Alberta Politics: TransCanada pulls the plug on Energy East: the fallout in Alberta will be measurable

PHOTOS: Protesters opposed to the Energy East Pipeline project in Montreal last summer (Photo: Radio Canada). Below: United Conservative Party leadership contender Brian Jean, Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, Canadian prime ministers Trudeau, Pierre and Justin, and sometime UCP leadership candidate Jeff Callaway. It’s been quite obvious for some time now to ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Matthew Yglesias offers his take on how to strengthen the U.S.’ economy through full employment and improved wage and family benefits. And Richard Florida discusses how everybody can benefit if an increasingly important service sector starts to provide higher wages and better work: The only way to close ...

The Canadian Progressive: Approval of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline was based on faulty assumptions

One of the key faulty assumptions underlying Canada’s approval of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline is that Alberta’s bitumen is being unfairly discounted by U.S. buyers and that its price can be maximized by getting it to Asian markets. The post Approval of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline was based on faulty assumptions appeared first ...

Alberta Politics: Rachel Notley’s tough talk on pipelines evokes the Peter Lougheed Era of energy policy confrontation

PHOTOS: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley at yesterday’s news conference in Edmonton. (Photo: Chris Schwarz, Government of Alberta) Below: Earth scientist David Hughes (Post Carbon Institute photo), B.C. Premier Christy Clark (B.C. Government photo), and B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan. Using language that, intentionally or not, evoked the Peter Lougheed Era of Tory energy policy confrontation ...

Alberta Politics: Alberta’s carbon tax: Science is political when it doesn’t suit Wildrose agenda; politics is scientific when it does

PHOTOS: Alberta Environment Minister Shannon Phillips at yesterday’s Edmonton press conference on the imposition Jan. 1 of the NDP Government’s carbon tax. Below: Wildrose Electricity and Renewables Critic Don MacIntyre. Both are CBC photos. Alberta has had a carbon tax for two days now and as Environment Minister Shannon Phillips observed at a news conference ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Field notes: A week of pipeline action and cross-Canada solidarity

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 Staff Counsel Eugene Kung recounts an action-packed week preparing for – and responding to – the federal government's approval of the Kinder Morgan tar sands pipeline and tankers proposal. This is your friend Eugene, blogging from 9,753 metres in the sky. I’m writing on my way home after a full and ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: West Coast Conversations: 6 questions that define the fight against Kinder Morgan

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 West Coast Staff Counsel Eugene Kung sat down with Senior Communications and Engagement Specialist Alexis Stoymenoff to discuss the recent report released by the Ministerial Panel on the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline and tankers project. Here’s what Eugene had to say about the report, and the six key questions it poses in ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Your guide to Canada’s environmental law reviews

Thursday, November 10, 2016 In June 2016, the government announced a sweeping review of federal environmental laws – including Canada's environmental assessment (EA) law and processes, the Fisheries Act, Navigation Protection Act, and National Energy Board. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to help shape Canada’s environmental laws and to contribute to decisions that affect land, ...

We Pivot: Let’s Fix Canada’s Green Energy Posture

Ok, there are clearly two problems with Justin Harper’s approach to green energy, among so many others. Here, read this, then read on to see what Canada should look like: The declining cost of rooftop solar panels — down over 90 per cent since 2000 — has offered hope for increasing small-scale electricity generation. Industry ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Faith restored? Kinder Morgan Ministerial Panel consultation wraps up

Thursday, October 20, 2016 The report from the Ministerial Panel on Kinder Morgan's proposed pipeline project is expected on November 1, 2016. This report will be considered by Federal Cabinet in its upcoming decision on the project, along with the upstream greenhouse gas analysis, the flawed National Energy Board report, and any further information arising from ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: A Review of the Review of Reviews: A Participants’ Guide to the Federal EA Review

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 In mid-September, an expert panel appointed by the federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change (the Panel) launched a public review of Canada’s environmental assessment processes (the EA Review). While the Panel and its secretariat have attempted to broadcast how the public and Indigenous groups can participate in the EA Review, ...

Alberta Politics: It can’t help the oil-well drillers’ campaign that ‘Bernard the Roughneck’ appeared in 2014 theatrical production

PHOTOS: Neal Hancock, nowadays better known as Bernard the Roughneck, with his co-star in a 2014 theatrical production in Quebec’s Eastern Townships. The play was about a boot-maker who had his foot amputated. Below: Lakeland MP Shannon Stubbs (from her Facebook account), Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors President Mark Scholz (from the CAODC’s website), ...

