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Canadian Environmentalists Protest Their Government’s Attacks Against Activists and NGOs

Wide Range of Groups Participating in BlackOutSpeakOut Campaign

A coalition of Canadian environmental groups is turning up the heat on the federal government this coming week to protest what they are calling “unprecedented actions” by government officials to curtail democratic debate and public process regarding Canada’s development of the Alberta…
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by: Ron Johnson – June 3, 2012

Canadian Govt Tries to Crack Down on Canadians and Americans Opposed to Tar Sands Pipeline

Government dubs Vancouver group “Enemy of the State” and warns of foreign “radicals”

Andrew Frank is fast becoming a symbol for everything that is wrong with the Canadian federal government when it comes to Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline and the supposedly impartial Joint Review Panel that is deciding whether to approve the mammoth, twin pipeline…
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by: Ron Johnson – February 21, 2012

With Keystone XL Delayed, Tar Sands Fight Turns to Enbridge Pipeline

Indigenous Groups Organizing to Halt Pipeline through British Columbia

With approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline stalled by the White House, the battle over the expansion of the Alberta tar sands and continuation of the carbon economy has turned to Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline. Northern Gateway calls for a 1,177-kilometer…
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by: Ron Johnson – December 5, 2011

What Does Canada’s Election Mean for the Fate of the Tar Sands?

Conservative Party Takes Control of Government

At first glance, the ‪re-election‬ of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is a serious setback to those on both sides of the border who are battling expansion of the Alberta tar sands and trying, at the very least, to improve environmental standards…
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by: Ron Johnson – May 9, 2011

Tunnel Vision

Oil companies are determined to build two massive new pipelines to transport crude from the tar sands. Local activists, concerned about spills and water quality, have geared up to fight them.

istockphoto.com “This is our last fight. For us, for the four-legged ones, for the flyers and the swimmers.” Those are the words of Helen Clifton, a passionate Gitga’at elder from Hartley Bay, a village situated in the Great Bear Rainforest – the largest intact temperate rainforest left on the planet. Clifton’s town is about 40 miles south of the port city of Kitimat, where the Canadian energy company Enbridge is planning to…
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by: Ron Johnson – Spring 2011

New Frontiers for Black Gold

Extracting oil from tar sands is technically difficult, environmentally destructive, and expensive. It’s also lucrative. No surprise, then, that countries around the world are sizing up their own tar sands for exploitation. In the US, approximately 32 billion barrels of oil are contained in eight deposits in the Colorado River watershed of eastern Utah. Although the reserves are not of the same scale as the Athabasca oil sands, investors are eagerly eyeing…
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by: Ron Johnson – Spring 2011

Post-Mortem on G8 and G20: Climate Change Remains a Non-Issue

The G20 Summit is almost two years old. And like an infant approaching its terrible twos, the ad hoc gang of developed countries with no real structure or mandate is starting to get out of hand. Heading into the G8 and G20…
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by: Ron Johnson – June 29, 2010

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