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'Science is being ignored:' prominent Alberta professor sides with B.C. on pipeline E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 15:10

 

David Schindler
David Schindler was awarded an Alberta Order of Excellence in 2008 for his work protecting fresh water resources in Canada and around the world and has advised the provincial government on oil spill clean-ups in the past. (University of Alberta)

Notley announced a provincial boycott on all imports of B.C. wines and cut off talks to purchase $500 million worth of electricity from B.C, escalating the inter-provincial spat over the pipeline.

He mentioned a Royal Society of Canada study from 2015 that lays out the unknowns when it comes to the transport of bitumen and said that many of the issues raised then have still not been addressed.

In particular, he said, he is concerned with oil spills during colder months.

"We still don't know how to get bitumen out from under the ice," he said. "If it goes in to one of the major salmon rivers crossing B.C., we will just sit by and helplessly watch it go downstream."

Climate change commitments 

It's not just scientific research and answers that are lacking, Schindler says, but also commitment to promises during the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Paris.

"From what I see, we are not taking this commitment very seriously at all," he said. "We are taking a very 'head in the sand' approach to the problem."

He says ventures to more renewable sources of energy, particularly geothermal, and away from the oil and gas industry are key to moving forward.

"If this were the beginning of the 20th century, we'd probably be protecting the buggy manufacturers and telling people 

Ecology professor argues the interprovincial dispute is being driven by politics, not science

By Clare Hennig, CBC News Posted: Feb 19, 2018 3:35 PM PT Last Updated: Feb 19, 2018 3:35 PM PT

Despite the tough stance from Alberta Premier Rachel Notley about Kinder Morgan Canada's pipeline expansion, a prominent Alberta academic is taking British Columbia's side in the dispute.

David Schindler, professor emeritus of ecology at the University of Alberta, says he thinks B.C.'s concerns about the Trans Mountain pipeline are legitimate.

The issue is one of science and not politics, he argues.

"Somehow, science is being ignored in all this," he told CBC Early Edition host Stephen Quinn. "I think the questions [about spills] are very legitimate."

The National Energy Board recently announced that construction of the TransMountain pipeline expansion can go forward on Burnaby Mountain, but the B.C. government says it will restrict any increase in bitumen shipments until further study is conducted on spills.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 February 2018 15:17
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'Morally Bankrupt' Budget: After $1.5 Trillion Gift to Rich, Trump Demands $1.7 Trillion in Safety Net Cuts E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 17 February 2018 10:05

"Millions of Americans will lose access to life-saving programs because the GOP gave $1.5 trillion in tax cuts to the rich."  After $1.5 Trillion Gift to Rich, Trump Demands $1.7 Trillion in Safety Net Cuts

Staff members display recently released printed copies of U.S. President Donald Trump's fiscal year 2019 budget at the House Budget Committee on Capitol Hill February 12, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Staff members display recently released printed copies of U.S. President Donald Trump's fiscal year 2019 budget at the House Budget Committee on Capitol Hill February 12, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Those wondering how President Donald Trump plans to pay for the $1.5 trillion in tax cuts for the rich he signed into law last year got their answer on Monday, when the White House unveiled its 2019 budget (pdf) blueprint that calls for $1.7 trillion in cuts to crucial safety net programs over the next decade—including $237 billion in cuts to Medicare alone.

"Millions of Americans will lose access to life-saving programs because the GOP gave $1.5 trillion in tax cuts to the rich." 

Last Updated on Sunday, 18 February 2018 13:16
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Lets Party During BC Wine and Cheese Week E-mail
Posted by Dragonslayer   
Monday, 12 February 2018 18:25

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley recently attacked the innocent bystander (BC Wine Industry)  because of an unrelated issue about the Kinder Morgan pipe line. 

She went even further by pulling out the Russian playbook and suggested that If BC didn't do what she wants that she would encourage BC residents to vote against the BC NDP in BC byelections.   Blackmail and election tampering for sure.   Maybe she broke the law?  Ya think?

I would like to invite all those thirsty Albertans to come visit us in BC.  Open up the summer cottage and throw wine and cheese parties.  Perhaps we could convince Premier Horgan to declare a wine and cheese holliday so we could all take a day to tie one on.   Oh what the heck...Lets just make it a week and we can super charge our wine industry.  We might even end up with a stimulated cheese industry.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 February 2018 18:50
 
Fort McKay First Nation Fights for ‘Last Refuge’ Amidst Oilsands Development E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 09 February 2018 09:35

 

Moose Lake

First elected to lead Fort McKay First Nation in northeast Alberta more than three decades ago, Boucher has made a name for his cooperative relationship with industry, which includes launching a sizable oilsands service conglomerate, denouncing environmentalists and purchasing a 34 per cent stake in a $1 billion Suncor bitumen storage terminal.

But now, a proposed 10,000 barrel per day oilsands project is threatening to infringe on a nearby sacred region called Moose Lake that serves as the First Nation’s “key cultural heartland” and is shared with the local Métis community for traditional activities. And Boucher is speaking out against the project — specifically targeting the provincial NDP for failing to finalize a management plan that would restrict development in the area prior to the regulatory hearings.

