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ONA Fisheries Summer 2017 Field Work Advisory

July 11th, 2017 Be advised that during the summer months between June and September, the Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA) will be conducting annual research and monitoring along the Okanagan Lake and River system (including connecting lakes and tributaries). Similar to previous years, sampling activities will involve/occur: in-lake and along shore lines at various times during […]

by pmnationtalk on July 12, 201729 Views

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MNBC President’s Message to BC Residents affected by fires

MNBC extends our thoughts and prayers to those affected by the fires burning in different areas of British Columbia. While there are many people and much equipment fighting these terrible fires, we are mindful of the evacuations that have taken place so that British Columbians are moved to safety. “We are thinking of all those […]

by aanationtalk on July 12, 201713 Views

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BCAFN – BC Wildfire Update: July 11, 2017

UPDATES: The city of Williams Lake is now on an Evacuation Alert. The community of Little Fort has lifted the evacuation order, but they remain on an evacuation alert. The town of 100 Mile House: residents have been told to go north to Prince George. The village of Ashcroft and surrounding area, including the Ashcroft […]

by pmnationtalk on July 12, 201722 Views

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New Threat Deer Disease Could Spread to Humans, Demands Urgent Response, Says Expert – The Tyee

Chronic wasting disease risk requires co-ordinated action, says scientist; game farming organization downplays risks. New evidence on the potential of chronic wasting disease to infect people should bring a co-ordinated federal response, advises a former top Health Canada scientist. Paul Socket, who served as director of the former Foodborne, Waterborne and Zoonotic Infections division at […]

by ahnationtalk on July 12, 201714 Views

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Fire Bans in Effect at Fred Henne and Yellowknife River Territorial Parks

YELLOWKNIFE (JULY 11, 2017) — Due to dry conditions, a total fire ban at Fred Henne and Yellowknife River Territorial Parks is being implemented, effective immediately. The Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) is enforcing the ban to coincide with the City of Yellowknife’s open air fire ban. The fire ban will remain in effect until […]

by pmnationtalk on July 12, 201725 Views

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All eyes on Williams Lake, B.C., as firefighters brace for lightning, wind – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Jul 12, 2017  WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. _ Firefighters on the front lines of British Columbia’s raging wildfires are bracing for expected lightning and wind today, with all eyes on Williams Lake where more than 10,000 people are under an evacuation alert. Residents of the Central Interior community have been told to be ready […]

by ahnationtalk on July 12, 201717 Views

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BR Contaminated Site Park – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire Jul 12, 2017  EDMONTON – An Alberta government plan could see a park built next to the contaminated site of a former wood-preserving plant. Alberta Environment and Parks spokesman Jamie Hanlon says engineers believe the best solution for the 16-hectare site just south of Lesser Slave Lake is to hold […]

by ahnationtalk on July 12, 201719 Views

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Magino Gold Project – Public Comments Invited

July 11, 2017 — Ottawa — Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) is conducting a federal environmental assessment of the proposed Magino Gold Project, located near Dubreuilville, Ontario. The Agency invites the public and Indigenous groups to comment on the potential environmental effects of the project and the proposed measures to prevent or […]

by pmnationtalk on July 11, 201734 Views

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Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission invites comments on draft REGDOC-2.4.3, Nuclear Criticality Safety

From Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission For immediate release July 11, 2017 — Ottawa The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) is asking the public to provide comments on draft REGDOC-2.4.3, Nuclear Criticality Safety, by September 14, 2017. Comments submitted, including names and affiliations, will be made public. This draft regulatory document is based on RD-327, Nuclear […]

by ahnationtalk on July 11, 201732 Views

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Thank you for giving back:’ Help pours in for evacuees, firefighters in B.C. – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Jul 10, 2017 KAMLOOPS, B.C. _ Help from other provinces and the federal government has begun to pour in for firefighters and thousands of evacuees grappling with more than 200 intense wildfires raging across British Columbia. About 300 firefighters and support staff from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and New Brunswick started to arrive Monday […]

