Tar Sands, Natural Gas Fracking, Pipelines: The Fossil Fuel Wars in British Columbia and Canada

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By: Roger Annis, 12/23/2013

The fossil fuel industry offensive in British Columbia and across Canada is proceeding relentlessly. This is a report from some of the key fronts of the fossil fuel wars. On December 16, Kinder Morgan company made its official application to the National Energy Board for approval to build a $5.4-billion tar sands  pipeline from Alberta to Vancouver harbour. The new line will use the path of its existing Trans Mountain Pipeline for part of the route, but it will diverge from that significantly in places, including in the final leg of the line into metropolitan Vancouver.


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Toronto Among Several Canadian Cities Crippled By Ice Storm

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By: Associated Press, 12/23/2013

TORONTO -- A storm system is bringing freezing rain across much of Eastern Canada, cutting power to hundreds of thousands of people and wreaking havoc on holiday plans at one of the busiest travel times of the year. "Winter Storm Gemini carried with it an exceptional amount of warmth and moisture by December standards, and where this air mass slid over a shallow cold layer near the ground, a major ice storm broke out over a long swath from Oklahoma to Ontario to New England," said meteorologist Nick Wiltgen. Utility companies said power outages hit more than 400,000 customers in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick as crews struggled to restore service. Roads and sidewalks turned into skating rinks. Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is calling it one of the worst storms in the city's history.


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Snowy Standoff in New Brunswick as Anti-Fracking Protesters Fight for 'Next Seven Generations'

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By:, 12/01/2013

A snowy standoff took place in New Brunswick between Canada's Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and anti-fracking protesters on Sunday as Elsipogtog community members and their allies continue the fight to protect their land from shale gas exploration. Twitter users captured a lineup of "protectors" facing police along Highway 11 where energy company SWN Resources has trucks conducting seismic testing for shale gas. A similar protest on Highway 11 on Friday blocked the road for hours, and several protesters were arrested for breaching a court injunction by SWN.


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Canada Approves World’s First Genetically Modified Salmon Destined For Consumption In The U.S.

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Prevent Disease, By: Marco Torres, 11/27/2013

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It seems the level of corruption at the hands of politicians and power hungry investors is no different in Canada than anywhere else in the world. Environment Canada has approved the commercial production of GM Atlantic salmon eggs which grow to market-size twice as fast as other farmed salmon. The biotech company responsible, Aquabounty, has revealed that it is no longer asking for approval to grow the fish in the US but plans to produce all of the GM salmon eggs in Canada and then sell “table-ready” GM salmon into the US consumer market. It is an alarming decision that sets Canada up to be the source of global environmental risk, says the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network.


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Strong and shallow M 6.1 earthquake struck Haida Gwaii region, Canada

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Thewatchers.adorraeli, By: Adonai, 09/03/2013

A strong and shallow M 6.1 earthquake struck Haida Gwaii region (Queen Charlotte Sound), Canada, at 20:19 UTC on September 3, 2013. USGS is reporting a shallow depth of 1 km. Epicenter was located at sea, 191 km (119 miles) WSW of Bella Bella and 592 km (368 miles) NW of Victoria (population 289 625), Canada. No tsunami warning was issued and there are no people living within 100 km radius. Bella Bella has a population of 1800 and is the largest community on the central coast north of Queen Charlotte Strait.


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Canada and US wildfire smoke crosses the Atlantic Ocean

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Smoke lofted above the part of the atmosphere closest to the ground (the boundary layer), where topography has a significant impact on winds, is spreading farther than smoke that remains trapped near the surface.  Intense fires in Canada produced towering pyrocumulus clouds that injected smoke high into the atmosphere. Upper-level winds then dispersed it across the Atlantic Ocean.

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Moderate 5.1 magnitude earthquake ripples through Toronto, Canada

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The Extinction Protocol, 5/17/13


May 17, 2013OTTAWA, CANEarthquakes Canada is reporting a 5.1-magnitude earthquake just west of Ottawa that was felt as far away as Toronto. The federal agency that monitors earthquakes revised its original report, saying it registered a 5.1-magnitude temblor with an epicenter located about 21 kilometers (13 miles) northeast of Shawville, Quebec, about an hour’s drive outside Ottawa. It was felt as far west as Toronto, Canada’s largest city, but no damage was immediately reported. Twitter erupted with reports of buildings shaking in Ottawa for several seconds. Ontario’s premier, who lives in Toronto, tweeted that her house was shaking. Ontario Provincial Police in Arnprior, Ontario, not far from the epicenter, say they have received no reports of damage. The original report said a 4.8-magnitude quake was centered near the town of Braeside, Ontario.


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'Space Oddity' by Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield: first music video shot in space!

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Canada's beloved astronaut Chris Hadfield, known by millions for his funny tweets, his lively sense of humour and 'down-to-earth' attitude from on high in the ISS, has made the first ever music video in space. David Bowie's iconic 'Space Oddity', shot from the International Space Station, is the world's first and only music video shot in space...amazing!


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Earth Day the Canadian way: A drum circle and bonfire in Innisfil

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Tonight at eight o'clock EST we turned off all the lights in the house, even going so far as to unplug the TV, and grabbing our hand drums and tambourines off the wall, we headed over to next door neighbour Gary's house. There in the backyard, at the end of the garden, his fire pit was glowing and crackling with a roaring fire, while the steady sound of drums could be heard from his CD player.

Gary wore his First Nations jacket and a cowboy hat. He practically lived at the fire pit at the end of his garden, where he had built a 'man cave' out of old pieces of wood and plywood. Ever since his heart attack Gary says he can't sleep indoors. On all but the coldest nights he sleeps in the cabin, where a little space heater and the heat from his nightly fires keeps him toasty warm.

Inside his sleeping bag he says he doesn't feel the cold too much. His wife, inside the house in their warm modern home, has long since given up on trying to get him to come inside. He just likes it better out at the little cabin, where he can sit by the fire and watch the night sky and listen to his songs, he explains. And he can't breathe inside the house...ever since the heart attack he can't seem to breathe so well when he tries to sleep inside.


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