Earthgauge News: Interview with journalist Paul McKay about pipeline economics in Canada

https://earthgauge.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/paulmckay-part1-forair.mp3 https://earthgauge.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/paulmckay-part2-forair.mp3 Time and time again, we hear from politicians that we need more pipelines to get Alberta’s oil to new markets. But Paul Mckay, an award-winning journalist who has looked at this issue closely, says this is all a shell game, smoke and mirrors designed to distract us from what’s really going on. McKay ...

The Disaffected Lib: Speaking Truth to Powerful Fools

She’s the bain of the Oil Patch and every greasy, dishonest petro-pol in Canada, Justin Trudeau and Rachel Notley very much included. Robyn Allan is a force to be reckoned with. She’s had a distinguished career as an economist. She has been President and CEO of the Insurance Corp of British Columbia, VP-Finance of Parklane ...

The Disaffected Lib: What Do The Tyee, the National Observer, DeSmogBlog and Elizabeth Warren Have in Common?

That’s pretty easy. They’re all British Columbian and, collectively, they have laid bare the scam that the Trudeau government is perpetrating on this province so that it can force through the Trans Mountain bitumen pipeline. We all know the election campaign promises Trudeau used to hoodwink British Columbians into voting Liberal. The business about social ...

Song of the Watermelon: National Post Letter

In today’s National Post, I’ve got another letter to the editor on everyone’s favourite topic: the Trans Mountain pipeline. (I’ll stop repeating myself once people start listening!) My letter appears only in the print edition, so I cannot provide a link. Accordingly, here is the full text: The pipeline crisis Re: PM takes right tack ...

The Disaffected Lib: What We Need to See For Starters

Even double hulled ships can founder in many ways. Their hulls can still be pierced by rocky projections, especially if they’re battered against those rocks repeatedly in stormy seas. They can lose steerage. It does happen. They can suffer engine failure at a critical moment. Fires always pose a problem given that tankers are full ...

The Disaffected Lib: At Last, An Ally. Merci, Quebec.

Let’s hit bully boy Justin where it hurts, in his home province of Quebec, where the government has come out swinging in support of British Columbia. The first and, to date, only province that has rallied to our side. Quebec politicians are speaking out against Ottawa’s intention to override British Columbia in its opposition to ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

This and that for your weekend reading. – Simon Enoch offers his take on Saskatchewan’s latest budget – including what little the Saskatchewan Party has learned, and how much it’s still getting wrong: (W)hile the 2018 budget is more measured in that it doesn’t replicate a 2017 budget that saw cuts and tax increases land disproportionately ...

Politics and its Discontents: Last Gasps?

Some days, writing this blog is quite easy, as I only have to turn to the letters page of my newspaper to aggregate the well-considered thoughts of my fellow Canadians. Today is such a day. To believe our Prime Minister, we can have our economic and environmental cake served upon the same plate. His fatuous ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Afternoon Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Sean Farrell reports on a new OECD study recommending the application of inheritance taxes to reduce wealth inequality. – And Harry Quilter-Pinner discusses Finland’s confirmation that the obvious solution to homelessness – providing housing to people who need it – is also the best. – Nicole Goodkind analyzes ...

Politics and its Discontents: Defining The National Interest

As the video included in yesterday’s post shows, Justin Trudeau likes to defend the twinning of the Trans Mountain pipeline as in ‘the national interest.” The term itself is a contentious one, given its nebulous nature. For the Prime Minister, it seems to mean economic growth, moving Alberta’s bitumen to port, and bolstering Rachel Notley’s ...

Politics and its Discontents: As The Mask Slips Away

My late father-in-law, a man of deep conviction and integrity, was fond of this saying: “Socialism for the rich, capitalism for the poor.” Although he did not originate the adage, he felt it firmly described the thinking of those who control the levers of power, our governments. And now that his mask is slipping away, ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Ashley Renders reports on the Canadian mining companies which are using corporate trade deals to threaten developing countries with billion-dollar claims to stifle environmental protections. And Mike Blanchfield and Andy Blatchford report that China wants any trade deals to similarly privilege investors alone while making no allowances ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Linda Givetash reports on the increasing cost and decreasing availability of housing in Canada. And Patrick Greenfield and Sarah March note that an appalling increase in the number of homeless people in the UK is being reflected in the number of deaths on the street. – Tithi Bhattacharya ...

