|Oil-train derailments expose folly of anti-pipeline movement #LSNenviroment - Saturday, March 14, 2015|
Oil-train derailments expose folly of anti-pipeline movement #LSNenviroment
CALGARY, AB--- March 14, 2015 ------ Four recent oil-train derailments – two in the United Stat
es and two in Canada accompanied by yet another drive-by rhetorical smear of the Keystone XL pipeline by U.S. President Barack Obama – have re-invigorated the debate over how Canadians and Americans transport oil.
The most recent spills and explosions in Illinois, West Virginia and Ontario all involved long oil trains of about 100 cars. So far as we know, they all met the most recent railcar designs and regulatory requirements in the U.S. and Canada.
The barrage of derailments continues to illuminate the folly of the anti-pipeline movement.
Because of an artificially created shortage of pipeline capacity in the U.S. and Canada, more petroleum products are moving by rail. This issue was deeply analyzed in a 2013 study I co-authored on Intermodal Safety in the Transport of Oil. Using the most comprehensive available U.S. data, we observed that while the vast majority of oil transported by any mode arrives safely at its destination, there are still discernable differences in relative safety. On virtually all metrics of safety, whether environmental or occupational, it was clear that movement of oil and gas is safest via pipeline and less safe via rail. read more ...
|Thunder Bay Generating Station Now Fuelled by Biomass - Monday, February 9, 2015|
Thunder Bay Generating Station Now Fuelled by Biomass
Thunder Bay, Ontario --- Feb. 9, 2015 /CNW/ - Ontario Power Generation's (OPG) Thunder Bay Generating Station (TBGS) is now in service and is leading the electricity industry with an exciting new technology. The station has been converted to use advanced biomass, a renewable, clean and dispatchable fuel.
"Ontario is a leader in building a clean energy system, and the completion of the conversion to use advanced biomass at Thunder Bay is key to building a cleaner future for the people of our province," said Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Energy. "Congratulations to OPG for their commitment to this initiative and recognizing the long-term benefits cleaner electricity generation will bring to the people of Ontario." read more ...
|Killing Keystone worse for the environment - Saturday, February 7, 2015|
Killing Keystone worse for the environment
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO, / CALGARY, AB/ Troy Media/ -February 7, 2015 --- The newest entrant into the ongoing saga of the serially-delayed Keystone XL pipeline is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which recently created yet another reason to delay the project that would carry Canadian oil to refineries in the U.S. Gulf Coast.
On Feb. 2, 2015, the EPA showed unusual alacrity in firing off a letter to the State Department, critiquing its now one-year-old Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on the Keystone XL project. With its letter to the State Department, the EPA is striking opportunistically, invoking what many analysts believe to be a short-term dip in oil prices to attack the Keystone XL pipeline despite the EPA’s own understanding that what really matters is the long-term price of oil. President Barack Obama is almost certain to take EPA’s letter as carte blanche to either kill the project outright or, as he more often does, punt it down the road by instructing the State Department to do a re-analysis that satisfies the EPA, which is almost certainly an insurmountable hurdle until the his Administration is out of office.
In a nutshell, EPA is challenging the State Department’s assumption that oil from Canadian oil sands would find alternative pathways to market and that, therefore, approving or disapproving the pipeline would not change Canada’s oil sand-associated greenhouse gas emissions. read more ...
BRUCE HYER BOARDs NATIONAL GREEN TRAIN IN ARMSTRONG
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- July 19, 2014 ---- Bruce Hyer, MP for Thunder Bay-Superior North and deputy leader of the Green Party of Canada will board the National Green Train at approximately 2:00 PM following a rally at the Armstrong rail station Monday morning.
“I’m very proud to have launched the successful Save Maritime Rail whistle stop tour to save VIA’s Halifax-to-Montreal line back in February,” Hyer said. “Now with the Green Train, we will bring our message to the whole country – it’s time to get our democracy and our rail system back on track.”
A long-time rail transportation advocate, Hyer has also worked extensively to restore passenger rail service along Lake Superior’s north shore.
On the Green Train, Hyer will join party members, candidates and supporters from across Canada for the journey to the Green Party’s National 2014 Convention read more.....>
Thunder Bay’s First Cyclist Transit Hub
THUNDER BAY, ON ------- April 28, 2014 –---- EcoSuperior and Thunder Bay Transit officially celebrated the opening of Thunder Bay’s first cyclist-friendly Transit Hub, located at 562 Red River Rd, in front the EcoSuperior office today.
The Hub is the result of a new partnership between EcoSuperior and Thunder Bay Transit, and consists of a large, fully-covered and accessible Transit shelter that has two covered areas – one specifically for Transit passengers with a bench and lighting, the other, for cyclists who want to lock up their bikes or pump air into their tires.
“We wanted to improve the transit and cycling friendliness of our site so we approached Transit and were really pleased that it fit with their plans,” said Ellen Mortfield, Executive Director of EcoSuperior.
“When we started talking with EcoSuperior, we immediately saw the potential for a great opportunity site so we collaborated on the modified shelter design that you see here,” said Jon Hendel, Planning and Marketing Analyst – Transit Services. read more.....>
EcoSuperior Call For Artists in Painted Rain Barrel Art Project
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- February 23, 2014 --- One of the year’s most unique art events is returning this spring and EcoSuperior, Thunder Bay, is looking for more artists to participate. The Painted Rain Barrel Art Project is an opportunity to showcase local talent on a unique canvas, and several cash prizes will be awarded.
Artists, both amateur and professional, as well as community groups, businesses and schools are invited to submit an application for their rain barrel design before the end of February. Up to 30 artists will be selected to creatively paint a rain barrel supplied by EcoSuperior. The finished rain barrels will be sold in a silent auction sponsored by Landale Gardens during the Home & Garden Show April 4 - 6.
