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Low lakes equal high costs; $19B by 2050 says Great Lakes study

Windsor Star: Prolonged low water levels in Lake Erie could cost more than $674 million by 2030 in lost tourism and recreation, lower property values and increased dredging for harbours and marinas, says a new study. The study released last week by the Mowat Centre think-tank at the University of Toronto for the Council of the Great Lakes Region said Lake Erie would be the hardest hit with maintenance and dredging costs at harbours - an estimated $294 million in the next 16 years at U.S. and Ontario harbours....

Canada needs to up conservation game, preserving half of boreal forests: paper

Windsor Star: A group of top international scientists says Canada needs to dramatically up its conservation game to ensure its vast northern forests remain healthy in the face of increasing industrial pressure. In a paper to be presented today at the International Congress of Conservation Biology in Baltimore, Md., its authors argue that Canada needs to preserve about half of its boreal forest. That's significantly more than the 10 per cent level researchers previously thought was necessary to conserve natural...

Canadian Chamber of Commerce Urges B.C. to Embrace ‘Historic’ Oil Sands Opportunity

Windsor Star: The Canadian Chamber of Commerce will call Tuesday for the B.C. government to look out for the "national interest" and seize an "historic opportunity" to help open up Asian markets to Alberta's vast oilsands riches. The chamber listed B.C.'s reluctance to embrace pipelines as one of the top barriers in its annual top-10 list of challenges that must be overcome to make the Canadian economy competitive. Chamber chief executive Perrin Beatty said safety and environmental concerns must be addressed...