January 24, 2015

Downtown WindsorThe Harper government wants a second bridge across the Detroit River to connect Windsor and Detroit completed by 2020. About $120 billion of goods travel through the Windsor-Detroit corridor and across the Ambassador Bridge each year. Harper wants a new six-lane bridge so much that his government is paying the entire cost of the $1 billion bridge construction.

January 23, 2015

The Council of Canadians Northwest Territories chapter has written a letter to the Wek’eezhii Land and Water Board to ask it not to grant a five-year land use permit to Husky Oil to carry out exploratory drilling for silica in the Chedabucto Lake area on the North Arm of Great Slave Lake.

The silica would be mined about 50 kilometres west of Yellowknife for the purpose of fracking in the NWT and possibly in other areas of western Canada. Silica is a hard mineral substance used to prop open underground fractures during the fracking process to enable the gas or oil to be released.

The letter from NWT chapter activist Peter Redvers highlights a number of concerns about this permit application.

January 23, 2015
Fracking PEI
Participants at Monday's meeting. Photo by Leo Broderick.

The Guardian reports, "A new citizens group [Don't Frack P.E.I] wants the provincial government to establish a permanent ban on fracking anywhere on the million-acre sandbar. ...There have been no fracking permits approved for P.E.I., but organizers say that could easily change with a knock on government’s door. ...It’s estimated up to 1,000 wells could be drilled to extract natural gas from the shale and rock formations."

January 23, 2015

LNG TankerThe investment bank Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. says it expects that British Columbia will secure two liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminals – one by 2021 and another by 2023 – rather than the three the provincial government in British Columbia anticipates by 2020.

The firm expects that it will be Shell's LNG Canada terminal and Chevron's Kitimat LNG, both situated near Kitimat, that will win out over the sixteen other LNG projects now being proposed. The current perceived frontrunner - Petronas' NorthWest LNG - did not make the bank's list.

January 23, 2015

CETA trojan horseNewfoundland and Labrador premier Paul Davis' opposition to the Canada-European Union 'free trade' agreement over a disputed $280 million federal contribution to a fund to 'offset' the negative impacts of the deal given the loss of minimum processing requirements (MPRs) for the fisheries is undoubtedly creating a major political headache for prime minister Stephen Harper. But all provincial premiers and territorial leaders should also be thinking through the implications of CETA's investor-state provision on their provincial budgets.

First, Harper's headache.