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New undemocratic rules barrier to public participation in Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline hearings

Rules “a consequence of weakened federal environmental laws under Bill C-38” 

By: Greenpeace Canada & Environmental DefencePress Release:

Enbridge Tower AlbertaTORONTO, ON, Apr 5, 2013 – New undemocratic rules are creating a barrier to public participation in upcoming National Energy Board (NEB) hearings into the proposal for Enbridge’s Line 9 oil pipeline. For the first time, members of the public who want to send a letter with comments to the NEB about a pipeline project must first apply for permission to participate – by filling out a 10-page form that includes a request for a resume and references. 

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‘Senate’s Big Oil Benefactors’ Slammed for Keystone XL Vote

10 KXL amendment co-sponsors took $8 million from fossil fuel industry

By: Jacob Chamberlain and Jon Queally | Common Dreams

Keystone pipeline handout

Keystone pipeline handout

In a 62-37 vote late Friday, the US Senate passed a non-binding amendment calling for the approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.

Environmental groups and climate activists were quick to condemn the vote, but said the “symbolic vote” was valuable because it revealed which members of the Senate have received the message on the seriousness posed by climate change and which continue to bend to the demands of industry lobbyists.

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INSULT: Government agency rebrands Canada “Harper Canada”

Damn it, Janet! It’s not the Harper Government. It’s the Government of Canada. And so it shall forever remain.

By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive:

You know the power of a dictator-style personalty cult is at work when a federal agency rebrands a country in the name of the great and Dear Leader, Stephen Harper. A news release the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) posted online earlier today carried the Harper-centric headline:

“HARPER CANADA INVESTS IN INFRASTRUCTURE FOR MUNICIPALITY OF ARGYLE”

Harper Canada - ACOA Insult

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Canada’s Environmental Activists A “Threat To National Security”: Harper Government

RCMP and CSIS treat peaceful protest actions and questioning the Harper Government as ‘forms of attack’, label activists involved “national security threats”, documents reveal.

RCMP Monitor Peaceful Occupy Protest on Parliament Hill, Ottawa. Sept 2012.  Photo: Obert Madondo

RCMP Monitor Peaceful Occupy Protest on Parliament Hill, Ottawa. Sept 2012. Photo: Obert Madondo

By Obert Madondo The Canadian Progressive:

The Harper Government is intensifying its attacks on environmental and other activist movements in Canada, according to documents released under freedom of information laws, the Guardian (UK) reports.

For the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), Canada’s national police force and chief spy agency, respectively, monitoring environmental activists and labeling them a “threat to national security”, has become the “new normal”.

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Canada Federal Budget 2013 missed opportunity to invest in clean energy, says Pembina Institute

Indeed, the 433-page budget plan fails to mention climate change even once.

By: Pembina Institute | Press Release:

OTTAWA — Clare Demerse, federal policy director at the Pembina Institute, made the following comments today following the release of the 2013 federal budget

“Jim Flaherty delivered his eighth budget at a time when the federal government’s track record on the environment and climate change is under heightened scrutiny, and when the cuts to environmental protection contained in last year’s budget bills are starting to take effect.

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Prestigious German research institute pulls out of Canadian tar sands project

Source: EuraActiv

EXCLUSIVE / Germany’s largest and most prestigious research institute has pulled out of a Canadian government-funded CAN$25 million research project into sustainable solutions to tar sands pollution, citing fears for its environmental reputation.

As many as 20 scientists at the world-famous Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres have ceased involvement in the Helmholtz Alberta Initiative (HAI), after a moratorium on contacts was declared last month.

“It was seen as a risk for our reputation,” Professor Frank Messner, Helmholtz UFZ’s head of staff said stiffly over the phone from his offices in Leipzig.

“As an environmental research centre we have an independent role as an honest broker and doing research in this constellation could have had reputational problems for us, especially after Canada’s withdrawal from the Kyoto Protocol,” he said.

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Google map of Canada’s tar sands operations

Below is a Google map of Canada’s tar sands operations. Areas in red are existing tar sands extraction projects. Red depicts areas with tar sands extraction permits and leases.