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Indigenous Environmental Network Updates: Keystone XL Pipeline – October 2018

Montana The  ACLU in September sued the State of Montana for records pertaining to information regarding the anticipated crackdown and surveillance of protestors against KXL. They began requesting the information since the spring with no result. The lawsuit is specifically for information requested in FOIA requests to the state of Montana which have been ignored. […]

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NT Government: Heavy ice conditions impacting barge deliveries in the North

October 03, 2018 GNWT Marine Transportation Services (MTS) advises that due to impassable ice conditions, the following barge deliveries have been cancelled for the 2018 sailing season: Paulatuk Cambridge Bay Kugluktuk Ice conditions in the Amundsen Gulf have been reported to be the most challenging in over 30 years. MTS thanks the Canadian Coast Guard […]

by pmnationtalk on October 4, 201821 Views

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BC Government: Public asked for feedback on proposed Anahim Connector

October 03, 2018 VANDERHOOF – The public is invited to comment on a proposal to build a connector road between the communities of Vanderhoof and Anahim Lake. The proposed road would allow traffic to travel more directly from Anahim Lake to Highway 16, providing a secondary fire-exit route for First Nations communities and rural residents. […]

by pmnationtalk on October 4, 201819 Views

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Canada Announces Next Steps on Future Arctic Oil and Gas Development

October 4, 2018, Ottawa, ON – The Government of Canada is committed to working and consulting with territorial governments, industry, and Indigenous governments and communities in the North on future decisions on offshore oil and gas development. Today, the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental and Northern Affairs and Internal Trade, and the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, […]

by pmnationtalk on October 4, 201824 Views

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B.C. government to intervene in National Energy Board reconsideration

For Immediate Release 2018ENV0073-001921 Oct. 3, 2018 VICTORIA – The Government of British Columbia has filed its registration as an intervener to ensure that British Columbians’ interests are represented in the National Energy Board’s (NEB) reconsideration of aspects of its recommendation report on the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project. “When the Federal Court of Appeal […]

by ahnationtalk on October 3, 201839 Views

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Making Progress: CFN-GBI’s 2017 Annual Report

October 2, 2018 For almost two decades, the Coastal First Nations-Great Bear Initiative has provided strong and strategic leadership to protect our lands, waters and resources for current and future generations. Please take a look through our 2017 Annual Report, which provides just a snapshot of the positive work being done in our communities, and the impact […]

by ahnationtalk on October 3, 201827 Views

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UBCIC: Open Letter to the NEB Re: Trans Mountain Reconsideration

October 03, 2018 RE: The National Energy Board’s One Week Consultation Period for First Nations Affected by the Trans Mountain Pipeline and Tanker Project Dear Ms. Sheri Young: We are responding to a letter dated September 26th, 2018 regarding the re-assessment of the Trans Mountain Pipeline and Tanker Project, in which the National Energy Board requested feedback […]

by pmnationtalk on October 3, 201892 Views

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Bay du Nord Development Project — Participant Funding Available

October 3, 2018 – Ottawa – Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is making funding available through its Participant Funding Program to assist the participation of the public and Indigenous groups in the federal environmental assessment for the proposed Bay du Nord Development Project, located 450 kilometres east of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, in the […]

by pmnationtalk on October 3, 201837 Views

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Government Announces Part II of Path Forward on the Trans Mountain Expansion Project

October 3, 2018       Ottawa, Canada        Natural Resources Canada There is no relationship more important to the Government of Canada than the one with Indigenous peoples. We are committed to meaningful consultations and after carefully reviewing the Federal Court of Appeal’s judgement the Government has decided to move forward by engaging in a specific and focused […]

by pmnationtalk on October 3, 201849 Views

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Aspen oilsands project hearing cancelled after First Nation strikes deal with Imperial – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Oct 2, 2018 15:59 CALGARY _ The Alberta Energy Regulator says it’s no longer considering holding a public hearing for a new oilsands project after an Indigenous community reached a deal with the proponent, Imperial Oil. In a notice on its website, the AER says it doesn’t need to schedule a hearing on the […]

by ahnationtalk on October 2, 201840 Views

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NCC progressively closing Victoria Island for environmental remediation – Ottawa Matters

