“It’s not going to happen,” say defiant opponents of Energy East mega-pipeline project

Canadian opposition growing — from Indigenous people, local communities, land owners, NGOs, and environmentalists

No 1176 Posted by fw, October 30, 2014

“Following TransCanada’s announcement that the permit had been officially submitted to the National Energy Board of Canada (NEB), environmental organizations, First Nations communities, and local organizers vowed to stop the pipeline. ‘It’s not going to happen,’ said Patrick Bonin of Greenpeace Canada. ‘Energy East would negate all the good work on climate that has been done at the provincial level, pose a major threat to millions of people’s drinking water and disrespect Canadians in Eastern Canada, who care as much as any other Canadian about oil spills contaminating their homes, waterways and livelihoods.’”Deirdre Fulton, Common Dreams

To read the original article, clink on the following linked title. Alternatively, below is a reposted version.

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On Proposed Mega-Pipeline, Tar Sands Opponents Vow: ‘It’s Not Going to Happen’ by Deirdre Fulton, Common Dreams. October 30. 2014

TransCanada applies for permits to build ‘Energy East’—which would be longest pipeline in North America—environmentalists and local communities vow to stop it

 

Proposed route of TransCanada's Energy East Pipeline

Proposed route of TransCanada’s Energy East Pipeline

The energy corporation TransCanada on Thursday filed a 30,000-page regulatory application for its proposed Energy East Pipeline Project, which is expected to cost approximately $12 billion and would transport 1.1 million barrels of tar sands oil daily from Alberta and Saskatchewan in Western Canada to the Irving oil refining complex in Saint John, New Brunswick.

If built, it would be the longest oil pipeline in North America—almost 3,000 miles—and would cross at least 90 watersheds and 961 waterways. Part of the project involves constructing a marine terminal and storage facility in Cacouna, Quebec, on the Saint Lawrence River.

“We will fight Energy East every step of the way, and we are far from alone.”
—Andrea Harden-Donahue, Council of Canadians

Following TransCanada’s announcement that the permit had been officially submitted to the National Energy Board of Canada (NEB), environmental organizations, First Nations communities, and local organizers vowed to stop the pipeline.

“It’s not going to happen,” said (pdf) Patrick Bonin of Greenpeace Canada. “Energy East would negate all the good work on climate that has been done at the provincial level, pose a major threat to millions of people’s drinking water and disrespect Canadians in Eastern Canada, who care as much as any other Canadian about oil spills contaminating their homes, waterways and livelihoods.”

Though the pipeline company claims to have been “out in the field for more than 18 months gathering data, performing environmental studies and engaging with Aboriginal and stakeholder groups in the initial design and planning of the project,” some of those groups don’t feel that their concerns have been heard.

“TransCanada entered my territory, Kanehsatàke, like a slick snake oil salesman with promises of jobs and economic benefits,” said Ellen Gabrielof Kanehsatàke, a Mohawk community in Quebec. “The company’s unscrupulous manner to impress upon our community that Energy East is a ‘done deal’ is unethical and coercive. In the absence of our free prior and informed consent, it would be illegal for the National Energy Board to grant TransCanada an application for Energy East.”

Just this week, voters in three Ontario cities—Kenora, North Bay, and Thunder Bay—elected city councils with strong mandates to oppose Energy East; Thunder Bay, in northwestern Ontario, also re-elected Mayor Keith Hobbs, who is an opponent of the pipeline. In the Canadian capital of Ottawa, a majority on city council have expressed concerns about Energy East, while more than 40,000 Canadians have signed petitions opposing Energy East.

“We will fight Energy East every step of the way, and we are far from alone,” said Andrea Harden-Donahue, Council of Canadians’ energy and climate justice campaigner. “Right now we are in Atlantic Canada, where momentum is building against Energy East. Fishers, landowners, Indigenous people and local communities are becoming aware that Energy East will cause unsustainable expansion of the tar sands and a significant increase in pollution, yet there is no mention of these impacts in TransCanada’s filing.”

