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Canada's Foreign Affairs Department Openly Disloyal To Baird: U.S. Official In 2012 Email

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["A U.S. official expressed amazement at how deeply detested Canada's Conservative government was by some employees of the Foreign Affairs Department. 'In my many years here I have never seen such open disloyalty with a change of administrations.'" *RON*]
By Alexander Panetta, Canadian Press / Huffington Post, 1 December 2015


WASHINGTON — A U.S. official expressed amazement at how deeply detested Canada's Conservative government was by some employees of the Foreign Affairs Department.

That impression was described in a note sent three years ago to Hillary Clinton, who was then the secretary of state and whose emails are now being publicly released.

It was contained in a message where a U.S. official described how his colleagues across the border pleaded for his help lobbying the Canadian government not to cut a program for Haiti.

The U.S. special co-ordinator for Haiti said Canadians were worried about budget cuts that would…

Former Tory James Moore opposed as next chancellor of B.C. university

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[A faculty petition with more than a thousand signatures says Moore was part of a government that muzzled scientists, failed to address global climate change, and rejected an inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women. *RON*]
The Canadian Press, Vancouver Observer, 1 December 2015

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — Some faculty members are calling on the University of Northern British Columbia to reconsider its decision to name former Conservative cabinet minister James Moore as its next chancellor.

An online petition, posted Friday by an anonymous senator from the Prince George, B.C.-based university, had topped 1,000 signatures by early Tuesday.

"For over a decade Mr. Moore was a Member of Parliament (and held several prominent ministerial positions) in a government that did not celebrate diversity or the free and open exchange of ideas," the petition says.

"That government chose instead to practise the politics of division and intimida…

Surrey coal terminal gets port's green light

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["Revised permit issued to Fraser Surrey Docks." We saw today that Trudeau has, effectively, quashed the Northern Gateway pipeline. How long before this coal project that no one other than the Port Authority wants gets the boot? *RON*]

Jeff Nagel, TriCity News, 1 December 2015

A revised proposal to build a new coal export terminal on the Fraser River in Surrey has received approval from Port Metro Vancouver.

The port authority on Monday issued an amended project permit to Fraser Surrey Docks that approves the company's altered plan to load coal directly onto ocean-going ships, rather than first barging coal to a transfer site at Texada Island as originally planned.

The terminal would bring up to four million tonnes per year of U.S. thermal coal by rail through White Rock, South Surrey and Delta, adding one extra coal train per day.

"We're very pleased with the port's decision," said Fraser Surrey Docks CEO Jeff Scott.

Cost to build navy's new warships more than doubles to $30B

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[Independent analysis suggests Canada will have to accept fewer ships with lower capabilities — or spend a lot more money. Hilariously, the former Conservative officials who set all this in motion are first in line to complain about it now: "Why do we need to be better than the Brits and the Americans? We're a middle power." *RON*]

By James Cudmore, CBC News, 2 December 2015

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Shipbuilding strategy needs work to get ballooning costs under control, ministers told
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The price of 15 new warships for the navy has more than doubled, from $14 billion initially set aside for construction to more than $30 billion, says an independent analysis of the largest military procurement in Canadian history.

Why corporate power is a problem at the climate crossroads

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["Shannon Daub and Bill Carroll are co-directors of the Corporate Mapping Project, a research alliance led by the University of Victoria, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives BC and Saskatchewan Offices, and the Parkland Institute. The project is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Over the next six years, the Corporate Mapping Project team -- which includes academic and community-based researchers, and a network of advisors from environmental, indigenous, independent media, labour and social justice groups -- will conduct a systematic mapping of corporate power and influence, focusing on the fossil fuel industry in Western Canada. Its findings and data will be easily accessible online to the public." *RON*]
By Shannon Daub & Bill Carroll, rabble.ca, 2 December 2015

As world leaders meet in Paris for the UN climate conference, the spotlight is being turned on the fossil fuel industry's…

Northern Gateway pipeline halted by Trudeau's mandate

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["Without tankers crude oil has no place to go, that means no pipelines, no oil trains moving tar sands to the northern B.C. coast," said Karen Mahon, ForestEthics Advocacy director in a statement. "We are living the tipping point on climate disruption. The whole world is heading to Paris…to come up with a plan to fight climate change. This is the beginning of the end for the dirtiest crude oil on Earth." *RON*]
By Alyse Kotyk, rabble.ca, 2 December 2015

The heavily criticized Northern Gateway pipeline might have had a final wrench thrown into its development.

In his mandate letters to the ministers of transport, fisheries, natural resources and environment, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has instructed that they "formalize the moratorium on crude oil tanker traffic on British Columbia's North Coast." These areas include the Dixon Entrance, Hecate Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound, effectively blocking the export …

CBC Suspends Online Comments on Indigenous Stories

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[Via my friend Perry. This is pretty shocking. Whenever I leave a comment on a news story I use my real name and photo. Insisting on no anonymity in reader comments would go a long way toward clearing this problem up. See also: Why we turned off comments on Tamir Rice news stories: Chris Quinn. *RON*]
Simon Haupt, Globe & Mail, 30 November 2015. Reposted by Red Power Media, 1 December 2015.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is temporarily suspending comments on its online stories about indigenous people, after its editors determined that too many comments were being posted that it deemed “off the mark” or “racist.”

Massive El Niño sweeping globe is now the biggest ever recorded

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["The 1997-8 El Niño killed 20,000 people and caused almost $97 billion of damage as floods, droughts, fires, cyclones and mudslides ravaged the world. Now the current El Niño has surpassed the 1997-8 El Niño on a key measure," the warmth of the water in the central Pacific. Also, just in time for the Paris talks, Here's All The Nonsense Republicans Have Spouted About Climate Change. *RON*]

By Michael Slezak, New Scientist, 2 December 2015

The current extreme El Niño is now the strongest ever recorded, smashing the previous record from 1997-8. Already wreaking havoc on weather around the world, the new figures mean those effects will probably get worse. Climate change could be to blame and is known to be making the extreme impacts of El Niño on weather more likely.

The 1997-8 El Niño killed 20,000 people and caused almost $97 billion of damage as floods, droughts, fires, cyclones and mudslides ravaged the world.

Now the current El …