BigCityLib Strikes Back: Ethical Oil Complaint To Canadian Judicial Council Fails: Judge Ducharme Off Hook For For Participating In David Suzuki Mock Trial

Ezra and Co. (young Amanda) try to soften their defeat by marking up the document with snarky liner notes   CJC Response to Complaint Against Justice Todd Ducharme …but if they had really won they would have been singing the decision to the high heavens for the past week.  And they haven’t.

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 ...

Politics and its Discontents: Harper’s Reign Of Terror – Part Six

The latest installment of this series illustrating the Harper regime’s subversion of the Canada Revenue Agency to punish nonprofits for opposing government policies also demonstrates its pathologically secretive nature. The following was recently reported in The Globe and Mail: Since Ottawa first started cracking down on political activities among charities in 2012, Pen Canada has ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: When Did the Government of Canada Become the Government of Alykan Velshi?

When British Member of Parliament George Galloway was barred from entering Canada in March of 2009, because he worked for a relief agency that provided food and medication to Gaza, it was discovered that Conservative staffer, Alykan Velshi, was behind the move. Galloway was painted as a terrorist, and threatened to sue the Canadian government. ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: X Ethical Oil SpokesThing Running For Tim Hudak

Jamie Ellerton, his name is, and he’s running down in Parkdale High-Park.  Click through link below for more on him: @SunNewsNetwork @JEllerton The old ED for @Ethical_Oil is running for Tim Hudak? The BCLSB file on him: http://t.co/HSuMHixehL #onpoli— Bigcitylib (@Bigcitylib2) May 31, 2014  His bio is interesting: As the Executive Director of a national NGO, ...

Politics and its Discontents: We Stand On Guard Against Thee

If you are a member or supporter of the Harper regime, who is Thee? The list is long, but let’s start with environmental organizations that have previously been labelled as terrorists. The latest weapon in this war against dissenting voices, voices the Harper cabal has shown remarkably little tolerance for as they try to move ...

Let Freedom Rain II: UPDATED: Ethical Oil calls Neil Young ‘IndianIgnorant’

Ezra and crew created the racist hashtag #IndianIgnorant for Neil Young. Then they deleted it when they realized their own racism. This is what we’re up against. It’s not just Licia Corbella and the Conservative press. It’s assholes like Vivian Krause, who take money from oil companies to do their bidding. It’s Ezra Levant and the rest of the Con ...

Let Freedom Rain II: Ethical Oil calls Neil Young ‘Ignorant Indian’

Ezra and crew created the hashtag #ignorantindian for Neil Young. Then they deleted it when people complained. This is what we’re up against. It’s not just Licia Corbella and the Conservative press. It’s assholes like Vivian Krause, who take money from oil companies to do their bidding. It’s Ezra Levant and the rest of the ...

Alberta Diary: ‘Ethical Cannabis’: Is it time to make … ‘The Case for B.C. Bud’?

Who would’ve thought we’d find a suitable reference to Riders Nation and Ethical Cannabis in one photograph? But courtesy the Calgary Sun, there it is! Note the hat, bottom right. Just saying. Below: Some guy standing in front of Rob Ford’s office. Those of us who don’t regularly wear melons on our heads or particularly ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Ethical Oil’s Troubled Relaunch Runs Afoul Of Fatboy Slim

Slowly, slowly, after many months of inactivity, tar-sands promoting lobbying thingy EthicalOil.org has been trying to reboot. Amanda Achtman has become their media contact, and they’ve attempted a few (guest) posts  on their website.  Furthermore, last month Amanda put together a  “Social Oil” youtube video, which was announced to some fan-fare.  But then after that one media ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Ethical Oil: Its Purpose Served?

The site has been inactive (other than intermittent messages to twitter) since October of last year.  Now the its gone down entirely.  For good?

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Ethical Oil–Still Dead?

Back in December 2012, former Executive Director of the Ethical Oil Institute Jamie Ellerton wrote:I remain with Ethical Oil as the part-time spokesperson. Stay tuned for what’s to come in the new year. Four months into the new year, and the stench of death still envelopes their website.  E-mails to Jamie (last one sent in February) have gone unanswered. ...

Alberta Diary: With Liberals in rear-view mirror, conservative deep thinkers ponder greener look

Your blogger offers Preston Manning a couple of big ideas for conservatives to think about. Below: Liberal Justin Trudeau, pollster Andre Turcotte. OTTAWA While the Forum Research polling company was proclaiming that if an election were held today, Justin Trudeau would be prime minister, conservatives of an assortment of exotic and garden varieties huddled under ...

