Category Archives: Environment

‘Morally and ethically wrong:’ Court to hear challenge to Alberta coal policy removal

First Nations, ranchers, municipal officials and environmentalists hope to persuade a judge this week to force Alberta to revisit its decision to open one of the province's most important and best-loved landscapes to open-pit coal mining. At least nine...

Alberta monolith comes with message to save eastern slopes of Rocky Mountains

A towering stainless steel monolith set up along the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains in Alberta comes with a message. The three-metre-tall structure, which reflects its surroundings, is one of many that have been found around the world in recent

Country singer Paul Brandt adds voice against proposed coal mines in Rockies

Another country music star from Alberta has voiced protest against proposed coal mines on the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains. Paul Brandt, who leads a committee on human trafficking set up by the Alberta government, has posted his concerns on

Coast guard’s marine watch desk reports sightings in real time to protect B.C. orcas

VICTORIA — The Canadian Coast Guard will report whale sightings in real time from a new marine mammal desk established to protect endangered southern resident killer whales and other cetaceans in British Columbia waters. Fisheries and Oceans Canada say...

Environmental group concerned about native grasslands in southern Alberta

CALGARY — An environmental group says it is opposed to the proposed sale of oil and natural gas rights in the Milk River Natural Area and other native grasslands in southern Alberta. The United Conservative government is holding an auction, which

Alberta musician Corb Lund comes out against proposed coal mines in Rocky Mountains

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — Corb Lund, perhaps Canada's pre-eminent singer about rural life and cowboy culture, is warning Albertans. "I've seen this coming for a while," he said from his home in Lethbridge, Alta., the day after posting a Facebook video lambas...

Sage grouse review done, but scant time for Trump’s changes

BILLINGS, Mont. — The Trump administration has completed a review of plans to ease protections for a struggling bird species in seven states in the U.S. West, but there's little time to put the relaxed rules for industry into action

Federal funds for new SFU centre to help Metro Vancouver cut carbon emissions

VANCOUVER — A new centre at Simon Fraser University will help cities across Metro Vancouver develop solutions on urban climate change and to reach goals for reducing carbon pollution. The university’s Renewable Cities program has been named by the fede...

Alberta’s top court tells environmental appeals board to expand public hearings

EDMONTON — Alberta's highest court has told the province's Environmental Appeals Board that it should have listened to wider public concerns before allowing an energy services company to dispose of radioactive waste in a landfill. The Court of Appeal o...

Victoria no longer flushes raw sewage into ocean after area opens treatment plant

VICTORIA — The Greater Victoria area no longer uses surrounding ocean waters to flush away raw effluent now that a $775 million sewage plant has started treating the equivalent of 43 Olympic-sized pools of waste daily. The opening of the system