Alberta

13/10/21
Author: 
Adrian Ayres Fisher, originally published by Ecological Gardening
Teaser photo credit: Aerial photograph of open pit mine in the tar sands oil fields of Alberta, Canada.. Howl Arts Collective, Wikimedia, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tar_sands_in_alberta_2008.jpg. Modified by author-supplied photo.

Oct. 8, 2021

Dear Mr. Paulson,

You arguably are one of the most powerful, famous, and networked men in the world, with many important accomplishments. I am the completely ordinary, middle class, volunteer steward of 53 acres of publicly owned, remnant floodplain woodland situated on the banks of the Des Plaines River.

06/10/21
Author: 
Andru McCracken & Laura Keil
Chart summarizing delays in completion of each stage of construction across the different spreads (segments) of the pipeline route. Based on analysis by West Coast Environmental Law.

Oct. 3, 2021

According to a new 28-page report by West Coast Environmental Law, the Trans Mountain Expansion Project is going to be delivered late and over budget.

Eugene Kung, a lawyer for West Coast Environmental Law helped assemble the report called: Trans Mountain: Delays into 2023 will add millions to public cost, which can be viewed here: tinyurl.com/TMX-delay

28/09/21
Author: 
Jess Balzer
RCMP tactical officers removed tree houses built by protestors trying to block Trans Mountain pipeline expansion work to continue. Screen shot/Twitter

Sept. 28, 2021

"Heartbreaking but we're not done yet"

RCMP officers moved in today (Seot. 28) to remove the last of the platforms and other items where protesters have been tree sitting to protest the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project for months.

Videos on social media show RCMP tactical teams preparing and then going in to remove tree houses. 

24/09/21
Author: 
CBC News
Burnaby RCMP after extracting a tree sitter from a TMX pipeline construction site in Burnaby. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

Sep 22, 2021

The man was safely removed with the assistance of officers specialized in high-angle rescue, say Burnaby RCMP

Police used a white cherry picker to extract and arrest a tree sitter Wednesday for breaching an existing court- ordered injunction at the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion worksite near North Road and Highway 1.

The man was suspended 15 metres in a tree in protest of the pipeline.

22/09/21
Author: 
Chris Campbell
1 / 4 RCMP in Burnaby are using a lift bucket to reach Trans Mountain protesters in trees in Burnaby.Cornelia Naylor

Sept. 22, 2021

Trees have been occupied for more than a year

RCMP tactical team members started to move in Wednesday morning in an attempt to remove Trans Mountain protesters from trees in the path of the pipeline in Burnaby.

Protesters have been occupying trees in the area for more than a year, but more people set up what have been called “skypods” in the past 10 days on land west of North Road and south of Highway 1 in Burnaby.

RCMP read out a court injunction barring anyone from blocking the path of pipeline work.

21/09/21
Author: 
Candice Bernd
Members of Teamsters Locals 987 and 362 protest outside an Amazon fulfillment center in Alberta, Canada, on July 14, 2021, after meeting with Amazon workers across the country to discuss working conditions and union organizing. COURTESY: TEAMSTERS CANADA

September 19, 2021

The struggle to unionize Amazon is shifting to Canada, where workers in Alberta could soon be the first to unionize an Amazon warehouse in North America. Workers at the “YEG1” facility in Nisku, Alberta, just outside Edmonton, filed for a union election on Monday, September 13. The election could be held in mere weeks, once the Alberta Labour Relations Board approves the application.

20/09/21
Author: 
Andrea Arnold

Sept. 1, 2021

Mayor Owen Torgerson called the August 24, 2021 Valemount Council meeting to order.

19/09/21
Author: 
Vijay Tupper
On the campaign trail, Jagmeet Singh has promised to end fossil fuel subsidies and has said he opposes Trans Mountain — but has refused to commit to cancelling it if he is elected. File photo by Alex Tétreault

Sept. 19, 2021

I’m a 16-year-old high school student in Burnaby, B.C. In 2019, I joined the youth climate strikes that brought a million Canadians out into the streets shortly before the last federal election.

Now, voters are headed to the polls again as many parts of the country are still reeling from a summer filled with wildfires, droughts, and deadly heat waves. Disasters like these are going to shape my future — so my generation and I are looking for leaders who have the courage to do what it takes to face the climate emergency.

16/09/21
Author: 
Protect the Planet Stop TMX
Stop TMX Treesit

Dear friends,

 

We need YOUR help with direct support of the treesits that are blocking TMX. Non-Arrestable OR Arrestable - you decide. Both are crucial.

 

14/09/21
Author: 
University of Victoria
Benjamin Tutolo of the Solid Carbon team measuring the pH of water in his laboratory, University of Calgary. Solid Carbon is led by Ocean Networks Canada, an initiative of UVic. Credit: Qin Zhang

[Editors: We don't think ecosocialists should be ignorant of the tech schemes under experimentation but we do need to maintain a sharply critical attitude.  

This sounds a lot like carbon sequestration on land - who really knows if it will stay down there, and there is evidence in some cases it does not!

Another obvious question is how much energy would have to be expended to put it down there?

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