BigCityLib Strikes Back: Gruending On The CRA Audits

From his latest: The government, however, has sent unmistakable signals that it wants a crackdown. Recent federal budgets have provided the CRA with an additional $13 million in special funding to undertake such audits at a time when the government was slashing the CRA’s budget by $250 million over three years, forcing the layoff of ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Its Usefulness At An End?

A brief note on an otherwise uneventful Saturday.  There has been no new material added to the Ethical Oil website since September 10th.  The same thing applies to their twitter feed. Furthermore, most of the people that took over from creators Ezra Levant and Alykhan Velshi seem to have left the project. Kathryn Marshall hasn’t had ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Velshi Out At Toronto Atmospheric Fund

He flew briefly with the Angels,  decided that evil paid better. Some background here on Velshi’s brief stint at TAF.

DeSmogBlog: Jim Hoggan Op-Ed in Vancouver Sun: Who Gets A Say In Our Democracy?

Tanker disaster.jpg Jim Hoggan, DeSmogBlog co-founder and president, has an op-ed in the Vancouver Sun today discussing the "ethical oil" crowd's attacks on democracy in the Enbridge Northern Gateway public hearings. Head over to the Vancouver Sun to read it: "Who gets a say in our democracy?" Here is an excerpt from the ending: If [Joe ...

DeSmogBlog: Cozy Ties: Astroturf ‘Ethical Oil’ and Conservative Alliance to Promote Tar Sands Expansion

hamish marshall and stephen harper.jpg As the Northern Gateway Pipeline Project Joint Review Panel begins hearing over 4,000 comments submitted by community members, First Nations, governments, and environmental groups, the tar sands front group EthicalOil.org has launched its latest PR offensive in support of the pipeline. OurDecision.ca, the new astroturf ad campaign, is another dirty PR ...

350 or bust: Alberta Oil Sands Crude: Not As Conflict-Free As “Ethical Oil” Proponents Wish

* Yesterday I posted a clip from Power & Politics where EthicalOil.org’s spokesperson Kathryn Marshall happily sprayed paranoid, inflammatory rhetoric around the room about how “environmentalists” who are speaking out against the Northern Gateway Pipeline are funded by “foreign” interests while clamming up about whether or not her group gets funding from the oil industry ...

Alykhan Velshi’s mom: it pays to be a denier

Hey Aly baby, can you spare a job? Alykhan Velshi has lived a charmed life. He’s been the go-to guy for Conservative causes. He’s been richly rewarded for his support of Harper’s agenda. He’s a staunch climate change denier. He even helped initiate the whole crazy Ethical Oil ruse. Harper just loves the guy. It’s ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: the hypocrisy of ethical oil’s chiquita banana boycott.

Ethical Oil? If you have been paying any attention to Canadian politics on Twitter or have tuned into any of the Sun Media outlets over the past few days, you will have undoubtably noticed that the greenwashing website “Ethical Oil” has launched the Great Canadian Banana Boycott. Reacting to the Chiquita company’s decision to direct ...

DeSmogBlog: The twisted logic, and ethics, of nature’s opponents

David Suzuki.png By David Suzuki (originally published on the David Suzuki Foundation website) Who is influencing Canada's resource priorities? In a puzzling appeal to anti-American sentiment, some industry supporters claim that U.S. foundations are threatening Canadian policy by donating money to environmental groups here. These arguments have appeared in publications such as the Vancouver Sun and Calgary ...

The many lives of Alykhan Velshi

Velshi’s the one to the left. This cat has at least nine lives. The huge FAIL of the ‘ethical oil’ scam hasn’t stopped Stephen Harper from rewarding failure once again.

