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About Sheldon

Sheldon Birnie grew up in Dawson Creek, BC, and received a bachelor of environmental studies from the University of Manitoba in 2011. He lives in Winnipeg, MB, where he is a freelance writer, and the editor of the Manitoba Eco-Journal.

Canadians Call Out Big Oil Lobbyists

On October 30, 2014, Keepers of the Athabasca organized a protest outside of the Suncor offices in downtown Calgary. The group presented Suncor with a petition, signed by 48,711 people that called on Suncor to stop lobbying against rules that...
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Northern agriculture initiative to receive federal boost

Back in August, during Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s annual northern tour, PMSH announced $2 million in federal funding to build a “permanent campus for the Northern Farm Training Institute” in Hay River, NWT. According to CTV, “The money will let...
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SWEEP Program Wading through Water in Latest Visit

Shawn MacKay is the environment coordinator for the Fort Resolution Métis Council. Shawn took some time out of his busy schedule this past week to talk to One River News about the Slave Watershed Environmental Effects Program, which has been...
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The NHL Just Dropped the Gloves on Climate Change, Ice Roads Risk Missing Playoffs

The NHL has released its first ever Sustainability Report, and dropped the gloves on climate change. This is why remote northern communities should take note.
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“Broken Ground” a Fresh and Engaging Look at Resource Extraction in Alberta

Recently, the David Suzuki Foundation threw down the gauntlet on oil and gas fracking in Alberta with a project called “Broken Ground.” The project merges an eloquently written copy with high quality video to interweave a number of narratives. The end result...
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War on the Peace River – River Roundup

These stories have nothing to do with Site C, but should raise concerns among those living in the Peace River area, and certainly for those living downstream as well. They have to do with reportedly "toxic air quality" that have forced a number of families living near Peace River, Alberta, to abandon their homes.
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Fort Chip Looks Back on Conference in Fort McMurray

The 'As Long As The Rivers Flow' conference in Fort McMurray got a lot of attention, thanks in part to remarks from the Archbishop Desmond Tutu. But while headlines focused on the criticisms Tutu leveled at the oil industry in northern Alberta, there was plenty more to talk about in Fort McMurray May 31 - June 1.
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‘As Long As The Rivers Flow’ Conference Features World Class Heavy Hitters for Environment and Justice

With a stacked line-up of big name guest speakers, organizers are hoping the conference will open "a conversation with Canadians about the current state of treaty relationships, and how we can move forward together, understanding our respective obligations.”
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Pine Point Mine – “This was our tar sands”

Lloyd Norn & Tom Unka Near the community of Fort Resolution, there was once a mining community called Pine Point. With a population of 2,000, Pine Point had a hockey arena, a golf course, and a number of commercial enterprises,...
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Comparing water policy in northern Alberta and NWT

  by Bruce McLean & Tim Heron Northern Alberta and NWT share more than just a border on a map. Weather moves across the invisible line on the landscape, and water flows downstream from the Peace and Athasbasca Rivers to...
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