Wet’suwet’en chiefs distance First Nation from Unist’ot’en camp, urge cooperation with pipeline companies

RCMP database on missing persons is overdue, over budget

CP train blocked in Toronto, March 12, 2014.

CP train blocked in Toronto, March 12, 2014.

Harper government promise of national database for unidentified remains stalled 5 years later

By Dean Beeby, CBC News, Aug 31, 2015

An RCMP database on missing persons and unidentified remains, touted by the Harper government in 2010 as “concrete action” for the problem of murdered and missing indigenous women, is still incomplete and far over budget five years after it was announced.

The national database, plagued by technical problems, won’t be fully in place until late 2016 – more than three years after it was supposed to be helping police across Canada solve crimes. Read the rest of this entry

Alberta has lost 35,000 oilpatch jobs, petroleum producers say

Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers president Tim McMillan says the oil patch has lost 35,000 jobs this year. (CBC)

Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers president Tim McMillan says the oil patch has lost 35,000 jobs this year. (CBC)

With cuts more likely to come in the fall.

By Tracy Johnson, CBC News, Aug 31, 2015

Less than a year ago, Alberta was still complaining of a labour shortage.  Schools couldn’t find bus drivers, job vacancy rates were the highest in the country.

It’s no secret that the situation has changed.

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers says that 35,000 oilpatch jobs have been cut this year, 25,000 from the oil services sector and 10,000 from exploration and production. CAPP pulled the number together by canvassing its members, reviewing Statistics Canada numbers and working with the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors. Read the rest of this entry

Critics blast Alberta’s Blood Tribe leaders for salaries, expenses

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B.C. RCMP claims it has “no intention” of moving against Unist’ot’en camp

“It’s definitely going down” says Grand Chief Stewart Phillip on Unist’ot’en Camp raid

Unist'tot'en camp members stop surveyors, November 2012.

Unist’tot’en camp members stop surveyors, November 2012.

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs says RCMP officers have booked up hotel rooms in Burns Lake and Smithers, a firm indication of plans to invade the Unist’ot’en Camp in northwestern B.C.

Northwestern B.C. First Nations set up camp to halt LNG project

A barge carrying equipment related to investigatory work for Petronas' proposed Lelu Island LNG plant. Photo: Common Sense Canadian.com

A barge carrying equipment related to investigatory work for Petronas’ proposed Lelu Island LNG plant. Photo: Common Sense Canadian.com

Company, province won’t respond to questions on possible investigation of alternate site

Raiding Unist’ot’en camp would be “disastrous”, B.C. RCMP warned

Grassy Narrows First Nation declares emergency over bad water

Graphic: APTN

Graphic: APTN

Uranium, potential cancer-causing agents found in samples, First Nation says

CBC News, Aug 27, 2015

Grassy Narrows First Nation in northern Ontario is declaring a state of emergency on Thursday because no safe drinking water is available in the community.

The First Nation, also known as Asubpeechoseewagong, has been under a boil water advisory for more than a year, but new concerns are emerging about the extent and longevity of the problems. Read the rest of this entry

Fracking-induced earthquakes could leave workers vulnerable, says geophysicist

A fracking drill in BC’s Horn River Basin (Two Island Films).

A fracking drill in BC’s Horn River Basin (Two Island Films).

Seismic scientist David Eaton says Canada’s fracking-induced quakes are the biggest in the world

By Betsy Trumpener, CBC News, Aug 27, 2015
A leading seismic scientist says B.C.’s energy infrastructure and gasfield workers may be vulnerable to earthquakes caused by fracking.

Earthquakes triggered by fracking have been felt in Fort Nelson and Fort St. John, but University of Calgary geophysicist David Eaton says the shaking is strongest in remote areas near fracking sites.

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