The island is a place of special significance to the Indigenous peoples in Canada’s capital region. Victoria Island will be gradually closing to the general public, as well as to tenants, and will be completely closed on December 31, 2018. The work to shut down the island for remediation starts Tuesday, October 2. The NCC […]

by ahnationtalk on October 2, 201841 Views

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CRD Developing Park Management Plans for Mount Parke and Saint John Point on Mayne Island

Oct 01, 2018 Victoria, BC– The Capital Regional District (CRD) is preparing management plans for both Mount Parke and Saint John Point regional parks on Mayne Island. These plans will provide strategic guidance for on-going management of both parks for the next 15-20 years. Developing the management plans together will create efficiencies in the consultation […]

by ahnationtalk on October 2, 201828 Views

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Statement: Ministers McKenna and Wilkinson respond to the fall 2018 reports of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development

October 2, 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, and the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Jonathan Wilkinson, issued the following statement in response to the tabling of the fall 2018 reports of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development: “We would like […]

by pmnationtalk on October 2, 201872 Views

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2018 Fall Reports of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development to the Parliament of Canada – The Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development releases Fall Reports

Ottawa, 2 October 2018—In her Fall reports tabled today in Parliament, Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development Julie Gelfand provides the findings of 3 audits, along with her Commissioner’s Perspective and the annual report on environmental petitions. The audits focused on toxic substances, protecting marine mammals, and departmental progress in implementing sustainable development strategies. The audit […]

by pmnationtalk on October 2, 201879 Views

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Hands off: Canada to sign international moratorium on High Arctic fishing – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Oct 2, 2018  Canada is expected to join more than a dozen countries Wednesday in signing a deal that would block commercial fishing in the High Arctic for 16 years. The deal commits the countries to a major program of scientific research to unlock the mysteries of the top of the world before […]

by ahnationtalk on October 2, 201828 Views

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Commissioner hopes Ottawa’s save the whales effort is not ‘too little too late’ – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Oct 2, 2018  OTTAWA _ Canada’s environmental watchdog says the federal government waited to take specific action to protect some of its most at-risk whales until the mythical creatures were already on the verge of going extinct. Environment Commissioner Julie Gelfand says Canada had the tools to safeguard North Atlantic right whales, Southern […]

by ahnationtalk on October 2, 201830 Views

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Indigenous forest grows at KPU Langley

October 01, 2018 Langley, B.C. – A new cohort of students has taken up the challenge of indigenizing and revitalizing the Logan Creek Floodplain around KPU’s Langley campus. The vision for an urban forest at Kwantlen Polytechnic University is coming to fruition thanks to a $25,000 grant from Tree Canada and the Canadian National Railway Company. The […]

by pmnationtalk on October 2, 201836 Views

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Énergie Saguenay Project – Participant Funding Available

October 2, 2018 — Ottawa — Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) is making funding available through its Participant Funding Program to assist the participation of the public and Indigenous Peoples in the federal environmental assessment for the proposed Énergie Saguenay Project. The project is located in the District of La Baie, Saguenay […]

by pmnationtalk on October 2, 201828 Views

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Crews work to improve access, restore power to slide affected B.C. community – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Oct 2, 2018 FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. _ Residents of a northeastern British Columbia community cut off by a slow-moving landslide could have power restored by the end of the day, if BC Hydro crews can make progress. The Peace River Regional District says crews will be at work this morning and hope […]

by ahnationtalk on October 2, 201827 Views

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New trade deal doesn’t address climate change: environmentalists – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Oct 1, 2018  By Bob Weber THE CANADIAN PRESS Environmental groups say a new trade deal between the United States, Canada and Mexico continues to coddle a fossil fuel economy that needs to shift in the face of climate change. “(Prime Minister Justin) Trudeau went into (these talks) saying we’re going to have […]

by ahnationtalk on October 2, 201837 Views

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Hardrock Gold Mine Project – Public Comments Invited

