Assorted content to end your week.
- Yes, it’s for the best that some of Canada’s pre-eminent scientists are offering to walk Joe Oliver through the realities of climate change. But Nik Beeson’s offer of political detoxification looks like the more important step for those of us who aren’t in denial about the science: When pushing an oil addiction to a planet in the midst of catastrophic climate change is called ‘ethical,’ we have indeed entered a very Orwellian world, where words come to mean their opposites. Calling Canada’s oil more ‘ethical’ is precisely as logical as saying my crack (Read more…)
By: United Steelworkers (USW) | Press Release: OTTAWA and SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS – Documents released from the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) in response to a request under the access to information act reveal that Canadian authorities put public resources at the service of Calgary-based Blackfire [...]
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This song against the recently deceased former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher is “Oxford Lady” by the Manchester-based post-punk/New Wave band The Brigade. Lyrically, it’s a bit more subtle than most of the anti-Thatcher songs I posted, but that just means you have to listen a bit more closely.
As a bonus, here’s a link to another anti-Thatcher song by The Brigade, which they made in support of the British miners’ strike in the 1980s. The song title is “The Movement”.
By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: The Algonquins of Barriere Lake are affirming their opposition to Copper One’s Rivière Doré Project “and all claim staking and mineral exploration” in their unceded territory. The following press release via Barriere Lake Solidarity: (Rapid Lake, Quebec) Today, the Algonquins of Barriere Lake are re-affirming their [...]
By: Council of Canadians (Press Release)| Feb. 26, 2013: St. John’s, NL – The Federal Fisheries Act was intended to protect fish and fish habitat in part by prohibiting the dumping of harmful substances into fish-bearing waters. The intent of the Act was diluted by regulations that give the mining industry an exemption that allows the conversion READ MORE
This and that for your Sunday reading.
- Joseph Stiglitz discusses how the combination of increasingly concentrated wealth and deteriorating has eliminated any pretense of equal opportunity within the U.S.: It’s not that social mobility is impossible, but that the upwardly mobile American is becoming a statistical oddity. According to research from the Brookings Institution, only 58 percent of Americans born into the bottom fifth of income earners move out of that category, and just 6 percent born into the bottom fifth move into the top. Economic mobility in the United States is lower than in most of
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This and that for your Saturday reading.
- Hamida Ghafour writes about the effect of tax avoidance by the world’s wealthy on the lives of the rest of the population – particularly when coupled with austerity pushed based on a lack of revenue: The OECD is a fierce defender of free-market capitalism. But Saint-Amans says politicians are realizing that rules set up in the 1920s need reform because allowing corporations and the very rich to hang on to huge amounts of wealth is bad for the economy. “When you have a political crisis, I am sad to say it, you . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links
by Guest Blogger | Jan. 28, 2013 In the era of dictatorial Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his right-wing Conservatives, global mining and tar sands oil drive Canadian foreign policy. Canadian author, activist and political commentator, Yves Engler, argues that Harper’s right wing foreign policy protects interests of big oil and mining at home and abroad. He speaks with Paul READ MORE
by BC Federation of Labour “It’s clear HD Mining is in no hurry to hire Canadians and that the province of BC and Government of Canada have been complicit all along.” Documents released today show HD Mining planned to use exclusively underpaid Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW’s) underground for 4.5 years after the commencement of construction, READ MORE
In my post below, I recommended following a new investigative reporting series being produced by The Tyee. I commend this initiative as it is important, timely and deserves our attention. Now for some thoughts on what The Tyee is hoping to achieve with this project.
First, a few words of caution beginning with David Beer’s premise in launching this series on the polarized debate between “Oil sands full bore? Oil sands full stop? Neither is realistic.”
This is not really accurate. I agree that “Oil sands full stop” seems highly improbable for the reasons that David points out, but “Oil
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That now-infamous taxpayer-subsidized luxury hotel switcheroo in Mother London? Small potatoes.
[A]nalysis by Fraser Reilly-King, a policy analyst at the non-profit Canadian Council for International Co-operation, shows substantial cuts to foreign aid in last month’s federal budget are aimed mainly at the same kind of underprivileged countries [that were removed from CIDA's priority list in 2009] – the poorest places in the world. And funds for the better-off political darlings are mostly protected.
Reilly-King’s figures project, starting next year, a winnowing-away of funds for inter-national assistance from an all-time peak of $5 billion this year to $4.6
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Miscellaneous material for your Monday reading.
- Damian Carrington reports on the Harper Cons’ sad efforts to prevent the European Union from accurately accounting for greenhouse gas emissions from the tar sands, offering in particular a look at how Canada’s actions look to our global neighbours who don’t operate from the Cons’ petro-state starting point: Darek Urbaniak, at Friends of the Earth Europe, which obtained the new documents, said: “These letters are further evidence of Canadian government and industry lobbying, which continuously undermines efforts to combat climate change. We find it unacceptable that the Canadian government now openly uses direct
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Tuesday, January 31, 2012
The federal government seems set on further gutting theCanadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA), and is expected to introduce “sweeping” regulatory changes to CEAA and related legislation in the House of Commons in the coming weeks. These changes could affect upcoming proposals for pipelines, tar sands projects, mines, small and large energy generation, and much more. It is possiblethe government could also use this opportunity to affect the process for projects currently in the environmental review process, like the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipelines and tankers, New Prosperity, or Site C Clean Energy Project proposals.
. . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: The fast and the furious – Coming changes to environmental laws speed up process for industry and are an accident waiting to happen for the public and our environment
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 In a recent story we reported that Mr. Jason Quigley, formerly of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and Fisheries and… . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Oops! HDI is more of an uncle to Taseko than a parent
red_dog.jpg WE’RE all used to a bit of product placement in today’s movie industry. The latest mobile phone is pinned to the ear of an international spy. A popular brand of beer … . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog – Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Hit Movie Red Dog and Its Mining Industry Funding
Stop a massive open-pit mine in Ontario. It threatens our farms, our water and our economy. . . . → Read More: Excited Delirium: Avaaz Petition to Stop Massive Water Poisoning in Ontario
mountaintop mining.jpg This week, hundreds of protesters are marching to Blair Mountain in West Virginia to call for an end to mountaintop removal coal mining. The march commemorates the Battle o… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog – Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Massey Energy Is Not The Only Mountaintop Removal Mining Villain
The Slovakian Parliament responded favourably to a petition from the people of Slovakia. Environmentalists organized a petition drive to give local citizens a stronger voice. This week the campaign was victorious when, in a momentous decision, the Sl… . . . → Read More: Successful Slovakian No-Nukes Campaign (& More)
Not a lot of people liking President O’s greenwashing of nukes. This most excellent article in the Guardian dispels the myth that nukes are green. The argument that nuclear is “carbon-free” conveniently omits the entire process of m… . . . → Read More: More Nuke News