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Canada oil pipeline spills 200,000 liters on aboriginal land

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[Seven months after a big Husky leak in northern Saskatchewan. This one is near Stoughton, Sask. on Ocean Man First Nation land. They still haven't discovered where the leak is coming from. *RON*]

Ethan Lou & Alastair Sharp, Reuters, 23 January 2017


A pipeline in the western Canadian province of Saskatchewan has leaked 200,000 liters (52,834 gallons) of oil in an aboriginal community, the provincial government said on Monday.

The government was notified late in the afternoon on Friday, and 170,000 liters have since been recovered, said Doug McKnight, assistant deputy minister in the Ministry of the Economy, which regulates pipelines in Saskatchewan.

3 staggering charts show how big the gap between rich and poor is growing in British Columbia

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[BC ELECTION 2017!!! Most interesting is the inter-Provincial comparison in the second chart. But I wonder what would have happened if they dis-aggregated Alberta from the other Prairie provinces? *RON*]
Press Progress, 23 January 2017

Something isn't right in Christy Clark's British Columbia.

While a small handful of British Columbians have grown wealthy in recent years, low wages and rising costs of living have caused the gap between rich and poor to increase dramatically – so much so, BC is now the most unequal province in Canada.


Sticking to carefully scripted talking points on jobs and balanced budgets, you won't find BC Liberal Premier Christy Clark with much to say about the extreme wealth and poverty increasingly polarizing the province.

President Trump To Approve Keystone XL, Dakota Access Pipelines

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[So, we need to start moving on that "impeach" part! *RON*]
Julie Pace, Associated Press / Huffington Post, 24 January 2017
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will sign orders Tuesday to advance the construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines, a pair of projects that were blocked by the Obama administration due in part to environmental concerns.

Trump is to sign the orders Tuesday, according to a person with knowledge of the decision. The move is expected to be cheered by Republicans and some union groups who backed the projects.

Today's Trumpery

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Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich

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[Guillotine watch at the Trumpocalypse. Some of the wealthiest people in America—in Silicon Valley, New York, and beyond—are getting ready for the crackup of civilization. "As Americans withdraw into smaller circles of experience, we jeopardize the 'larger circle of empathy,' he said, the search for solutions to shared problems. 'The easy question is, How do I protect me and mine? The more interesting question is, what do we do if it just keeps chugging along?'" *RON*]

By Evan Osnos, New Yorkers, 30 January 2017 Issue

No reason for Canada to be worried over NAFTA talks: Trump adviser

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[As I've said before, in my dream world, Trump kills the TPP, keeps us out of the war with Russia that Hillary would have instigated, then gets impeached. See also: Canada could benefit from revamping NAFTA, expert says. *RON*]

Bill Curry, The Globe and Mail, 23 January 2017
Talks to renegotiate the North American free-trade agreement could begin within weeks but a senior business adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump said there’s no reason for Canada to be “enormously worried.”
Stephen Schwarzman, who heads the President’s strategic and policy forum and is the CEO of Blackstone Group, met privately with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and also spoke to the full federal cabinet Monday in Calgary, where ministers are holding a two-day retreat.