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The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Tough on Kinder Morgan, Corrigan & Robertson my kind of mayors

Re-elected mayors Gregor Robertson & Derek Corrigan. Photos: CP (left) / Dale Cornish/Forest Ethics (right)

Derek Corrigan is my kind of mayor. So is Gregor Robertson.

Both of these mayors are prepared to look beyond the immediate concerns of their city and take a broader view. I have no doubt that Robertson, who won very handily I might add, did so because he was fighting Kinder Morgan. Without any question, that position greatly enhanced the existing popularity of Corrigan.

Social change demands civil disobedience

Now that protesters are being arrested, we see a number of people expressing their undying support (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: IPPs an even worse rip-off than Site C Dam, SFU economist warns

Construction of a private power project on the Ashlu River (Photo: Range Life)

The following article by renknowned energy expert and SFU economist Dr. Marvin Shaffer is republished from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ Policy Note

You would think that the fiasco of the government forcing BC Hydro in recent years to buy run-of-river and other IPP supply that it didn’t need, resulting in losses of hundreds of millions of dollars per year, would have put that unfortunate policy on the back burner for a long time.

Not so. Clean Energy BC, the lobby group very ably representing (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: Dramatic video of RCMP injunction enforcement on Burnaby Mountain

Filmmaker and Common Sense Canadian contributor Dan Pierce was on hand yesterday for the RCMP’s enforcement of a BC Supreme Court injunction to remove citizens from their Burnaby Mountain blockade of Kinder Morgan. Watch his dramatic footage here.

Hours later, at approximately 10 PM last night, the Huston-based pipeline builder began moving trucks and construction equipment onto Burnaby Mountain.

 

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The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki “Won’t Be Intimidated” By TransCanada’s Dirty War Against Climate Justice Activists

Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki won’t be intimidated by TransCanada’s dirty war against climate justice activists and Energy East pipeline opponents.

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The Common Sense Canadian: BREAKING: Kinder Morgan work trucks roll up Burnaby Mountain

Kinder Morgan contractors delivering construction materials to Burnaby Mountain (Salix O’Connell/facebook)

Kinder Morgan contractors began rolling work trucks with construction equipment up Burnaby Mountain at approximately 10 PM on Thursday.

Photographs shared on a citizen-led facebook page show trucks, trailers, fencing, and other materials and workers at the site of an increasingly intense stand-off between citizens and representatives of the Huston-based pipeline builder.

The move comes on the heels of the first round of arrests on Thursday, under an injunction issued by BC Supreme Court Associate Chief Justice Austin Cullen one week ago.

More photos of preparation for work on (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: UBC Must Divest From Fossil Fuel Companies: Faculty Members

Open letter signed by 215 University of British Columbia faculty members asks university to divest from destructive fossil fuel companies within five years.

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The Canadian Progressive: 5 people who used extreme empathy to change the world

English economist and social reformer Beatrice Webb is one of the five “empathy heroes” who changed the world by taking compassion to the extreme.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Economist catches Kinder Morgan skimping on Canadian taxes

Kinder Morgan Canada President Ian Anderson talks a good game on Canadian benefits from his company’s proposed pipeline – but economist Robyn Allan disagrees (photo: Kinder Morgan)

The following is an open letter to Premier Christy Clark from economist and former ICBC CEO Robyn Allan

November 19, 2014

Dear Premier Clark,

Your government is an Intervenor in the National Energy Board Section 52 public interest review. The hearing is to determine if Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion Project is worthy of a public license to construct and operate a twin pipeline. The system will transport more than 890,000 barrels a (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: Govt fears losing LNG, fracking social licence to social media: Internal briefing note

Rich Coleman tries to conjure up some good LNG PR with this youtube video (BC govt youtube page)

The BC government is worried it can’t control the way fracking and liquefied natural gas (LNG) are being criticized through social media, documents obtained through a Freedom of Information request reveal.

As a result, the Liberal administration fears losing the “social licence” required to advance its LNG strategy – the core policy of its recent election platform and economic vision.

The June, 2014 briefing note (view full document here) was dug up by Propeller Strategy, a non-profit group with a focus on environmental and public (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Naomi Klein: Reject Keystone XL Pipeline, Radical Change Needed [VIDEO]

Naomi Klein calls on Barack Obama to reject TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, urges “radical change to prevent catastrophic warming.”

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The Common Sense Canadian: The Law is an Ass: Rafe on Burnaby citizens’ loss to Kinder Morgan

Kinder Morgan contractors clash with citizen protestor on Burnaby Mountain (Darryl Dyck/CP)

“If the Law says that”, said Mr. Bumble, “the Law is an ass”.

The good citizens of Burnaby have lost their case against the large international corporation, Houston-based Kinder Morgan, who wish to extend their pipeline from Alberta to Burnaby.

The company sought and received from the Court an injunction to keep protesters from interfering with their work on Burnaby Mountain Conservancy.

