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October 29, 2007 Environment

Smoking in the Greenhouse

Tar sands growth makes meeting Kyoto targets less likely

October 24, 2007 Opinion

A New Wave of Exploitation

Canada, Alberta defy UN, sell off rights to disputed Lubicon land

October 23, 2007 Opinion

We Speak for Ourselves

Indigenous peoples challenge the fossil fuel regime in Alberta

October 21, 2007 Agriculture

The Tar Sands and Canada's Food System

Are beans the only cure for natural gas?

October 21, 2007 Accounts

Harper's Index

Stephen Harper introduces the tar sands issue

October 20, 2007 Environment

Passing Out in Upgrader Alley

In Alberta's "Industrial Heartland," massive developments rival those of the Athabasca tar sands region

October 18, 2007 Ideas

Tar Sands and the American Automobile

Heavy crude largely heads south to fuel American cars

October 15, 2007 Original Peoples

Oil Versus Water

Toxic water poses threat to Alberta's Indigenous communities

October 1, 2007 Month in Review

September in Review

GM on strike, uranium mining, 1.2 million dead in Iraq

June 15, 2007 Weblog:

Notes from the Tar Pits: Flying Above an Open Pit Graveyard

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Notes from the Tar Pits:
Flying Above an Open Pit Graveyard
Macdonald Stainsby // June 15, 2007

The plane cleared the tarmac and into the air we went, with a warning that the flight was going to have to go a little bit to the east of the usual, as the forest fires were too heavy. But the plume of white obfuscation that rose more than all the others was Suncor’s, with 2nd through 6th place going to Syncrude, CNRL, Albian/Shell, Total and (off in the distance) Petro Canada. It was completely impossible to spot any difference between the forest fires and the plumes of death-toxins breaking up into the atmosphere.

The giant tailings lakes are a sight to behold. The one near Syncrude, as I discovered from our pilot, is among the largest human made dams in the entire world. Though, I’m getting “biggest” fatigue; Every time I learn a new angle on how this is operating, it’s about the “biggest”. As a gentleman who drove us out of Fort MacKay said the other day: “If it’s the biggest in the world, it’s here,” and he was making zero reference to anything in particular.

Along with the largest craters in the world, deep pits of black sided land, being munched away, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and through every holiday are the highways being constructed. While people living downstream in Fort Chipewyan have unsafe running water in their homes and are a seasonal fly-in community, the roads to “projects” are as relentlessly constructed as the tar is pulled out of the earth. There are full private highways, and when it’s time to pull the tar from under the highway, they simply move it and build another one. Oil is still oil, after all (even when it is tar and synthetic/mock).

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June 9, 2007 Weblog:

Alberta: A quick visit to a feedlot

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On our way to the tar sands in Northern Alberta, one of our rides gave us an impromptu tour of a feedlot, where the storied Alberta Beef is raised.

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February 23, 2007 Weblog:

CEOs want Canada to import temporary workers to oil patch

The Globe and Mail is reporting that Canadian CEOs want "to import temporary Mexican energy workers" to Alberta.

Nothing like cheap labour for a project making CEOs millions.

January 29, 2007 Weblog:

All's quiet on the tar sand front...

Peter Cizek explains why: Scouring Scum and Tar from the Bottom of the Pit.

An indepth look at the "gigaprojects" rocking the North, and the web of NGOs tied up in corporate/ money who thus far have largely failed to respond to what Cizek calls an "environmental holocaust."

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August 16, 2005 Original Peoples

Insurgency In Occupied Alberta

bigbear_fp.jpg In the first installment of his "a voice from the coffin" series, Stewart Steinhauer looks at Canada's "little matter of genocide".

A Voice From The Coffin

September 30, 2004 Arts

A Pleasing Demeanor

Chris Cwynar listens to Chris Demeanor's irreverent pop artistry.

This spirited Calgary native has finally found his zone.

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