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    Rafe: Canada’s Health Care system needs intensive care

    Former BC Health Minister Rafe Mair diagnoses some of the myriad problems facing Canada's ailing health care system.


    Fracking, Site C and the mystery of Hudson's Hope water contamination

    Fracking, Site C and the mystery of Hudson’s Hope water contamination

    Why fracking may have caused serious water contamination near Hudson's Hope...and if it didn't, it spells big trouble for Site C Dam.



    Rio Tinto Alcan's Kitimat smelter (Rio Tinto Alcan/Canada Newswire)

    “Captured” environmental regulator thinks of Kitimat smelter owner Rio Tinto as “client”

    A high-ranking environmental regulator thinks of Kitimat smelter owner Rio Tinto Alcan as a "client", the Ministry of Environment official's notebook reveals - raising charges of a "captured regulator"


    Rio Tinto's Kitimat smelter (Damien Gillis)

    Rio Tinto skips air scrubbers to cut costs at Kitimat smelter

    Asthma sufferer Emily Toews is fuming over Rio Tinto's decision to skip air scrubbers at its Kitimat smelter in order to save the company money.



    Hudson's Hope issues water quality advisory as heavy metals detected

    Hudson’s Hope issues water quality advisory as heavy metals detected

    The District of Hudson's Hope, in northeast BC, is warning residents not to use water from Lynx and Brenot Creeks, as heavy metals have been detected.


    Mount Polley- Interior Health issues new warning against drinking Quesnel Lake water

    Mount Polley: Interior Health issues new warning against drinking Quesnel Lake water

    An advisory from Interior Health yesterday raises fresh questions about the quality of drinking water from Quensnel Lake following the Mount Polley tailings dam breach.



    Biologist documents blue film on Quesnel River following Mount Polley spill

    Biologist documents blue film on Quesnel River following Mount Polley spill

    Independent biologist Alexandra Morton has documented the appearance of a mysterious blue film on the water surface of Quesnel Lake and the Quesnel River.


    Is Mount Polley making people sick- Anecdotal evidence, questions mount

    Is Mount Polley making people sick? Anecdotal clues, questions mount

    Is there something in the air in Likely, BC? Anecdotal reports of illness from people close to the Mount Polley tailings dam breach have biologists and local First Nations urging a study of airborne contaminants.



    Nanotechnology- Panacea or Pandora's box

    Nanotechnology: Panacea or Pandora’s box?

    Nanotechnology offers many positive uses - from treating tumours to cleaning up oil spills - but with unlabelled particles showing up in food, concern is growing about potential health impacts.


    Toxic Mexican copper mine spill prompts water restrictions

    Toxic Mexican copper mine spill prompts water restrictions

    Water restrictions are in effect parts of northern Mexico after a spill of contaminated wastewater from Buenavista del Cobre, a copper mine owned by Grupo Mexico.