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NWT Premier Roland Responds to JRP

YELLOWKNIFE (8 May, 2008) – Northwest Territories Premier Floyd K. Roland has expressed disappointment at the further delay of the final report of the Joint Review Panel.

Premier Roland said, “While I appreciate this review is a large under-taking, constant delays have a negative impact on the project, and on the entire investment climate in the Northwest Territories (NWT). There is no signal to indicate when in 2009 the report will be prepared. As a government we want to invest in and diversify our economy and prepare for the pipeline. The time is right for this project to move ahead, continued delays in the process are not helpful.”

by NationTalk on May 10, 2008666 Views

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CPAWS presents 2008 Harkin award to Bob Peart

Posted on May 9, 2008

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society is pleased to confer the J. B Harkin Medal for Conservation on Bob Peart for his lifetime of extraordinary commitment to parks, nature conservation and environmental education in Canada.

by NationTalk on May 9, 2008902 Views

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CIER Revised Spring Workshop Schedule

(Building Sustainable Communities, Protecting Lands and Waters, Taking Action on Climate Change) Permanent link

Dates have changed for two spring workshops offered by CIER. The new dates are:

Climate Change workshop: June 11 – 12, 2008
Comprehensive Community Planning: June 17 – 18, 2008

by NationTalk on May 9, 2008666 Views

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Minister Baird and Secretary Kempthorne Hold Bilateral Meeting

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OTTAWA- May 8, 2008 – Canada’s Minister of the Environment, John Baird, held a bilateral meeting earlier today with U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Dirk Kempthorne. The Minister and Secretary were also joined by the President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, Mary Simon, as well as a number of officials from both countries.

by NationTalk on May 9, 2008738 Views

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Supremex Enhances Environmental Program

– Expands FSC product line

– Launches “Please Recycle” campaign

MONTREAL, QUEBEC and TORONTO, ONTARIO–(May 7, 2008) – Supremex, Canada’s leading provider of stock and custom envelopes announced today the expansion of its environmental program aimed at enabling customers to bring their procurement policies in line with their corporate social responsibility mandates. The company has significantly expanded its FSC certified stock envelope product line and launched a “Please Recycle” initiative intended to increase consumer awareness and paper recovery rates.

by NationTalk on May 8, 2008874 Views

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EarthCARE Expo 2008

EarthCARE Expo 2008
Thursday, May 8
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Confederation Education Centre
Woodroffe Avenue at Hunt Club
Everyone Welcome!

Simon Jackson, founder and chairman of Spirit Bear Youth Coalition (SBYC) – one of the world’s largest youth-run environmental organizations will be this year’s guest speaker at EarthCARE Expo 2008. He begins his speech at approximately 11:30 a.m.

by NationTalk on May 8, 2008833 Views

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Lake Winnipeg South Basin Leaders Join Province In New Campaign To Boost Health Of World’s 10th Largest Lake

May 7, 2008

A new initiative to promote the use of environmentally friendly products called the Lake Friendly Label Campaign is being launched with $25,000 in provincial support, Water Stewardship Minister Christine Melnick announced today.

by NationTalk on May 7, 2008841 Views

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Climate Change: Indians Speak Out Against Carbon Markets

By Haider Rizvi*

UNITED NATIONS, May 6 (Tierramérica) – International policymakers are facing fierce criticism from leaders of the world’s 370 million indigenous peoples over plans to use carbon markets as one of the tools to mitigate climate change.

by NationTalk on May 7, 2008918 Views

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Moose Deer Point welcomes Provincial Minister Leona Dombrowsky

May 6th, 2008

First Nations injection molding business on track for more expansion and upgrades after receiving provincial support to upgrade reliability of electricity supply

(Moose Deer Point, ON, May 6, 2008) Community leaders and residents of Moose Deer Point First Nation (located south of Parry Sound) welcomed the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMFARA), the Honourable Leona Dombrowsky to their community today. The focus of the Minister’s visit was tied to her responsibilities for Rural Economic Development and her government’s interest in ensuring the continuing evolution of Niigon Technologies.

by NationTalk on May 6, 2008942 Views

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Press Conference on Indigenous Forum

1 May 2008

Indigenous peoples intended to seek more active participation in the work on climate change issues, leading to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen next year and beyond, the Chair of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, told correspondents at a Headquarters press conference today.

by NationTalk on May 2, 2008790 Views

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Phase One of the Caribou Survey of Northern Herds Completed

