David Schindler and 7 other prominent scientists have come together to call bullshit on Boothe's report and minister Phillip's decision. While Boothe called it a 'failed three year experiment,' the scientists helpfully point out that it inherited a hoarder's level of baggage from former versions of the program and it was unfair to hold them responsible for this, as they hadn't adequate time to clean the mess.
The Alberta Energy Regulator is so concerned about the low water levels on the Athabasca River, it has blocked temporary diversion permits across the region. This means that bridges aren't being cleaned, dust isn't being sprayed down, and drilling operations will need to secure another source of water instead of pumping it out of the river.
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?
The casual skimmer of the Edmonton Journal might see this headline and think impure thoughts. 'Trail-blazing aboriginal doctor worries Fort Chipewyan residents not ready for major lifestyle change' may seem, to the uninformed masses, like Fort Chipewyan needs a major attitude adjustment about their health. Everyone knows that aboriginal communities struggle with smoking, diabetes, drug use, lack of physical activity and poor food choices, right? Fort Chip is no different? Wrong.
Stay tuned to this page for the 1:30 Mountain press release. A digital download will be available HERE at that time, along with a possibility of a live webcast. Later today there will be highlight clips from the conference, in high definition XDCAM format, available to download.
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???