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Flood Bulletin #11: Change of location – services for rural flood evacuees

Winnpeg – April 29, 2011 – Effective Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 4:00 p.m., the City of Winnipeg Reception Centre located at the Century Arena will be closing. The Reception Centre opened on April 19, 2011 for rural flood evacuees requiring emergency support services as a result of having to leave their homes. To date, the Reception Centre has assisted 102 families, which includes 241 individuals.

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Manitoba Flood Bulletin #27

Media Bulletin – Manitoba
April 28, 2011

Flood Summary

•The Assiniboine River is running at 1½ times or more than the volume compared with the 1976 flood. Flows from upstream tributaries in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, such as the Qu’Appelle and the Souris rivers, have contributed to this increase in volume. It is expected the high flows will be sustained for several weeks. These increased flows are being further assessed today.
•Preliminary estimates show the flood on the Assiniboine River at Portage la Prairie is a one-in-70-year flood. Along the Red River, south of the city, it is estimated to be a one-in-25 to 30-year event.

by NationTalk on April 29, 2011580 Views

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Geoscience BC Announces QUEST-Northwest Project

Stewart, British Columbia – April 28, 2011 – Geoscience BC is pleased to announce the launch of the $3 million QUEST-Northwest Project today at the Minerals North meeting in Stewart, British Columbia. QUEST-Northwest builds on Geoscience BC’s successful QUEST series of projects (QUEST, QUEST-West and QUEST-South) which have combined regional geochemical and airborne geophysical surveys to stimulate new mineral exploration activity in BC’s southern and central interior.

by NationTalk on April 29, 2011497 Views

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New report outlines solutions to improve oilsands management

19-point plan identifies policies required to protect the environment and restore Alberta’s international reputation

Released: April 28, 2011

Edmonton — The Alberta government could protect the environment and achieve responsible oilsands development by adopting key policy changes, recommended by the Pembina Institute in a report released today.

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Assembly of First Nations, Amnesty International and Council of Canadians urge political leaders to recognize the human right to water

Ottawa, April 28 – The Assembly of First Nations (AFN), Amnesty International Canada and the Council of Canadians are calling on all political parties to recognize explicitly the human right to water and sanitation and to commit to ensuring that Canada meets its obligations in upholding these rights for people in Canada.

by NationTalk on April 28, 2011698 Views

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Oil Sands: First Nations Youth Warns CIBC to Back Off Financing for Enbridge

BC First Nations tell banks: “Respect our rights, don’t participate in projects that put our communities at risk without our consent”

Winnipeg, Treaty One First Nations Territories, Manitoba – April 28, 2011 – First Nations youth leader, Jasmine Thomas, age 24, is attending CIBC’s annual meeting in Winnipeg today to warn shareholders and executives: Do not finance Enbridge or its Northern Gateway Pipeline project, since Enbridge fails to respect the authority of First Nations along the proposed pipeline route.

by NationTalk on April 28, 2011825 Views

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South Coast Caribou Survey Results Encouraging

Environment and Conservation
April 28, 2011

Survey results from the recent census of the south coast caribou herds suggest that the rate of population decline has slowed, with a population estimate of 14,784 animals in the region. The population census was conducted from February 24 to March 16, 2011 as part of the province’s ongoing island caribou strategy.

“Through our ongoing island caribou strategy efforts, we are gaining valuable information which allows us to sustainably manage caribou populations for the benefit of the people of Newfoundland and Labrador,” said the Honourable Ross Wiseman, Minister of Environment and Conservation. “These results indicate the rate of population decline has slowed compared to that witnessed in the late 1990s and early 2000s for the interior island herds.”

