Category Archives: Environment

Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq chief casts doubt on Ottawa’s bid to quell violence over lobster

HALIFAX — The First Nations chief behind a small but contentious fishing fleet trapping Nova Scotia lobster outside the regulated season raised concerns on Sunday about Ottawa's latest bid to quell violent protests by non-Indigenous agitators. Chief Mi...

As N.L.’s oil industry sputters, the emotional toll of the cod moratorium looms large

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Dave Mercer spent the early 1990s roaming around Newfoundland and Labrador, trying to get enough hours to qualify for unemployment insurance in an economy levelled by the collapse of the cod fishery. Like many other workers in

Mountaintop coal mine hearings to begin amidst fears of pollution, development rush

A proposed coal mine that would create hundreds of jobs but shear off a mountaintop in one of Alberta's most sensitive environments is to go to a public hearing this week. Riversdale Resources, proponent of the Grassy Mountain steel-making coal project...

Markets concerns about contested U.S. election fading with Biden lead in polls

TORONTO — Stock market investors are breathing a little easier despite potentially facing higher taxes as the possibility of a contested U.S. presidential election appears to be fading, say investment experts. With nine days to go before election day, ...

Canada, Alberta agree on caribou protection deal that gives them years to take action

EDMONTON — Canada and Alberta have signed a deal on caribou protection that gives them years to take action but could allow energy drilling to resume on some ranges. "I'm very concerned that development is in the fast lane, caribou conservation

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...