oiled duck - photograph by Todd Powell, property of EdmontonJournal.com
So if you’ve been paying attention to oil sands / energy industry / business / environmental news today, you’ll more than likely have heard Syncrude Canada Ltd. has been ordered to pay roughly $3 million in fines due to the Waterfowl incident in 2008 where approximately 1,600 ducks died on a tailings pond.
I’m not going to get into specifics, but you can read more about the fines from Canadian Business and from our own Fort McMurray Today.
Impact on Wildlife needs perspective
I would however like to point you to a post I did in April entitled “[Insert Bird Pun Here]: Oil Sands and Wildlife“. In it, I take a quick look at how two different areas in how they impact wildlife: the buildings we construct, and the vehicles we drive.
impact imprint - courtesy of Janet 59
I look at things like how just three buildings in Scarborough, Ontario, have killed over 7,000 birds in 10 years. Three buildings, 82 species, 7,000 birds dead.
How come Greenpeace hasn’t flown European zealots over to Scarborough to scale the buildings, raise a banner, and then get arrested? (A simple answer might be this: money)
Anyway, I just think we need to take a broader look at how we as a species are impacting the world around us. If we talk the talk, then we need to walk the walk and demand accountability from more than just “big oil” – we need to take a look in the mirror and demand it from ourselves as consumers.
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Election Signs Being Targeted?
Downed Sign - pic courtesy of @KyleHarrietha
Signs are vandalized every election. Usually just someone trying to have a little “fun”, a little risky behaviour – and probably the same thing is happening this time around for the RMWB Municipal Elections. But could there be something else going on?
The Fort McMurray Today recently published an article titled “Election campaign signs vandalize“:
It’s only been a week since the kick off to election campaigning, but Mayor Melissa Blake’s camp is reporting numerous vandalized signs, which it says seem to have been targeted.
Kyle Harrietha, the sign manager for Blake’s campaign, said volunteers are seeing up to a dozen a day in vandalized signs which they have noticed since Thursday.
“It looked like it was a targeted sort of thing where they went after every single sign because it was such a large area,” Harrietha said.
Now it could just be random, and it could not be. Other candidates are reporting vandalized signs…. but what do you think? Have you seen any possible targeted action? Do you have any good pics of signs down for the count?
Check out the whole article, then please post comments below, post pics below.
Three quick things regarding the upcoming RMWB municipal elections.
- @Jon_Tupper has a Twitter list of candidates that are tweeting. You can find it at http://twitter.com/Jon_Tupper/fort-mcmurray-candidates
- I have done a cursory search for a list of candidates running in the election and cannot find one (RMWB, My McMurray or Fort McMurray Today all with no luck). Does one, in fact, exist? Or should one be created?
- I’ve been told to always have odd numbers, so hence this third bullet. While not strictly related to the municipal elections, there is a local #YMM “Tweetup” on Monday the 13th, 7 p.m. at the Anzac Burger Bar. Seeing some of the folks attending, I’m sure local politics will be a topic of discussion. (search for #YMMTweetup on twitter for more info)