by NationTalk on April 28, 2011485 Views

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Manitoba Flood Bulletin #26

Media Bulletin – Manitoba
April 27, 2011

Flood Response

•The Wawanesa School has been closed as a precautionary measure because of water in the crawl space and an engineering assessment is underway. Alternative space has been found for approximately 262 Wawanesa students, who will return to class on Monday. Students will be in temporary classrooms set up in town facilities such as the town hall and local rink.
•Three families have been evacuated near St-Lazare. Two homes outside of the ring dike are experiencing some basement seepage. Both homes have sandbag dikes in place. Dikes in and around the community continue to have adequate protection for projected peaks.
•The STARS air ambulance has flown 33 trips and conducted 17 patient transports. The nature of the calls involved heart attacks, strokes, acute injuries and motor-vehicle accidents.
•So far, 1,984 people have been evacuated and registered, largely due to losing safe road access to their homes and communities. There are now 23 rural municipalities with states of local emergency in place, down from 32 last week.
•There are 78 provincial roads are affected by flooding and 45 are closed or restricted to local access. About 590 municipal roads are closed.

by NationTalk on April 28, 2011669 Views

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Manitoba Flood Bulletin #25

Media Bulletin – Manitoba
April 26, 2011

Flood Response

•In St. Adolphe, the highways are now ramped on the south side at PR 200 and PR 210 has been ramped on the east side of the community, local access only is available.
•Dikes along flooded streams and rivers should remain temporarily in place even after rivers have crested. Water levels are expected to remain high for several weeks, with only gradual drops. A major storm could also result in higher water flows.
•The highway has been reopened on PTH 30 at Gretna. The border crossing has also reopened.
•There are currently 1,954 people evacuated from their homes, largely due to loss of safe road access. These numbers include 107 people evacuated from the RM of Morris, 181 from the RM of Ritchot, 665 from the Peguis First Nation, 872 from the Roseau River First Nation and five from the Sioux Valley First Nation. The total number includes people who may have been evacuated from their homes for a few days because of losing road access

by NationTalk on April 27, 2011589 Views

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Mayday Mayday Mayday for Wild Salmon!

UBCIC Joins SalmonAreSacred on May 1st in Victoria BC

Please join us walking from Sidney to Victoria on May Day (1st) and for a rally at the BC Parliament.

Start from Tsawout First Nation at 9 am – or meet at 12:30 pm at Lana Popham’s constituency office on Quadra Street or at the BC Parliament from 3pm to 5pm.

by NationTalk on April 21, 2011516 Views

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Environmental protection key to promoting strong economy, prosperous families and individual health: green leaders

April 21, 2011

Ottawa — In the midst of a federal election campaign and on the eve of Earth Day, the top executives of Canada’s major environmental organizations are calling on all political leaders to take concrete and immediate action to address Canada’s urgent environmental challenges.

by NationTalk on April 21, 2011617 Views

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New Report Exposes Enbridge’s Role as “King Carbon”

ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE
For Immediate Release: April 21, 2011

New Report Exposes Enbridge’s Role as “King Carbon” : Investors urged to consider whether company is socially-responsible due to carbon risk and proposed Northern Gateway pipeline

Ottawa, ON – A new report released today by Environmental Defence exposes Enbridge as the largest shipper of tar sands oil and responsible for moving more carbon pollution than entire countries the size of France. A letter, signed by 13 environmental organizations in Canada, the U.S. and Europe, was sent today to 30 large socially-responsible investment firms urging them to consider the risk of Enbridge’s business model of shipping growing amounts of carbon-heavy fuel around the globe.

by NationTalk on April 21, 2011522 Views

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Province Stalling on Promise to Establish Park

April 20th, 2011

First Nation and conservation group say government is six months past deadline

For Immediate Release

Fisher River Cree Nation (FRCN) and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) say it’s time for the Manitoba government to quit stalling and designate a Fisher Bay provincial park as they promised to do by October 2010.

by NationTalk on April 21, 2011614 Views

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Geoscience BC Releases Reports 2011-5 and 2011-9

April 18, 2011

Geoscience BC is pleased to announce the release of the following two reports:

Report 2011-5 “Catchment analysis and interpretation of stream sediment data from QUEST-South, British Columbia” by D.C. Arne and E.B. Bluemel of ioGlobal Solutions Inc., and

