Question: Could this happen here?

LAC MEGANTIC, Que. – Balls of flames shot several metres into the air after a train carrying crude oil derailed in the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic early Saturday, sparking several explosions.

Hundreds of people were evacuated in the community about 250 kilometres east of Montreal.


It was not immediately known whether there were any casualties.


“It’s dreadful,” said Lac-Megantic resident Claude Bedard. “It’s terrible. We’ve never seen anything like it. The Metro store, D...

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Save Our Ash! Launch of Ward 13's EAB / Urban Forest Project

 On June 9th, the official launch of Save Our Ash, Ward 13's Emerald Ash Borer project, took place in Lithuania Park.  Seven ash trees have already been removed from this park, 7 of the 50 ash trees lost in Ward 13 since February '13. After the launch, canvassers headed out for the first group canvass.


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Pics from Rain Barrel Sale and Community Environment Day

Snap Bloor West has posted some impressions of our rainbarrel fundraiser and Ward 13's Community Environment Day. Have a look here:


Rain barrel fundraiser: http://www.snapbloorwest.com/index.php?option=com_sngevents&id[]=521561


Community Environment Day: http://www.snapbloorwest.com/index.php?option=co...

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Two numbers on climate change we ignore at our own peril

The following is the op ed of May 13 by Mark Reynolds:


Two numbers on climate change we ignore at our own peril


   In the rarefied air of Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii, which sits 11,141 feet above sea level, scientists have charted the passing of a milestone that, if ignored, heralds a future for civilization both tragic and chaotic.

    I'm referring to the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which Charles David Keeling began monitoring...

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Our species has crossed the 400 threshold - a grim landmark

Bill McKibben, 350.org writes:

On May 9th, for the first time ever, the carbon dioxide counter on the side of Mauna Loa, the most important scientific instrument on earth, recorded a daily average of above 400 parts per million. It’s a grim landmark -- it’s been several million years since CO2 reached these levels in the atmosphere.


We started 350.org five years ago, and took our name from what scientist...

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