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• Some in Huntsville ‘getting nervous' - June 22

• How can a Canadian summit cost taxpayers 66 times more per day for security than the FIFA World Cup? - June 21

• Geocachers being told to take a hike during G20 summit - June 17

• New York Ballast Water Victory Brings Added Hope For Strong Federal Action - June 16

• Bobby Orr Wants Taylor Hall to Be Selected by Bruins, Would 'Love to See Him in Boston' - June 16

• Invasive species generate gloomy reports for Lake Michigan Jun 13

• Ban drilling on the Great Lakes forever - June 12

• Environmental DNA results as ofJune 11

• Fishermen Draw Attention To Asian Carp Problem - June 10

• Huntsville revelling in $50-million worth of G8 summit largesse - June 7

Environmental DNA results as of June 4

• Army Corps leaning toward barriers, away from closures in battle with Asian Carp - June 4

• ACRCC releases new studies related to Asian carp fight - June 3

• Security cost for summits at $1 billion - June 2

• The Toronto G20 police state crackdown - May 24

• Missed opportunities means Canada must fight for Arctic sovereignty - May 22

• Fish poisoning begins on Little Calumet River in search for Asian carp - May 21

• Asian Carp: A Tale of Two Fish Poisonings - May 20

• Harper's summitry domestically driven - May 18

• The Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement - May 18

• Warmest April Global Temperature on RecordAlso Warmest January-April - May 17

• Environmental DNA results as of May 14, 2010

• Shell faces final hurdle for 2010 Artic drilling - May 14

• Drilling clash puts Arctic oil at risk - May 13

• Climate Change - Arctic Sea Ice (2009)

• No guarantees against major Canadian oil spill - May 13

• Heavy rainfall could raise the risk of carp invasion - May 13

• Put environment on G20 agenda, UN chief tells Harper - May 12

• U.N. report: Eco-systems at 'tipping point' - May 10

• Global Biodiversity Outlook - report

• Orr statue unveiled - May 10

• Canada's national bird: See your top picks - May 10

• G8 Battle Breaks Out Over International Abortion Funding - May 10

• Tape recorder as time machine - May 9

• Environmental DNA results as of May 7, 2010

• Tory G8 abortion stance unjust: journal - May 7

• Good Government? - May 7

• In plane sight, low flying jets part of G8 exercise - May 7

• Fighter jets buzz Toronto, Muskoka in G20 test runs - May 6

• Americans "bombarded" with cancer causes: report - May 6

• Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk - PDF

• Asian carp: 2nd fish kill planned - May 5

• Three-Month Monitoring and Sampling Plan - May 5

• Updated Asian Carp Control Strategy - pdf 82 pages

• Supreme Failure - May 2

• Carp-e diem, Congress - May 2


• Environmental DNA results as of April 30, 2010

• Town beautification projects nearly complete - Apr 30

• Here's a dispute the court really should settle - Apr 28

• Is Arctic Rain the Latest Climate Change Signal? - Apr 28

• Van Hollen says Asian Carp Legal Battle Not Over - Apr 27

• AG Wants Region's Residents To Speak Up - Apr 27

G8/G20 Flight Restriction - Apr 27

• Supreme Court rejects carp case - Apr 26

• Asian carp crisis in Michigan now in the hands of President Obama - Apr 26

• Senator seeks study of potential Asian carp harm - Apr 26

This is entertaining and popular:

• Bobby Orr's battle-scarred jersey fetches $191,000 - Apr 23

• Environmental DNA results as of Apri 23, 2010

• Enriched Hypocrisy - Apr 23

• Supreme Court to Consider Revisiting 1922 Great Lakes Water Diversion Case - Apr 22

• From Rebellious Roots, Earth Day Now Mainstream - Apr 22

• Environment Ministers must meet before the G8 Summit - Apr 21

• Supreme Court Should Take Asian Carp Case To Help Move Us Toward a Long-Term Solution - Apr 20

• Ice cap thaw may awaken Icelandic volcanoes - Apr 16

• Environmental DNA results as of April 16, 2010

• Hotest March on Record - Apr 15

• 100 Places to Remember before they Disappear

• Close the Great Lakes! - Apr 12

• Illinois Chamber Beats Up An Asian Carp Straw Man: A Real Solution Will Create Jobs, Not Destroy Them - Apr 8

• FDA Acknowledges Potential Harmful Effects of Antibacterial Chemicals - Apr 8

• Small army to protect Toronto during G20 summit - Apr 7


• Google Street View is availablefor Pointe-au-Baril & Parry Sound

• Foreign ministers' meeting in Gatineau G8 springboard - Mar 31

• Clinton lobs ‘bombshell’ at Canada – Where are all the indigenous people? – during Arctic forum - Mar 30

• US oil company donated millions to climate sceptic groups, says Greenpeace - Mar 30

• Standing guard for the world - Over the years the G8 has been a very effective forum for dealing with security challenges -- it still has much work to do  - March 30

• Six-week search finds no Asian carp near Chicago - Mar 29


• World skylines power down as global warming event Earth Hour calls for binding pact on climate - Mar 27

Earth Hour on Toronto skyline.

