Sandra Finley

Sep 082018
 

RECENT POSTINGS, FOR YOUR SELECTION

 

2018-09-14    UPDATE to Leakers and Publishers: Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning, Arjen Kamphuis, Net neutrality

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Oil’s Deep State

Kevin Taft‘s new book

2017-10   Book, Oil’s Deep State, How the petroleum industry undermines democracy and stops action on global warming – in Alberta, and in Ottawa

I am going to hear what Kevin Taft has to say!   in COURTENAY

2018-09-13   An evening with Kevin Taft, author, “Oil’s Deep State”. Courtenay, BC, Sept 13

The author of this other book on the petroleum industry is a nice-sounding propagandist, as far as I am concerned.   I complained to the CBC, and stopped short of registering a full complaint with the CBC Ombudsperson.

2018-04-29 Chris Turner, author of “The (Oil) Patch”, interview. Pipelines and Bitumen.

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Good News stories re  Tar Sands and Pipeline Expansions:

 2018-09-05   EcoJustice suing to protect the endangered orcas

2018-08-30 Federal Court of Appeal overturned the Kinder Morgan TransMountain pipeline approval!

2018-08-30 VICTORY: We’ve defeated Trans Mountain,  from EcoJustice (lawyers for the case)

Reply to: the Court Decision on the TransMountain (Kinder Morgan) Pipeline is “a big mistake”

2018-08-06   Comment on “Estimates of exceedances of critical loads for acidification”, includes connection tar sands – nuclear

The huge planned expansion of Tar Sands production will, among other ills, exacerbate climate change.   Meanwhile . . .

Incomprehensible:  

Building sea-side, sea-level higher-density housing when sea levels are rising.   Who is going to pay, in the end?

The Good News is Mobilization to stop it.   Your signature on a Petition will be helpful to local people. 

Click on   2018-08-02   (Salish Sea)  Save French Creek Estuary Land

 

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Staring down opposite ends of the same pipeline

You, in Saskatchewan.  Me in BC.  We’re staring down opposite ends of the same pipeline.

BC – – West Coast:

  • prevent death of coastal waters by oil spills and super size tanker traffic  – – means
  • stop the Kinder Morgan TransMountain Pipeline Expansion  – – means
  • stop expansion of Tar Sands production (Suncor)**  – –  means
  • Canada will at least be TRYING to help other countries address greenhouse gases.

Prairies:

  • prevent nuclear reactors  (“SMR”s – – Small Modular Reactors)* for the huge planned expansion of Tar Sands production** – – means
  • don’t need Pipeline Expansion  – – means
  • Canada will at least be TRYING to help other countries address greenhouse gases.
  • and tax-payers won’t be footing the bill to help a dying industry (nuclear) survive (with its $$ multiple-millions salaries for the head haunchos).

Whichever end of the pipe you’re on,  we sink or swim together?

2018-08-28   French Minister Nicolas Hulot says he is leaving government because president is not doing enough to meet environmental goals, The Guardian

 

* SMR’s  Thanks to Elaine:  Several postings on SMRs:  http://forum.stopthehogs.com/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=20

**  2018-02-27 Canada’s largest integrated energy company has filed an application for a massive new oilsands project defying expectations of slowing growth in the oilsands, Financial Post

 

Connection,   the “Massive new oilsands project”  and  Nuclear:

Tar sands were strip-mined in the beginning; they were at the surface.  The further the development, the deeper the deposits, the more energy (heat) required in the mining.  I presume they’re still using natural gas to boil water, making steam that can be forced underground.

You could figure out the attempt to build a nuclear reactor on the North Sask River when we did that tour with Andrew Nikiforuk, to help inform about planned development of the tar sands on the Sask side of the border – –  gargantuan demand for energy.   To be paid for by publicly-financed energy supply and power lines.  Citizens stopped the reactor, when they knew the economics, the costs they would be saddled with.

The SMR’s have been in the making for a lot of years – – all the same issues as big reactors, but now they’re “small” and benign.

2011-09-02 Moving Saskatchewan forward .. to a toxic economy (the Government $10 million deal with Hitachi / GE for “small” reactors for tar sands.

2018-07-25 Nuclear:  Commentary & Updates. Cameco lays off hundreds of Saskatchewan employees, extends site shutdowns, CBC News.

The “SMR’s”  are a climate change issue – – the source of the electricity they need to boil the kettle, or to heat the Earth, to heat the tar, to get it to the surface  – – for, according to the Financial Post,  a “massive new oilsands project”,  that requires new, expanded pipeline capacity.

On top of

  • what they’re doing to the Fort Mac area and the residents of Fort Chipewyan
  • what they’re doing to fresh water supplies
  • the burgeoning forest fires
  • all that comes with an expanded pipeline
  • mother orcas in mourning for their lost offspring
  • reliance on investment from funds such as Canada Pension Plan (CPP), IN SPITE OF financial analysis that says Tar Sands are a bad investment

they want to keep on pumping out high level radioactive waste.  More than 50 years of trying, and they still haven’t found a way to safely dispose of it.

BUT!   there is a good news story in all of this.   I don’t think it would have happened without our intense mobilization in 2006.

Let me thank you – –  I don’t think anyone else is going to!     2018-08-06    Comment on “Estimates of exceedances of critical loads for acidification”, includes connection tar sands – nuclear – university.   

 

How is it that EVERYTHING is important?  This too, Canadians should know about:

2018-08-20  Nuclear Industry,  A New Era: Abandoning Defunct Nuclear Reactors  Press Release.

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Monsanto – – Aftermath of the $289 million court award to Dewayne Johnson (terminal cancer),

(In the preceding posting, the video of the Judge reading the Jury’s verdict is worth your while.)

RELATED:   Kennedy refers to the “IBT Scandals“.  Earlier postings about IBT and its relationship to Monsanto:

2006-05-01   CONTEXT Corruption of the companies. Public Record.      (Scroll down to Item #4)

2009-07-25   Quick & Quiet, Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) approved a new genetically engineered corn with eight different insect- and weed-fighting traits (“Smartstax”)

How about this?!   Hollywood stars doing a movie on Monsanto’s nemesis, Percy Schmeiser!   Percy is now 88 years old, a warrior with stamina!   Way to go, Percy!

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2018-09-02 Vaccinations, Gardasil (HPV Vaccine), Update

2018-08-22 Change the world, not yourself, or how Arendt called out Thoreau – – from Aeon. By Katie Fitzpatrick

A Reason, a Season, or a Lifetime

2018-09-03   GDP still vital tool, but new ways needed to take Singapore’s pulse, Business Times     Is there a crack in the wall?  A business publication hinting that our economic indicators are insufficient?!   I hope to find time to contact and support the academics who are stepping up to the plate – – tell them about the new textbooks that are already available (Tufts University).

