The Tar Sands Disaster

Tar sands production is one of the world’s most environmentally damaging activities. It wrecks vast areas of boreal forest through surface mining and subsurface production. It sucks up huge quantities of water from local rivers, turns it into toxic waste and dumps the contaminated water into tailing ponds that now cover nearly 70 square miles. ... [click title to continue]

Stop the Expansion

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has made it a priority to expedite the expansion of the tar sands, including the rapid approval of more mines and pipelines. When the Prime Minister found a few obstacles in his way, such as public opposition and regulatory processes designed to protect the environment, he tried to overcome them by attacking nature and democracy. ... [click title to continue]

Pipeline politics — Can popular protest stop the tar sands leviathan?

By Richard Fidler Life on the Left December 8, 2012Petroleum giant Enbridge Inc. has taken huge strides in recent weeks to complete its plan to transport tar sands oil to eastern Canada and from there to foreign markets.Already assured of support from the Harper government, the company is rapidly lining up further backing from provincial politicians and industry players, including a key trade union. ... [click title to continue]

Canada, the surprise ‘pariah’ of the Kyoto protocol

Some Canadians doubt whether their country should have any say in negotiating the second Kyoto protocol after it became the only nation to reject the first oneBy Isabeau Doucet in November 2012  Oil city: steam rises from refineries outside Edmonton, Alberta. Photograph: Andy Clark/ReutersOf all the delegations in the room in Doha, the Canadians adopt the lowest profile. ... [click title to continue]

Pipeline setback for Enbridge doesn’t deter tar sands/natural gas rush in British Columbia

By Roger AnnisA Socialist in CanadaJuly 14, 2012A four-page report by the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board into the disastrous pipeline break by Enbridge Corporation in Michigan last year is probably a final nail in the coffin of the company’s proposed ‘Northern Gateway’ tar sands bitumen pipeline across northern British Columbia to an export terminal in Kitimat.The NSTB concurred with ... [click title to continue]

Canada’s Committment to Developing the Tar Sands

By John W. WarnockMay 29, 2012 Over the past few weeks politicians and the mass media have been ranting about the development of the Alberta tar sands. Thomas Mulcair, the new leader of the federal New Democratic Party (NDP), and a number of left leaning economists have argued that the massive investment in the development of the oil industry in Canada has been giving Canada a dose of the Dutch ... [click title to continue]

Victoria rises up against the tar sands, pipelines, tankers, capitalism and colonialism

By Joan.Russow Peace, Earth, Justice NewsApril 15, 2012 Hundreds attended the rally against pipelines and tankers. Victoria, April 15, 2012. Photo: Sandra Cuffe Over 2000 people rallied at the Legislature and then walked to Centennial Square where there were panels and workshops. It was clear that this event is a beginning and foreshadowing of the solidarity resistance to come. There were passionate ... [click title to continue]