The sharp decline of Alberta’s woodland caribou population has long been a concern. According to Mark Hebblewhite, associate professor of ungulate habitat biology at the University of Montana, compared the province’s previous attempts to resolve this situation by culling wolves – but not prioritizing habitat restoration – to shovelling sand. The University of Alberta agreed, and pointed to the fact these animals are “in an area with high levels of human disturbance resulting from forestry and oil and gas activity.” That changed this morning, the province of Alberta is extending its’ protection over an additional 1.8 million hectares of forest.
“Over the past few years, the Harper government has slowly eroded the rights of Canadians to shape their country’s energy policies,” the legal firm ForestEthics explained in a backgrounder released yesterday. Prior to the introduction of Omnibus Bill C-38, citizens could voice their opinions or give written submissions to the National Energy Board (NEB). Now Canadians must fill out an application explaining why they should be allowed to speak and environmental lawyers will not be allowed to cross examine Kinder Morgan. Continue reading Did Harper Hijack the Kinder Morgan Pipeline Hearings?→