Alberta

18/11/21
Author: 
Cameron Fenton
A young girl takes the road to Isle de Jean Charles, which is disappearing into the Gulf of Mexico from erosion fuelled by climate change and land subsidence accelerated by the fossil fuel industry. Photo by Stacy Kranitz / Climate Visuals Countdown

November 18th 2021

For decades, the fossil fuel industry ran a wildly successful and well-funded campaign to muddy the waters when it came to climate change. It denied the science, created false equivalencies and dumped billions upon billions of dollars into projects designed to protect profits. Then, a few years ago, this lie was exposed just as the impacts of climate change began to be felt widely around the world.

18/11/21
Author: 
John Woodside
Excavators work to clear a section of Highway 7 east of Agassiz following a mudslide. Photo via B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure / Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

November 18th 2021

Extreme weather fuelled by climate breakdown is exposing the vulnerability of key infrastructure in British Columbia and is reviving questions among environmentalists and residents about building the Trans Mountain expansion pipeline.

09/11/21
Author: 
Andrew Nikiforuk
Oversold: Forget carbon storage, direct air capture, hydrogen power and the Earth relentlessly mined to support ‘green tech.’ Image from Shutterstock.

3 Nov 2021

Beyond the ‘blah blah blah’ of climate summits lies the real solution our leaders refuse to acknowledge. First of two parts.

Since 1995 there have been 25 global conferences on climate change. At every one our so-called political leaders have kicked the can down the road and sung from a bright green hymnbook.

Greta Thunberg has disparaged the refrain as nothing more than “blah, blah, blah.”

She is right of course. Blah, blah blah has kept emissions rising, along with energy spending and its twin sibling unbridled economic growth.

04/11/21
Author: 
Environmental Defence

Glasgow, Scotland – Today Prime Minister Justin Trudeau identified the biggest climate challenge for Canada but failed to come up with the right solution. Focusing on emissions from oil and gas production but not production itself will allow oil and gas companies to keep putting forward false solutions, such as carbon capture and storage, fossil-based hydrogen, and far-off net zero plans, all while pumping out more and more atmosphere-destroying fossil fuels.

28/10/21
Author: 
Ross Belot
Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet included green equalization in his party's platform. And under that scenario, Alberta would pay and Quebec would receive, writes Ross Belot. File photo by Andrew Meade

October 28th 2021

Equalization payment policy always produces an energized discussion in Canada, particularly between Quebec and Alberta. During a recent election, a province’s quasi-referendum on changing the concept of equalization was supported by a substantial 41 per cent. Not the one held in Alberta this month, I’m talking about Quebec.

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.

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