Alberta Politics: Wildrose leader’s public spat with the mayor of Montreal may not help, but it’s likely to continue

PHOTOS: Wildrose Opposition leader Brian Jean has been giving Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre the sink-eye again lately. Below: Mr. Coderre, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Don’t expect Alberta Opposition Leader Brian Jean’s public spat with Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre, which has flared up again recently, to end any time soon. After all, ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – John Milloy discusses the difference between trade and corporate control – while noting that recent “trade agreements” have tended to favour the latter without being the subject of meaningful public debate: For far too long, elites have characterized trade discussions as too complicated for the general public to ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Why navigation protection is also environmental protection

Tuesday, July 5, 2016 The Canadian government has announced that the House Standing Committee on Transportation will soon be starting its review of the Navigation Protection Act. Unfortunately, Transport Minister Marc Garneau, in announcing the review, downplayed expectations that the government would restore lost environmental protections to a wide range of rivers and endorsed the previous government’s views ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Federal government reviews of environmental laws: Processes where people matter

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 On June 20, the federal government unveiled a wide-ranging review of the dramatic weakening of Canada’s environmental laws made in 2012 by our previous administration and affirmed its intention to build stronger, modern environmental safeguards for nature and democracy. While at first blush, "process to review environmental laws" may not sound ...

The Canadian Progressive: Squamish Nation files Federal Court challenge against Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

The Squamish Nation has launched a court challenge against the National Energy Board’s approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. The British Columbia-based First Nation filed the challenge in the the Federal Court of Appeal in Vancouver. The post Squamish Nation files Federal Court challenge against Trans Mountain pipeline expansion appeared first on The ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Enbridge asks for another shot: Public comment period open on Northern Gateway’s request to extend its expiring federal approval

Friday, June 3, 2016 The Enbridge Northern Gateway project's conditional approval is on track to expire at the end of 2016. To keep its project alive, Northern Gateway has requested a three-year extension from the National Energy Board (NEB) and federal Cabinet. Now is the time to have your say on whether Enbridge should get another ...

Cowichan Conversations: Disobedience-The Rise Of Global Fossil Fuel Resistance

  It has become crystal clear that our governments will only move as far and fast as they have to. The pressure from the corporate fossil fuel world, their bankers, and their obedient politicians Read more…

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – James Ayre points out Radoslaw Stefanski’s study as to how cutting off fossil fuel subsidies subsidies (among other public policy preferences) would go a long way toward helping a transition toward clean, renewable energy. – Mike De Souza exposes the National Energy Board’s service to the oil industry, ...

Alberta Politics: C’mon … admit it, Wildrosers! Denis Coderre’s zinger burned because it landed a little too close for comfort

PHOTOS: Welcome to Bedrock City, AB. Actual rural Wildrose ridings in Southern Alberta may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Alberta Opposition Leader Brian Jean (CBC photo), Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre, former Canadian Alliance leader Stockwell Day and Barney Rubble, MLA. It sure doesn’t look as if the pipeline safety concerns of Montreal Mayor Denis ...

The Canadian Progressive: “Immediately suspend” NEB hearings on Trans Mountain pipeline, Burnaby mayor tells Trudeau

The mayor of Burnaby wants Prime Minister Justine Trudeau to “immediately suspend” the National Energy Board (NEB)’s hearings on Kinder Morgan’s $5.4 billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion proposal. The post “Immediately suspend” NEB hearings on Trans Mountain pipeline, Burnaby mayor tells Trudeau appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Montreal Simon: How To Stop Stephen Harper from Handcuffing Justin Trudeau

As we all know, before he was defeated by the Forces of Light, dirty old King Harper made a number of last minute patronage appointments.To ensure that his legacy would live on, and that Justin Trudeau wouldn't be able to fully control his own government.For as Michael Harris writes, he will not let go of ...

The Canadian Progressive: Activists Temporarily Shut Down Enbridge’s Line 9 Pipeline

Three protesters forced Enbridge to temporarily shut down its Line 9 pipeline last week after they locked themselves to equipment a valve at Ste-Justine-de-Newton on the Québec-Ontario border. The post Activists Temporarily Shut Down Enbridge’s Line 9 Pipeline appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Montreal Simon: How To Blow Up Stephen Harper’s Patronage Appointments

In the last desperate weeks before he was crushed and humiliated, Stephen Harper,  must have thought it was a brilliant move. One that would ensure his insane policies of Total Oily Domination would continue even if he was defeated.He would stack the board of directors of the National Energy Board with patronage appointments, and make sure they ...