stock has been building up for 150 years, and...

A timeline of Nova Scotia’s lobster conflict between Mi’kmaq and commercial fishers

HALIFAX — A timeline of major events in the conflict between Mi'kmaq and non-Indigenous commercial fishers in southwest Nova Scotia.  --- Sept. 17: Sipekne'katik First Nation launches a self-regulated lobster fishery outside the federally regulate...

Data gaps prevent assessment of most Canadian watersheds: WWF report

Spotty research and inconsistent monitoring have made it impossible to evaluate the health of most Canadian watersheds, a study has found. "It's still largely unknown," said Elizabeth Hendricks of the World Wildlife Fund, which has just released its se...

Ontario to expand blue box program, increase number of items accepted across province

TORONTO — Ontario plans to expand the list of items accepted in blue boxes as it moves to standardize recycling programs across the province. Environment Minister Jeff Yurek said Monday that the proposed new list of items accepted will include

Quebec town of Abestos votes to change name to Val-des-Sources

ASBESTOS, Que. — The Quebec town synonymous with the cancer-causing fibre asbestos has voted for a new name: Val-des-Sources. During a livestreamed council meeting Monday night, Mayor Hugues Grimard announced that Val-des-Sources beat five other propos...

B.C. Liberals promise $100 million to improve rural internet access

The leaders of British Columbia's main political parties were back on the campaign trail on Vancouver Island and in the south-central Interior on Sunday, making pledges on issues ranging from wild salmon protection to home ownership as the provincial e...

N.S. calls on Ottawa to define a ‘moderate livelihood,’ as fishing dispute boils over

HALIFAX — Calls for Ottawa to define a "moderate livelihood" fishery mounted on Sunday, as hundreds gathered in support of Indigenous lobster fishers after a heated dispute over treaty rights boiled over.  Following fierce clashes outside fish pla...

Feds fund small nuclear reactor ahead of national strategy to adopt more of them

OTTAWA — An Ontario nuclear power company is getting $20 million from Ottawa to try to get its new small modular reactor in line with Canada's safety regulations.The grant to Terrestrial Energy in Oakville, Ont., is the first investment Canada

Alberta, Canada Infrastructure Bank providing support for irrigation upgrade

CALGARY — Southern Alberta's eight irrigation districts will be getting an $815-million upgrade. Premier Jason Kenney says the money is to be used to modernize and build new irrigation infrastructure and increase water storage capacity.   The proj...

Mi’kmaq harvesters in N.S. propose joint federal-Indigenous study on lobster stocks

HALIFAX — A Mi'kmaq First Nation in Nova Scotia that has launched a self-regulated fishery is proposing a joint study with the federal government on the health of the lobster stocks in St. Marys Bay. Sipekne'katik First Nation said Friday the