Oil - Pipelines

David Olive

History records very few instances of people getting out of a jam by throwing a temper tantrum.

Yet that has been Alberta’s response in coping with the latest downturn in its fortunes.

Justin Brake
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was criticized Wednesday in Kamloops for the RCMP’s raid of a check point and camp on unceded Wet’suwet’en territory earlier this week.

January 11, 2019 

B.C. Premier John Horgan and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau both broke their silence Wednesday on a pipeline company’s injunction against members of the Unist’ot’en House and Gidimt’en Clan, and the RCMP’s raid Monday on unceded Wet’sewet’en territory.

But observers say the leaders were misleading, or skirted fundamental questions related to Indigenous jurisdiction and title at the heart of the conflict around the LNG project in northern B.C.

Andrew Nikiforuk
The politician who once promised to use ‘every tool in the toolbox’ to protect B.C.’s coastal economy and environment now appears mostly tool-less and toothless. Photo: BC Government Flickr.

BC still opposes the project, but it’s not leading.

When the National Energy Board announced conditional approval for the Trans Mountain pipeline project in 2016, BC NDP leader John Horgan sent party members an important letter.

CTVNews.ca Staff
[Editor: see videos of protests from across Canada at link]
CTVNews.ca's Josh Dehaas, with files from CTV's Kevin Gallagher in Ottawa and Melanie Nagy in Vancouver 
Published Tuesday, January 8, 2019 11:09AM EST 
Last Updated Wednesday, January 9, 2019 9:46AM EST
Leyland Cecco
 The prime minister, Justin Trudeau, has been attacked for doing too little on the environment – and too much. Photograph: Canadian Press/Rex/Shutterstock

October’s parliamentary elections may hinge on the recent pipeline nationalisation and the government’s carbon tax plan

In his four years leading Canada, the Liberal prime minister, Justin Trudeau, has gone to great lengths – at home and abroad – to bolster his environmental credentials. Now, with a federal election looming, he is gambling his parliamentary majority and political future on them.


[Website editor's note - Another face of climate change denialism: Blame Americans...]

Canada’s debilitating inability to gain fair market value for its largest export commodity – crude oil – has become the top economic story of 2018. It will likely dominate headlines in 2019.

Melanie Green
Though the work is all-consuming, Jean Swanson does find respite in taking the odd nap. In fact, she moved her favourite rocking chair from home to her office at City Hall where she’s rested her eyes on particularly long days during the dinner break.  (JENNIFER GAUTHIER / FOR STARMETRO)

Dec. 30, 2018

VANCOUVER—Vancouver city councillor Jean Swanson still wears the friendship bracelet woven by young female inmates she befriended during her four-day stint at Alouette Correctional Centre for Women in August. She hasn’t taken it off once.


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