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.
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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…)
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…)
On the same day one week ago, teachers in British Columbia began a full strike and the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline was approved by the Canadian government. With such telling coincidences, it is hard not to juxtapose the two broad social conflicts in which BC has become a flashpoint: that over the quality of public education and that over the expansion of fossil fuel development.
This juxtaposition is made across the board. Writing in support of additional education spending financed by higher taxes, SFU economist Krishna Pendakur closes with this point:
B.C. must be one of very few places (Read more…)
We are indeed in for the struggle of our lives.The Enbridge pipeline proposal is just one arm of the current energy frenzy that has gripped Alberta and British Columbia, but even alone it could cause irreperable harm on an unimaginale scale.
Rafe Mair is as knowledgable as any in BC regarding the threat that we face. Here is his analysis on what we face and how we can push back against it.
Gateway approved, now ‘British Columbians will learn the stuff they’re made of.
By Rafe Mair
The Conservative government’s decision to approve the Northern Gateway pipeline is the (Read more…)
Many of you will remember Dan Murphy’s brilliant video satires that ran in the Vancouver Province. Well that is until Enbridge, who buy a zillion dollars worth of misinformation advertising, demanded that the pretend newspaper yank this video and they did.
Vancouver Province editors recognize that balance is a good thing, even desirable, but not when it means showing both sides of a story that upsets their advertisers.
Cartoonist says Enbridge spoof pulled under pressure.
Recently I read that the corporate media across the US had lost half their market, probably similar here in Canada. Little wonder when they roll (Read more…)
by: Lauren McCauley | First published by Common Dreams on June 18, 2014
“It’s official. The war is on,” Grand Chief Stewart Phillip told a crowd of hundreds who had flooded the streets of Vancouver late Tuesday following the announcement that Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper had approved the Enbridge Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline.
Phillip, who is president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, told reporters that people are prepared to go to jail over this fight, “because that’s what it’s going to take.”
Phillip’s statement exemplified the widespread condemnation and vows of resistance that swiftly (Read more…)
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by: Obert Madondo | June 18, 2014
Appearing on CTV’s Question Period on Sunday, Enbridge’s Vice President of Public and Government Affairs, D’arcy Levesque, gushed about Jim Prentice’s efforts to court First Nations’ support of the energy giant’s Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline. He said the former federal Conservative cabinet minister “helped open up a dialogue with many of those First Nations”. And then he said the lobbyist, now running for premier of Alberta, had made “progress”. Meaning: First Nations were on board.
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of the Union of B.C. Chiefs, tells a different story. “In many ways, (Read more…)
“We are prepared to go to unprecedented lengths to conserve and protect our territories and waters from heavy oil” – First Nations Leadership Council
by: First Nations Leadership Council | Press Release | June 17, 2014
Coast Salish Territory (Vancouver, BC) – On December 19, 2013 the Joint Review Process released its report on Enbridge’s Northern Gateway project which included 209 recommended requirements for approval of the project. Today, the federal cabinet announced that it would approve the project. The First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC), which is composed of the BC Assembly of First Nations, First Nations Summit, and Union of (Read more…)
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT has approved the $5.5-billion Northern Gateway pipeline project from Enbridge, to carry 525,000 barrels of crude oil each day from Bruderheim in northern Alberta to the port town of Kitimat along British Columbia’s rugged Pacific Coast.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper signalled his approval for the project late Thursday after the controversial pipeline received regulatory approval from the National Energy Board in December 2013.
Ottawa has hinged its blessing for the project on Enbridge consulting further with BC’s First Nations and their ability to meet the 209 requirements placed on it by the Joint Review Panel in December. The JRP called (Read more…)
We don’t see brown shirts and jackboots, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t seeing the de-democratization of our society.
In Vancouver this month, armed police with guns drawn, raided a house because they suspected people inside not of being terrorists, but of spray painting “No Pipelines” all over the place.
Read Police raid house in East Vancouver, with guns drawn, on pretext of anti-pipeline graffiti | Warrior Publications.
But in Harper’s Canada, opposing pipelines is deemed by the climate change deniers as an act of economic terrorism, which we will likely see in a far more pronounced fashion if in (Read more…)
I guest-hosted TWiE podcast episode 137 a few days ago, an episode devoted to the Alberta oil sands / tar sands. If you ask me (and I realize none of you have ) it’s well worth a listen!
