TransCanada Corp. wants to convert its natural gas pipeline, currently operating at half capacity, into an oil pipeline that would carry 1.1 million barrels per day. The pipeline, which has been dubbed “Energy East,” presently ends in Quebec. But the company, with the support of some politicians, wants to extend it all the way to the Irving refinery in Saint John, New Brunswick.
The Council of Canadians has worked with three experts to produce evidence before the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) on fracking. The reports, which expose why Marcellus shale fracked gas won’t be abundant and cheap, are full of useful information and facts and information for anti-fracking activists.
The Federal Court has found in no uncertain terms that widespread election fraud took place during the 2011 federal election. The ruling clearly states that “there was an orchestrated effort to suppress votes during the 2011 election campaign by a person with access to the [Conservative Party’s] CIMS database.”
Key excerpts from the Federal Court decision:
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Chile has gone farther than any other country in the world in commodifiying water and creating a market economy based on private water rights. The process started with the 1981 Water Code enacted by the military regime of the time, and was based on a strong pro-business bias.
The issue of how to pay for water access and water services in Canada is an increasingly urgent one to address as the Harper government and many provincial governments slash funding to essential services. Cash-strapped municipalities are struggling to keep up with growing demand and rising costs. Some are raising water rates, or installing water meters for direct billing.
In Europe, as in Canada, trade policy is developed in close, almost exclusive collaboration with industry lobby groups that have privileged access to negotiating texts.