Environment and Nature
Saves Fuel, Space and Money
In the not too distant past, what sold a house was the sizzle – great kitchen and bath, terrific doors, floors and moldings. Today, faced with rising energy costs and availability, home buyers are forced also to be mindful of the steak, or energy efficiency considerations like insulation, and the heating and cooling system.
Three Canadian growers sought for pesticide-free gardening stories
April 27, 2009
As Canadians get ready to say hello to May flowers, gardeners from coast to coast are invited to show the rest of the country how growing without pesticides can create both a safe and stunning summer sanctuary.
Predicted shortage of geo-scientists behind WHERE Challenge
(CALGARY, AB) – A national contest for kids sparked by an urgent need to attract young people to the Earth sciences has announced its national and regional winners and given away thousands of dollars in prize money. Dozens of school classrooms and hundreds of students participated in the WHERE Challenge – a contest launched last October that asked Canadian students aged 10 – 14 years to discover non-renewable Earth resources found in everyday objects.
Edmonton (April 21, 2009) – The Canadian Gas Association has recognized Pacific Northern Gas Ltd. for its important contributions and efforts to improve employee safety and public safety.
The Canadian gas industry has a long history of monitoring its safety performance and the Canadian Gas Association Corporate Safety Award recognizes those companies that achieve the best worker safety records. The award is presented at the annual Canadian Gas Association Operations Conference.
OTTAWA (April 9, 2009) – Today, Canada Post issued two domestic rate stamps (54-cent) as part of an international postal awareness campaign on the effects of global warming. The theme of the campaign is "Preserve the Polar Regions and Glaciers." Canada Post's contribution to this omnibus issue focuses on the risk to Arctic animal habitats.
By Don Thompson
Phadreus, a storyteller described as the Roman Aesop, is quoted as saying "Things are not always what they seem; the first appearance deceives many; the intelligence of a few perceives what has been carefully hidden."
Though his warning is almost 2,000 years old, recent developments in what might be called "The Fable of the Two-jawed Fish" make Phadreus' caution worth restating.
Ontario's new Green Energy Act says natural gas has important role in Ontario's sustainable energy future
Toronto (February 23, 2009) – The Canadian Gas Association commended the Ontario government for tabling the Green Energy Act and recognizing the important role that natural gas and natural gas distribution utilities have in the province's sustainable energy future particularly in the areas of expanding renewable energy, supporting new technology, and energy efficiency.
Natural gas key to BC's sustainable energy future says province in Speech from the Throne and budget
Victoria (February 20, 2009) – The Canadian Gas Association, Terasen Inc., and Pacific Northern Gas Ltd. commended the BC government for recognizing the role of natural gas in the province's sustainable energy future in the Speech from the Throne and recent budget.
"As said in the Speech from the Throne natural gas is a clean burning source of energy," said Mike Cleland, CGA President and CEO, "British Columbians benefit both as important producers of natural gas and as customers of a reliable, affordable, secure, efficient, and clean source of energy.
Industry releases results of survey showing Canadians seeking more action and communication
Canadians have told oil sands producers that they are concerned about the oil sands' impact on the environment. That was one of the key findings recently released by representatives of the oil sands industry, collected over the past six months via consumer surveys and through input provided on an industry website, www.canadasoilsands.ca.
(CALGARY, AB) An urgent need to attract students to the Earth sciences is behind a national contest for Canadian youth. The "WHERE Challenge" is designed to get young people aged 10 – 14 years thinking about what on Earth is in their stuff and where on Earth it comes from. The hope is that the contest will encourage students to consider Earth sciences as an exciting educational and career opportunity.
According to the Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences (CFES), Canada will soon be facing a wide-ranging shortage of qualified Earth scientists.