The NEB has said it will not consider the climate impacts of the pipeline in its assessment, despite the fact the greenhouse gas emissions generated by filling Energy East’s capacity would be equivalent to adding more than 7 million cars a year to Canada’s roads, according to a February report by the Pembina Institute.

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“Stephen Harper is the most deeply reviled Prime Minister in Canada’s history,” says Prof. John McMurtry

No-holds-barred, scathing criticism of Stephen Harper by Univ. of Guelph philosophy professor

No 1175 Posted by fw, October 29, 2014

“He is the most despotic and toxic first minister in the life of our country. His administration defunds every social program and life protective system it can. It strips the country of its public information infrastructures at every level – including now the gagging of non-profit NGO’s by eliminating their charitable status if they question any policy of his regime.” Prof. John McMurtry

John McMurtry, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Guelph and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, blasts Harper with a ferocious volley of piercing descriptors: servant of Big Oil, despotic, toxic, gagging, backing big money, continual lies, life-blind policies, robotic, policies to enrich the already rich, perverting the law, abuse of power, wrecking society, stench, silence all facts, cunning, destroy river systems, Goodale scandal, despotic rule, quasi-police state, destroying Canada piece by piece, total control, punitive, vindictive, vengeful, intolerant … and more – Get the picture? 

To read McMurty’s original piece, click on the following linked title. Or, below, read a reposting with added text highlighting.

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Canada: Decoding Harpers Terror Game. Beneath the Masks and Diversions by Prof. John McMurtry, The Rebel, October 28, 2014

Stephen Harper is the most deeply reviled Prime Minister in Canada’s history. On the world stage, he is the servant of Big Oil boiling oil out of tar-sands to destroy major river systems and pollute the planet with dirty oil, while his attack dog John Baird leads the warmongering and bullying of nations like Iran and Syria targeted by the US-Israeli axis.

He is the most despotic and toxic first minister in the life of our country. His administration defunds every social program and life protective system it can. It strips the country of its public information infrastructures at every level – including now the gagging of non-profit NGO’s by eliminating their charitable status if they question any policy of his regime.

Just as his friend George Bush Jr., Harper holds government by big-money backing, continual lies, attack ads, and life-blind policies to enrich the already rich. Canada’s neo-con political class may have its head on backwards, but Harper is very cunning in skirting, subverting and perverting the law to abuse power at every level. He is the poster boy of the global corporate agenda of wrecking society and its common life support systems.

Harper also owes his political life to the RCMP. After a non-confidence vote triggered the 2006 election, RCMP commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli instructed his staff to include former Liberal finance minister Ralph Goodale’s name in a news release announcing a criminal investigation. This reversed the stench of the Harper regime’s continuous scandals and corruption onto the Liberals by a false RCMP smear. As a former top insider of the Tory party advised me, “the RCMP won the election for Harper”. The re-elected Harper regime then surrounded the RCMP with blocks to silence all facts – the signature operation – so the truly deepest scandal of the era proceeded with impunity to the present day. So it is not surprising that CSIS, the RCMP and Harper are collaborating to get more secret powers for the police and spooks in return for serving Harper’s underlying agenda.

How “Acts of Terrorism” Fit the Known M.O. 

Harper certainly needs an accepted domestic enemy to save him from the rising revulsion of the thinking public against his rule. His regime’s record of destroying the life substance of Canada piece by piece cannot be denied. One already knew what was coming when Harper immediately called the crazed run-over of soldiers in Quebec on October 20 “a terrorist act” about which he was “deeply worried”. In fact, it was the act of a criminally insane loner run amok in a small Quebec town without any evident objective as required under the law’s definition of terrorism. But with the foreknowledge of his addled Islam by the RCMP and CSIS, he seems to have been an ideal patsy for Harper’s home “terrorism” claim. He had already been arrested and his passport cancelled in June. We can imagine how an effective undercover agent might have whipped him into a Jihad frenzy knowing he would soon be full of holes and unable to report what happened.

