Oct 21 2019 Federal Election (Fake News leads to a Damaged Democracy)

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Kinder Morgan brouhaha shows why it's time for Canada to pull the plug on NAFTA

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/alberta-diary/2018/04/kinder-morgan-brou...

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America has been KILLING us on trade! Our trade deficit with America is YUGE!

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Imagine after the Exxon Valdez disaster, John Horgan, a BC Premier, standing up for the protection of the BC Coast and the Salish Sea. The audacity of BC NDP Premier Horgan to do such a thing

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/article-bcs-horgan-says-he-will-keep-blocking-trans-mountain-pipeline-after/

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Fact check

Justin Trudeau promised to end boil water advisories for all First Nations communities in five years. The numbers have gotten worse.

https://news.vice.com/en_ca/article/j5da9g/fact-check-indigenous-water-c...

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Canada’s Conservatives Are Upping Their Digital Game

It’s the application of what some political scientists call ‘outparty innovation incentives.’

https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2017/07/05/Canada-Conservatives-Upping-Digita...

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Stop swooning over Justin Trudeau. The man is a disaster for the planet

Donald Trump is a creep and unpleasant to look at, but at least he’s not a stunning hypocrite when it comes to climate change​

Justin Trudeau

 ‘But when it comes to the defining issue of our day, climate change, he’s a brother to the fat old guy in DC.’ Photograph: Sean Kilpatrick/AP

Donald Trump is so spectacularly horrible that it’s hard to look away – especially now that he’s discovered bombs. But precisely because everyone’s staring gape-mouthed in his direction, other world leaders are able to get away with almost anything. Don’t believe me? Look one country north, at Justin Trudeau.

Look all you want, in fact – he sure is cute, the planet’s only sovereign leader who appears to have recently quit a boy band. And he’s mastered so beautifully the politics of inclusion: compassionate to immigrants, insistent on including women at every level of government. Give him great credit where it’s deserved: in lots of ways he’s the anti-Trump, and it’s no wonder Canadians swooned when he took over.

But when it comes to the defining issue of our day, climate change, he’s a brother to the old orange guy in Washington. 

Environmentalists 'expected better' of Trudeau as Canada backs gas project

 

 

Not rhetorically: Trudeau says all the right things, over and over. He’s got no Scott Pruitts in his cabinet: everyone who works for him says the right things. Indeed, they specialize in getting others to say them too – it was Canadian diplomats, and the country’s environment minister, Catherine McKenna, who pushed at the Paris climate talks for a tougher-than-expected goal: holding the planet’s rise in temperature to 1.5C (2.7F). 

But those words are meaningless if you keep digging up more carbon and selling it to people to burn, and that’s exactly what Trudeau is doing. He’s hard at work pushing for new pipelines through Canada and the US to carry yet more oil out of Alberta’s tar sands, which is one of the greatest climate disasters on the planet. 

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/apr/17/stop-swooning-just...

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Justin Trudeau promised to end boil water advisories for all First Nations communities in five years. The numbers have gotten worse.

Well, seeing as they're the Liberals, did they promise potable water for all Indigenous communities, or did they just promise to end the advisories ("They should know by now -- if it's brown, boil it down")

Jokes aside, it does sound like they haven't done nothing.  The problem's just getting worse faster than they're fixing it.

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Rhetoric being the choice word!

Despite Trudeau's progressive rhetoric, Canada not immune to populism: experts

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trudeau-canada-populism-1.4624085

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The King Of Canadian Conservative Shitposting

How a former Navigator consultant is weaponizing Facebook against the Liberals

http://www.canadalandshow.com/ontario-proud-shitposting-king-jeff-ballin...

bekayne

Is this the thread for articles from 2017?

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Pipeline at Canada House in London shows Trudeau can't escape Kinder Morgan controversy by going abroad

 

  • In the U.K., Greenpeace protesters mocked Justin Trudeau's eagerness to complete the Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project.

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  • In the U.K., Greenpeace protesters mocked Justin Trudeau's eagerness to complete the Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project.

https://www.straight.com/news/1059681/pipeline-canada-house-london-shows...

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Bernier pulls book that accuses Scheer of using 'fake Conservatives' to win leadership

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/bernier-scheer-leadership-book-1.4625038

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Today's SCC ruling must be putting a damper on their rah, rah Liberals Halifax gathering

https://globalnews.ca/news/4155580/liberal-convention-2018-halifax/

 

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Rather sad, to say the least!

