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September 14, 2012 Accounts

A Dead Man’s Prints

RCMP request to fingerprint Wiebo Ludwig's corpse refused

July 29, 2011 Environment

Development on a LARP

Coalition speaks out on Northern Alberta land use plan

July 22, 2011 Environment

Canadian Delegation Talks Pipeline Impacts in Washington

Fears over spills, environmental impact spurr concerns on both sides of border

March 23, 2011 Canadian News

Lies and War Crime

Guatemalan ex-military accused of war crimes held in Alberta prison

December 30, 2010 Opinion

Bike Lanes Tarred

Tar sands are good, but bike lanes? Not so much

April 7, 2010 Environment

Secret Meeting Planned, then Cancelled, between ENGOs and Tar Sands Companies

Invitees included Tzeporah Berman, World Wildlife Fund, ForestEthics

January 6, 2010 Business

Greenwashing at the Games

Heavy polluters look lighter as Olympic sponsors

June 26, 2009 Weblog:

Tar sands "as they are" provoke negative press coverage

Here's an interesting admission from the first edition of the Canada West Foundation's Oil Sands Media Monitoring Report:

Positive stories on the oil sands and the environment are rarely
defensive of the oil sands’ impact. Refusal to bow to pressure from environmental groups is a common topic, but more so is advances in technology that could reduce the impact of the oil sands: research into microorganisms that could aid in the reclamation of tailings pond water or carbon sequestration techniques. Negative stories attack the oil sands as they are, while positive stories tend towards describing what they could be.

(Emphasis mine). Considering CWF is a darling of Stephen Harper, there's something rather sweet about that admission.

June 26, 2009 Business

Five-Fold Increase in Oil Sands Production

Tar sands could produce 6 million barrels of oil per day by 2035: report

June 8, 2009 Weblog:

Irving Refinery Blues

Irving Refinery Blues

Please forgive me-- this may end up seeming like a rant in places, for I simply must get some things off my chest. I hope my prediction that it will make sense by the end is true.

I am a strong proponent of the idea that hitchhiking is simply one of the greatest forms of grassroots journalism. When you enter a new place, the odds are quite high that you are traveling with a local. If this is the case, then you will become immediately armed with “insider” information to which there is little match. The sorts of things I am often lucky to learn, in any case, would certainly not be told in any tourist information booth.

I woke up today in Riviere Du Loup, in Eastern Québec. I made a cold instant coffee and ate some granola bars before wandering across the highway to seek rides further East. I managed three rides fairly easily, each of them pleasant and warm, no hassles and even interesting tangents of separate activity here and there. But what I need to rant about was the ranting of my last ride of the day, a man named Doug who picked me up when I was but one ride from here-- Saint John, New Brunswick.

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January 14, 2009 Gender

"And Then Let's Go For That Justice" Part II

Indigenous women demand respect in Ottawa

November 8, 2008 Opinion

World's Crudest Extraction

At the tar sands they’re digging up dirty fuel

October 28, 2008 Foreign Policy

Emissions Thicken the Air in Alberta

The tar sands' biggest customer has second thoughts

October 11, 2008 Agriculture

Not In Anyone’s Backyard

Farmers in Alberta growing rural resistance to development

September 8, 2008 Weblog:

$490 Billion defense road map rollout, blacked out by media

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You would think something like a detailed road map of ‘the modernization of the Canadian forces’, at the big fancy 8th Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas (CDMA) would elicit some sort discussion or analysis from the Canadian media/ chattering class. At the conference, Peter Mackay began to spin links between the need to respond to ‘natural disasters’ and ‘security of the Olympics’ with armed security. The highlight of the conference was the release of Canada's 20-year, $490 billion “Canada First Defense Strategy,” a detailed plan to modernize its armed forces and its military industry. McKay also signed a Memoranda of Understanding with his counterparts in Honduras, Guatemala and Bolivia, which falls under the Military Training Assistance Programme (MTAP). Yet hardly a boo, has been published about this week long conference, as the Republican convention in St Paul and the buzz around the soon to be announced election provided a nice blackout about things that were going on, that the media and lobbyist just aren't so interested in regular folks to know about.

So what do we know happened this week in the luxury resort of Banff where the delegates from 34 countries met under the theme of ‘Co-operation and Collaboration”?
According to CP Canadian Defense Minister and host of the conference, Peter MacKay addressed the crowd by stirring their shared belief that "Now more than ever, we are all connected and need to cooperate to achieve the security, democratic development, and prosperity we all desire”.

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September 8, 2008 Business

Canada's Tar Lobby

Tar Sands Lobbyists Focus on US Democrats

February 14, 2008 Canadian News

Down on the Upside

Group gathers to discuss the "Alberta (dis)Advantage"

January 8, 2008 Labour

Hard Times Sold in Vending Machines

Worker migration from Atlantic Canada to the tar sands

January 7, 2008 Features

Impacting Unimpaired

New agreements like the SPP and TILMA are aimed directly at unimpeded extraction in the tar sands

December 31, 2007 Features

What the Tar Sands Need

Processing requires massive inputs of water, energy, land, labour

November 24, 2007 Labour

Temporary Labour or Disposable Workers?

Foreign labourers are brought to the tar sands, but are easily sent home

November 22, 2007 Labour

Letting the Wildcat Out of the Bag

Alberta's Averted Energy Tradesworker General Strike and the Fall Wildcat Walk-Outs

November 14, 2007 Gender

For Many Women, Alberta's Boom a Bust

Rising housing costs, lack of alternatives lead to precarious situations

October 31, 2007 Arts

Sublime Tar Sands?

Edward Burtynsky's photography and Canada's extractive industries

October 30, 2007 Environment

Environmentalism in Alberta?

Activists say communities are beginning to stand up to tar sands

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