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Alberta suspends environmental reporting requirements over COVID crisis

Apr 3 2020 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — EDMONTON — Alberta has suspended environmental reporting requirements for industry under emergency powers the province has enacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "All requirements to report information pursuant to provisions in approvals or registrations are suspended," reads a ministerial order signed Tuesday by Environment Minister Jason Nixon. Since Alberta's regulatory system depends on self-reporting, the move effectively suspends […]

Environment groups, churches, unions ask oil bailout for families, not companies

Mar 24 2020 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — Some Canadian organizations are asking the federal government to focus any bailout of the oil industry on workers and families, not corporations. The request comes in an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, released Tuesday morning and signed by environmental organizations, faith and labour groups that the signatories say represent about 1.3 million people. "Giving […]

Science summary: A look at novel coronavirus research around the globe

Mar 24 2020 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — Thousands of scientists around the world are working on problems raised by the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is a summary of some recent research from peer-reviewed academic journals and scientific agencies: --- The United-States-based Center for Disease Control has assessed how the coronavirus affects different age groups. Out of 4,226 COVID-19 cases in the U.S., the […]

Science summary: A look at novel coronavirus research around the globe

Mar 24 2020 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — Thousands of scientists around the world are working on problems raised by the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is a summary of some recent research from peer-reviewed academic journals and scientific agencies: --- The United-States-based Center for Disease Control has assessed how the coronavirus affects different age groups. Out of 4,226 COVID-19 cases in the U.S., the […]

Territories prepare for novel coronavirus with limited health facilities

Mar 12 2020 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — Arctic governments are bracing for the potential impact of the novel coronavirus in far-flung, isolated communities with often overcrowded homes. "The (Northwest Territories) recognizes the limited health system capacity in high Arctic and rural communities to respond to a COVID-19 outbreak," said Umesh Sutendra, spokesman for the territory's Health Department. No cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed […]

Groups ask why strychnine banned against gophers but not for killing wolves

Mar 12 2020 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — Environmental groups are wondering why Ottawa wants to ban farmers from killing gophers with strychnine but plans to allow provincial governments to use it against wolves. "All of the concerns are the same and apply to strychnine being used for other purposes," said Sadie Parr of Wolf Awareness. "It's the same risks." Last week, the Pest Management Review Agency ruled that […]

Coal miner Teck baffled by fish collapse downstream of British Columbia mines

Mar 8 2020 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — Teck Resources says it's baffled over the virtual disappearance of a rare fish from a lengthy stretch of a long-contaminated river downstream from the company's coal-mining operations in southeastern British Columbia. A recent survey of cutthroat trout, a species of special concern, in the Fording River immediately downstream from the mines found numbers of the prized […]