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Global News

Eight years ago, the Ontario government ordered Weyerhaeuser Co. and a firm that later became Resolute Forest Products to care for a mercury waste-disposal site in Dryden, Ont., where toxic material from a pulp-and-paper mill’s operations entered the English-Wabigoon river system in the 1960s. In addition to harming people, the untreated mercury waste from chemical processing led to closure of a commercial fishery and hurt tourism in the region.  Click here to continue reading

Global News

An updated environmental review released by a state agency in the U.S. on Monday found no serious threat to Lake Superior if crude oil ever leaked from a new pipeline to replace Enbridge’s aging Line 3 across northern Minnesota. Click here to continue reading

Globe and Mail

Environmentalists are raising concerns about an Ontario plan to scrap a series of 25-year-old environmental standards for some large water polluters, but the province argues its proposal would not weaken the rules for dumping toxins into lakes and rivers. Click here to continue reading

CBC News

Water frozen at the tops of mountains that helps sustain up to a quarter of the human population is under threat from climate change, population growth and lack of proper management, according to a new international study. The systems store and transport water through glaciers, snow packs, lakes and streams. They supply water to 1.9 billion people on Earth. Click here to continue reading

Calgary Herald

The 50-metre by 30-metre model of the $432-million dam and reservoir was built by National Research Council of Canada. Those behind the reproduction — which cost $800,000 to build and use — say it was crucial in helping to understand how the dam would function during a high-water event that would let loose many tonnes of debris along the Elbow River. Click here to continue reading

CBC News

"I felt as if there was no way that avalanche can get me, because you know, it has to come off the side of the mountain onto the lake on the other side — which is about 100 metres from where I am … but as it was coming closer and closer I thought, oh, I'd better run." Click here to continue reading

Western Producer

As the Pest Management Regulatory Agency ponders the future of two key canola chemical treatments, it has real-world data to look at. The CCGA was involved in gathering wetlands data from Western Canada that would reveal how much clothianidin or thiamethoxam can end up in water near canola fields. Click here to continue reading


The worst drought in a century has slowed the Victoria Falls to a trickle, fuelling fears that climate change could kill one of the region’s biggest tourist attractions. Click here to continue reading