Wednesday, September 14, 2016 I was honoured to have been invited to witness this historic potlatch, Raven Always Sets Things Right, hosted by the Yahgulaan… . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Field notes from the Haida Gwaii Potlatch: Why government and industry should take heed of Indigenous governance decisions
In a decision that’s already being hailed as a major victory for First Nations and the planet, the Federal Court of Appeal recently overturned the Canadian government’s 2014 approval of Enbridge’s contested Northern Gateway pipeline project. The post … . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Court overturns Canada’s approval of Northern Gateway pipeline
This and that for your Tuesday reading.- Tom Parkin writes about the growing divide between the lucky few who are siphoning wealth out of Canada, and the mass of people facing a precarious economic future. – PressProgress highlights much the same disti… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links
Last week I posted a story about the National Energy Board taking pity on Enbridge, reducing a fine levied against the energy delivery giant for the damage it caused to private property in Manitoba. Unfortunately, we now learn that this was just the st… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Friends In High Places: The NEB Continues Its Bromance With Enbridge
The National Observer reports the following:Enbridge Inc. will save $22,000 after convincing Canada’s pipeline enforcement agency that it shouldn’t have been punished for failing to help neighbouring landowners with property damage.The savings will com… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Enbridge Shirks Its Moral Responsibility
Three protesters forced Enbridge to temporarily shut down its Line 9 pipeline last week after they locked themselves to equipment a valve at Ste-Justine-de-Newton on the Québec-Ontario border. The post Activists Temporarily Shut Down Enbridge’s … . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Activists Temporarily Shut Down Enbridge’s Line 9 Pipeline
The recent media frenzy generated by Tim Hortons’ decision to pull the Enbridge ads off their in-store Tims TV monitors almost drove Ms Soapbox to drink (G&Ts not Tims double double).
Then she paused. The #BoycottTims brouhaha created a learning opportunity—for businessmen and conservative politicians alike.
The business lesson
Here are the steps that . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Boycott Tim Hortons? Seriously??
Obviously, the revelation that Mike Duffy saw his job in the Senate as including a role as a publicly-funded lobbyist for the climate denial movement raises a whole new set of questions about the Cons’ misuse of public resources. And if, say Enbridge is being at all honest in its own public spin, Stephen Harper . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: What you know in the PMO
The National Energy Board penalized Enbridge Pipelines Inc. $16,000 in February and $264,000 in March 2015 for four separate incidents in western Canada. The Harper Government set the maximum penalty for corporations under the NEB Act at $100,000 per incident.
Is that penalty sufficiently onerous that a company is unlikely to offend? Not likely. In . . . → Read More: Northern Insight / Perceptivity: Would 7¢ fines deter improper acts of Canadians?
Richard Hughes-Political Blogger
In one of Washington’s worst kept secrets President Barack Obama confirmed earlier indications of his opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline proposal. This is huge and could help bring about rejection of the Enbridge and Kinder Morgan proposals as well.
The New York Times reports on this far reaching development. . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Obama Vetoes Bill Pushing Pipeline Approval
Keystone XL wasn’t the only pipeline project to rankle Canadians in 2014.
WIDESPREAD PUBLIC DEBATE on building vast networks of snaking energy pipelines throughout Canada dominated the country’s environmental newsreel in 2014, and will continue making headlines in the year ahead.
A collection of Canada’s top environmental NGOs told Reeves Report . . . → Read More: reeves report: 2014 — Canada’s Year of the Pipeline
I’m sure the company will spin this 262,000 litre oil spill in Regina as a ‘good news’ story. You decide.
You can read additional information here. Recommend this Post
One in a continuing series. Their playing Regina this time. But don’t worry, the NEB is on the case.
Richard Hughes-Political Blogger
It seems that Christy Clark and her BC Liberal Party of Pipeline pushers have been blowing smoke according to Dwight Newman.
Dwight Newman is a senior fellow of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute and the author of Natural Resource Jurisdiction in Canada. He is a professor of law at the University of . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Provinces Have No Right to Pipeline ‘Conditions’-Claims Law Professor
No secret I’m opposed to both Kinder Morgan and Northern Gateway. A sizeable majority of British Columbians are of the same mind but a significant minority supports the pipeline initiatives. In situations like this it can be helpful to seek out areas of agreement, common ground.
Here’s an idea we should all be able . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Whether You Support Pipelines or Not, Here’s Something We Can Surely Agree On.
What happens when a major corporation wants to build an oil pipeline over land to the west coast where it will be loaded on to supertankers that have to navigate some very narrow inlets to pick up their loads? They put out publicity pictures and graphic videos that magically remove the obstacles and make the . . . → Read More: PostArctica: Coastal Tar Sands – Journey To Deleted Islands
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Northern Gateway’s President, John Carruthers, now accepts that the start date for the Enbridge Pipeline and Tankers Project – which Enbridge had expected in 2018 – is “fast evaporating”, due to the need to meet with First Nations. That’s a remarkable admission, coming from someone whose project depends . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: The Enbridge Pipeline & Tankers Project: Dead or resting?
On Tuesday, peaceful “Dam Line 9” activists occupying an Enbridge Line 9 pipeline construction site in southwestern Ontario defied a police deadline to leave.
The post Activists Refuse to Leave Enbridge’s Line 9 Construction Site appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
In Ontario, peaceful activists have stopped construction work on an Enbridge Line 9 pipeline site, arguing that Line 9 posed “a danger to people, animals, land, and water.”
The post Dam Line 9: Protest Occupation of Line 9 Construction Site Begins appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
Justice Minister Peter MacKay, Supreme Court of Canada, First Nations and the rest of the politics news which made the headlines in Canada this past week.
The post Peter McKay and this week’s Canada politics news roundup appeared first on THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE.
On June 26, 2014, in a unanimous decision of the Supreme Court of Canada, Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin gave the First Nations (and the rest of Canada) a treasure map.
Chief Justice McLachlin
It wasn’t a crumpled piece of paper covered with a cryptic scrawl, but a comprehensive legal analysis that defines the elements . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: A Gift from Chief Justice McLachlin: The Tsilhqot’in Decision on Aboriginal Rights*