by ahnationtalk on July 11, 201729 Views

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Alberta understands toll of wildfires, sending help to B.C.: premier – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Jul 10, 2017  CALGARY _ Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says her province understands all too well the toll wildfires can take and is sending help to those battling the blazes in British Columbia. Alberta has sent about 100 firefighters to B.C. to fight the flames along with another 60 people with experience in […]

by ahnationtalk on July 11, 201719 Views

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Lake Winnipeg Ammonia – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire Jul 10, 2017 GIMLI, Man. – The City of Winnipeg is having discussions with the province about the possibility of loosening environmental restrictions related to $795 million in upgrades for the North End Wastewater Pollution Control Centre. And that’s got the mayor of the Rural Municipality of Gimli worried. Randy […]

by ahnationtalk on July 11, 201730 Views

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Canadian Red Cross welcomes Province of B.C. support to wildfire response

July 10, 2017 The Canadian Red Cross welcomes the Province of British Columbia’s announced $100 million fund to provide assistance to the thousands of British Columbians impacted by the fires burning in the province. With the fires still raging and communities on alert, help is needed now and in the weeks and months ahead. Individuals […]

by pmnationtalk on July 10, 201745 Views

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The wind shifted and the smoke rolled in like a wall’ – Times Colonist

Evacuees describe the scene as they fled Cariboo forest fire Heather Klassen felt like she was in a sauna walking through a superheated snowstorm. Chunks of hot white ash descended from the sky as she led her horses to safety from a raging wildfire nearby. The 69-year-old resident of the Cariboo community of Miocene, about […]

by ahnationtalk on July 10, 201731 Views

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North Shore Innu demanding federal government block Anticosti oil project – CJAD 800

Le Devoir is reporting that the North Shore Innu have sent a “formal notice” to the federal government insisting upon the revocation of the fracking rights that have been awarded to Anticosti Hydrocarbons, which is run by Pétrolia. In a letter to Fisheries & Oceans Canada, Ekuanitshit Chief Jean-Charles Piétacho says that Ottawa has ignored […]

by ahnationtalk on July 10, 201738 Views

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Strategic Planning Document to Guide NWT Geological Survey Released

YELLOWKNIFE (July 7, 2017) – The Northwest Territories Geological Survey (NTGS) has released the strategic plan that will guide its operations through 2022. Building on a vision first set out in 2011, the five-year plan includes changes to reflect the Government of the Northwest Territories’ post-Devolution jurisdiction over NWT lands and resources. The new plan […]

by ahnationtalk on July 10, 201728 Views

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Bigger and better,’ family plans to rebuild after wildfire takes their home – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Jul 10, 2017 By Geordon Omand THE CANADIAN PRESS ASHCROFT, B.C. _ Angie Thorne hugs her granddaughter as she looks for the first time at the blackened pit where her home of 21 years had stood just days earlier. She and a caravan of friends and family drove up to the Ashcroft Indian […]

by ahnationtalk on July 10, 201721 Views

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Provincial state of emergency declared

July 7, 2017 VICTORIA – Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure and Minister responsible for Emergency Management BC, this evening announced a provincial state of emergency to ensure a co-ordinated response to the current wildfire situation and to ensure public safety. Today alone there have been 56 new wildfire starts throughout the province. Evacuation […]

by ahnationtalk on July 10, 201719 Views

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Analysis – 10,000 evacuees and counting: How B.C.’s wildfire fight took a turn for the worse – CBC

Changing winds can help efforts on one front and hurt on another Jul 10, 2017 You can have as many firefighters as you want and the best technology possible, but on a dry day, there are three simple words that can dramatically change any wildfire situation for the worse. “The wind changed,” said Al Richmond. […]

by ahnationtalk on July 10, 201730 Views

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New research showing ‘some positive signs’ for Torngat Mountains caribou – CBC

The official report hasn’t been released, but researcher says groups within herd seem to be larger Jul 10, 2017 Initial data from a study due out later this summer shows the Torngat Mountains caribou herd in northern Labrador and Quebec is looking healthier. “We’re still in the process of analyzing those results and coming up […]

by ahnationtalk on July 10, 201732 Views

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BC Has Ignored the Rights of Peace River Valley’s People for Too Long – The Tyee