“The barrels we use for this event are re-purposed olive and pickle shipping barrels, fitted with a spigot, overflow hose and screened lid insert,” says EcoSuperior Executive Director Ellen Mortfield. “So they are already re-used, and now we are giving them yet another life as an art object.” read more .....>
Climate Change Expands Preferred Thermal Habitat for Lake Superior
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- May 27, 2013 ---- Climate change impacts on Lake Superior could mean better conditions for some sportfish, worse for others Climate Change Expands Preferred Thermal Habitat for Lake Superior
Climate Change Impacts on Lake Superior Could Mean Better Conditions for Some Sportfish, Worse for Others Using a mix of computer modeling and temperature measurements, Wisconsin Sea Grant-funded researchers have found that water temperature changes over the past 27 years have made conditions more favorable for Chinook salmon, walleye and lean lake trout and less favorable for siscowet lake trout, which prefer colder water and have lost about 20 percent of their historical habitat. The results (http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0062279) were recently published in PLOS One, a journal of the Public Library of Science.
The project builds on research by the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Large Lakes Observatory, which found that Lake Superior is warming at a relatively fast rate. Surface water temperatures increased 2.5 degrees Celsius between 1979 and 2006.
“People should be paying attention to Lake Superior. It’s warming at one of the fastest rates of any other lake observed on Earth,” said Timothy Cline, lead author of the University of Wisconsin-Madison study and now a graduate student in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington. “With this project, we wanted to investigate how that temperature change can alter the distribution of fish species in the lake.” read more...... >
PUBLIC SUPPORT NEEDED TO ENSURE FORESTRY JOBS
KENORA, ON --- February 13, 2013 --- Ontario’s forests are a valuable renewable resource that employs over 200,000 hard working Ontarians in over 260 communities.
In an Environmental Registry posting on January 24, 2013 the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) outlined its preferred transition measures for various economic development sectors under the Endangered Species Act (2007). This proposed regulation is consistent with a long-standing commitment from the government and includes a series of recommendations aimed at improving the way the MNR implements the ESA.
Mayor David Canfield, Executive VP of the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association agrees, “Despite alarmist claims from special interest groups like Greenpeace and the Suzuki Foundation, this proposed regulation provides some much needed balance to the implementation of the ESA for Ontario’s forest industry. The mandatory protection of species at risk and their habitat has been part of Forest Management Plans for nearly 20 years and those protections will be upheld.”
“A key component of this proposed regulation is the recognition by the Government that forestry activities already provide for the protection of species at risk and their habitat,” says Jamie Lim, President & CEO of the Ontario Forest Industries Association. “This regulation does not give the forest industry a free ride: it guarantees that the recovery of species at risk will continue, while also ensuring that economic development activities, such as forestry, will be allowed to proceed without unnecessary impacts.” read more....>
ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT PANEL EXCLUDES NORTHERN COMMUNITIES
THUNDER BAY, ON --- January 24, 2013 - The Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association (NOMA) is expressing extreme disappointment that they were excluded from a government appointed panel that was tasked with providing recommendations to the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) on how to improve the implementation of the provincial Endangered Species Act (ESA). On January 21, 2013, the Endangered Species Act Panel Report and Recommendations was released for public review.
While NOMA awaits an explanation from the government for being left out of the discussion, they are pleased to note a recommendation outlining the need for mandatory socio-economic impact assessments on all ESA related policies. read more.....>
Thunder Bay Hydro Solar To Power 36 homes
Thunder Bay, ON – January 19, 2013 --- Thunder Bay Hydro’s first two commercial solar photovoltaic (PV) systems are now generating power on City of Thunder Bay buildings. Combined, the 280 kilowatt (kW) system on the Victoriaville Parkade and the 60 kW system on the Superior North EMS Headquarters can produce enough electricity per year to power 36 homes.
“The cooperative nature of a project like this cannot be underestimated. Over a dozen local
companies and organizations worked together successfully on these installations. I’d like to express our gratitude for the effort it took to make it happen,” says Jim Kibiuk, Senior Manager of Renewable Energy Development at Thunder Bay Hydro.
Construction on the two installations began in early November 2012 under Thunder Bay Hydro’s
SEED Initiative (Sustainable Electric Energy Development). read more.....>
CLOSING EXPERIMENTAL LAKES PENNY WISE, ‘POND’ FOOLISH
OTTAWA, Ontario – June 12, 2012 --- Independent Thunder Bay, Ontario, MP Bruce Hyer was joined by Liberals, New Democrats, Green Leader Elizabeth May, and fisheries researchers in Ottawa Tuesday, at a press conference calling on the government to reverse its decision to close the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA). The world-renowned research facility is scheduled to close next March 31 if the government’s 452-page omnibus budget implementation bill passes without amendment this week.
“I have just come back from visiting Kenora this weekend,” said Hyer. “I was scheduled to visit the Experimental Lakes, but the Government denied access despite the fact that many researches there were eager to show me their facility: the crown jewel of freshwater research. This is just further evidence that the government is muzzling scientists and preventing them from talking to MPs.”
“Both Kenora MP Greg Rickford and I were invited to a town hall meeting in Kenora to hear from residents about the closing of the ELA,” continued Hyer. I heard an earful. Like Canadians across the country, people there are expecting their elected MPs to stand up for them. MPs can have the integrity to stand up – inside and outside Parliament – for their constituents and for Canadians, or they can bow to the whip and their party line. I hope David Wilks, Greg Rickford, and 11 other Conservative MPs will respect their constituents’ wishes and oppose this ideological omnibus budget bill in votes tomorrow. We need 13 Conservative MPs with courage to see the bill defeated or split up” read more.....>
Regular Water Use Resumes Thunder Bay
June 12, 2012, – – – Residents and businesses can return to regular water use now that the Atlantic Avenue Water Pollution Control Plant is processing its normal daily flow.