The week’s guest was US energy analyst Robert Rapier, who had visited Fort McMurray on a Canadian government junket for journalists. He came back with a five-part essay on his experience, and some valuable, contextualizing factoids.
Shockingly, he showed data suggesting that the Alberta tar sands are now only slightly more greenhouse gas-intensive than “average” petroleum. (In other words, the emissions (Read more…)
Premier Clark’s chickens coming home to roost!
The chickens are coming home to roost as Premier Christy Clark winds down the first year of her 4 year mandate to govern, protect and enhance life in BC.
Have you noticed her low profile of late? If there are not any good news announcements to be made, and apparently there are not, then ‘Ms Photo-op’ is hunching down hoping that those the storm clouds that are gathering over the ‘Northern Pipeline Proposal will pass. They will not.
By now we should have been rolling in money according to the rhetoric (Read more…)
“If you were a betting man (or woman) what odds would you place on President Obama approving the Keystone XL pipeline before the end of his term and why?”
Ms Soapbox posed the question to a panel* discussing the future of Alberta’s energy industry. The panelists, bless their hearts, didn’t leave the stage en masse…partly because Ms Soapbox was the moderator and had control of the agenda.
Instead this group of economists, politicians, academics and businessmen pegged the odds between 25% to 80%; with a higher chance of approval based on Mr Obama holding off on a decision until (Read more…)
Richard Hub Hughes-Political Blogger
Here is a ‘Bloomberg Business News’ snapshot of todays strained US Canada relations. Our troubles are politically driven and stalled by the ups and downs of the Keystone pipeline controversy.
US President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Harper are dissimilar in most if not all respects.
Many environmentally concerned Americans and Canadians are virtually standing shoulder to shoulder cheering the delays.
With the Keystone pipeline and the Northern Gateway (Enbridge) proposal meeting with increased opposition it is now a possibility that they may both be rejected in their entirety.
The once all powerful PM Steve Harper (Read more…)
One way to think about climate activism is to see if it focuses on the supply of or demand for fossil fuels – pipelines or cars, hydrocarbons or carbon emissions. This distinction is not a new one, is doubtless very simplistic and has often been used to chastise activists. Here, I hope it will draw out some potentially useful thoughts that centre on the aims of activism and the idea of risk.
In an article published yesterday in The Nation, Chris Hayes makes an interesting analogy between the struggle for climate justice and abolitionism: despite numerous differences, both assume (Read more…)
Good news over the weekend. The citizens of Kitimat B.C. had their say on the Northern Gateway pipeline, and they said NO.
In a referendum on Saturday, they voted 1,793 to 1,278 to oppose running the pipeline to their town, the proposed terminus. Mayor Joanne Monaghan promised to discuss the result at tonight’s Council meeting and deciding where to go from there. “The people have spoken,” she
Today we are fresh off the tar soaked heels of Enbridge’s lie and spin machine in Kitimat, leading to a vote AGAINST their toxic future.
In Kitimat, in a non-binding plebiscite, the people of Kitimat, but not the first peoples who live outside the town boundary, voted about 60-40 to kick out Enbridge.
They’re liars, don’t you know, making up a fake map of BC’s coast to pretend that oil tanker risks are lower than they are.
But it also turns out that Yoko Ono knows a thing or two about fracking and carbon energy.
And we also know (Read more…)
Polls are for dogs, but an honest to gawd plebiscite, where Big Oil outspent the local opposition a gazillion to one and still lost badly…now that’s scientific. I suspect support levels are the same province-wide (60/40 against). And I suspect somewhere in Ottawa, Harper and Co. are wondering whether they want Northern Gateway to be the key issue in B.C. come the 2015 federal election.
Former B.C. premier Mike Harcourt quits NDP Harcourt let membership lapse over many issues including the party’s opposition to carbon tax
CBC News Posted: Apr 01, 2014 8:10 AM PT Last Updated: Apr 01, 2014 8:10 AM PT
Have to agree with Mike, in principle, although my membership lapsed years ago, and though I vote for the NDP in spite of the things they do that I don’t like (the alternatives are unthinkable) I am, like so many BCers, leaning towards the Greens..I can’t speak for other Provinces , but here on the West Coast, (Read more…)