Report 2011-9 “Till geochemistry of the Colleymount map area (093L/01), west-central British Columbia” by T. Ferbey of the BC Geological Survey.

by NationTalk on April 20, 2011506 Views

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INAC support for flood preparedness in Ontario First Nation Communities

INAC is working with the Province of Ontario, the Ministry of Natural Resources, Public Safety Canada, Health Canada, Mushkegowuk Tribal Council, and other relevant agencies to ensure First Nations are prepared for potential flooding this spring. Specifically, the Mushkegowuk Emergency Response Co-ordinator works with First Nations vulnerable to flooding to determine their needs and update emergency plans.

by NationTalk on April 20, 2011634 Views

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Donate To the Pimachiowin Aki World Heritage Fund and The Winnipeg Foundation will make a donation too!

April 18th, 2011

When you donate to the Pimachiowin Aki World Heritage Fund in the next 90-Hours The Winnipeg Foundation will also make a gift to our organization. It’s all part of their 90-Hour Giving Challenge. Donate anytime from 6 am Monday, April 18 through to Midnight Thursday, April 21 to help us grow your donation.

by NationTalk on April 19, 2011545 Views

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INAC support for flood preparedness in Saskatchewan First Nation Communities

INAC is working with the Province of Saskatchewan, Public Safety Canada, Health Canada, the RCMP and other relevant agencies to ensure First Nations are prepared for potential flooding this spring. Specifically, INAC works with First Nations vulnerable to flooding to determine their needs, develop work plans and fund preparedness measures.

The following table provides information on flood preparedness support in Saskatchewan First Nations as of April 15, 2011:

by NationTalk on April 19, 2011688 Views

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Manitoba Flood Bulletin #17

Media Bulletin – Manitoba
April 18, 2011

•Yesterday, ice jams along the Assiniboine River between Poplar Point and Baie St. Paul Bridge caused surges in the water levels and overtopped and breached the dikes in some areas. Dike repairs and reinforcements were being made by crews as the ice slowly moved along the river and a secondary dike was quickly constructed in one area. Water rose and then fell by close to six feet in some areas as the ice moved through. Two families were voluntarily evacuated. There has been no damage to homes in the area. The dikes at the nearby Hutterite colony were overtopped in a few places, but there was no significant damage. The ice jams have now moved out of the area and water levels are dropping.

by NationTalk on April 18, 2011659 Views

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IISD-issued studies and collaborative project help First Nations take part in carbon markets

Winnipeg—April 18, 2011—The International Institute for Sustainable Development has issued two reports as part of the First Nations Carbon Collaborative to help build the capacity of First Nations to take part in existing and emerging carbon markets.

The collaborative is a community-driven initiative spearheaded by IISD, the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources and three First Nations living within Canada’s frontier forests.

by NationTalk on April 18, 2011914 Views

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Red Earth Flood Evacuees Sheltered at Cosmo Civic Centre

For Immediate Release: April 18, 2011
CY11-130

Cosmo Civic Centre has been designated as an Emergency Evacuation Site to shelter 145 evacuees from the Red Earth First Nation evacuated from their homes due to flooding over the weekend. The Cosmo Civic Centre, with the exception of the Carlyle King Library (which will maintain regular operating hours), will be closed to the public while evacuees are in Saskatoon.

by NationTalk on April 18, 2011664 Views

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Richmond Earth Day Celebrations Emphasize Sustainable Living

City of Richmond
15 April 2011

Earth Day approaches its 41st anniversary on April 22. This year, over one billion people around the world are expected to participate, truly embodying the theme, A Billion Acts of Green®. The City of Richmond will be officially celebrating Earth Day on Thursday, April 21 at the Garden City Community Park (corner of Alberta Road and Garden City Road).

