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In "Libya’s Hell, Enabled by Canadian Humanitarians," Murray Dobbin looks at the case for invading Libya, the mess of arms and fighting left behind, (entirely forseeable after Iraq in my opinion) and discusses the failure of democracy in Canada and its media that allowed this tragedy to unfold.

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How can we make the most money out of these pipelines?by Susan MacVittie
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There has been much press about the BC and Alberta governments reaching an agreement on pipelines. Yesterday, BC Premier Clark and Alberta Premier Redford met and agreed about the five conditions that BC proposed before approving pipelines to being built in this province.

Both Premiers are quick to remind us that they were elected

Posted on October 30, 2013

by Joyce Nelson

In early September, Rainforest Action Network (RAN) launched a major campaign targeting 20 of the largest snack food companies that use palm oil in their candy bars and potato chips. “Cut Conflict Palm Oil, Not Rainforests” says RAN, citing massive conversion of rainforests and peatlands to palm oil plantations in Malaysia and Indonesia. RAN’s campaign also highlights labour abuses, declining wildlife populations, and violent clashes between communities and palm oil developers.

RAN says these issues cause major risk to the reputations of

Posted on October 30, 2013

Hupacasath Update
With the help of fundraising efforts across Canada, the Hupacasath First Nation will launch an appeal after their first court challenge to the Canada-China investment treaty known as FIPA was dismissed in August.

Those opposed to the treaty are wary of the powers it could give to Chinese business and the secrecy of private arbitration hearings. Since treaty making is a royal prerogative and parliamentary debate is not required, the Hupacasath and other critics are calling it undemocratic.

Posted on April 08, 2014

Greenpeace asks Elections Canada to investigate whether links between the Conservative Party and Ethical Oil break election rules

(Ottawa) - Greenpeace Canada has asked Elections Canada to investigate whether the Conservative Party is colluding with the Ethical Oil Institute in violation of the measures in the Canada Elections Act that prohibit donations to federal political parties from corporations.

Posted on January 02, 2014

Piles of dusty petroleum waste called "petcoke"It looks like Armageddon but it’s “just a little bit of Alberta.”

Posted on January 02, 2014

Last June, I spent three days in a Vancouver courtroom  watching the Hupacasath First Nation argue their case against the federal government.
The Hupacasath came robed, just like the judges and the lawyers. They weren’t wigged-out like the Department of Justice benchmen. They wore cedar woven headbands and hummingbird embroidered regalia (and underneath, comfortable blue jeans).

Posted on January 02, 2014

On December 22 the National Energy Board recommended approval of the Northern Gateway pipeline, and some of the people who otherwise distrust government, want it out of the economy, and hate quasi-judicial independent appointed bla bla bla – are lining up to praise the probity and wisdom of the Joint Review Panel. Some of these folks are your friends and relatives. Some have a wider audience.

Posted on October 30, 2013

Click for larger imageBC Premier Christy Clark and that Energizer Bunny® resource salesman we call Prime Minister have been making a lot of noise lately about Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) sales to Asian markets. Clark once claimed BC LNG would be the cleanest in the world, although lately she has been defining her terms and now says only the actual LNG facility, not the gas or the pipelines, will be super natural green. (Click on map to enlarge)

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