Kinder Morgan case harkens back to past injustices

Over the past few months I’ve found myself reading up on legal writing from the past. I’ve become interested (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Canadian WW2 Veteran: “At 91, I am history, and I fear its repetition” [VIDEO]

Smith, 91, one of the last remaining Canadian World War 2 veterans, fears that unrestrained capitalism is killing collective rights and western democracy.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Salmon Farmers’ ads more full of crap than seabed beneath their pens

Norwegian salmon farm (Karin Beate Nøsterud/norden.org)

The BC Salmon Farmers’ Association continues to make assertions about open-net fish farms that don’t agree with the science, as a recent ad in the Globe and Mail demonstrates. It is surprising the industry, lead companies including the Norwegian Marine Harvest, Cermaq and Grieg Seafood, uses the same spin they have been doing for decades and simply ignore the evidence.

My guess is the timing of the ad (Nov 5, 2014, Page S3) is just before the federal government will announce the aquaculture activities regulations that allow fish farms to continue using (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: New student coalition vows to block tar sands pipelines at Quebec border

A new student coalition promises to block Transcanada’s Energy East and Enbridge’s line 9B tar sands pipeline projects “at Quebec border.”

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The Common Sense Canadian: Kinder Morgan may win in court, but it’s quickly losing social licence

Citizens protest Kinder Morgan outside BC Supreme Court (Photo: AJ Klein/facebook)

Houston-based pipeline giant Kinder Morgan may obtain an injunction from the BC Supreme Court today to remove protestors from their Burnaby Mountain blockade of the company’s exploratory work. In all likelihood, it will also secure a positive verdict from the National Energy Board at the end of its hearings into the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion – and Harper Cabinet approval thereafter.

But these will be pyrrhic victories the company loses its social licence in the process. And that’s precisely the way things appear headed for the $90 Billion Houston-based energy (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Shell promises “green” LNG…we can trust them, right?

Christy Clark and Marvin Odum, President Shell Oil Company at recent BC LNG conference (BC govt flickr)

I’m sure, like me, you were excited to read in the Vancouver Sun for November 4 that LNG Canada (Shell and its Asian partners) will build a plant in Kitimat which will be very, very “green” and put even less greenhouse gases (GHG) into the atmosphere than the maximum prescribed by the BC government.

Oh, there will still be GHG escaping but just a teensy, weensy bit. And, of course, we all know that how strict BC government standards are. After all if you (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: In Canada, gender inequality has persisted or worsened: study

A new study says gender inequality in Canada has persisted or worsened in critical areas such as violence against women, women’s economic security, and the human rights of Aboriginal women and girls.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Suzuki: Constitutional right to healthy environment gaining traction

David Suzuki and Neil Young, who will team up in Vancouver for the “Blue Dot” tour (Photo: davidsuzuki.org)

The idea of a right to a healthy environment is getting traction at Canada’s highest political levels. Federal Opposition MP Linda Duncan recently introduced “An Act to Establish a Canadian Environmental Bill of Rights” in Parliament. If it’s passed, our federal government will have a legal duty to protect Canadians’ right to live in a healthy environment.

Blue Dot Tour gains momentum

I’m travelling across Canada with the David Suzuki Foundation’s Blue Dot Tour to encourage people to work for recognition (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: Creation mythology and modern environmental apocalypse

Apocalyptic painter John Martin’s “The Last Man” (Oil on canvas, 1849 – The Walker Gallery)

The first thing to realize about the biblical Creation story in the first two chapters of Genesis — the mythology and its earlier roots in Sumeria have shaped the fundamental thinking of Western cultures — is that a beginning also implies an ending.

This may explain our ability as a culture to be relatively unconcerned about the threat of an environmental apocalypse. The expectation of an ending is built into the way the Western mind thinks, made inevitable by the beginning that inhabits the other (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Susan Bibeau: Ottawa shooter’s mother speaks

Susan Bibeau, the mother of Ottawa shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, says her son was not a terrorist but “felt cornered” and “acted in despair.”

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The Common Sense Canadian: 94% opposition to Woodfibre from municipal candidates answering LNG survey

Rendering of proposed Woodfibre LNG project near Squamish, BC

Of the 31 candidates who responded to a recent questionnaire on the controversial Woodfibre LNG proposal for Howe Sound, 29 – or 94% – were opposed.

The survey, conducted by Propeller Strategy, was presented by phone or email to all 98 candidates in the region of the project’s proposed Squamish plant and tanker route – encompassing Howe Sound and the Sunshine Coast. Of the 88 still known to be in the race as of this week – representing the communities of Squamish, West Vancouver, Bowen Island, Gibsons, Lions Bay and Whistler – many chose (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: PR Firm Navigator Dumps Jian Ghomeshi

High profile public relations firm Navigator announces it’s no longer representing beleaguered former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi.

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The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s new terror laws must respect Canadians’ fundamental rights: watchdogs

Canada’s provincial and federal privacy commissioners are warning the Harper government against using the recent shootings in Ottawa and Quebec as a pretext to attack Canadians’ fundamental rights.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Shell Game: Public being fooled by great BC LNG illusion

We are allowing ourselves to be mesmerized over Liquified Natural Gas (LNG).

Perhaps we’re doing this to ourselves but the sad fact is that the government’s total ineptitude is not the only story. Not that that isn’t a big story. In fact, it was magnified last week when the Liberals set their tax regime for LNG companies.

It was not 7% or anything near it. It was not even 3.5% as reported – at least in the short term. In fact, for years it will be just 1.5% and assessed, to use the vernacular, on the company’s net profit.

(Read more…)