by NationTalk on April 18, 2011494 Views

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Manitoba Flood Bulletin #16

Media Bulletin – Manitoba
April 18, 2011

•Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation advises that PTH 75 will close at 2 p.m. this afternoon as a result of rising flood waters.
•The department also advises the following travel restrictions will be implemented on PTH 75:
◦Winnipeg city limits to PR 205 – closed, local traffic only;
◦PR 205 to Morris– closed; and
◦Morris to PTH 14– closed, local traffic only.

by NationTalk on April 18, 2011499 Views

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INAC support for flood preparedness in Manitoba

as of March 31, 2011

INAC is working with the Province of Manitoba, the Manitoba Association of Native Fire Fighters, Public Safety Canada, Health Canada, the RCMP and other relevant agencies to ensure First Nations are prepared for potential flooding this spring. Specifically, INAC works with First Nations vulnerable to flooding to determine their needs, develop work plans and fund preparedness measures.

by NationTalk on April 18, 2011667 Views

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$9 million for fight against mountain pine beetle

For Immediate Release
2011JTI0056-000378
April 15, 2011

Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation

Victoria – The Province is continuing its fight against the mountain pine beetle epidemic with a $9-million infusion to help B.C.’s three beetle action coalitions continue their front-line battle.

The three coalitions have been developing and funding projects to help mitigate the current and anticipated economic, environmental and social impacts of the pine beetle epidemic. Now, the Southern Interior, Omineca and Cariboo-Chilcotin beetle action coalitions will each receive $3 million over three years to continue these regional efforts.

by NationTalk on April 18, 2011553 Views

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Kettle River Tops BC’s Most Endangered Rivers List For 2011

“Sacred Headwaters” In Second Spot-List Highlights Issues Such as the Need For Water Policy Reform and Improved Protection of Northern Rivers

Vancouver, British Columbia – April 18, 2011 – The Kettle River has topped British Columbia’s most endangered rivers list for 2011.

The Kettle River runs through BC’s southern interior near the towns of Midway, Rock Creek and Grand Forks. This river, already suffering from excessive water withdrawals, seasonal low flows and high water temperatures, is threatened by significant new water extraction proposals near its source. The river is in dire need of a water management plan that recognizes there are clear ecological limits to the amount of water that can be withdrawn. Unless greater efforts are made to address this issue, the fate of this beautiful interior stream and its fish stocks may well foreshadow what many other streams in the region will confront in the face of ongoing climate change.

by NationTalk on April 18, 2011713 Views

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Global Corporations and Investors Commit to Future of the Boreal Forest

Ottawa, April 18 – Signatories to the landmark Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA) today unveiled a new Boreal Business Forum which is a roundtable comprised of CBFA participants, leading corporations and investors with a strong interest in conservation of the Boreal Forest. The membership reflects a variety of sectors representing the marketplace regions sourcing from the Boreal, including Canada, the US and Europe.

by NationTalk on April 18, 2011533 Views

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Tree Canada recognizes TD Bank Group’s environmental leadership with Eterne Award

Award celebrates TD’s innovative environmental stewardship initiatives in 2010

(April 15, 2011, Toronto) TD Bank Group is the 2010 recipient of the Eterne Award, a national award given to an outstanding sponsor of Tree Canada to recognize their environmental stewardship and commitment to improving the lives of Canadians through greening and reforestation projects.

Tree Canada President Michael Rosen will be presenting the Eterne Award to Teri Currie, Group Head, Marketing, Corporate and People Strategies, TD Bank Group at the Green Living Show, Direct Energy Centre in Toronto on Friday, April 15th at 9:15 a.m.

by NationTalk on April 15, 2011839 Views

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Public Notice Labrador Island Transmission Link

15 April 2011

NOTICE
Labrador–Island Transmission Link

Members of NunatuKavut are invited to take part in a community information session on the proposed Labrador-Island Transmission Link.