“We appreciate all the efforts made by residents and businesses across the city to reduce water use,” said Mayor Keith Hobbs. “It’s definitely made a difference and we’re now a step closer to restoring our community.”
The motors for the plant’s four pumps are operational and performing well, said Darrell Matson, General Manager – Infrastructure & Operations.
“Water use can now return to normal, keeping in mind that water conservation is an environmental responsibility we all share. Every drop of water we use needs to be treated and cleaned before being returned to the lake, which is a costly process. We will advise the public if further restrictions are required due to rainfall or unforeseen issues,” Matson said. read more.....>
Moose population continues to decline; hunting season to be evaluated
DULUTH, MN --- February 25, 2011 --- Minnesota's moose population continues to decline, dropping from an estimate of 4,900 in 2011 to 4,230 in 2012, according to the annual aerial survey by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
"Estimates from the survey and results from research using radio-collared moose both indicate that the population has been declining in recent years," said Mark Lenarz, DNR forest wildlife group leader.
Minnesota's moose population was estimated at 8,840 in 2006 and has trended downward since then.
The causes of moose mortality are not well understood. Of 150 adult moose radio-collared since 2002 in Minnesota, 119 have subsequently died, most from unknown causes thought to be diseases or parasites. Ten moose died as a result of highway vehicle accidents. Two were killed by trains. Only 11 deaths were clearly the result of wolf predation. read more......>
ENVIRONMENT MUST NOT TRUMP ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL CONSIDERATIONS, SAYS NOMA
THUNDER BAY ON – December 7, 2011 --- The Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association (NOMA) is responding to the 2011 Annual Report by the Environmental Commissioners Office (ECO) entitled “Engaging Solutions”. NOMA supports the need for environmental protection and believes that any government initiative should be based on the three pillars of sustainability – social, economic and environmental. As such, NOMA is extremely disturbed by the ECO’s apparent lack of consideration of the social and economic impacts of provincial government initiatives in favour of environmental progress at all costs.
Of particular concern is the Caribou Conservation Plan, an untested policy document that outlines the government’s approach to caribou management, and the statement made by the ECO that “the public might be surprised by the limited extent to which conservation measures would actually affect local communities”. read more.....>
Nipigon Investigating becoming a Nuclear Waste Host Community
NIPIGON, ON ----- November 13, 2011 --- At its November 8 meeting, Nipigon’s Town Council passed a resolution expressing interest in continuing to learn more about the Adaptive Phased Management plan for nuclear waste disposal. Nipigon’s expression of interest will provide residents with information about Canada’s plan for managing used nuclear fuel and the steps in the process for identifying a host community.
“Ultimately, any decision about nuclear waste must be made by the people of the communities that are impacted.” said Nipigon’s Mayor Richard Harvey. “It is of the utmost importance that Nipigon and surrounding communities be fully informed about Adaptive Phase Management so that we can make good decisions” read more......>
Nipigon Council visits Pickering Waste Management Facility
Nipigon, ON ---- October 23, 2011 --- Township of Nipigon representatives visited Toronto recently to meet with the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) to learn about Canada’s plan for the long-term management of used nuclear fuel. The ‘learn more’ opportunity, funded by the NWMO, included a detailed briefing by NWMO staff, and a tour of the Pickering Waste Management Facility, where used nuclear fuel is currently stored on an interim basis. read more.......>
Canadian Peregrine Foundation Sends letter of Support for NMEPC
THUNDER BAY, ON ----- September 29, 2011 --- Mark Nash, DirectorThe Canadian Peregrine Foundation wrote in his letter to the Nor’Wester Mountain Escarpment Protection Committee that "We are delighted to support the efforts of the Nor’Wester Mountain Escarpment Protection Committee (NMEPC) in their position of the proposed wind farm in this area. While the Canadian Peregrine Foundation supports renewable energy schemes in principal, providing that they are environmentally sound and safe. We also believe that any and all wind farming projects of this kind should never be located or sited in or near to environmentally sensitive areas.
After more than 35 years of a National Peregrine Recovery program here in Canada, (and in particular here in Ontario), we have more than 90% of Ontario’s recovering peregrine population situated in these northern regions. Sadly, many of these surrounding areas and critical habitats are already all under enormous pressures as a result of other industrial and commercial development activities. read more....>
Another McGuinty let down for Northwestern Ontario
THUNDER BAY,ON — September 26, 2011 -- If Dalton McGuinty is willing to cancel the Mississauga Power Plant, don’t families in Thunder Bay-Atikokan deserve the same consideration? Many families, especially in Neebing Township, have fought long and hard to try and stop this industrial wind farm from being built. Isn’t it time for Dalton McGuinty to listen to them as well?
“I’m calling on my Liberal opponent Bill Mauro to join me in calling on Dalton McGuinty to listen to families in Thunder Bay-Atikokan who want to stop the proposed Nor’Wester industrial wind farm before it reaches the construction phase. If Dalton McGuinty is willing to cancel the Mississauga Power Plant, there is no reason he can’t stop this project as well.” said Fred Gilbert, Ontario PC candidate for Thunder Bay-Atikokan
After the Dalton McGuinty Liberals panicked and cancelled the unpopular Mississauga Power Plant to try and save the seats of their Liberal MPPs, today Ontario PC candidate Fred Gilbert is calling on the Liberals to listen to families in the Thunder Bay area and stop the proposed industrial wind farm on the Nor’Westers before it reaches the construction phase.
