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.Read More
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.Read More
As someone constantly surrounded by fisheries management and currently policy changes, I've heard quite a bit surrounding the current Canadian governments proposed changes to the Fisheries Act. I wrote to some Ministers of Parliament and would like to share their responses with you.
Over the past year, a southern Ontario farming community has born first hand witness to one of the largest bait-and-switch environmental scandals the province has ever seen. Astoundingly, many main stream news outlets have let the story slip through the cracks.
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.
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.
How important is Ontario farmland to you?
After Highland Companies recently submitted a proposal to open a limestone quarry covering thousands of acres of our finest Class 1 agricultural land, many are stepping forward to help protect it.
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.
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.