October 1, 2018 — Ottawa — Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) is conducting a federal environmental assessment of the proposed Hardrock Gold Mine Project, located five kilometres south of Geraldton, in northwestern Ontario. The Agency invites the public and Indigenous groups to comment on the draft Environmental Assessment Report, which includes the Agency’s conclusions […]

by pmnationtalk on October 1, 201835 Views

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Protect Trent lands: Sacred Water Circle gathers on campus – The Peterborough Examiner

Members of the Sacred Water Circle gathered along Trent University’s Faryon Bridge Saturday morning to voice their concerns about the future of the natural areas around the Trent campus. The group’s members are voicing concerns that the Trent Wildlife Sanctuary and wetland complex will be significantly impacted by the new twin pad arena and aquatic […]

by ahnationtalk on October 1, 201830 Views

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Tŝilhqot’in Nation and Province sign moose co-management agreement

Sept. 28, 2018 WILLIAMS LAKE – The B.C. government and the Tŝilhqot’in Nation will work together to ensure a sustainable moose population and harvest in the Tŝilhqot’in territory (Chilcotin) through an agreement signed Sept. 28, 2018. “This agreement accelerates our commitments under the 2016 Nenqay Deni Accord,” said Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural […]

by pmnationtalk on October 1, 201837 Views

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Ontario Increasing Mercury Disability Benefits

Payments Frozen Since 1985, Will Be Retroactively Indexed to Inflation September 28, 2018 Ministry of Indigenous Affairs Ontario is taking immediate action to ensure people who receive mercury disability payments are properly compensated by retroactively indexing payments to the rate of inflation. More than 200 people in the communities of Grassy Narrows and Wabaseemoong receive […]

by aanationtalk on September 29, 2018109 Views

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Tahltan Chief urges other communities to prepare before disaster hits – CFNR

The chief of a northwestern BC First Nation devastated by wildfires this summer is urging other communities to do as much as they can to prepare themselves before disaster strikes. Rick McLean of the Tahltan Band says fire is becoming the new norm as the climate changes, and it’s important that communities give members firefighting […]

by ahnationtalk on September 28, 201834 Views

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Pipe Dreams: Energy East proved just how difficult Indigenous consultations can be – National Post

Jacques Poitras digs below the surface of some of the Aboriginal opposition to a previously doomed attempt at building a pipeline When a court ruling cancelled approval for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion last month, in part over inadequate First Nations consultations, some called it the end of pipelines in Canada. In his new book […]

by ahnationtalk on September 28, 201855 Views

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Mercury Disability Board payment for Grassy Narrows to be indexed to inflation – CBC

The Minister of Indigenous Affairs made the announcement on Friday Sep 28, 2018 Residents in Asubpeeschoseewagong Anishinabek, commonly known as Grassy Narrows First Nation, will soon receive retroactive compensation through the Mercury Disability Board (MDB) as payments are expected to be indexed to inflation starting next month. Leaders in Grassy Narrows released a written statement […]

by ahnationtalk on September 28, 201827 Views

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Northern Ontario Leaders Urge Province to Immediately Proceed with East-West Tie Transmission Project

First Nations and Municipalities concerned about the negative impacts of project delays for Northern Ontariocommunities. THUNDER BAY, ON, Sept. 27, 2018  – Leaders from Northern Ontario First Nations and Municipalities today called on Ontario to proceed without further delay on the multi-million-dollar East-West Tie transmission project. Together, key stakeholders in the region are calling on the Ford Government to pull […]

by pmnationtalk on September 28, 201868 Views

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Minister O’Regan Announces Opening of Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency Office in St. John’s

September 28, 2018 — St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador The Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Veterans Affairs, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, announced today the official opening of the Newfoundland and Labrador Satellite Office of the Atlantic regional office of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) in St. […]

by pmnationtalk on September 28, 201830 Views

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AMC and Canadian Red Cross to collaborate on emergency response training for First Nations in Manitoba

