Tar sands

Posted on January 23, 2014

Neil Young's support of the Athabaskan Chipewyan's fundraising efforts towards their tarsand court case gained a truckload of press attention last week.  Every national and daily paper reaped the benefits of a hot topic and it ignited a national conversation about energy resources in Canada. I’m grateful for that.

Not just to Neil though. The press seemed to miss that the leaders of the debate are the Athabaskan Chipewyan people and countless other First Nations that are launching court cases to protect our land and drinking water for ALL of us.
Neil was just lending a helping hand.

"Respect existence or expect resistance"

Earlier this week activists converged at PR Springs, site of the first proposed tar sands mine in the United States. They shut down work at the mine, and road construction, for the entire day. Check out the amazing video of the action below, and for more information visit: http://www.peacefuluprising.org/actioncampaction

Posted on June 03, 2013

by Karen Wristen

The impacts unchecked climate change could have on global food security might accurately be described as apocalyptic. As detailed in the most recent assessment by the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change, these include dramatic increases in drought, famine, flooding and disease, as well as equally dramatic losses in biodiversity.

Posted on May 08, 2013

by Joyce Nelson

Canada’s Information Commissioner, Suzanne Legault, agreed at the end of March to launch an investigation into the extensive muzzling of federally-funded scientists at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), Environment Canada, Natural Resources Canada and other federal agencies. Her decision comes after a February 20th complaint formally filed by Democracy Watch in partnership with the Environmental Law Clinic of the University of Victoria, which called for a full investigation and was accompanied by a 128-page report, Muzzling Civil Servants: A Threat to Democracy.

That report documents systematic silencing since 2007 of

Writing for Island Tides, Elizabeth May discusses the issues around all the pipeline proposals, eastern Canada's reliance on foreign oil, and comes to the only sensible solution -- slow down the expansion of the tar sands to a managable and steady 2 million barrels a day, which would cool inflation, and construct the refineries needed so that Alberta is shipping conventional oil and gas to eastern Canada instead of dilbert. May says this would be thinking like a country.

Sounds like a plan to me.

Andrew Nikiforuk today in the Tyee unveils the depths of Harper's economic treason in the Asian trade deal. Almost too painful and horrifying to read. This is the total sell out of our resources and our civil rights. When you are on trial in a secret Chinese court, it will be too late to realise you should have read this news! 

Posted on May 17, 2012

Pipeline routeby Susan MacVittie

Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government is determined to speed up and streamline the government-approval process for pipelines, recently cutting federal environmental-oversight agencies drastically from 40 to three, slashing budgets, limiting public participation and assigning fixed assessment timelines. It's all part of a slick plan.

Posted on May 17, 2012

by Joyce Nelson

BC Energy Minister Rich Coleman appears to be ignoring the fact that corporate ownership of the Trans Mountain Pipeline changed hands in 2005, when the Canadian owner, Terasen Inc., was bought for $3 billion by Houston-based energy giant Kinder Morgan. Regarding the pipeline, Coleman told the Burnaby NewsLeader (April 12), "This one's been in operation for a long time, and it does show that pipelines can operate safely for generations."

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