Blood Nation

Fracking Blockade in Alberta & the Story of Paul Watson

Today we speak to members of the Blood Nation in southern Alberta who set up a blockade to stop hydraulic fracturing on their land. We investigate what’s meant by the term biophilia, and we bring you a review of the new movie Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson, which takes a look at the controversial leader of the anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd. All that, plus your round up of the week’s news headlines.

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Maija Tailfeathers standing in front of a fracking truck on the Blood Reserve in southern Alberta.

News Headlines

Peter Kent changes tone on coal regulations
CTV News
Winnipeg Free Press
Global News
Council of Canadians

Ontario’s proposed tax cuts bad for carbon emissions
Globe and Mail
Ottawa Citizen
CBC News

Ontario protests against wind power
Stratford Gazette
Meaford Independent
The Sun Times

Manitoba pig farmers voice opposition to Bill 46
Portage Daily Graphic
Winnipeg Sun

Conway Sandhills in PEI protected
The Guardian
Winnipeg Free Press
Environment Canada press release

Nova Scotia’s new provincial waste reduction plan
CBC News
CTV News


Fracking blockade on the Blood Reserve

Opposition to hydraulic fracturing has been fierce in many parts of Canada. June saw thousands rally against the controversial practice in Montreal, in early August a similar scene played out in Fredericton, and numerous smaller protests have taken place throughout the maritimes. Concern is also growing in northern BC. But in Alberta it’s largely been smooth sailing for the industry. At least until this past week. On Friday, members of the Blood Nation in southern Alberta attempted to block work on a fracking project, leading to several arrests. For more on the story, Steve Andersen spoke to Lois Frank of Kainai Earth Watch, the group that organized the blockade.

Video from the blockade is available here.


Movie Review: Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson

Today David Kaczan brings us a Green Screen Review of Eco-Pirate, the latest enviro-documentary from Vancouver’s Trish Dolman. This biographical movie focuses on Paul Watson, founder and leader of the controversial ocean-going activist group, Sea Shepherd. Eco-Pirate is currently screening in movie theatres around the country, so to help you decide whether to roll up and check it out, here’s our critical take.