Aug 202018

This is your invitation to a presentation in Courtenay on September 13, 2018 about the takeover of our democracy by Big Oil.  Kevin Taft, former Liberal member of the legislative assembly in Alberta will be promoting his latest book “Oil’s Deep State”.  He draws on his personal experience as the leader of the official opposition […]

Aug 202018

Media Advisory – Press Conference – Tuesday August 21, 2018   A New Era: Abandoning Defunct Nuclear Reactors   The Government of Canada is spending billions on such projects and there are no national policies to stop this from happening.   Who: Chief April Adams-Phillips, Mohawk Council of Akwesasne Gilles Provost, Ralliement contre la pollution […]

Aug 192018
2017-10  Book, Oil's Deep State, How the petroleum industry undermines democracy and stops action on global warming - in Alberta, and in Ottawa, by Kevin Taft   –  Who’s in Charge? Oil’s Deep State How the petroleum industry undermines democracy and stops action on global warming – in Alberta, and in Ottawa By Kevin Taft   About the Book Reviews & Awards Author Biography Customer Reviews Why have democratic governments failed to take serious steps to reduce carbon emissions despite dire […]

Aug 062018

With thanks to Elaine: – – – – – – Estimates of exceedances of critical loads for acidifying deposition in Alberta and Saskatchewan Paul A. Makar1, Ayodeji Akingunola1, Julian Aherne2, Amanda S. Cole1, Yayne-abeba Aklilu3, Junhua Zhang1, Isaac Wong4, Katherine Hayden1, Shao-Meng Li1, Jane Kirk5, Ken Scott6, Michael D. Moran1, Alain Robichaud1, Hazel Cathcart2, […]

Jul 312018

COMMENTARY & UPDATES,  followed by the news article, “Cameco lays off . . . ” Recent postings,  tax-payers are on-the-hook for large portions of the $4 billion cost of cleaning up 30,000 abandoned oil and gas wells in Saskatchewan (Report of the Provincial Auditor) who knows how many more abandoned o&g wells in Alberta and […]

Jul 112018

You may have guessed:  I am making plans now, to attend the following. Please help spread the word.  And let your MP know your position (not necessarily the same as mine!).     Thanks!  Sandra – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – CORRECTION:   I did not write the notice […]

Jun 172018

I was curious about which Canadian banks have been payrolling the expansions of the Tar Sands (Ft McMurray, AB)  and Kinder Morgan, especially after the largest international bank, HSBC, pulled out?   The data is in another posting. TD Bank is the largest, with more than $700 million  in loans and commitments to Tar Sands and […]

Jun 172018
2016-11-01  Saskatchewan Party received millions in donations from Alberta companies  (Oil and Gas in particular).  CBC

TWO ARTICLES:  Critics call Brad Wall’s actions in Alberta undemocratic and unethical Drew Anderson, Robson Fletcher · CBC News · Brad Wall said he’s not considering changes to Saskatchewan’s political donation rules. (Adam Hunter/CBC)   EXCERPT Oil and gas money After compiling the data, using publicly available political donation records dating back to 2006, […]

Jun 152018
2018-06-07   The Petro-State.  Provincial Auditor Saskatchewan: abandoned oil & gas wells, $4 billion (Alberta will be many times more).   Revolving door:  former premier Brad Wall now at Osler Law Firm (help for Kinder Morgan).  Before that, Dwayne Lingenfelter to Nexen.

The total number of inactive wells in Saskatchewan has increased by almost 90% between 2005 and 2017 to about 30,000. – – – – – – Tax-payers across Canada – – maybe we should start tightening our belts ?   The SK Provincial Auditor is talking potential $4 billion cleanup costs for abandoned wells Alberta […]

Jun 152018
2018-06-01  Every Canadian Unknowingly Gives $100 a Year to Big Oil, Study Reveals,  Motherboard

And that’s before the Trudeau government blew $4.5 billion on the Trans Mountain pipeline. Stephen Leahy Jun 6 2018, 6:00am Image: Shutterstock While paying near record-high gasoline prices, Canadians will be thrilled to know every woman, man, and child in Canada also “donates” around $100 ($77 USD) to profitable, and often foreign-owned, oil and gas […]