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Climate Change: Chasm Widens Between Science and Policy

Analysis by Stephen Leahy

QUEBEC CITY, Canada, Dec 15 – The roof of our house is on fire while the leaders of our family sit comfortably in the living room below preoccupied with “political realities” — that was essentially the message from 1,000 scientists from around the world along with northern indigenous leaders gathered in Quebec City for the International Arctic Change conference that concluded last weekend.

by NationTalk on December 16, 2008861 Views

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“Things Happen Much Faster in the Arctic”

QUEBEC CITY, Canada, Dec 13 (IPS) – In just a few summers from now, the Arctic Ocean will lose its protective cover of ice for the first time in a million years, according to some experts attending the International Arctic Change conference here.

A summer ice-free Arctic wasn’t due for another 50 to 70 years under the worst-case climate change scenarios examined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

by NationTalk on December 15, 2008769 Views

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4 Billion Litres a Year: Tar Sands’ Toxic Leakage

Groundwater pollution could grow five-fold within decade

Toronto – A new report released today uses industry data to arrive at a conservative estimate of tar sands tailings ponds leakage into the environment. The report, 11 Million Litres a Day: The Tar Sands’ Leaking Legacy finds that over four billion litres of contaminated tailings water already enters the groundwater each year, and new projects could expand this number to over 25 billion litres within a decade.

by NationTalk on December 15, 2008879 Views

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The Nunavik Financial Services Cooperative presents an Ecobag

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Kuujjuaq, Puvirnituq, December 12th, 2008 – As a cooperative, Nunavik Financial Services Cooperative is committed to protect its members, and therefore the environment. NFSC is proud to be the first cooperative in Nunavik to provide free reusable bags to decrease the use of plastic bags.

Supported by FCNQ and its 14 member cooperatives in Nunavik, as well as Desjardins, the ecobag will, if used on a regular basis, substantially help decrease the number of 2.5 billion plastic bags used each year in Québec.

by NationTalk on December 14, 2008922 Views

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Wildlands Applauds Climate Change Report For Including Terrestrial Carbon

December 10, 2008 – TORONTO – CPAWS Wildlands League congratulates Minister Gerretsen and the McGuinty government on their climate change report “Grow Green”, the first climate report to include protection of terrestrial carbon as a metric for success.

by NationTalk on December 12, 2008737 Views

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Racing to the Bottom: Canada Places Second Last in International Climate Comparison

Poznan, Poland – A new international assessment of countries’ performance in fighting climate change has placed Canada second last (56th of 57) among the world’s biggest emitters of greenhouse gases. In the 2007 edition, Canada placed 53rd of the 56 countries assessed.

by NationTalk on December 12, 2008987 Views

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Canada’s Environment Minister Delivers National Statement at United Nations Climate Change Conference

Poznan, Poland –(Dec. 11, 2008) – The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment, today delivered Canada’s national statement to delegates at the United Nations Climate Change Conference. The 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP14) marks the one-year countdown to an agreed deadline for international consensus on a new global climate change agreement.

by NationTalk on December 11, 2008915 Views

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Conservation Group Applauds Climate Change Report For Including Terrestrial Carbon

TORONTO, Dec. 10 – CPAWS Wildlands League congratulates Minister Gerretsen and the McGuinty government on their climate change report “Grow Green,” the first climate report to include protection of terrestrial carbon as a metric for success.

In July 2008, the government announced that Ontario will protect at least 225,000 square kilometres of the Far North Boreal region – an area one-and-a-half times the size of the Maritimes. This region is one of the last truly wild spaces on the planet and, by absorbing carbon, a globally significant carbon sink.

by NationTalk on December 11, 2008724 Views

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Reporting On Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan: McGuinty Government Tables First Annual Report; Shows Province On Track To Meet Targets

News Release
For immediate release
December 10, 2008

NEWS

Ontario is on track to meet its aggressive greenhouse gas reduction targets and adapt to climate change impacts.