Treaty One Territory, MB _ The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) and the Canadian Red Cross (CRC) signed a collaboration agreement today in Winnipeg. As part of the agreement, the AMC and the Red Cross will work together to develop a plan to increase multi-level first aid training that supports emergency response in isolated communities along with the exploration of […]

by pmnationtalk on September 28, 201847 Views

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B.C. First Nation won’t be able to return home for months after wildfires – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Sep 27, 2018 By Laura Kane THE CANADIAN PRESS Members of a tiny First Nation in northwest British Columbia remain scattered across the province in hotels and relatives’ homes after fleeing destructive wildfires this summer. It will take months to clean up the damage in Tahltan First Nation territory in Telegraph Creek, which […]

by ahnationtalk on September 28, 201849 Views

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Alberta premier to give duelling speech countering anti pipeline activist – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Sep 27, 2018  By Dean Bennett THE CANADIAN PRESS EDMONTON _ Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she will go up against controversial anti-pipeline activist Tzeporah Berman in duelling speeches next month. “I will be going myself to make the case for Alberta and our industry to counter misinformation and ensure that the whole […]

by ahnationtalk on September 28, 201831 Views

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CNSC renews Bruce Power’s nuclear power reactor operating licence for the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station

From: Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission Following a two-part public hearing held on March 14, 2018 in Ottawa, Ontario and from May 28 to 31, 2018 in Kincardine, Ontario, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) today announced its decision to renew the Nuclear Power Reactor Operating Licence issued to Bruce Power Inc. (Bruce Power) for the […]

by ahnationtalk on September 27, 201847 Views

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Weak Governance and Operational Practices at NPCA: Auditor General

September 27, 2018 (TORONTO) The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) has taken steps to improve its operations and has several initiatives under way. However, it still has significant operational issues to address in order to restore public trust and deliver its programs and services economically, efficiently and effectively, Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk said in a […]

by ahnationtalk on September 27, 201830 Views

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Century Gold Project — Public Comments Invited

September 27, 2018 — Ottawa — Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) has commenced a federal environmental assessment for the proposed Century Gold Project, located in Timmins, Ontario. The Agency invites the public and Indigenous groups to comment on which aspects of the environment may be affected by this project and what should […]

by pmnationtalk on September 27, 201834 Views

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New Mount Polley Report – B.C. Communities and Watersheds Remain at Serious Risk of Tailings Dam Failures

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Sept. 27, 2018 — The B.C. government’s failure to honour its commitment to fully implement the recommendations of the Expert Panel into the Mount Polley tailings dam disaster in 2014 has left communities and watersheds across the province at serious risk of a similar – or worse– catastrophe in the near future, […]

by pmnationtalk on September 27, 201866 Views

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How Indigenous ‘liaisons’ are working to protect their history from developers – TVO

First Nations monitors work alongside archeologists on digs — but some feel that the process is keeping them on the sidelines Sep 26, 2018 When developers in Ontario propose new infrastructure projects, their plans are subject to an environmental assessment, a process that includes an evaluation of the site’s potential archeological significance. Construction firms or […]

by ahnationtalk on September 27, 201827 Views

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Orcas challenging but not preventing pipeline expansion approval, says minister – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Sep 26, 2018  By Mia Rabson THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA _ The federal fisheries minister said Tuesday it will be more difficult for cabinet to give another green light to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion if _ or more likely when _ the National Energy Board’s new environmental review determines the project is […]

by ahnationtalk on September 27, 201833 Views

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NEB announces first steps for Trans Mountain Expansion Project reconsideration hearing

September 26, 2018 – Calgary – National Energy Board The National Energy Board (NEB) today announced that it will hold a public hearing to carry out its reconsideration related to the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. The NEB has assigned a panel, opened up the application-to-participate process, and is seeking comment on the focus and design of […]

by ahnationtalk on September 26, 201840 Views

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CEPA releases 2018 Transmission Pipeline Industry Performance Report

Striving towards a goal of zero incidents Calgary, Alberta – 26 September 2018 The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) today released its 2018 Transmission Pipeline Industry Performance Report, highlighting how CEPA’s members are performing in the areas of safety, the environment and socio-economic priorities. “We are proud of our industry’s performance and how we are […]

by ahnationtalk on September 26, 201867 Views

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Together, We Can Round Up Mercury in Ontario!

