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Leading climate scientist: Canada’s tar sands makes climate change ‘unsolvable’ | The Raw Story

Leading climate scientist: Canada’s tar sands makes climate change ‘unsolvable’ | The Raw Story.

Major international oil companies are buying off governments, according to the world’s most prominent climate scientist, Prof James Hansen. During a visit to London, he accused the Canadian government of acting as the industry’s tar sands salesman and “holding a club” over [...]

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Artist finds inspiration in Canadian government’s attempt to silence her

Artist finds inspiration in Canadian government’s attempt to silence her | Environment | guardian.co.uk.

“It is almost like it’s a corporation exercising extreme message control,” she said in a phone interview. “It’s as if Stephen Harper were the CEO of Canada the corporation and we were his employees and we were not allowed to step [...]

Sierra Club to use civil disobedience for first time in 120 year history

Sierra Club to use civil disobedience for first time in 120 year history – The Agonist.

Interesting… (Kevin S forwarded the Sierra Club campaign to OHS as well)  as the blog says:  This is a big thing. The Sierra Club has a membership estimated at 1.4 million and is one of the oldest environmental groups [...]

IdleNoMore, the Budget Omnibus, and the wider effect of the protest and the legislation

A little more background on C-45,  IdleNoMore, Chief Spence, and the effect of the budget bill,  from a journalist who has recently moved back to Canada from the US:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/12/24/1173647/-Idle-No-More-Battling-the-Right-in-the-Great-White-North

“Tens-of-thousands of everyday people across the country .. are standing up on this Christmas eve, supporting her efforts to oppose what is unarguably  a [...]

How are fracking and water protection affected by eliminating the Hazardous Materials Information Review Commission?

How are fracking and water protection affected by eliminating the Hazardous Materials Information Review Commission?.

[more information from COC on dismantling transparency and environmental protection via the Omnibus - note the stats below on increasing lack of compliance by industry since 2009...]

This morning the Senate approved Bill C-45, Harper’s second omnibudget bill of the [...]

Pipeline: COC and Maude Barlow, UofT, Nov. 17 10-5

Humanists for Social and Environmental Action: Pipeline: COC and Maude Barlow, UofT, Nov. 17 10-5.

THE TAR SANDS COME TO ONTARIO – NO LINE 9! Resistance, education and alternatives

Sat. Nov 17, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St. George St., University of Toronto Lunch provided, building is accessible

Special guests will [...]

300 Attend “She Speaks: Indigenous Women Speak Out Against Tar Sands” in Toronto

300 Attend “She Speaks: Indigenous Women Speak Out Against Tar Sands” in Toronto.

Over 300 people gathered in Toronto last night for “She Speaks: Indigenous Women Speak Out Against Tar Sands,” a series organized by the Indigenous Environmental Network and supporters.

Moderated by Heather Milton-Lightning of Pasqua First Nation, the speakers on the [...]

Global warming is depressing. Like Conservatives, why not ignore it? – The Globe and Mail

Global warming is depressing. Like Conservatives, why not ignore it? – The Globe and Mail.  (good omnibus roundup of science vs head-in-the-oilsands by Gerald Caplan…mb)

….Here’s where we are: The government is hell-bent on drastically expanding Canada’s oil and gas industry as the future driver of the entire Canadian economy for decades to come. As [...]

Koch Brothers’ Activism Protects Their 50-Year Stake in Canadian Heavy Oils

Koch Brothers’ Activism Protects Their 50-Year Stake in Canadian Heavy Oils | InsideClimate News.   Sent from an intrepid member! ….At the top of the list are the Koch family’s long and deep investments in Canada’s heavy oil industry, which have been central to the company’s initial growth and subsequent diversification since 1959.

By David Sassoon, [...]

Contract for Keystone XL Review Was Between TransCanada and Cardno Entrix,

Contract for Keystone XL Review Was Between TransCanada and Cardno Entrix, State Department Documents Confirm | Common Dreams.  (breaking news – re conflict of interest …. worth tracing this up north, too …?)