The province’s first-ever report on its climate change action plan focuses on the starting points of the plan and documents the government’s actions over the past year.

by NationTalk on December 10, 2008841 Views

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Canada’s Minister of the Environment Jim Prentice responds to European Union Scientific Review Group Decision on Polar Bear Imports

OTTAWA (Ontario) — December 10, 2008 — Canada’s Environment Minister, Jim Prentice today issued the following statement upon the release of the European Union Scientific Review Group’s decision on Polar Bear imports.

“I was pleased to learn that the European Union’s Scientific Review Group has indicated that it is satisfied with Canada’s management of its polar bear population. I am encouraged that the EU interim ruling released today allows for the continued import into the European Union of polar bear hides and trophies from Canada, with the exception of those from declining bear populations in Kane Basin and Baffin Bay in northeastern Nunavut.

by NationTalk on December 10, 2008837 Views

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Wetlands and Water Quality to Benefit from Incentive Program Which Will Also Help Reduce Greenhouse Gases: Melnick

December 9, 2008

New financial incentives under the province’s Wetland Restoration Incentive Program will help restore the condition of wetlands, improve water quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Water Stewardship Minister Christine Melnick announced today.

by NationTalk on December 10, 2008740 Views

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Canada’s Progress at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change

POZNAN — DECEMBER 8, 2008 — The Government of Canada is providing technical briefings to media on Canada’s progress in negotiations at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Poznan, Poland. Mr. Michael Martin, Canada’s Ambassador for Climate Change and Chief Negotiator, will provide the briefings and be available to answer questions.

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN TIME: On December 9 the media technical briefing will take place at 19:00 Central European Time/ 1:00 Eastern Standard Time. A separate advisory will be issued confirming timing for each briefing this week.

by NationTalk on December 9, 2008744 Views

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Reminder: Great Rain Forest – Unique Economic Partnership

Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, News Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor

Vancouver, BC, MEDIA ADVISORY –(Dec. 9, 2008) – Coastal First Nations and the King Pacific Lodge have created a unique partnership that has increased economic opportunities and at the same time respects and protects First Nations cultures and territories in the Great Bear Rainforest.

by NationTalk on December 9, 2008797 Views

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Statement by Victoria Tauli-Corpuz at the UNFCCC COP 14 in Poznan, 2 December 2008

STATEMENT OF THE UNITED NATIONS PERMANENT FORUM ON INDIGENOUS ISSUES (UNPFII)

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz
Chairperson, UNPFII

Agenda Item 2: Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD): approaches to stimulate action

Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA)
2nd Meeting, 2 December 2008
Poznan, Poland

Thank you very much Madame Chair for giving me the opportunity to speak under this Agenda Item on REDD.

The 7th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues had for its special theme, Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples, specifically on the impact of climate change mitigation measures on indigenous peoples. One of the issues discussed was REDD, as this is a mitigation measure being proposed to be included in the 2010 Copenhagen Conference of Parties.

by NationTalk on December 8, 2008838 Views

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National Inuit Leader Mary Simon Calls for Paul Watson’s Removal as Head of Sea Shepherd Society for Promoting Hatred Towards Inuit

President’s Statement

“I am shocked and appalled at the comments by Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Sociey published in newspapers across Canada regarding the hunt of narwhals in Nunavut this week. His comments were vicious towards Inuit. They demonstrate a complete and utter ignorance of our Inuit society, history and traditions. He, like all individuals in trust positions are accountable for their words and actions. There should be no place in our societies for commentary such as his. His words are not conservationist in nature – they are extremist. He should be removed from his position for spreading hatred towards Inuit. I am asking for an apology from Mr. Watson to Inuit and a full retraction of his comments. Futher I intend to seek advice on the options that Inuit may want to pursue.”

by NationTalk on December 8, 2008923 Views

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Canadian Arctic Indigenous Peoples and Environmental Groups Launch United Call for Action on Climate Change at United Nations Negotiations

Poznan, Poland ― A unique coalition of northern Canadian Indigenous organizations and environmental groups today released the “Inuvik Declaration on Arctic Climate Change and Global Action” at the United Nations climate change negotiations in Poland. The Declaration calls on the Government of Canada to show leadership in fighting global warming at home and abroad, and to provide a massive increase in financing to help Northern Canada reduce emissions and adapt to the impact of climate change.

by NationTalk on December 7, 2008902 Views

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Residents, NGOs Applaud Shell Methane Moratorium in Sacred Headwaters

Smithers, British Columbia –(Dec. 5, 2008) – Concerned citizens and NGOs are applauding the announcement today of a two-year moratorium on coalbed methane drilling in northern BC’s Sacred Headwaters.

