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Nova Scotia’s Acadia First Nation and the Canadian Wildlife Service are developing a conservation plan for the threatened Atlantic population of the eastern ribbon snake, marking the first time in Atlantic Canada that the government agency has collaborated with an Indigenous community to protect critical habitat for a species at risk on a reserve. It’s estimated that there are between 4,000 and 9,000 of the semiaquatic reptiles in the province, mostly around the Wildcat and Ponhook Lake Mi’kmaq reserves.
‘It’s not good for the environment, the food that we eat and the water that we potentially want to drink.’
Madeleine Redfern, mayor of Iqaluit, describes the effect that decades-old debris and hazardous material near the city has had on residents. In July, Transport Canada awarded an Iqaluit company a $5.4-million contract to clean up the site, which was used as a dumping ground when the U.S. Air Force closed its Frobisher Bay Air Base in 1963.