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Indigenous Performance Initiatives (IPI) and the Department of Indigenous Studies Present Cipiyak Kanimihitotow

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Cree Choreographer Geraldine Manossa Brings Work to Trent University December 4 and 5

Tuesday, December 1, 2009, Peterborough

The Indigenous Performance Initiatives (IPI) collective welcomes Cree choreographer Geraldine Manossa back to Nozhem First Peoples Performance Space at Trent University with her new collection of dance works, Cipiyak Kanimihitotow, on Friday, December 4 at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 5 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

by NationTalk on December 2, 20091003 Views

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NWT to Provide Northern Voice to Canada’s COP15 Delegation

YELLOWKNIFE (December 1, 2009) — The Northwest Territories will work with Canada to advance the strongest position possible on Climate Change at the United Nations’ 15th Conference of the Parties (COP 15) in Copenhagen, Denmark this month.

by NationTalk on December 2, 2009584 Views

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Arctic Venue at Cop 15

25 November, 2009

By Jesper Hansen

A unique opportunity to learn more about the Arctic climate

The upcoming COP 15 in Copenhagen in December is a unique opportunity to present the dramatic changes in the Arctic climate to the rest of the world.

by NationTalk on December 2, 2009663 Views

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Canada’s Environment Minister Announces Decision On The Environmental Assessment Of The Proposed Mount Milligan Gold-Copper Mine Project

OTTAWA, Dec. 1 – Canada’s Environment Minister, Jim Prentice, announced today that the proposed Mount Milligan Gold-Copper Project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects. The Minister has referred the project back to the responsible authorities, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Natural Resources Canada, for appropriate action.

by NationTalk on December 1, 2009530 Views

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Government Of Saskatchewan Enhances Environmental Protection

November 30, 2009

Environment Minister Nancy Heppner today introduced a new act and amendments to two others that will significantly boost environmental protection in Saskatchewan, while also encouraging responsible economic development in the province.

by NationTalk on December 1, 2009609 Views

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Government of Canada Funds Forest Projects to Make NWT Communities Safer

YELLOWKNIFE, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES – Nov. 30, 2009 – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor), today announced funding in the Northwest Territories to help fourteen communities reduce their exposure to high intensity wildfires.

by NationTalk on December 1, 2009533 Views

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Oil Sands: More Questions Than Answers For Investors

Performance and disclosure need to improve, corporate engagement by investors required

VANCOUVER, Nov. 30 – Oil and gas companies operating in Alberta’s oil sands are doing a poor job disclosing to investors on material environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues that could threaten the companies’ long-term value.

by NationTalk on December 1, 2009504 Views

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More Species Closer to Extinction

So concluded COSEWIC (Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada), which met in Ottawa from November 23 to 27, 2009, to assess the risk of extinction for Canadian wildlife species. Of the 28 wildlife species assessed, many plants and animals are habitat specialists requiring specific and increasingly rare conditions to survive – all of these wildlife species suffer from habitat loss and fragmentation.

by NationTalk on December 1, 2009540 Views

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Committee On The Status Of Endangered Wildlife In Canada

More Species Closer to Extinction

OTTAWA, Nov. 30 – So concluded COSEWIC (Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada), which met in Ottawa from November 23 to 27, 2009, to assess the risk of extinction for Canadian wildlife species. Of the 28 wildlife species assessed, many plants and animals are habitat specialists requiring specific and increasingly rare conditions to survive – all of these wildlife species suffer from habitat loss and fragmentation.

by NationTalk on November 30, 2009936 Views

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Media Advisory: In-Depth Briefing on Copenhagen Climate Summit from Leading Organizations and Scientists

OTTAWA, Nov. 30

Contact: Hannah McKinnon, Climate Action Network Canada, 613-241-4413 or 613-276-7791 (cell)

When: 10:00 AM Tuesday December 1st, 2009

Where: MacDonald Room, Lord Elgin Hotel, 100 Elgin Street, Ottawa K1P 5K8

by NationTalk on November 30, 2009573 Views

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CUPE-Governments Must Act to Protect Water: Blue Summit

Ottawa, Ontario – Nov. 29, 2009 – A national water policy and a clear commitment from all three levels of government are needed to protect Canadians’ right to water, says a declaration released today from this weekend’s Blue Summit, a national conference on water issues hosted by the Council of Canadians and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

by NationTalk on November 29, 2009662 Views

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Northern Infrastructure Not Ready for Climate Change, Concludes NRTEE

