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North America’s Largest Coal-fired Power Plant Will Soon be a Solar Farm

Nanticoke Solar is a joint venture by First Nations business leaders and renewable energy companies

One would be hard-pressed to find a more symbolic victory for clean energy than a solar farm taking up residence inside the former home of one of the largest coal-fired power plants in North America. That’s what is happening, on the shores…
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by: Ron Johnson – March 30, 2016

Trans Mountain and Energy East Pipelines Delayed in Face of Mounting Protests

Trudeau government announces new climate test and consultation with Indigenous Peoples on all major resource projects

In an effort to build public trust, the Canadian government announced last week that is going to change the way it reviews natural resource projects, thus delaying final decisions on two major oil pipeline projects. Photo by Mark KlotzA November 2014 file…
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by: Ron Johnson – February 1, 2016

Will Canada’s New Prime Minister Walk the Green Walk?

Justin Trudeau talks like a climate crusader, but can he deliver on his promises and still get tar sands pipelines built?

Kai Nagata is walking home from a day in the office of the Dogwood Initiative, a British Columbia-based environmental organization. His path overlooks the body of water that could see increased tanker traffic carrying diluted bitumen from the Alberta tar sands to…
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by: Ron Johnson – December 22, 2015

Yet Another Tar Sands Pipeline Project Faces Public Resistance in Canada

Citizen action against the Trans Mountain project underscores growing public mistrust of the federal government

Canadian environmentalists’ and activists’ attention over the past two weeks has been directed at the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project after more than 100 people were arrested at a protest that flared up in the Vancouver suburb of Burnaby as Kinder Morgan…
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by: Ron Johnson – December 2, 2014

TransCanada’s Energy East Pipeline Faces Stiff Opposition at Home

With public protests on the rise, Ontario and Quebec to work together to ensure climate change is addressed before project is approved

Although most of the news involving oil pipelines in Canada is focused on the recent protests and arrests in British Columbia, and the ongoing battle over the Keystone XL pipeline, there is a growing movement in Eastern Canada centered on the province…
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by: Ron Johnson – November 25, 2014

Yukon Government Opens Vast Peel River Watershed to Mining

First Nations and conservation groups sue administration claiming violation of land treaty

The Peel River Watershed is a vast and undisturbed wilderness area in the northern Yukon Territory of Canada spread over a whopping 26,000 square miles — larger than the state of West Virginia. It is the northern tip of a major wildlife…
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by: Ron Johnson – February 5, 2014

Impact of Last Year’s Rouge Ocean Fertilization Experiment Still Unclear

Abundant fall salmon runs in the Pacific Northwest is helping research group’s uphill battle to regain legitimacy

Last year, the Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation (HSRC), a Canadian scientific research group, dumped 100 tons of iron sulfate into the Pacific Ocean in a known salmon migration route in order to spawn a plankton bloom that would absorb carbon dioxide from…
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by: Ron Johnson – December 31, 2013

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