When the new government refers Site C dam to review, don’t lose sight of who’s affected. British Columbia NDP leader John Horgan and Green party leader Andrew Weaver say they will refer the controversial Site C dam to an independent review before the BC Utilities Commission to determine whether continued construction is a good deal […]

by ahnationtalk on July 10, 201723 Views

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UNESCO Designates New World Heritage Sites – MSN

The United Nations’ education, science and culture branch has designated nearly two dozen new locations as official World Heritage Sites in recent days, thus ensuring international efforts will go toward their preservation. UNESCO ― the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization ― designated eleven new sites on Sunday and may continue to do so […]

by ahnationtalk on July 10, 201728 Views

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Canadian Armed Forces supporting emergency response to wildfires in British Columbia

July 9, 2017 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces Today, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) have sent air assets, liaison and personnel to support the ongoing emergency response to the wildfires in British Columbia. The Province of British Columbia requested Government of Canada assistance in the form of CAF air assets to […]

by pmnationtalk on July 10, 201726 Views

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Update:100 Mile House evacuated – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire Jul 10, 2017  The 15-hundred residents of 100 Mile House are the latest forced out of their homes by raging wildfires in the southern and central Interior of B-C. That brings the total number of evacuees to more than 85-hundred. But emergency officials predict that number will likely rise as […]

by ahnationtalk on July 10, 201728 Views

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Water Usage in BC’s Northeast Requires Indigenous Consent – DeSmog Canada

July 6, 2017 One of the most important things that all Green and New Democratic Party MLAs agreed to in reaching their historic agreement to cooperate in governing together is their “foundational” support of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The Declaration is absolutely unambiguous in stating the “urgent need” for governments […]

by ahnationtalk on July 7, 201761 Views

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12th Annual Paddle for the Peace

EVENT: Saturday, July 8, 2017 – 09:00 to 17:00 The Paddle for the Peace is held annually to celebrate and recognize the need to protect the Valley and retain its critical ecosystem values in the face of the threat of the Site C dam. The Paddle is a day long event that begins on the […]

by pmnationtalk on July 7, 201737 Views

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Supreme Court of Canada denies appeal of First Nations challenge to Site C dam – Amnesty International

Amnesty International is deeply concerned by the announcement that the Supreme Court of Canada will not consider a further appeal of a First Nations challenge to the Site C dam. The West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations had asked that federal approval of the megaproject be overturned because the decision was made without first […]

by pmnationtalk on July 7, 201740 Views

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Nexen charged for July 2015 Long Lake pipeline spill

Calgary, Alberta (Jul 06, 2017)… The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has laid charges against Nexen related to a pipeline spill in July 2015. The five charges under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act and the Public Lands Act come after the company reported a spill to the AER at the company’s Long Lake in situ oil sands facility approximately […]

by pmnationtalk on July 7, 201724 Views

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First of its Kind: Tŝilhqot’in Title Land Rangers Prepare to Launch in Unprecedented Role as Guardians of Title Land

Williams Lake, B.C: The Tŝilhqot’in National Government and the Xeni Gwet’in First Nation proudly announce the launch of its expanded Title Land Ranger program, now including 12 well trained Land Rangers from four Tŝilhqot’in communities. They will be covering the entire Declared Title Area, as defined by the Supreme Court of Canada decision of 2014, […]

by ahnationtalk on July 6, 201765 Views

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UN committee directs Canada to protect Wood Buffalo National Park – or else – CBC

‘The water loss is a huge concern for us,’ says Melody Lepine of the Mikisew Cree First Nation Jul 05, 2017 The Wood Buffalo National Park could be demoted on the world stage if Canada doesn’t do more to protect the water and land from development. The United Nations World Heritage Committee voted Wednesday to […]

by ahnationtalk on July 6, 201736 Views

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Minister McKenna welcomes UNESCO World Heritage Committee decision on Wood Buffalo National Park