One can more clearly see such a scenario in the case of the clinically insane, drug-addicted petty criminal living in a homeless shelter in Ottawa who had warned a judge in front of the police back in 2011:”‘If you can’t keep me in, I’m going to do something”. Who could have been a better tool for the events to come? On October 22 after the first “As a “radicalized terrorist” attack, a double-barrelled shotgun impossible to hide that no-one saw before ended up in the hands of Micheal Zebaf-Bibeau. The rest is history. He went on a killing spree with no known blood testing afterwards for the drugs he was evidently driven by in the video record of his frenzied and super-charged behaviour, just as there was no known test of the body of crazed drive-over killer, Martin Couture-Rouleau. How extraordinary. How unspoken in the lavish profusion of other details and official false connection to ISIS.

“Terrorist” stops the mind, and “jihadist” locks it in. Harper’s first invocation of the mind-stopper was, as always, strategic. Although blood tests for a substance-abuse driving offense are automatic, none was reported although the videos show every sign of chemical possession. Bibeau too went crazy and was dead with countless bullets through him before any questions could be asked. All such strange coincidences are part of the now familiar covert-state MO.

Joining the Dots

Since Harper publicly claimed an “act of terrorism” two days before the sensational Ottawa murder and crashing of Parliament and as soon as the Quebec killing occurred, questions arise. The normally zipper-lip Harper did so long before any forensic facts were in, and before the idea even occurred to anyone else. Why? Revealingly the federal security state had been running war games exercises depicting just such attacks weeks before the crazed murders (Canadian Authorities Ran War Game Drills Depicting ISIS Attack Scenarios [by] Brandon Martinez, Global Research, October 24, 2014). Lone-wolf nut cases, killings out of nowhere, unknown motivators and arming, and the state leader most profiting from  mutation of the demented murders into “terrorist acts” before anyone else – – who joins the dots? It is taboo to think through such situations, and this too is known beforehand. Sure enough within the day, the RCMP and CSIS get the new extraordinary powers they sought, and for the first time in office the robotic Harper is behaving with a warmth not even extended to his young son with whom he shakes hands in farewell. He is hugging opposition leaders in Parliament to show a new human side to complete the image makeover in motion.

Harper is happy because he thinks his next election is saved. But the first forensic question in acts of murderous crimes is again never asked. The hypnotic trance of “terrorism” in sedate Ottawa holds the narrative unchallenged. Cui bono? Who benefits from these unbelievable closed-case murders in two days which have the media headlining “terrorism” and “anti-terrorist legislation” everywhere Canadians look, and Harper now as the strong hand in charge. The top banner headline of the weekend Globe screamed “How far should we go?”

Home-Grown Terror for Harper’s Re-Election

The first function of the terrorist claim is the standard one – diversion from the ailing economy and the majority’s growing revulsion of the leader and his party. Harper has made enemies of every thinking Canadian in the country by his stripping of the country’s public life and knowledge bases, and reversing the country’s global reputation as an agent of peace, social conscience and reverence for nature. Diversion to a constructed Enemy is the oldest strategy in the book of despised heads of state, and Harper is in unprecedented need for distraction to another target to uplift him at the same time. Bush Jr. ran on this formula for eight years.

If the stratagem is not seen through, the second big boost to Harper will be to justify the despotic rule and quasi-police state he has built with ever more prisons amidst declining crime, ever more ant-terrorist rhetoric and legislation, ever more cuts to life support systems and protections (the very ones which would have prevented these murderous rampages), and ever more war-mongering and war-criminal behaviours abroad. The evil regime of despotic control and life oppression he has instituted surpasses any ill rule in the nation’s history. As the US prototype of the life-blind right wing has taught him, the greatest justification of one’s rule is knee-jerk hatred of a safe Enemy. But in Canada, that does not work over time. So the domestic “acts of terrorism” in Quebec and Ottawa itself provide the needed Enemy within Canada to justify anything with ever new pomp, mandatory agreement of others, and ruling power at centre stage.