Report Recommends Updating Construction Codes, Better Climate and Weather Data and Northern Inclusion in Adaptation Solutions

Ottawa, Ontario – Nov. 26, 2009 – Infrastructure and communities in Canada’s North are unprepared to cope effectively with the looming threat that climate change poses to roads, buildings, industrial waste sites, energy and other critical infrastructure, according to a new report from the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy.

by NationTalk on November 26, 2009696 Views

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New Global Report Undescores Urgent Need For Climate Action

November 24, 2009

Canada must commit to a stringent and binding agreement on climate change at the upcoming Copenhagen conference on climate change, says University of Victoria climatologist Dr. Andrew Weaver.

by NationTalk on November 25, 2009510 Views

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Reference: media release from the Government of Quebec: With a target reduction of 20% by 2020, Québec remains a leader in the fight against climate change

The Boreal forest: Quebec’s best asset in Copenhagen

November 23, 2009 – MONTREAL, Quebec –Today in Montreal Premier Jean Charest announced his government’s plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Quebec. Today’s announcement, combined with earlier pledges to protect half of the land covered by the Plan Nord, positions Quebec as a potential international leader in addressing the effects of climate change.

by NationTalk on November 24, 2009657 Views

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The Boreal forest: Quebec’s best asset in Copenhagen

MONTREAL, Nov. 23 – Today in Montreal Premier Jean Charest announced his government’s plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Quebec. Today’s announcement, combined with earlier pledges to protect half of the land covered by the Plan Nord, positions Quebec as a potential international leader in addressing the effects of climate change.

by NationTalk on November 24, 2009595 Views

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Federal Government Failing to Protect Fresh Water for Tens of Thousands of Canadians in Alberta and Northwest Territories

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Nov 23, 2009

Canada Not Implementing Numerous Legal Obligations That Protect Fresh Water in Oil Sands

The federal government is failing to enforce and implement numerous laws that are in place to protect the water — in many cases the drinking water — for tens of thousands of Canadians who live near oil sands operations. According to a new report released today, this failure affects people who live in Fort Chipewyan, Fort Smith, Fort MacKay and also in Yellowknife.

by NationTalk on November 23, 2009595 Views

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Impact of Climate Change on Yukon Forests Studied

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November 23, 2009

WHITEHORSE – The Government of Yukon is studying the impacts of climate change on Yukon forests with a comprehensive three-year research initiative that started this year.

by NationTalk on November 23, 2009558 Views

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Media Release: Support Bill 32 to close Site 41, says Council of Canadians

Toronto / November 18, 2009 — Bill 32 – the Waste Disposal Site 41 in the Township of Tiny Act, 2008 – WILL be voted on in the Ontario Legislature THIS Thursday. The Council of Canadians is supporting this private members bill, which has garnered over 54,000 emails to MPPs calling on them to vote for Bill 32.

by NationTalk on November 19, 2009645 Views

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Listen to the Earth, Say Indigenous Peoples

MÉRIDA, Mexico, Nov 19 – The idea of wilderness is “an interesting concept; it is a Western concept. Our people have always lived and interacted in the environment,” said Illion Merculieff, an environmental activist from the Aleut community in the north-western U.S. state of Alaska.

The Aleuts have inhabited the islands and coastal areas of the Bering Sea, in the northern Pacific, for more than 10,000 years, having adapted to the extreme climate.

by NationTalk on November 19, 2009677 Views

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Saving caribou will curb climate change: new report

November 18, 2009
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Today, the Manitoba chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) released its new report entitled Caribou and You report. The report tells the story of the woodland caribou’s decline and how saving the threatened species from extinction will help slow the affects of climate change.

by NationTalk on November 19, 2009672 Views

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Tar Sands on Trial: The Beaver Lake Cree v. The Crown

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

COMING TO CALGARY FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27TH!

