La qualité de l’air empire à Montréal (French) Publish Date: 31-DEC-2014 03:01 PM L’air de Montréal n’est peut-être pas aussi souillé que celui de mégapoles comme Le Caire, Mexico ou Pékin, mais la métropole fait piètre figure en matière de qualité de l’air par rapport à d’autres grandes villes du pays.
Le mystère des milliers de poissons morts reste entier (French) Publish Date: 17-NOV-2014 10:14 AM Le mystère reste entier sur le mal qui terrasse depuis un mois des milliers de poissons argentés dans la baie de Rio : les nouveaux tests réalisés par l’Université fédérale de Rio (UFRJ) n’ont détecté aucune algue toxique ou pollution chimique de l’eau.
Un pétrolier non conforme stoppé sur le Saint-Laurent Publish Date: 15-OCT-2014 03:03 PM Le deuxième pétrolier à remonter le Saint-Laurent pour venir charger du pétrole des sables bitumineux à Sorel-Tracy a dû stopper sa route aux Escoumins, après avoir été jugé non conforme à la réglementation canadienne.
Oil and gas emissions can create ‘extreme’ ozone pollution, study finds Publish Date: 01-OCT-2014 11:12 AM Emissions wafting out of oil and gas operations can trigger “extreme” ozone pollution events that rival those seen in congested cities like Los Angeles, according to an international study. Extraordinary levels of ozone, which can exacerbate asthma and other respiratory problems, have been seen in rural areas of Utah and Wyoming where oil extraction and fracking have taken off.
Relations Canada-États-Unis: un poison nommé Keystone (French) Publish Date: 29-SEP-2014 08:40 AM Le président des États-Unis, Barack Obama, n'a pas jugé opportun de téléphoner au premier ministre Stephen Harper plus tôt cette semaine afin de solliciter une contribution militaire plus importante du Canada dans la lutte contre le groupe armé État islamique (EI) en Ira
Projet de port pétrolier à Cacouna: un danger pour les bélugas (French) Publish Date: 28-SEP-2014 09:55 AM Le chercheur Pierre Béland et l'humoriste océanographe Boucar Diouf étaient à Tout le monde en parle le 28 septembre pour discuter des enjeux soulevés par le projet de port pétrolier à Cacouna par TransCanada. Un jugement de la Cour supérieure ordonnait le 23 septembre la suspension des travaux de forage jusqu'au 15 octobre.
Le Canada est déjà un «leader», argue Ottawa (French) Publish Date: 23-SEP-2014 10:14 AM Le premier ministre Stephen Harper a défendu lundi sa décision de ne pas participer au sommet international sur les changements climatiques de New York, et ce, même s’il sera en ville au moment de la rencontre onusienne.
Leona Aglukkaq says Paris 2015 climate deal will take ‘courage’ Publish Date: 23-SEP-2014 09:20 AM Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq says Canada is working toward an agreement that would include commitments by all major emitters ahead of the next climate change conference in Paris in 2015. Canada has yet to bring in regulations for the oil and gas sectors, despite a promise to do so by the end of 2012.
Smog politics : Canada and transborder air pollution Publish Date: 22-SEP-2014 09:11 AM In 1991, Canada and the United States signed the Canada-United States Air Quality Agreement, colloquially known as the Acid Rain Treaty. That agreement, negotiated by Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and President George H. W. Bush, committed both countries to reductions in pollutant emissions. Between the Acid Rain Treaty and domestic initiatives to reduce air pollution, rates of sulphur dioxide, one of the main chemicals contributing to acid rain, declined in Canada by 63 per cent between 1980 and 2001. Last year, Canada won the dubious distinction of being the country that did the most damage to international climate talks for the fifth year running.
Oil and gas pollution committee quietly silenced Publish Date: 16-SEP-2014 09:24 AM Environment Canada appears to have quietly ended key discussions that were intended to tackle carbon pollution from the oil and gas industry. A committee made up of representatives from Environment Canada, the Alberta government and oil and gas companies was created in the fall of 2011 to develop options to reduce industrial greenhouse gases from the oilsands sector, the country’s fastest growing source of carbon emissions.
Grassy Narrows : Why is Japan still studying the mercury poisoning when Canada isn’t ? Publish Date: 02-SEP-2014 01:50 PM By the time government scientists arrived in 1970 to do some testing, the people at Grassy Narrows and neighbouring Wabeseemoong First Nations had already eaten dangerous amounts of contaminated fish. The first tests revealed extreme levels of mercury in hair and blood. There has been no epidemiological study to establish the scope of the Grassy Narrows exposure, and no long-term tracking of what are now recognized as the life-long effects of ingested mercury, although an expert review by Canadian scientists in 2010 stated "there should have been extensive examinations and followup of these communities.”
