Showing posts from October 11, 2014

More bears killed in Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam in 2013/2014

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[It boils down to the fact that our government would rather kill bears than fine negligent home owners or in any way slow the profits of developers whose projects encroach on wildlife habitat. *RON*]

by Diane Strandberg - The Tri-City News, 10 October 2014

The Tri-Cities continue to be a hot spot for bears as hungry bruins make their way from greenways into neighbourhoods, with the number of destroyed bears continuing to climb.

Statistics made available by the Ministry of Environment show as many as nine bears were destroyed in Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam in 2013/2014 (the only cities where numbers were available), up from seven killed bears in 2012/13.

As well the number of complaints is up — from 1,761 in Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam last year to 1,925 this year.

In all, 10 bears were destroyed in the 2013/14 year, compared to eight in 2012/13. All but one, which likely died in an accident, were bears considered a safety risk because they were h…

Constitutional showdown: Kinder Morgan and Burnaby battle over cities' say on pipelines

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[Basic democratic issues are at stake. The municipality's claim is that "cities have responsibilities, enshrined in provincial constitutions, to protect citizens from fire and traffic dangers, as well as to conserve city parks and waterways from environmental harm. The construction, planning and operation of oil pipelines are therefore inherently within city jurisdictions..." The counter-claim by industry is that "It is fairly basic -- municipal bylaws do not trump federal legislation." The Province is studiously ignoring the entire situation. *RON*]
Mychaylo Prystupa, Vancouver Observer, 10 October 2014
In a legal clash being eyed across the country, the City of Burnaby and Kinder Morgan took their intense battle over the $5.4-billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion to a National Energy Board hearing in Calgary on Thursday.

The constitutional dispute could decide if Canadian cities have a say over the pipeline transport…

VIEW FROM ABROAD: Europeans challenge Germany on austerity

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[It's becoming less a question of "Will the worm turn?" than of "When will the worm turn?" *RON*]
By Shada Islam, The Dawn (Pakistan), 11 October 2014

WITH apologies to Jane Austen, it’s (also) a truth universally acknowledged that Germany is Europe’s undisputed leader. Its powerful economy, large population, mostly stable politics and mostly responsible politicians assure that Berlin looms large over the European Union landscape.

Nothing happens in the EU without Germany’s blessing. For years that was a good thing. It isn’t any longer.

Whisper it softly but Germany’s EU partners are getting a little fed up with Berlin’s writ. This is especially the case when it comes to agreement on how best to bring economic growth back into the flagging 28 EU economies.

Germany’s focus on austerity is coming under harsh criticism — some of it veiled, some of it open — for jeopardising Europe’s economic recovery.

Disaffection with Germany is …

Why is the recovery so weak? It’s the austerity, stupid.

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["...real government spending per capita has been falling faster now than any time since the Korean War demobilization." *RON*]

By Matt O'Brien October 10 at 2:04 PM 

Welcome to Austerity U.S.A., where the deficit is back below 3 percent of GDP and growth is still disappointing—which aren't unrelated facts.

It started when the stimulus ran out. Then state and local governments had to balance their budgets amidst a still-weak economy. And finally, there was the debt ceiling deal with its staggered $2.1 trillion of cuts over the next decade. Add it all up, and there's been a big fiscal tightening the past few years, something like 4 percent of potential GDP. Indeed, as Paul Krugman points out, real government spending per capita has been falling faster now than any time since the Korean War demobilization.

And, as you can see above, all this austerity has been hurting GDP growth since 2011. It shows the Hutchins Center's new …