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.”
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.
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.
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.
EarthCARE Expo 2008
Thursday, May 8
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Confederation Education Centre
Woodroffe Avenue at Hunt Club
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Kashechewan And Fort Albany Residents Being Airlifted To Safety
TORONTO, April 26 –
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.
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:
Office of the Minister of the Environment
(819) 934-8008 or
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.
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.
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.
Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.