Tar Sands

Brent Patterson - PBI
Twitter photo by Kanahus Manuel.

October 31, 2020

Canada ratified the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination more than 50 years ago on October 14, 1970.

The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) is the body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the Convention.

In December 2019, the Committee called on Canada to “immediately cease construction of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project … until free, prior and informed consent is obtained from all the Secwepemc people.”

Carl Meyer
Natural Resources Minister Seamus O'Regan, seen here in September, says “the regulations ... were established using our best available data, and forecasts will change over time...” Photo via SeamusORegan/Twitter

October 30th 2020

Natural Resources Minister Seamus O'Regan says Canada will look “very closely” at whether to tighten rules around a potent form of carbon pollution if “future data and modelling” convinces him it’s warranted.

Jeffrey Jones
An oil sands strip mine near Fort McMurray, Alta. in 2015.  IAN WILLMS/THE NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE

Sept. 27, 2020

Proponents of a $22-billion railway linking Alberta and Alaska can start work on a host of Canadian and U.S. approvals it will require after Donald Trump announced that he will issue a presidential permit allowing the border crossing.

Christine Thuring
Christine Thuring - Tree Sit Aug. 21, 2020

Aug. 21, 2020

Reflections from my first day living in the tree tops above Holmes Creek. The aim of this occupation is to protect and defend the trees, land and waters from needless destruction, to preserve the salmon run of the Brunette, and thus the ecosystem function of the region. The Trans Mountain Expansion has lost its relevance, its costs have ballooned, its markets are drying up, and now even its insurers are dropping it.

Watch video here.

Charlie Smith
Bill Morneau resigned as finance minister today. He also said that he won't seek reelection in his Toronto riding.

 August 17th, 2020

Today's resignation of Canada's finance minister, Bill Morneau, has been the talk of the chattering classes in Ottawa and Toronto.

But here in southwestern B.C., he'll always be remembered as the man who forced an economically absurd pipeline on residents of this region, including the Coast Salish peoples.


July 31, 2020 - French colossal fossil Total sent a shockwave through the Alberta oilpatch Wednesday with the announcement that it is writing off C$9.3 billion in assets in the tar sands/oil sands, including $7.3 billion in the Fort Hills mine, which opened just 2½ years ago, and the Surmont thermal oilsands project.


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