2018-08-25   “Salish Sea”, poster for book event, Sept 24

 

 

 

 

Sep 082018
 

News re the Kinder Morgan / TransMountain pipeline,

2018-08-30  VICTORY: We’ve defeated Trans Mountain, from EcoJustice (the lawyers who argued the case)

elicited:  This was a big mistake and has only placed our communities at greater risk. What are people thinking?  Seriously.

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PREFACE:

The Salish Sea (Georgia Strait) is at the end of the Trans Mountain pipeline. Vancouver is on the “West Coast” of this inland sea. What goes into the waters around Vancouver is carried by currents to islands in the Sea, and to the East Coast of Vancouver Island, which is the east coast of the Salish Sea.

People are increasingly angry.

– – the condition of the Sea continues to deteriorate,  it goes well beyond the few small, local examples in these 2 postings:

2018-05-16   Water: Bowser residents protest marine sewage outfall plan

2018-04-27   Maybe this can be of assistance re the pipeline? Chief Maureen Thomas

 

As a society, we seem to be incapable of reversing trend-lines, or of learning from the lessons of other people who have pretty well destroyed their own once-productive inland sea.

We keep on trying!

2018-08-25   “Salish Sea”, poster for book event, Sept 24

 

My communication to the Scientist who wrote,

This (the quashing of the approval for the Pipeline) was a big mistake and has only placed our communities at greater risk. What are people thinking?  Seriously.

The court found that Cabinet’s approval of the pipeline couldn’t stand because it was based on a flawed NEB (National Energy Board) report.

The NEB actually acknowledged that tanker traffic associated with the pipeline would threaten the Southern Resident orcas, but then it ultimately decided to exclude this information in its final report. Then, last week, the Federal Court of Appeal ruled that the government’s approval of the project violated its legal obligations under the Species at Risk Act.

The court struck down the government’s approval of the project.   I understand it this way:  the original granting of approval was not done in accordance with the Laws that are supposed to govern – – in effect, it was done outside the law.   

As I view it, if the marine traffic levels, noise and pollution are driving the orcas into oblivion here, other species are likewise on the ropes.

I toured the Marine facility at Deep Bay;  I was told that native oysters no longer exist in the wild here, or if they do, the numbers are miniscule, and you won’t find them.   They grow oysters at the facility  using a non-native species.

Because of acidification of the ocean,  the oysters cannot be placed in the wild until they reach some level of development.  Premature release means death because the shells aren’t thick enough to protect the animal.  I understood from the conversation, that the native population is pretty well extinguished for that reason, and maybe some over-fishing.

You will know that ocean acidification is a climate change issue.   The pipeline expansion is to accommodate tar sands expansion.  Which is a climate change issue.

I don’t get, knowing where we are (orcas and oysters), why we would consciously say, “Let’s do more of this!”

It’s kinda suicidal.   I am laughing, thinking of the cartoon nature of it.

Not here, but in Bequoia (the Caribbean, St Vincent & The Grenadines), I toured a humble, basic home that a native person established, to save giant sea turtles from extinction in the waters where he fished and dove for food, as a boy.

You probably know:  the Salish Sea is basically an inland Sea.  On the internet, it’s easy enough to find examples of the tragic destruction of inland seas, by human beings.

Expansion of the pipeline, use of the huge tankers,  a many fold increase in the number of tankers and tugboats,  to accommodate   2018-02-27   Canada’s largest integrated energy company has filed an application for a massive new oilsands project defying expectations of slowing growth in the oilsands, Financial Post   is high-risk and foolhardy, in my estimation.   

A “massive” new production project of one of the dirtiest fossil fuels has serious implications for climate change.

Expansion of the pipeline with its increased pressure on species such as the orcas, will push the orcas past the tipping point for survival,  the same as happened to the native oysters.

There is another factor, not much mentioned:  expansion of the tar sands means a huge demand for more electricity (the mineable tar sands are at increasingly lower depths).   The electricity need is to be met by SMR’s  (not-Small Modular Reactors (i.e. Nuclear reactors)).

Tar sands production consumes and poisons large volumes of water.  Nuclear reactors are dependent upon large amounts of cold water.

After 50+ years, the nuclear industry is still at a loss for disposal of existing accumulations of high-level radioactive waste.

People in both Alberta and Saskatchewan rejected nuclear reactors because the electricity is so expensive.   SMR’s don’t change that.  The public will pay.

The industry is dependent upon the public purse, the generosity of tax-payers.

I think we’re going down a dead-end road, with tar sands expansion, nuclear reactors, and pipeline expansion.   It’s a promotion of climate change, species extinction, degradation of water and impoverishment, in the end.   In the short term, a few people (for example, executives on multi-million dollar salaries) will get richer yet.

The underlying assumption is that we are incapable of finding alternatives to the tar sands.

I think we are capable of creative problem-solving.    Surely, we know that the status quo is hardly acceptable.

My response:

Did Federal Court make a big mistake?   The Court would have examined the evidence and arguments presented.  And weighed those in light of what the Law says, and how it is has been interpreted over time (the case law).

Has the Court ruling placed our communities at greater risk?   The contrary.

What are people thinking?   I give people a lot of credit for “thinking”!

Best wishes,

Sandra

 

Sep 082018
 
The public pays the price for ‘corporate science,’ says professor Arthur Schafer

University of Manitoba ethics professor Arthur Schafer says ethical lines are often blurred when academic researchers routinely rely on private companies for funding. (CBC)

(You can listen to the podcast of today’s broadcast of The Current at  [  http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-july-24-2018-1.4759156  ].  The segment about corporate funding at Canadian universities begins at 22:00 minutes.)

Listen  23:18

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The findings of a recent CBC News investigation are drawing the ire of academics who are concerned about the use of corporate money to fund research at public universities.

Documents, obtained through the Access to Information Act, revealed that a University of Alberta study on the coal industry was paid for by energy giant TransAlta.

The study found that coal-fire power plants contributed a small amount of pollutants in the air. TransAlta used the findings to lobby the provincial government, CBC News reported. The university said it stands by the research, and the Alberta government continues its coal phase-out, which includes TransAlta’s operations.

TransAlta says the research was produced independently and stands by it.

Although several academics question the ethics around relationships between industries and universities, the blurred lines are not a surprise.

“Governments have retreated from funding research and the result is that a lot of the research is corporate funded now,” said Arthur Schafer, founding director of the Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics at the University of Manitoba.

