1-3), the Ontario Hydro dams that destroyed part of the wild rice harvest and degraded the habitat of fish and fur animals, as well as the displacement of the community (due to relocation into prefabricated houses where electricity and running water were promised) and the culture shock it created (para. 4). He also discusses the successful blockade in 2002, which is the longest-lasting blockade in Canadian history (para. 28)—an example that shows how employing legal methods were critical in the struggle against environmental injustices for this community. There are a number of other issues that will be discussed in the following paragraphs; the above are just a few of the injustices the Grassy Narrows community face.
CO2 emissions are also emitted when upgrading the bitumen into the common form of crude oil. Contaminated water bodies called ‘tailings ponds’ are the result of the bitumen separation process, and substances from these toxic ponds have been found in a nearby river, the Athabasca. Local fisherman and citizens claim that fish in the area are now deformed, and many say it is due to the toxic waste from the oil sands. On the other hand, the economic benefits of the oil sands are important to Canada; a projected 168 billion barrels of oil is waiting to be extracted at three different sites. With decreased amounts of conventional oil available around the globe, experts, including Prime Minister Stephen Harper, see the oil sands as becoming a legitimate global source of oil, thus in Harper’s mind, turning Canada into an “energy superpower”.
By doing this not only is the forest itself being destroyed, but the wildlife within it. Furthermore, in 1990 the EPA's scientific research team stated that destruction of habitats, and species extinction are two of the four most critical global environmental issues (Biodiversity, 1999). As can be seen, companies who destroy the ecosystem for economic gain are creating irreversible problems that future laws cannot correct. To prevent further problems from occurring we must maintain all biodiversity laws. The basis of the laws are to protect all life, including all human life; and are crucial for present and future generations (Biodiversity, 1999).
Chapter one also talks about air quality which is also affected by fracking. Methane gas can get into the air and make people and animals sick. We cannot live without water and air and fracking is harming both. We must find a solution to fracking. In conclusion, I hope more people learn about how dangerous fracking is and start protesting against it.
Biography of Mel Hurtig Mel Hurtig was a Canadian nationalist with very strong pro-Canada feelings. He felt that our government was selling us out. That our government was simply trying to turn us into the fifty first state of the United states. In his book At Twighlight in the Country, he shares many of these views. He fought very valiantly against the free trade agreement, speaking out against it whenever possible.
The growing trend nowadays is that politicians are the ones wanting to please the Americans by giving away our resources, while it is the activist who is concerned about the vast environmental damage this energy legislation could entail. The composition and structure of Canada’s trade is an ever changing entity. We are one of the chief lumber exporters in the world. We posses vast oil fields in Alberta, where there are about three-hundred billion barrels of oil as opposed to only two-hundred and sixty in Saudi Arabia. Grains are ex... ... middle of paper ... ...be tempered by their desire to be a wealthy nation as well.
According to Brandon Howell of Mlive Michigan news, who discusses the issues of mercury, “Mercury is a dangerous neurotoxin that harms growing children and pollutes our environment” (2). Factors like toxins and sewage, pose a threat to the wildlife that depend on the lakes and rivers. Poor water quality could very well possibly be related to poor economic conditions that the state is currently suffering from right now. The quality of water is a major problem in Michigan that should be brought to attention so that citizens can understand the pollution risk factors if they want to contribute to the solution of cleaner water. Currently, the Grand River is experiencing problems with toxic chemicals that continue to kill off fish and other underwater wildlife.
The colonization of Canada further pushed the globalization agenda via cultural genocide leading into resource extraction. Plamondon's painting of Vincent demonstrates what settlers were afraid of (Indigenous leadership) and propagated their action for colonization, resource extraction, and the removal of Indigenous recognition. The concept of terra nullius was used as the legal reasoning by settlers to rationalize that Indigenous peoples were not using the land properly which propelled the Canadian identity as marketing itself internationally as a land full of untapped natural resources which solidified its position in the development sector, specifically in regard to pipelines. This paper will analyze that Canada’s colonial history with Indigenous peoples has created a new settler culture in which Indigenous land is marketed as a Canadian commodity. This will be accomplished by evaluating the history of
In formulating her answer, Klein sets great store by what she calls ‘Blockadia’ – local action by local activists to forestall environmentally-destructive development and to extract recompense for the costs when such development goes wrong (e.g. BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico). She applaud the success of campaigners – notably the ‘first nations’ in her native Canada – in thwarting some fracking and pipeline projects. Klein is not alone in this; many would applaud it, myself among them. But such initiatives do not amount to a coherent political, let alone environmental, programme.
Lester B. Pearson was the prime minister at this time and he thought that the idea of Canada choosing a new flag would make Canadians have a stronger feel of nationalism for their country. Lester B. Pearson quoted, “I believe that today a flag designed around the maple leaf will symbolize and be a true reflection of the new Canada” (Quinian et al, 2008:226). The maple leaf is a very important symbol on the Canadian flag for our country, it has been the Olympic uniforms since the 1920s, and it was used to classify Canadian soldier in b... ... middle of paper ... ...l had different ideas and had the debate go on four a long time and had difficulty agreeing on the final decision. We are asked to live our lives for Christ and do everything for the glory of God. The Canadian flag debate resulted in a symbol that shows that Canada has a shared feeling of identity.