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Supplemental Application to Participate Notification

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[I'm on a mailing list to receive updates from Trans Mountain on their pipeline proposal. Of course it is 99.9% corporate happy-speak. But today, with all the hoopla over whether the municipality of Burnaby is going to allow them to conduct their studies and tests on Burnaby Mountain, Trans Mountain issued this terse note stating that the National Energy Board has ordered them to go back and talk with the locals some more about this one! *RON*]
Trans Mountain Web site, 3 September 2014

Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC (Trans Mountain) has been directed by the National Energy Board (NEB) to issue a Supplemental Application to Participate Notice for the proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC application to the NEB for approval to construct and operate the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. The Supplemental Application to Participate Notice is for the preferred corridor via Burnaby Mountain proposed by Trans Mountain.

All correspondence in response t…

The Kochs’ Political Ad Machine

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[One every ten ads in the current Senate race were paid for by the Koch brothers, while they hide behind "benign and credible" sounding organizational names such as Americans for Prosperity, the American Energy AllianceConcerned Veterans for America, the Freedom Partners Chamber of CommerceGeneration Opportunity, and the 60 Plus Association. *RON*]
By Michael Beckel, Slate, 4 September 2014

The secretive political network of conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch has aired more than 43,900 television ads this election cycle in an attempt to help Republicans take control of the Senate in the upcoming November election. That amounts to nearly 1 out of every 10 TV ads in the 2014 battle for the Senate, according to a new Center for Public Integrity analysis of data provided by Kantar Media/CMAG, an advertising tracking service, covering spending from Jan. 1, 2013, through Sunday.

The total includes the six most active nonprofi…

Mining Industry Sets Sights on Northern Europe's Fragile Wilderness

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[Stephen Harper's ears just perked up - citizens of the arctic, beware! Mining boom hitting a "point of no return," Finnish government official says. *RON*]
by Deirdre FultonCommon Dreams, September 03, 2014

Europe's fragile northern wilderness, along with the Indigenous people and animals that live there, are under imminent threat from the international mining industry, theGuardian reported Wednesday.

Species such as the lynx, bear, wolverine, wolf, and reindeer risk being harmed, as do the Lapland and Sami indigenous communities that depend on clean waters and intact habitats for subsistence fishing and game-hunting, as mining companies develop northern Finland, Sweden, and Norway in search of metals and mineral deposits.

Environmentalists say permitting is lax and supervision is practically nonexistent, making the risk of contamination and pollution run high.

The Guardian reports:
The polar mining boom, which mirrors the oil …

Harper Should Protect Consumers Instead of Agriculture Inc.

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[In other words, the free market über alles - except when corporate welfare will help to cadge money and votes for Harper. "This system isn't supporting thousands of small Canadian farmers. It's supporting a small group of agricultural industrialists who are inhaling money at Canadian consumers' expense." *RON*]
Colin Kenny, Huffington Post, 4 September 2014


Stephen Harper is known as a free market enthusiast who believes that unfettered competition is vital to any country's economic well-being. Yet the federal government continues to force Canadian families to squander in excess of $275 per family per year to protect the lucrative Canadian dairy and poultry industries.

What gives?

Sometime early in 2015 the prime minister will introduce a budget that will lower Canadians' income taxes. Tax reduction is a cynical, long-standing pre-election trick that works. Voters love tax breaks. But they obviously come at a cost -- r…

BP Found Grossly Negligent in 2010 Spill; Fines May Rise

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[Breaking news. As you'll recall, 11 people died and oil was spilled on the coasts of five states. This judgement means the company acted with "willful or wanton misconduct or reckless indifference." Fines may rise to $18 billion. *RON*]

By Margaret Cronin Fisk, Laurel Brubaker Calkins and Jef Feeley, Bloomberg, 4 September 2014

BP Plc (BP/) acted with gross negligence in setting off the biggest offshore oil spill in U.S. history, a federal judge ruled, handing down a long-awaited decision that may force the energy company to pay billions of dollars more for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier held a trial without a jury over who was at fault for the environmental catastrophe, which killed 11 people and spewed oil for almost three months into waters that touch the shores of five states. The case also included Transocean Ltd. (RIG)and Halliburton Co. (HAL), though the judge didn’t find them as responsib…

The Goldman Sachs Aluminum Conspiracy Lawsuit Is Over

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[I remember the original New York Times article. It’s over, it never happened, and besides, it was a misunderstanding — it’s perfectly legal to push prices up by buying stuff and storing it. A model explainer which takes seemingly daunting subject matter — how the aluminium market works — and brings it to life with good humour, plain English, and applied intelligence. No talking down, no half-digested jargon. All financial journalism should be like this. The footnotes, by the way, are as good as the article itself. *RON*]

By Matt Levine, Bloomberg View, 3 September 2014

Let me tell you about aluminum. Aluminum is a metal that is used to make beer cans, and also for some other things. You might want to buy aluminum for either of two reasons:
to take that aluminum and turn it into beer cans, or for "financial purposes." One big financial purpose is to hedge your future plans to make beer cans: You think aluminum looks cheap today, so you b…

Harper's View On Aboriginal Women Victims Contradicted By Reports

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[Harper's view is that violence has nothing to do with political oppression, poverty, racism or rampant drug abuse. See also Cody Legebokoff Had 'System' To Target Vulnerable Women: Crown. *RON*]
By Jennifer Ditchburn, CP / Huffington Post, 3 September 2014


OTTAWA - Dozens of federal, provincial and community studies compiled by the Conservative government appear to contradict the prime minister's contention that the problem of missing and murdered aboriginal women isn't a "sociological phenomenon."

But some in the aboriginal community don't quibble with the government's other main response to calls for a public inquiry — that there has been more than enough research.

Officials point to a non-exhaustive list of 40 studies conducted on the issue between 1996 and 2013.

A closer look at the research shows that in nearly every case, the authors or participants highlight the "root" or systemic causes of…

Former PMs Paul Martin, Joe Clark Join Forces With Aboriginal Leaders

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[A wee bit of a kick in the pants to Stephen Harper, especially from Joe Clark. A good short interview with Paul Martin accompanies the original article, but I was not able to download it to post here. *RON*]
By The Canadian Press, Huffington Post, 4 September 2014


OTTAWA - Former prime ministers and aboriginal leaders are joining forces in a bid to ease tensions between aboriginal and non-aboriginal groups.

A declaration calling for a new partnership was signed this morning by a coalition of First Nations and political leaders.

The goal of Canadians for a New Partnership is to achieve better living conditions, education, and economic opportunities for aboriginal groups — but first everyone must pledge to work together, the group says.

"Then, and only then, will we enjoy a foundation of trust sturdy enough to overcome the shame of historic harm and contemporary injustices and realize future possibility," the declaration says, according to t…