Showing posts from April 23, 2014

Over 2.7 million people now demanding leaders Stop The Secrecy before it's too late

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[Click on the links below to add your voice to the opposition against the secrecy of the Trans-Pacific Partnership so-called trade agreement (it is in reality a corporate rights over peoples' rights agreement). *RON*]
By Josh Tabish,, April 22, 2014

Today is the big day. Together with our partners at Daily Kos, Fight for the Future, Roots Action, and Demand Progress, OpenMedia has launched Stop The Secrecy -- a huge international campaign calling for an end to the excessive secrecy around the Trans-Pacific Partnership. You can see it for yourself at

To amplify our message, we have attracted support with the help of dozens of groups from across the political spectrum -- including -- to make Stop The Secrecy one of the largest online campaigns ever. Together with major collaborators ranging from Avaaz to Reddit, over 2.7 million people have spoken out against fast tracking the secretive TPP withou…

Kitimat Council votes 4-1 to oppose Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline

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[Kitimat council cannot stop the project, but it certainly has a democratic right to let Harper and the Canadian public know its position on the matter. *RON*]
Jenny Uechi, Vancouver Observer, Apr 23rd, 2014

The District of Kitimat Council voted April 22 to formally oppose the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline, upholding the recent town plebiscite to reject the controversial pipeline.

Mayor Joanne Monaghan, Councillors Phil Germuth, Mario Feldhoff and Rob Goffinet voted in favour of the motion by Germuth. Two councillors were absent that day due to illness, and Councillor Edwin Empinado voted against the motion, saying he wanted the Council to remain neutral on the issue. He also said the municipality had no power to say 'no' to the pipeline, as the final decision remained with the federal government.

Ministry of the Environment quietly approves up to 20-fold coal export expansion on Texada Island

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[Another piece of "let's do this quietly and see who notices" insanity from the Christy Clark government. Independent lab tests show high levels of arsenic in coal found on the beach, causing locals to fear health risks if coal exports are increased dramatically -- "within an hour and a half...we managed to collect about 70 pounds of coal." *RON*]
Erin Flegg, Vancouver Observer, Apr 22nd, 2014

Finding coal washed ashore on the beach
A group of residents of Texada Island, BC, are alarmed by news that the BC Ministry of Energy and Mines quietly approved permit amendment that allows the Lafarge Canada coal plant on Texada Island to expand its exports up to 20 times its current rate.

The group has already found chunks of coal washed up on the beach -- meaning that the mine was breaking its permit regulations and allowing coal into the water.

“There were larger chunks of coal scattered among the gravel and rocks alongside the v…

Obama's Keystone XL delay forces Harper into the "choose first" hot seat

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[Good summary of the strategic quandry this puts Harper into. *RON*]
Barry Saxifrage, Vancouver Observer, Apr 22nd, 2014

You first, Stephen.

Yet another procedural delay means US President Barack Obama won't have to decide on the controversial Keystone XL tar sands pipeline until sometime next year. Before then, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper must decide on one -- and possibly two -- bitterly-fought and politically-toxic tar sands pipelines in his own nation:
by June 2014, Enbridge Northern Gateway to Kitimat March 2015, Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain to Port of Vancouver, BC. Back when Obama had to decide first, Harper famously chided the US President for delaying his own politically-toxic tar sands pipeline decision by calling it a "complete no-brainer". One has to wonder if Harper still feels that way now that he has to lead off?