zoomImage Courtesy: GoodBulk Owner and operator of dry bulk vessels GoodBulk Ltd. has expanded its fleet with a 2009-built Capesize vessel, the Aquamaka.The company took delivery of the 179,362 dwt unit, constructed by South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries, on April 27, 2018.Aquamaka is the final out of the seven initial Capesize vessels acquired from funds managed by CarVal Investors in October 2017.The company said that the purchase was financed with a combination of cash on hand, availability under existing credit facilities and the issuance of 1,280,000 new common shares to funds managed by CarVal.Including the Aquamaka, GoodBulk has a fleet of 25 vessels, consisting of 22 Capesize vessels, of which two are expected to be delivered by July 2018.
The three countries in the North American Free Trade Agreement are to vote on whether to investigate if Canada is failing to enforce environmental legislation on tailings ponds in Alberta’s oilsands.The vote is required after the trade treaty’s environmental watchdog concluded there were serious questions about how the federal government enforces the Fisheries Act in relation to the giant ponds.Studies have suggested the ponds leak water containing tailings from oilsands production into the Athabasca River.The ponds are estimated to hold 1.3 trillion litres of contaminated water.“Canada’s response does not provide sufficient information about why Canada did not undertake enforcement actions,” said the finding from the Commission on Environmental Cooperation.NAFTA allows non-governmental organizations and citizens of the three countries to submit complaints if they believe that environmental laws and regulations are not being enforced.If the commission determines the concerns are well-grounded, the member countries have 60 days to vote on whether to hold an investigation called a factual record. That record does not include recommendations or conclusions.The commission began its examination after a 2017 complaint from the Natural Resources Defense Council, Environmental Defence Canada and a member of the K’ahsho Got’ine Dene First Nation.They assert that no company has ever been prosecuted for allowing pond water to leak into and contaminate the Athabasca River. A 2014 Environment Canada study backed suspicions that leaks were occurring when it “fingerprinted” toxins found in groundwater and matched them to chemicals in the tailings.That study didn’t quantify how much was leaking. Previous studies estimated it at 6.5 million litres a day.The complaint is similar to one filed in 2010.That went to a vote in 2014. Canada persuaded its fellow NAFTA members that a factual record wasn’t needed because a Canadian court was considering similar issues — even though that case had been withdrawn.That action is no longer a factor, said Dale Marshall of Environmental Defence.“That case has been entirely put to bed,” he said.The second complaint also contains new information.“When we resubmitted, we updated it with new information that had come, including that 2014 ‘fingerprint’ study,” said Marshall.The submission cites other studies, many from industry, that conclude at least some tailings water was escaping into local creeks. Under the Fisheries Act, it is illegal to release a “deleterious substance” into any body of water containing fish.Canada has argued the fingerprint study was not conclusive. It says it’s still working to develop scientific tools for future investigations and that significant advancements have been made.It also says repeated inspections of the ponds were made between 2009 and 2014.“In 2014, following five years of effort to inspect tailings ponds with no reasonable grounds to support violations of the act, (Environment Canada) redirected its proactive enforcement efforts toward other regional and national issues,” says the government submission.That submission doesn’t refer to any research more recent that 2013.Although NAFTA requires the vote to be held within 60 days, that deadline has been ignored in the past.Marshall acknowledges that even if Canada was eventually found not to be enforcing its own laws, the consequences are slight.“There’s not a lot repercussions, other than public shaming.”— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at row@1960
The remainder of the awards are widely spread across a variety of productions at many of the city’s theatre companies, large and small, a sign of the health of the Toronto scene. Advertisement Facebook Advertisement The Musical Stage Company’s recent production of Fun Home, presented by David Mirvish, is the big winner in this year’s Toronto Theatre Critics Awards, picking up four prizes — or six, depending on how you slice it.Fun Home won Best Production of a Musical, Best Director of a Musical (Robert McQueen), Best Supporting Actress in a Musical (Cynthia Dale) and Best Actress in a Musical, to be shared by the three performers who play the character of Alison Bechdel at various points in her life: Hannah Levinson, Sara Farb and Laura Condlln.Another highly acclaimed musical, Mr. Shi and His Lover by Wong Teng Chi and Njo Kong Kie, picked up three awards: Best New Musical, Best Actor in a Musical (Jordan Cheng) and Best Supporting Actor in a Musical (Derek Kwan). The Macau Experimental Theatre/Music Picnic/Point View Art Association production, which tells the story of a French diplomat who falls in love with a mysterious opera singer, played at Tarragon Theatre. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Laura Condlln, Hannah Levinson and Sara Farb, shared the lead role of Alison in Fun Home and also share the Best Actress in a Musical award from the Toronto Theatre Critics. (ANDREW FRANCIS WALLACE / TORONTO STAR) Login/Register With: Twitter