“Big Pharma, big oil, the food industry, the tobacco industry have been moving in to fill the vacuum,” he told The Current’s guest host Megan Williams.

Documents obtained by CBC News show TransAlta paid the University of Alberta $54,000 to hand-pick one of its researchers to produce a study and other materials. The energy giant then used the study to lobby the provincial government to try to protect the coal industry. (Sam Martin/CBC)

But there are critics who argue without corporate funding, a lot of research wouldn’t happen at all.

“If it’s a choice between no research or research funded by a company then I think we should have research funded by companies,” said Colleen Collins, a former academic and university administrator who is now vice-president of the Canada West Foundation.

Schafer said this approach diminishes the public’s trust in the integrity of universities as a source of independent research.

“If the existence and flourishing of universities hinges on pleasing corporate sponsors, we’ll continue to get corporate science and the public will continue to pay the price,” he told Williams.

“If we want public science in the public interest, it’s going to have to be funded by public tax dollars.”

Listen to the full discussion near the top of this page.

Sep 082018
 

Mr. Giustra (Canadian businessman) and his charity have donated more than $66-million (Canadian) to the Clinton Foundation.   . . .

Bill and Hillary Clinton have been paid a total of $12.4-million (U.S.) for giving speeches in Canada since leaving the White House in 2000.   (As at Nov, 2017).

From: Sandra Finley
Sent: January 5, 2017

Some of us had wondered at one time about connections.

I stumbled across some stuff while skimming info on  Foreign Contributors – –  got the Clinton’s Charitable Foundation into big-time corruption allegations.

Below:  the fund-raising done by the Clinton’s in Canada.

At the bottom of the article:  the speeches they gave, who sponsored the speeches, and at what price.

tinePublic Inc.  is Andy McCreath, the very bottom URL.  Not that there is necessarily anything sinister  – –  it sounds like the McCreath kid is a hustler.  (His mother, Grit, is on the Board of Governors, U of S.)

A quick approximate count – – 9 of the Clinton speeches in Canada are courtesy of tinePublic or McCreath Communications  ( e.g.  Hillary, in Saskatoon, Jan. 21, 2015, fee $202,500)

 

Also  (the bottom of the article.)

 

The Power Within Inc.   hosted the lion’s share of the Clinton events – – I think about 24.   And consistently paid more than anyone else by a long shot,  to Bill Clinton:  US$525,000  in June 2008 being the most.   $350,000 another time, $300,000 

 

According to the article, “… The Power Within is sponsored” by the TD Bank.

 

TD deputy chairman, mentioned in the article,  is Frank McKenna, (former Premier of N.B. – for 10 years)  who was Canada’s ambassador to Washington (but only for a year) when George W. Bush was president

 

I wonder from where The Power gets its money.  And how Frank McKenna came by his.   He came from humble beginnings.

 

/Sandra

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The Clinton connection

How Bill and Hillary raised and earned millions from Canada’s corporate elite

Karen Howlett, Jeffrey Jones AND Andrew Willis

The Globe and Mail Last updated: Monday, Nov. 07, 2016     Copy APPENDED

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Top 40 Under 40

Andy McCreath, 35, and Christian Darbyshire, 35

AUGUSTA DWYER

Special to The Globe and Mail

Published Wednesday, Apr. 27, 2011

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/careers/careers-leadership/andy-mccreath-35-and-christian-darbyshire-35/article578034/   

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 APPENDED,  from the Globe&Mail
investigation

The Clinton connection

How Bill and Hillary raised and earned millions from Canada’s corporate elite

It was the plane ride that launched a thousand good deeds, and one lingering controversy.

One day in June, 2005, Bill Clinton clambered aboard the private jet of Frank Giustra, the Vancouver mining financier. Mr. Clinton needed to get to Mexico City to begin a speaking tour of Latin America and oversee the work of his sprawling charitable enterprise. The two men didn’t know each other well. But Mr. Giustra happened to have a luxury MD-87 aircraft to get him there. And he was curious about the former U.S. president and his philanthropic work.

The trip and the conversation marked the beginning of a long and mutually beneficial relationship. Soon after, Mr. Giustra became one of the largest single donors to the Clinton Foundation and rallied an entire industry to raise millions of dollars for its fight against global poverty. He, in turn, gained entrée to Mr. Clinton’s inner circle – and became Corporate Canada’s most famous “Friend of Bill.”

For more than a decade, both men have burnished their reputations by travelling the globe and collaborating on big ideas in far-flung places. Mr. Giustra’s Twitter profile is a veritable photo gallery of the two men. Here they are in Peru last November, distributing household goods to women. There they are in El Salvador earlier that same year, assisting small-scale farmers. The Canadian arm of the Clinton Foundation – the brainchild of Mr. Giustra and known as the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership – has poured more than $35-million (U.S.) into eradicating poverty in parts of the developing world where many of the mining companies he helped finance do business.

“We have improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of people, in Canada and around the world,” Mr. Giustra said in a written statement to The Globe and Mail. He calls such endeavours “my life’s work.”

That work has involved rallying the support of the many high-profile industry figures and associates on behalf of Bill and Hillary Clinton, making him the most prominent figure among their extensive Canadian connections.

But playing that role has also meant being dragged into what he calls a “media circus” – because when the Clintons are involved, the tale is always more complicated than simply giving away a fortune and doing good things with it.

Bill Clinton, left, and Frank Giustra, in 2007.

Bill Clinton, left, and Frank Giustra, in 2007.

Neville Elder for The Globe and Mail

A series of stories in major U.S. publications raised questions about what else Mr. Giustra gets from the relationship, beyond the satisfaction of giving back. The stories revolved around uranium and oil assets acquired by companies in which Mr. Giustra was involved. In 2005, he visited Kazakhstan with Mr. Clinton and, soon after, acquired uranium interests in the former Soviet republic. In 2007, he secured the rights to operate one of Colombia’s largest oil fields.

In both instances, Mr. Clinton introduced Mr. Giustra to the president of the country before the asset sales were completed. Mr. Giustra has repeatedly denied that there was any political interference or that he donated to the charity to further his business interests. Though many have tried over the years, no one has produced evidence that it was the Clinton connection that helped to secure the deals. “Brief meet-and-greets and photo-ops with politicians and heads of state are simply that, nothing more or less, and any sophisticated deal maker will attest that it would be naive to believe that a photo-op will secure anything in a large, complex private transaction,” said David Brown, Mr. Giustra’s lawyer, in a written response to questions from The Globe.

