Conservatives and...
Follow
Find
3.6K views | +0 today
Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament
What Canadians think about the 41st (Non Westminster)Parliament
Curated by pdeppisch
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

'There's No Accountability'

'There's No Accountability' | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it

EDMONTON - Environmentalists are trying to force the Alberta government to show it's followed through on previous recommendations to reduce the impact of oilsands mines before any more projects are approved.

The Oilsands Environmental Coalition has asked the regulatory panel examining Shell's proposed Jackpine expansion to check into the status of dozens of recommendations by previous panels.

Those recommendations were conditions under which previous oilsands projects were given the OK, but there's no information on whether they've been lived up to, said Simon Dyer of the Pembina Institute.

"There's no accountability," Dyer said. "We fear many of (the recommendations) have not been acted upon.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

New Report Details Keystone XL's Significant Climate Impact Using Data from Industry : Indybay

New Report Details Keystone XL's Significant Climate Impact Using Data from Industry : Indybay | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
A group of environmental advocates delivered a report on the climate implications of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline to the President on August 29, giving him all of the information he needs to reject the tar sands pipeline based on its...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

Quebec's Proposed 'Banque' Has Ottawa Seeing Red

Quebec's Proposed 'Banque' Has Ottawa Seeing Red | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
OTTAWA - It's a coming war of words between Ottawa and the Quebec government that you can take to the bank.Premier Pauline Marois's Parti Quebecois government introduced a bill in the spring that would create an economic development bank for the...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

Aboriginal Man Died After 34-Hour Emergency Room Wait

Aboriginal Man Died After 34-Hour Emergency Room Wait | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
WINNIPEG - A man who died during a lengthy wait in a hospital emergency room vomited on the floor during his final hours, but a security guard on duty said he assumed Brian Sinclair was intoxicated and "sleeping it off."Alain Remillard told an...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

Norway's awful gift to BC

Norway's awful gift to BC | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Lesions in the hearts of British Columbia salmon? Thanks, Norway.

 

Over 90 per cent of B.C. farmed salmon are testing positive for a recently imported Norwegian virus that causes lesions in the hearts of salmon, according to independent research. Should we be concerned about its effects on wild salmon, one of B.C.’s most valuable natural resources?

There's solid evidence in a peer-reviewed scientific paper, Virology Journal,  that the salmon farming industry appears to have imported an exotic virus considered to be the causative agent of a serious salmon disease. For anyone who takes a look at the science on this, it’s pretty hard to deny. So far, Fisheries and Oceans Canada have made no public statement about this virus, which appears to be widespread in BC farmed salmon that are being raised on the major migration routes of our wild salmon. The piscine reovirus in BC was first made public by biologist Alexandra Morton in 2012 when she began sampling salmon in BC for European viruses.  The reason she went looking for European viruses in the first place was because during the Cohen Commission she gained access to the previously confidential fish health files of the provincial farm salmon veterinarian, Dr. Gary Marty.  In the fish health reports he provided to the industry, Morton found references to several different European diseases, enough to make her suspicious. She began sending samples of both wild and farmed BC salmon to a few different high profile fish viral labs. 

Sure enough, she began to receive positive test results for segments of the infectious salmon anemia virus (ISAv), the piscine reovirus (PRV) and salmon alpha virus (SAV). While none of these viruses are reported as natural to BC, they happen to be some of the most common and devastating viruses in salmon farms in Norway.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

The Most Expensive Onshore Oil Spill in U.S. History

The Most Expensive Onshore Oil Spill in U.S. History | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
The largest onshore oil spill in US history -- Enbridge's ruptured Line 6B that released nearly 3 million liters of tar sands diluted bitumen into a tributary of the Kalamazoo River in Michigan -- finally has an official price tag: $1,039,000,000...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

Energy East? Use oil from Newfoundland, not the tar sands | rabble.ca

Energy East? Use oil from Newfoundland, not the tar sands | rabble.ca | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it

In Saint John New Brunswick, Mr. Harper exclaimed that with TransCanada's proposed Energy East Pipeline, "We're not just expanding our markets for our energy projects … We are also at the same time making sure that Canadians themselves benefit from those projects and from that gain energy security."

Instead of always promising energy security to the United States, it's refreshing to finally hear Mr. Harper talk about energy security for Canadians. This country is vulnerable to the next international oil supply crisis because it still imports almost half the oil Canadians use.

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by pdeppisch from Human rights, politic, economy, globalization, health and society
Scoop.it!

Canada’s Toxic Chemical Valley

Canada’s Toxic Chemical Valley | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
First Nations reserve called Aamjiwnaang, where just fewer than 1,000 people live, shares a fence line with the chemical valley.