This government does not want to do an agreement with Fort McKay,” said Boucher in an interview with DeSmog Canada, during a break in the Alberta Energy Regulator hearings. “We’ve had discussions with them. As a result of these discussions, we have gone nowhere in terms of trying to resolve our issues with respect to the integrity of Moose Lake.”

A spokesperson for Alberta’s environment and parks department didn’t provide a response before deadline.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 February 2018 09:41
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Nuclear Reactors, Bankrupting Their Owners, Closing Early E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 07 February 2018 08:24

Nuclear Reactors, Bankrupting Their Owners, Closing Early

 

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/02/06/nuclear-reactors-bankrupting-their-owners-closing-early/

 

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Photo by Nuclear Regulatory Commission | CC BY 2.0

On January 22, FirstEnergy Corporation announced that its faulty and nearly-self-destructed Davis-Besse power reactor east of Toledo, Ohio, will be closed well before its license expires. But the shutdown is not because the reactor represents reckless endangerment of public health and safety. FirseEnergy was fine with that. No, the old rattle trap can’t cover its costs any more, not with the electricity market dominated by cheaper natural gas, and renewable wind and solar.

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Memo to Bob Mueller E-mail
Posted by Concerned Canadians   
Monday, 05 February 2018 11:29

It appears that one way or another Donald Trump will try to stop your investigation.  We are also aware that you like to have all the nails driven in before you report to congress and the senate.  As time is of the essence, we suggest that you create an interim report with sufficient facts to make your case and place it before each member of the Congress and the Senate ASAP!

 
Tackling Inequality – The Myth that Davos Can Change the World E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 05 February 2018 10:16
Thalif Deen For years now, Davos has listed inequality as a major concern, and yet has also noted that it keeps increasing. (Don’t these leaders have any influence?)

US President Donald Trump at the Davos Forum

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 29 2018 (IPS) - When the World Economic Forum (WEF) concluded in Davos, Switzerland last week, the outcome of the annual talk-fest was seemingly predictable—plenty of unrestrained platitudes but, surprisingly, less of the American populist, protectionist rhetoric.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 February 2018 20:24
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Our Enemy, Ourselves Ten Commonsense Suggestions for Making Peace, Not War E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 04 February 2018 20:35

Ten Commonsense Suggestions for Making Peace, Not War - By William J. Astore

Whether the rationale is the need to wage a war on terror or renewed preparations for a struggle against peer competitors Russia and China  (as Defense Secretary James Mattis suggested recently while introducing America’s new National Defense Strategy), the U.S. military is engaged globally.  A network of military bases spread across 172 countries helps enable its wars and interventions.  By the count of the Pentagon, at the end of the last fiscal year about 291,000 personnel (including reserves and Department of Defense civilians) were deployed in 183 countries worldwide, which is the functional definition of a military .  Lady Liberty may temporarily close when the U.S. government grinds to a halt, but the country’s foreign military commitments, especially its wars, just keep humming along.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 February 2018 20:42
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Martyn Brown: Justin Trudeau declares war on British Columbia E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 03 February 2018 16:23

2:38 PM Georgia Strait

Martyn Brown: Justin Trudeau declares war on British Columbia"

Alberta premier Rachel Notley and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's alliance on pipelines could cause federal Liberal fortunes to crash in B.C.

"That pipeline is going to get built," Justin Trudeau on Edmonton’s CHED radio.

"We will stand by our decision. We will ensure that the Kinder Morgan pipeline gets built."

With that, Canada’s prime minister has declared war on British Columbia’s efforts to stop that widely unwanted project, which our provincial government has taken new actions to frustrate, further to its other announced and ongoing efforts.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 February 2018 21:11
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Site C Summit – Accountability and Action E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 20:51

Site C Summit – Accountability and Action - Published January 26 and 27, 2018

Victoria BC - Over 400 delegates attended the Site C Accountability and Action Summit to un-package the BC NDP’s Site C decision, uphold Indigenous rights and Treaty 8, examine the ongoing Site C train wreck, and to develop action plans to stop Site C.
 
Experts with over 100 years of collective experience in energy economics concluded that the NDP government knew their decision to continue Site C was based on erroneous advice.  Contrary to the words of Premier Horgan and Attorney General David Eby, the facts are: 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 February 2018 21:58
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Vancouver Women’s Forum on Peace and Security on the Korean Peninsula E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 23 January 2018 15:17

Vancouver Women’s Forum on Peace and Security on the Korean Peninsula

For immediate release, January 16, 2018

Christine Ahn, Women Cross DMZ, Vancouver Women’s Forum Lead , + 1 310 482 9333

Media contact: Nancy McHarg, 604 760 4366

The Vancouver Summit on Korea missed a critical opportunity for peace. Instead of supporting the reduction of tensions in the Korean peninsula that began with the inter-Korean dialogue and the Olympics truce, the Foreign Ministers chose to further isolate and threaten North Korea.

We urged Foreign Ministers to prepare the table for dialogue with North Korea.  Instead, they chose to obstruct the path for peace being laid by North and South Korea.

The US-led “maximum pressure” approach has utterly failed to halt North Korea’s nuclear and missile program. Seventy years of sanctions and isolation of North Korea have only furthered the DPRK’s resolve to develop its nuclear arsenal.

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