Environment and Conservation
May 2, 2008

The Honourable Charlene Johnson, Minister of Environment and Conservation, today announced the results of phase one of the census for caribou populations found on the northern portion of the island, including the Gregory Plateau, Gros Morne, Northern Peninsula, St. Anthony, Hodges Hills and Hampton Downs herds. The population estimate is approximately 10,400 caribou in the survey area, which encompasses all areas north of the Trans-Canada Highway from Corner Brook to Halls Bay and a portion of the area north of Grand Falls-Windsor east to the Bay of Exploits.

by NationTalk on May 2, 2008752 Views

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Manitobans Getting Involved, Going Green With 2008 Environmental Youth Corps Program: Struthers

May 2, 2008

Planting trees and hosting environmental education sessions are among the activities young people in communities across the province are involved with to better understand the environment, Conservation Minister Stan Struthers said today, as he launched the 2008-09 Environmental Youth Corps (EYC) program.

by NationTalk on May 2, 2008843 Views

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Canadian Inuit Question US Environmental Group Pressure on Canada’s Polar Bear Status

Thursday May 1, 2008 – Ottawa, Ontario – Canadian Inuit are reiterating their position on the listing of the Polar Bear in the USA as a threatened species and disagree with recent comments made by a US Environmental Group for Canada to alter its listing of the Polar Bear.

“It is not surprising to us that the US Environmental Groups who have been pushing to uplist the Polar Bear under the Endangered Species Act are now going to target Canada for a similar listing,” stated National Inuit leader Mary Simon. “We knew it was a matter of time for activist in the US to politically spill the issue directly into our jurisdiction given the recent COSEWIC recommendation announced last week to maintain the Polar Bear as Special Concern.”

by NationTalk on May 2, 2008785 Views

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Serpent River First Nation Leaders say “No” to Uranium Exploration

SERPENT RIVER FIRST NATION, ON, April 30 – It has come to the point where Serpent River First Nation leaders insist they want decisive action from the Ontario government on a list of matters pertaining to development in their traditional territory including the exploration of minerals, especially uranium.

by NationTalk on April 30, 20084167 Views

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Province Launches Immediate Investigation after Waterfowl Land on Syncrude Tailings Pond

April 29, 2008

Edmonton… The Alberta government is investigating why deterrents were unable to prevent 500 migratory waterfowl from landing on a tailings pond north of Fort McMurray.

by NationTalk on April 30, 2008767 Views

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Environmental Assessment of Highway 58 Extension-Fox Lake Access Road in Northern Alberta

OTTAWA, April 28, 2008 – Canada’s Environment Minister, John Baird, announced today that the proposed Highway 58 Extension-Fox Lake Access Road project in Northern Alberta is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects with the implementation of the mitigation measures outlined in the comprehensive study report.

by NationTalk on April 28, 2008948 Views

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Canada’s Polar Bear on Thin Ice – Federal Government Must Take Action

April 25, 2008 Canada’s independent scientific body, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC), today confirmed that the polar bear is at risk in Canada. More than half the world’s polar bears call Canada home.

by NationTalk on April 27, 2008765 Views

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Province Coordinating Evacuation of Coastal Communities

Kashechewan And Fort Albany Residents Being Airlifted To Safety

TORONTO, April 26 –

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Emergency Management Ontario (EMO) and Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) are working with First Nations, other provincial ministries and the federal government to coordinate the evacuation of Kashechewan and Fort Albany on the James Bay Coast.

by NationTalk on April 26, 2008886 Views

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Canada’s Environment Minister to Comment on Status Assessment of Polar Bears

OTTAWA , April 25, 2008- Canada’s Environment Minister, John Baird, will hold a media availability regarding the assessment by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) on the Polar Bear.

Date: Friday, April 25, 2008
Time: 16:15 pm [Eastern Time]

Location: Canadian Museum of Nature, Victoria Memorial Museum Building, 240 McLeod Street, Ottawa (Ontario)

For more information, please contact:
Eric Richer
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of the Environment
(819) 997-1441

Environment Canada
Media Relations
(819) 934-8008 or
1-888-908-8008

by NationTalk on April 25, 2008820 Views

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Government of Canada Announces Awarding of Contract for Remediation Work at Johnson Point Site

Yellowknife, NWT (April 25, 2008) – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, and the Honourable Michael M Fortier, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, announced today the awarding of a contract for remediation work at the former Johnson Point staging site.

