Press Clipping: A group of environmentalists worried about climate change delivered their message Sunday to federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau during a Chester fundraising stop. A dozen community activists held a brief and peaceful protest outside a $500-a-plate Liberal fundraising event at the seaside home of real estate developer Jon Dimock.
In the Media
Press Clipping: You can now add a Hollywood heavyweight to the list of people calling for Prime Minister Stephen Harper to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Actor Leonardo DiCaprio called on Canada's leader to take the plunge after he had a bucket of ice water dumped over his head, alongside the leaders of several Alberta First Nations. DiCaprio, currently on tour in Alberta's oilsands, answered David Beckham's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge while visiting Fort Chipewyan last Friday.
Press Clipping: The State Department just released documents revealing a scheme by Canadian tar sands giant Enbridge to bypass the Presidential Permit process for expansion of its Alberta Clipper tar sands pipeline. “With no public notice, the State Department has shockingly backtracked on its commitment to require environmental review and approval before more dirty tar sands oil enters the United States through Minnesota,” said Marc Fink, a Minnesota-based attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity.
Press Clipping: The Canadian federal government’s $24 million, taxpayer-funded international oil sands ad campaign was a failure. It was intended to boost American support for tar sands crude and the pipelines that would take it south by convincing U.S. policymakers that "Canada is a secure, reliable, and responsible supplier of crude oil" and other resources. All it did was waste taxpayer money and convince Americans that Canadians are their friends.
Press Clipping: Just tell people you haven't gotten around to reading the report yet. Because if you haven't read it, it hasn't happened yet. That appears to be the Conservatives' bright idea on how to defend themselves against Tuesday's damning Transporation Safety Board report that concluded Transport Canada's weak oversight was a cause and contributing factor in last year's Lac-Mégantic train derailment that killed 47 people.
Press Clipping: The current trajectories of Canada’s predominant political economies are increasingly dysfunctional, due in no small part to the fact that we have become, in many respects, a petro state, rather than the much vaunted “Energy Superpower” that we were promised. While Alberta is not a sovereign nation, it does qualify for “petro-state” status under these criterion. So does Norway. But the differences between the two polities ends there. While Norway manages its resource wealth extraordinarily well, Alberta — and Canada, by extension — does not.
Press Clipping: One of Canada’s top biologists says he will not stop talking to the media after a government memo accused him of bias and speaking out of turn about the environmental impact of Alberta’s oilsands. Queen’s University professor John Smol said he was shocked and outraged to learn of an internal government memo criticizing him over comments he made to reporters about a study on lakes near the oilsands. Smol’s response? “They cannot stop me from talking about research done in my lab."
Press Clipping: An effort to significantly reduce global CO2 emissions would likely cause the price of oil to fall, and with it, oil sands development. A full economic analysis gives a strong probability that humanity would not be rapidly expanding oil sands if it were serious about acting effectively on the costs and benefits of carbon pollution. That is one, but not the only, of our reasons for calling for a moratorium on oil sands expansion.