While Dalton McGuinty has a long history of ignoring people for the better part of four years, only to “listen” just before an election, Tim Hudak and the Ontario PC Party will listen to families each and every day. On October 6th Ontario families face a clear choice between Dalton McGuinty who has turned his back on families in the north or Tim Hudak and Fred Gilbert who will restore local decision making. read more....>
Hogweed Found in Northwestern Ontario
THUNDER BAY, ON ----- August 21, 2011 --- Over a very ago Lake Superior News report of Hogweed was creeping across Ontario and Wisconsin. According to the Atikokan Progress it as arrived in Northwestern Ontario this summer. The plant exudes a clear watery sap, which sensitizes the skin to ultraviolet radiation. This can result in severe burns to the affected areas resulting in severe blistering and painful dermatitis. read more....>
Ottawa Scores Well In Chemicals Report Card
Toronto, ON – -- July 7, 2011 ------ “We congratulate the Harper government on its leadership in the area of toxic chemicals,” said Dr. Rick Smith, Executive Director of Environmental Defence and co-author of the bestselling book on toxic products, Slow Death by Rubber Duck . “In large part, this program is achieving what it set out to do, and has put Canada ahead of most other countries in dealing with chemicals that adversely impact the environment and human health.”
Today, Environmental Defence released a report card on the federal government’s Chemicals Management Plan (CMP). The program designed to systematically examine toxic chemicals in consumer items and industry practices reached a five year milestone this year, with more work to come.
Ottawa Scores Well In Chemicals Report Card: Program establishes world-leading Canadian leadership but more progress needed on petroleum sector read more.....>
New Plan Will Divert 125 Tonnes of Waste in Sault North
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario - June 22, 2011 --- The Sault North Waste Management Council (SNWMC) is proud to announce the completion of an exciting project that will change the environmental face of Sault North! In 2010, they were awarded a $28,700 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) to complete a new, five-year, Strategic Plan. After much hard work, they have completed that project and have officially release their new Strategic Plan for 2011-2015.
The strategies that form part of the plan were developed through a process of consultation and collaboration with key stakeholders and members. Their input and guidance resulted in a shared understanding of the situation and the creation of strategies designed to move towards a vision, mission and goals. read more.....>
Clean those reusable shopping bags
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- June 15, 2011 ------ Health Canada is reminding Canadians to take steps to prevent cross-contamination of foods when shopping with reusable grocery bags and bins.
As an environmental choice, many Canadians are now shopping with reusable bins, plastic bags and cloth bags to reduce the amount of plastic they are using. Health Canada supports the proper use of these products, but it is important that Canadians use them safely to prevent cross-contamination of food with bacteria that can cause foodborne illness.
Because these bags and plastic bins are reused frequently, they can pick up bacteria from the foods they carry, or from their environment (the ground, the back of your car or the items stored in them between grocery trips).
In Thunder Bay you are charge for plastic bags at Metro if you do not use a reusable bag. read more....>
Lab Tests Find Toxic Heavy Metals in MakeupThat Canadian Women Wear Every Day
TORONTO, ON - May 17, 2011 - Environmental Defence calls on Health Canada to improve and regulate impurity limits, and enforce impurities disclosure. Cosmetic products that Canadians put on their faces every day have been found to contain toxic heavy metals, such as lead, arsenic, and cadmium, according to a report released today by Environmental Defence. In a lab test of the products in six Canadian women's makeup bags, each of the 49 products was found to be contaminated with heavy metals and some products contained levels of arsenic and lead that far exceeded the limits recommended by Health Canada. None of the products listed the metals on the labels. read more...>
Minnesota Waters 2011 Awards: Call for Nominations
St. Cloud, MN. May 11, 2011: Minnesota Waters, the statewide non-profit dedicated to empowering citizens to protect and improve the lakes and rivers of Minnesota, announces its 2011 awards nomination process is now open.
For its tenth consecutive year Minnesota Waters will spotlight the top citizen volunteers who have done amazing things for their lake or river from across the state. The winners will be celebrated and awards will be presented at Minnesota Waters’ annual RiverNight celebration, August 17, 2011 on Harriet Island, St. Paul, MN. read more.....>
Get down and dirty
THUNDER BAY, ON --- May 3, 2011 ----- You've heard the phrase "get down and dirty". Well, it's very difficult for disabled people and seniors to "get down" in the garden no matter how badly they would love to get "dirty". The Thunder Bay, Ogden/Simpson & East End Veggie Garden Project (VGP) has been working towards the day when those who can't 'get down' will be able to garden in raised beds. With your help, that day could be sooner rather than later .... and that help is as close as your computer.
The VGP made application to the Pepsi "Refresh Everything " grant program for $10,000.00 "to increase safe accessibility in our 'backyard' community garden". The idea was accepted and is now registered for online voting. The process needs all VGP'ers, family, friends, gardeners, neighbours ... anybody in Canada who likes the idea, to sign up on the Pepsi website and vote once a day, everyday from now til June 30th. They need believers to recruit their friends and so on and so on until there is a big enough voting base to win one of the (3) $10,000.00 grants available. The vote is started so there is no time to waste. ... read on to learn why you should choose to vote for the the VGP 'backyard' community garden project. read more......>
Thunder Bay Field Naturalists’ Pine Bay Nature Reserve
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- April 27, 2011 --- The Thunder Bay Field Naturalists’ Pine Bay Nature Reserve has many important natural features: a Provincially Significant Wetland along the Lake Superior shore; a number of regionally rare species; a nursery for spawning fish at the mouth of the Pine River. But inland, a section of the property which has been logged several times with no replanting is dominated by small aspen trees.
TBFN has a plan to improve diversity at the site so that it will more closely resemble the historic forest. The planting area has been prepared by a group of Nature Guardian volunteers from Ontario Nature. read more......>
More surprised and confused about Horizon Wind Farm
THUNDER BAY, ON ------- April 17, 2011 --- The Nor’Wester Mountain Escarpment Protection Committee is surprised and confused about the brand new project Horizon Wind has developed and placed on their website for public review. This substantially changed project information will be very confusing to citizens of Thunder Bay and therefore must be presented as a new development proposal.
