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Special Feature: Mining

18 Oceana Gold versus Clean Water
Meet the Company suing El Salvador for the right to poison its water

20 Democracy in the Pits
How Harper has set up international development assistance to serve mining companies

22 Open for Justice
Accountability for Canadian companies abroad

23 Mount Polley Spill

26 The End of China’s Coal Boom
and Vancouver Island update

First Nations

6 Paddle to the Sacred

Mad deer disease is here. Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is the official name for our latest wildlife plague. CWD is not spread by bacteria or viruses but by deformed proteins. Like other prion diseases, such as mad cow disease and scrapie, CWD kills by deteriorating the brain and nervous system. Prion diseases don’t jump from one species to another. At least, that’s what government agencies insisted when mad cow became epidemic in Britain in the 1990s. Then a not-so-funny thing happened: 140 humans died from a fatal dementia they developed after eating...

On August 4th the tailings impoundment at the Mount Polley mine failed, releasing 25 million cubic metres of mine waste and construction material into the watersheds below. Some of the waste backed up into Polley Lake, most of it was dumped into the 10km Hazeltine Creek watershed and some spread downstream into Quesnel Lake.

International architecture firm Snøhetta has partnered with Norway's Research Center on Zero Emission Buildings (ZEB) and to design and build a remarkable experimental house that helps move the development of very efficient buildings forward.


11 Doing It Right
Different methods of conservation

12 Keeping the Peace
Ana Simeon visits the Paddle for the Peace and discovers the opposition to Site C in the north

14 Conservation Covenants
The Land Conservancy of BC holds and monitors covenants to protect the land

16 SEAS: Saving the Shuswap
The Shuswap Environmental Action Society celebrates 25 years of work

17 The Last Piece of Wigwam Flats
The Nature Trust purchases the...

“Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.” — Th. Dobzhansky, 1973.

Wiley-Blackwell publishes a book series on “Conservation Science and Practice” that gives much insight into conservation, ecosystem restoration, reintroduction biology, population and community ecology, and natural resource management, largely in a multidisciplinary context that includes social and economic considerations.

Down a long back road, south of Houston BC, there is a place known as the Unist’ot’en Camp. Situated on Wet’suwet’en territory, the Unist’ot’en Camp is a community of people reoccupying their traditional territory and living off the land. The camp, which consists of permaculture gardens and a pit house, creates opportunities for people to learn from the voices of elders and those who have protected and lived off of the land.

For Vancouver Island opponents of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) and genetic-engineering (GE), Robert Wager has become a familiar figure. In March, Mr.

So, Canada’s federal government has finally approved construction of the proposed Enbridge pipeline that is intended to carry bitumen from Alberta’s tar sands to Kitimat, and thence by ocean to China.

Scientists have linked both the collapse of bee populations and the stunning decline in bird and bat numbers to a new generation of insecticides called neonicotinoids. It gets worse: these widely-used nerve poisons are also considered the main cause of a general collapse of insect life since the mid 1990s. Bug-spattered windshields have become rare where they were once common in North America and Europe.