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Posted March 8, 2015 by Boris

There was a sign on an office door at one of my universities that stated "Nothing destroys a beautiful hypothesis like an ugly fact." This is where we are in Canada right now.

The crude hypothesis the current government saw was that great mass of oil and gas sitting under Alberta (and a few other places) was going to make everyone rich. They looked at the numbers, talked to their corporate

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Pipelines and Ottawa’s dropping of the ball: Gordon Gibson nails it

Posted December 5, 2014 by CuriosityCat
Gordon Gibson: The Nailer

If you are a politician, or work with any political party –federal or provincial or municipal – you should definitely read the succinct, well-written and politically significant articleby Gordon Gibson in the Globe & Mail, entitled Enough with pipelines. Refine it.

Gibson summarizes, in one short article, the crux of the national debate about our crude oil pipelines. Here’s some of the article:
There is a win-win-win response to all of this, if any national political party has the savvy to step up. The public opposition is really against pipelines to export bitumen and the response is simple: Refine the bitumen in Canada.

The politics are simple. Most Canadians think adding value in our own country to our own resources is a good thing. And it would add a lot – a lot – of jobs and taxes. Tick.

 Refining bitumen onshore eliminates the widespread worry about tankers carrying the heavy substance running aground and fouling the seas. Refined products (such as gasoline and diesel) evaporate if spilled. Tick.
Some such refining capacity already exists in Quebec (using foreign oil), a plus for Energy East. More could be built in New Brunswick. Well-developed plans exist for a 150,000-barrel-per-day refinery in Sarnia, by the Bowman Centre. Labour groups have funded a study that says a new refinery in Alberta would be economic. In B.C., David Black’s huge plan for 500,000 bpd at Kitimat is well advanced and there are two other new proposals.
The markets and the business plans are there, as are the technology and the feedstock. The remaining piece is the finance. In each case, proponents say, all that’s required is a government guarantee of some of the debt. Equity financing looks feasible.
This could be a problem-solver and a nation-builder. And no new oil is added to the planet – just a displacement of foreign oil. Earth to Ottawa.
Gibson rightly raps Stephen Harper’s government for not having a viable energy policy, lacking leadership, and generally being AWOL.
Canada’s economy is vulnerable one, and the Harper government is ill-equipped to deal with such issues, due to its self-imposed view of the minor role the federal government should play in the affairs of its citizens (remember Harper’s dangerous inaction when the 2007-2008 economic meltdown happened?)
Canada needs solid, visionary and nation-building economic leadership in the energy sphere. We are not getting this from the tired, do-nothing Harper government.

It is time for nation-builders to take over in Ottawa.

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Allan's Perspective

You’re a million dollar baby!

Posted November 18, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers: Let this be a warning to be very careful where you go on vacation, and then make sure you have proper insurance! A dream vacation has turned into a financial nightmare for one Saskatchewan couple, after a mom-to-be gave birth while on holiday in Hawaii. Jennifer Huculak and her husband have been saddled […]

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Climate Change

RCMP spying on climate change researchers?

Posted March 18, 2015 by Boris

This, via Creekside.

Tim Takaro, a health sciences professor at SFU, says he was having
lunch in Tofino with his family on Wednesday when his daughter’s
cellphone rang.
When she answered it, she was told it was the Burnaby RCMP calling and they were looking for her father.
"I was very upset that he had called my daughter and that he was basically threatening, intimidating on the phone," says

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