NMEPC co-chairs note, “There is a certain level of frustration with the City, who surely must have been aware that the proponent was proposing to use new turbine sizes, and could have fulfilled its 27 Megawatt original project with 14 towers. The 4 tower locations the City had expressed concerns with are not even required! Instead we now have a 36 Megawatt project with more towers, increased heights, and exclusive access provided through Loch Lomond Road. It seems that the lawsuit was obviously not needed, and that the City of Thunder Bay wasted hundreds of thousands of dollars on lawyers – money which could have been used on better things. read more.......>
MOE rejected Horizons REA
Federal Hardrock Minerals Prospecting Permits Project
April 7, 2011 - Duluth, MN - The Forest Service has completed the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Federal Hardrock Minerals Prospecting Permits Project on the Superior National Forest and is inviting the public to review, comment, and attend public open houses on the draft EIS.
This project involves exploration on federal lands within the Superior National Forest for federally-owned hardrock minerals such as copper, nickel, platinum, and others. Proposed mineral exploration activities include drilling, geophysical surveying, and support activities using motorized vehicles. Rock samples obtained from exploration drilling allow for mineral content in geological formations to be determined. The draft EIS for the Project analyzes the potential effects of prospecting permit applications and operating plans currently under consideration and the potential effects of future mineral prospecting activity anticipated forest-wide over the next twenty years. read more...>
Nor’wester Mountain Escarpment Protection Committee NMEPC to Appear Before Council Monday
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- April 3, 2011 --- Nor’wester Mountain Escarpment Protection Committee have permission of the City Clerk to appear before Council on Monday everning and to present there comments on on the Big Thunder Wind Park development lawsuit settlement report.
This report has inaccuracies, and omissions.
Council should ensure that this report contains all sufficient information to make a decision.
You can watch this council meeting here on Lake Superior News starting at 6:30 p.m. Monday April 4th, read more......>
Recommendations Big Thunder Wind Park Development
THUNDER BAY, ON ----- April 3, 2011 --- EVERYONE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN A PUBLIC DEMONSTRATION OF CONCERN AT CITY COUNCIL MONDAY NIGHT APRIL 4TH, 2011 AT 6 PM
This topic has been a real “hot spot” for debate in our community recently and Thunder Bay citizens are entitled to let Council know that they are not pleased with Administration’s rush to Recommend approval of the so-called “new & improved” project.
Visit the City’s website for maps and information. http://www.thunderbay.ca/City_Government/City_Council_Meetings.htm
Council may vote on Monday night to approve turbines 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 8 and 9. THESE TURBINES ARE 141 METRES, 463 FT. TALL. THE REST OF THE TURBINES FOR PHASE 2 AND 3, ARE 161 METRES (528 FEET) AND 186 METRES (610 FEET) TALL. The further back they go, the larger the turbines; in fact some future turbines do not have any height restrictions at all!
In view of the number of changes to the project, Council needs to review the most current and relevant knowledge about wind farm developments, world-wide recommended set backs, the impact to our health, the natural environment and our future. Come and voice your concern! read more.....>
Community Leaders and Organizations Get It! Ontario’s Forest Sector is Renewable
THUNDER BAY, ON - March 3, 2011 - The Ontario Forest Industries Association (OFIA) is pleased to announce that on March 2, 2011, at its 68th Annual Meeting, OFIA recognized the outstanding contributions of community organizations and leaders at an Ontario Forest Sector Champion Awards celebration. read more...>
Off Shore Wind Farms Blown Away!
THUNDER BAY, ON ------- February 18, 2011 ---- The recent announcement by the government to place a moritorium on off shore wind farms is a small step in the right direction. About time I'd say. You can't cover up a ineffective program, especially one of this magnitude, with lip gloss and shine. What a mess this entire Green Energy Act is! Come clean Liberal Party of Canada, admit your mistake and face your errors. That's what my mother taught me. You just don't keep making more mistakes to cover the "other" bigger mistake. Now that the wind farm environmental, health and cost issues are finally being recognized and heard, let's do this right! Wipe the slate clean, and start again.
This is how it all started for me said Anna Marchese. Couple of days back I read the headlines in various newspapers about the Provinical moratorium of these huge industrial structures and I thought (FINALLY!!!) that the same should go for on shore wind turbines too! read more......>
Superior Resource Advisory Committee Accepting Projects for Secure Rural Schools Funding
Duluth, MN - January 29, 2011 ---- The Superior Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) is accepting proposals for a second round of projects that qualify for funding under Title II of the reauthorized Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act. To qualify for Title II funding, RAC projects must be located on national forest system lands in Cook, Lake and St. Louis counties or on other nearby lands if the project will benefit the resources on the Superior National Forest. Approximately $400,000 was awarded last year and an additional $400,000 will be available in 2011 as part of this federal revenue-sharing program for counties containing federal lands. read more......>
Minnesota state parks’ free maple syruping programs are a sweet deal
MINNESOTA - March 1, 2011 - The annual springtime tradition of maple syruping is about to begin with several Minnesota state parks hosting workshops in March and April.
Some events are demonstrations only; while others provide hands-on opportunities to participate in each step of the process, from drilling holes in the trees to boiling the sap to reduce water content. It usually takes 30-40 gallons of sap to get one gallon of pure maple syrup.
THUNDER BAY, ON ----- April 10, 2011 ----- This speaks to a significant problem with the Horizon REA as it was rejected after only an ‘initial screening’. This is the first and lowest hurdle in the approvals process. Following the initial screening, a detailed review would then have been carried out, and only then the application proposal (REA) posted for 60 day public review. Following the 60 day posting the MOE would review comments and consider whether it should approve or deny the project.
