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Poor doors: the segregation of London's inner-city flat dwellers

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[Astounding. Developers were forced to include a certain number of affordable housing units in their projects. So they created a separate entrance in the alleyway for poor people to enter by. "Even bicycle storage spaces, rubbish disposal facilities and postal deliveries are being separated." A flashback to the Bad Old Days: 


Hilary OsborneThe Guardian, 25 July 2014
Multimillion pound housing developments in London are segregating less well-off tenants from wealthy homebuyers by forcing them to use separate entrances.

A Guardian investigation has discovered a growing trend in the capital's upmarket apartment blocks – which are required to include affordable homes in order to win planning permission – for the poorer residents to be forced to use alternative access, a phenomenon being dubbed "poor doors". Even bicycle storage spaces, rubbish disposal facilities and postal deliveries are being separated.

Enbridge falls short of pledge

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[Via my friend Jim; this speaks powerfully to the credibility of Enbridge testimony to the NEB concerning the world class protections built into the Northern Gateway proposal. "It was observed multiple construction mitigation measures committed to by Enbridge in its Environmental Protection Plan (EPP) to conserve topsoil, control erosion and manage drainage were not implemented," said the inspection report posted on the NEB website. *RON*]

By Stephen Ewart, Calgary Herald, 26 July 2014
Enbridge's commitment to safety and environmental protection is looking a little shaky after the National Energy Board stopped work along a crude oil pipeline in Manitoba following an inspection that turned up "numerous non-compliances" around maintenance.

The NEB's concerns are with the land around Line 3 near Cromer, Man., not the actual pipe or the $7.5-billion project to replace the half-century-old pipeline.

To be clear, no oil spille…

Demonstrators vow to "Up the Noise" to protect Howe Sound from LNG development

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[The Future of Howe Sound Society held a rally Sunday to to raise awareness about the proposed industrial developments along the Sea to Sky corridor including the possibility of an LNG facility at Woodfibre. *RON*]
Joshua Hergesheimer, Vancouver Observer, Jul 28th, 2014

The Future of Howe Sound Society drew boaters and water enthusiasts Sunday to the Thornborough Channel on the north end of Gambier Island for a rally to raise awareness about the proposed developments along the Sea to Sky corridor, including timber harvesting, a waste-to-energy plant, a gravel crushing facility and an LNG loading terminal.

Speakers told attendees that these types of industries are not a good fit for the Howe Sound, an area treasured for its natural beauty. They said that BC and Canada have invested tens of millions of dollars into attracting tourists to the region through the Squamish Visitors Centre, the new gondola near the Chief and the upgrades made to the hi…

TransCanada pipeline contractors 'evicted' again in BC's north

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["Your equipment will be confiscated if you try to return," said a masked protester to contractors doing prep work for pipelines to proposed LNG terminals. *RON*]

Mychaylo Prystupa and Jenny Uechi, Vancouver Observer, Jul 25th, 2014

An online video shows Wet’suwet’en protesters from the Unist'ot'en Camp peacefully evicting several TransCanada contract pipeline workers from their traditional Aboriginal territory on Tuesday. The region is where First Nations have been intensifying "direct actions" against several multi-billion-dollar pipelines for oil and LNG export for months now.

"Your equipment will be confiscated if you try to return," said an unidentified masked man, as he approached a company helicopter.

"You know TransCanada is not allowed on the territory, right?" he also asked other crews on patrol.

BC and China sign MOU to allow foreign workers to expand LNG industry

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[The Chinese would do the entire project by themselves if they could get away with it, so it will be interesting to see how the debate unfolds over the interpretation of the phrase "wherever possible." See also More trades training in B.C. will mean jobs for proposed LNG industry: ministers. Take note: 272 new training seats with no guarantees of actual apprenticeships for a projected 100,000 jobs in LNG alone. *RON*]
Jenny Uechi, Vancouver Observer, Jul 28th, 2014

B.C. and China have signed a memorandum of understanding that will bring foreign workers, if needed, to help build the province's growing LNG industry.

The agreement reads:
"The Participants will, in accordance with their respective applicable laws and regulations, and respecting the priority of hiring domestic labour whenever possible, work together with the appropriate authorities to secure and facilitate the entry of foreign workers." The 16 proposed LNG p…