Current Events

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.
A researcher at the Experimental Lakes Area in Ontario.
Getting the team back together at the Experimental Lakes Area may be tougher than saving the project itself.
The Hamilton skyline from the escarpment.
The Upwind-Downwind conference provides a snapshot of how municipalities are tackling air quality, public health and climate change adaptation.
Home energy retrofit loans
Alternative financing models mean low interest renovation loans will follow your property, not you.
The "Climate Change Containment Unit" protesting Line 9 on the Grand River.
New reports from professional and community groups argue the threats posed by the two pipeline projects haven’t been properly considered by the National Energy Board – and that we’re not equipped to handle them.
Sunset over the Mackenzie River
Chris Wood reflects – again – on the clash between resource development and the ecological threshold of the Mackenzie River in an ebook released today by The Walrus.
Colorado lodgepole pine forest destroyed by mountain pine beetle.
The groundbreaking act will address gaps in existing legislation and finally provide the tools – and authority – needed to address growing threats.
Toronto transit platform A\J
A great deal of expert knowledge and resources have gone into Metrolinx’s proposal, but implementation has its challenges. What’s the hold up – and what can be done?
Juvenile silver carp, an invasive species in North American waterways.
The US Army Corps of Engineers is weighing the options for keeping the invasive species out of Lake Michigan.
Woodland caribou
Federal and provincial ministries have been ignoring deadlines for recovery strategies outlined in the Species At Risk and Endangered Species acts – and worse.
Illegal logging during Sochi Olympics road construction.
Russia has not lived up to the environmental promises made for the 2014 Winter Olympics, and is cracking down on environmentalists for pointing this out.
A shale gas well in Pennsylvania
Fracking’s ROI is actually negative: it costs more to extract fracked gas and oil than it's even worth.
People from the University of Victoria promoting a divestment campaign
Divestment activist Cameron Fenton gives students an update and advice about fossil fuel divestment campaigns at the “Just Education?” conference at the University of Waterloo.