CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Harper Government Must Set Canadian Scientists Free

Nature, one of the biggest and most-read scientific journals in the world, made this call in a February 29th editorial. The journal lamented the Harper Government’s undisguised hostility to openness, expert opinion and publicly-funded scientific expertise. Rightly so. At some point, the government’s stated communication policy, posted on a federal website and directed civil servants, was to: ...

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Ethincal Oil Orders Canada Revenue Agency to Investigate the David Suzuki Foundation

During the 2012 federal budget, the Conservative government allocated $8 million to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to crackdown on charities engaged in “political activities.” The purge has begun. Yesterday, the right-wing Big Oil lobby group, EthicalOil.org, dispatched a 44-page … Continue reading →

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 ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Is It Just Me, or Do These Pork Barrels Reek of Bitumen?

Once in a while, something crosses my desk that makes me cross my eyes and pound my head against the desk in frustration. This is not one of those things. This is one of those things that makes me crinkle up my face and exclaim “What the hell?” If you haven’t been rubbing up against ...

first word, tree.: Pink Herrings: Ethical (Sp)Oil and Pride (in Pipelines)

“Make a hard Right-turn at the Town of Wedgepolitics and keep going Straight until you’ve reached the City of Bigotry and Political Strategy.” Directions for Harper’s recent wedge-issue of choice, driven to distract, that questions the validity of marriage licences granted to non-resident couples in Canada. This issue is too risky for such a clever PMO ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Attacks on Canadian public registered to participate in Enbridge Process are unacceptable

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 What began as a smear campaign against West Coast Environmental Law and other environmental groups has crossed a line with oil industry advocates EthicalOil.org and Ezra Levant (author of the book Ethical Oil), taking aim at the thousands of ordinary Canadians who have registered to express their concerns about the proposed ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Enbridge Gateway JRP Hearings Broadcast (Kitimat/Kitamaat) – January 10, 2011

Hi! My name is Tia! I’m a radical, eco-terrorist, and enemy of the state now! Whee! (This is almost as random as the people Harper appointed to the senate the other day, and makes just as much sense.) Due to my fervent opposition to the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline, I can now add these spiffy new titles below my name ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Why West Coast is fighting Enbridge (it’s not the funding)

Thursday, January 5, 2012 A recent ad campaign linked to a top oil sands firm questions what drives the work of West Coast Environmental Law.  Back in the ‘70s when a broad citizens’ coalition brought to a halt a proposed oil pipeline to an oil port at Kitimat, BC West Coast lawyers were there to ...