Mr. Giustra and his various businesses have been able to weather the scrutiny. In the battleground of public opinion, however, the Clintons have been unable to shake the negative perceptions that stem from their mixing of philanthropy, for-profit business, friendships with wealthy individuals, corporate interests, foreign interests, and politics. Their success in raising astronomical sums of money from Mr. Giustra and scores of others – some $2-billion – has also given Donald Trump, the Republican nominee, one of his best lines of attack in his battle against Hillary Clinton for the White House.

By portraying her as a Washington insider who engages in “pay-to-play” schemes, whereby donors contribute money in exchange for special access and influence, he has been able to cement a public view of Ms. Clinton as a grasping, unethical politician. In September, a Washington Post-ABC News poll found that more than 70 per cent of voters – including a majority of Democrats – believe she is “too willing to bend the rules.” In the third televised debate, when moderator Chris Wallace asked Ms. Clinton if she had kept a 2009 promise to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest in her dealings with the foundation, Ms. Clinton stumbled: She avoided the question, but defended the foundation as a “world-renowned charity.” If she does not capture the presidency next Tuesday, her failure to counter her rival’s “Crooked Hillary” slur will be one of the root causes of her defeat.

If she hangs on to win, however – and the polls still make her the favourite – close scrutiny of the Clintons’ extensive corporate ties will continue for as long as she’s in the Oval Office. In fact, Hillary Clinton would come to power with stronger ties to the Canadian business elite than any president before her. A Globe examination of Clinton Foundation documents and Bill and Hillary Clinton’s own financial disclosures reveal a web of connections into Bay Street that runs far deeper than Frank Giustra and his immediate circle.

The list of individuals and corporations with whom the Clintons have done business in the 16 years since they left the White House is a long one. The Clinton Foundation counts some of Canada’s best-known corporations – auto parts giant Magna International Inc.; mining company Barrick Gold Corp.; and Toronto-Dominion Bank – among its large donors.

Many wealthy individuals have also supported the charity. To take three examples: Lukas Lundin, chairman of the TSX-listed mining company that bears his name, donated $1-million to $5-million. Another $500,000 to $1-million came from Toronto real estate executive Michael Cooper, whose companies own a collection of prize office properties in Canada, including 50 per cent of Toronto’s Scotia Plaza. TD deputy chairman Frank McKenna, who was Canada’s ambassador to Washington when George W. Bush was president, kicked in $100,000 to $250,000. (The disclosures come in ranges, rather than stating exactly how much an individual donated.)

The Canadian connections

Bill and Hillary Clinton have deep ties with key players in Corporate Canada. Here are some notable executives with links to the couple, many of whom are current or former business associates of Frank Giustra.

    • The A-List
    • Frank GiustraGiustra
    • Frank McKennaMcKenna
    • Gordon GiffinGiffin
    • Frank StronachF. Stronach
    • Belinda StronachB. Stronach
    • Michael CooperCooper
    • Frank’s friends: mining
    • Ian TelferTelfer
    • Robert McEwenMcEwen
    • Randall OliphantOliphant
    • Neil WoodyerWoodyer
    • Robert CrossCross
    • Lukas LundinLundin
  • Frank’s friends: investing
  • Gordon KeepKeep
  • Frank HolmesHolmes
  • Michael WekerleWekerle
  • Robert DisbrowDisbrow
  • Paul ReynoldsReynolds
Credits: Reporting by Karen Howlett, illustrations by Murat Yükselir, interactive by Danielle Webb

Beyond the charity, the Canadian business establishment also played a not-insignificant role in the building of the Clintons’ personal fortune after Bill Clinton’s two terms as president were over.

Though Hillary Clinton was mocked for her claim that she and her husband were “dead broke” upon leaving the White House, the couple was grappling with large debts, such as millions of dollars in unpaid bills from Mr. Clinton’s endless legal fights, including his impeachment in 1998. While Ms. Clinton embarked on her own political career as a U.S. senator in 2000, her husband set about repairing their household finances and cashing in on his postpresidential life, mostly through speech making and book writing that proved extraordinarily lucrative.

Since 2001, the couple has pocketed $117.3-million in speaking fees. Most of that was earned by Bill Clinton and more than 10 per cent of it came from events in Canada, usually sponsored by big-name Canadian companies.

While Ms. Clinton’s opponent in the Democratic primary, Bernie Sanders, criticized her for giving high-priced speeches to major Wall Street firms such as Goldman Sachs, one of the most active financial institutions in procuring the Clintons’ services was TD Bank. Canada’s second-largest bank has sponsored a series of events featuring the Clintons as the star attraction, and from which they earned a seven-figure sum for several days’ work.

In November, 2008, Mr. Clinton earned $525,000 for three speeches in Moncton, Montreal and London, Ont. The following May, he spent two days in Canada, earning another $525,000 for speeches. All of his appearances were at motivational events organized by The Power Within Inc., which produces training programs for the general public and corporations and is sponsored by TD Bank.

Among the Canadian banks, TD has the most at stake in the U.S. market. It ranks among the top 10 retail banks in the United States, with 26,000 employees and a network of 1,300 branches along the East Coast, and it is the largest shareholder in U.S. online broker giant TD Ameritrade. A spokesperson for TD Bank said providing clients with face time and “unique opportunities to engage with diverse views and opinions from well-respected leaders” is a proven crowd pleaser.

But such events are not an effective way to lobby for specific policy changes, executives say. A former TD executive who has worked with both Clintons notes that the bank’s sponsorship of Bill Clinton’s 2008 speaking tour came after Hillary Clinton had been vanquished in the 2008 Democratic primary by Barack Obama, and it was far from clear what her political future would be. “If you’re looking for a connection between the speeches and what’s happening in this year’s election, it’s not there,” the executive said, “because we’re not that smart.”

TD has not been alone in using the Clintons as a way to gain favour with top customers or inspire employees. Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce – whose longest-standing board member, Gordon Giffin, is a long-time ally of the Clintons who raised money for Hillary’s first presidential bid – hired the former secretary of state to make appearances following the publication of her memoir in 2014. Ms. Clinton spoke to a sold-out lunch crowd in Winnipeg on Jan. 21, 2015, and then delivered the keynote address that same evening in Saskatoon, as part of the Global Perspectives series sponsored by CIBC. She earned $470,000 for what were some of her final paid speeches before she announced her run for the presidency.

Ms. Clinton was a “huge draw” based on her global perspective, said a CIBC spokesperson. “Hiring prominent speakers is something we do regularly as a value-add for our clients.”