Diagnosing the Drive to Total Control

The rest follows. The “New Terrorist Laws” in execution were already the feature news headline on Oct 25, allowing for any new surveillance and control of citizens. Keep in mind our already-installed totalitarian airport regime that deprives people of water and hygiene products, dehumanizes all, and undresses millions with no questions allowed any step of the way. It is a synecdoche of the larger total rule advancing with the Harper gang in charge further than ever before. “Nothing can be the same again” cheer the corporate media in choral support.

More favours to the Harper regime from the RCMP and CSIS may be in store – for example, false allegations and naming of even the most honest opponents like Ralph Goodale who spent “the worst year of my life” recovering from the RCMP smear that kept Harper in power. It is a bit like the War Measures Act – new capacity to lock down any city at any time with armed-force control pervading the streets and police-army powers in the glory of mass-controlling armed command and kill license. It has already happened in Ottawa with a lone crazy, and the lock-down was infinitely more heavy-handed than in 1970 Montreal which I observed first hand. Keep in mind the trumped-up cause for it – one likely-drugged and managed murderous homeless mental case dead before any questions could be asked.

Observe too how the language changes to fit the agenda of total control. The keys are “terrorists” for lone individuals driven crazy with no more social supports for them, and “radicalization” with no modifier as the ultimate problem of thought behind the terror. What deprived group or oppositional rethinking cannot be so labelled? These psych-ops are already in full motion now. They have been minted into ruling group-mind by the mocked-up “terrorists attacks” at home, and Harper rule can only go further by such trances of normalized stupefaction now reinforced with Canadian blood.

Behind all the public psych-ops is the operation of reverse projection long perfected by the US war-machine. Blame the opposition for what you are doing as the reason for attacking them. At the Canada level, the reverse projections define the Harper regime. He is punitively and vindictively despotic, rigidly and vengefully doctrinaire, intolerant of deviation, shames and slanders at will, and overrides every democratic constraint to his insatiable drive to total control. Narrow and life-blind absolutism, indifference to others’ suffering, and certitude of virtue while destroying people and common life support systems complete the unseen rule of terror at work. A coterie of mediocre and corrupt subordinates surround and serve him to allow no shard of light in on the ruling mission of society destruction.

With most people not yet suspecting it, Harper rule is an Americanada mirror image of the jihad-fascism he uses to multiply his and his corporate allies’ rights and powers. Behind him lies the transnational money-sequence cancer he embodies in every policy line.

John McMurtry is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Guelph and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is the author of The Cancer Stage of Capitalism: From Crisis to Cure, the multi-volume Philosophy and World Problems, written for the UNESCO Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems, Value Wars (Pluto Press, 2002) and Unequal Freedoms: The Global Market as an Ethical System (1998).

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BC university prof joins campout on Burnaby Mountain in protest of NEB decision favouring Kinder Morgan

Simon Fraser University biochemistry professor, Lynne Quarmby, prepared to be arrested

No 1174 Posted by fw, October 27, 2014

“In the past 24 hours tensions have been rising as we anticipate the return of Kinder Morgan with an injunction and orders for us to be arrested. A group of us has been holding vigil in the Conservation Forest on Burnaby Mountain since the September 3 felling of thirteen trees by a Kinder Morgan crew…. The NEB has favored Kinder Morgan in every decision so far, showing complete disregard for the Coast Salish people concerned about the disposition of their land; the people of Burnaby concerned about parkland and neighborhoods; and the large numbers of British Columbians who do not want to see an increased risk of oil spills on our coast. These concerns the NEB have heard and rejected. They have refused to even listen to those of us concerned about climate change.”Lynne Quarmby, Simon Fraser University biochem prof

Although I have been blogging since March 2010, I rarely come across stories about Canadian academics either participating in or adding their voices in support of citizen activist events. Why is that? So here’s my loud hurrah for professor Lynne Quarmby.

