Environmental Law Alert Blog: Fort Nelson First Nation Shuts Down Nexen’s License to Frack

Friday, November 20, 2015 In September, the Fort Nelson First Nation won a major legal challenge at the Environmental Appeal Board (EAB) that overturned a long term water license issued to gas giant Nexen Inc for hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”). The EAB decision is an important win – setting new precedents on how water managers ...

Alberta Politics: Alberta’s NDP needs to react more quickly, plus throw the Tories under the bus where they belong

PHOTOS: Carbon capture: The oil company executive in the bow tie places the carbon in a bottle, which is then stored underground by his corporation for billions of dollars. Or something like that. If the bottle breaks, of course, we’re screwed! Actual carbon capture schemes may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Premier Rachel Notley, ...

The Disaffected Lib: And We Thought All We Had to Deal With Was Enbridge.

Nexen, the Chinese Communist Party’s anchor in Athabasca, is urging Canadian National Railways to start shipping bitumen by rail car to Prince Rupert where it can then be loaded on supertankers for transport to the Peoples’ Liberation Army and other users. Apparently China is getting impatient with Comrade Steve’s inability to make headway on the ...

Cowichan Conversations: Liberal MP Justin Trudeau Could Clinch A Majority, New Poll Shows

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger PM Stephen Harper’s policies continue to divide Canadians. Much of his drop off in support has been caused by his undying dedication and promotion of the Alberta Tar Sands and his unconscionable sellout of Nexen to the China’s Communist Government State Owned Oil Corporation. The threatened pipeline routes leading to the Pacific ...

Cowichan Conversations: Liberals and NDP Must Declare a ‘MORATORIUM’ On Fracking In BC!

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger Much money has been made and a great deal of environmental damage has been done through the practice of ‘Fracking’ or Horizontal Hydraulic Fracturing. Canadians have had a heads up following horror stories in the US but never mind there is money to be made. The politicians of all stripes are as ...

Cowichan Conversations: Premier Christy Clark set up an office last year in Shanghai, China

Kevin Logan- Cowichan Conversations Contributor I have written some details about how Harper says one thing and does another with respect to the position of Chinese State Owned Enterprises (SOE) in Canada’s resource development plays and have been working to raise the flag for a very long time. Christy has an office she set up ...

Cowichan Conversations: We Must Restructure Canada To Save It!

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger How long is it going to take before some of the Conservatives MP’s wake up and stand up for Canada? Our PM Steve Harper lies to us with an ease uncommon, even for politicians. Canada is being drained and our nation is up for sale, but why? What drives Harper? He is ...

Cowichan Conversations: On the Left Side

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes-Political Blogger A while back I added ‘On the Left Side’ a series of headlines about stories that I thought might be of interest to readers of this blog. Let’s face it there is so much going on and only so much time to post regular blogs that I felt it would allow ...

The Disaffected Lib: Heather Sticks Her Bitumen Boot Up Harper’s Backside

 It’s gradually setting in.  Harper’s capitulation to China’s Communist rulers on Nexen is an admission of how much trouble the Tar Sands are really in.   The Toronto Star’s  Heather Mallick wades into the Bully Boy’s blunder on Nexen. Harper couldn’t say no to China because he wants quick money for a tarsands industry that’s starting ...

Cowichan Conversations: Chairman Harper’s Economic Desperation Deal With China

Richard Hughes- Political Blogger Selling bitumen fast, while it’s still hot, is the prime minister’s myopic motivation, says Andrew Nikoforuk in his report featured in the Tyee. We have been sold down the river by a combination of neo con corporate greed and the unrelenting far right evangelical so called Christianity. How these greedy bastards ...

The Canadian Progressive: Forest Ethics: Canada’s Tar Sands 71% Foreign-owned

by Forest Ethics: An in-depth review of shareholder information from Bloomberg shows that 71 per cent of all tar sands production is owned by non-Canadian shareholders. Supposedly Canadian companies (with Canadian headquarters and accounting practices who trade on our stock exchanges) are largely owned by foreign interests, including Suncor (56.8%), Canadian Oil Sands (56.8%), Nexen ...

LeDaro: Chinese Takeover of Tarsands

NDP MP Nathan Cullen remarked via twitter that: “In Ottawa they call it ‘taking out the trash’ announce it on a Friday 5 pm. You judge. Chinese takeover ok for Harper.” In his own press conference – one of the few times Harper has talked to the press unrestricted, he seemed uncomfortable, trying to justify ...

Calgary Grit: Not Just a Pretty Face

The best kind of “gutsy” decisions, are the ones no one really cares about To date, Justin Trudeau has run a safe leadership campaign. He’s smiled, talked about how he loves Canada, and made helping the Middle Class his core theme. That’s a perfectly acceptable way for Justin to introduce himself to voters, but it’s ...

Cowichan Conversations: The Real Threat is in Harper’s Gutting the Legal and Regulatory Framework for Oil and Gas

Kevin Logan- Cowichan Conversations Contributor Here is another Post from Cowichan Conversations Contributor Kevin Logan. Kevin Logan’s career has been diverse, ranging from small business to NGOs through finance and government. He served as a ministerial assistant to numerous ministers and a premier in the former BC NDP Administration. Kevin is also an independent researcher ...

Cowichan Conversations: Harper’s China Investment Treaty Is An Unconscionable Sellout Of Our Soverignty!

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes – Political Blogger I wish that headline was an extreme eggageration and that PM Harper’s Sellout of Canada wasn’t really that big a deal, but I would be wrong. I do not know why he is so hell bent determined to ruin our country but he is changing Canada before our very eyes. ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Stuart Trew comments on the Cons’ utterly implausible claims to try to impose the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with the EU without the slightest bit of public scrutiny: CETA will also most certainly give European firms the power to challenge and even overturn government measures, just ...