At this information session, Nalcor Energy will lead a general overview of the Project and provide opportunities for discussion.

by NationTalk on April 15, 2011550 Views

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Consultations to begin on Two Proposed Provincial Parks

News Release – April 15, 2011

The Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport is beginning public consultations regarding a proposal to establish two new provincial parks.

One of the proposed park areas being considering includes the existing Emma Lake and Anglin Lake Recreation Sites and some adjacent Crown Land, located north of Prince Albert. The second proposed park is located south of Hudson Bay. The area being considered includes the McBride Lake, Pepaw Lake, Parr Hill Lake, Saginas Lake and Woody River Recreation Sites and some adjacent Crown Land.

by NationTalk on April 15, 2011583 Views

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New Pilot Program Introduced to More Intensively Manage Beaver Population

News Release – Manitoba
April 15, 2011

Problem Beaver Removal Subsidy Will Also Increase: Blaikie

High water levels this spring have heightened concerns about beaver dams contributing significantly to flooding, leading the province to invest almost $400,000 to introduce a new pilot program to intensively manage beaver dams in two areas of the province and increase the problem beaver removal subsidy fee for trappers, Conservation Minister Bill Blaikie announced today.

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Flood Bulletin #12

Media Bulletin – Manitoba
April 14, 2011

Flood Response

•Southern areas of the province are experiencing significant overland flooding. Soil saturation levels going into the spring melt are extremely high across most of the southern part of the province. Overland flooding is unpredictable and Manitobans should be vigilant if they live in flood-prone or low-lying areas.
•Cooler weather and forecasted snow and rain in southern Manitoba and the Fargo area will slow melt rates and extend the length of time flooding occurs.
•While the upper level of the forecast range has been reduced slightly, it still remains somewhat above 2009 levels for all points on the Red River. 2009 was the second-largest flood in the past 150 years.
•There are 88 provincial road sections affected by flooding – 44 are closed and 39 are under caution. Hundreds of municipal roads are also affected.

by NationTalk on April 15, 2011680 Views

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Canadians believe the Arctic should be the priority region of protection in Canada says survey

Canadians want to lead the international community in Arctic protection

Churchill, MB and Toronto, April 14 – Eight-in-ten (84 per cent) of Canadians believe the Arctic environment is unspoiled and fragile and should be the priority region for protection in Canada, according to survey results released by the Churchill Northern Studies Centre (CNSC) in advance of Earth Day, this April 22.

by NationTalk on April 14, 2011596 Views

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Manitoba Flood Bulletin #11

News Release – Manitoba
April 13, 2011

Flood Response

•Overland flooding, frozen streams and ditches and ice jamming are affecting numerous communities across southern Manitoba. This is affecting highways, municipal roads and some homes. Approximately 55 provincial highways are affected and are closed, or are open to local traffic only, while 32 portions of roads have caution advised. There are close to 300 closures on municipal roads. Motorists are reminded to find alternative routes and respect barriers. Driving on closed and water-covered roads can be hazardous. Before travelling in potentially flooded areas, motorists are advised to check www.gov.mb.ca/mit/roadinfo/.

by NationTalk on April 14, 2011910 Views

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Upcoming First Nations and Carbon Webinar

The Centre for Environment, in collaboration with The First Nations Carbon Collaborative (FNCC) will present a free webinar to learn more about carbon trading, financing and carbon projects. The purpose of the First Nations and Carbon webinar series is to bring together First Nations, carbon specialists, government and environmental groups to share information regarding their projects and policies for carbon and emissions trading, science and financing.

by NationTalk on April 12, 2011857 Views

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2010 Northern Energy Credit – There’s Still Time To Apply

April 11, 2011

McGuinty Government Helps Northerners With Household Energy Costs

Northern Ontario residents still have time to get their money back for home energy costs.