Alberta Diary: Ahoy there, matey! Talk about maritime disasters! Trapped on a CAPP-sized banana boat with Ezra Levant!

The captain of the the MV Zuiderdam tells Michael Coren, right, to fetch him a cup of Starbucks. Sun News Network tour group hosts may not appear exactly as illustrated. But you’ve got to admit it’s a pretty good likeness! Below: a sample of unethical oil. Call me Ishmael! Would you pay $8,679, or even ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: More On Obama Delaying Keystone

This story has not had much pickup, esp. in the Canuck Media.  But the Omaha World-Herald seems convinced of its provenance: An Obama administration official indicated Friday that no decision will be made on the [Keystone XL Gateway] pipeline until at least June. If true, its probably the most important story in the Canadian news ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Calling The Canadian Revenue Agency. Hellooo? Hellloooo?

The Fraser Institute  continues to take ($150,000) in Koch Brothers money, and claims zero political activity in 2011.  If the Sierra Club is in violation, you would think Fraser would be. Mind you, its probably not enough to bitch.  Someone would probably have to lodge a complaint with the Compliance Division of the Charities Directorate of Revenue ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Ethical Oil Makes A Move

From John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada: Tuesday the pressure further escalated when a thick 65 page fax arrived from lawyers (JSS Barristers Jensen Shawa Solomon Duguid Hawkes LLP) representing Ethical Oil. It was a copy of a complaint Ethical Oil filed with the Canadian Revenue Agency the previous week alleging the Sierra Club Canada ...

The Canadian Progressive: Enbridge cross-examination focuses on campaigning, lobbying; ignores evidence

by Forest Ethics | Tuesday Nov 27, 2012: Given the opportunity to shed light on its proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline project at the NEB’s Joint Review Panel (JRP) hearings currently taking place in Prince George, Enbridge lawyer Laura Estep chose instead to focus on ForestEthics Advocacy’s use of the media, campaigning and previous questions directed ...

Alberta Diary: The Nexen deal: ‘Friends with benefits’ may not be nearly as good as it sounds!

Thanks to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Canada’s oilpatch will soon take a Great Leap Forward. Below: CNOOC’s logo. “When we say that Canada is open for business, we do not mean that Canada is for sale to foreign governments,” Prime Minister Stephen Harper intoned at a news conference in Ottawa Friday – except, he didn’t ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Ethical Oil Update: Jamie Ellerton Demoted?

I emailed Jamie Ellerton, who until recently was listed as Executive Director of the Ethical Oil Institute, and he was kind enough to respond as follows:I remain with Ethical Oil as the part-time spokesperson. Stay tuned for what’s to come in the new year.Now that’s interesting, as it implies he no longer holds the above-noted ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Ethical Oil Comes Alive

After almost three months of dead air, a single  story in the Fort Mc newspaper of record (and a post from some crazy left-wing blogger) triggers a frenzy of activity on  the Ethical Oil Twitter feed: What you want to ask here is…who is driving the feed?  It does not seem to be their executive director Jamie Ellerton, ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Ezra Levant Forced To Deny Rumors Of EO Shutdown

Rumours surrounding the death of Ethical Oil, arguably Canada’s most vocal and controversial pro-oilsands lobbying group, are greatly exaggerated, says movement founder and Sun Media personality Ezra Levant. […] Murmurs that Levant’s brainchild [Ethical Oil] was shutting down have been swirling on social media and in online forums since early September, when the group’s Twitter ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Problems With "Ethical Oil" (The Book)

Suncor Energy engineer Sanjay Patel: The other side of the debate is whether or not oil, including Canadian oil, is ethical. A lot of activists point to the objections from many aboriginal groups in northern Alberta. How is that addressed in the book? I don’t like to use terms like blood oil, dirty oil or ...

350 or bust: Canada’s Ethical Oil – Why Stop There?

As the COP 18 climate talks continue in Doha this week, this video is a good reminder of why Canada has been the winner of Consecutive Fossil of the Year Awards from 2006 – present. Fossil Of The Year awards go to “the country who has done the most to disrupt or undermine the UN ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: China: Canada Like Infertile Old Bag If We Don’t Cough Up Bitumen REAL SOON

Chicomm PR offensive re  Northern Gateway Pipeline  in full swing.  Talking points contracted out to  Ethical Oil.