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Earth Hour is this Saturday 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm. Will you participate?

Earth Hour is a global event organized by WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature, also known as World Wildlife Fund) and is held on the last Saturday of March annually, asking households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights and other electrical appliances for one hour to raise awareness towards the need to take action on climate change. Earth hour was conceived by WWF and The Sydney Morning Herald in 2007, when 2.2 million residents of Sydney participated by turning off all non-essential lights.  Following Sydney's lead, many other cities around the world adopted the event in 2008. Earth Hour 2010 will take place on March 27, 2010 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., local time. Earth Hour Canada

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• G20 summit security promises to be disruptive - Mar 24

• Canada's G8/G20 leadership in the spotlight - Mar 22

• Supreme Court Again Rejects Injunction in Asian Carp Case -Mar 22

Asian Carp, Knocking at the Great Lakes’ Back Door - Mar 21

• Supreme Court to Reconsider Wading Into Asian Carp Fight - Mar 17

• This is from the NBC Olympic anchorman: Thank you

• Regatta Posters:

Here's a 2010 summer project: Pointe-au-Baril.com is seeking your help to create a digital record of all the old Regatta Posters we can find. If you would take the best pictures you can of the Regatta Posters hanging on the walls of your cottage and send them to us, it is sure to make an interesting collection.

Every year will be filled by the first to submit. If someone sends in an even better picture however yours may be bumped. Those are the rules. We hope you'll play along. (more)

• Environmental DNA results as of March 5, 2010.

Video - Asian Carp Meeting in Ypsilanti, Michigan February 17, 2010


• Crosby’s Goal Ends Thriller as Canada Beats U.S. - Feb 28 — The roar first erupted inside Canada Hockey Place and stretched across the prairies of Manitoba, to the shores of Parry Sound, ...

• Action Plan: Federal commitment to restore Great Lakes a big plus for region - Feb 28

• Feds Outline Plan To Nurse Great Lakes To Health - Feb 21

Action Plan FY2010 – FY2014 - Feb 21

• Michigan Attorney General Response to the proposed Asian Carp Control Strategy Framework - Feb 18 (pdf)



Federal Officials Unveil Aggressive Strategy to Reduce Threat of Asian Carp in the Great Lakes 

February 8, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC – Federal officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of the Interior, and the U.S. Coast Guard today unveiled a strategy that outlines over 25 short and long-term actions and $78.5 million in investments to combat the spread of Asian carp.  The draft Asian Carp Control Strategy Framework (Framework) is an unparalleled effort to control the invasive species, unifying Federal, state, and local action, and introducing a multi-tiered defense of the Great Lakes to prevent Asian carp from developing self-sustaining populations while longer term biological controls are being developed. (Full Story)

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Obama Administration Officials to Meet with Great Lakes Governors Regarding Asian Carp on February 8, 2010

January 28, 2010

WASHINGTON. DC Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and Obama Administration officials from the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of the Interior, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and U.S. Coast Guard will meet with Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle, and Illinois Governor Pat Quinn on February 8, 2010 regarding Asian carp and the Great Lakes.  The meeting will take place at 2:30 p.m. (EDT) at the White House.  

In a letter responding to Governors Granholm and Doyle on January 20, 2010, Sutley suggested a meeting during the first week of February to discuss strategies to combat the spread of Asian carp and ensure coordination and the most effective response across all levels of government. 

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Coverage Details: While the meeting will be closed press, officials will be available for questions following the meeting.  Details will be forthcoming.

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Asian Carp DNA Found in the Great Lakes

By Rock Hunter

January 19, 2009

Today was the day, January 19, 2010. Remember it. Today was the announcement of the first test to show the presence of the Asian Carp in the Great Lakes.

A DNA positive sample, read December 8, 2009, was found in Calumet Harbor Lake Michigan, just north of the Calumet River (map). Two previous testing's in the river and the lake were negative. A positive result is said to indicate the fish are nearby and have been in that location with the past two days.

On a lighter note the U.S. Supreme Court refused Michigan's request to issue a preliminary injunction. Possibly listening to arguments that because the locks are run by the U.S. Army Corp Michigan should have parked the lawsuit at their door instead of the State of Illinois.

No indication yet on whether the U.S. Supreme Court will reopen the 80 year old lawsuit allowing Chicago to divert up to 2.1 billion gallons of water everyday from Lake Michigan, through the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal. The man made link between the Mississippi river and the Great Lakes.



Asian Carp DNA within One Mile of Lake Michigan

By Rock Hunter

January 17, 2010

For the second Friday in a row the U.S. Supreme Court has not dealt with Asian Carp crisis. No action was taken and the court could chose to delay the Great Lakes Basin war indefinitely.

It is not clear whether the court will even accept the case, but it is clear, it is instantly before the U.S. Supreme Court. That is because three "Great Lakes Cases" dating back to 1922 have remained open ever since. These cases, in fact, are the foundation of Great Lakes management law, not some dusty relic.