by NationTalk on April 25, 2008870 Views

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Federal Mountain Pine Beetle Funding for Hemp Pilot Project; Cultural Centre Study

The Government of Canada is investing almost $450,000 for two local projects to help 100 Mile House and 108 Mile Ranch diversify their local economies and help manage the economic impacts of the Mountain Pine Beetle infestation.

by NationTalk on April 25, 2008971 Views

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Climate Change Hitting Arctic Faster, Harder – Polar bears May Be At Even Greater Risk

(Toronto: April 23, 2008)

Climate change is having a greater and faster impact on the Arctic than previously thought, according to a new study by the global conservation organization WWF.

by NationTalk on April 24, 2008944 Views

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Aboriginal Peoples Declare Canada’s UN Statement on Climate Change a Grave Disappointment

For Immediate Release
April 23, 2008

UNITED NATIONS, NY – The statement delivered by the Canadian government yesterday to the United Nations Permanent Forum (UNPFII) on Indigenous Issues was a grave disappointment to the Indigenous representatives attending the UNPFII’s special session on climate change because “it does not address Indigenous Peoples’ rights, needs and priorities in real climate change solutions,” according to Indigenous Environmental Network director Tom Goldtooth.

by NationTalk on April 24, 2008876 Views

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Dumping of Toxic Waste on Indigenous Lands, Damage from Mining, Deforestation among Issues, as Indigenous Forum Discussion Focuses on Pacific Region

Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
Seventh Session
5th Meeting (PM)

Continuing its seventh annual session with a half-day discussion on the Pacific, delegates to the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues called for the Forum to take a more robust role in inducing other parts of the United Nations system to carry out mandates for securing the rights of the indigenous peoples in the region.

by NationTalk on April 24, 20081503 Views

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PDAC e-News and Activities, April 22, 2008 – No. 53

Page Index PDAC seeks to appoint Director, Sustainable Development Memorandum of Understanding – PDAC and Assembly of First Nations Relationship building between First Nations and the mining industry is key Manitoba establishes a Crown-Aboriginal consultation unit Health and safety committee organizes wilderness first aid courses PDAC launches third annual e3 photograph contest Marketing opportunity to […]

by NationTalk on April 23, 20081119 Views

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Brief Summary of the Ontario Power Generation(OPG) Claim

The St. Lawrence River had long been recognized as one of Ontario’s greatest potential sources of hydro-electric power. But it took decades of negotiations between Canada and the United States before the co-operative development of the International Rapids section of the river, between Prescott and Cornwall, became a reality.

by NationTalk on April 23, 20081397 Views

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Government of Canada Takes Action to Clean-Up the Niagara River

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Nicholson, Allison and Dykstra deliver for Niagara Region

FORT ERIE, Ontario, April 23, 2008 – The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., Member of Parliament for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Dean Allison, Member of Parliament for Niagara West-Glanbrook, and Rick Dykstra, Member of Parliament for St. Catharines announced today that the Government of Canada is investing up to $2.9 million to clean up the Niagara River. The announcement is further evidence of the action the Government is taking to clean up the Great Lakes.

by NationTalk on April 23, 2008746 Views

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Anishinabek rally for changes to Ontario Mining Act

TORONTO, April 23 – Anishinabek Nation leaders and citizens are joining a rally of First Nations citizens from across the province at Queen’s Park today to draw attention to the shortcomings of the Ontario Mining Act.

Grand Council Chief John Beaucage said the imprisonment of five council members and one community member from Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation in Treaty 9 territory has increased the urgency of ongoing Anishinabek/Ontario talks about land use and disposition.

by NationTalk on April 23, 2008931 Views

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Indigenous Peoples must be Included in Global Negotiations aimed at Combating Climate Change, say Speakers in Permanent Forum

Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
Seventh Session
3rd & 4th Meetings (AM & PM)

Delegates Stress Indigenous Voices Now Excluded from Process,

Some Proposed Solutions Could Have Disastrous Impact on Their Communities

As the seventh session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues entered its second day, dozens of delegates took the floor to point out that indigenous peoples must have a say in negotiations on how to combat global climate change, because solutions currently being implemented were turning out to be further violations of indigenous rights.

by NationTalk on April 23, 20081064 Views

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Bowie Seamount Designated as Canada’s Seventh Marine Protected Area

April 21, 2008
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Vancouver, B.C. – Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources, on behalf of Fisheries Minister Loyola Hearn, today announced that British Columbia’s Bowie Seamount has been designated as Canada’s newest Marine Protected Area. A formal joint ceremony marking the event took place on Saturday, April 19, 2008 in Skidegate with Parliamentary Secretary Randy Kamp and Guujaaw, President of the Council of Haida Nation.