People who qualify for the Northern Ontario Energy Credit can still claim payment under the 2010 program. Deadline for submitting an application is June 30, 2011. More than 123,000 northern households have already applied and received the credit but tens of thousands more may be still eligible to get money back.

by NationTalk on April 12, 2011727 Views

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Tahltan Nation Prepares for Historical Vote on the Northwest Transmission Line

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 8, 2011

Dease Lake, BC: Members of the Tahltan Nation begin voting today whether to accept Northwest Transmission Line agreements the Nation has reached with BC Hydro and the BC Government in a decision that will shape the future of the Nation and its people.

“This is an exciting time for the Tahltan Nation. We are making a pivotal decision for current and future generations, and it’s a decision we must make as a Nation. We need to come together and decide collectively whether to approve the agreements,” says Annita McPhee, Tribal Chair of the Tahltan Central Council. ”This is the chance for all Tahltans to have their say and we encourage everyone to vote.”

by NationTalk on April 11, 2011645 Views

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Under New Management? Oil Sands Development as if the Environment Mattered

New study calls for “control checklist” on oil sands pollution

Toronto, April 8 – Canada needs a new regulatory checklist to measure and monitor pollution in Alberta’s oil sands, a new study recommends.

The discussion paper, delivered today at a University of Toronto experts’ forum, says that “new project approvals and water licenses should be suspended until the federal and Alberta governments have put in place world-class scientific monitoring programs.”

by NationTalk on April 8, 2011647 Views

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Report: In situ operations in tar sands no better than open-pit mining

April 7, 2011

Edmonton- A new report released today by Greenpeace Canada debunks industry claims that in situ tar sands operations are less environmentally destructive than open-pit mining, while giving voice to those most affected by the operations.

The report, Deep Trouble: The Reality of In Situ Tar Sands Operations, examines the misleading claims made by the oil industry with respect to in situ tar sands operations. The report cites industry data, government documents (including briefing notes obtained under the Access to Information Act) and peer-reviewed scientific literature.

by NationTalk on April 8, 2011789 Views

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Flood Bulletin #3

Media Bulletin – Manitoba
April 6, 2011

Weather and Effect on River Conditions

•Very little or no precipitation has been reported in southern Manitoba in the last 24 hours. Flurries are expected in The Pas later this evening.
•The U.S. portion of the Red River watershed is partly cloudy with a chance of rain later today. Potentially significant rainfall is expected this coming weekend in the U.S. portion of the watershed. Predicted amounts of rainfall are not yet available.

by NationTalk on April 6, 2011576 Views

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Oil Sands: First Nations Tell Scotiabank to Cut Up Enbridge’s $10-Billion Credit Card

First Nations take struggle against Enbridge to banks; Scotiabank CEO Rick Waugh is invited to visit First Nations communities to hear their concerns.

Halifax, Mi’kmaq Territory, Nova Scotia – April 5, 2011 – The five First Nations of the Yinka Dene Alliance in British Columbia are delivering a message to Scotiabank and its shareholders today in Halifax: Do not finance Enbridge or its Northern Gateway Pipeline project, since Enbridge fails to respect the authority of First Nations along the proposed pipeline route.

by NationTalk on April 5, 2011661 Views

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TD Green Streets helps 23 communities “paint the town green”

-TD Green Streets awards grants for innovative municipal tree planting initiatives-

Toronto, April 4 – TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) and Tree Canada today announced the 23 recipients of the 2011 TD Green Streets program which provides grants of up to $15,000 to green Canadian municipalities. The funds will be used for tree planting, as well as maintenance and educational activities.

by NationTalk on April 4, 2011468 Views

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Government data reveals hundreds of B.C. grizzlies killed by humans in 2010

March 31, 2011
For Immediate Release

Vancouver – New government data shows that more than 300 grizzly bears were killed in British Columbia last year, mostly as a result of trophy hunting.

Released by the David Suzuki Foundation at the start of B.C.’s spring bear hunt, official government records indicate 317 grizzlies died at the hands of humans in 2010. Almost four out of five of these deaths were attributed to the legal trophy hunting of grizzly bears.

by NationTalk on April 4, 2011598 Views

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Government announces Enhanced PDAP Financial Assistance

News Release – March 30, 2011

Changes to Provincial Disaster Assistance Program (PDAP) criteria announced today are geared to enhance the financial assistance provided to clients.