Agents for the Clintons typically sign up half a dozen corporate sponsors for each event. Clients pay a premium of roughly $100,000 to be the lead sponsor and in return receive an opportunity to share the stage with the Clintons. At one event in Toronto in 2009 where Mr. Clinton and Mr. Bush appeared on stage together, marking the latter’s first major public appearance since leaving the White House, Mr. McKenna, the deputy chairman of TD Bank, got to swap stories with them, resulting in the bank getting a mention in The New York Times.

Frank McKenna, left, with former U.S. presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton in Toronto.

Frank McKenna, left, with former U.S. presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton in Toronto.

Handout/TD Bank/Reuters

That profile, along with the thrill of being in close proximity to a potential future president or to Mr. Clinton and his considerable star power, is what keeps corporations lining up to hire them.

But the notion that such events offer much opportunity for backroom lobbying of a potential future president is wrong, according to bankers and executives who have been involved with them. At one speech Ms. Clinton gave in Calgary in March, 2014, about 100 people associated with sponsors TD Bank and the Calgary Chamber of Commerce milled about sipping wine and bottled water at a reception before, including Mr. McKenna. There was just enough time to shake her hand and pose for a photo, said one of the attendees. “Within the span of about three seconds, you stood there, you said: ‘Hi. How are you?’ And that was it.”

Still, the speaking events and associated fees are not without controversy. An anti-Clinton book published last year by Peter Schweizer, a Republican activist and speechwriter, attempts to draw links between Hillary Clinton’s rising influence as Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013 and Bill Clinton’s rising fees. “Most ex-presidents see the demand for their speech-making decline as they move farther away from their time in office. The opposite applies to Bill.”

On the philanthropic side, the lion’s share of the money that the Clintons have raised from their Canadian connections has come not from the Toronto banking community, but through Mr. Giustra and his associates in the resource industry.

Throughout his career, Mr. Giustra, 59, has straddled the world’s of mining and film production. He transformed Vancouver brokerage firm Yorkton Securities Inc. into a major force in the world of international mining in the 1980s. In 1996, he left Yorkton, just as the mining sector was about to crash due to the Bre-X Minerals fraud and tumbling gold prices, and founded independent film company Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.

By 2001, he was focused on mining again, convinced that gold prices were poised for a rebound. He teamed up with Ian Telfer to acquire control of Wheaton River Minerals Ltd., a dormant company valued at $20-million. Four years later, Wheaton merged with Goldcorp Inc., now Canada’s second-largest gold producer. “We both believed that the gold price was about to break out,” Mr. Telfer, chairman of Goldcorp, told The Globe. “Turned out we were right.”

The huge rally in gold and other metals prices helped make both men wealthier than they ever could have imagined during the sector’s dark times. And by the middle of the last decade, Mr. Giustra was turning more of his attention to how he could use his fortune. Around that time that he met Mr. Clinton, of whom he once said: “My money is more effective backing Clinton than any other person I can think of on this planet.”

Through his personal charitable vehicle, the Radcliffe Foundation, Mr. Giustra has donated $66.4-million (Canadian) directly to the Clinton Foundation, ranking him in the top five of all donors. He also drummed up about $20-million in donations from high rollers in the investment community at a lavish 60th birthday party in 2006 for Mr. Clinton. The star-studded bash at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto included appearances by actor Billy Crystal and singers James Taylor and Sarah McLachlan.

Frank Giustra, foreground, speaks as former U.S. president Bill Clinton looks on during a 2007 press conference. Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

Mr. Giustra did not stop there. The following year, he came up with the idea of creating the Canadian arm of the foundation, the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (Canada), through which he has contributed a further $35.4-million. Mr. Telfer has contributed $2.3-million to the partnership through his charitable vehicle, Canada Revenue Agency filings show. Mr. Telfer said that he and many others in the mining sector were already supporting philanthropic initiatives; the Clinton Foundation’s work, which takes place in some of the same developing countries in Africa or South America where miners operate, “resonated with many of us in the mining industry.”

Mr. Telfer is part of a network of loyal associates who have profited handsomely from Mr. Giustra’s various mining projects, by buying into one of his shell companies before he rolls in a new set of mining assets. Another is Neil Woodyer, himself a Clinton Foundation donor. The latest venture of the two men is a company called Leagold Mining Corp., which has raised $35-million for acquisitions. Mr. Giustra is on the board and Mr. Woodyer is the chief executive officer, currently on the hunt in Mexico for mining assets.

Mr. Woodyer also donated to the Canadian arm of the Clinton Foundation. Supporting the work of the charity, which focuses its efforts in Latin America and other parts of the developing world, was a no-brainer, he said. While mining companies are good at digging holes, he said, they are not good at the “soft relations,” including long-term social and economic initiatives. “We were not thinking in terms of Washington politics,” Mr. Woodyer said in an interview. “Our involvement has been associated with mining and supporting Frank’s work.”

No matter how pure the intentions of the donors, though, the Clintons’ decision to raise funds from wealthy foreigners has proved to be a persistent thorn in the side of Hillary Clinton in her presidential campaign. Ms. Clinton has stressed she never made decisions as a U.S. senator or secretary of state based on donations to the foundation. But the “unique complication” that the charity would pose for her was anticipated during her Senate confirmation hearings for the cabinet post in 2009. “The Clinton Foundation exists as a temptation for any foreign entity or government that believes it could curry favour through a donation,” said then-senator Richard Lugar, a Republican, in calling on the charity to ban all foreign donations.

The foundation did not do so, and Ms. Clinton has paid a political price. One e-mail chain among the tens of thousands hacked from the accounts of Ms. Clinton’s campaign chairman, and released by WikiLeaks, sheds light on the potential for conflicts between Ms. Clinton’s role as a political figure and the charity’s sweeping global activities. The King of Morocco – a country with a spotty record on human rights – agreed to host a Clinton charitable summit in May, 2015, and give $12-million (U.S.), but only if Ms. Clinton attended the event. “This was HRC’s idea,” Huma Abedin, a top aide to Ms. Clinton, says in an e-mail, referring to her boss by her initials. “She created this mess and she knows it.”

Such e-mails – which her campaign has refused to authenticate – have proved embarrassing for her, giving Mr. Trump fodder for his stump speeches and forcing the Clinton Foundation to rethink how it operates. Bill Clinton has promised to put in place new restrictions if his wife wins the election – it would no longer accept donations from foreign countries or corporations and Mr. Clinton would step down from the board.

Scott Amey, general counsel of the Project on Government Oversight, a Washington-based non-partisan watchdog, said the proposed restrictions are a good first step, but more needs to be done to address potential conflicts of interest, including disclosing any meetings between White House staff and donors to the charity. “You want to make sure that your government is above reproach and is doing things in the best interests of taxpayers, and not in the best interests of political donors or family friends,” Mr. Amey said.