Via Mariaschnee
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

GEORGE OCHENSKI: Montana governor makes wrong call on tar-sands megaloads

GEORGE OCHENSKI: Montana governor makes wrong call on tar-sands megaloads | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
In his first major environmental decision since the legislature ended, Gov. Steve Bullock completely blew it by allowing the transport of highly controversial tar-sands megaloads over Lolo Pass into Montana.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

The environmental review process for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline must be free from conflict | Danielle Droitsch's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

The environmental review process for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline must be free from conflict | Danielle Droitsch's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
The State Department’s Inspector General has now confirmed that its inquiry into the independence of the environmental review process for the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline will not be complete until January 2014.  ERM, the State...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

ForestEthics sues Harper government over NEB energy rule changes

ForestEthics sues Harper government over NEB energy rule changes | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Jenny Uechi Map of line Enbridge 9B ForestEthics Advocacy and Donna Sinclair filed a lawsuit today against the federal government over new rules that severely restrict the ability of Canadians to have a say about...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

Canada no GHG mitigation plan amidst Keystone XL pipeline– N.R.D.C.

Canada no GHG mitigation plan amidst Keystone XL pipeline– N.R.D.C. | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Canada has not proposed any credible mitigation plan that would address greenhouse gas emissions despite the country’s growing tar sands industry and the continuous push for the Keystone XL pipeline, according to the Natural Resources Defense...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

GUEST COLUMN – Oil industry anxious for dirty tar sands

GUEST COLUMN – Oil industry anxious for dirty tar sands | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
There is a vast volume of tar sands oil being mined in the center of Canada, and Big Oil is anxious to get it to a coast so it can ship this dirty fuel to lucrative global markets.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

The Tories Have Some Nerve Lecturing The World On Debt

The Tories Have Some Nerve Lecturing The World On Debt | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Finance Minister Jim Flaherty went to Russia for the G20 conference this week, and decided that this would be a good time to pressure the world into cutting government spending and implementing austerity measures.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

Tar sands a dirty outcome of free trade failures

Tar sands a dirty outcome of free trade failures | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
As controversy over TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline has captured most of America’s attention, Minnesotans have been dealing with a different pipeline carrying tar sands bitumen to the United States...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

Native Americans Take Lead in Tar Sands Resistance | www.iede.co.uk

Native Americans Take Lead in Tar Sands Resistance | www.iede.co.uk | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it

SPOKANE, Washington, Sep 01 (IPS) - Native American tribes in the United States have taken the lead in opposing the expansion of the Athabasca Tar Sands in Alberta, Canada, engaging in civil disobedience to the point of arrest and attempting to physically block shipments of construction equipment from passing through their native lands.

Native opposition is based on concern over the environmental destruction associated with the expansion and with the related Keystone XL Pipeline. The pipeline would convey oil from the tar sands through Canada and the United States to southeastern Texas.

As previously reported by IPS, the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation says the expansion of the world's third largest crude oil deposit so far has caused significant damage to the ecosystem, including the disappearance of bugs, decline in the numbers of migratory birds, elevated rates of certain types of cancers, and the possible extinction of caribou herds. [pullquote]3[/pullquote]

The Nez Perce tribe are also concerned about the Megaload shipments coming through their tribal lands, without their permission, and the ecological damage these shipments might cause. The most recent, a Megaload shipment, contains a 322-tonne, 225-foot-long evaporator to be used in the oil refining process in connection with the Tar Sands expansion.

"What it really amounts to is our association [with] our surroundings, our environment," Tony Smith, a member of the Nez Perce tribe, told IPS in an interview at the recent Spokane Falls Northwest Indian Market, Encampment and Pow Wow.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

"Absurd, unconscionable and incredibly offensive"

"Absurd, unconscionable and incredibly offensive" | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it

"The government didn't tell anybody in Canada about FIPA...everyone's constitutional rights were violated," Hupacasath First Nation councillor Brenda Sayers told the Vancouver Observer. "And it does does impact First Nations who are along the Enbridge (Northern Gateway) pipeline route, which Chinese companies have invested in." 

Sayers responded to the court's decision to dismiss the Hupacasath Nation's court case against the Canada-China foreign investment promotion and protection treaty. The court ruled that the Hupacasath First Nation did not adequately show how the ratification of FIPA would infringe upon Aboriginal rights. It also said FIPA would not result in a violation of the Constitution, which requires Canada to consult with First Nations on projects affecting their land.  

The 300 person band had filed affidavits against FIPA in February this year, alleging that the government's 31-year-trade deal with China -- signed in Vladivostok, Russia last September -- would drastically increase the extraction of natural fuels from Canadian soil and infringe on Aboriginal rights. The Hupacasaths' challenge of FIPA gained the support of numerous advocacy groups, including Leadnow and the Green Party. 
Last October, Leadnow and SumofUs presented an anti-FIPA petition with 60,000 signatures to Ottawa.