July 06, 2017     Ottawa, Ontario   Parks Canada Agency The Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna, today issued the following statement on the decision adopted by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee on Wood Buffalo National Park World Heritage Site at the 41st Session in Krakow, Poland: Quotes […]

by pmnationtalk on July 6, 201734 Views

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Media Advisory: B.C. salmon and environmental conditions

Vancouver, B.C. – Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) will be holding a briefing for media interested in an update on the marine and freshwater environments that B.C. salmon are encountering this summer. Information on management of in-season salmon fisheries, in particular the Fraser River, will be included in this briefing. Date: Thursday, July 6, 2017 Local Time: 10:30 […]

by pmnationtalk on July 6, 201728 Views

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David Suzuki visits Grassy Narrows to sign MOU – APTN

July 4, 2017 David Suzuki was in the community of Grassy Narrows to sign a memorandum of understanding between the community polluted with mercury, and his foundation. For years, Grassy Narrows has been pleading with the province of Ontario to help clean up the contamination caused by a now-defunct pulp mill. People have suffered a […]

by ahnationtalk on July 6, 201727 Views

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AER appeal of Redwater Decision to Supreme Court of Canada

Protecting what matters – standing up for Albertans, Canadians, and the environment The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) and Orphan Well Association have filed for leave to appeal the Redwater decision to the Supreme Court of Canada. The Farmers’ Advocate Office, Dene Tha’ First Nation, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan have provided materials in support of the appeal. The […]

by pmnationtalk on July 5, 201740 Views

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Parks Day 2017 – Government of Nunavut

July 04, 2017 Step away from your computer, television and smart phone to spend a day exploring and enjoying all that Nunavut’s outstanding parks have to offer! Celebrate Parks Day in Iqaluit at Sylvia Grinnell Territorial Park on Saturday July 15, 2017. The celebrations start at 11 a.m., and include music, learning activities and a […]

by pmnationtalk on July 5, 201737 Views

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Toronto council adopts plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2050 – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Jul 5, 2017  Toronto city council has adopted a climate action plan setting out a road map that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2050. It calls for a 65 per cent reduction in community-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 from 1990 levels and for all new buildings […]

by ahnationtalk on July 5, 201736 Views

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Freshwater wildlife get a boost from Loblaw Water Fund – WWF

TORONTO — Swaying public opinion on the value of beavers in rural Alberta may sound like a tall task, but Cows and Fish – as the Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society is affectionately known – is up for the challenge with support from the Loblaw Water Fund. Managed by WWF-Canada, the fund this year will help restore […]

by pmnationtalk on July 5, 201734 Views

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Lawyers release report card grading proposed federal environmental law reforms – WCEL

June 30, 2017 VANCOUVER, BC, Coast Salish Territories – Following the release of the federal government’s discussion paper outlining proposals to strengthen environmental laws and processes in Canada, West Coast Environmental Law Association has produced a report card grading the proposed reforms against leading-edge recommendations. The report card assesses the government’s proposals for legislative, regulatory and policy […]

by pmnationtalk on July 5, 201721 Views

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Grassy Narrows mercury cleanup plan is long overdue; David Suzuki visits community

TORONTO (June 28) — The Ontario government’s plan to clean the mercury-contaminated Wabigoon River system is welcome news, says the David Suzuki Foundation. The Ontario government announced it will spend $85 million to clean the mercury that has poisoned the people of Grassy Narrows First Nation and nearby Whitedog First Nation for generations. The English-Wabigoon watershed cleanup […]

by pmnationtalk on July 5, 201726 Views

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Alberta Failing on Risk From Leaking Oil and Gas Wells, Says Expert – The Tyee

AER’s former chief environmental scientist says regulator can’t deliver on mandate to protect health and safety. The author of a unpublished report on leaking abandoned oil and gas wells in Alberta’s cities and towns says the province’s regulator doesn’t have the expertise to deal with the growing public health and safety issues in a timely […]

by ahnationtalk on July 5, 201737 Views

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Large assembly of Tribal Leaders and Chiefs from United States and Canada meet to officially form new cross-border alliance to stop Keystone XL pipeline