Did you know:
CKPR TV tower on Mt Blady is at 225 ft tall
Proposed Tower measurements, for the Norwester's are:
From the base of the turbine to the tip of the blade when the blade is at at 12 o'clock position.
141 metres = 463 ft.
186 metres = 610 ft.
All councillors should be aware that as of sometime prior to March 28 the MOE rejected Horizons REA, and termed it ‘incomplete’. It was returned to Horizon. read more......>
Minnesota state parks’ free maple syruping programs are a sweet deal
MINNESOTA - March 1, 2011 - The annual springtime tradition of maple syruping is about to begin with several Minnesota state parks hosting workshops in March and April.
Some events are demonstrations only; while others provide hands-on opportunities to participate in each step of the process, from drilling holes in the trees to boiling the sap to reduce water content. It usually takes 30-40 gallons of sap to get one gallon of pure maple syrup.
Thunder Bay’s natural beauty is not for sale
Wilkinson Backsdown of Eco Tax
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- October 12, 2010 ----In a prepared statement Environment John Wilkinson said, "On July 1st, a new program run by Stewardship Ontario took effect to divert household hazardous waste from landfills. Ontarians quickly recognized that the program that started July 1 was flawed because it applied to some products that made little sense to consumers -- and forced consumers to pay fees, in some cases inconsistently, on some routine household purchases.
Programs that existed prior to July 1, 2010, which currently divert, recycle and dispose of electronics, tires and household hazardous wastes such as paint and single-use batteries, will continue. To help ensure these programs are fair and transparent, and that money is used solely to keep hazardous waste out of landfills, read more......>
PUBLIC CONSULTATION REPORT RELEASED Nor'Wester Wind Turbines
THUNDER BAY, ON ------- October 5, 2010 ---- The Nor’wester Mountain Escarpment Protection Committee today released its own Public Consultation Report which outlines their events, news items, meetings and programs held to date regarding the proposed industrial wind farm on the Nor’Wester Mountains.
The original report is being sent to Doris Dumais, Director of the Environmental Assessment and Approvals Branch for the Ministry of the Environment. The MOE requires all wind energy project proponents to conduct proper public consultation to satisfy their Renewable Energy Application. read more.....>
Wind turbines in Lake Superior?
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- October 1, 2010 ---- Seven wind turbine installations involving 900 turbines are being planned for the Algoma region of Lake Superior. Off-shore installations are planned for Mica Bay and Alona Bay on Lake Superior. These installations will provide a precedent for further installations in the water and along the coast.
Wind turbines in Lake Superior? And the deadline to object is Monday, October 4th. Aren’t wind turbines in Lake Superior like throwing acid in the face of Mona Lisa? A defilement? A sacrilege?
Catherine Bayne talks to one of the many individuals who stop at the Ontario Government’s lookout at Alona Bay. If the Ontario government’s “green” energy plan has its way, a major installation of wind turbines will stand astride in the cobalt water behind her like flailing Goliaths. read more......>
Mapleward Renewable Generating Station Inaugurated
Thunder Bay, ON – September 8, 2010 ---- Thunder Bay Hydro Renewable Power Incorporated has inaugurated the first project under its’ SEED Initiative (Sustainable Electricity Energy Development) – a 3.2-megawatt electricity generating station that will take harmful methane gas that has been removed from the local landfill and will produce enough electricity to power approximately 3,000 homes annually.
The Mapleward Renewable Generating Station was presented to invited guests and the media in a ribbon cutting ceremony today. Free tours for the general public will be available at three times during this afternoon. read more......>
Tournament Anglers Battle Invasive Species
Brooklyn Center, MN - August 25, 2010 --- Wildlife Forever granted $80,000 in funding this past spring to seven Great Lake states for media outreach alerting sportsmen and vacationers to Clean - Drain - Dry their boats to help Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!
Fifty highway billboards along major travel routes show what can happen if invasive species go unchecked; contaminating boats and fishing gear, in some cases, a big ticket. Advertisements in popular outdoor publications and angler websites depict images of dead and rotting fish when foreign fish viruses are introduced. read more......>
EcoTax on Hold
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- July 20, 2010 --- This morning, Dalton McGuinty's Liberals announced they are scrapping their recently announced eco-tax,imposed while Ontario families were celebrating Canada Day.
Tim Hudak and the Ontario PC Party were first to pledge to scrap this unnecessary tax grab, which had absolutely nothing to do with protecting the environment.
Once Tim Hudak shone a light on the eco-tax, other glaring issues came to light: partisan Liberal insiders again leading "arms-length" agencies that took money from Ontario families; A tax implemented so badly that even sophisticated retailers couldn't figure it out; and a minister who simply could not and would not explain why this tax was necessary, or where the money was going. read more.....>
LRCA NSSA Enhance Fish Habitat on McIntyre River
THUNDER BAY, ON ------ July 20, 2010 ---- North Shore Steelhead Association Partners with Conservation Authority to Enhance Fish Habitat on McIntyre River.
An erosion control project, about to get underway on the McIntyre River, will include an innovative habitat enhancement component.
The McIntyre River, near Central Avenue and Riverside Drive, suffered significant erosion following a major storm in June, 2008. The on-going erosion will eventually threaten the stability of Riverside Drive; therefore, measures to slow the deterioration of the riverbank are being undertaken by the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority (LRCA). read more ......>
Giant Hogweed Spreading Across Ontario Wisconsin
THUNDER BAY, ON ----- July 11, 2010 --- Giant hogweed weed that can grow six metres tall, sprout massive leaves and produce toxic, blindness inducing sap is creeping across Ontario and Wisconsin, however at this time no reports in Minnesota . and parts of British Columbia. The sap can result in severe burns to the affected areas of the skin resulting in severe blistering and painful dermatitisThe leaves on the weed fan out as much as 1.5 metres in diameter. read more.....>
Marathon PGM Tailings Management Scenario
MARATHON, ON --- July 9, 2010 --- Members of Citizens for a Mine appreciate and are pleased with Marathon PGM’s decision to abort the option.
