Blog Post: By now you’ve likely heard all about how the RCMP and CSIS have been gathering information on environmental groups opposed to oilsands developments and projects like Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline. It’s enough to send a shiver down your spine. But hey, coming from a government that once branded environmentalists as “radicals,” we can’t say it’s a huge surprise. The real kicker is that the fair and open environmental review process Ecojustice and our clients have placed our faith in may have been a pipe dream all along. Records obtained by a journalist under the Access to Information Act, as reported in the Vancouver Observer, suggest that the RCMP and CSIS gathered intelligence on groups opposed to oil and gas development — groups like our client ForestEthics Advocacy — and characterized them as a potential security risk in emails to members of the National Energy Board (NEB).
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Press Clipping: Canada is not ready to unveil already long-delayed rules on curbing greenhouse gas emissions from the Alberta oil sands, the environment minister said on Thursday in comments that could boost U.S. resistance to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. U.S. President Barack Obama, who must decide whether to approve TransCanada Corp's proposed Keystone XL pipeline from the Alberta oil sands to the U.S. Gulf Coast, said in July that Canada could be doing more to curb emissions. Some politicians in Canada took his remarks as a hint that the President wants to see the Canadian regulations before making a decision on Keystone next year. Green groups want Obama to veto the pipeline, which they say would speed up development of the oil sands and cause Canadian emissions to jump even more.
Press Clipping: When I sat down Tuesday night to put some thoughts on paper about allegations of spying on Canadian environmental and pro-democracy groups, I never imagined those musings would end up being read by tens of thousands of people and spawn news coverage across the country. But that’s exactly what happened.
Press Clipping: Canada losing out because of a lack of pipeline infrastructure is an old story. The Chamber of Commerce released a very similar report last February—so essentially their new document is a recycled version of their earlier pamphlet. Last April, I tracked down the underlying logic and the source of all the numbers, and its clear there is no current loss to the Canadian economy because of a lack of pipeline capacity.
Blog Post: 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben will soon publish an article in Rolling Stone about President Obama and Keystone XL that I hope you will take some time to read. It’s an important reflection on President Obama’s climate legacy thus far, and essential reading as we all prepare for the home stretch of the fight against Keystone XL. You can read it on the Rolling Stone website when it comes out, and when you do please give your feedback on what our next steps to stop the pipeline should be. It comes down to this: The President’s actions speak louder than his words. And it’s time for our actions to speak louder too. In this article, Bill starts a conversation that needs your input.
Blog Post: A coalition of organizations and grassroots groups have raised over $30,000 in 20 days to help fund the Tar Sands Trial (thetarsandstrial.ca). The lawsuit, which currently alleges over 17,000 treaty violations against the terms of Treaty 6, was initiated by the community of the Beaver Lake Cree in 2008.
Blog Post: I love my country. And in my eyes, there isn’t anything much more patriotic than fighting for the interests of Canadian citizens. I’ve argued that after 25 years of oilsands development, Albertans should have something to show for it — not be facing budget crises and closing hospital beds; that Albertans aren’t collecting a fair share of resource revenues; that we should develop resources at a responsible pace that doesn’t cause rampant inflation, undermining Canadians’ quality of life and hurting other sectors of the economy; that we should prioritize Canadian energy security (half of Canada is currently dependent on foreign oil). And I’ve agreed with the Alberta Federation of Labour that exporting raw bitumen and 50,000 jobs to China doesn’t make sense for Canadians. Now, I don’t expect everyone to agree with me, but it’s a stretch to portray any of those statements as unpatriotic or radical.