by NationTalk on April 23, 2008923 Views

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Bowie Seamount Protected on B.C. Coast

Posted on April 21, 2008

CPAWS celebrates announcement of Canada’s 7th marine protected area

Vancouver – CPAWS celebrates the formal safeguarding of Bowie Seamount or Sgaan Kinghlas as Canada’s newest marine protected area. This special underwater mountain, 180 kilometres east of Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) is a marine oasis on Canada’s Pacific coast.

by NationTalk on April 22, 2008989 Views

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RBC announces first Blue Water Project Grant pool of $1.5 million

Grants will support watershed protection and safe drinking water

TORONTO, April 22, 2008 — To celebrate Earth Day, RBC today announced its first Blue Water Project Leadership Grants pool.

by NationTalk on April 22, 20081233 Views

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Statement: Canada’s Environment Minister Celebrates Earth Day

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OTTAWA – April 22, 2008 – Canada’s Environment Minister, John Baird, issued the following statement on the occasion of Earth Day:

“When it comes to our environment, Canadians have much to celebrate and to be proud of. Earth Day provides all of us with an opportunity to learn more about the simple initiatives that we can all incorporate into our daily routines to help keep our environment clean, healthy and safe.”

by NationTalk on April 22, 2008807 Views

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Plutonic Power Submits 914 MW Bute Inlet Hydroelectric Project Into the Environmental Permitting Process

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(April 22, 2008) – Plutonic Power Corporation (TSX:PCC) is pleased to announce that it has submitted its Bute Inlet Hydroelectric Project (“Project”) into the Environmental Assessment Process. The Environmental Assessment Office (“EAO”) has issued a Section 10 order that binds the project to the Environmental Assessment Act.

by NationTalk on April 22, 20081679 Views

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Prime Minister Must Act Swiftly to Avert Polar Bear Crisis: WWF-Canada

(Toronto: April 20, 2008)

WWF-Canada today called on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to quickly bring in measures to prevent polar bears from slipping towards regional extinctions, as the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) begins assessing the crisis affecting Canada’s polar bears. Their recommendations will be released to the Federal Government this Friday, April 25th.

by NationTalk on April 21, 20081004 Views

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Squamish Estuary Wildlife Management Area Dedicated

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2008ENV0043-000570
April 19, 2008

Ministry of Environment

SQUAMISH – Members of the Squamish Nation, local politicians and other guests joined Environment Minister Barry Penner to officially dedicate the Squamish Estuary Wildlife Management Area (WMA) today.

by NationTalk on April 21, 20081026 Views

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Climate Change, Bio-cultural Diversity and Livelihoods of Indigenous Peoples to be Focus of United Nations Forum, 21 April – 2 May

Background Release

More than 2,500 indigenous participants from all regions of the world, including Bolivia’s President Evo Morales Ayma, will converge on the United Nations Headquarters next week to engage with the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, State representatives, senior United Nations officials, civil society and academia to state their views, voice their concerns about the effects of climate change on indigenous peoples and to discuss the role they may play in combating climate change.

by NationTalk on April 19, 2008929 Views

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Climate Change Workshop for First Nations

Many predict that First Nations will be among the first to experience the effects of a changing climate because of their close relationship with the land and water. However, First Nations are often the people who have the least access to information about climate change or what they can do to adapt to climate change impacts.

by NationTalk on April 19, 2008928 Views

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WWF-Canada: Media Advisory-Major Conservation Win for B.C. Coast

Federal Government, Council of the Haida Nation, and WWF-Canada make joint announcement

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(April 18, 2008) –

When: Monday, April 21, 2008, 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

by NationTalk on April 19, 20081115 Views

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Manitoba Hydro Reaches Arrangement To Sell Power To Wisconsin Public Service

April 17, 2008

Manitoba Hydro has signed a ‘term sheet’ with Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) to provide up to 500 megawatts of clean, renewable hydro power over 15 years starting in 2018, Premier Gary Doer announced today.

by NationTalk on April 17, 20081030 Views

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First Nations Call on the B.C. Government to Work With Them to Improve Relations with the Mining Sector

For Immediate Release
April 11, 2008

Coast Salish Traditional Territory/Vancouver, BC — The First Nations Summit calls on the provincial government to support First Nations working to improve their often contentious relationship with the mining sector. This request is consistent with the government’s own recent efforts to fund BC mining industry associations.

