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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.

The Common Sense Canadian: Peaceful Paddle Lands Site C Opponents on Terrorist Watch List

"The Federal government has included the Paddle for the Peace on a terrorist watch list. And here we thought we weren’t getting any attention."
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Alberta Auditor General Says Oilsands Piggybank Too Tiny

Today the Auditor General of Manitoba, Merwan Saher, blasted the provincial government for not requiring oilsands companies to cough up enough cash in advance in order to clean up and remediate affected landscapes once the last batch of crude has been shipped out.
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UNESCO Moves to Investigate Threats to Wood Buffalo National Park

UNESCO has responded positively to Mikisew Cree First Nation's petition to list Canada's emerald jewel, Wood Buffalo National Park, as in danger. In Germany on Wednesday, UNESCO agreed to launch a Reactive Monitoring Mission in order to ascertain whether "effective and active measures are taken for its protection, conservation and presentation." Mikisew claims that the park is threatened on all sides: Uranium abandonment in the east, oil sands development in the south, hydro dam construction in the west, and a gutting of environmental legislation by the federal government in the past decade.
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Honour the Treaties Concert to be Rescheduled

View image | gettyimages.com “I am sad to say that I must postpone the July 3 Honour the Treaties concert at Edmonton’s Rexall Place in support of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nations legal defence,” says Neil Young. “The Honour The...
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Wildrose Blooms in Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo. Now What?

What about parts of the natural environment that are distanced from direct exposure to the extractive industry? What about damages that occur far downstream? What about a commitment to preserving livelihoods that aren't dependent on ‘individual property’, but on traditional territory and healthy ecosystems?
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Mount Polly Review Released

The message from Environment Canada is that the Mount Polley tailings dam was built on weakened soil, and that the environmental rules as-they-exist are good enough.
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A quote from Rachel Notley's victory speech last night: "To Alberta’s Indigenous peoples: the trust we have been given tonight is a call to be better neighbours and partners. I’m looking forward to consulting with you and learning from you."

Do you think positive change is coming on issues around resource extraction and Indigenous territories?

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Earthquakes Spook Animals Too!

This interesting story linking fracking with earthquakes missed an important question: what effect does it have on the wildlife? We can expect that burrows will collapse, killing the critters inside. Earthquakes have been shown to spook animals, vacating them from breeding areas and even causing them to tremble or not eat up to a day afterwards. These are yet another set of questions that remain unanswered in the pursuit of energy and profits.
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We’re Ready for the 2015 Film Fest Season!

Hey Film Festivals organizers! We've been busy submitting One River Many Relations to dozens of festivals around the world as of late. In case we missed you, we'd love to submit it to yours as well! Contact michael@onerivernews.ca from your official film festival email address to get the ball rolling. Click here for our documentary profile on FilmFreeway.

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You gotta play the game to stay in the game, these worried oil producers are bleating. Lower gas prices today will cripple investment in our expensive oil. Then foreign energy will surprise attack us all with outrageously gas high prices. Could they be worse than what we were already paying, I wonder? This should serve as a reminder that in the long term, alternative energies and systems are a better bet.
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