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Expanding pipelines now doesn't make environmental or economic sense

November 29, 2016

The federal government's decision today to move ahead with Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline and Enbridge's Line 3 pipeline expansion flies in the face of efforts to prevent a 2 C increase in global average temperature, as Canada committed to in the Paris Agreement.

Giving a green light to the Kinder Morgan project, in particular, doesn't make sense from an environmental or an economic perspective. "This decision, along with the recent approval for Pacific NorthWest's highly polluting LNG project near Prince Rupert, is forcing fossil fuel infrastructure where it's not needed or wanted," David Suzuki Foundation director of science and policy Ian Bruce said. "We should finance a shift to renewable energy projects rather than support large, outdated infrastructure projects that lock us into climate-altering fossil fuel use for years to come."

The controversial decision comes amidst opposition from 59 First Nations and 21 municipalities representing more than two million people. The pipeline expansion would bring bitumen from Alberta's oilsands to B.C. for export.

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CEO Peter Robinson completes nine years of service to DSF; new CEO sought

November 29, 2016

After nine years of leadership at the David Suzuki Foundation, CEO Peter Robinson is ready to hand over the reins. Robinson, who was previously CEO at Mountain Equipment Co-op and BC Housing, and has worked with BC Parks and the Red Cross, said leading DSF through many significant changes was his "most rewarding position."

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Celebrated authors join growing movement to clean up mercury mess in Grassy Narrows

November 24, 2016

TORONTO, NOVEMBER 24, 2016 — This week, more than 60 of Canada's most celebrated authors joined the growing movement to clean up mercury contamination in Grassy Narrows, a northern Ontario community. The people of Grassy Narrows First Nation have been exposed to mercury in their waterways and fish since a pulp and paper company dumped almost ten tonnes of the potent neurotoxin on their site in the 1960s. In parliament yesterday, Ontario environment minister Glen Murray promised that the province will clean up mercury from the English-Wabigoon River system.

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Équiterre and David Suzuki Foundation applaud federal action to phase out neonicotinoid pesticide but criticize timeline

November 24, 2016

Ottawa — Yesterday Health Canada announced a proposal to phase out imidacloprid, a neonicotinoid pesticide widely used in agriculture in Canada, within three to five years. The proposal is based on new findings that imidacloprid poses unacceptable risks to aquatic insects, such as midges and mayflies, which are important food for fish, birds and other animals.

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Federal coal phase-out announcement a major win for health and climate action

November 21, 2016

VANCOUVER — The federal government's announcement to end conventional coal power by 2030 will accelerate Canada's shift to a clean economy. Doctors, environmental groups and people of all stripes have told government that carbon emissions and air pollution from coal power are unacceptable in a country with as many clean energy resources as Canada. And the government listened. The plan to support this shift with infrastructure investments in clean power sources like wind and solar will help spur innovation and develop Canada's clean tech sector, leading to jobs and economic growth.

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