Showing posts from January 15, 2015

Canada won’t commit to meet U.S. methane cuts

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[We have become something sad and unrecognizable. *RON*]
Derrick, West Coast Native News, 14 January 2015

OTTAWA – Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford says he welcomes tough new U.S. oil and gas regulations on methane emissions announced by the White House and calls Canada a “willing partner.”

However the Conservative government says it will take time to understand the impact of the new rules and it has not committed to matching the American regulations, which are designed to slash methane emissions by almost half their 2012 levels by the year 2025.

Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas, far more potent than carbon dioxide, and is emitted in significant volumes in flaring and venting from oil and gas operations.

Last month, Prime Minister Stephen Harper stressed that it would be crazy for Canada to get out of alignment with its largest trading partner by imposing unilateral emissions regulations on Canada’s oil and gas sector.

That could paint his…

Less Than 2 Percent Of Terrorist Attacks In The E.U. Are Religiously Motivated

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[I would not have guessed 2%! *RON*]

By Beenish Ahmed, Think Progress, 8 January 2015

The murdering spree by two gunmen on the offices of a French satirical magazine have incited horror across the world. That’s completely justified. But what’s been lost in the mass outpourings of solidarity and condemnations of barbarity is the fact that so few of the terrorist attacks carried out in European Union countries are related to Islamist militancy. In fact, in the last five year, less than 2 percent of all terrorist attacks in the E.U. have been “religiously motivated.”

In 2013, there were 152 terrorist attacks in the EU. Two of them were “religiously motivated.” In 2012, there were 219 terrorist attacks in EU countries, six of them were “religiously motivated.”

In 2011, not one of the 174 terrorist attacks in EU countries in 2011 were “affiliated or inspired” by terrorist organizations. 2010, 249 terrorist attacks,three of them were considered by Europo…

Oil projects worth billions put on hold

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[As the oil industry crashes and burns everything is still swell in Harperland, and the Canadian budget will still balance. Joe Oliver is telling us that either or both of these things is true: a) the budget will be balanced over the dead body of the average Canadian, and/or b) the original budget numbers were a pure fairy tale. *RON*]

Christopher Adams and Michael Kavanagh, Financial Times, 14 January 2015
Billions of dollars of spending on oil and petrochemicals projects has been scrapped or put on hold, with Royal Dutch Shell and UK-based Premier Oil announcing the first big cost-cutting moves of 2015 after a brutal slide in crude prices.

The Anglo-Dutch oil major on Wednesday abandoned plans for one of the world’s biggest petrochemical plants, a $6.5bn project with Qatar Petroleum, blaming “the current economic climate prevailing in the energy industry”.

Its move came as Premier said it would delay a final decision on whether to proceed with th…

John Baird Says Raif Badawi Flogging Punishment Violates Freedom Of Expression

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[By contrast, when the Canadian government strikes at freedom of speech by muzzling scientists, using CRA audits to attack civil society, attacking academics and officials who speak out, and further criminalising dissent in Canada that is great for democracy, right? *RON*]
By Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press / Huffington Post, 14 January 2015

OTTAWA - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has publicly denounced the flogging of a Saudi blogger, calling for clemency in the case.

In a statement, the minister responded for the first time to the sentence handed down last May to blogger Raif Badawi, who received 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes after he criticized Saudi Arabia's clerics on a liberal blog he founded.

The first 50 of those lashes were delivered last Friday; Badawi is expected to receive 50 more every week for the next 19 weeks.

"Canada is deeply concerned by the public flogging of Raif Badawi. This punishment is a violation of …

Federal Court: Canada Acted Unconstitutionally in Ramming Through 2012 Environmental Law Changes

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[This took two years to wend its way through the courts. The widespread gutting of environmental laws that happened as part of the Trojan Horse of the Conservative's 2012 omnibus budget bill has been deemed unconstitutional. But, other than saying "This Federal Court decision should be a wake-up call for the federal government," I'm unclear as to what the actual implications are. I've sent them an email asking about this and will let you know what they say. In a related case: Judge clearly sided with Manitoba Hydro’s economic interests over Constitutional claims*RON*]
Monday, December 22, 2014

VANCOUVER, COAST SALISH TERRITORIES– The Federal Court of Canada has ruled that Canada failed to uphold its constitutional duties to the Mikisew Cree First Nation when it rammed through sweeping changes to federal environmental laws in 2012. West Coast Environmental Law congratulates the Mikisew Cree on their successful legal challe…

More state power, not free speech, the likeliest we-are-Charlie result

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[In our world, the response to terrorism is totalitarianism and the surveillance state. The politicians talk about free speech, and they're all thinking "more police state." A renewed war on terror seems to be what's on most Western governments' minds.


By Neil Macdonald, CBC News 13 January 2015

Well, everyone must at least feel better now, having chanted and declared for days that we're all Charlie.

It was, or it seemed, a cry for freedom of speech, ringing outward from one of the world's first secular democracies.

In reality, though, with all due respect to the sentiment behind it, Sunday's great march through the centre of Paris, and others like it around the world, must qualify as one of the greatest collective acts of slacktivism so far this century.

And the consequences of all this outrage may be far from what the protesters intended.

Think about it: just whom were these marchers addressing? The exec…