New results, from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, read October 2009, show Asian Carp DNA north of the electronic barrier, about 20 miles south of Lake Michigan, intended to fence them off. The most recent DNA evidence is nowshowing the Asian Car have made it to the Wilmette pumping station and also the O'Brien lock within one mile Lake Michigan.

The state of Illinois has 63 miles of Great Lakes shoreline compared to almost 10,000 miles. President Obama is siding with the 63 miles of Illinois, his home state.

Ohio, New York, Wisconsin and Minnesota have joined the Michigan lawsuit, with further support from Indiana and the Province of Ontario. Only 50 of the 535 members of the U.S. Congress recently joined in a letter to President Obama in support of closing the locks, until a more permanent solution is reached.

The Attorney General of Michigan, Mike Cox, has created e-petition to be presented to Obama, for individuals to be heard.

Invasive carp advancing towards great lakes - video


Bisphenol A (BPA)

Update on Bisphenol A (BPA) for Use in Food

Posted: January 17, 2009

Overview

Bisphenol A (BPA) is an industrial chemical that has been present in many hard plastic bottles and metal-based food and beverage cans since the 1960s. 

Studies employing standardized toxicity tests have thus far supported the safety of current low levels of human exposure to BPA.  However, on the basis of results from recent studies using novel approaches to test for subtle effects, both the National Toxicology Program at the National Institutes of Health and FDA have some concern about the potential effects of BPA on the brain, behavior, and prostate gland in fetuses, infants, and young children.  In cooperation with the National Toxicology Program, FDA’s National Center for Toxicological Research is carrying out in-depth studies to answer key questions and clarify uncertainties about the risks of BPA.

In the interim:

  • FDA is taking reasonable steps to reduce human exposure to BPA in the food supply.  These steps include:
    • supporting the industry’s actions to stop producing BPA-containing baby bottles and infant feeding cups for the U.S. market;
    • facilitating the development of alternatives to BPA for the linings of infant formula cans; and
    • supporting efforts to replace BPA or minimize BPA levels in other food can linings.
  • FDA is supporting a shift to a more robust regulatory framework for oversight of BPA.
  • FDA is seeking further public comment and external input on the science surrounding BPA.

FDA is also supporting recommendations from the Department of Health and Human Services for infant feeding and food preparation to reduce exposure to BPA.

FDA is not recommending that families change the use of infant formula or foods, as the benefit of a stable source of good nutrition outweighs the potential risk from BPA exposure.

Read the full January 2010 update (PDF)



Arctic Cotton

By Rock Hunter

January 8, 2010

Arctic Cotton(Eriophorum Callitrix), also known as Bog Cotton or Cotton Grass, is another amazing item to enjoy on the Bay. Actually a member of the sedge family, it typically grows in acidic waterlogged environments, bogs, but it also inhabits conifer swamps and marshes.

Artic Cotton Grass in October

Arctic Cotton Grass in October

Arctic Cotton has grassy leaves and at maturity the flower forms dense fluffy cotton seed heads. In combination with sheep's wool or cotton it can be spun into a strong yarn or thread. Durable gloves, candlewicks, stockings, stuffing for pillows, dressing for wounds and excellent cloth have been produced.

The presence of Arctic Cotton is a heads up indicator to hikers on the Bay of potentially dangerous DEEP peat bogs to be avoided. On the Bay it could well be an indicator of cranberries as well.

Cranberries under the Artic Cotton

Cranberries under the Arctic Cotton

Dry Arctic Cotton is useful  for fires. Whether to start a fire from a spark, or to help the most stubborn ember grow back into a ball of heat. A dry bag of it in your pack weighs almost nothing, but also makes fantastic down like insulation useful for hands, mittens and pillows as well. Oil from the spring stem may be effective against warts. It is said indigenous people in Northern Quebec placed Arctic Cotton mixed with a little charcoal on newborn infants navels.


Asian Carp

By Rock Hunter

January 8, 2010

The possibility of Asian Carp entering the Great Lakes should be of great concern to everyone.

 A new  invasive species, the Asian Silver Carp, is knocking at the door of the Great Lakes. Its  DNA has been detected approximately one mile south  of the electric barrier created to help stop it.

The connections between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River are man-made. They are largely the result of the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal. The product of a waste management system deemed unlawful in the 1920's and now back before the Supreme Court January 15, 2010. A Michigan lawsuit against Illinois to close two Chicago locks is also supported by Minnesota, Wisconsin, New York, Ohio and the Canadian province of Ontario. The Obama administration is currently backing his home state of Illinois.

The Silver Carp can grow to over 60 lbs. and up to 3 feet long. It is a voracious plankton eater and takes out the bottom of the food chain, muscling out the native fish populations. It consumes huge amounts of food that other fish rely on.

If an ecological disaster isn't enough, these swarms of large heavy fish are reported to be easily startled and jump out of the water ahead and alongside boats. In fact there are many accounts of people being hit by the large jumping fish. Talk about a new hazard to boaters!

Please consider taking five minutes and emailing President Obama (president@whitehouse.gov). Once the Asian Carp are in, there will be, inevitably, no turning back.

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