For his part, Mr. Giustra has said that in the event of a Hillary Clinton victory, he would spin off the Canadian charity into an independent entity, with a new name and no ties to the Clinton Foundation. It would “bring on new partners and funders” and Mr. Clinton would no longer be invited to travel on Mr. Giustra’s private jet, according to Mr. Brown, the financier’s lawyer.

“Without exaggeration, the charity’s life-saving work is Mr. Giustra’s life’s work, is very important and will continue on, regardless of sensationalistic headlines in the media, the usual drama of any particular election cycle or the identity of its participants.”

A formal separation between the charities of Mr. Giustra and the Clintons might, in fact, simplify matters for Mr. Giustra. Even relatively small business deals have been made more complicated by his close relationship with them.

Several years ago, for instance, a small publicly-traded company that he backed, Cannon Point Resources Ltd., gave $100,000 worth of stock options to the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership.

Then, last year, Cannon Point merged with Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd., a Vancouver company that has been locked in a legal battle with the U.S. federal Environmental Protection Agency. At stake is a potential treasure buried in granite-like rocks along a remote stretch of southwestern Alaska. The property, known as Pebble, contains not only copper and silver riches but at least 70 million ounces, or $90-billion (U.S.) worth, of gold. But it’s unclear whether anyone will ever be allowed to extract it: The area is also home to the world’s largest population of sockeye salmon.

The EPA has blocked the Pebble project, citing risks to spawning grounds in a nearby watershed. Northern Dynasty has accused the agency of misconduct by vetoing the project before undertaking any scientific inquiry. The fate of the mine could be decided on the watch of the next president.

What if that president is Hillary Clinton? Would the Giustra connection help the miners? “To even suggest that our client would seek to engage in political interference or intervention in connection with a government regulated approval process is beyond reckless and absurd,” said Mr. Brown.

But Mr. Giustra is taking absolutely no chances. He has already sold most of his shares in Northern Dynasty and plans to sell the rest soon, before the next U.S. president is sworn into office in January, his lawyer said.

“Although he continues to like the asset, think highly of management and the company’s prospects,” said Mr. Brown, “our client feels his continued share ownership will be distracting to the company.”



The Clintons in Canada

Bill and Hillary Clinton have been paid a total of $12.4-million (U.S.) for giving speeches in Canada since leaving the White House in 2000. The following is a comprehensive list of those events, sourced from disclosure documents.

Events are listed in chronological order, and can be filtered by speaker, province or year. (Only one filter can be applied at a time. Click or tap the arrows for additional information.)

Bill Clinton Jim Pattison Group March 9, 2001 Vancouver, B.C. $150,000
Bill Clinton Morgan Firestone Foundation May 2, 2001 Oakville, Ont. $125,000
Bill Clinton Canadian Society for Yad Vashem June 25, 2001 Toronto, Ont. $125,000
Bill Clinton SFX Sports Group Aug. 20, 2001 Aurora, Ont. $125,000
Bill Clinton Calgary Renaissance Nov. 8, 2001 Calgary, Alta. $125,000
Bill Clinton Pinpoint Knowledge Mgmt, The Portables Nov. 9, 2001 Richmond, B.C. $125,000
Bill Clinton ORT Montreal Feb. 18, 2002 Montreal, Que. $125,000
Bill Clinton Personal Dynamics April 5, 2002 Montreal, Que. $125,000
Bill Clinton Canadian Hadassah – WIZO July 29, 2002 Toronto, Ont. $125,000
Bill Clinton London Drugs Nov. 4, 2002 Mississauga, Ont. $125,000
Bill Clinton MDM Investments Ltd. Dec. 9, 2003 Winnipeg, Man. $125,000
Bill Clinton Hon. Frank McKenna’s Annual Business Networking Event May 5, 2004 Wallace, N.S. $125,000
Bill Clinton tinePublic Inc. Oct. 17, 2005 London, Ont. $125,000
Bill Clinton Inter’l Centre for Business Information Oct. 18, 2005 Toronto, Ont. $125,000
Bill Clinton The Power Within Inc. Oct. 18, 2005 Toronto, Ont. $350,000
Bill Clinton The Power Within Inc. Oct. 19, 2005 Calgary, Alta. $300,000
Bill Clinton Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center March 5, 2006 Toronto, Ont. $150,000
Bill Clinton The Power Within Inc. March 6, 2006 Ottawa, Ont. $270,000
Bill Clinton The Power Within Inc. March 7, 2006 Montreal, Que. $200,000
Bill Clinton tinePublic Inc. March 8, 2006 Saskatoon, Sask. $125,000
Bill Clinton tinePublic Inc. March 9, 2006 Edmonton, Alta. $150,000
Bill Clinton McCreath Communications March 9, 2006 Regina, Sask. $125,000
Bill Clinton The Power Within Inc. March 10, 2006 Vancouver, B.C. $300,000
Bill Clinton World Leaders Forum May 15, 2006 Toronto, Ont. $150,000
Bill Clinton tinePublic Inc. July 26, 2006 Halifax, N.S. $150,000
Bill Clinton Hon. Frank McKenna’s Annual Business Networking Event July 27, 2006 Wallace, N.S. $75,000
Bill Clinton Ardee’s Festival Inc. Sept. 6, 2006 Saint John, N.B. $150,000
Bill Clinton Jewish National Fund – Montreal Nov. 8, 2006 Ottawa, Ont. $150,000
Bill Clinton The Power Within on behalf of Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund Canada Nov. 9, 2006 Toronto, Ont. $150,000
Bill Clinton The Power Within on behalf of Que. Breakfast Club Nov. 9, 2006 Montreal, Que. $150,000
Bill Clinton McCreath Communications Nov. 10, 2006 Kelowna, B.C. $150,000
Bill Clinton tinePublic Inc. Nov. 10, 2006 Victoria, B.C. $100,000
Bill Clinton The Power Within Inc. April 3, 2007 Montreal, Que. $250,000
Bill Clinton Nemex Network Corp. June 20, 2007 Quebec City, Que. $150,000
Bill Clinton United Parcel Service June 20, 2007 Toronto, Ont. $150,000
Bill Clinton The Power Within Inc. Nov. 13, 2007 Toronto, Ont. $150,000
Bill Clinton The Power Within Inc. Nov. 13, 2007 Toronto, Ont. $200,000
Bill Clinton The Power Within Inc. Nov. 13, 2007 Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. $175,000
Bill Clinton Economic Club of Toronto April 25, 2008 Toronto, Ont. $175,000
Bill Clinton Green Living Enterprises April 25, 2008 Toronto, Ont. $175,000
Bill Clinton The Power Within Inc. June 20, 2008 Edmonton, Alta. $525,000
Bill Clinton The Power Within Inc. Oct. 16, 2008 Toronto, Ont. $200,000
Bill Clinton The Power Within Inc. Nov. 25, 2008 Moncton, N.B. $175,000
Bill Clinton The Power Within Inc. Nov. 25, 2008 Montreal, Que. $175,000
Bill Clinton The Power Within Inc. Nov. 26, 2008 London, Ont. $175,000
Bill Clinton The Power Within Inc. May 28, 2009 Halifax, N.S. $175,000
Bill Clinton The Power Within Inc. May 28, 2009 St. John’s, Nfld. $175,000
Bill Clinton The Power Within Inc. May 29, 2009 Toronto, Ont. $175,000
Bill Clinton Canadian National Exhibition Aug. 29, 2009 Toronto, Ont. $175,000
Bill Clinton TD Bank on behalf of ONEXONE charity Sept. 13, 2009 Toronto, Ont. $150,000
Bill Clinton TD Bank Nov. 3, 2009 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates* $175,000
Bill Clinton The Essex Region Conservation Foundation April 15, 2010 Windsor, Ont. $155,000
Bill Clinton The Vancouver Board of Trade May 20, 2010 Vancouver, B.C. $175,000
Bill Clinton The Power Within Inc. May 20, 2010 Calgary, Alta. $175,000
Bill Clinton The Power Within Inc. Oct. 29, 2010 Montreal, Que. $175,000
Bill Clinton University of New Brunswick May 11, 2011 Fredericton, N.B. $140,000
Bill Clinton St. Francis Xavier University May 11, 2011 Antigonish, N.S. $140,000
Bill Clinton Yum! Restaurants International May 27, 2011 Vancouver, B.C. $160,000
Bill Clinton City of Surrey, B.C. Oct. 20, 2011 Surrey, B.C. $175,000
Bill Clinton Ontario Chamber of Commerce Nov. 21, 2011 Toronto, Ont. $175,000
Hillary Clinton The Vancouver Board of Trade March 5, 2014 Vancouver, B.C. $275,500
Hillary Clinton tinePublic Inc. March 6, 2014 Calgary, Alta. $225,500
Hillary Clinton Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal March 18, 2014 Montreal, Que. $275,000
Bill Clinton Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center May 12, 2014 Toronto, Ont. $275,000
Hillary Clinton tinePublic Inc. June 16, 2014 Toronto, Ont. $150,000
Hillary Clinton tinePublic Inc. June 18, 2014 Edmonton, Alta. $100,000
Bill Clinton Hogan Lovells US LLP June 20, 2014 Toronto, Ont. $225,000
Hillary Clinton Canada 2020 Oct. 6, 2014 Ottawa, Ont. $275,500
Hillary Clinton tinePublic Inc. Jan. 21, 2015 Winnipeg, Man. $267,500
Hillary Clinton tinePublic Inc. Jan. 21, 2015 Saskatoon, Sask. $202,500
Hillary Clinton Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce Jan. 22, 2015 Whistler, B.C. $150,000