Contaminated water threatens B.C. salmon Publish Date: 07-AUG-2014 08:10 AM Officials are worried that water contaminated after a tailings pond in B.C. burst its dam could seriously impact fish stocks. A good portion of this year's sockeye run could be affected by the massive tailings pond spill at the Mount Polley mine early Monday, officials fear. At least five million cubic metres of tailings slurry from the copper and gold mine breached an earthen dam and rushed downstream towards two lakes. On Wednesday, the DFO said the sockeye — between 845,000 to 2.95 million fish — are “currently migrating ” towards the Quesnel Lake system.
Environment Canada investigating B.C. tailings pond breach Publish Date: 07-AUG-2014 08:03 AM Environment Canada has launched a federal investigation into a major tailings pond breach at the Mount Polley mine in British Columbia. “Environment Canada expects companies to operate in a responsible manner that protects the environment,” department spokesman Mark Johnson told the Star in a statement. “Spills are unacceptable.”
Mount Polley mine tailings pond breach : Local state of emergency declared Publish Date: 06-AUG-2014 11:13 AM A local state of emergency has been declared in an area where a B.C. tailings pond wall collapsed, sending millions of cubic metres of mine waste water and metals-laden sand into local waterways. A summary of the material dumped into the tailings pond last year was filed with Environment Canada. It said there was 326 tonnes of nickel, over 400,000 kilograms of arsenic, 177,000 kilograms of lead and 18,400 tonnes of copper and its compounds placed in the pond last year.
Oil company helped collect evidence for investigation into spill Publish Date: 06-AUG-2014 11:03 AM Federal and provincial authorities allowed a company under investigation for a serious oilsands leak to collect some evidence of the harm caused to wildlife, according to a newly released email from Environment Canada. “The game has always been, get rid of the federal government and then downgrade the provincial, and that is exactly what has gone on here,” said Duncan. “So everything that is done, including pipeline inspection, by the way, is done by the company and the proponents.”
Tailings ponds for mining and oilsands waste : FAQs Publish Date: 05-AUG-2014 08:20 AM The breach of a tailings pond at the Mount Polley copper and gold mine in B.C. has released five million cubic metres of mining wastewater into local waterways in early August. Local residents have been banned from using the water from the Quesnel and Cariboo river systems. Here are the answers to some questions you might have about tailings ponds.
Records de chaleur planétaires (French only) Publish Date: 22-JUL-2014 10:13 AM De nouvelles données américaines confirment la hausse continue des températures et l’ampleur de la crise climatique. La dépendance de l’humanité aux énergies fossiles se reflète de plus en plus sur le thermomètre planétaire. De nouvelles données scientifiques publiées lundi révèlent en effet que les derniers mois ont battu des records historiques à la hausse, tant sur les continents qu’à la surface des océans. Un signal de plus de l’aggravation de la crise climatique.
David Suzuki: The challenge of sustaining our oceans Publish Date: 03-JUN-2014 08:22 AM June 8 is World Oceans Day. It's a fitting time to contemplate humanity's evolving relationship with the source of all life. For much of human history, we've affected marine ecosystems primarily by what we've taken out of the seas. The challenge as we encounter warming temperatures and increasing industrial activity will be to manage what we put into them. As a top predator, humans from the tropics to the poles have harvested all forms of marine life, from the smallest shrimp to the largest whales, from the ocean's surface to its floor. The staggering volume of fish removed from our waters has had a ripple effect through all ocean ecosystems. Yet the ocean continues to provide food for billions of people, and improved fishing practices in many places, including Canada, are leading to healthier marine-life populations. We're slowly getting better at managing what we catch to keep it within the ocean's capacity to replenish. But while we may be advancing in this battle, we're losing the war with climate change and pollution.
CFIA Consultations and Canadian Food Safety (PDF)
Publish Date: 19-DEC-2014 02:44 AM
As part of the 2014 CFIA Consultations, the Professional Institute of The Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) has submitted a detailed analysis of each of the following proposals:
Scientists Rally in Support of Federal Research
Publish Date: 27-NOV-2014 11:16 AM
On the morning of October 22, researchers and science staff from Natural Resources Canada, Agriculture & Agri-food Canada and the Department of National Defence demonstrated in Québec city at the entrance of Université Laval in support of research in the federal government.
The Canada First Research Excellence Fund seems to be the Harper government’s response to fierce criticism about its science policies. It was announced with much fanfare last week (although it had appeared in the spring budget) by Prime Minister Stephen Harper as an unprecedented investment to strengthen Canada’s position in the world of science. But it came on the heels of an uproar in the scientific community over the imminent shuttering of a world-class science facility at the University of Ottawa, highlighting precisely what many critics believe is wrong with the Conservatives’ approach to science.
Irrités par les interventions du gouvernement Harper, les scientifiques fédéraux ont concocté un répulsif inusité: des clauses à insérer dans leur convention collective. Reste à voir si le remède sera homologué.