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The Disconnect Between Canada’s Climate Words & Fossil Fuel Investments

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pmA year has passed since the World proclaimed its’ resolve to keep the average global temperature rise below 2 degrees. The Canadian government appears to be green lighting the expansion of our emissions heavy fossil fuel sector through the addition of Woodfibre LNG terminal, Pacific Northwest LNG terminal and at least one more pipeline to carry diluted bitumen to the West Coast. (Natural Resources Minister Jim Car says that the now expected U.S. approval of the Keystone XL pipeline does not change the fact Canada needs more access to Asian markets.) They are expected to approve the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which would tripple the tanker traffic flowing past the city of Vancouver, on December 19. The hearings for an even larger project in eastern Canada, Energy East, have been temporarily on hold since the entire panel had to recluse itself because “their participation in these meetings may have created an apprehension of bias which could undermine the integrity and the credibility of the Board’s decision making process.” Despite the fact emissions from the gas and oil sectors are one of the principal contributors to our rising emissions, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says “there is no turning back” in the fight against climate change. At the press conference following the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22) at Marrakech, she was confronted about the  disconnect between Canada’s climate words & fossil fuel investments.

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Treaty 8 Justice for the Peace Caravan

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThe Canadian and British Columbian governments may wish to ignore perceived treaty violations of the Site C Dam project,  but this determined group of people will not let them. Their bus left Ken and Arlene Boon’s farm, in the Peace River Valley, Monday. They want to be present when a Federal judge hears the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations argue that this BC Hydro project infringes on their constitutionally protected rights to hunt, fish and trap the lands that will be submerged. The Treaty 8 Justice for the Peace Caravan will arrive in Montreal Sunday.

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The Battle Against BC’s Pipelines Continues

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Prior to the election, Justin Trudeau made many promises. He was going to stop the Northern Gateway pipeline project. He was going to  redo the National Energy Board (NEB) process and that “applies to existing projects.” The NEB will not make a decision on Kinder Morgan’s controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion early in 2016. Kinder Morgan will have to go through a new process, which will require obtaining support from communities and First Nations. Trudeau was elected over a week ago. The battle against BC’s pipelines continues.

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Stephen Harper does not want you to know

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1It has been three years since Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources labelled environmentalists “radical groups “funded by“foreign special interest groups to undermine Canada’s national economic interest.” Some subsequent revelations seem more appropriate to an action movie. The most recent is the missing lines from Caitlyn Vernon’s report of the recent hearing in Vancouver (at the top of this page). The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) may have broken the law when they were investigating groups opposed to the Northern Gateway Pipeline.  Few know how far CSIS, or its’ Conservative masters, have gone. Stephen Harper does not want you to know.

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