Shell has been trying since 2004 to develop a controversial coalbed methane gas field in the area, which is the shared birthplace of the Skeena, Nass and Stikine Rivers.

by NationTalk on December 7, 2008988 Views

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Green Energy, Green Jobs – Ontario’s Energy Future

TORONTO, Dec. 4, 2008

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by NationTalk on December 5, 2008915 Views

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Yukon to Participate in International Climate Leaders Summit

FOR RELEASE #08-307
December 4, 2008

WHITEHORSE – As a signatory to the 2005 Declaration of Federated States on Climate Change, the Yukon government will be participating in the Climate Leaders Summit on December 8 in conjunction with the 14th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 14) in Poznan, Poland, Environment Minister Elaine Taylor announced today.

by NationTalk on December 5, 2008890 Views

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Canada Moves to further Protect its Sovereignty and Safeguard Arctic Waters from Pollution

No. H 233/08
For release – December 3, 2008

OTTAWA – Canada’s Transport Minister, John Baird, today introduced legislation in the House of Commons to enhance Canada’s sovereignty over Arctic waters and protect them from pollution. This coverage will give Canada greater and more effective control over marine activity in the Canadian Arctic while enhancing environmental protection in Canada’s North. This marks an important step forward in the federal government’s integrated Northern Strategy.

by NationTalk on December 4, 2008853 Views

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Canada’s Uranium Bonanza Trampling First Nations

Uranium exploration activities in Algonquin homeland
by Ardoch Algonquin First Nation

Late on November 28th, the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation was advised that Ontario, Frontenac Ventures Corporation, the Algonquins of Ontario and Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nation had signed a memorandum of accommodation in regard uranium exploration in the Algonquin homeland near Ardoch, Ontario. This memorandum of accommodation was signed while a consultation between Ontario and the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation was still being developed to insure a comprehensive and fair process. The present agreement represents the colonial relationship that the Crown has had with Aboriginal people for the last century and a half in which treaties and land sales follow an extended period of intimidation, denial of responsibility, divide and conquer, and outright illegal actions. The history of this situation speaks for itself.

by NationTalk on December 4, 2008912 Views

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Native Peoples Out in Cold at Warming Meet

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 3 (IPS) – Global efforts to combat climate change will lead nowhere as long as the indigenous peoples’ representatives have no say in discussions to lay out future plans, say activists who are attending the international conference on climate change being held in the Polish city of Poznan this week.

“Indigenous peoples have for centuries adapted to changing environments and would be able to contribute substantially to adaptation strategies the U.N. is trying to include in a new climate change treaty,” said Mark Lattimer of the London-based Minority Rights Group International (MRG).

by NationTalk on December 4, 2008797 Views

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Province Further Supports Protection, Management Of Watersheds: Melnick

December 3, 2008
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Four Conservation Districts Funded For Development of Watershed Management Plans

The work by local water conservation groups to better protect water resources in Manitoba is being boosted with more than $134,000 in additional provincial funding, Water Stewardship Minister Christine Melnick announced today.

by NationTalk on December 3, 2008712 Views

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New Law To Protect Lake Simcoe: McGuinty Government To Develop Lake Simcoe Protection Plan

For immediate release
December 2, 2008

NEW LAW TO PROTECT LAKE SIMCOE

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Protection for Lake Simcoe took a major step forward with the passage of the Lake Simcoe Protection Act by the Ontario Legislature.

by NationTalk on December 3, 2008762 Views

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Western Shoshone Grandmothers’ Day of Resistance – Devastation and Destruction Witnessed

