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Save Nature - and Increase Your Joy

Enter into this holiday spirit the words of United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, speaking at the Fifteenth Convention of the Parties (COP15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Montreal, stating “we are waging war on nature” and that humans have become “a weapon of mass extinction.”

It’s tough to hear bad news, especially at this time of year when you want to start focusing on family and friends and all the seasonal events that the holidays bring. As the nights get longer and longer, there are always those few last gifts to buy or make and goodies to bake.

The Convoy is No Mirage

Ottawa Canal

Monday of last week one of our volunteers, Jake, offered to go to downtown Ottawa to take air quality readings around the truckers convoy. As a volunteer with our Breathe Easy project, Jake justifiably wanted to see how the trucker convoy and their idling, honking trucks were affecting the air breathed by Ottawa citizens as they endure what is now widely understood to be a political and illegal occupation.

Bad Week

blog by Gretchen Fitzgerald

On Wednesday afternoon, we received the decision from the federal court that, while our case questioning the regulation exempting exploratory drilling from impact assessment was serious enough to warrant judicial review, the exemption itself could come into force even as we continue to pursue the case.