It's nearly high noon over the treetops in Nova Scotia, and the heat is rising. The NDP government is putting the final touches on a new forest strategy.
An unlikely alliance of Canada's forest industry CEOs and nine of the country's most impressive wilderness NGOs has just signed an agreement covering a 70-million hectare swath of ancient forests.
In response to the need for action to protect and restore caribou habitat to reverse the creatures' decline, the Forest Products Association of Canada has done its part to stall the necessary changes.
Ninety per cent of the forests on Vancouver Island have been logged. Now the B.C. Chamber of Commerce and the Union of B.C. Municipalities have joined the fight to save the last 10 per cent.
One thing governments could do to ensure caribou survive and thrive in the face of development: listen to the people who have shared the area with caribou for countless years.
The land in Papua New Guinea is almost entirely controlled by local communities. Yet a legal loophole has allowed foreign companies to log and export tropical wood from the country.
The challenge to recover caribou is not Alberta's alone; it is a national undertaking. Boreal caribou are threatened in every province except Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.
Nova Scotia's Department of Natural Resources needs to be unhitched from the harvest-at-all-costs policy that has prevented a proper homegrown forest industry from establishing itself.
Pervasive fossil fuel infrastructure makes it difficult to contemplate rapidly shifting away from coal, oil and gas, which creates a psychological barrier to rational discourse on energy issues.
New Brunswick election results are in, and the Liberals have formed a majority government. But what were voters talking about and what issues were most important to them?