At the public information meeting on May 27th, Teri Burgess, a member of Citizens for a Responsible Mine, asked the Marathon PGM representatives and consultants if they would consider removing the North/Bamoos option from their formal environmental assessment submission. The response at the meeting was ‘no’, MarathonPGM would not withdraw the option. The recent decision to abort the Bamoos Lake option indicates that Marathon PGM is wisely responding to expanding public input regarding the development of the mine. read more......>
Micro-FIT solar energy system Nipigon Red Rock
NIPIGON, ON ---- June 16, 2010 ---- Gary Lange of the Nipigon - Red Rock area turned on the first micro-FIT solar energy system in Northwestern Ontario connected with Hydro-One today. The system installation is located at Gary’s residence, making him a local pioneer for green energy installations.
A true local entrepreneur, Gary is not only the owner operator of Bowman Island Charters, but as an alternative energy enthusiast, he has been selling off grid solar energy systems for 25 years. The Feed in Tariff program has been in the works for some time, and Gary has been anticipating the program launch, which finally took place in October of 2009. He is first in line to install a system, saying, “It was a no brainier because of the return on investment.” Gary is leading the way to greener energy in Northwestern Ontario read more.....>
Peregrine Falcon Survey Underway
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- July 17, 2010 ---- According to the Thunder Bay Field Naturalists website, prior to the 1960's, the Peregrine Falcon, Falco peregrinus anatum, was a summer breeding resident of Lake Superior's north shore. This continental subspecies vanished from their rocky eyries, primarily as the result of man's use of agricultural pesticides (DDT and its metabolites) in the environment.
In 1973, the Canadian Wildlife Service and the University of Saskatchewan initiated the Peregrine Falcon Recovery Program. In 1989, the Thunder Bay Field Naturalists, with support from the Ministry of Natural Resources, launched Project Peregrine in an attempt to reintroduce this species to the Superior north shore. read more....>
Desperate Bear with plastic pail on its head
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- July 21, 2010 ----- Residents of a Summer Cottage community just east of Thunder Bay are very upset about the MNR being unable to rescue a young bear with a plastic jar lodged on the head.
Last week the bear was spotted on highway 11 17 about 30 km east of Thunder Bay. Workmen doing highway construction work tried to remove the jar from the bear head unsuccessfully. When residents on this past Monday contacted Bear Wise they were told that they had received a number of calls about the bear. read more....>
City Engaging Expert to Review Big Thunder Wind Park Project
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- September 21, 2010 – Following an update Monday on legal and property matters related to the proposed Big Thunder Wind Park, the City is engaging an external expert to review information requested on the project in order to bring a report for a decision by City Council in open session on Oct. 4, 2010.
City Council has authorized Administration to engage an expert to review information previously requested on the project, particularly with respect to financial data on each turbine and view sheds that illustrate their locations.
The Big Thunder Wind Farm development is proposed for lands owned by the City and has been the subject of a number of Council meetings over the past six months.
“The City is being thorough in its due diligence and it is important that we deal with this project in a timely way,” said Tim Commisso, City Manager. read more.....>
THUNDER BAY, ON --- October 14, 20101 ----- Members of the Nor’Wester Mountain Escarpment Protection Committee, (NMEPC) wish to publicly thank those councillors (Linda Rydholm, Aldo Ruberto, Joe Virdiramo, Mark Bentz and Frank Pullia) who supported the goals and mission of the group to protect citizens of Thunder Bay and the Nor’Wester Mountain Range. Last night's vote was 7 to 5, with much information still needed so that Council and the people of Thunder Bay understand the true nature of the whole project. We still don’t know the full number of turbines, all their locations, the road access, and what the mountain will look like (i.e. the viewshed) and if any or all of these aspects were taken into consideration. read more......>
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- June 9, 2010 ---- This summer Art Burns is making an epic journey. He is traveling from Dundas Ontario to Langley B.C. by e-bike. “No-one has made this kind of trip on a scooter style electric bike” says Art. It will put these e-bikes to the test. His ride is a Velotec Challenger RSV e-bike. His bike is equipped with a set of lithium ion batteries which is out of the ordinary for this model. The bike features a front disk brake which Art feels would be needed due to the extra weight he will be carrying on this trip and the hills in British Columbia. read more...>
Arbor Day Celebrates 650 New Trees in Thunder Bay
THUNDER BAY, ON - May 19, 2010 – The 4th Annual Arbor Day celebration was held on Saturday May 15 at the Current River Community Centre, with 650 new trees planted in and around Boulevard Lake. read more...>
Citizen Group Wants Rigorous Review of Proposed Mine
MARATHON, ON --- May 14, 2010 ---- “Citizens for a Responsible Mine” (CRM) is a group of people centered in Marathon, Ontario who would like to support Marathon PGM Corporation in its efforts to develop and operate a clean, responsible mine. These people welcome the PGM mine into their community AND seek a rigorous environmental assessment of the project in an effort to achieve a mine that benefits the community and respects the natural environment. read more......>
A Look at Electric Cars
THUNDER BAY, ON --- May 10, 2010 --- New gadgets are coming to North American roads in the next couple of years. The first generation of electric vehicles will be unleashed on the public. These cars will not be hybrid or partially powered by electricity but completely powered by on board high energy density batteries. read more....>
Hyer's Key Climate Change Bill Adopted
OTTAWA – May 5, 2010 --- The country’s only federal climate change bill passed a final vote in the House of Commons Wednesday night with the support of New Democrat, Bloc, and Liberal MPs. The bill was introduced in February 2009 by Thunder Bay – Superior North MP Bruce Hyer as a private member’s bill, and has survived numerous roadblocks and delays before tonight’s successful vote. read more.....>
BREAKFAST WITH THE ONTARIO FOREST INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION
