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Jukasa News Update Tuesday, August 15, 2017


The British Columbia government is ending trophy hunting for grizzly bears.
Officials estimate 15,000 grizzlies remain in B.C. and say about 250 bears are killed by hunters every year.
The ban will begin this fall and is action being taken by the NDP to make good on an election campaign promise.
Joe Foy of BC’s Wilderness Committee says 4,000 grizzlies have been killed since the previous Liberal government reinstated the trophy hunt 16 years ago.

A northern Ontario reserve is suing CN Rail for environmental and cultural damage after the community suffered through two train car derailments and oil spills in the region.
The Mattagami First Nation says the spills damaged the local environment and surrounding waterways.
The $30 million lawsuit says that that damage created health risks for the population and impacted their access to practice their Indigenous traditions including fishing, hunting and gathering.

The federal government and Inuit groups are celebrating a deal on the boundaries of what will be Canada’s largest national marine conservation area.
The zone, named Lancaster Sound, will be twice the size of Nova Scotia
Inuit and federal officials have been working together to protect the area of Lancaster Sound for decades as the home of several unique species of whales and fish.
Last summer, Shell Canada gave up exploration permits it held in the region that is home to most of the world’s narwhal.

North Dakota regulators are offering to settle a complaint against the Texas-based developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline.
Energy Transfer Partners is accused of improperly reported the discovery of American Indian artifacts during construction of the $3.8 billion pipeline.
No artifacts were disturbed.
North Dakota’s Public Service Commission in November proposed a fine of at least $15,000. Under state law it could up to $200,000.

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