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Prince Rupert First Nations Band Rejects $1 Billion In 1st Stage Of LNG Vote

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[Incredible! Talk about standing by your beliefs! *RON*]
— By Geordon Omand, Canadian Press / Huffington Post, 6 May 2015


PORT SIMPSON, B.C. - The first of three votes on a natural gas benefit offer worth over $1 billion has been unanimously rejected by a First Nation on British Columbia's northwest coast.

All of the more than 180 eligible voters at a meeting in Port Simpson stood up to oppose the plan to build a liquefied-natural-gas pipeline and terminal in their territory, said Lax Kw'alaams band member Malcolm Sampson.

Pacific NorthWest LNG, which is mostly owned by Malaysia-based oil and gas giant Petronas, has applied to build an export terminal on Lelu Island, just south of Prince Rupert at the head of the Skeena River.

Residents have raised concerns over the project's environmental impact, citing the site's problematic location and the threat it poses to the watershed.

What’s In The Recycled Oil Field Wastewater Sprayed On California Crops?

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[You may want to re-think your purchase of California veg from the local Safeway. Now that California has used up pretty well its last drop of real water, it's now looking at selling you vegetables raised in liquefied toxic sludge. "You can't find what you don't look for," indeed! *RON*]

By Mike Gaworecki, DeSmog Blog, 7 May 2015

“You can't find what you don't look for,” UC Berkeley researcher Seth B.C.Shonkoff recently told the LA Times, referring to the chemicals that state regulators don’t know to test for in the recycled wastewater the California oil industry sells for use on crops here in the top agricultural producing state in theUS.

Chevron produces more than 10 times as much water as it does oil at its Kern River oil field in California’s Central Valley, for instance — 760,000 barrels of water a day versus 70,000 barrels of oil. Half of that water is treated and sold to the Cawelo Water District in Bakersfield…

'Pollute at Will' Bill Enjoys Widespread Support From House Republicans

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[Move to slash budgets for clean air, clean energy and climate change planning called 'totally backwards' by critics. We need to think long and hard about what democracy means. *RON*]
By Katherine Bagley, InsideClimate News, 6 May 2015

American lawmakers passed a bill last week that slashes funding for renewable energy, limits the federal government's ability to protect clean water, and prohibits agencies from planning for future climate impacts on infrastructure and military facilities. But it may prove only symbolic.

The legislation, known as the Energy and Water Appropriations bill, passed the House of Representatives 240-177, with 10 Democratic supporters, on May 1. It sets the 2016 budgets for the Department of Energy, the Army Corps of Engineers, and related agencies.

Representatives allocated $1.65 billion for renewable energy and energy efficiency, a $266 million drop from 2015 and $1 billion less than President Barack Obama had…

Conspiracy Theories Over Jade Helm Training Exercise Get Some Traction in Texas

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[The thing with this article is - remember the days when the NYT was constantly accused of a left-wing bias? - by framing this as a right-wing issue, on "the outer edges of political paranoia," they implicitly condone the slow emergence of the police state. Something that is complete anathema from a progressive viewpoint. *RON*]

By Manny Fernandez, New York Times, 6 May 2015

DALLAS — The questions being raised by right-wing bloggers and conservative commentators about a Pentagon training exercise called Jade Helm 15 traverse the outer edges of political paranoia.

The eight-week exercise starting in July and planned for locations in Texas, New Mexico, California and other Southwestern states, they say, is part of a secret plan to impose martial law, take away people’s guns, arrest political undesirables, launch an Obama-led hostile takeover of red-state Texas, or do some combination thereof.

But when Gov. Greg Abbott issued a directive to…

N.S.A. Phone Data Collection Illegal, Appeals Court Rules

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[Don't forget: we would never even have known about any of this criminal activity were it not for the 'traitor' Edward Snowden. *RON*]

By Charlie Savage, New York Times, 7 May 2015

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court in New York on Thursday ruled that the once-secret National Security Agency program that is systematically collecting Americans’ phone records in bulk is illegal. The decision comes as a fight in Congress is intensifying over whether to end and replace the program, or to extend it.

In a 97-page ruling, a three-judge panel for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that a provision of the USA Patriot Actpermitting the Federal Bureau of Investigation to collect business records deemed relevant to a counterterrorism investigation cannot be legitimately interpreted to permit the systematic bulk collection of domestic calling records.

The ruling was certain to increase the tension that has been building i…

Harper Government Left $97M Unspent On Social Services, Report Shows

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[This is the new normal for the (lying, secretive) Harper government. Rather than honestly announcing budget cuts, which they know full well will lose them votes, behind our backs they order bureaucrats to not spend the money that was approved in the public budget, thus achieving 'stealth' austerity cutbacks. *RON*]
By Dean Beeby, CBC News, 7 May 2015


The Harper government's promises to help jobless youth, the disabled, immigrants and illiterate adults fell short last year by almost $100 million.

That's the amount of so-called "lapsed" funding — money promised but never spent — at Canada's biggest social services department, Employment and Social Development Canada.

An internal report shows that in 2013-14, the department fell short by $97.1 million of its promised dollars for 16 major programs, the largest such lapse in any of the five years since the 2008 economic meltdown.

The biggest shortfall, $30 million, was …

How corporatization devalues teaching, research, and public service in universities

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[When the corporatocracy controls our public education system it runs the most powerful propaganda machine in the world. I'm putting in a request for my library to buy this. *RON*]

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, 2015


Simmering conflicts in higher education have reached the boiling point across Canada and around the globe. Teach-ins, occupations, strikes, and mass protests are being mobilized against exorbitant tuition fees, declining educational quality, mismanagement, the commodification of research, and the suppression of free speech and critical inquiry. A Penny For Your Thoughts, a new book from CCPA's Education Project, shows how Canadian higher education has come to this point.

Through 17 real time studies, it tracks how the deteriorating condition of postsecondary education is rooted in corporatization, the process through which universities and colleges increasingly work for, with, and as businesses. The book’s central me…

Bill C-51 passes in House of Commons

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[The Bill passed third reading by a margin of 183 to 96. Rarely has a Bill so hated by Canadians been so warmly supported by its politicians. Harper could have passed it all by himself but, come election time, let's not forget that it got that big a margin with the help of Justin Trudeau. Meanwhile, you can always continue to send emails to let the Senate know what you think about this Bill. *RON*]

Canadian Press / CBC, 6 May 2015 The federal government's controversial new anti-terrorism bill has won the approval of the House of Commons.

The Anti-Terrorism Act, also known as Bill C-51, easily passed third reading by a margin of 183 to 96, thanks to the Conservative government's majority and the promised support of the third-party Liberals.

The legislation gives the Canadian Security Intelligence Service more power to thwart suspected terrorist plots — not just gather information about them.

It also increases the exchange of federal s…

Christy Clark says B.C. will work with new Alberta government on climate change, pipelines

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["I think we have a lot to teach Alberta." As my friend Peter said, there's a clod in every silver lining. BC government congratulates Alberta premier-designate on historic NDP win, plans to work together. See also NDP victory in Alberta may spoil Northern Gateway once and for all. See also how "The Conservative caucus room was described as a morgue Wednesday as federal MPs grappled with political mortality after the New Democrats broke the conservative movement's four-decade grip on Alberta politics."


*RON*]
CBC News, 6 May 2015

B.C. Premier Christy Clark said she expects to get along well with Alberta's premier-designate, Rachel Notley, even though Clark endorsed Notley's opponent, former Progressive Conservative leader Jim Prentice.

Rachel Notley's NDP win puts future of Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline in question

"I think it will be really positive," said Clark Wednesday. "Canada's b…