Revelation adds to concerns over conflicts of interestContract is heavily redacted, giving the appearance of impropriety

WASHINGTON – March 9 – Under [...]

Enbridge Canada-U.S. Pipeline Closed After Crash

Enbridge Canada-U.S. Pipeline Closed After Crash.

Enbridge shut down a pipeline running from Canada to the United States after a fatal two-vehicle crash southwest of Chicago.

Two vehicles plowed through a fence around a pumping station in New Lenox County, Ill. just after 2 a.m. Saturday, causing a massive explosion and fireball, according to local [...]

Koch brothers try to hide connection to Tar Sands

Charles and David Koch.

Billionaire conservative activists Charles and David Koch are pulling out all the stops to try and deny a link between Koch Industries and the politically controversial Keystone XL Pipeline and Canadian tar sands.

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) invited the Kochs to testify before Congress about their leverage in the project and [...]

Harper signs away oil and water to China

Leap backward.

Stephen Harper has signed a Foreign Investment Protection Agreement (FIPA) with China that will give Canadian corporations investing in China the right to sue the Chinese government if there is an attempt to improve existing human rights, labour or environmental standards (A Leap Forward By Canada – editorial, Feb. 9).

The Canada-China FIPA [...]

ALERT: No to Keystone XL,

ACTION ALERT: End the Zombie Pipeline: No to Keystone XL

Here’s one of the many petitions and actions today to US Senators -this is from 350.org, and Bill McKibben.  Some of the petitions (like Change.org) have been overwhelmed, but it’s important to add your voice.

The Council of Canadians is part of the movement opposing [...]

Info Kit for EU Embassies Debunks Tar Sands Misconceptions

Lobby Busting Tour of EU Embassies Debunks Tar Sands Misconceptions.

For background information,  see Canadian Lobbying Against the EU FQD: Getting the Facts Straight: www.canadians.org/eu-fqd.

The Council of Canadians, Climate Action Network Canada and the Indigenous Environmental Network have been meeting with Ottawa-based European Union Embassies to counteract Canadian lobbying against an important European climate policy.

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OHS STATEMENT RE ENBRIDGE NORTHERN GATEWAY PROJECT REVIEW

(The full statement may also be downloaded from Position Papers)

STATEMENT RE ENBRIDGE NORTHERN GATEWAY PROJECT REVIEW

“Humanism ventures to build a world on the idea of the free person responsible to society, and recognises our dependence on and responsibility for the natural world.”   Amsterdam Declaration of the World Humanist Congress, International Humanist and Ethical Union [...]

Opposition Builds to New “Tar Sands” Pipeline

CANADA: Opposition Builds to New “Tar Sands” Pipeline – IPS ipsnews.net.

MONTREAL, Jan 17, 2012 (IPS) – As public hearings began earlier this month into a controversial pipeline that would transport crude oil from the Alberta tar sands to tankers along the coast of British Columbia, environmental groups and First Nations communities have raised staunch [...]

Keystone pipeline proposal rejected by White House

Keystone pipeline proposal rejected by U.S. government – thestar.com.

OTTAWA — The White House has rejected plans for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline to move Alberta oil sands crude to American refineries.

U.S. President Barack Obama denied TransCanada Corp.’s application to build the pipeline, citing a “rushed and arbitrary deadline” imposed by Congress to review [...]

BBC News – Keystone XL: Canada-US pipeline route decision delayed

BBC News – Keystone XL: Canada-US pipeline route decision delayed.

…”It’s the first time the environment has trumped oil in US politics.”

Some believe the delay could kill the project entirely.

“To delay the decision on Keystone XL is in effect a decision itself,” said Mark Routt, an analyst at KBC, an oil industry consulting [...]

Report from Tara Sands demonstration – Ottawa

Report from Canadians. org:

At just after 4 pm, the RCMP and Ottawa Police Service escorted the remaining 50 people who had crossed the fence off the grounds of Parliament Hill. A First Nations elder – Terry McKay – did a closing ceremony just before the remaining arrestees were escorted from the Hill to our [...]

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