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About Jonathan

Jonathan Ventura is the web assistant with One River, Many Relations. His formal education in environmental policy & law, as well as his passion and experience in community based research and mobilization brings a unique perspective to the project.

300 Scientists Reject Pipeline Report

300 scientists have come forward about flaws in the recent report that recommends the approval of the Northern Gateway Pipeline, a project that would allow for a dramatic expansion of the Oilsands. In a time when scientist are being muzzled...
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Peace Prize Winner and Arch Bishop in Fort McMurray

CBC Reports -Desmond Tutu to tour Fort McMurray oilsands development. The outspoken South African Anglican Archbishop and Peace Prize winner, Desmond Tutu, is currently in Fort McMurray for a two-day conference on aboriginal treaties and the oilsands. He is not the only...
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One River Many Relations: Issue #2

Summer 2013: Issue 2 Environmental, Health and Indigenous Communities in Alberta and the Northwest Territories. Download Here   Issue #2: 1.Comparing Water Policy in AB and NWT 2. One River, Many Relations: Research Project 3. Fish Sampling: Paul Jones 4....
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Video: Moose Lake: Home and Refuge

Moose Lake: home and refuge from Fort McKay on Vimeo. Moose Lake is one of the few remaining refuges for Fort McKay residents and surrounding First Nations. Moose Lake is a natural haven where community members are able to practice...
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Backlash to rocker Neil Young’s comments on Fort McMurray

Rock n roller Neil Young had some harsh words to say about a visit he paid to Fort McMurray. And he is facing a local backlash as a result. According to the CBC, Young — who is a noted environmental...
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BC Hydro’s Site C dam sees local opposition

A group of environmental activists in British Columbia, calling themselves “Rising Tide: Vancouver – Coast Salish Territories”, recently made a visit to communities in northern BC dealing with resource “mega-projects.” Their initial focus were oil and gas pipelines and “fracking”,...
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Prime Minister Announces Aboriginal mining grant

While on a current tour of Canada’s Territories, Prime Minister Stephen Harper unveiled a new federal grant to train up to 400 Aboriginal workers in NWT and Nunavut with essential mining skills. The grant is to make sure that local...
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New exploratory drilling raises questions around consultation

Hearings are underway for licenses to a 135-well exploratory drilling project north of Fort McMurray. Teck’s Frontier oilsands project is just the latest project to come up for review, with exploratory drilling taking place on 53 hectares over 90 days....
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Results of Biomonitoring Project 2011-2012

Recently, many residents of Fort Chipewyan have expressed concern about changes in the environment and in the health of animals and people. In June 2011 the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, ACFN, and Mikisew Cree First Nation, MCFN, invited the University...
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Canada in the grip of big oil?

A recent post on the online news blog Rabble.ca (“News for the rest of us” is their tag line) drew attention to oil sands development, and how it is affecting Canada’s economy. While the article does draw attention to environmental concerns,...
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