Environment Canada

Why Is Environment Canada Shutting Out the Media?

Carol Linnitt | Posted 02.12.2014 | Canada
Carol Linnitt

Throughout 2013, 22 per cent of media requests for interviews with scientists were denied while requests in the past five months have increased by 50 per cent, the letter states. In total Environment Canada received just 316 media requests in 2013, of which 246 (78 per cent) were approved. Climate scientist at the University of Victoria and Green party MLA Andrew Weaver says the fact that Environment Canada is giving such a small amount of interviews is "shameful." What is more troubling, says Weaver, are the kinds of interview requests being denied.

Let's Make Sure 2014 Isn't an "Annus Horribilis"

David Suzuki | Posted 02.10.2014 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

It's been a strange year. From the never-ending carnival of calamity at Toronto City Hall to the scandalous subterfuge on Parliament Hill, from horrific attacks by the Syrian government on its own citizenry to disasters inflicted by extreme weather on the people of the Philippines, 2013 recalls Queen Elizabeth's description of 1992 as an annus horribilis. On top of it all, those of us who have taken on the often thankless task of trying to encourage people to care for the air, water, soil and diversity of plants and animals that keep us alive came under increasingly vituperative attacks from the media and even our own government.

Sustainability Issues And The Social Costs Of The Oilsands

DeSmog Canada | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Alberta
DeSmog Canada

It was less than six months ago that a handful of energy companies resorted to selling off portions of their stake in the oil patch after failing to garner the kind of investor support they needed to fund major projects.

Get Ready!

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 11.14.2013 | Canada British Columbia

The ski slopes may be opening early at Whistler, but you won't have to hit those heights to see snow this weekend. According to Environment Canada,...

What's the Value of Something We Can't Live Without?

David Suzuki | Posted 09.23.2013 | Canada
David Suzuki

More than 13 per cent of Canada's gross domestic product depends on healthy ecosystems, according to Environment Canada. it seems absurd to try to assign worth to something so vital we can't survive without it. Who needs nature? We do. Without nature, we would not be here. How do we put an economic value on that?

A Summer Without The Sizzle?

CBC | Posted 08.02.2013 | Canada

Last year, many Canadians basked in the warmest summer in 65 years, but overall it won't be quite as warm heading into the season this time, according...

Don't Dump Iron -- Dump Rogue Climate Schemes

L. Jim Thomas | Posted 07.24.2013 | Canada
L. Jim Thomas

The press release had a pretty stark headline: "Haida Announce Termination of Russ George." George was the guy who persuaded the small impoverished indigenous community of Old Massett on Haida Gwaii to part with over $2.5-million. He did so under the pretense that dumping iron in the ocean to stimulate a plankton bloom would net lucrative profits in the carbon credit market. Losing the rogue geoengineer may be good for optics, but it is a meaningless step unless the Haida also jettison his junk visions to manipulate the oceans and climate.

Canada Pulls its Goalie on the Environment

Adam Scott | Posted 07.15.2013 | Canada Politics
Adam Scott

Canada's ability to oversee large energy projects is crumbling. No matter which way you look at it, Canada's regulatory system just isn't up to the challenging task of protecting the health, environment and economy of Canadians from risky energy projects.

Every Day Is Earth Day

Diana Herrington | Posted 06.22.2013 | Canada Impact
Diana Herrington

We "get" to live on this planet called Earth which makes every day an Earth day. But all is not well on our Earth as we know. Let us look at what three of my green friends say. As you might notice they all relate to water.

HAIL ON EARTH

CBC | Posted 06.11.2013 | Canada

People living in southern Ontario and parts of Quebec are dealing with a chilly mix of snow, ice pellets and rain as a wintry blast sweeps through the...

Student Questions Harper Government Logic

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.04.2013 | Canada Politics

Research is questioning the logic behind the federal government's move to streamline environmental assessments.After tracking thousands of assessments...

Coast-To-Coast COLD

CBC | Posted 05.20.2013 | Canada

As the saying goes, "the first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another." Canadians from coast to coast have been w...

Harper's Anti-Green Stance Bad For The Economy: Hall Findlay

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 02.28.2013 | Canada Business

The Harper government’s resistance to environmental regulation has given Canada a “black eye” and is hurting the economy and jeopardizing major ...

Ontario Gets Snow Bombed

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.10.2013 | Canada

TORONTO - A giant snowstorm barrelling across southern Ontario left tragedy in its wake on Friday as at least three people died amid treacherous road ...

May Accuses Tories Of Secretive Merger Plans

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.31.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper is dismissing claims by the Green party that the government plans to fold Environment Canada into the Natural R...

Arctic Freeze Blasts Canada

CBC | Posted 03.23.2013 | Canada

Canadians hoping for a break from the frigid temperatures that have descended across much of the country are out of luck. The Arctic air ...

Energy Industry Wanted Environmental Law Changes And Got Them

CBC | Posted 03.11.2013 | Canada Politics

A letter obtained by Greenpeace through access to information laws and passed on to the CBC reveals the oil and gas industry was granted its request t...

May: Tories Sabotage Climate Talks

CBC | Posted 01.29.2013 | Canada Politics

When it comes to progress on climate change negotiations, the best thing for Canada to do is to stay home and stop sabotaging the process, says the le...

Relief Is In Sight

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.11.2012 | Canada Politics

LAKE LOUISE, Alta. - Canada's environment ministers have announced an agreement they say will reduce smog and improve air quality across the country.T...

Upper Crust Vancouver Neighbourhood Kills Over 1,000 Fish

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.05.2012 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A fish kill in Vancouver's last wild salmon-bearing stream is being blamed on ignorance.Staff with the Musqueam First Nation say the incid...

Where Does All That Toxic BPA Go?

CP | Dean Beeby, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.26.2012 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Most of the toxic Bisphenol A contained in products Canadians use every day is either destroyed or winds up in landfills, says a new study fo...

Is Your Anti-Bacterial Handwash Harming You?

Jason Tetro | Posted 10.20.2012 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgThe term "antibacterial" has been used since the 1940s but only gained a hold of the market in the mid-1990s thanks to the widespread use of the antibacterial agent triclosan. But triclosan has a dark side that has only come to light in the last decade. The scientific literature has been peppered with articles showing the potential side effects to triclosan use.

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Pedal To The Medal

HuffingtonPost.com | Seema Dhawan | Posted 08.16.2012 | Canada Alberta

As the appetite for cleaner energy continues to grow on the part of oilsands crude consumers, Alberta’s massive emissions footprint is only getting ...

We're Halfway There

CP | Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.08.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Confronted by a looming 2020 deadline for curbing greenhouse gas emissions, the Harper government will ramp up its efforts to reduce climate ...

B.C.'s Long Hot Weekend

CBC | Posted 10.03.2012 | Canada

Health officers in B.C.'s Lower Mainland are warning people to be careful during a heat wave that has been forecast for the B.C. Day long weekend. ...