Category: Canada

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The governors of Pacific coastal U.S. states and a Canadian province official are joining forces in a new effort to fight climate change.

In an agreement announced Monday, the governors of California, Oregon, Washington and the environment minister of British Columbia, Mary Polak, will place a price on greenhouse gas pollution and mandate the use of cleaner-burning fuels.

Polak and the governors gathered in San Francisco in the hope of stimulating a clean-energy economy in the region, which has a combined gross domestic product of $2.8 trillion. [Read the full article]



Fall colors in Saanichton, British Columbia

EVERY day thousands of Canadians buy beer and spirits in one province and consume them in another. They are all breaking the law. Under the Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act, a Prohibition-era statute, this is a federal offence subject to a fine of C$200 ($190) the first two times you are caught. Any more and you risk a jail term up of to six months.

For Joe Sixpack the chances of being caught are negligible. There are no checkpoints between provinces. Indeed, you can pass from one to another without knowing it. Federal prisons are not exactly bursting with offenders. Dan Albas, an MP from British Columbia who managed to get wine removed from the act last year, said at the time it had never been enforced. Nevertheless, it is the law of the land. [Read the full article]

Seven-striped rainbow flag. Drawn by Fibonacci.


OTTAWA — As the western world gangs up on Russia ahead of the Sochi Olympics to draw attention to new anti-gay laws Canada’s foreign minister has publicly decried as “hateful,” those inclined to flee the increasingly repressive regime may be looking here for safe refuge.

While too soon to say whether a crackdown on homosexuals in Russia will result in a spike in refugee claims from that country, at least one Vancouver lawyer who deals exclusively with gay and lesbian asylum claimants is beginning to notice a difference. [Read the full article]


Animal - Grizzly Bear - Alaska


Ever wonder what bears do when we’re not looking? These images were captured with a remote wildlife camera as various species visited a “communications” or “rub” tree in Kananaskis Country, leaving a scent as a form of communication to other bears and animals. The image data is being collected as part of a collaborative study looking at multi-species habitat use within our mountainous landscape. [Watch the video]




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