The familiar clop-clop-clop of horses carrying tourists around Old Montreal has long been a familiar sound to locals and visitors, and a tradition for centuries. According to animal rights advocates, however, the calèches are an antiquated and often inhumane industry.
Scientist David Suzuki asks "how do we ensure the price of fossil fuels includes the costs of pollution, environmental degradation and climate disruption?" The simplest and proven way, he writes, is to put a price on carbon emissions.
Environmentalists have accused the B.C. government of lying about the amount of majestic, centuries-old trees left standing in the province. The National Observer reported last month that the B.C. government, through B.C. Timber Sales, had approved permits for logging that saw some of the world’s biggest red cedar and Douglas fir trees cut down in the Nahmint Valley on Vancouver Island.
June 8th is World Oceans Day, when people around our blue planet celebrate and honour the ocean, which connects us all. Under-regulated oil barges and articulated tug barges, which move vast quantities of oil and other fuels, require immediate attention.
As someone who feels completely at home in both, the tone of recent relations between our provinces has been unsettling for me. Increasingly we seem to be acting like siblings in a quarrel that is obstinate and escalating.