National Newswatch

Landfills and climate change increasing polar bear-human conflicts in Arctic: report

Jul 24 2022 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — Climate change and human impacts on the land are behind a growing number of encounters between people and polar bears around the Arctic, new research concludes.  "What we have seen is an increase in intensity (of encounters) and increased occurrences in places where polar bears don't normally occur," said Geoff York, a researcher with Polar […]

Landfills and climate change increasing polar bear-human conflicts in Arctic: report

Jul 24 2022 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — Climate change and human impacts on the land are behind a growing number of encounters between people and polar bears around the Arctic, new research concludes.  "What we have seen is an increase in intensity (of encounters) and increased occurrences in places where polar bears don't normally occur," said Geoff York, a researcher with Polar […]

U.S. wants Canada to join probe of cross-border pollution from B.C. coal mines

Jun 15 2022 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — The United States government, including President Joe Biden's White House, has joined calls for Canada to participate in a probe of cross-border pollution coming from coal mines in southern British Columbia. In a statement released last week, the U.S. State Department said Biden supports a joint investigation of selenium coming from Teck Resource's Elk Valley […]

Study casts doubt on corporate contributions to fight against climate change

Jun 9 2022 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — Companies touting their use of renewable energy may be overstating their contributions to the fight against climate change, new research suggests. "There's a big role for scrutiny of companies' claims about use of renewables," said Anders Bjorn, a researcher at Montreal's Concordia University School of Management who just published a study in the journal Nature […]

Alberta First Nations want consultation, benefits from oilsands carbon storage plans

Jun 8 2022 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — EDMONTON — Several Alberta First Nations have told the province's government and energy industry that they must be consulted and share in the benefits of carbon capture projects near their lands that are crucial to making the oilsands more climate friendly.  "(The companies) want to work together to reduce climate effects," said Cameron Alexis, head […]

Defrocked priest who abused dozens of Inuit children out of prison

Jun 7 2022 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — A defrocked Oblate priest who was convicted of dozens of horrendous sexual crimes against Inuit children has been granted parole. Eric Dejaeger, 75, was sentenced to 19 years for crimes committed between 1978 and 1982 in the Nunavut community of Igloolik, where he was a missionary. The offences included indecent assault, unlawful confinement, buggery, unlawful […]

International commission asks Canada to join probe of selenium flowing from B.C.

Jun 1 2022 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — The agency that mediates disputes between Canada and the United States over shared waters is pleading with the federal Liberals to join an investigation into contamination from British Columbia coal mines before the Americans move on their own.  In a May 13 letter, the International Joint Commission asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to commit Canada […]

Ottawa, N.W.T. in talks with U.S. charity about funding for Indigenous park guardians

Jun 1 2022 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — Ottawa, the Northwest Territories and Indigenous governments are in discussions with a group of large American charities about permanent funding for a program that puts First Nations people in charge of looking after parks and other conservation areas on their traditional lands. Representatives from all the groups have agreed to try to work out a […]

Critics fear environmental impact of new Alberta anti-red-tape legislation

May 31 2022 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — EDMONTON — New Alberta legislation aimed at reducing red tape could do just the opposite while threatening parks and protected areas, say legal and environmental critics. "It further centralizes authority with the minister and the higher echelons of the bureaucracy," said Nigel Bankes, professor emeritus of resource law at the University of Calgary. "It actually […]

B.C. mine environment safeguards whittled down by amendments, university study says

May 12 2022 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — Some environmental safeguards built into British Columbia mine approvals are being gradually whittled away without enough public or scientific oversight, says new university research. A recently published paper from researchers at Dalhousie University's School for Resource and Environmental Studies concludes that mining companies have been able to amend their original operating conditions in ways that […]