November 27, 2008, Crescent Valley, Newe Sogobia (Nevada). Western Shoshone grandmothers and other Western Shoshone supporters gathered in solidarity yesterday to oppose the clear cutting of pinion trees at the spiritual Mount Tenabo where Barrick Gold Company is planning one of the country’s largest open pit gold mines known as the Cortez Hills Expansion Project on the flank of the Mountain. Earlier this week, several Western Shoshone tribes and non-profit indigenous and environmental organizations have filed a restraining order in the federal District Court in Reno, NV, against the construction of the
proposed mine site.

by NationTalk on December 2, 2008764 Views

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Killer Whale Faces Uncertain Future

A west coast icon is still at risk according to an independent science body. The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) met in Ottawa, Ontario from November 25 to 28, 2008 to assess the status of 21 wildlife species.

by NationTalk on December 2, 2008858 Views

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Start of the Panel Hearing’s Second Part -Québec’s Romaine Hydroelectric Complex Project

Ottawa, December 1, 2008 – The second part of the public hearing to review Hydro-Québec’s Romaine Hydroelectric Complex Project initially planned to start December 1, 2008, will be postponed until tomorrow December 2, 2008.

The sessions will be held according to the following schedule:

Date / Time / Location

Tuesday, December 2, 2008
1:30 p.m. Ekuanitshit community hall
34 Manitou Street, Mingan

by NationTalk on December 1, 2008681 Views

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Province Introduces New Legislation That Would Allow For Planning, Protection Of Traditional Lands On East Side Of Lake Winnipeg

December 1, 2008
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Legislation Would Support Progress Toward UNESCO Designation, Provide Better Protection and Management for Unique East Side Boreal Forest: Struthers

First Nations on the east side of Lake Winnipeg would play a major role to ensure better protection, management and development of traditional lands under the East Side Traditional Lands Planning and Special Protected Areas Act introduced today, Conservation Minister Stan Struthers has announced.

by NationTalk on December 1, 2008765 Views

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Office of the Wet’suwet’en; Approval Process for Enbridge Gateway Flawed: BC First Nations

Moricetown, British Columbia –(Nov. 28, 2008) – A resolution, passed at today’s First Nations Summit meeting in Vancouver, calls on the federal government to establish an independent First Nations Review Process for Enbridge’s Northern Gateway project.

The resolution follows a November 6 gathering where Hereditary Chiefs, Elected Chiefs and representatives from six First Nations shared concerns about the Gateway pipeline and coastal tanker traffic. They agreed that current consultation attempts by the federal government and Enbridge do not meet a standard of genuine engagement with First Nations.

by NationTalk on December 1, 2008826 Views

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Atlin Taku Land Use Planning Workshop

Laureen Whyte, AME BC Vice-President & Sustainability, participated in Atlin Taku Land Use Planning Workshop on November 22. (Mineral Exploration and Mining Interests in the Atlin Taku Region Presentation)

Key requirements from the mineral exploration sector were made as follows:

– Sufficient access to land base to explore for minerals; and access corridors for moving people and equipment
– Security of tenure and clear permit conditions
– Community support for responsible development based on clear principles/performance expectations
– Human resources at all stages of exploration and mining

by NationTalk on December 1, 2008985 Views

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With Few Caribou Seen on Beverly Calving Ground recently, BQCMB Calls for Action to Protect the Herd

The Beverly and Qamanirjuaq Caribou Management Board

PRESS RELEASE

STONEWALL, Manitoba (November 27, 2008) —The Beverly and Qamanirjuaq Caribou Management Board (BQCMB) is calling for increased protection of the Beverly barren-ground caribou herd after members learned from the Government of the Northwest Territories last week that the herd appears to have decreased significantly in size.

by NationTalk on November 29, 20083820 Views

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New Genomic Tools will Help Sustain Pacific Coastal Ecosystems

NANAIMO, BC, Nov. 28 – A trio of new Genome BC research projects is taking a genomics-based approach to tackle specific challenges within the Province’s fisheries and aquaculture industry – and could mean significant environmental and economic benefits for fisheries management and the health of our oceans.

