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Feds stifle media questions around oil sands' toxic effects, FOIs reveal
For the first time ever a federal scientist is studying toxins in animals near the Alberta oilsands but Environment Canada won't let him speak with the media about his research.
Mar 27th, 2015
No start date in sight for Imperial Metals' Mount Polley spill cleanup
Sludge from the Imperial Metals Mount Polley mine tailings pond still clogs what used to be Hazeltine Creek and extends out into Quesnel Lake. No cleanup date is set.
Aug 14th, 2014
Locals refuse to drink water near Mount Polley despite authorities' assurances
Residents surrounding the Mount Polley mine are concerned about using the local water, even after officials have cleared it for drinking.
Aug 12th, 2014
Toxic tar sands waste leaking into groundwater, documents confirm
Government documents confirm Fort McMurray's massive tailings ponds are seeping tar sands waste into local groundwater.
Feb 20th, 2013
Japan earthquake continues to shake up Vancouverites
After the Japan earthquake and tsunami, locals continue to feel the impact of the disaster in their lives.
Mar 7th, 2012
Pulling meat inspectors in BC could mean unsafe food: Union
Federal inspectors yanked, provinces scramble to patch together alternate safety regime.
Aug 10th, 2011