It has recently been reported that the University of Alberta wants to “reopen two-year collective agreements” with faculty and staff “to help the university balance its budget…”
This appears to be in direct response to Alberta’s provincial government announcing in its March budget that there would be a “7% cut to operating grants to universities, colleges, and technical institutes.”
This strikes me as a curious turn of events, for several reasons.
-Alberta’s top income tax rate (i.e. the provincial share) is a mere 10%. This is the lowest of any Canadian province or territory. By contrast, (Read more…)
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The pollution in Northern Alberta attributable to ‘Fracking’ and Tar Sands’ Operations is out of control.
The latest seemingly unstoppable spill of significance is devastating wildlife and the environment. They cannot stop it.
Nothing is being done and it seems obvious that the politicians first concern is to serve the industry, while lying their asses off to cover or minimize the damage to the local inhabitants, wildlife, farmland, rivers, lakes and streams.
Oil spills at a tar sands operation are situated on the traditional territory of the Beaver Lake Cree First Nation. The spill has been going (Read more…)
This and that for your Tuesday reading.
- Duncan Cameron discusses how the G20 is dancing around the problem of corporate tax evasion. The Economist issues a call to action against offshoring. And David Atkins points out what’s more likely needed to deal with a global problem which can be exacerbated by just a few defectors: What is needed are global treaties with negative enforcement mechanisms, including but not limited to potential tariffs and sanctions, for nations that refuse to put rules in place to curb corporate theft and malfeasance. Nations that allow corporations conduct the worst forms of corporate (Read more…)
‘Men’s rights’ group behind sexual assault posters Posters mimic well-known ‘Don’t be that guy’ campaign against sexual assault CBC News Posted: Jul 10, 2013 6:59 PM MT Last Updated: Jul 11, 2013 1:03 AM MT
In Alberta, you say? Why am I not surprised? The dinosaurs sucking up their ancestral dinosaurs out of the earth, leaving mass extinction of anything living behind, and now this poster along with the news that Alberta has just given permission to increase the size of the ‘oil sands’ project, ignoring all dire warnings to the contrary….yep, dinosaurs who don’t even care about their (Read more…)
by: Métis Nation of Alberta | Press Release:
EDMONTON, July 4, 2013 – Today, the Alberta Court of Appeal refused to overturn the conviction of Métis harvester Garry Hirsekorn for hunting in the Cypress Hills in 2007. The case―R. v. Hirsekorn―is a harvesting rights “test case” for Alberta Métis as a part of the Métis Nation of Alberta’s (“MNA”) ongoing “hunt for justice” in the courts. A copy of the decision is available at www.albertametis.com or www.albertacourts.ab.ca.
MNA President Audrey Poitras stated, “While we are disappointed with today’s decision, we are not deterred. Similar to the Manitoba Métis (Read more…)
Let’s go post-carbon and transform Big Carbon jobs into green jobs!
We are so addicted to carbon-based energy: oil, gas, coal, LNG plants, fracking, pipelines, tanker spills.
It gets so discouraging sometimes.
But something that the post-carbon energy infrastructure advocates are missing out on, I think, is promoting more of a response to Big Carbons squeal about job loss by keeping tarsands oil in the ground, etc.
Green energy requires an infrastructure. It requires land, capital and LABOUR to create and maintain it and evolve ourselves off of our Big Carbon addiction.
We can even transform lots of Big Carbon (Read more…)
I’m leaving for northern Alberta early Wednesday morning, to make the 24-hour drive to Fort McMurray, the heart of tar sands country. Mordor. The 4th Annual Tar Sands Healing Walk, organized by Keepers Of the Athabasca, is happening on Saturday and I’m lucky enough to have the time, resources, and a traveling companion, to make […]
The tragedy of recent historic flooding in Southern Alberta has had a profound impact on us. As an Edmontonian who spends a good deal of time in Calgary, my heart goes out to those who have been affected. Encouragingly, the Alberta spirit lives on and Calgarians will demonstrate resiliency as the rest of us demonstrate high levels of empathy and community through giving in the ways that are available to us. I have to give big kudos to Mayor Naheed Nenshi, Premier Alison Redford, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and all three levels of government who have been absolutely stellar in (Read more…)
Many homes and lives were recently destroyed in Alberta last week. Warnings about where, and how to build homes were not heeded.
A former Alberta MLA who headed up a flood mitigation task force after the 2005 floods says new development should not have been allowed to spring up in the flood zones.
“The one thing they could have done … they should have stopped building some housing and buildings on the flood plains. And that was a strong part of that report,” George Groeneveld, who chaired the flood mitigation committee and report, told CBC News.
“If you’re going (Read more…)
* “If you think mitigated climate change is expensive, try unmitigated climate change.” Dr Richard Gammon * The City of Calgary, home riding of Canada’s climate-denying, scientist-muzzling Prime Minister, ordered the evacuation of the entire downtown earlier today because of catastrophic flooding from the Bow and Elbow Rivers. Approximately 75,000 people were evacuated from their […]
Let’s say that you’re one of the world’s largest producers of synthetic crude and also Canada’s largest single-source producer of crude derived from oil sands.
Imagine that you are also the biggest greenhouse gas emitter in Alberta! (“Psst, we’re working on being the biggest in all of the nation, baby. Don’t count us out yet!”)
Your tailing ponds are a great place for suicidal waterfowl to go to die, and those outstanding environmentalists at Sinopec are one of your major share-holders.
How do you convey your misunderstood love and respect of Mother Earth to the public?
