Where do federal parties stand on all things environment?

Where do federal parties stand on all things environment? r1 ... View this e-mail in your browser. This week we've got an explainer piece for you on where Canada's federal political parties stand on all things environment.

But first, I wanted to give you an update on our reporting project on the Tulsequah Chief, one of B.C.'s most infamous abandoned mines.

First, the good news: 70 of you generous souls have contributed $6,245 to make this important photo essay possible. Massive thank you to everyone who's contributed so far!

We are so close! We just need 30 more readers to give $25 today and we'll reach our goal! Can you give $25 so we can tell the cautionary tale of this contaminated mine site?

The Tulsequah Chief has been leaching acid mine drainage into a major salmon river for 60 years. Six decades have gone by without a single company or government successfully cleaning up the site. Now taxpayers are on the hook for cleanup costs.

Stories like these have to be seen to be believed.

When I received a pitch from award-winning filmmaker Colin Arisman proposing to raft and hike the 145-kilometre trip to this remote mine, I just had to say yes — even though I wasn't quite sure how we'd pay for it. Will you help us bring Colin’s story to reality by giving $25 or $50 today?

Canada is home to as many as 10,000 orphaned and abandoned mine sites, according to a recent report from Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission. Across the country these sites continue to pollute the landscape, threatening wildlife and nearby communities.

Will you give $25 or $50 to bring this jaw-dropping story to thousands of Canadians?

We can't wait to share the photos with you. Read on for this week's top headlines!

Emma Gilchrist
Editor-in-Chief

P.S. We need just 30 more readers to donate today to cover the costs of producing this story. Approximately one per cent of our readers donate, making our unique independent journalism available to hundreds of thousands of Canadians.

Canada’s major parties on all things environment, explained

By Jimmy Thomson

Canadians are more concerned than ever about the environment — it's emerged as a top issue in the upcoming federal election. So what are the country’s leadership hopefuls promising? Read more.

‘This is sacred’: the fight against a massive frac sand mine in Manitoba

By James Wilt

The project — which would extract 1.2 million tonnes of sand every year for the next half-century — was excluded from federal review but approved by the Manitoba government in a process opponents say violated Indigenous rights. Read more.

War on the waters: salmon farms losing battle with sea lice as wild fish pay the price

By Ian Gill

After years of unsuccessful pesticide baths, the aquaculture industry admits to yet another failed attempt to bring an epidemic of lice under control in B.C.’s Clayoquot Sound — compounding threats to disappearing chinook populations. Read more.

‘Boys don’t cry’: Q&A with Alberta oilpatch worker on industry’s mental health crisis

By Sharon J. Riley

The Narwhal speaks with Chris Johnson, a subject of the new documentary, Digging in the Dirt, which explores the silent epidemic of addiction, suicide and mental health struggles for workers who often face gruelling hours and isolated conditions. Read more.

Indigenous hunters are protecting animals, land and waterways

By Mylène Ratelle

New protected areas recognize Indigenous peoples’ contributions to conservation, can improve Indigenous self-governance and stewardship, and benefit us all in protecting ecosystems for a healthy environment and healthy people. Read more.

What we're reading We first met Helen Knott when we interviewed her for a mini-doc about the Site C dam in 2016. As a member of the Prophet River First Nation, she spoke out strongly against the hydro dam for its impacts on Indigenous peoples and their lands.

Helen's memoir takes readers on a journey through life as a young Indigenous woman in northern B.C. It's an unflinching account of racism, sexual assault, addiction, intergenerational trauma and broken promises between Canada and Treaty 8 nations. But it’s also about hope, redemption and Helen’s unwillingness to give up on herself and her people

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