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OPINION: Rape and Consequences

OPINION: Rape and Consequences

The Rossland Telegraph  

Things are beginning to look up for rape victims.  Recently, a judgment by Alberta Court of Queen's Bench Justice Juliana Topolniski reversed an acquittal of a teen charged with sexual assault.  The language in her ruling made it very clear that she was disappointed, to say the least, with the lower court judge's lack of understanding of the concept of consent.     

OPINION: Does Family Planning Have Environmental Effects?

OPINION: Does Family Planning Have Environmental Effects?

The following article was originally posted on the Worldwatch Institute blog. Worldwatch is an independent research organization based in Washington, D.C. that works on energy, resource, and environmental issues.

Ask environmental leaders where voluntary family planning fits into their organizations’ missions and goals, and most will draw a blank.

OPINION: Media Failing Citizens on Corporate Rights Deals

OPINION: Media Failing Citizens on Corporate Rights Deals

The Trudeau government is hell-bent on ratifying two massive investment agreements -- the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) -- that will radically undermine Canadian democracy. Yet very few Canadians are informed about these deals because our mainstream media has been so irresponsible in reporting on their impacts.

COLUMN: Pros and Cons of Hydro Power in a Warming World

Power Plant at Brilliant

People have harnessed energy from moving water for thousands of years. Greeks used various types of water wheels to grind grain in mills more than 2,000 years ago. In the late 1800s, people figured out how to harness the power to produce electricity. Throughout the 20th century and into the 21st, hydropower has expanded, producing about 17 per cent of the world’s electricity by 2014 and about 85 per cent of renewable energy — and it shows no signs of slowing.

COLUMN: A Time of Broken Records

COLUMN:  A Time of Broken Records

Broken records define the climate crisis

COURT CHALLENGE FILED AGAINST BILL C-14

Julia Lamb.  Photo from BCCLA.

A legal challenge to the constitutional validity of Bill C-14 has been filed.  

Opinion: Questioning 'Progress' in the form of LNG Development

Opinion:  Questioning 'Progress' in the form of LNG Development

BC Premier Christy Clark famously denounced environmental activists as "the forces of NO," and proudly aligned herself with "the forces of YES" for industrial development, and in particular, the Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) industry and the LNG projects her government is pushing -- along with the Site C dam to provide power for it. 

EAVESDROPPING ON BATS

Bat

North American Bat Monitoring Program has started in BC

“Our bats are crucial for our ecosystem” says Dr. Cori Lausen, Bat Specialist with Wildlife Conservation Society Canada.  “They consume enormous numbers of nocturnal flying insects, including moths that are agricultural or forest pests. Monitoring the disease’s spread and impact through this NABat monitoring will alert us to where we may experience future ecosystem and economic consequences, and may shed light on potential mitigation.”

SNOWPACK TRENDS AND WATER SUPPLIES

SNOWPACK TRENDS AND WATER SUPPLIES

Last year our area had deeper snow in the hills, to the delight of skiers and others who play in the snow.  In March, our snowpack was 7% above the historical "normal" level.  And yet, it melted away very quickly in the warm spring; just one month later, our snowpack was only 69% of normal for that time.  So far we've been lucky to have rainy weather since then, both for forest fire prevention and for our summer water supply.

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