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Scientist Finds “Really Big Difference” in Fish Near Oil Sands Compared to Elsewhere

After heading the foremost fish study in the Athabasca and Slave River systems over the past several years, Dr. Paul Jones said the trends he is seeing in contaminants are not just petrochemical in nature, but likely caused by the oilsands industry.
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River Roundup – Desmond Tutu Exposes Filth in the Canadian Current

After spending 99% of his time talking about magnanimity, forgiveness, and working together toward a better humanity, the news latched on to his brief foray into the oil sands. GLOVES OFF.
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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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Upstream News Roundup

Job shortages for the oilsands, caribou dying to get onto Facebook, fracking hearings in Yukon, and small town USA opposition to the 'tar sands.'
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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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Final First Nation Officially Withdraws from Joint Oil Sands Monitoring Program

And then there were none. The Fort McMurray First Nation put the last nail in the coffin of Aboriginal involvement in the federal-provincial Joint Oil Sands Monitoring (JOSM) program last week, becoming the fifth and final Aboriginal representative to leave the table.

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Downstream Impacts of Site C Will be Measured: Scientists

Though it will be too late for those in the Peace-Athabasca to have their concerns heard with respect to the Site C dam by the time the modelling is done, the research will at least be able to send a stronger signal the next time a review panel is burdened with the task of evaluating just how far downstream the impacts of flow regulation will reach.
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Consumption Advisories Need to Consult, or Sound Tone-Deaf

These gull and tern eggs reflect a cultural tradition. A way of life that has been practiced for thousands of years. A way for parents and grandparents to teach kids about the world around them. A tradition that is being undermined by upstream development. A tradition that is getting harder and harder to practice.
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The Peace Athabasca Delta Got 99 Problems, but Site C Ain’t One

In today's gob smacking news, the Site C Environmental Assessment Joint Review Panel has determined that there will be "no measurable effect" to the Peace Athabasca Delta or the communities that call it home. How did they reach this conclusion???
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A U.N. special rapporteur (a fancy word for reporter) today blasted Canada for, among other things failure to consult around pipeline development, "which is contributing to an atmosphere of contentiousness and mistrust that is conducive neither to beneficial economic development nor social peace." He continues, "resource extraction should not occur on lands subject to aboriginal claims without adequate consultations with, and the free, prior and informed consent of, the indigenous peoples concerned." Game over? Naw.
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