Woodland caribou won’t get federal protection: Kent

Federal Environment Minister Peter Kent won’t be issuing an emergency order to protect the woodland caribou despite a judge’s order that Kent should do so.

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Federal Environment Minister Peter Kent won’t be issuing an emergency order to protect the woodland caribou despite a judge’s order that Kent should do so.  

Last July, Federal Court Justice Peter Crampton ordered Kent to revisit his decision not to issue an emergency order to protect the caribou.

Kent refused.

Environmental lawyers filed a request with the court last week to force the minister to comply with the judge’s ruling.

Kent is still refusing, but this time he’s explaining why.

Kent says the “the species does not face an imminent threat to survival at this time.”

The caribou are being forced out from large parts of their range, especially in Alberta’s tar sands region.

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