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The false economy of Canada's plundering of its forest resource

The false economy of Canada's plundering of its forest resource | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it

"Climate change and environment writer Andrew Nikiforuk published an op-ed last month in the New York Times, on Nov. 17, which looked at a little-examined consequence of the Alberta tar sands--the destruction of forests in Alberta which the tar sands industry perpetrates as it tears up the earth to get at the 'black gold' below. Nikiforuk's op-ed was titled, "A forest threatened by Keystone XL," referring to that hotly contested pipeline proposal that would deliver ever-more tar sands bitumen to upgraders and refineries in the southern U.S."

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Leaking wells a burning issue

Serge Fortier has been trying for years to raise awareness about leaking wells along the St. Lawrence River. Nothing has been quite as effective as setting them on fire.

"The reaction came very rapidly," says Fortier, an environmental activist whose fiery demonstration near Ste-Francoise has prompted the Quebec government to acknowledge it has a problem - one that regulatory officials are often not keen to discuss.

In Alberta, where old wells have been uncovered in schoolyards, backyards and at shopping malls, officials are saying little about a well that has now turned up at Calgary's airport, which is in the midst of a $2-billion expansion.
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Burnaby Mountain Policing Costs Not Our Problem: Kinder Morgan

Burnaby Mountain Policing Costs Not Our Problem: Kinder Morgan | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
BURNABY, B.C. - The president of Kinder Morgan says his company isn't responsible for the policing bill related to pipeline protests at a Metro Vancouver conservation site.Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan has suggested the energy giant help pay for polic...
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The Tar Sands Disaster

The Tar Sands Disaster | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
IF President Obama blocks the Keystone XL pipeline once and for all, he’ll do Canada a favor.

Canada’s tar sands formations, landlocked in northern Alberta, are a giant reserve of carbon-saturated energy — a mixture of sand, clay and a viscous low-grade petroleum called bitumen. Pipelines are the best way to get this resource to market, but existing pipelines to the United States are almost full. So tar sands companies, and the Alberta and Canadian governments, are desperately searching for export routes via new pipelines.
"Also, bitumen is junk energy. A joule, or unit of energy, invested in extracting and processing bitumen returns only four to six joules in the form of crude oil. In contrast, conventional oil production in North America returns about 15 joules. Because almost all of the input energy in tar sands production comes from fossil fuels, the process generates significantly more carbon dioxide than conventional oil production."
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Peel watershed: Yukon court strikes down government land use plan

Peel watershed: Yukon court strikes down government land use plan | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
In a historic ruling this morning, Yukon Supreme Court Justice Ron Veale found that the Yukon government’s modifications to the Peel land use plan did not respect the land use planning process set out in the territory’s final agreements with First Nations.

In a written judgment, he says the remedy is for the Yukon government to return to consultations on the final recommended land use plan. 

The decision also scolds the Yukon government for pursuing a “flawed process” for two years, instead of revealing more detail about its proposed modifications in February 2011. 
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National Energy Board panel’s assurances to Tsawout First Nation ring false

National Energy Board panel’s assurances to Tsawout First Nation ring false | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Tsawout First Nation elders testified to the NEB panel that tanker traffic from the twinning of the Trans Mountain pipeline will violate their right to “fish as formerly” under by the Douglas Treaty.
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First Nations: NEB Kinder Morgan process unconstitutional

First Nations: NEB Kinder Morgan process unconstitutional | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Chief Ian Campbell calls for meaningful consultation on Trans Mountain pipeline on behalf of twelve First Nations
Constitutional challenges seem likely if the federal government approves Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline.

On Friday, Squamish Chief Ian Campbell presented a letter to the Harper government outlining the process’ defects. That letter, signed by twelve First Nation leaders, stated they are “wholly dissatisfied” with the Crown’s approach to consultation and called on the Crown to develop a meaningful consultation process.

The allegations of unconstitutionality include: failure to consult about the NEB process; use of written information requests rather than live cross examination of witnesses; insufficient capacity funding; and no guidance regarding how consultation will occur following the NEB’s recommendation.
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Aglukkaq Evades Questions, Pulls Out Newspaper Instead

Aglukkaq Evades Questions, Pulls Out Newspaper Instead | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq was caught reading a newspaper in question period on Monday after evading questions about exorbitant food prices affecting people in her own riding.

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Norway Wealth Fund Targets $3 Billion in Green Technology Stakes

Norway Wealth Fund Targets $3 Billion in Green Technology Stakes | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, the world’s largest, will invest almost $3 billion into green technology stocks next year, Chief Executive Officer Yngve Slyngstad signaled.
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To avoid breaking law, De Beers seeks water licence change

To avoid breaking law, De Beers seeks water licence change | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
De Beers, which owns the Snap Lake diamond mine in N.W.T., says it can't meet a new chloride discharge limit that will come into effect in January.
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Conservatives’ dirty tricks have no place in Canadian politics

Conservatives’ dirty tricks have no place in Canadian politics | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
There shouldn’t be any place in Canadian politics for the penny-ante dirty trick pulled by a Conservative operative this month. And it’s disturbing that Jason Kenney, the Minister of Employment and usually one of the party’s more thoughtful leaders, ...
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The problem isn’t aboriginals as Stephen Harper suggests. It’s us: Siddiqui | Toronto Star

The problem isn’t aboriginals as Stephen Harper suggests. It’s us: Siddiqui  | Toronto Star | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
The Harper government is behaving in colonial ways towards our indigenous peoples.
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Canada's unfinished business with First Nations is an economic failure

Canada's unfinished business with First Nations is an economic failure | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Diane Francis: Canada’s failure to bring Canada’s First Nations into the fold, or in some cases to hope the Natives 'somehow disappear,' is not only a national blemish but an economic impediment
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Canada says cannot meet 2020 emissions target without more action

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada, accused by environmentalists of lack of action in the fight against climate change, said on Monday it has no chance of meeting its 2020 target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions unless it takes further steps.
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BC First Nation Chiefs to Alberta Premier Jim Prentice: "We'll do what needs to be done to make sure Northern Gateway is never built."

