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Environmental Law Alert Blog: Enbridge asks for another shot: Public comment period open on Northern Gateway’s request to extend its expiring federal approval

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Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

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

Politics and its Discontents: Friends In High Places: The NEB Continues Its Bromance With Enbridge

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

Politics and its Discontents: Enbridge Shirks Its Moral Responsibility

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

The Canadian Progressive: Activists Temporarily Shut Down Enbridge’s Line 9 Pipeline

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

Susan on the Soapbox: Boycott Tim Hortons? Seriously??

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 resulted in the Tim Hortons/Enbridge ad campaign going horribly wrong.

Sell Tim Hortons, a Canadian icon, to 3G Capital, a multi-billion dollar Brazilian investment company and merge it with Burger King, an American fast food giant. Then make the merged chain a subsidiary of a new (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: What you know in the PMO

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 was well aware of what was going on: Duffy’s conversations with Enbridge officials [between January and June 2012] aren’t listed in the company’s lobbying registrations. However, in an email to CBC News, Enbridge’s vice-president of enterprise communications called those conversations “unsolicited.”

“Senator Duffy (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

- Jordan Brennan discusses the utter failure of past trade agreements to live up to their promises, making it all the more unclear why we should be prepared to accept a new wave of even more inflexible restrictions against democratic decision-making. The trade and investment liberalization regime led to rapid and relentless restructuring of North American corporate ownership by opening the door to the two largest merger waves in Canadian history. On the world stage, these merger waves led to higher levels of Canadian corporate ownership abroad. Domestically, heightened amalgamation activity created larger Canadian-based (Read more…)

Northern Insight / Perceptivity: Would 7¢ fines deter improper acts of Canadians?

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 2014, Enbridge had annual revenues of $38 billion, total assets of $73 billion and equity of $19 billion. Statistics Canada reports median annual income of Canadians is $27,600 and median net worth per individual is about $85,000.

So, comparing annual revenues, a fine of $100,000 (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Obama Vetoes Bill Pushing Pipeline Approval

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. In Canada all eyes will be on ‘Steve’. Could this trigger the end of Enbridge and Kinder Morgan as well?

WASHINGTON — President Obama on Tuesday rejected an attempt by lawmakers to force his hand on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, using his veto pen to sweep (Read more…)

reeves report: 2014 — Canada’s Year of the Pipeline

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 the climate change file — particularly an uptick in news stories, op-eds, consultations and street-level protests over whether and where oil and gas pipelines could be situated — was the environmental story of the year.

Devon Page, head of environmental legal group Ecojustice, said there has been more conversation (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: Enbridge Spill

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

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Enbridge Spills

One in a continuing series.  Their playing Regina this time.  But don’t worry, the NEB is on the case.

Cowichan Conversations: Provinces Have No Right to Pipeline ‘Conditions’-Claims Law Professor

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 Saskatchewan.

Considering these battles have been waged for a few years now this would of course include other cross border pipelines as well. Enbridge, Keystone XL and Kinder-Morgan come to mind.

The things is that I have these five conditions

How is it that numerous Premiers have (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Whether You Support Pipelines or Not, Here’s Something We Can Surely Agree On.

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 to endorse.  If you insist on shipping Athabasca oil to Asia, why not ship oil?  That may sound facetious but it’s not.

Bad as these pipelines are, they’re made far worse by what Ottawa and Alberta want to push through them – dilbit.  Dilbit is bitumen (Read more…)

PostArctica: Coastal Tar Sands – Journey To Deleted Islands

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 west coast of British Columbia look extremely accessible. It’s not. Richard Boyce’s film, Coastal Tar Sands – Journey To Deleted Islands, demonstrates how a supertanker carrying tar sands oil from Alberta will inevitably lead to a major oil spill in waters near some of (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: RCMP + CSIS – Add Water and Stir. Voila, the Stasi Lives Again

They were East Germany’s dreaded secret police.   They spied on ordinary East Germans, tapped their phones, intercepted their mail, assessed their ‘reliability’, used informants, kept dossiers on persons of interest and ordinary citizens alike.  

The hated Stasi fell with the Berlin Wall but they live on – in today’s RCMP, the Royal Conservative Mounted Police, Harper’s personal security apparatus. Today the RCMP, in conjunction with our official spy agency, CSIS, and the Canadian Border Service Agency, operate a domestic spying network called the Integrated National Security Enforcement Team, INSET.

And just whose security is INSET enforcing? Yours? (Read more…)

Environmental Law Alert Blog: The Enbridge Pipeline & Tankers Project: Dead or resting?

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 upon maintaining the charade that this project is alive and well, and not dead at all. Many of us were reminded of Monty Python’s famous dead parrot sketch.

Northern Gateway’s President, John Carruthers, now accepts that the start date for the Enbridge Pipeline and Tankers Project – (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Activists Refuse to Leave Enbridge’s Line 9 Construction Site

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.

The Canadian Progressive: Dam Line 9: Protest Occupation of Line 9 Construction Site Begins

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.

Cowichan Conversations: Rafe: With fracking, tankers “world-class safety” is a weasel word

It is great to read more from Rafe Mair once again. He is still on the mend but has come a long way and is reading and writing once again.

I had believed every word from our Premier but Rafe has set me straight! I feel so much better now. Enjoy.

BC Premier Christy Clark touts “world-class” safety for fossil fuel projects (Canadian Press)

Many times I have referred to Premier Clark’s demand that Enbridge and others have “world-class” cleanup processes in place. To repeat myself, these are “weasel words” and mean absolutely nothing. “World-class” firefighting procedures doesn’t mean the (Read more…)

THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: Peter McKay and this week’s Canada politics news roundup

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.

Susan on the Soapbox: A Gift from Chief Justice McLachlin: The Tsilhqot’in Decision on Aboriginal Rights*

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 of Aboriginal title to land and sets out how the federal and provincial governments must act if they intend to intrude on Aboriginal lands.

And here’s the best part. By forcing the government and industry to respect Aboriginal title to ancestral lands the Supreme Court of (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: First Nations ‘ecstatic’ over historic Supreme Court ruling

Richard Hughes- Blogger

The days of PM Steve Harper running roughshod over First Nations peoples, their land and culture may well have come to an abrupt end!

Of course the mistreatment and short-changing preceded Steve but he has done more than his share and now, finally it appears that some justice is in the cards.

PM Steve Harper- Just say goodbye Steve

This land is indeed their land and the days of ploughing through their lands, their rivers and creeks without regard to their rights or the impacts against the environment.

The First Nations people had already been at the (Read more…)

Song of the Watermelon: It’s the Climate, Stupid!

Not two weeks since the federal government’s long-anticipated approval of the Northern Gateway pipeline, the magnitude of the obstacles faced by the project are becoming clearer by the day.

There is widespread public hostility — both in Kitimat, envisioned as the pipeline’s end location, as well as across British Columbia more generally. First Nations and environmental groups have launched several court challenges, with more expected to come. Massive protests and civil disobedience are inevitable. Efforts will soon be underway to initiate a province-wide referendum. The government of BC, which must provide about 60 permits, is ambivalent about the (Read more…)