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Ontario to Join in Carbon Trading Pact

Posted by mhudema on July 18, 2008

Ontario to sign cap-and-trade climate plan

McGuinty pans Alberta plan to invest in carbon capture, storage

Lee Greenberg, The Ottawa Citizen

Published: Friday, July 18, 2008

QUEBEC CITY – Ontario will join a transcontinental environmental network devoted to fighting climate change as early as today, increasing pressure on Alberta and Saskatchewan to ramp up their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

In a move praised by environmentalists, Ontario will sign on to the Western Climate Initiative, joining seven U.S. states, British Columbia, Manitoba and Quebec. The WCI includes plans to establish North America’s first transcontinental cap-and-trade system in 2012.

One climate-change expert described the news as “an important development” in the fight against greenhouse gas emissions.

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Hands off oil, Haida Nation

Posted by mhudema on July 16, 2008

Hands off oil, Haida Nation says
Natural environment trumps drilling in Queen Charlotte Basin, band warns
Scott Simpson
Vancouver Sun

A “new world oil order” may be emerging for oil, but one of the world’s indigenous oldest communities isn’t prepared to race into it.

Arnie Bellis, vice-president of the Council of the Haida Nation, said in an interview on Monday that the skyrocketing value of oil and gas resources off the British Columbia coast holds little interest for his people compared to the natural environment they have resolved to protect.

“We’re on record as being against the development of gas and oil in our territory — in any territory that would have an impact on our environment,” Bellis said in an interview from the Queen Charlotte Islands, known to the first nation as Haida Gwaii.

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