Award-winning author Andrew Nikiforuk, photographer Garth Lenz and lawyer Jack Woodward explain why the Beaver Lake Cree legal action is the way to stop the tar sands expansion – and save the planet.

by NationTalk on November 19, 2009687 Views

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Public Invited to Comment on Additional Information for Environmental Review of Proposed Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Generation Project

OTTAWA – November 18, 2009 –The Joint Panel reviewing the proposed Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Generation Project invites the public to comment on the additional information provided by the proponent, Nalcor Energy. Considering the information received, the Joint Panel has decided to conduct a 30-day comment period on the supplemental information, as permitted within its terms of reference.

by NationTalk on November 18, 2009505 Views

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Canada and Yukon Researching Climate Change Adaptation

WHITEHORSE, YUKON – Nov. 18, 2009 – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians today announced funding to the Government of Yukon to help the territory adapt to the impacts of climate change.

by NationTalk on November 18, 2009660 Views

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Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Generation Project Joint Review Panel

Public Invited to Comment on Additional Information for Environmental Review of Proposed Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Generation Project

OTTAWA – November 18, 2009 –The Joint Panel reviewing the proposed Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Generation Project invites the public to comment on the additional information provided by the proponent, Nalcor Energy. Considering the information received, the Joint Panel has decided to conduct a 30-day comment period on the supplemental information, as permitted within its terms of reference.

by NationTalk on November 18, 2009695 Views

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Vancouver urged to fulfill bright green promise of environmental rights

Nov 17, 2009

Ecojustice report gives city tools to create right to a healthy environment

VANCOUVER – A new report by Ecojustice is calling on mayors across BC to lead at a local level and recognize residents’ rights to a healthy environment.

by NationTalk on November 18, 2009505 Views

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CFP: 2nd International Polar Tourism Research Network Conference, Abisko, Sweden, 13-16 June 2010

Conference Theme: Tourism, People, and Protected Areas in Polar Wilderness. Polar areas have recently raised enormous interest from various directions. Geopolitical struggle over resources and growing concern regarding the impacts of climate change on polar environments are only two reasons for the increasing awareness directed towards polar areas, often focusing on the region’s ecological vulnerability. These changes are intertwined with issues related to human mobility. Here, the role of tourism can be highlighted. The remoteness of the polar areas promises tourists extreme climatic conditions, undisturbed wilderness, authentic heritage, and exoticism. These factors have been successfully used to lure an increasing number of tourists into the Polar Regions.

by NationTalk on November 17, 2009623 Views

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Minister Strahl Announces Reappointment Of Danny Bayha as Member for the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board

OTTAWA, Ontario (November 13, 2009) – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, today announced the reappointment of Mr. Danny Bayha as a member of the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board for a three-year term.

by NationTalk on November 16, 2009593 Views

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Inuit Call to Global Leaders: Act Now on Climate Change in the Arctic

— November 13, 2009 —

The Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) is an indigenous peoples’ organization, founded in 1977 to promote and celebrate the unity of 160,000 Inuit from Alaska, Canada, Greenland, and Russia. As the international voice of Inuit, ICC is calling upon global leaders at the December UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (CoP 15) to listen to this Inuit voice. ICC works to promote Inuit rights, safeguard the Arctic environment, and protect and promote the Inuit way of life.

by NationTalk on November 13, 2009939 Views

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Circumpolar Inuit Call on Global Leaders to Act on Arctic Climate Change at COP15 in Copenhagen

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13 November, 2009 – Copenhagen, Denmark — Inuit leaders, through the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC), today released a document calling on global leaders to adopt a meaningful agreement at December’s UN Climate Change Convention (UNCCC) Conference in Copenhagen – one that will safeguard the future of the Arctic. The Inuit homeland in the Arctic has been identified by scientists as climate change region of concern, and ICC’s Call on Global Leaders notes the Arctic’s important role in moderating the global climate and controlling world-wide ocean currents.

by NationTalk on November 13, 2009852 Views

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Government of Canada Launches “Water For Life” Project For Fundy National Park

ALMA, NEW BRUNSWICK, November 10, 2009–On behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada’s Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Mr. Rob Moore, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Member of Parliament for Fundy Royal, today announced a $1.35 million investment to improve the health of the aquatic ecosystems in Fundy National Park of Canada. This investment is another demonstration of Canada’s international leadership in the area of ecological management and restoration.

by NationTalk on November 11, 2009686 Views

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Aboriginal issues on agenda for Ontario Sustainable Energy Association’s Community Power Conference 2009

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Attn: Community, Energy, Environment Reporters and Editors

The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA) will host its first annual Community Power Conference (CP2009) this November 15-16.

by NationTalk on November 10, 2009634 Views

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David Suzuki Foundation Applauds Inquiry Into Declining Salmon Stocks

November 6, 2009 VANCOUVER – A federal judicial inquiry into declining Pacific salmon is an important step towards rebuilding wild salmon stocks and the economies that depend on them, according to the David Suzuki Foundation.