DeSmogBlog: Why Ethical Oil’s Deceptive ‘Women’s Rights’ Defense of Tar Sands is Insulting and Wrong

ethicaloil.org_.jpg EthicalOil.org’s new spokesperson, Kathryn Marshall, authored an insulting piece this week on the Huffington Post titled "Care About Women's Rights? Support Ethical Oil". Marshall’s piece is a response to the October 11 article by Maryam Adrangi at It’s Getting Hot In Here.  Adrangi argues that the underlying motive of the "ethical oil" campaign is to deflect ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Does Alykhan Velshi Work For TAF

 …or does TAF work for him?  After several hundred words of the same old, same old, ex Tar Sands shill Alykhan Velshi slaps this at the end of his Huff Post piece: Alykhan Velshi is on the Board of Directors of the Toronto Atmospheric Fund, a City of Toronto agency. The views expressed are his ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Velshi Bails

…on Ethical Oil, is replaced by Tory Blogger.  Not to suggest causality, but I would note that the Harper government, after huffing and puffing a bit over the Canadian Value of Free Speech, seems to have decided against taking public action over the Saudi government’s threat to sue anyone running EO’s adds: When QMI Agency ...

DeSmogBlog: Saudi Arabia and Ethical Oil Group Go Head to Head Over Ads

20110729-ethical-oil-campaign.jpg The controversial Ethical Oil ads, which enjoyed an exclusive run on the Oprah Winfrey Network at the end of August, have earned a new enemy: the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The tar sands industry ad campaign, which criticizes our reliance on oil imports from Saudi Arabia due to its poor human rights record, tells viewers that choosing between ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your weekend reading. – As I’d suspected, the Cons are making clear that the kind of behaviour that would get any mere civil servant fired on the spot will be treated as entirely unobjectionable in a parliamentary secretary like Bob Dechert. – Meanwhile, it shouldn’t come as much surprise that the ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Ethical Oil?

There have been a number a number of media pieces on the Ethical Oil Institute.  They all ref this detailed post at Deep Climate, so that’s probably the best place to start.  DC’s unsurprising bottom line is that the EOI is almost certainly an industry astroturf group, sharing an office with McLennan Ross, an Edmonton law firm that works ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Open Letter to Oprah Winfrey on ‘Ethical Oil’ Ads

oprah.jpg Dear Oprah, I just don't know where to begin.  I can't find my words because I respect you so much. You're a woman pioneer who has done much to advance the status of women globally. You've donated millions of dollars to various organizations, and have used your talk show to raise the profile of women's issues. ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Canada’s Prime Minister is openly advocating for the use of soldiers over mere books or arguments as a means of persuasion. Which of course means it’s time to start making jokes about Thomas Mulcair. – Speaking of whom, Mulcair’s much-discussed comments also include one point which should speak ...

Our liberal media XXVXX: CBC shills for the tar sands again.

Whenever I read or hear another right-winger whine about the CBC or the ‘liberal media’, I laugh out loud. Witness CBC’s Mark Gollom’s propaganda on behalf of Alykhan Velshi and the tar sands, bravely but dubiously taking down five of Daryl Hannah’s points. You know just in case anyone takes the actress seriously.  (FYI, there was ...

Canadian Progressive World: EthicalOil.org: Canada Tar Sands Propaganda And Insult to Canadians

Former federal Conservative operative, Alykhan Velshi, is at it again. As Immigration Minister Jason Kenney’s communications director, earlier this year, he stirred controversy when he used Canadian government stationery while canvassing for Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative Party. Now he’s lobbying for the much-maligned Canadian oil-sands industry. Velshi’s new weapon is the just-launched blog EthicalOil.org. And, of course, ...

RedBedHead: Ethical Oil? Tory Scum Polishes Turd

There really is no lie too big, no corporate filth too odious that there isn’t some Tory bagman who isn’t willing to try and sell it to us as a golden egg, when it is in fact toxic poison. Alykhan Velshi, a former aide to the seriously disgusting Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, made his name ...

Conservative war on the Conservative media

I had to read this little bit of paranoia on the media from Alykhan Velshi twice. It’s simply unbelievable (emphasis mine) but says everything about the intentions and mindset of the Conservatives, who are in a majority and control the great majority of the media: The criticism also extends to policy. Alykhan Velshi, a former top ...