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Behind The Documentary Fractured Land

The ECOreport interviews filmmaker Damien Gillis to look behind the documentary Fracture Land

By Roy L Hales

The award-winning documentary “Fractured Land” follows the life of First Nations warrior and lawyer, Caleb Behn as he explores the impacts hydraulic fracturing is having on his community. It will soon be aired on the Knowledge Network. I had an opportunity to ask filmmaker Damien Gillis, What’s behind the documentary Fractured Land?

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Protecting US Environmental Websites & Data From Trump

The ECOreport looks at the guerilla archiving activities underway as the academic community sets about protecting US environmental websites & data from Trump

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1North America’s academic community is taking President-elect Donald Trump’s threats to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seriously.  Crucial scientific data could disappear, or be made less accessible. There are only five weeks left until he takes office.  So this morning, at 10 a.m. Eastern Time, researchers at University of Toronto (U of T) began protecting US environmental websites & data from Trump and his transition team.

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Canada & The EU Signed CETA

The ECOreport posts news that Canada signed the largest free trade deal in its’ history, Canada & The EU Signed CETA

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pmCanada just signed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Europe, the largest free trade deal in its’ history. There are concerns about increased corporate control over natural resources, environmental regulations and the right to prefer Canadian companies, but 98% of our goods will now have tariff-free access to a market of 500 million people . Canada and the EU signed CETA.

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Will Trudeau Protect Canada’s Environment?

The ECOreport looks at the Canadian government’s announcement of a comprehensive review of environmental and regulatory processes. Will Trudeau protect Canada’s environment?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMCanada’s new government faces tough challenges. They were elected on a wave of frustration with the previous regime’s petro-politics. Understandably, the oil and gas industry was “very concerned.” Up until now, corporate concerns have taken a priority over the welfare and desires of ordinary Canadians. Yesterday, the government announced a comprehensive review of environmental and regulatory processes. Will Trudeau protect Canada’s environment?

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BC Reacts To The NEB’s Pipeline Recommendation

The ECOreport looks at how BC Reacts To The NEB’s Pipeline Recommendation

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMAs everyone expected, the National Energy Board (NEB) has recommended that the Canadian Government approve Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion through the most populated area of British Columbia. The NEB believes the likelihood of a major oil spill “very low,” but “the potential significance” of such a spill “very high.” Kinder Morgan would be required to post calculations of the emissions from all industrial activities and those created during construction of the 1150 km (715 miles) pipeline. If the Trudeau Government agrees and the project goes forward, the number of tankers carrying diluted bitumen out of the Greater Vancouver area could increase from 1 or 2 a week to 10. These are some of the ways BC reacts to the NEB’s pipeline recommendation.
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Canada Is Back In The Fight Against Climate Change

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMCatherine McKenna, Canada’s new Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, has already been  in Paris. She met with her international counterparts for three days to discuss key issues prior to the upcoming United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP 21). Some of the most interesting comments came from the twitter feed. They started after McKenna tweeted, “Canada is back in the fight against Climate Change.”

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When A Government Betrays Its’ People

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThere is more than one sense in which the recent Canadian election marks the change of a dynasty. The names have changed but, with one exception, up until now the majority of British Columbian representatives sent to parliament have been Conservative since 1974. After 1993, when the Reform party made its’ appearance, they have usually been elected in more than 20 seats. The events that brought about their downfall are so similar to the situation developing in the Pacific NorthWest that they should be studied together. There are repercussions when a government betrays its’ people.

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Can We Trust Justin To Deliver?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The extent of the LIberal victory is not unbelieveable. Once Canadians knew that our choice was either Stephen Harper or Justin Trudeau, most of the votes against the Conservatives were marked Liberals. This was not a choice on Vancouver Island, where the only alternative seemed like the NDP. Yet in the midst of this negativity, the vision of a government that truly represents the will of the people was born. The Liberals were able to sieze hold of this. Can We Trust Justin To Deliver?

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Why There Will be no English Consortium Debate

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The English Consortium debates have part of  Canadian elections since 1968. Around 11 million Canadians watched watched the so-called “people’s debate” – televised by CBC, CTV, Global, and Tele-Quebec – in 2011. This election will be different. In the video below, Elizabeth May explains why there will be no English Consortium Debate

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What About The Green Party?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThe thing I love about Nanos polls is that they list a second party their respondents are considering. This shows gives us a better picture of the potential growth for each party. As you can see in the bar chart above, the Conservatives (CPC) are really the nation’s third choice. However the NDP and Liberals keep cancelling each other out. This the Conservatives, who have not received 40% of the popular vote since 1988, have been in power for a decade.  But what about the Green Party?
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