Politics and its Discontents: That Was Then; This Is Now

Funny about campaign promises. Most people take them with a large grain of salt, yet once in awhile, large segments of us are drawn in by the hope for a better day, hope fueled by an earnest politician who seems intent on upending the traditional shoddy, cynical and ultimately heart-breaking way of doing things that ...

Politics and its Discontents: That’s Another Fine Mess He’s Gotten Himself Into

In a post yesterday, The Mound offered a searing assessment of Justin Trudeau’s abject failure on the climate-change file. Only the most ardent acolytes of the Prime Minister will fail to see that his soaring rhetoric has far outpaced his level of achievement. Says Mound: Raising public awareness about climate change as needed to secure ...

In-Sights: Postmedia distortions

Postmedia’s Colby Cosh demonstrates the truth of Jefferson’s quote, “The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.”

In-Sights: Inevitable change

This weekend, Kinder Morgan Canada Limited (KML) suspended all “non-essential activities and related spending” on its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. They blamed “continued actions in opposition to the project.” That’s only part of the story…

The Disaffected Lib: And the Arsehole of the Day Award Goes to – Deron Bilous

He’s Rachel Notley’s minister of economic development and trade, “Bilious Daren” Bilous. Minister Bilous wins the Arsehole of the Day Award for referring to his fellow NDP legislators in British Columbia as “a bunch of shitheads” during a meeting with municipal politicians in Edmonton. Bilous says he ought to have used “more diplomatic” language. Actually, ...

In-Sights: Questions

With which group will Justin Trudeau identify? This one? Or, this one? It was sponsored by subsidized fossil fuel and extractive industries and held on the edge of Vancouver’s inner harbour, one of the places in British Columbia and Washington put at greater risk if dilbit shipments increase. Credit: Bob Mackin, http://thebreaker.news/ Was Trudeau’s Paris commitment ...

Song of the Watermelon: Of Premiers and Pipelines

In an interview with the National Observer last week, Justin Trudeau raised more than a few eyebrows by comparing B.C. premier John Horgan to former Saskatchewan premier and climate policy obstructionist Brad Wall. “Similarly and frustratingly,” said the prime minister, “John Horgan is actually trying to scuttle our national plan on fighting climate change. By ...

In-Sights: Fossil fuel pollution we forget

After Canada’s federal government and its energy regulator chose to examine broader environmental effects of Trans Mountain’s Energy East pipelines, including upstream and downstream emissions, the American owned company abandoned the project. According to Alberta politicians and their fossil fuel puppeteers, investigating all impacts of oil and gas development are an “attack on Alberta.” They prefer ...

In-Sights: BC’s failing grade in climate change

In a report issued today, Auditor General Carol Bellringer says the BC government is not adequately managing risks posed by climate change. She finds: Government has work underway to adapt to climate change, but more needs to be done. Government has not comprehensively assessed the risks posed by climate change, and doesn’t have a plan to ...

The Disaffected Lib: Great. Now Notley Imagines She’s Speaking for All Canadians. You Too?

Rachel Notley is taking to the interwebs in her war with British Columbia. If it’s war B.C. wants, it’s war she’ll get. Now the Alberta premier, speaking for Alberta and all Canadians (including you, I guess) is going to expose the recalcitrant coastal curmudgeons, damned hippies and geriatric draft dodgers,  as never before. Speaking to ...

Song of the Watermelon: Globe and Mail Letter

In today’s Globe and Mail, you will find a letter from me (fourth from the top, under the heading “In the national interest”) relating the present interprovincial pipeline kerfuffle to global efforts efforts to solve the climate crisis. Never hurts to remind ourselves how much is really at stake.

Alberta Politics: The Alberta NDP’s Sour Grapes Strategy will only strengthen Coastal B.C.’s nearly universal opposition to pipelines

PHOTOS: Grape vines grow in B.C.’s beautiful Okanagan Valley, one of the prime wine producing regions of the world (Photo: Kelowna Wine & Cuisine Flickr, Creative Commons). Below: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, B.C. Premier John Horgan, and Alberta Opposition Leader Jason Kenney. With Alberta’s Sour Grapes Strategy, the official boycott of wine from British Columbia ...