Category Archives: Environment

Spending time in nature is good for your health, new study confirms

By Marina Wang “We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and

Heat wave leaves 33 dead in Quebec, numbers could rise

By Marina Wang The death toll from the recent heat wave striking Eastern Canada has now exceeded 30 Canadians. So far, 33 Quebecers have been reported to have died from heat-related health problems, with the death toll from other provinces

Toiletries containing microbeads no longer for sale

By Marina Wang On Canada Day Environment Minister Catherine McKenna announced that the “final step” in banning microbeads was in effect. McKenna tweeted that microbeads “would no longer be for sale in toiletries as of today”. Microbeads, also known as

Increased arctic shipping traffic to have largest influence on narwhals, new study finds

By Marina Wang Amid melting sea ice and increased shipping traffic, researchers from the University of Washington have projected which arctic marine mammal populations are most at risk. Along the fabled Northwest Passage and Northern Sea Route, narwhals turned out

UBC study finds a quarter of seafood in Vancouver mislabelled

By Marina Wang The next time you dole out for some pricey red snapper at a restaurant, there’s a strong possibility that you’re actually paying for cheaper tilapia.  A new study from UBC has found that an average 25 per

The art of protest: Artisan Emma channelling creative energy to protect BC’s coast from Kinder Morgan

Edited by Drew Penner with photos courtesy of Emma Wetherill Right now, a lot of creative energy, not to mention activist strategizing, has gone into fighting the Kinder Morgan expansion project that would increase the amount oil products the company

Terminal Diagnosis? A trip to a US Kinder Morgan facility sheds light on the Canadian struggle

By Drew Penner The way you’re neck and neck on the freeway clogged with giant trucks hauling combustible goods across Carson, California, reminds me of driving through Central Alberta at the height of the frack boom. One wrong twist of

Burnaby resident frets about Kinder Morgan expansion

By Drew Penner Aaron Keogh, a 39-year-old Burnaby resident is troubled by the risks associated with the Westridge Terminal. While Kinder Morgan Canada Limited announced on Sunday that it is putting on hold all non-essential activities and related spending on

BC Liberal leader lobbied for a notorious American polluter, who ended up receiving an environmental hall pass from the province

By ThinkPol Staff The recently-elected BC Liberal reader once lobbied on behalf of a US company notorious for pollution, and the province ended up granting the energy company a hall pass to set up a facility in British Columbia bypassing

Growing global movement calls for giving mother nature her rights

By Drew Penner The experience of growing up in Alberta, watching forests get cut down and lakes become polluted in the service of a petroleum industry that didn’t seem to funnel riches towards marginalized communities, is in the back of