You go (Read more…)
This week’s FFP is a new one-hour documentary by Garrett Graham (in collaboration with the Tar Sands Blockade) about the direct action efforts of activists in Texas, who try to stop construction of the planned Alberta tar sands pipeline. There is some seriously heavy-handed narration at the beginning, but if you can get through that, the film eases into more observational and testimonial style of filmmaking that is solid. BLOCKADIA is a film about an important fight against the disgusting oil and gas industry and the Canadian and American politicians who have no regard for the environment. It’s also (Read more…)
We are still in Alberta, having just returned to Edmonton from a trip to Banff and Lake Louise conducted by our son. I suspect that even if we weren’t here, I would have some sympathy for the West’s reaction to the latest utterance from Justin Trudeau.
Although I generally don’t like to use cliches, some would say that this is what happens when you send a boy to do a man’s job. The alternative interpretation, of course, would be to say this is what happens when a party of no discernible principles elects as their leader the person whom polls (Read more…)
TarSandsRealityCheck.com launches today (May 16, 2013) to reveal the gritty truth about the tar sands and counter misinformation spread by the oil industry By: Environmental Defence Canada | Press Release: Toronto/Washington/Brussels – Launching today in Canada, Europe and the United States, TarSandsRealityCheck.com presents up to date, accurate facts about Alberta’s tar sands to counter the high-level pro-oil sands lobbying ongoing in [...]
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By: Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation | Press Release: Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) Indigenous people living downstream from the tar sands explain in their own words why they are saying enough is enough. Shell Canada is proposing two new tar sands mine projects in northern Alberta, Canada. From the perspective of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nations (ACFN), whose [...]
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There have been 21 federal by-elections since Stephen Harper became Prime Minister of Canada.* Of those 21, the Conservatives held 4 (Labrador, Durham, Calgary Centre and Dauphin—Swan River—Marquette.) Of those 4 by-elections 3 took place since the 2011 federal election.
Even without a permanent leader the Liberals made big gains in the Calgary-Centre by-election. However, until May 13th, Stephen Harper’s party had won all of the by-elections they contested in ridings the Conservatives previously held (they also made gains in several other by-elections.) The Labrador by-election seems like it will be quickly forgotten with the various Senate-related scandals that (Read more…)
Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.
- Linda McQuaig discusses Stephen Harper’s class war: Canadians don’t like Harper’s anti-worker agenda — when they notice it. That’s why there’s been such a public outcry since the temporary foreign worker program was exposed as a mechanism by which the Harper government has flooded the country with hundreds of thousands of cheap foreign workers, thereby suppressing Canadian wages in the interests of helping corporations.
Apart from this clumsy fiasco, the Harperites have been adroit at keeping their anti-worker bias under the radar. Instead, they’ve directed their attacks against unions, portraying them as undemocratic (Read more…)
Canada’s Conservative Party abandoned Premier Alison Redford and the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta during Alberta’s last provincial election – they chose instead to support Alberta’s far-right Wildrose Alliance Party.
Now, Justin Trudeau seeks to build bridges with Albertans and their government; all the while pushing for sustainable and environmentally-sound development for Canada’s oil industry.
Said it before, and I’ll say it again – Tories underestimate Trudeau at their own peril.
National Post, Trudeau praises Redford for Keystone XL efforts, slams Harper for not pushing ‘critical’ project:
Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has praised Alberta Premier Alison Redford for (Read more…)
By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) is demanding the resignation of Gerry Protti, the newly-appointed chair of Alberta Energy Regulator, a new agency charged with monitoring environmental issues. The ACFN is concerned that, under Protti’s leadership, the agency will prioritize advancing the interests of the oil, gas and [...]
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This and that for your Thursday reading.
- Ed Broadbent takes a look at how our tax system can combat inequality in more ways than one: The Broadbent Institute is presenting proposals Tuesday to the Finance Committee of the House of Commons. Our primary recommendation is that Canada establish as a goal the provision of a basic income-tested guarantee to all citizens through a fairer personal income tax system.
The tax/transfer system equalizes income in two important ways. First, progressive income taxes mean that the affluent pay a higher percentage of income than middle and low income earners. Second, these (Read more…)
Climate Change Scientist Calls Conservatives ‘Neanderthal’
CBC | Posted: 04/27/2013 8:03 am EDT | Updated: 04/27/2013 9:46 am EDT
This message is only marginally redundant..and the Conjobs could care less, or their supporters..after all the tar sands are newer than the dinosaur and plant remains that make up their bulk…what’s that, according to these rightwing whackjobs? 6,000 years, or something, right? And there’s no such thing as Neanderthals, it’s a progressive plot!!!! Personally, I feel insulted that the Cons are called Neanderthals…according to the latest info, they were just as creative and intelligent as us…and 4% of our present-day genetic material (Read more…)
Assorted content for your weekend reading.
- David Olive writes that the dangerous effects of long-term unemployment (caused in no small part by gratuitous austerity) are just as much a problem in Canada as in the U.S.: With our persistent high levels of long-term unemployment, Canada is at risk of creating a new permanent underclass. The world’s economic policymaking elite, Ottawa’s included, hasn’t grasped that its enslavement to the “austerity chic” of severe cutbacks in government’s contribution to the economy is retarding the recovery it claims to be promoting. It’s like watching a grainy newsreel of Herbert Hoover’s (Read more…)
B.C. NDP leader slammed for opposition to pipeline Liberals call Dix’s new position the “Kinder Morgan Surprise” CBC News Posted: Apr 23, 2013 7:28 PM PT Last Updated: Apr 23, 2013 10:00 PM PT
I’m guessing that right about now the NDP is kicking back and relaxing…obviously, they don’t have to do a thing to become the government of choice in this Province because the BC Libs are happy to do it for them.. Should the Libs actually take a glance at a poll of BC citizens re this pipeline, or any pipeline coming through our beautiful Province, they (Read more…)