Canada: Tar Sands News
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Right now, the tar sands, a toxic oil reserve almost the size of Saudi Arabia's but over 3 times as dangerous for climate change, sits landlocked in Northern Canada. People power has twice blocked new pipelines into this poison, but now we have a bigger challenge. A new trade deal, negotiated in secret with China, could allow China's companies to take over the tar sands and sue the Canadian government if it hampers their exploitation with any environmental or health laws. Canada's right-wing Prime Minister is an oil-man with a history of climate-denial, and he's using this tactic to bypass democracy, with potentially devastating consequences for the planet.
Enbridge Inc. said Tuesday it is launching a multimillion-dollar advertising campaign in British Columbia promoting its Northern Gateway pipeline project in response to stiffer opposition than it anticipated over the $5.5-billion Alberta-to-Kitimat proposal. "You are going to see a much higher visibility for Enbridge over the next few days. In newspapers, in television and online," said Paul Stanway, manager of Northern Gateway communications for Enbridge.
Party Central: Veteran CTV Hill reporter Smith tips his hats to Hillites, retires after more than three decades in biz March 20, 2013 The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright. The man of the hour, Roger Smith. Photo courtesy Jean-Marc Carisse. Mr. Smith, Global's Tom Clark and CTV's Craig Oliver.
Packing so many attacks on nature into one bill, Harper bets, will confuse citizens. Here's what's at stake. Ominous omnibus: 70 federal laws changes within one bill, so why is Harper limiting exposure and debate?
Update: Nov 30, 2012 - Ottawa dials down support for Northern Gateway pipeline, citing 'huge challenges' - via Financial Post http://business.financialpost.com/2012/11/30/ottawa-dials-down-support-for-northern-gateway-pipeline-citing-huge-challenges/ Update: Oct 27, 2012 - A 7.7 Magnitude Earthquake hit BC's Haida Gwaii region - highlighting the dangers of routing a tar sands pipeline to BC's North Coast. Update: Oct. 22 & 24, 2012 - Members of First Nations communities, environmentalists, politicians and private citizens joined together in anti-pipeline, anti-tanker protests, on Oct. 22nd at the BC legislature in Victoria and throughout BC on the 24th.
Pipes could carry 60 per cent more than now proposed. Result: hundreds more tankers off BC's coast. How many mega-tankers a day? If feds approve Gateway, they'll fast track later expansions, history shows. British Columbians are becoming more aware of two major oil pipeline proposals -- Enbridge's Northern Gateway and Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline. These pipelines have been advanced by the government of Canada on behalf of large, multinational oil companies as well as the Chinese government's mega national oil companies, Sinopec, PetroChina and China National Offshore Oil Company.
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One of the most startling assertions contained in Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver's controversial open letter , which was released on the eve of public hearings into Enbridge's tanker and pipeline proposal to B.C.'s West Coast, concerns how he equates shipping oil to Asia as unquestionably being in the "national interest." There are at least five key reasons why he's wrong. 1) Protecting B.C.'
Party Central: Veteran CTV Hill reporter Smith tips his hats to Hillites, retires after more than three decades in biz March 20, 2013 The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright. The man of the hour, Roger Smith. Photo courtesy Jean-Marc Carisse.
The government's budget implementation bill introduced today contains the sweeping changes to environmental reviews that were announced last week as well as other "major legislative changes," according to Finance Minister Jim Flaherty. At more than 400 pages, the bill is packed with measures contained in the March budget, including allowing for changes to the eligibility age for the Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income Supplement benefits. Flaherty acknowledged the unusual size of the proposed legislation, but said it's a large bill because it was a large budget.
PDF Version Ottawa, March 29, 2012 – Imagine Canada, the national umbrella organization for charities and public benefit nonprofits, is pleased that the government will “continue to explore social finance instruments” and we encourage the acceleration of these efforts as the sector seeks to meet growing demand with ever constrained financing. “One of the sector’s top priorities is financial sustainability and we urge government to facilitate an enabling environment in which new models can thrive,” said Marcel Lauzière , Imagine Canada’s President and CEO.
As the accusations continue to fly around the integrity of Canadian charities, national nonprofit Imagine Canada has named Tides Canada one of the country’s top organizations in terms of transparency, governance and good management. Tides Canada is one of 17 renowned Canadian charities and nonprofits recognized through Imagine Canada’s new Standards Program , launched Tuesday to help build public confidence in the sector. Other groups accredited through the program include the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, the SickKids Foundation and World Vision. "Tides Canada is proud to be a part of this impressive list of Canadian charities and non-profits that embody excellence in administration, transparency, and governance," said Tides Canada board chair Jodi White, in a release.
Energy Facts & Statistics: Saskatchewan. Centre for Energy When oil prices soared in the early 2000s interest was renewed in funding new refineries and even in finding fresh deposits of oil sands. As much as one hundred billion dollars were invested by oil companies in these efforts. The later stabilization of oil prices and increase in manufacturing costs due to shortages in labor and materials plus the repeal of tax concessions has cooled the mood a little. However, the oil sands are still considered the way forward in maintaining Canadian self-sufficiency and economic vitality.
CALGARY - TransCanada is taking another crack at winning a permit to build its controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline after the Obama administration nixed an earlier iteration — a development that has opponents gearing up for another fight. The Calgary-based company (TSX:TRP) said Friday it has filed a new application with the U.S. State Department for a segment of pipe between the Canada-U.S... border and Steele City, Neb.