Hupacasath First Nation files affidavits in case against China-Canada FIPAChinese companies can sue BC for changing course on Northern Gateway pipeline, says policy expert 

A prominent First Nation leader who had been working on the case called the court's decision "absurd, unconscionable and incredibly offensive."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

Walking the Walk | The Dominion

Walking the Walk | The Dominion | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Event aims to heal land and bolster spirits

FORT MCMURRAY, AB—In the heart of Canada’s oil country, the booming town of Fort McMurray—casually dubbed Fort McMoney—is slowly becoming one of Alberta’s largest cities. From 2006 to 2012, the city grew by 53 per cent, going from a population of 47,705 to 72,994—far exceeding the growth of Alberta as a whole. This doesn't count the “non-permanent residents” who are simply in town to work; including them, the population balloons to 112,215.

Nearby, however, Indigenous nations are struggling for cultural survival. The tar sands project continues to expand its destructive footprint on the traditional territories of the Beaver Lake Cree Nation, Fort McMurray First Nation and Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, among others. For them, opposition to the industrial project is not an environmental concern or a left-leaning pet project. It is a matter of human survival.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

Don’t let Canada become a NAFTA Pollution Haven | West Coast Environmental Law

Don’t let Canada become a NAFTA Pollution Haven | West Coast Environmental Law | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
14 August, 2013

In 1994, in response to concerns that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) would provide an incentive to weaken environmental laws, Canada (along with the U.S. and Mexico) committed to maintaining strong environmental laws and resisting pressure from large international corporations to weaken those laws.

To that end, they entered into the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC, or NAFTA Environmental Side Agreement, as it is sometimes known). Key objectives of the NAAEC are to promote sustainable development, encourage pollution prevention and better compliance with environmental laws, and promote transparency and public participation in the development and improvement of environmental laws and policies.

The three countries established the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) – an international body made up of representatives of all three countries – to coordinate environmental protection laws between them.

Now, at the cusp of the 20-year anniversary of when NAFTA and the NAAEC went into effect, the CEC and its Joint Public Advisory Committee want to know what you think about whether North America’s governments are living up to that goal.

We need to tell them loud and clear that the Canadian government’s recent attacks on environmental laws are a subsidy to the oil and gas and other industries and, as a result, we have failed to live up to our international commitments.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

Wallin Named In Multimillion-Dollar Lawsuit

Wallin Named In Multimillion-Dollar Lawsuit | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
CALGARY - A U.S. court has approved a multimillion-dollar settlement in a securities fraud class-action lawsuit against a bankrupt energy exploration company for which embattled Sen.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

Pipelines a hard sell in Quebec's post-Lac Mégantic world

Pipelines a hard sell in Quebec's post-Lac Mégantic world | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Quebec Premier Pauline Marois doesn't want to be the leader who killed refineries and destroyed jobs, so the question is whether Quebecers themselves can be sold on more Western oil
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

Kochs must move their massive piles of tar-sands waste, Detroit mayor says

Kochs must move their massive piles of tar-sands waste, Detroit mayor says | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Petcoke has been piling up on Detroit's riverfront near a refinery processing tar-sands oil from Canada, but the city has finally had enough.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

CAPP-funded Energy IQ project to tour Canadian schools this fall

CAPP-funded Energy IQ project to tour Canadian schools this fall | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) and Canadian Geographic have teamed up produce a new site called Energy IQ, intended to educate Canadians about the energy industry.

With a focus on education for children, Energy IQ will be releasing 10 interactive floor maps to tour schools across Canada this fall, and a teaching package early next year.  

"CAPP is funding the program. Canadian Geographic and CAPP work collaboratively on the information provided, however, the school lessons, teacher packs, and other materials are written and developed by experienced teachers on staff at Canadian Geographic,"  CAPP campaigns manager Christina Pilarski wrote in an email. 

She noted that all Energy IQ material is curriculum compliant and curriculum linked, and that "dozens of teachers across the country" have signed up to received their map.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

Say Hello to Tar Sands Timmy!

Say Hello to Tar Sands Timmy! | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
Meet “Tar Sands Timmy”, a fun, cartoonimated mascot for Canada’s destructive tar sands project that explains why Canada needs the Keystone XL pipeline.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by pdeppisch
Scoop.it!

What will Harper do about the flawed Senate?

What will Harper do about the flawed Senate? | Conservatives and Canada's 41st Parliament | Scoop.it
The optics for Harper aren't good this time around.
more...
No comment yet.