Keystone XL Pipeline and an Interview with Elizabeth May

The last two weeks have seen major developments surrounding the Keystone XL pipeline route and its associated environmental impacts. This week our correspondents conducted a variety of interviews, including one with Elizabeth May, to delve deeper into the controversy surrounding this pipeline.

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The Keystone XL pipeline project is a proposed pipeline route which would pipe bitumen from the Canadian oil sands down to the gulf of Mexico. Our correspondent Myles Curry brings us a variety of interviews to help bring you up to speed on the battle over the Keystone XL pipeline.

Elizabeth May was elected to the house of representatives in the most recent election and promised to champion a number of environmental issues. High on her list was action on climate change. Correspondent David Kaczan spoke with her to find out whether she has managed to achieve any parts of her agenda in parliament thus far, as well as her take on the Keystone XL proposal.

News:

Canadian grades on drinking water: Ecojustice has released a report grading the ability of the Canadian provinces to manage their drinking water. Notable grades were granted to Ontario, which received an A and Alberta which came in last among Canadian provinces with a C-. Nunavut received the lowest grade with a D.

More on this story: Edmonton Journal, Calgary CTV

NDP versus PC over Keystone XL Pipeline: Members of the NDP have been the target of scolding at the hands of Alberta Premier Allison Redford and Prime Minister Stephen Harper this past week. Members of the NDP spoke against the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline to Washington politicians.

More on this story: Calgary Herald

Aquaculture charges in the Bay of Fundy: New Brunswick’s largest aquaculture company may face serious charges from the death of hundreds of lobsters in the Bay of Fundy. On November 1st, the Federal Environment department laid charges against three executives of Cook Aquaculture and Kelly Cove Salmon with 11 counts for allegedly violating Section 36(3) of the Fisheries Act. This section of the Act prohibits the deposit of a substance that is harmful to fish into fish-bearing waters.

More on this story: The Coaster

A few extra interesting news stories for this week: Richer Canadians create more greenhouse emissions, Canada’s Kent to speed environment reviews of big projects

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