Current Events

More than 20,000 people joined a global bike ride to call attention to the need for Arctic protection.
Energy East is North America’s largest proposed tar sands pipeline, and Environmental Defence is here to set the record straight about the risks it poses.
Electric cars being charged at a station. One is blue.
If we can look past the short-term losses, shifting from traditional vehicles to EVs would be a massive economic boon – and help meet ambitious GHG reduction targets.
People's Climate March, New York, September 2014
A\J correspondents report back on their experiences at the People's Climate Marches in New York and Toronto.
Little Rouge River Lookout, Toronto
The province is concerned that Ottawa's Rouge Urban National Park Act doesn't make environmental protection enough of a priority.
Joseph Boutilier on his unicycle
Why Joseph Boutilier spent the last five months riding his unicycle from Victoria, BC to Ottawa.
Trépanier’s original on-location painting of Mount Logan, BC
When we all look back on this, Cory Trépanier’s contribution to our natural heritage will be priceless.
Line 9 construction blockade in Innerkip, Ontario
Protestors have shut down a pipeline construction site in Innerkip, Ontario, and plan to stay "indefinitely."
Antibacterial hand soap
A new report confirming toxicity – and widespread presence in the Great Lakes – could help the push to ban triclosan and triclocarbon in consumer products.
No Line 9 protest in North Dumfries, Haudenosaunee territory
This is the second "integrity dig" along the Line 9 route interrupted this week.
Traffic in Barrie, Ontario
The Environmental Commissioner’s annual progress report points to outdated climate change goals and a lack of action.
Cape Town Stadium panorama. World Cup 2010.
A major sports tournament isn’t delivering on its sustainability promises yet again – and the story won't change until the impact of international travel is addressed.
Ontario Legislature building, Queen's Park
MPP Glen Murray is taking on the first cabinet-level role in Canada with an explicit focus on climate change.
Kitimat, BC
The Harper government has given the publicly unpopular project a green light, but it's not over yet.
Queen's Park, Ontario parliament building at night.
Environmental issues have been absent from the Ontario election, but someone's paying attention: here's a tally of the four main parties' support (or lack thereof) for environmental initiatives.
Algonquin Park. Photo by Dan Beare.
While society struggles with the conservation of natural areas, historical ecologists are asking whether we even know what a “natural area” is.
Black bear.
The pilot project targets areas with high human-bear interactions, but MNR isn’t tracking whether it’s issuing permits for this season or the fall hunt.
Queen's Park, ontario parliament building at night.
Hopes for sweeping new green legislation on everything from protecting the Great Lakes to improving recycling rates have been dashed.
Fingerling Chinook salmon at Port Credit Harbour
Few of the hundreds of thousands of Chinook salmon introduced into Lake Ontario each year survive to maturity, but the Ministry of Natural Resources is still betting on them to help to improve the health of the Great Lakes.
You'd be surprised what people flush down the toilet – and how much it's costing municipalities to clean up.