by NationTalk on April 15, 2008809 Views

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Province Promotes Uranium Development Within its Jurisdiction

Natural Resources
April 14, 2008

The Provincial Government continues to be committed to the mining industry and to building on the recent string of mining successes in the province. The Honourable Kathy Dunderdale, Minister of Natural Resources, is clarifying the province’s position on mining in the wake the Nunatsiavut Government decision last week to place a three-year moratorium on uranium mining on Labrador Inuit Lands.

by NationTalk on April 14, 2008921 Views

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OMA plans mine reclamation workshop in Kirkland Lake

04.11.2008

The Ontario Mining Association, in partnership with the Canadian Land Reclamation Association and Northgate Minerals, is organizing the first annual Ontario Mine Reclamation Symposium. The event is planned for June 24 and 25, 2008 in Kirkland Lake. It is being held at the new Hockey Heritage North facility.

by NationTalk on April 11, 20081065 Views

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Fisher River Cree Nation Challenge

April 22nd is World Earth Day.

So on this day, Alvin Amos-E.H.W. and the Health Centre, challenge all community entities as well our leaders to get involved, by picking up garbage along the roads to help keep our community clean.

Time 9:00am – 4:00pm

Prizes & Lunch for all Volunteers

by NationTalk on April 11, 2008813 Views

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Province Funds Water-Quality Improvement Projects, Watershed Planning Through Conservation Districts

April 11, 2008

Water-quality improvement projects and the development of locally-driven watershed management plans are being supported with more than $330,000 in provincial funds, Water Stewardship Minister Christine Melnick announced today.

by NationTalk on April 11, 2008884 Views

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Lakes Guillaume, Delisle and Eau-Claire National Park project – Public Hearings on the Creation of a New Park in Nunuavik

QUÉBEC, April 10 – Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks Ms. Line Beauchamp announces that public hearings will be held on June 16-17, 2008 in Umiujaq and on June 18-19 in Kuujjuarapik-Whapmagoostui with respect to the Parc National des Lacs-Guillaume-Delisle-et-à-l’Eau-Claire project in Nunavik.

by NationTalk on April 10, 20081441 Views

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Biomass Projects Meet Requirements for BC Hydro’s BioEnergy Phase One Request for Proposals

/NOT FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES/

VANCOUVER, April 9 – Run of River Power Inc. (TSXV: ROR) (“Run of River” or the “Company”) is pleased to report that its wholly owned biomass development company Western Biomass, has received confirmation that its two biomass projects have met all the requirements necessary to move forward in the first phase of BC Hydro’s two phased 2008 Bio-Energy call. The British Columbia Transmission Corporation indicated that Interconnection Feasibility Studies for the two projects are targeted for completion by mid June 2008. A short list of candidates is expected to be announced by BC Hydro within the next two months leading to negotiation and award of long term power purchase agreements by Q3, 2008.

by NationTalk on April 10, 20082146 Views

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Green Communities National Conference

April 9 – 11, 2008, Winnipeg, MB

Some highlights from the GCC Annual Conference:

Keynote: Ecosystem health – a new health care model for Canada, Dr. John Howard, Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment

Health and the Environment – Children’s Health-Environment Partnership and others

Respecting Mother Earth – Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources

by NationTalk on April 8, 2008982 Views

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Bruce Power New Nuclear Power Plant Project

Comments are invited on Environmental Impact Statement Guidelines and Joint Panel Agreement

OTTAWA, April 4, 2008 – The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (the CNSC) today released for public comment two documents — the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) guidelines and the draft Joint Review Panel (JRP) agreement — related to the proposed Bruce Power New Nuclear Power Plant Project located in the municipality of Kincardine, Ontario.

by NationTalk on April 4, 20081018 Views

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MP Comuzzi Delivers: Government Funds Local Group to Help Clean up Peninsula Harbour

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OTTAWA, Ontario, April 3, 2008 – Joe Comuzzi, Member of Parliament for Thunday Bay-Superior North, on behalf of Canada’s Environment Minister, John Baird, today announced $250,000 for EcoSuperior Environmental Programs to help develop a strategy to cleanup sediment in Peninsula Harbour. Peninsula Harbour, one of the polluted hot spots on the Great Lakes, is located on the northeastern shore of Lake Superior between Sault Ste. Marie and Thunder Bay.

by NationTalk on April 4, 2008848 Views

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