Sources: Office of Government Ethics Financial Disclosures, 2000-2015; Executive Branch Public Financial Disclosure Reports / *The only event listed here that did not take place in Canada

Sep 082018
 

UPDATE:  Kamphuis is still missing.  (He disappeared Aug 20).

 

Arjen Kamphuis is “associated” with Julian Assange.

RELATED:   Chronologically

May  09    Defend yourself in this digital world. No one else will do it for you. | Arjen Kamphuis | TEDx

“Arjen Kamphuis” in his own words.   9.5 minute TEDx Talk.

Sept 03     Julian Assange’s associate cyber security expert mysteriously missing in Norway

Sept 07     (this posting – – report from American mainstream media)

Sept 12     Belongings of missing associate of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange are found in the sea off of Norway

 

The Scandic Hotel in Bodo, Norway. Arjen Kamphuis, a long-time internet activist, was last seen checking out of the hotel on the afternoon of Aug. 20.CreditCreditPer-Inge Johnsen/Scapix, via Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

 

By Henrik Pryser Libell

 

OSLO — In a remote Norwegian town north of the Arctic Circle, a cybersecurity expert with ties to WikiLeaks checked out of a hotel, dressed in khaki hiking gear and carrying heavy baggage.

 

That was on Aug. 20. No one has reported seeing him since

 

The disappearance of Arjen Kamphuis, 46, has so far flummoxed a widening police investigation that has chased stray clues and false leads in Norway, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden. Norwegian police have released statements saying that they have no idea whether he was a victim of foul play, but that they “are open to all possibilities.”

 

The uncertainty, and Mr. Kamphuis’s links to WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy organization that has run afoul of governments and other powerful interests, has the internet buzzing with conspiracy theories. Some suggest a kidnapping — or worse — involving Russia, the C.I.A., MI6, Islamists or the Clintons, while others ask if he intended to disappear, possibly on some secret assignment for WikiLeaks.

 

Other spurs to speculation include that Bodo, the town where he was last seen, is home to Norway’s main military air base, that the armed forces’ joint operations center is nearby, and that part of the country’s cyberdefense center is hidden in a mountain outside town. Investigators have ruled out any connection between the military presence and his disappearance.

 

Friends say that Mr. Kamphuis, who is Dutch, was genuinely in Norway for vacation, had been there a few times before, and had plans to return to the Netherlands.

 

“He’s an avid hiker and mountaineer,” said Ancilla van de Leest, 33, a friend and prominent Dutch activist for online privacy rights.

 

On Twitter, WikiLeaks described Mr. Kamphuis as an “associate” of Julian Assange, the group’s founder. Mr. Assange has lived for years in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London to avoid arrest and what he fears would be extradition to the United States to face prosecution for publishing government secrets.

 

But Mr. Kamphuis’s precise relationship with WikiLeaks is unclear. Friends say he is not close to Mr. Assange, but he has reportedly offered training to WikiLeaks members relating to “Information Security for Journalists,” a handbook he co-wrote on how to shield communications and data from government surveillance.

 

Bodo is on a peninsula bordering one of the hundreds of ocean inlets that crease Norway’s mountainous, wooded coastline. Police have reported that before heading north, Mr. Kamphuis bought a foldable kayak from an outdoor equipment store in the Netherlands, and told the manager that he planned to paddle the fjords.

