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The Canadian Progressive: #StopC51: Ottawa to host massive protest against Harper’s Bill C-51

On Saturday, May 30, Ottawa will host what’s likely to be a game-changing protest against Bill C-51, PM Stephen Harper’s “secret police” legislation.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Geologist: Minister inflating shale gas, LNG potential by 6 fold – threatening BC’s energy security

BC Minister of Natural Gas Rich Coleman

The following rebuttal from geoscientist David Hughes to BC Minister of Natural Gas Rich Coleman is republished with permission from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. The minister has been vocal about Mr. Hughes’ recent report on LNG, published by the CCPA.

After a lot of media coverage on my Clear Look at BC LNG report, Rich Coleman, Minister of Natural Gas, weighed in saying “the report ignored the studies of B.C.’s own scientists” and “they don’t do their research”. In fact, if Mr. Coleman had bothered to read my report, (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: How Alberta NDP can get r done with green energy…seriously

Alberta Prermier Rachel Notley (Alberta NDP/facebook)

In her speech on election night, Rachel Notley spoke of her ambition to diversify the economy of Alberta – including the energy sector – and partner with the energy industry and federal government for a national strategy on the environment. Is all this possible? The answer is a resounding yes! Alberta could actually reduce emissions

First, the theoretical wind power production potential of Alberta is equivalent to all the electrical production needs of every province West of Québec.

Second, the potential for wind power to reduce Alberta’s emissions is especially significant in that fossil fuels represent (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Canadian law experts applaud Tsleil-Waututh Nation snub of Kinder Morgan pipeline

Several Canadian law experts released this statement applauding the Tsleil-Waututh Nation’s snub of Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker expansion proposal

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The Canadian Progressive: Conservatives nuke motion seeking end to violence against women in Canada

Today, the Harper Conservatives voted down M-444, an NDP-sponsored motion seeking to end violence against women in Canada.

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The Canadian Progressive: NEB’s Energy East pipeline review must be suspended: Groups

Over 60 groups from across Canada recently asked the National Energy Board to suspend its biased review of TransCanada’s Energy East tar sands pipeline.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe Mair’s Modest Proposal: Scrap environmental assessments

The 3-member NEB Joint Review Panel for the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline (Damien Gillis)

Do you enjoy being a raw hypocrite?

Well, if you’re a taxpayer in Canada that’s what you are because you support raw hypocrisy every day in the various hearings on environmental matters that take place.

I’ve written in the past, from personal experience, about environmental assessments of independent power projects (IPPs), the environmental disgraces of British Columbia, and how they are so biased in favour of industry that it defies all but spluttering language of anger.

Let’s call the whole thing off

Economist (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: First Nation, star chef team up for unique herring benefit

Every year, the Great Bear Rainforest welcomes one of nature’s miracles as millions of herring return to spawn. Wolves, bears, eagles, whales, sea lions are all drawn from the forest and ocean to feast on the golden herring roe, deposited along miles of coastline.

For 10,000 years, First Nations have been sustainably harvesting the roe from kelp and hemlock boughs they set amidst the spawn. It is the keystone of their diet and culture – not to mention the entire ecosystem. But all that has become threatened in recent decades by commercial overfishing and mismanagement by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: Alexandra Morton explains her court win over salmon farm industry

Independent biologist Alexandra Morton explains her recent federal court victory over the salmon farming industry. The ruling prohibits salmon farmers from transferring diseased smolts to their open net pen operations – which could severely impact their financial health and limit their growth potential.

Morton spoke to The Common Sense Canadian’s Damien Gillis via google video hangout from Sointula, BC.

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The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s the muzzling of Canada’s federal scientists assailed

This week, Canada’s three major public sector unions protested the Harper government’s continuing muzzling of the country’s federal scientists.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Premier Clark spews more hot air with LNG non-announcent

Premier Christy Clark announcing…the same thing she’s announced many times before (BC Government)

For all the fanfare of yesterday’s press conference, you’d think Premier Christy Clark would have some big, new development to announce for her much-vaunted but yet-to-be-built LNG industry. Sorry folks, nothing to see here.

All Clark had to offer was warmed up leftovers from the umpteen previous press conferences, media advisories and political speeches she’s been making for the past several years. Still no final investment decision from Malaysian energy giant Petronas – only “the beginning of the company’s final decision path toward an investment decision”, whatever (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Harper must clarify ‘zero tolerance’ for Israel boycotters: Church

The United Church of Canada wants “clear reassurance” that Prime minister Stephen Harper does not intend to criminalize Canadians critical of Israel.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: In absence of political leadership, public and First Nations stepping up

Citizens line the Sea to Sky Highway to protest Woodfibre LNG (My Sea to Sky)

Dr. David Suzuki, in a recent column well worth reading, talks about a change in attitude across the country – changes with First Nations, increasing environmentalism, a new government in Alberta. Big changes are happening everywhere.

