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Judge relieves B.C. man from mandatory prison time: Federal sentencing law has ‘no force’ in B.C.

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[Harper is trying to emulate the US War on Drugs here in Canada - the Charter is often the only thing reigning in his far-right views. He must truly despise the Charter of Rights. Also, as I've said before, I doubt if there has been another prime minister who has spent so much of his time (and our money) fighting the public in the courts. *RON*]

MIKE HOWELL / VANCOUVER COURIER, FEBRUARY 19, 2014 02:58 PM
A Vancouver provincial court judge ruled Wednesday that applying the Harper government’s mandatory minimum sentence law of one year in prison to a small-time drug dealer constitutes “cruel and unusual punishment” and declared it to be “of no force and effect” in B.C.

B.C. LNG Vision 'Way Behind Schedule': Expert

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[It has already been shown that the rates of returns is likely to be far lower than the Liberals think, and now, besides this, they are getting to the table far too slowly. Financial genius. *RON*]
CP | By James Keller, The Canadian PressPosted: 02/19/2014 2:22 pm EST


VANCOUVER - British Columbia is behind schedule on Premier Christy Clark's much-ballyhooed liquefied natural gas plans, says one industry expert.

The Liberal government released the first details in this week's budget about how it will cash in on the LNG boom, but Zoher Meratla says the province is already lagging.

"It is way behind schedule," Meratla, a B.C.-based expert in the LNG industry, said in an interview Wednesday. "I don't see why it has taken so long."

UW researchers: We can’t geoengineer our way out of global warming

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[It's worth knowing the rebuttals to this stuff, since people seriously propose this "solution" on a regular basis. *RON*]

Posted on February 18, 2014 by Jake Ellison
Our industrial technology is creating global warming, so why can’t our inventions and engineering genius build a machine to get us out if it?

How Much Does Western Canada Subsidize Fracking?

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[Check out the independently rated global revenue risk rankings, which shows BC to be dead last in terms of the Liberals likelihood of realizing earnings on their royalty regime. *RON*]

Compared to US gov'ts, which take home a greater percentage of revenue, quite a bit.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, Today, TheTyee.ca

The technique of horizontal drilling has doubled or even tripled the percentage of crude oil that industry now extracts from formerly uneconomic basins in Western Canada.

Of about 3,000 oil wells planted in Alberta in 2012, 77 per cent were horizontal wells that blasted tight rocks with multi-stage hydraulic fracturing to coax out hydrocarbons, according to the Alberta Energy Regulator.

Over the first eight months of last year, regulators licensed nearly 6,000 horizontal wells in western Canada in total or nearly 72 per cent of all wells.

More and more, the pace of such fracking activity is supported by heavy government subsidies and incentives to in…

Suspended senator Patrick Brazeau lands new gig at Ottawa strip joint

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[Once again, you just can't make this stuff up. *RON*]

By The Canadian Press, Posted: 02/19/2014 12:32 pm EST, Updated: 02/19/2014 12:59 pm EST

OTTAWA - Patrick Brazeau has gone from the upper chamber to helping run a strip club.

The suspended senator, who faces criminal charges over the Senate expense scandal, is now working at an Ottawa strip joint.

Brazeau was spotted inside the Barefax Gentlemen's Club on Tuesday, but he declined to speak to reporters camped outside the establishment.

A man who answered the phone at the Barefax earlier in the day confirmed Brazeau now works there.

A second man who identified himself as the brother of one of the owners says he wants to speak to Brazeau before making any comment.

Earlier this month, the RCMP charged Brazeau and former senator Mac Harb with one count each of fraud and breach of trust in relation to their travel and living expense claims.

B.C. Budget 2014: About that LNG Prosperity Fund

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[Fairy tales. Even their most optimistic estimates -- which the article shows are very unlikely to materialize -- don't bring half of what they have promised the electorate. *RON*]
BY MARC LEE, FEBRUARY 19, 2014

Budget 2014 contains some new information about how the province intends to pay for all of the ponies B.C. children have been promised from LNG riches. Alas, there is not much there -- a three page text box that mostly restates the hype on LNG -- and from what has been revealed it looks a whole lot like the "competitiveness" of the industry (read: low taxes, few regulations) will trump achieving lasting benefits for British Columbians.

Canada is headed in the wrong direction, majority says in poll

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[Stephen Harper's motto has always been "When I want your opinion, I'll give it to you." *RON*]

JOSH WINGROVE, Ottawa — The Globe and Mail

Support for Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government is dropping sharply, according to a new poll showing a majority of Canadians believe the country is headed in the wrong direction.

The Nanos Research poll also shows 56 per cent of people rate the government’s 2013 performance as “somewhat poor” or “very poor,” a far higher share than the poll had found in earlier years. In particular, 44 per cent of respondents in the Prairies said the government’s 2013 performance was “very poor,” signalling unrest in the Harper Conservatives’ backyard.