by NationTalk on November 10, 2009649 Views

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Minister Shea Announces Management Measures For Greenland Halibut in Canada’s North

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – Nov. 9, 2009 – The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today announced that the Canadian total allowable catch (TAC) for the Northwest Atlantic Fishery Organization (NAFO) Division 0B Greenland halibut (turbot) fishery has been set at 7,000 tonnes. This is an increase of 1,500 tonnes from last year. Nunavut will receive 90 per cent of the increase and Inuit fishers in Nunavik will receive the remaining 10 per cent.

by NationTalk on November 9, 2009722 Views

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CFP: “Changing Northern Landscapes,” 2010 Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C

Contemporary cultural landscapes of the circumpolar North are in a state of rapid flux. If we consider landscapes to be cultural texts, “readable” for the social, cultural, historical, political, and economic processes out of which they emerge, what do these changes to Northern landscapes tell us? As Northern spaces come into view for different reasons – as contested spaces of national sovereignty, imaginative scapes of national-cultural desire, resource rich hinterlands, tourist destinations, and home spaces for northern peoples – how are landscapes changed? And how, amidst these changing perceptions, on the shifting terrains of late-capitalist globalization, are notions of the local formed and lived on northern landscapes?

by NationTalk on November 9, 2009672 Views

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Ecojustice applauds proposed Canadian Environmental Bill of Rights

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Private members bill will address ‘civil rights issue of our generation’

OTTAWA – Canada’s leading environmental law organization, Ecojustice, is enthusiastically supporting a historic federal bill that would enshrine the right of all Canadians to a healthy environment. The proposed Canadian Environmental Bill of Rights, introduced by Member of Parliament Linda Duncan, received first reading before Parliament on Thursday, October 29, 2009.

by NationTalk on November 6, 2009681 Views

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Plan Nord Consultation Table: Canadian Boreal Initiative Support, with Reservations

MONTRÉAL, Nov. 5 – Tomorrow the government will hold its first gathering of stakeholders for the Plan Nord consultation table. The Canadian Boreal Initiative (CBI) reiterates its support for the Québec government’s Plan Nord and its commitment to permanently protect at least half of the area covered by the plan. However, the organization is deeply concerned that key environmental groups and Aboriginal leaders have not been properly engaged in the government consultation, and believes their involvement is key to its success.

by NationTalk on November 6, 2009745 Views

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Rally in Solidarity with Six Nations Land Rights!

TORONTO, Nov. 5 – Social justice and environmental activists (including CAW and CUPE workers) are taking to the streets in Brantford, Ontario, on Saturday Nov 7th to protest against the failure of municipal, provincial and federal governments to meaningfully negotiate with Six Nations.

by NationTalk on November 5, 2009594 Views

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Indigenous Earth: Theory & Praxis – Call for Papers and Posters

March 9 – 12, 2010
PENTICTON, BRITISH COLUMBIA

Revitalizing Indigenous Knowledge & shaping a new approach to “sustainability.”

CALL FOR PAPERS AND POSTERS

This conference is co-organized by the En’owkin Center, The University of British Columbia Okanagan and FORREX.

by NationTalk on November 5, 2009710 Views

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Interview Opportunity – Ontario Green Roof Expert to begin installation of green roof on Native Child Centre

Nov 2nd, 2009
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Ontario Green Roof Expert to begin installation of green roof on Native Child Centre

Local Green Roof Company awarded green roof contract for the Native Child and Family Services Centre of Toronto on College Street.

by NationTalk on November 4, 2009669 Views

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Media Release-BC Government Confirms Grizzly Bears Missing on BC North Coast

Die-off attributed to salmon collapse and long, cold winter

For immediate release – November 3, 2009 –- The B.C. government has released its grizzly bear population survey results of the Kimsquit drainage on the BC north-coast and found nearly fifty-percent fewer bears than average, including 65% fewer cubs.

by NationTalk on November 4, 2009599 Views

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Federal Funding Awarded to Participate in the Environmental Assessment of the proposed the Fairview Terminal Phase II Expansion Project

OTTAWA, November 3, 2009 – The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency has awarded a total of $99,050 to two applicants to support their participation in the environmental assessment of the proposed Fairview Terminal Phase II Expansion Project, in Prince Rupert Harbour, British Columbia.

