Kai Nagata
Ministerial panel on KM pipeline August 2016

Oil tanker approval would betray written commitment by Liberals.

Sitting in a Burnaby hotel ballroom this week across from three sheepish federal pipeline panelists, I couldn’t help but remember a conversation I had with Justin Trudeau one year ago. “All I want to know,” I asked at a campaign stop, “is does your NEB overhaul apply to Kinder Morgan?”

Gene McGuckin

[Editor's note:  Following is one of the many great presentations made to the Ministerial Panel in Burnaby on August 9, 10, and 11.  In general the presentations were intelligent, very well researched, and presented with great passion. I was there for most of the day on Wednesday and most of the afternoon/evening on Thursday and I heard no presentations that supported the expansion but many that agreed with Gene that the panel was a sham!]

Presentation – Ministerial Panel – Aug. 10, 2016 – Burnaby, BC

David Camfield

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) is currently engaged in collective bargaining with Canada Post. Unlike in previous rounds, the contracts of both the Urban bargaining unit (covering about 42,000 workers) and the unit of some 8,000 Rural and Suburban Mail Carriers (RSMCs) are being negotiated simultaneously.

Delivering Community Power

Stewart Phillip and Devon Page
A worker uses a small boat to move logs on the Douglas Channel at dusk in Kitimat, B.C. Douglas Channel is the proposed termination point for an for an oil pipeline from Alberta as part of the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project. DARRYL DYCK / THE CANADIAN PRESS

In June, the Federal Court of Appeal quashed the federal government’s approval of the controversial Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline, which would ship diluted bitumen from Alberta’s oilsands through the Great Bear Rainforest to the British Columbia coast.

Charlie Smith
Justin Trudeau played up his warm and fuzzy environmental credentials before the election, but it looks like he's alienating many conservationists with his government's support for the Site C dam.

North America has a serious problem with climate change. And the effects are being felt now.

It's apparent in the California drought, atmospheric rivers that have caused massive flooding in Toronto and Calgary, and the lengthening forest-fire season.

This year, parts of Fort McMurray burned down in early May. In May! Not July or August.

Mark Hume
A sign protesting the Site C proposal is pictured near Hudson's Hope, B.C., on July, 17, 2014. (JONATHAN HAYWARD/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Just two months after federal government officials got a standing ovation at the United Nations for embracing a declaration on indigenous rights, the Liberals are facing criticism for issuing authorizations for Site C – a massive dam in northeast B.C. that some First Nations say will harm their way of life.

“It’s an absolute betrayal,” said Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs.

Geoff Leo

The oil spill that has jeopardized the water source for thousands of Saskatchewan people began shortly after Husky Energy restarted the flow of oil through a pipeline expansion project it's building in the area.

Husky says it first detected pipeline problems at 8 p.m. CST on Wednesday, July 20, just as it restarted the flow of oil as part of its Saskatchewan Gathering System expansion project.

Deirdre Fulton
Over the course of a single year, the NRDC states, tankers could carry 328 million barrels of tar sands oil down the East Coast—enough oil to fill more than 20,000 Olympic pools. (Photo: Andrew Priest/flickr/cc)

"TransCanada's Energy East proposal is truly Keystone XL on steroids," says Natural Resources Defense Council

The pipeline giant TransCanada, stymied in its attempt to drive Keystone XL through America's heartland, is facing renewed opposition to its "new and equally misguided proposal" to build the Energy East pipeline across Canada and ship tar sands oil via tankers along the U.S. East Coast to refineries in the Gulf of Mexico. 

Shawn McCarthy

Juy 25, 2016 - Canada faces a gap of 200 megatonnes – or 38 per cent – between its greenhouse gas reduction target for 2030 and the level that would be reached through federal and provincial actions to slash emissions that have been announced so far, government sources say.

Ottawa is working with provinces and territories this summer on a plan that would include new regulations, subsidies and a national minimum carbon price – all aimed at closing that gap and meeting Canada’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs) by 30 per cent from 2005 levels by 2030.


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