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Recruiting won’t be enough to address oilsands labour needs

The Oilsands sector will need 25,000 more jobs by 2023 according to a study, and they’ll need to build these workers themselves if they want to fill the gap. No mention of Fly In-Fly Out programs, or what effect that influx will have on Fort McMurray.

No industry on caribou calving grounds: board

The Beverly and Qamanirjuaq Caribou Management Board says that industrial development on the summer grounds of caribou will have devastating effects on an already decimated population. Also, social media is contributing to the decline with buyers posting ‘orders’ on sites like Facebook, and paying top dollar for the product. Can’t big brother do something about this?

Yukon’s all-party fracking committee hearings continue

The only government actually holding public hearings on fracking has been getting an earful from experts against the practice. Highlighted are the need to pursue emissions free energy, and more studies into the long term effects of fracking. The NWT is also mentioned for pursuing a fracking agenda while the majority of constituents are against it.

South Portland panel suggests tar sands prohibition

This Maine town has voted against the ‘tar sands,’ and any development that could lead more emissions or block their harbourfront views. The American Petroleum Institute has already threatened to sue the town. Mighty neighbourly.

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About Michael Tyas

Michael Tyas is the managing editor of One River News. He graduated the University of Manitoba with an honours degree in environmental studies, and is a professional videographer and video trainer. He produced the feature length documentary "One River, Many Relations" in Fort Chipewyan. He continues to work with indigenous communities to share their stories around resource extraction, industrial development, and impacts on traditional territories.
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