RAPID CITY, SD (Black Hills), July 4, 2017 – An assembly of Tribal leaders of the Great Sioux Nation along with leaders of the Ponca Nation in Nebraska and Oklahoma today met, in the sacred Black Hills in South Dakota, with a large delegation of Chiefs of First Nations from Canada who have signed the […]

by ahnationtalk on July 4, 201758 Views

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Proposed federal environmental law reforms fall short of the mark, need more work – WCEL

June 30, 2017 VANCOUVER, BC, Coast Salish Territories – Following the release of the federal government’s discussion paper outlining proposals to strengthen environmental laws and processes in Canada, West Coast Environmental Law Association has produced a report card grading the proposed reforms against leading-edge recommendations. The report card assesses the government’s proposals for legislative, regulatory and policy […]

by pmnationtalk on July 4, 201743 Views

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Dutch Bank ING the latest to reject financing of Kinder Morgan pipeline – Greenpeace

28 June 2017 (TORONTO) — Dutch bank ING has publicly stated that it will not finance oil pipeline projects from the Canadian tar sands, including the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Expansion, Keystone XL, Energy East, and Line 3 Expansion pipelines. The move comes as a response to a letter sent by 20 Indigenous and environmental groups asking the […]

by pmnationtalk on July 4, 201741 Views

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Combating Rabies in Ontario Wildlife

Vaccine Baits Will be Distributed Across Southwestern Ontario July 4, 2017 8:00 A.M. Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Ontario is continuing efforts to control and eradicate rabies from the province in response to recent cases of rabies in southern regions. Beginning in August, aircraft will drop rabies vaccine baits across Eastern and Southern Ontario, […]

by pmnationtalk on July 4, 201727 Views

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AER Issues Order to Journey Energy Inc. Following Two Crude Oil Emulsion Spills

Calgary, Alberta (Jun 30, 2017)… The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has issued an order to Journey Energy Inc. (Journey) in response to two releases of an unknown amount of crude oil emulsion near Winfield, Alberta that was originally reported to the AER on June 28, 2017. The order directs the company to: immediately suspend operations, […]

by pmnationtalk on July 4, 201727 Views

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Indigenous communities shape climate leadership programs

New provincial programs will help Indigenous communities cut greenhouse gas emissions, reduce energy bills and create jobs. There are 48 First Nations and eight Metis Settlements in Alberta. As part of the government’s Climate Leadership Plan, seven new programs are being launched to help these communities invest in local renewable projects, energy-efficiency audits and training […]

by ahnationtalk on June 30, 201770 Views

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Getting Smart about Sea Ice: Innovative sea ice thickness mapping leads to safer travel routes in the North

June 29, 2017 – Iqaluit, NU – Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) Today, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for CanNor, announced an investment of $325,000 to fund SmartICE, an innovative system that measures ice thickness. Northern activities like winter fisheries, shipping, tourism, and subsistence hunting […]

by pmnationtalk on June 30, 201749 Views

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Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission renews McClean Lake Operation operating licence

June 29, 2017 – Ottawa Today, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced its decision to renew AREVA’s Uranium Mine Operating Licence for the McClean Lake Operation (MLO) for a 10-year period. This decision was made following a public hearing held on June 7 and 8, 2017 in La Ronge, SK. The licence will be […]

by pmnationtalk on June 30, 201728 Views

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Discussion Paper Released on Review of Environmental and Regulatory Processes

June 29, 2017    Ottawa       Government of Canada Our government has committed to reviewing and modernizing environmental assessment and regulatory processes. Our goal is to protect the environment and introduce modern safeguards, support reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and ensure good projects go ahead and resources get to market sustainably. Consultation is at the core of these […]

by pmnationtalk on June 29, 201746 Views

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Several injured, horse put down in stage coach crash near Williams Lake, B.C. – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Jun 28, 2017 WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. _ RCMP say several people were injured and a horse had to be euthanized when a stage coach plunged about 12 meters down a ravine near Williams Lake, B.C. The horse-pulled coach belonged to a local First Nation that was taking part in an annual ride that […]

by ahnationtalk on June 29, 201739 Views

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