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Canadian Election

The Dirt :: The Canadian Election Edition, Vol. 2

Editors | Tar Sands Solution Network - August 27th 2015

Blog Post: Until October 19, The Dirt will bring you the latest news on how Canadians are trying to make climate policy an important part of the next federal election. In this issue, an Aboriginal community in the heart of the tar sands region has built a solar energy project so it doesn’t have to rely on fossil fuels, and Canadian climate activists bird-dog Canadian politicians for the third week in a row.

Climate Impacts

Halifax sea levels spiked by 11cm in two years

Zachary Markan | CBC News - August 27th 2015

Press Clipping: If you live on the Atlantic Seaboard, you’ll want to read this. A new study from a group of U.S. scientists is raising concerns about the potential for extreme sea-level rises in Atlantic Canada in the years to come. Researchers divided the coastline into three areas, and the zone north of New York City saw an overall sea-level increase of 94 millimetres during the two-year period of 2009 and 2010. Halifax saw a sea-level rise of 110 millimetres during that time. Portland, Maine saw the largest increase — 128 millimetres. Yikes!

Tar Sands Free

Canadian Medical Association divesting fossil fuel holdings


Andre Picard | Globe and Mail - August 27th 2015

Press Clipping: The Canadian Medical Association will divest its holdings in fossil-fuel companies, a move doctors hope will send a powerful symbolic message that climate change is an urgent health concern. “Given the health impacts of fossil fuels, we have to take a stand,” Courtney Howard, a board member of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment and a physician practising in Yellowknife, said, likening the move to earlier decisions by the organization to divest out of tobacco companies.

Economic Factors, Petrostate Politics, Canadian Election

How low can it go? Collapsing crude in election season


Hannah McKinnon | Oil Change International - August 26th 2015

Blog Post: In the lead up to the Canadian federal election, the economy is front and centre, but not in the way the incumbent government would have liked. The Conservatives have gone to great lengths to brand themselves as good economic managers, but with the Canadian dollar hitting its lowest point in over a decade, their election case is losing credibility fast. The Harper Government focussed too much attention on the Alberta tar sands, and when crude oil prices crashed late last year, the strategic weaknesses of this plan were clear.

Oil by rail

Santa Clara Co. supervisors voice opposition to proposed crude oil trains

CBS -- SF Bay Area - August 26th 2015

Press Clipping: The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Tuesday a resolution against a project that would bring trains carrying oil through the county. The proposed rail spur extension project in San Luis Obispo County would allow up to five trains with 80 cars to travel through 40 miles of track in the county on a weekly basis. Supervisor Ken Yeager said the project is “very unsafe” for an urban area like Santa Clara County, which has nearly 2 million residents.