I wonder how many British Columbians have thought about the disgraceful attitude of industry and government towards our environment and the contempt they show for those who disagree with them?

Dr. Suzuki covers a number of these areas and I’ll just deal with one or two of my (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: Suzuki: Canada seeing real change with energy, politics and First Nations

Tahltan First Nations and supporters peacefully occupying a Fortune Minerals drill (Beyond Boarding)

Recent events in Canada have shown not only that change is possible, but that people won’t stand for having corporate interests put before their own.

When plummeting oil prices late last year threw Alberta into financial crisis, people rightly asked, “Where’s the money?” They could see that an oil producer like Norway was able to weather the price drop thanks to forward planning, higher costs to industry to exploit resources and an oil fund worth close to $1 trillion! Leading up to the election, the government (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: Justice for the Peace: Site C Dam goes to court

While the BC Liberal government and BC Hydro are vowing to break ground on the controversial $9 Billion Site C Dam this summer, the projects faces numerous legal challenges – one of which got a boost from the federal court recently. The Common Sense Canadian’s Damien Gillis discussed the issues with Ian Jessop on Victoria’s CFAX 1070 this past Monday.

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The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: Signs of change are sweeping the nation

The NDP’s historic triumph in Alberta shows that ordinary people can overcome corporate power and effect democratic change, argues environmentalist David Suzuki.

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The Canadian Progressive: Federal NDP ahead of Conservatives and Liberals in new poll

A new poll suggests that Canadians are embracing the orange wave and seriously considering electing Canada’s first ever federal NDP government.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Lax Kw’alaams rejects Billion-dollar LNG deal; Lake Babine signs paltry one

Lelu Island and Flora Bank (fore) – site of contentious proposed LNG plant (Skeena Watershed Conservation)

The BC Liberal government and LNG industry suffered a blow this week with a final losing vote amongst Lax Kw’alaams Band members over a billion-dollar package offered to support Petronas’ Pacific NorthWest LNG plant near Prince Rupert.

At the same time, a much smaller, quieter deal was being signed by the elected leadership of the Lake Babine Nation, pertaining to the pipeline that would feet the coastal plant – the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission line. On the table in this “Project Agreement” between the (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s effort to criminalize legitimate Canadian criticism of Israel is diabolical

Canadians have a moral obligation to revolt against Stephen Harper’s efforts to criminalize both legitimate criticism of Israel and support for Palestinians.

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The Canadian Progressive: Broken Covenant: Blistering report on 9 years of Harper agenda

New eye-opening report by the chairperson of the Council of Canadians chronicles Harper’s 1984-style assault on Canada’s democratic institutions and values.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Site C Dam: Crown strikes out with attempt to gut First Nation’s Judicial Review

Location of proposed Site C Dam (photo: Damien Gillis)

The federal government struck out in court Friday in its attempt to gut key passages of the Doig River First Nation’s Judicial Review into the environmental certificate for Site C Dam.

After 3 hours of arguments on the crown’s motion to strike, brought with the support of the province, the presiding Prothonotary Lafreniere not only threw out the government’s argument – which he derided as “a very rare request” – but ordered costs be paid to the First Nation plaintiff. The decision presents another legal roadblock to the $9 Billion dam, (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Digging science: Citizens amplify knowledge about the natural world

David Suzuki on how affordable technologies are facilitating the growth of citizen science, environmental activism and “meaningful scientific pursuits”.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Film tells real story behind Tahltan victory over Sacred Headwaters mines

As the BC Liberal government toots its own horn following its buy-back of highly contentious coal mine licences throughout the Sacred Headwaters, Beyond Boarding excerpts portions of its documentary film Northern Grease to tell the real story of what happened.

From Beyond Boarding’s Tamo Campos:

In the summer of 2013, we spent over 6 weeks camping up Klappan at Beauty Camp, eating wild meat, learning about the history of the land, taking over Fortune Minerals drills and dealing with daily police confrontations. (the cops having a camp consisting of a helicopter, a plane, 8 ATV’s & 6 Wall tents in (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Notley should change electoral system following Alberta NDP win…no, seriously

Alberta Premier Elect Rachel Notley celebrates a shocking victory (Alberta NDP facebook page)

Somehow, the day after it happened, the election of the NDP in Alberta doesn’t seem quite as astonishing as it would have say, a year ago. Back then, one would have been in danger of certification as mad to predict that the Tories, after some 43 years, would be turfed out of what had become a political fiefdom. They reigned supreme with no contenders in sight, the Wildrose Party having apparently disintegrated. The Liberals had never been much of a force, although, from time to time, they (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Prospect of NDP government in Alberta terrifies Harper Conservatives

The prospect of a Rachel Notley-led New Democrat government in Alberta terrifies Premier Jim Prentice, the Harper Conservatives and their Big Oil backers.

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