Professor Quarmby reports on her personal experience as part of a group of citizens camped out on Burnaby Mountain. They have erected a barricade to prevent access to an area Kinder Mountain wants to drill. To read her original report, click on the following linked title. Alternatively, below is a reposting of her account minus a photo.

SFU professor expecting her arrest for blockade of Kinder Morgan by Lynne Quarmby, Vancouver Observer, October 26, 2014

“We anticipate the return of Kinder Morgan with an injunction and orders for us to be arrested” – SFU biochemistry professor Lynne Quarmby

Several citizens have camped out on Burnaby Mountain in protest over the access granted to Kinder Morgan to resume its pipeline test drilling by the National Energy Board on Thursday.  

The company can now give the City of Burnaby 48 hours notice, and legally access the contentious Conservation area.  They have erected a physical blockade of wood and construction materials to prevent access to the bole hole areas the company wishes to drill. They say they have 100 people ready to attend.

SFU biochemistry professor Lynne Quarmby is among those attending the site, and says she is prepared to be arrested to stop the activity.  She previously was arrested in 2012 for blocking coal trains for export.  This is her commentary below.

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Lynne Quarmby arrested in 2012 for blocking a coal train

Lynne Quarmby arrested in 2012 for blocking a coal train

In the past 24 hours tensions have been rising as we anticipate the return of Kinder Morgan with an injunction and orders for us to be arrested. A group of us has been holding vigil in the Conservation Forest on Burnaby Mountain since the September 3 felling of thirteen trees by a Kinder Morgan crew.

The bylaw-violating tree cutters were doing preparatory work for the proposed Kinder Morgan Expansion project, which aims to pipe diluted bitumen flowing from Alberta to fill oil tankers destined for Asia. Last week the NEB awarded Kinder Morgan the right to access and work in the Burnaby Park, provided that they give the City two days notice. On Friday, Kinder Morgan gave that notice. We don’t know when they will arrive.

We sit there in the weather and exchange stories. We are union employees, students, professors, music teachers, and unemployed.  Most of us did not know one another before our involvement in this action. In diverse ways, we are all moved to protect this land. Sitting there in the beauty of the dripping forest an aboriginal man gave me stories of his life and his people, a gift that launched me on a personal journey of reconciliation. We are becoming a community.

The NEB has favored Kinder Morgan in every decision so far, showing complete disregard for the Coast Salish people concerned about the disposition of their land; the people of Burnaby concerned about parkland and neighborhoods; and the large numbers of British Columbians who do not want to see an increased risk of oil spills on our coast. These concerns the NEB have heard and rejected. They have refused to even listen to those of us concerned about climate change. 

Here are three facts about climate change that deserve your attention:

  1. Climate change is upon us & it will be getting worse. This is a scientifically established fact that is not up for debate.
  2. A major contributing factor to global warming (the cause of climate change) is the extraction and burning of fossil fuels. This too is a scientific fact.
  3. Our federal and provincial governments refuse to consider climate change when approving new fossil fuel projects. This is a factual statement about our world today.

The only world in which it is okay to continue building new infrastructure for fossil fuels with no consideration for climate change is a world where we don’t care about the future, or about other places on the globe, or about disappearing species, or about ocean acidification.

I live in a world where we care about these things. And in my world we have a moral obligation to do everything in our power to stop construction of new fossil fuel infrastructure that is approved without consideration of the cumulative effects on climate change. Unfortunately, we are running out of options.

The mad push for pipelines, coal ports, fracking and LNG plants without consideration of the impact on climate change is wrong. Until our governments wake up to that truth, we can expect to see increasing numbers of citizens engaging in direct actions to block these projects. I will be among them and I hope that you will support us.

Lynne Quarmby is a Professor and Chair of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry at Simon Fraser University

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