The Alberta tar sands.


The Canadian Oil Sand Mines Refused Us Access, So We Rented This Plane To See What They Were Up To


More story and photos here and here.

A senate seat for Rich Coleman? He thinks he deserves it at any rate. Of course as usual it is not being reported by any of the corporate media, although the hints are big enough if you read between the lines.  The thing is, Rich Coleman does not consult with the public on anything, nor does he care what the public thinks about anything. For example, his arrogance on the “smart meter” issue knows no bounds. That particular billion dollar BC Hydro boondoggle was pushed through silently and quickly with no public consultation whatsoever and the reverberations are just beginning to be felt by the public.

A private member’s bill was brought forward to give the BC public the ability to elect their senators, and now Rich Coleman suddenly wants to consult with the public.

Why is he concerned with what the public thinks now?

A Conservative senator is leaving soon and apparently Coleman wants that seat. If the private member’s bill were to pass this spring, then the public would have a vote in the matter.  Mr Coleman would have as much chance of winning his prize as the proverbial snowball in hell. His only chance of a senate seat is if Harper appoints him.

Public consultation takes time… time enough to lobby Harper to fill a vacant seat. So for once, Mr Coleman thinks the public needs to be consulted on whether they want to elect their senators or not.

Despicable.

Visit these communities. They support our environment and have said NO to Enbridge

Prince Rupert, Terrace, Kitwanga, Kispiox, Moricetown, Smithers

Boycott these communities until they decide to support our environment

Kitimat, Hazelton,  Telkwa,  Houston, Granisle, Burns Lake, Fraser Lake, Vanderhoof, Prince George

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BC Fishing Report 2012 writes the following:

Greetings fellow sport fishing enthusiasts, I am writing this to all of you, all over the world because we desperately need your help on two major fronts, both could permanently extinguish fishing as we know it for our generation and that of our children’s and possibly much longer.

The first and foremost problem is the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project which the Prime Minister of Canada appears to be declaring a project that will go ahead regardless of the National Energy Board Hearings.

The second is Fish Farming, and its unregulated ability to hide scientific facts, its attacks on free speech and attempts to silence those who dare to speak out against them.

First Nations have done their part, they stood up and spoke, all against Enbridge and Alberta’s need to cash in on the horrific oil sands that are killing the Athabasca River, and sending this toxic mess into the Arctic Ocean. Read what the Swan River First Nation and the Dene Nation and the Driftpile First Nation have testified in the link below.

Parts 6, 7 and 8 of their testimony refute what Alberta is admitting, and refutes what Ottawa is admitting in regards to toxic pollution and killing of fish and wildlife.

Here is where we have a problem, the cities, towns and villages appear to want it both ways, they want your tourist dollar, and they also any dirty Oil Dollar they can get as well.

We need you; the people of the world to write to the majors of each community and ask them why tourists could come to a community that won’t protect its natural resources. Why should tourists come and spend their money if the leaders of these communities don’t take a stand in protecting our lakes and rivers from the worst threat ever in the history of British Columbia.

Ask these majors how many people will come to visit if we end up with a mess like they did on the Kalamazoo River.

This is not a political issue, it simply a fact, you either are willing to protect the environment or you will not, why is almost irrelevant, it does boil down to which communities tourists should visit, namely those who are willing to protect our environment.

As of today we are not aware of many that are willing to stand up and say No to Enbridge, so it would be fair to say they do not support our environment until they make a public declaration stating otherwise. If you want your status changed, then tell the world you oppose the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline.

We would like to extend a challenge to all fishing websites to publicly post a list of the communities above as to their support or lack of support for our environment and encourage tourists not to vacation in locations who care so little for our environment that they do not have the courage to defend it and stand up and say no to any further construction of any pipelines that carry that toxic sludge through our ever more vulnerable lakes, rivers and mountains.

Likewise we ask that every environmental website in the world also joins us in a boycott to end this fence riding by municipal councilors.

Pre-Eurozone Greece… The cradle of democracy. Sunshine and happy people. Ouzo.

Eurozone Greece… Unemployment and poverty.  Austerity and teargas.

Either due to inexcusably bad reporting or because of downright lies, Greece has received a bad rap by most of the corporate media worldwide, laying the blame for the unfolding disaster at the feet of the people. According to the media, the Greek people are lazy, greedy tax evaders who retire at the age of 53 and sit around swilling ouzo living off the public dole for the rest of their lives. Like most modern media mythology it makes for clever sound bytes, but truth it is not. Some of the best reporting now comes from blog articles such as the following.

Democracy vs Mythology: The Battle in Syntagma Square
What is going on in Athens at the moment is resistance against an invasion; an invasion as brutal as that against Poland in 1939. The invading army wears suits instead of uniforms and holds laptops instead of guns, but make no mistake – the attack on our sovereignty is as violent and thorough. Private wealth interests are dictating policy to a sovereign nation, which is expressly and directly against its national interest. Ignore it at your peril. Say to yourselves, if you wish, that perhaps it will stop there. That perhaps the bailiffs will not go after the Portugal and Ireland next. And then Spain and the UK. But it is already beginning to happen. This is why you cannot afford to ignore these events.…more…

A couple articles from the Guardian newspaper, one of the better main stream sources.

