Blog Post: Yesterday, local activists disrupted Stephen Harper’s campaign stop in Montreal to remind him that you can’t avoid the issue of climate and tar sands expansion if you’re campaigning to be leader of this country. In a packed room of supporters in the suburban riding of Pointe-Claire, one climate activist interrupted the Prime Minister’s speech, as several other organizers rallied outside the venue.
Environmentalists, First Nations, landowners, and concerned global citizens united to stop the reckless expansion of the Canadian tar sands. Learn More
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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.
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!
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.
Blog Post: Last week’s election campaign was marked by all three major federal leaders being called out about the tar sands. Coast to coast, the wave of diverse actions travelled from New Brunswick, to Manitoba, to British Columbia. Read the latest update!
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.
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.