 

After leaving the Scandic Hotel in Bodo on Aug. 20, Mr. Kamphuis had planned on taking a 10-hour train ride south to Trondheim, Norway, Ms. van de Leest said in a telephone interview. The Dutch police have said that he was booked on an Aug. 22 flight back to the Netherlands.

Arjen Kamphuis Credit Dennis van Zuijlekom

 

He did not make the train or the plane, but he was not reported missing until Aug. 29, when friends and colleagues in the Netherlands alerted the Dutch police.

 

At first, the case was not taken seriously, Ms. van der Leest complained. But as days passed and search crews in and around Bodo failed to turn up any sign of Mr. Kamphuis, the investigation intensified, spurred on by online publicity campaigns, most of them using the hashtag #FindArjen.

 

The search has grown into a cross-border hunt for a man who specializes in evading detection. The Norwegian National Criminal Investigation Service, Kripos, has assigned investigators in Oslo to the case, and on Tuesday, it sent four officers to Bodo.

 

The Dutch police searched Mr. Kamphuis’s apartment in Amsterdam, taking DNA samples from his toothbrush, Ms. van de Leest said.

 

Partial breakthroughs have only added to the mystery. The police revealed that 10 days after Mr. Kamphuis had disappeared in the High North, someone tried to use his cellphone near the village of Vikesa, 650 miles south of Bodo, attempting to activate a German SIM card.

 

Unconfirmed sightings of the missing man have been reported in Sweden and as far away as southern Denmark, in two towns on the North Sea coast, Esbjerg and Ribe. Those reports and the SIM card pulled the German, Danish and Swedish police into the investigation.

 

A grass-roots, crowdsourced hunt has also taken shape online, with people passing on potential clues and sightings to the police.

 

Some false leads have drawn the attention of amateur sleuths and the news media, including excitement a few days ago about the sighting of an abandoned tent in Lofoten, an archipelago north of Bodo that is popular with hikers, which turned out to be unrelated to Mr. Kamphuis.

 

Hundreds of people are reported missing in Norway each year, and although most are located within hours or days, 15 to 30 per year are not found, officials say. Kayaking and mountain climbing accidents kill a handful of people each year, according to the Norwegian Maritime Authority and the Norwegian Mountain Climber Association.

 

“After all this, there is no scenario that I haven’t thought about. It could literally be anything,” Ms. van de Leest said.

 

“He wasn’t afraid to make enemies,” she added. “He did not ‘hide his opinions under a chair,’ as we say in Holland.”

 

Richard Martyn-Hemphill contributed reporting from London.

Sep 072018
 

 

Manitoba-born actor Adam Beach also cast in Percy, film based on Percy Schmeiser’s true story

Christopher Walken and Christina Ricci are starring in Percy, a movie being filmed in Winnipeg. (Scythia Films)

 

One of Hollywood’s biggest stars is in Winnipeg to take on the role of a small-town Prairie farmer in the new film Percy, which is currently shooting in the city.

Academy Award-winner Christopher Walken plays Percy Schmeiser, a Saskatchewan canola farmer who was sued by American biotech giant Monsanto, in the movie.

The original screenplay was written by Hilary Pryor and Garfield L. Miller and is being produced by Scythia Films.

Christina Ricci is also in the movie, playing Rebecca Salcau, an activist fighting against genetically modified organisms.

Manitoba-born actor Adam Beach is set to play Percy’s neighbour, while Canadian actors Roberta Maxwell and Luke Kirby will take on the roles of Schmeiser’s wife and son.

Martin Donovan and Peter Stebbings will also take on supporting roles.

Fight went to Supreme Court

Schmeiser received a letter from Monsanto on Aug. 6, 1998, notifying him he was being sued by Monsanto for patent violation. The company’s genetically modified canola, which is resistant to its weedkiller, Roundup, was found growing on his farm.

Schmeiser argued those seeds landed on his land by accident and therefore he owned them because they were on his property.

Saskatchewan farmer Percy Schmeiser fought a losing court battle against American agri-giant Monsanto. (Canadian Press/Jonathan Hayward)

 

Since Schmeiser never bought the company’s Roundup Ready seeds, Monsanto claimed he knowingly harvested and re-grew their stolen property.

While some farmers use seeds from one year’s crop for the next year, Roundup Ready must be bought every year.

The case was heard at the Federal Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. In the end, the SCC sided with Monsanto in a five-to-four decision. However, each party had to pay their own legal expenses.

The film recreates Schmeiser’s battle.

Filming will also take place in Mumbai, India and surrounding areas.

Sep 072018
 

 

REFERENCE, THE REPORT TO THE GOVERNMENT re CLIMATE CHANGE  (2013):

Save Coastal Forest Estuary Land

  • French Creek Estuary Lands
#Environment
Target:
Regional District of Nanaimo, Chair: Bill Veenhof, Joe Stanhope, et al; MOTI, Michael Pearson
Region:
Canada

From its headwaters in the mountainous regions of central Vancouver Island, French Creek opens into a spectacular Estuary as it flows into the Salish Sea. Twenty-three acres of intact forest stands on its north bank forming an integral connection between water and land.

French Creek is home to Wild Pacific Salmon
•Pink, Chinook, Coho and Chum salmon; plus Steelhead and Cutthroat Trout
•100,000 Chum fry and 35,000 Coho fry were released into its waters in 2018.
•The Fisheries Protection Act considers French Creek to be a “sensitive stream.”

UNESCO Biosphere Region and Parksville-Qualicum Beach Wildlife Protection Area
•This ecologically sensitive land is part of the UNESCO Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region
•Designated as part of the Parksville-Qualicum Beach Wildlife Protection Area.
•It is the last remaining Coastal Forest between the towns of Parksville and Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island (see map).

Provides Important Habitat For Wildlife
With a mature coastal forest of Douglas Fir trees, pond and marsh, it harbours:
•Nesting Bald Eagles, Great Blue Herons and Owls
•Beaver and Otter families
•Migrating and Resident Ducks and Geese including Brant
•Turtles and Frogs
•Numerous bird species including Hawks, Ravens, Flickers and many song birds

Fish populations depend upon the mature intact forest which serves to impede runoff from heavy rainfall, mitigate erosion, decrease sediment loading, protect from contaminants, and prevent flooding.

Protect This Estuary Land From Development – Please Sign This Petition

A subdivision development has been proposed on this 23 acre land. Let’s protect this Coastal Forest, the Creek and its Estuary and keep wildlife habitat intact.

We, the undersigned, oppose the subdivision application proposed for the 23-acre parcel of land bordering the French Creek Estuary (Qualicum-side) and request that the Regional District of Nanaimo and Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure deny any planning application to place multi-unit dwellings on this land.

 

Sep 072018
 

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