Oil by Rail


[Webside editor: Watch Tzeporah Berman's speach to the Alberta Teachers Conference here.]

To invest in Alberta’s oil industry, or back away slowly, was the question at the crux of a rift between Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and environmentalist and policy adviser Tzeporah Berman last weekend.

Paul McKay

Last August 29 was not just a ‘wake up and smell the coffee’ moment for federal and Alberta politicians pushing to accelerate future tar sands/oil sands expansion plans.

It was a morning where the coffee urn figuratively tipped over and bestowed third-degree burns.

Jesse Snyder

From the lack of available pipeline capacity to the potential adoption of electric cars, there is no shortage of threats facing the Canadian oilsands. But the latest menace lies in a seemingly innocuous and highly common element: sulphur.

Jean Swanson

"Every single person who takes a stand against the pipeline is pointing toward a more just future" 

Justin Mikulka
Main image: Portland, Oregon's Marine Drive looking north to Hayden Island. Credit: Washington State Department of Transportation, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

August 3, 2018

In a big win for the City of Portland, Oregon, the Oregon Court of Appeals issued a ruling that the city had not violated the U.S. Constitution's Commerce Clause by voting to ban any new fossil fuel terminals within its borders.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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