BC First Nation Chiefs to Alberta Premier Jim Prentice: "We'll do what needs to be done to make sure Northern Gateway is never built." | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
On fourth anniversary of Indigenous law banning tar sands pipelines, First Nations leaders send Alberta Premier a "map of opposition" to the Northern Gateway pipeline.
VANDERHOOF, BRITISH COLUMBIA/YINKA DENE TERRITORIES--(Marketwired - Dec. 8, 2014) - On the fourth anniversary of the Save the Fraser Declaration, an Indigenous law supported by more than 100 First Nations to ban tar sands pipelines and tankers from their territories, the Yinka Dene Alliance (YDA) is sending Alberta Premier Jim Prentice a map and timeline of opposition to the Enbridge Northern Gateway project, to make sure his government fully understands the opposition the project faces.
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Bernard Valcourt maintains Yukon First Nations are not government

Bernard Valcourt maintains Yukon First Nations are not government | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
‘The umbrella agreement is clear that government is defined as either Canada or Yukon,’ said Bernard Valcourt during questioning in the aboriginal affairs House of Commons committee yesterday.
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EU vote puts Canadian tar sands label back on the agenda | Canada | Reuters

EU vote puts Canadian tar sands label back on the agenda | Canada | Reuters | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Europe moved a small step back toward a plan to stigmatize Canada's tar sands as highly polluting on Wednesday, despite years of Ottawa's lobbying the EU bloc as part of its export
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Domestic violence issues in Ottawa looked at in 3-part series

Domestic violence issues in Ottawa looked at in 3-part series | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
In November, the CBC's Judy Trinh looked into domestic violence issues in Ottawa, from police investigations of domestic abuse to treatment programs for offenders. These are the stories that appeared in her three-part series.
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Why Texas is closing prisons

Why Texas is closing prisons | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
The US is known for its tough criminal justice system, with an incarceration rate far larger than any comparable country. So why is it that Republicans in Texas are actively seeking to close prisons, asks Danny Kruger, a former speechwriter for David Cameron.

Coming from London to spend a couple of days in Texas last month, I was struck most of all by how generous and straightforward everyone was.

Talking to all sorts of different people about crime and punishment, the same impression came across: We expect people to do the right thing and support them when they do. When they don't we punish them, but then we welcome them back and expect good behaviour again. It's not naive, it's just clear.
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Lost Canadians file petition challenging federal government's interpretation of citizenship history

Lost Canadians file petition challenging federal government's interpretation of citizenship history | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Federal Green Party leader Elizabeth May filed a petition today on behalf of the Lost Canadians, a citizenship advocacy group, challenging the federal government’s version of the history of Canadian citizenship.
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Green energy sector jobs surpass total oil sands employment

Canada’s green energy sector has grown so quickly and has become such an important part of the economy that it now employs more people than the oil sands.

About $25-billion has been invested in Canada’s clean-energy sector in the past five years, and employment is up 37 per cent, according to a new report from climate think tank Clean Energy Canada to be released Tuesday. That means the 23,700 people who work in green energy organizations outnumber the 22,340 whose work relates to the oil sands, the report says.
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Love the military, fail the veterans

Love the military, fail the veterans | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
It should be the easiest exercise imaginable for a government that likes to march to a martial drumbeat: Treat the country’s armed forces well when they’re recruited, when they’re serving and, especially, when they return home. They are a Conservative Party’s natural constituency.

Praise them on the way out and give them the help they need on their return, and reap the ensuing goodwill from a grateful country. It’s as close to a win-win situation as you get with war. I’m not entirely sure why the federal government keeps falling at this hurdle. (Although, to be fair, it’s hardly alone: Many governments around the world have treated their returning soldiers abysmally.)
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Bank of England investigating risk of 'carbon bubble'

Bank of England investigating risk of 'carbon bubble' | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Enquiry to assess chances of an economic crash if climate change rules render coal, oil and gas assets worthless
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Canada Gets A 'D' On New Animal Protection Index

Canada Gets A 'D' On New Animal Protection Index | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
TORONTO - Archaic anti-cruelty legislation and weak transportation laws are among the reasons for Canada's mediocre ranking when it comes to animal protection, according to a new global assessment.Overall, Canada gets a D rating on the animal protect...
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Unpacking the Politics: Are secret audio recordings ‘Nixonian’?

Unpacking the Politics: Are secret audio recordings ‘Nixonian’? | Canada and its politics | Scoop.it
Secretly recording a conversation, using the tape to attack a prominent Liberal candidate and then hiring an audio expert when its authenticity is questioned: Is Prime Minister Stephen Harper desperate for re-election?
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