Aerial look at the oil spill in North Saskatchewan river near Maidstone, Sask. on Friday. (Photo: NewsLook)

 

 

☀  There has been a small, but significant oil leak in Shoal Point in Newfoundland which has been going on for three years. Locals have been fruitlessly trying to get the attention of activists and the government to help stop it. (via Metro)

 

☀  First tests have begun on a new technology designed to remove garbage from the ocean. The prototype was funded by a kickstarter and if the tests go well, the company hopes to attack the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. (via 570News)

 

☀  An oil field in New Mexico owned by WPX Energy has exploded this week, forcing residents and workers from their homes. All 36 of the oil storage tanks caught fire and as of this writing, the full extent of damage is unknown. (via Ecowatch

 

☀  The WHO has declared Cuba to be the first country in the world to eliminate the transmission of HIV and syphilis from mother to child. Go Cuba. (via HuffingtonPost)

 

☀  A US court has ruled that the Navy cannot use low-frequency sonar for training, testing or routine operations when whales and other pinnipeds are in the area as sonar can have devastating consequences on marine life. This reverses a decision made in 2012 and will only apply to peacetime. (via TheGuardian). For more in-depth coverage of the detrimental nature of the US Navy on marine wildlife, check out this piece over at TruthOut. 

 

☀  A new report says that children from Grassy Narrows First Nation are born with such a high level of mercury in their blood to cause significant brain development. The report looked at over 20 years of data gathered from umbilical cord blood tests. These rates can be directly traced back to the late 1960s when a local paper company dumped over 10 tonnes of mercury waste into the English-Wabigoon River system. (via TheStar)

 

☀  Health Canada has banned the use of malathion that has been in storage for more than one year. The chemical is the most common product used for 'fogging', a technique to quell the mosquito population. The decision comes from research that cites the  concentration of isomalathion, an impurity that is more toxic than malathion, increases with temperature and time. (via CBC)

 

☀ There is a massive oil spill in Saskatchewan this week, near the town of Maidstone. The pipe line, owned by Husky Energy, has spilled more than 250,000 litres of crude oil into the river. The province has gone into crisis mode, with all reservoirs, water tanks and reserves being filled and residents being told to fill bathtubs and waterjugs. The oil is expected to hit the city by Sunday afternoon. Husky has plans to restart their second plant by the weekend. :/ (via theStar

UPDATE JUL24: booms set up to contain the spill have been breached and the oil is continuing to run down-river. (via cbc)

 

☀  The Canadian Premiers met this week in Whitehorse and one of the most significant things to come from the meetings was the announcement of the CFTA, the Canadian Free Trade Agreement, which will enable free trade across Canada across all sectors of the economy. Just how far reaching the agreement will be remains unseen, but this writer hopes it will result in more maple syrup and bannock. (via CBC)

 

☀  George Seliga, a Hamilton man who died in 2012, has left the Hamilton SPCA a significant donation in his will. In his will, he created a grant that will give the SPCA $65,000 every year for the aid and care of cats, to continue in perpetuity. The staff and volunteers here at A\J are pretty big cat people, so this story just brought smiles to our faces. (via CBC)

 

 

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