When tens of thousands of Greeks tried to demonstrate peacefully in front of the large sandstone parliament building on Sunday night, they were met almost immediately with volleys of teargas. The toxic fumes were the authorities’ answer not only to the popular opposition unleashed by the prospect of yet more austerity but the fear that underpins it. For angst, like uncertainty, is now haunting Greece. …more…

…For the truth – as unpalatable as it may be for the IMF, EU and European Central Bank, Greece’s “troika” of creditors – is that, far from plugging the country’s budget black holes, the harsh austerity pursued in the name of deficit-reducing goals has pushed it towards economic and social collapse. Relentless wage and pension cuts, tax rises and cost-cutting reforms have left the country a shadow of itself. In its fifth successive year of recession, Greece is a hollowed-out version of what it once was, coming apart at the seams a little more with each day. Men and women forage through rubbish bins late at night. More sleep on the streets. Last week as Eurostat, the European statistic agency, announced that poverty had engulfed more than a third of the nation, it was revealed that unemployment had also exceeded one million people, from a record 19% to 20.9% in one month. …more…

If Greece leaves the euro zone and reintroduces the drachma, it would make the country’s goods and services cheaper. The tourism industry, for example, would then have a considerable advantage over competitors such as Spain. The move would help Greece, but it would have unpredictable consequences for the rest of the euro zone. “No one can predict how contagious such a step would be,” says Oxford economist Clemens Fuest.

It could trigger a dangerous chain reaction. Banks, insurance companies and funds would try to divest their government bonds from crisis-ridden countries as quickly as possible. Meanwhile, residents from Lisbon to Madrid to Rome might start raiding their bank accounts and moving the cash to northern Europe. The gradual capital flight seen in recent months would become a true bank run, which could in turn bring the monetary union to the point of explosion.

European leaders find themselves in a nearly irresolvable dilemma. If they go on as they have been, the country won’t emerge from the crisis. If they force Athens out of the euro zone, they endanger the entire monetary union. That leaves just one viable — but expensive — strategy: Allow Greece to go bankrupt, but within the euro zone. This would make it possible to reduce the country’s mountain of debt to a manageable level, providing the necessary leeway for a new start both economically and politically, through tough structural reforms and a growth strategy for industry and services. …more…

There you have it, the German Der Spiegel newspaper admitted that the best thing for Greece would be to leave the Eurozone. Yet the politicians of the country keep voting to stay the course with crippling loans and crushing austerity for the people. My question is which of the following…  bought off, threats or blackmail?

The Icelandic Solution

As one European country after another fails or risks failing, imperiling the Euro, with repercussions for the entire world, the last thing the powers that be want is for Iceland to become an example. Here’s why …more…

Today, that country is recovering from its financial collapse in ways just the opposite of those generally considered unavoidable, as confirmed yesterday by the new head of the IMF, Christine Lagarde to Fareed Zakaria. The people of Greece have been told that the privatization of their public sector is the only solution.  And those of Italy, Spain and Portugal are facing the same threat.

They should look to Iceland. Refusing to bow to foreign interests, that small country stated loud and clear that the people are sovereign.

That’s why it is not in the news anymore.

Take back your country, people of Greece!

By Corey Ogilvie

Please mirror and share with every British Columbian, Canadian, and world citizen who wants to protect the BC coast, Great Bear Rainforest, and our way of life. Enbridge Inc, with their horrible spill record, wants to build a pipeline thru the heart of BC and run tankers up and down our rocky coasts. Whats most amazing, is what we get in return for this HUGE gamble, watch to see…

Follow Corey’s future work:
http://www.facebook.com/OgilvieFilm
http://www.ogilviefilm.com/index.html
Join the BC fight against Enbridge:
http://pipeupagainstenbridge.ca/
http://dogwoodinitiative.org/no-tankers/petition
http://www.tankerfreebc.org/
http://www.pacificwild.org/

freedom is slavery…

…ignorance is strength…

and    …ENBRIDGE is GREEN!

Big and small, enterprise-wide and business line-specific, team and individual – all of the earth-friendly activities undertaken at Enbridge each day have earned the organization a position on Mediacorp Canada Inc.’s list of Canada’s Greenest Employers for 2011. The announcement was made in a special section of the Globe & Mail on April 22 – Earth Day.

How Orwellian is that? This from Wikipedia:

Using data from Enbridge’s own reports, the Polaris Institute calculated that 804 spills occurred on Enbridge pipelines between 1999 and 2010. These spills released approximately 168,645 barrels (26,812.4 m3) of hydrocarbons into the environment.

I know this item is a few months old, but that doesn’t make it any less appalling.