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2011-05-24  |  Malaika Aleba

Before I left for Europe, I was worried about keeping in touch with my dogs, so logically, I tried to teach them how to skype. Lucky, the older one, arched his hairy-doggy eyebrows, gave me a few exasperated blinks with those dish-bowl eyes of his, and with a grumphumffafloof, plopped his head down on the living room floor.

“You’ve got to be kidding me,” he was saying. “I am old, don’t you get it? A Senior Canine Citizen. I’m exhausted enough guarding your home from potential feline intruders. Grumffumphaluff. I don’t have the energy to bark out the window AND bark at the computer screen. Humphalumphalumph,” he snorted. Silly human girl - don’t teach an old dog new tricks. Grummmmph,” he sighed, his body rising and falling like a gigantic breathing carpet.

I was happy my younger dog was more enthusiastic about the idea. “Skype! Skype! Skype!...

2011-05-12  |  Sheila Muxlow

**I was down at the demonstration at the Enbridge AGM yesterday and played a bit of an Indy media role, interviewing some shareholders after the presentations by members of the Yinka Dene Alliance. - thought I would write it into an article for all you good people out there. :-)


Thursday, May 12, 2011


Calgary, Alberta – The Enbridge Corporation held their AGM yesterday, with a focus for their share holders on the plans for the Gateway pipeline to open up the transfer of tar sands to the Asian marketplace for new profit making opportunities.  The AGM was met with a courageous delegation of First Nation Leaders and community members from the Yinka Dene Alliance along with a cluster of First Nations and Allies from around Alberta and Manitoba who reject the idea of the pipeline. The Yinka Dene Alliance is a coalition of 5 Indigenous communities whose unceeded territory along the northern pacific...

2011-04-28  |  Bryn M

How TransCanada Pipelines bullies farmers, manipulates oil markets, threatens fresh water and skimps on safety in the United States.

A new report, Dirty Business: How TransCanada Pipelines bullies farmers, manipulates oil markets, threatens fresh water and skimps on safety in the United States, examines the tactics and motivations of TransCanada Pipelines, one of the continent’s largest pipeline companies, as it pushes for approval of its proposed mega-project, the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline.


Read the entire article here.

Download the report here.

Learn more about the Keysonte XL pipeline here.

2011-04-06  |  John Bennett

When asbestos is cut, ground-up or disturbed, tiny fibres become airborne where they stay for a long time. People working with, or around, asbestos end up with these tiny fibres embedded deep in their lungs.

What happens next is not pretty - the tiny asbestos fibres lead to:
  • pleural diseases and plaques (thickening/hardening of the lining that covers the lungs & chest);
  • mesothelioma and other kinds of lung cancer; and
  • cancers of the larynx and digestive system, including cancer of the esophagus, stomach and colon.

At first, people are short of breath when they do any kind of physical activity. This condition gets progressive worse until people are short of breath even when they are resting. Eventually they cannot breathe.

That’s why Stephen Harper’s support for the asbestos industry is irresponsible vote pandering.

The leader of the Conservative...

2011-04-04  |  Emma Cane

By Emma Cane

Photo: Min. of Natural Resources

The United Nations has declared 2011 as “International Year of Forests” in hopes of raising global awareness of sustainable forest management, conservation and the living legacy to be passed on to future generations. But what does that mean to us?

Over 1/6 of the world depends on forests for their livelihoods. Whether its work in the timber industry, pulp and paper, non-timber forest products, agrofroestry, or value-added forest products such as reclaimed wood furniture and building materials; the World Bank estimates that 1.6 billion people rely on forests to put food on their tables and even to make their tables they’re eating on. Additionally, the World Bank reports that roughly 300 million people live in forests: their survival challenged by the ever growing encroachment of urban areas. However for many of us who live in urban areas, forest resources are something that we take for...

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