Editor’s note: In March, the Halifax Examiner published Linda Pannozzo’s investigation into biomass harvesting, “Feeding the Fire.” Pannozzo followed that up in April with “Biomass, Freedom of Information, and the Silence of the DNR Company Men,” which looked at how information is controlled and managed in the Department of Natural Resources, and how her investigation […]
In the opening scenes of Franny Armstrong’s 2009 film The Age of Stupid: Why We didn’t Save Ourselves When We Had the Chance, everything lies in ruin: abandoned rides sit idle in a flooded theme park, forests are ablaze, and amid the smoldering detritus of decades of climate chaos the planet appears to have also […]
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A conservation biologist says the provincial government’s decision to use a lesser certification for woodland is like a student changing schools because he can’t pass an exam. On Monday the province announced it would discontinue Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification for the Medway District in western Nova Scotia in favour of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative...
On Wednesday, when Dale Bracewell, Vancouver’s manager of Active Transportation, comes to speak at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, he will have some impressive numbers to share. In May, Bracewell and his colleagues had the pleasure of reporting to their city council that the share of trips taken by sustainable modes in Vancouver had […]
This week we speak with the Ecology Action Centre’s Energy Coordinator Catherine Abreu. She basically stepped off a plane from Paris and into our studios to report back on the end results of the historic meetings and how it might affect Nova Scotia. Also, after 72 straight hours of debate, Nova Scotia’s Liberal government passed the final reading of the contentious […]
On December 14, Minister of Energy Michel Samson stood before the legislature and introduced Bill 141 – Electricity Plan Implementation Act. “Mr. Speaker,” he said, “I’m pleased to stand for a third time to speak about this important bill…The plan and this bill are built on the input and advice government received from over 1,300...
Linda Pannozzo is an award-winning author and freelance journalist. This is an excerpt from her forthcoming book “About Canada: The Environment” (Fernwood Publishing). The U.S. federal inquiry that investigated the financial crisis of 2008-2009 — the most serious crisis affecting the global economy since the Great Depression — concluded in 2011 that it was an […]
Nova Scotia has new regulations for coastal aquaculture, but don’t expect that to put an end to the controversy around open net pen fish farms anytime soon. The new rules will do little to get local communities to accept the salmon and trout industry, says Raymond Plourde, Wilderness Coordinator at the Ecology Action Centre. “That will […]
Indian Brook used to have the best water for miles around, said Dorene Bernard. But no one likes to drink it now. The change came in 2012, when the community’s water table was contaminated by digging at the nearby Nova Scotia Sand and Gravel pit. The community was issued a do-not-drink advisory, and the Department...