by NationTalk on November 28, 2008973 Views

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Environment Minister Convenes Promised Polar Bear Roundtable

News Release

OTTAWA, Ontario — November 26, 2008 — Canada’s Environment Minister Jim Prentice announced today that a national roundtable on the polar bear will be held on January 16, 2009 in Winnipeg to discuss the path forward in protecting this iconic species. The Minister is inviting territories and provinces, the wildlife management boards, the Inuit, scientists and others who have a management or conservation role to protect Canada’s approximately 15,500 polar bears.

by NationTalk on November 26, 2008712 Views

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Hermann Coal Mine Project Approved

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2008ENV0100-001799
Nov. 24, 2008

Ministry of Environment

VICTORIA – Western Canadian Coal Corp. (the proponent) has received an environmental assessment (EA) certificate for its Hermann Coal Mine Project.

Environment Minister Barry Penner and Energy and Mines and Petroleum Resources Minister Richard Neufeld made the decision to grant the EA certificate after considering the review led by B.C.’s Environmental Assessment Office.

by NationTalk on November 25, 2008892 Views

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Conservation of Half of Northern Québec would make Québec A world Environmental Leader

Larry Innes
Executive Director, Canadian Boreal Initiative

The vision unveiled on November 15 by Premier Jean Charest demonstrates that it is possible to conserve our environmental heritage while pursuing economic development. Indeed, Mr. Charest announced an entirely new vision of northern development by committing to protect half of the territories located above the 49th parallel from development.

by NationTalk on November 24, 2008792 Views

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Report on 2008 Meeting of Canada’s Energy Ministers

Natural Resources Canada
2008/70
September 9, 2008 (posted November 24, 2008)
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SASKATOON – Energy ministers from across Canada met in Saskatoon on September 9, 2008 for the annual Council of Energy Ministers conference, to discuss global energy markets, energy efficiency, energy technology, and adaptation to climate change.

by NationTalk on November 24, 2008794 Views

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$20M Given to Remote Communities for Clean Energy

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2008EMPR0066-001792
Nov. 22, 2008

Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources

VICTORIA – The British Columbia government will provide $20 million to remote communities to encourage and support sustainable remote community clean energy systems, Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Minister Richard Neufeld announced today.

by NationTalk on November 24, 2008776 Views

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New Advisory Panel of Top Canadian and International Scientists Join Pew Environment Group to protect Canada’s Boreal Forest

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2008

International Boreal Conservation Campaign

(Toronto, Canada) – On the heels of disturbing reports regarding global ecosystem and species losses, an interdisciplinary team of top North American scientists today announced the formation of an advisory body. The new 14-member group includes renowned conservation ecologists Stuart Pimm and Peter Raven, International Panel on Climate Change global warming experts Terry Root and Andrew Weaver, Canada’s top aquatic ecologist David Schindler and award-winning ethnobotanist Nancy Turner. Volunteer membership is balanced between Canadian and international experts.

by NationTalk on November 22, 2008846 Views

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Province Provides New Funding For Geological Mapping In Manitoba’s Far North

November 21, 2008

Manitoba’s northernmost region will gain some competitive advantages in the area of mineral exploration as a result of $1.5 million in new funding for provincial geological mapping, Science, Technology, Energy and Mines Minister Jim Rondeau announced today.

by NationTalk on November 22, 2008836 Views

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Media advisory – Arctic climate – The Lowdown on the Meltdown – Tuesday, November 25, 2008 – Drawing Room, Fairmont, Château Laurier, Ottawa

OTTAWA, Nov. 20 – Media representatives are invited to attend all or part of a symposium on Arctic climate, taking place on Tuesday, November 25.

The north is of huge economic and strategic importance-and disproportionately affected by weather and by climate. Since 2000, the Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences (CFCAS) has invested $30 million in Arctic and cold-climate research. The symposium will look at what we have learned, current issues and emerging questions.

by NationTalk on November 20, 2008749 Views

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Anishinabek Launch Mining Act Engagement

TORONTO, Nov. 19 – The First Nations of the Anishinabek Nation have taken the duty to consult into their own hands, pledging to engage their leadership and citizens on the modernization of the Ontario Mining Act.