THUNDER BAY, ON - April 30, 2010 - The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce is very pleased to announce that we will be hosting a Breakfast with the Ontario Forest Industries Association (OFIA) President, Jamie Lim. This event will take place on Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at the Travelodge Hotel Airlane. read more...>
Citizens Give City Passing Grade in Environmental Initiative Poll
THUNDER BAY, ON - April 23, 2010 – Sixty-three percent of residents rate the overall quality of the environment in The City of Thunder Bay as good or excellent according to an IPSOS Reid Poll released today that looked at citizen opinion on municipal solutions for a greener earth. Seventy-five percent of citizens think the City is doing a reasonably good job preserving and protecting the environment. read more...>
School children visit First Light I Solar Park to kick off Earth Week
STONE MILLS/NAPANEE, ON - April 15, 2010 - As part of their curriculum leading up to Earth Week, students from two Limestone District public schools in the Stone Mills and Napanee area visited the 9.1 MW First Light I Solar Park today. Students learned first-hand how solar photovoltaic (PV) power works, its environmental impact, and the key role that solar plays in helping to create a brighter future for Canada's next generation. First Light I is the first fully-operational, utility-scale solar park in Canada and winner of CanSIA's ground-mount "2009 Solar PV Project of the Year." read more...>
World Water Day: First Nations Awash in Unsafe Water
OTTAWA, ON - March 22, 2010 – Every day, 2 million tons of sewage and industrial waste are dumped into waterways around the world, while one child under five dies every 20 seconds from water-related diseases, according to a United Nation report released on the 17th annual World Water Day. The UN designated March 22 of each year to raising awareness of the water challenges facing the planet. read more...>
Living with Wolves
THUNDER BAY, ON - March 18, 2010 - Wolves are an important part of our ecosystem, and contribute to Ontario’s rich biodiversity. The presence of wolves is a good indication that our natural spaces are healthy.
Ontario’s wolf populations are found from the southern edge of the Canadian Shield north throughout the boreal forest and Hudson-Bay Lowlands. Wolf sightings south of this area (e.g., southern Ontario) are rare. read more...>
Five-year blueprint for rescuing the Great Lakes ecosystem
TRAVERSE CITY, MICH.–- February 21, 2010 – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson has released an action plan to guide the Obama Administration’s historic efforts to restore the Great Lakes. The action plan, which the administrator unveiled at a Sunday meeting with governors from the Great Lakes states, lays out the most urgent threats facing the Great Lakes and sets out goals, objectives and key actions over the next five years to help restore the lakes. read more.....>
City Active in Climate Change Initiatives
THUNDER BAY, ON - December 8, 2009 – The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) today released the report, “Act Locally: The Municipal Role in Fighting Climate Change” to position municipalities as key players at the 15th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) from Dec. 7-18 in Copenhagen, Denmark. read more...>
Big Thunder Wind Park
THUNDER BAY, ON - November 10, 2009 - Says Antony Zwig, Chief Executive Officer for Horizon Wind Inc.: “Horizon Wind Inc. entered into a land lease agreement in good faith with the City of Thunder Bay in 2007 for the potential development of a wind farm that could produce up to 30 megawatts of electricity near Big Thunder in the Municipality of Neebing. read more...>
Rossport Wilson Island Archipelago Protected
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO, ROSSPORT, ONTARIO, ------- September 27, 2009 ----- The Wilson Islands, eight-island archipelago just off Rossport Ontario near Nipigon Bay, Lake Superior have been purchased from private owners and will become a Canadian federal natural area under the joint deal backed by the Nature Conservancy, government of Canada and government of Ontario.
Wilson Island group is a cluster of eight islands. Wilson is by far the largest island, and has north-facing cliffs on water and land, canyons, raised basalt beaches and an unexplored interior. These qualities provide suitable habitat for peregrine falcons and bald eagles. The cool marine climate supports a number of arctic-alpine species and vegetation communities particular to this region. Wilson Island's coves, coldwater beaches and rare coastal wetlands provide essential habitat for lake trout and whitefish. read more......>
Ontario Seeks Public Input On Elk Management
THUNDER BAY, ON - November 24, 2009 - The Ontario government is looking for feedback on a proposed plan that will help support a healthy and self-sustaining elk population.
After disappearing in the 1800s, elk were reintroduced to four areas of the province a decade ago. Over the last 10 years, the Ministry of Natural Resources and its partners have focused on re-establishing and monitoring the species in Ontario. read more...>
Ontario Resolves Litigation Dispute Over Big Trout Lake Property
THUNDER BAY, ON - December 15, 2009 - Ontario has reached an agreement to settle litigation with Platinex Inc. that will provide greater certainty to the company and allow the Province to continue to build its relationship with Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) a First Nations community. read more...>
Government Taking Steps To Prevent Spread Of Asian Carp
THUNDER BAY, ON - January 7, 2010 - Ontario is supporting legal efforts by Michigan and other American states to prevent the spread of Asian carp into the Great Lakes. The move recognizes the significant economic threat these fish pose to the province's fisheries. A legal brief from the Province has been filed with the United States Supreme Court supporting Michigan's motion for a preliminary injunction to close the locks in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal. The closure is one of a number of measures sought by Michigan to keep this invasive species from passing into Lake Michigan. read more...>
Public Meetings: Invitation to Comment on Kam River & Islands Land Use
THUNDER BAY, ON - January 11, 2010 – The City of Thunder Bay Planning Division, in cooperation with Fort William First Nation, is holding two public meetings on Jan. 21 and 30 to gather information, ideas and suggestions for the future mix of land uses within the Kam River and Mission and McKellar Islands, including the lands along both sides of the river from below Mountdale Ave. to the lakefront. read more...>