by NationTalk on November 4, 2009638 Views

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Ontario Endorses Balanced Approach to Protecting Algonquin Park

November 2, 2009

McGuinty Government Seeks to Reduce Environmental Impact of Logging in the Park

Ontario is moving forward on recommendations in a report developed with input from environmental and forestry advisors that outlines ways to reduce the ecological footprint of logging in Algonquin Park while still maintaining a healthy forestry sector.

by NationTalk on November 3, 2009533 Views

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Task Force, Committee to Lead Clean Energy Development

November 2, 2009

Vancouver – The Province will establish a Green Energy Advisory Task Force, as committed in the August 2009 throne speech, and a new Cabinet Committee on Climate Action and Clean Energy, Premier Gordon Campbell announced today at the Independent Power Producers of B.C. annual conference.

by NationTalk on November 3, 2009608 Views

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More Protection for Algonquin

TORONTO, Nov. 3 – A leading conservation organization, CPAWS Wildlands League, is applauding an announcement to protect more of Algonquin Provincial Park. Today, the province posted a notice on the Environmental Bil of Rights registry accepting the report by the Algonquin Forestry Authority (AFA) Board and Ontario Parks Board to increase the amount of protection from the current 22% to 35%, a more than 50% increase. The total area off limits to logging will now be 371,238 hectares – an area equal to six times the size of Toronto. Currently logging is illegal in all of Ontario’s 631 protected areas with the exception of Algonquin.

by NationTalk on November 3, 2009849 Views

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Media Invitation: Clean Hydropower Powers the Economy Featured In Two-Day Conference

Ottawa hosts the 10th Forum on Hydropower

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – Nov. 2, 2009

Attention News/Assignment Editors

Media are invited to attend the 10th Forum on Hydropower, November 3-4, 2009, at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier in Ottawa. Organised by the Canadian Hydropower Association, the annual event focuses this year on hydropower’s role in economic growth and development while contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gases and pollution. High-level speakers will address such issues as energy trends with Aboriginal communities and hydropower sales and carbon trading.

by NationTalk on November 2, 2009673 Views

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Is Canada giving up Ice for Oil?

October 30, 2009

Andrew Nikiforuk and Ed Struzik initiate a cross-Canada debate about the fate of the Arctic

WWF-Canada is proud to host Oil and Ice, a cross-Canada speaking tour featuring award-winning authors Andrew Nikiforuk (Tar Sands) and Ed Struzik (The Big Thaw)during November. Speaking from coast-to-coast, the authors will discuss the choices that will determine the future of Canada’s Arctic, and what Canadians can learn from the tar sands.

by NationTalk on November 2, 2009502 Views

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Norway House Cree Nation Calls for Public and Transparent Process to Review Manitoba Hydro’s Lake Winnipeg Regulation and Churchill River Diversion Project

Norway House, Manitoba (Oct. 30, 2009) – Norway House Cree Nation Chief Marcel Balfour and Council today called on Manitoba to establish a “public, open and transparent process” to review the Lake Winnipeg Regulation and Churchill River Diversion Project (LWRCRDP).

by NationTalk on November 2, 2009609 Views

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Canada Takes Another Major Step Forward on Polar Bear Conservation

Kangerluusuaq, Greenland (Oct. 30, 2009) – Canada’s Environment Minister, Jim Prentice, Nunavut’s Minister of the Environment, Daniel Shewchuk, and Greenland’s Minister of Fisheries, Hunting and Agriculture, Ane Hansen, today announced the signing of an agreement between the governments of Canada, Nunavut, and Greenland to ensure the protection of shared polar bear populations.

by NationTalk on November 2, 2009642 Views

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Environment Ministers tackle waste, adopt Canada-Wide Vision for Water

October 29, 2009

Kingston, October 29, 2009 – Ministers of Environment from across the country met in Kingston today to discuss numerous issues of key importance to the environment.

by NationTalk on October 30, 2009731 Views

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New study shows Canada can meet global-warming reduction targets while growing jobs and economy

Ottawa — Canada can succeed economically while meeting targets to reduce global warming pollution, according to an economic modelling study commissioned by the Pembina Institute and the David Suzuki Foundation. Climate Leadership, Economic Prosperity is the first Canadian study of its kind to show regional impacts on employment and gross domestic product, and the first to comprehensively examine how Canada can meet a greenhouse gas reduction target for 2020 that goes beyond the federal government’s target.

by NationTalk on October 29, 2009562 Views

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