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21/06/18
Author: 
Eugene Kung

June 20, 2018 - It has been a few weeks since the Canadian government’s stunning announcement that it would buy the embattled Trans Mountain pipeline and expansion project from

Kinder Morgan for C$4.5 billion. Since then, hundreds (if not thousands) of articles, news stories, analysis, satire and commentary pieces have been produced. In this blog post we try to

answer some of the most common questions we’ve received about the purchase, and what it means moving forward.

18/06/18
Author: 
Laura Kane
Cedar George-Parker addresses the crowd as protesters opposed to the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline extension defy a court order and block an entrance to the company's property, in Burnaby, B.C., on Saturday April 7, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

VANCOUVER — Cedar George-Parker remembers the moment he decided to devote his life to defending Indigenous people and their traditional territories. It was the one-year anniversary of a shooting at his high school that killed four of his classmates in Marysville, Wash.

"I dropped to my knees and I said, 'I'm going to make a change in the world,' " he recalled.

03/05/18
Author: 
Carl Meyer
Assembly of First Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde speaks with Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day at an AFN Special Chiefs Assembly on May 2. Photo by Alex Tétreault

The organization representing First Nations in Ontario has joined a nationwide treaty alliance calling for a ban on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and other fossil fuel projects.

The Chiefs of Ontario, which represents 133 First Nations across the province, lent its support to the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion, in a May 2 letter of support signed by Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day.

21/03/18
Author: 
Andrew Nikiforuk

March 21, 2018 - Alberta’s Premier Rachel Notley and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have repeatedly claimed that the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion will secure higher prices for Canada’s heavy crude and therefore is in the national interest.

24/02/18
Author: 
Robyn Allan

Re: “Pipeline woes have cost Canadians a whopping $117B, says TD’s McKenna,” Chris Varcoe, Opinion, Feb. 17.

Feb 24, 2018 - Frank McKenna’s statements are packed with strong conclusions in defence of Canada’s economy. Regrettably, facts tell us he is wrong. 

McKenna laments the discount between the U.S. light oil benchmark, West Texas Intermediate (WTI), and Western Canadian Select (WCS), Alberta’s oilsands benchmark. He says, “this is a colossal amount of money for Canadians to lose, simply because they don’t have access to competitive markets.”

14/02/18
Author: 
Gordon Laxer

We’ve heard lots of good reasons to fix or end NAFTA, but the most important one has been ignored. It’s the energy proportionality clause, a rule like no other in the world. Under it, Canada must make available for export to the US three-quarters of its oil production and over half its natural gas. If left in place in NAFTA 2.0, the rule can single-handedly prevent Canada from achieving its Paris climate promises.

08/02/18
Author: 
Justine Hunter, Jeff Lewisand Carrie Tait

VICTORIA AND CALGARY

PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 7, 2018

Pipeline giant Kinder Morgan Inc. is mustering its legal team to combat the B.C. government's bid to block new oil shipments off the coast, saying investors are losing patience with delays to its $7.4-billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

08/02/18
Author: 
Barry Saxifrage
Where the pollution from Alberta's 12 billion barrels of bitumen has ended up. IPCC data. Background image by NASA/Goddard. Chart by Barry Saxifrage

Lost in the heated arguments over Kinder Morgan's proposed Trans Mountain pipeline is this simple fact: more than a quarter of the bitumen flowing through it will end up as pollution spilling into our oceans — one way or the other.

All the bitumen that doesn't spill from pipelines or tankers gets burned, ending up as carbon pollution dumped into our environment. Over one quarter ends up in the oceans, acidifying them for millennia to come.

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