Ecology/Environment

13/02/20
Author: 
Elizabeth May

February 12th 2020

On Friday, February 7, 2020, the CEO of Trans Mountain pipeline, Ian Anderson, announced that the costs of building the pipeline expansion have “soared from an initial estimate of $7.4 billion to $12.6 billion.”

That seemingly straight-forward statement is replete with misconceptions.For one thing, the pipeline’s “initial estimate” was not $7.4 billion. In the National Energy Board hearings, Kinder Morgan estimated the cost of building the pipeline expansion at $5.4 billion. So the real leap in costs is from $5.4 to $12.6 billion.

12/02/20
Author: 
Christopher Flavelle
The Syncrude Canada plant at the Athabasca oil sands near Fort McMurray, Alberta.Credit...Ben Nelms/Bloomberg

Feb. 12, 2020

Some of the world’s largest financial institutions have stopped putting their money behind oil production in the Canadian province of Alberta, home to one of the world’s most extensive, and also dirtiest, oil reserves.

12/02/20
Author: 
Stuart Parker
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February 11, 2020
 
Names are important. Terms are important. We need to use them more carefully and precisely than ever in this current era of spin, obfuscation, fake news and outright lies that comprise a larger and larger proportion of both our social and mainstream media.
 
12/02/20
Author: 
Andrew Leach & Martin Olszynski

Cabinet's difficult decision made more precarious as project becomes a litmus test for climate and unity

 
11/02/20
Author: 
ELIZAZAHIROVIC
Image by Michael Toledano

Feb. 11, 2020

Solidarity Statement from Professors and Scholars in Support of the Wet’suwet’en people

****UPDATE: This solidarity statement was originally sent around and signed in February 2019. But in February 2020 it started circulating again and is gaining many more new signatories in response to the RCMP raid on Wet’suwet’en territory which has happened in the past weeks. Hundreds more academics are signing daily.****

11/02/20
Author: 
Larry Barzelai and Warren Bell

OPINION: In much of northeastern B.C., Indigenous populations can no longer hunt and fish as their ancestors did, because their land and water are too polluted and disturbed by infrastructure.

As physicians, we are deeply distressed to see force being used to disrupt a legitimate protest by the Wet’suwet’en people. They are simply trying to protect the present and future health of their people. We need to be cognizant of the devastating effect that the Coastal GasLink pipeline will have on their way of life.

10/02/20
Author: 
Emma McIntosh
An RCMP officer peers through a gate at Unist'ot'en Camp in Wet'suwet'en territory on Feb. 8, 2020. Photo by Michael Toledano

Using an ever-changing set of rules, RCMP in British Columbia arrested 11 opponents of the Coastal GasLink pipeline Saturday, the third day of raids on Wet’suwet’en Nation territory.

RCMP also continued to obstruct journalists on the remote forest road in northern B.C. where the conflict is playing out, drawing international criticism. A spokesperson for one of the nation’s five clans, Molly Wickham of Gidimt’en, said the police broke a promise not to make more arrests until after a meeting with the nation’s hereditary chiefs.

07/02/20
Author: 
Laurie Few
Joaquin Phoenix photograph from Wikipedia

February 6th 2020

“How many more signs do we need? By watching these, people will understand now is the time.”

That’s Jonathan Mintram. He is the executive producer of a series of video shorts about the climate emergency being released by Extinction Rebellion and Amazon Watch in collaboration with Mobilize Earth. The first is out today.

The 12 videos are public service announcements, but with a difference. A big difference, you might say, considering the first one “stars” Oscar favourite Joaquin Phoenix.

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