TORONTO, Sept. 26, 2018 – Scout Environmental is proud to announce the expansion of Mercury Roundup: a ground-breaking program that educates Ontarians on the dangers of mercury — a toxic heavy metal — and empowers them to bring mercury-containing products to their local household hazardous waste facilities for safe recycling. With generous funding from the […]

by ahnationtalk on September 26, 201835 Views

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Keeping our coastal waters safe – CFN

In late May, three kayakers were swept into the still-frigid ocean near Bella Coola. Thanks to a quick response from the Nuxalk Coastal Guardian Watchmen and a local tour operator, their lives were saved. “It all turned out for the best, but it could have been much worse,” says Ernie Tallio, who manages the Nuxalk […]

by ahnationtalk on September 26, 201835 Views

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Province, First Nations extend Broughton government-to-government discussions

Sept. 25, 2018 VICTORIA – The Province of British Columbia and the ‘Namgis, Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis and Mamalilikulla First Nations  are extending their formalized talks regarding salmon aquaculture tenures in the Broughton Area, following significant progress this summer. “We are united in our commitment to ensure the protection of our wild salmon and believe that this […]

by pmnationtalk on September 26, 201836 Views

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Ontario’s environmental watchdog keeps an eye on Sarnia – The Sarnia Journal

September 26, 2018 The Aamjiwnaang First Nation is home to the only kindergarten in Canada with a display flag that notifies students and families when the air is safe to breathe, says Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner. “This is one example of a historical, shameful problem and it’s high time for us to fix it,” Dianne Saxe […]

by ahnationtalk on September 26, 201843 Views

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Orcas challenging but not preventing pipeline expansion approval, says minister – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Sep 25, 2018 By Mia Rabson THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA _ The federal fisheries minister said Tuesday it will be more difficult for cabinet to give another green light to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion if _ or more likely when _ the National Energy Board’s new environmental review determines the project is […]

by ahnationtalk on September 26, 201835 Views

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Fisheries and Oceans Canada launches assessment to examine the risk of Piscine Reovirus transfer from farmed Atlantic salmon aquaculture

Ottawa, Ontario — The Government of Canada is committed to using sound, scientific advice to protect our aquatic ecosystems and to support sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister for Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced today that Fisheries and Oceans Canada has launched a science review to assess risks associated with […]

by pmnationtalk on September 26, 201842 Views

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Government of the Northwest Territories Participation in Operation NANOOK-TATIGIIT 2018

YELLOWKNIFE (September 24, 2018) – The Northwest Territories Emergency Management Organization (NWT EMO) is coordinating Government of the Northwest Territories’ (GNWT) participation in OPERATION NANOOK-TATIGIIT 2018 (Op Nanook), an annual Canadian Forces live exercise. This year, the exercises are scheduled to take place September 24 – 28, 2018 in the North Slave Region. The GNWT is […]

by pmnationtalk on September 25, 201834 Views

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Consultation on Final Recommended Plan for the Peel Watershed begins

Sep. 24, 2018 Joint news release with Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation, the Gwich’in Tribal Council and First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun The parties responsible for completing the Regional Land Use Plan for the Peel Watershed have launched the final consultation with affected communities and stakeholders on the Final Recommended Plan. The Government of Yukon, […]

by pmnationtalk on September 25, 201826 Views

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Teck Resources takes $20.6B Frontier oilsands mine project to joint hearing – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Sep 25, 2018  By Dan Healing THE CANADIAN PRESS FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. _ In a sign that the oilsands mining industry can’t be counted out just yet, public hearings into the proposed $20.6-billion Frontier Oil Sands Mine project begin in Fort McMurray, Alta., today. International oil companies are cutting their oilsands mine investments […]

by ahnationtalk on September 25, 201844 Views

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Muskrat Falls symposium to be held this weekend at Memorial University

Sept. 24 The public is welcome to attend a discussion of the problems associated with the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric dam, which are changing the social, cultural and environmental life in the province. At this symposium questions that you won’t hear at the public inquiry will be addressed such as: How can a $13 billion investment in energy security […]

by ahnationtalk on September 24, 201865 Views

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