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Lithium extraction could be a boon for Alberta, but it comes with environmental uncertainties

The word mining conjures up visions of environmental destruction and ecosystem disruption, like mountain-top removal coal mining, or the surface mining in the Athabasca oil sands. But lithium brine mining is quite different, at least as envisioned for Alberta’s still-undeveloped industry. The provincial government and the private sector have for years …

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Coastal GasLink warned more than 50 times over environmental violations during pipeline construction

Coastal GasLink has now been warned more than 50 times about environmental violations during construction of its natural gas pipeline across northern British Columbia, according to the province.  In an email to CBC News, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change said it had issued a total of 51 warnings, …

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Alberta’s selenium review now complete as environmental groups worry about next steps

In May 2021, Jeff Kneteman, a retired senior government biologist, told The Canadian Press that some herds of bighorn sheep in Alberta were heavily contaminated with selenium from old coal mines. At the time, Kneteman said Alberta Environment hadn’t commissioned any studies, adding that two herds in northwest Alberta tested outside the safe range for …

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Stuff we ‘flush down the toilet’ ending up in Toronto Harbour, environmental group warns

An environmental group is sounding the alarm about the city’s main sewage and stormwater system after finding trash like condoms, sanitary wipes and tampons floating in Toronto harbour last month. Mark Mattson,  an environmental lawyer and the founder of Swim Drink Fish — a volunteer group working to create swimmable, drinkable, and fishable water for everyone — told CBC …

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Environmental groups raise concerns about proposed Calgary to Banff passenger train

Conservation advocates and experts are concerned a proposal for a Calgary-to-Banff passenger train is chugging along without addressing some key environmental issues in and around the national park. Liricon Capital Inc., the lead private-sector proponent, is touting it as a hydrogen-powered transportation solution with lower greenhouse gas emissions than driving. The …

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Ontario’s new minister of natural resources faces environmental charges

One of Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s new cabinet ministers faces a September court date over charges that he violated the province’s Endangered Species Act during his time as mayor of a cottage country town, CBC News has learned. Graydon Smith, appointed Friday as minister of natural resources and forestry, was …

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Environmental groups sue feds to overturn Bay du Nord approval

A group of protesters stood outside Equinor headquarters in St. John’s Wednesday to denounce the approval of the Bay du Nord oil project. (Ted Dillon/CBC) Enivronmental law group Ecojustice has launched a lawsuit against the federal government that aims to overturn the massive Bay du Nord oil project off Newfoundland’s east coast. Ecojustice, …

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