“We have tremendous concerns over the Crown’s consultation process on this matter,” said Grand Council Chief John Beaucage. “However, this issue of mining and development in our traditional territory is so important to our communities that we will undertake our own engagement process.”

by NationTalk on November 19, 2008792 Views

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WWF-Canada Applauds Minister Prentice for Commitment to Help Prevent Over-Hunting of Polar Bears

Press Release Source: WWF-Canada

Toronto, Ontario — Nov 17, 2008 — WWF-Canada today congratulated Minister Prentice for agreeing to convene in the next 60 days a round-table meeting to address overhunting of polar bears in the Baffin Bay region of the Arctic, straddling Canada and Greenland.

by NationTalk on November 19, 2008678 Views

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National Energy Board approves Westcoast (Spectra Energy) South Peace Pipeline Project

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For release at 2:30 p.m. (MST)
Tuesday 18 November 2008

CALGARY – The National Energy Board (NEB) today approved an application from Westcoast Energy Inc., carrying on business as Spectra Energy Transmission, (Westcoast) to construct the South Peace Pipeline Project.

by NationTalk on November 18, 20083064 Views

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Proposed Wildlife Act Regulation Amendments Out For Public Review

FOR RELEASE #08-287
November 18, 2008

WHITEHORSE – The Yukon Fish and Wildlife Management Board (YFWMB) and Environment Yukon are inviting the public to review and comment on 14 proposed Wildlife Act regulation changes for the coming year, Environment Minister Elaine Taylor announced today.

by NationTalk on November 18, 2008855 Views

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New Ontario Sustainable Energy Association Board Members Represent Diversity of Sustainable Energy Sector

Nov 14th, 2008
Media Release

TORONTO, November 14, 2008 – Newly elected Board members of the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association represent a wide cross-section of people and communities involved in sustainable energy and committed to a Green Energy Act in Ontario.

by NationTalk on November 17, 20081073 Views

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Government Funds Research into Yukon River Watershed

FOR RELEASE #08-284
November 14, 2008

WHITEHORSE – The Government of Yukon’s on-going financial support of an international research project is already yielding scientific and socio-economic benefits, Environment Minister Elaine Taylor announced today.

by NationTalk on November 16, 2008920 Views

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National Gathering of Indigenous Peoples Challenge Harper Government in Winnipeg

DEFENDERS OF THE LAND GATHERING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 13, 2008

Winnipeg—Grassroots activists, elders, and elected leaders from First Nations fighting for self-determination and protection of land and resource rights presented a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the Conservative Party’s national policy conference in Winnipeg today. The Indigenous spokespeople have come to Winnipeg from communities across Canada to form a network dedicated to fighting for recognition of and respect for Indigenous rights, and deliver their message to Prime Minister Harper.

by NationTalk on November 14, 2008933 Views

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Environment Minister Prentice Must Act Now to Prevent Over-hunting of Polar Bears

November 13, 2008

In a letter sent this week, WWF-Canada called on Environment Minister Jim Prentice to quickly take steps to prevent over-hunting of the Baffin Bay polar bear sub-population, which straddles the border between Canada and Greenland. It was recently revealed that both Nunavut and Greenland will continue to allow over-hunting of this shared sub-population despite expert recommendations to significantly reduce the number of bears killed.

by NationTalk on November 14, 2008817 Views

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User-Needs Assessment to Guide Development of GeoPortal for Cree Outfitting and Tourism Association

November 13 2008

GeoConnections is helping to fund a user-needs assessment for the Cree Nation in Quebec. This assessment will be used to direct the next stage of development of the Cree GeoPortal for the Eeyou Istchee Grand Council.

by NationTalk on November 14, 2008815 Views

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Carcross Tagish First Nation to Analyze Requirements for Geospatial Decision-Support System

November 13 2008

GeoConnections is contributing to an initiative that will help Yukon’s Carcross Tagish First Nation (CTFN) to comment on land dispositions and natural resource use and to participate in land-use planning.

by NationTalk on November 14, 2008768 Views

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