Posts tagged politics
Are you giving resource companies a social license to operate?

In the past decade or so, North America has seen a major shift in the way political decisions are made regarding resource use. What had for decades been a bi-partite policy system existing between the provincial/state government and the resource company has recently evolved into a multi-party policy system including a variety of stakeholders at the local and community level. This development has largely been lauded as a positive one, as it provides for a more direct form of citizen participation on issues of environmental, economic, and political significance. With such an expanded role, however, comes an increased responsibility to ensure that local values are being represented on a consistent basis – a task that local stakeholders have struggled with.

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6 must-read posts about environmentalism in 2013.

We've had a great year at The Starfish Canada! Thanks to your generous contributions, we'll be going nonprofit in 2014 and working to expand all of our current programming. In the meantime, let's take a look at some of the best articles of 2013, all done by volunteer writers.

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Elizabeth May: "It's not too late. It's 30 million to one."

Photo by BarrieGreens | flickr.com

Today, Elizabeth May (MP, Saanich-Gulf Islands and Green Party of Canada leader) delivered an inspiring and thought-provoking talk at Simon Fraser University, outlining what happened at the most recent Conference of the Parties (COP) in Durban, South Africa, and what to expect in Canada’s future.

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Oh, Canada...

Photo by Canadian Pacific | flickr.com

The title of the Canadian national anthem has never seemed as apt as it does now. But rather than the admiration and awe that the “O” is meant to inspire, Canadians and the rest of the world are more likely to utter “Oh, Canada” whilst shaking their heads in disapproval.

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Would The Real Top Predator Please Stand Up?

Photo by Keoki Seu | flickr.com

When people think of sharks, they generally picture enormous teeth, steely eyes, a bone-chilling fin above the water and the soundtrack of Jaws playing in their head. We rarely think of magnificent creatures that are crucial to the earth’s ecosystem. Unfortunately, the perception of sharks as evil man-eaters can sometimes blind us from their urgent need for preservation. This becomes an issue as shark fins have increasingly become a commodity.

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“Eppur Si Muove” – It Still Moves.

Photo by USFWS Atlantic | flickr.com

Sockeye salmon, also called red salmon or blue-black salmon, is native to the North Pacific Ocean and the rivers that discharge into it. One of thse rivers, the Fraser River, contains a sizeable population of sockeye, which are under imminent threat. They could be getting sick or even dying a slow death due to a cocktail of chemicals that we use on a daily basis in our homes.

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