“Our government has made several improvements to the PDAP program since last year,” Corrections, Public Safety and Policing Minister D.F. (Yogi) Huyghebaert said. “We’re pleased that we could respond with more program improvements that will see more equitable treatment of municipalities and small businesses.”

by NationTalk on March 30, 2011551 Views

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Manitoba Adds Aerial Rescue Capability for Use During Flood

News Release – Manitoba
March 30, 2011

Manitoba Team Prepared to Perform Rescues by Helicopter: Selinger

The Office of the Fire Commissioner has added helicopter aerial rescue to its already broad emergency response capabilities and will have a trained and certified crew on standby 24 hours a day throughout the spring flood, Premier Greg Selinger announced today.

by NationTalk on March 30, 2011539 Views

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Funding Awarded for Participation in the Regulatory Process for the Bakken Pipeline Project Canada

For immediate release
29 March 2011

Calgary – The National Energy Board (the Board) has awarded a total of $75,000 to eight applicants to support their participation in the regulatory process for the Bakken Pipeline Project Canada (Bakken Pipeline Project) in Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

by NationTalk on March 30, 2011571 Views

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Ready to learn about First Nations’ Water Rights and Policy?

3/28/2011

“Thanks for this fantastic webinar!” and “Great content, and a very user-friendly format” were but two of the comments that we received about the Water Rights and Policy in a First Nation Context webinar that we held last week on March 24th. Thanks to everyone who attended!

by NationTalk on March 29, 2011574 Views

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Water, economic development, conservation key areas of advice for land-use plan

March 25, 2011

Government will ask for public input on council recommendations

Edmonton… The South Saskatchewan Regional Advisory Council recommends that a regional plan for southern Alberta should focus on water supply, economic development and conservation needs.

The Alberta government will seek public input on the recommendations in the fall, before developing the draft regional plan. An online workbook will also be available at www.landuse.alberta.ca by the end of April. The province will consult again with Albertans before the final plan is developed.

by NationTalk on March 25, 2011546 Views

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Canada’s Environment Minister Responds to Oil Sands Recommendations with Water Monitoring Plan

Ottawa, Ont. — March 24, 2011 — Environment Minister Peter Kent today presented Environment Canada’s plan for a new Lower Athabasca Water Quality Monitoring Program. The plan, developed in collaboration with Alberta, is in response to the Federal Oil Sands Advisory Panel report. The Panel, struck in September 2010 to review the environmental monitoring systems of the Athabasca River Basin, presented its findings in December 2010.

by NationTalk on March 25, 2011870 Views

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Ten-year-old First Nations girl urges Ottawa to ban oil tankers from B.C.’s north coast

March 24, 2011

Vancouver — Ten-year-old Ta’Kaiya Blaney from North Vancouver, B.C., has a message for Canadian MPs on the 22nd anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill: don’t let our shores meet a similar disastrous fate.

The video plea, written by Ta’Kaiya and filmed at the Greenpeace office in Vancouver, comes just days before the second reading and debate of a federal private members bill to legally ban oil tankers on B.C.’s north coast, and encourages MP’s to support it. The video plea introduces the music video for an original song Ta’Kaiya recently wrote with her singing teacher, called “Shallow Waters.”

by NationTalk on March 25, 2011621 Views

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Minister Renner responds to federal water quality monitoring plan for oil sands region

March 24, 2011

Plan will inform work already underway by Alberta

Edmonton… Alberta Environment Minister Rob Renner issued the following statement in response to the release on March 24 of a water monitoring plan for the oil sands region, led by Environment Canada.

“The plan presented by the federal government is the result of a lot of work within a short timeframe, with input from Alberta Environment. This is a technical monitoring plan about when and where to monitor surface water quality.

by NationTalk on March 24, 2011510 Views

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