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New Canadian Environmental Assessment Process for Major Projects

Following recent reports of inadequate regulatory oversight for Canadian energy projects, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and the Minister of Natural Resources recently made a joint announcement of their approach for restoring confidence in Canada’s environmental assessment process. The new approach to the assessment of major projects, including pipelines, will rest heavily […]

January 27th, 2016|Industry News

Canada Commits to Science-based Siting of New Marine Protected Areas

Canada has now committed to ambitious targets for setting aside 5% of its oceans for special protection by next year and aim,s to reach 10% protection by 2020. Several sites under the eye of marine conservation organizations have already been proposed, including the glass sponge reefs residing in BC’s own Hecate Strait. Although many […]

January 9th, 2016|Industry News

Trudeau Renews Federal Commitment to Science-Based Decision-Making with New Cabinet Appointments

The new federal government of Canada cabinet includes three ministers responsible for science, and signals more focus on climate change, pure science and public interest research. Newly-appointed cabinet members include medical geographer Dr. Kirsty Duncan as Minister of Science; international trade lawyer Catherine McKenna as Minister of Environment and Climate Change; and financial analyst […]

November 13th, 2015|Industry News
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    One Request to Interview Scientist = 16 Government Officials, 110 Pages of Email, Restricted “Agreed Answers”

One Request to Interview Scientist = 16 Government Officials, 110 Pages of Email, Restricted “Agreed Answers”

The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – It was a story about rock snot.

And if there’s a person you want to talk to about the pervasive algae also known by the less-offensive, more scientific name of Didymo, it’s Fisheries and Oceans Canada scientist Max Bothwell.

Bothwell is, other scientists will tell you, the rock snot man. He wrote […]

September 10th, 2014|Industry News

Federal science report on climate change impacts and adaptation just released

The new assessment report on climate change impacts and adaptation has been released by the Government of Canada and is available on Natural Resource Canada’s website. ESSA’s Senior Climate Change Specialist, Jimena Eyzaguirre, led Chapter 9: Adaptation: Linking Research and Practice
Canada in a Changing Climate: Sector Perspectives on Impacts and Adaptation
Provides an up-to-date picture of what […]

July 2nd, 2014|Industry News

Days of Desiccation – Opinion Pages – The New York Times

SAN DIEGO — The bathtub rings in the reservoirs that hold California’s liquid life have never been more exposed. Shorelines are bare, brown and bony. Much of the Sierra Nevada is naked of snow. And fields in the Central Valley may soon take to the sky. A Dust Bowl? Not yet. Though this drought […]

February 24th, 2014|Industry News

Court finds ‘enormous systemic problem’ in enforcement of Species at Risk Act

OTTAWA – A Federal Court judge has ruled that the environment minister and the fisheries minister both broke the law by failing to enforce the Species at Risk Act.

In a case covering four species that Justice Anne Mactavish calls “the tip of the iceberg,” the court found there’s a major systemic problem in the […]

February 17th, 2014|Industry News

Dismantling of Fishery Library ‘Like a Book Burning,’ Say Scientists

The Harper government has dismantled one of the world’s top aquatic and fishery libraries as part of its agenda to reduce government as well as limit the role of environmental science in policy decision-making.

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October 21st, 2013|Industry News