Trudeau’s environmental vision only extends to the next election

By . Published on Apr 19, 2018 3:12pm

AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

Balancing budgets while imbalancing the planet is not much of a vision — unless, of course, your vision only extends to the next election.

As the nation-wide smear of B.C. premier John Horgan continues, Canada’s own brand of Sean Hannity “journalism” rolls on.

Horgan has been accused of everything from dividing Canada, to undermining Confederation itself. I am waiting for him to be outed as the real person who paid off Stormy Daniels.

No matter how outlandish, ill-informed, or self-interested the opinions of business leaders and rabid politicians may be, much of the mainstream media has handed them a megaphone. Worse, media outlets then offered the supporting version of these rants on their editorial pages.

The Globe and Mail has called the Kinder Morgan situation a “catastrophe” and a “constitutional crisis” for Canada. That is a strange way to describe an elected provincial government opposing a project that presents what it sees as an unacceptable danger to its coastal environment from an admittedly hazardous substance.

This just in: A pipeline owned by Paramount Resources Ltd. has spilled 290,000 litres of crude oil emulsion in Northern Alberta. So much for the theoretical aspect of pipeline ruptures.

Yet the Globe calls Horgan a hypocrite because he blocks Trans Mountain while he has plans to develop his own rich fossil resources like LNG. Fair enough. But the newspaper is silent about Justin Trudeau’s hypocrisy.

This was the prime minister who, in Paris, committed to reducing Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions to 523 megatonnes a year by 2030. This is also the prime who has okayed projects that make that impossible.

In 2017, the auditor general reported that Canada is currently on track to exceed the Paris target by more than 200 megatonnes. The latest report to the United Nations found Canada’s 2016 emissions were down 1.4 per cent. But that’s negligible, as it still leaves the country 187 million tonnes short of its Paris obligations.

This is the prime minister who promised a grand reconciliation with First Nations and is now threatening to shove them out of Kinder Morgan’s way, even it takes the army.

Tellingly, in the Globe’s full-throated endorsement of Trans Mountain, there was not a word about climate change, global warming or First Nations’ constitutional and treaty rights.

Why do more Canadians now support Kinder Morgan than oppose it? Because the same propaganda machines that put out half-truths, distortions and lies south of the border are alive and well in Canada.

It all comes down to what those machines can make people believe, especially at a time when most citizens are adrift in the murky swirl of industrial scale spinning, trying to keep their noses above water. It is all about appealing to emotion, patriotism, party affiliation and self-interest — anything but the facts.

https://ipolitics.ca/2018/04/19/trudeaus-environmental-vision-only-exten...

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Facts about Kinder Morgan Canadian Taxpayers Need to Know

https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2018/04/20/Facts-About-Kinder-Morgan/

R.E.Wood

There's nothing "shit" about it. It's the truth. You just don't like it.

NorthReport

Nationalizing Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline is a terrible idea

Opinion: Despite politicians musing about ‘de-risking’ Trans Mountain’s pipeline, there are a slew of reasons why government shouldn’t get involved

http://www.macleans.ca/opinion/nationalizing-kinder-morgans-trans-mounta...

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voice of the damned

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Nationalizing Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline is a terrible idea

Opinion: Despite politicians musing about ‘de-risking’ Trans Mountain’s pipeline, there are a slew of reasons why government shouldn’t get involved

http://www.macleans.ca/opinion/nationalizing-kinder-morgans-trans-mounta...

That article is pure neo-liberalism. The guy is actually FOR the pipeline, he just doesn't want "taxpayers'"  money spent on it, and he uses the same sort of arguments that are usually wielded against crown corporations and other forms of internvention...

Third, even if the Alberta and/or federal government could complete the pipeline extension efficiently, they would then have to make money operating it. Ask yourself: how many crown corporations do you know that turn big profits?

Most years, Canada Post loses money delivering letters even though they have a monopoly on it. Ditto VIA Rail operating trains. Cities across the country seldom break even running something as simple as a golf course. Why would anyone expect the government to suddenly be able to run something as complicated as a pipeline operation?

 

 

 

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Trudeau speaks with forked tongue! Just more gobbledygook from Canada's Big Oil Rep.

Canada to endorse declaration on cleaning up oceans, but Trudeau stops short of ban on plastic straws

http://nationalpost.com/news/politics/trudeau-attends-commonwealth-meeti...

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Canada has a dirty, big nuclear secret at Chalk River

http://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/columnists/shacherl

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Liberal party members overwhelmingly vote for decriminalizing drugs while Trudeau repeats opposition

https://www.straight.com/news/1062146/liberal-party-members-overwhelming...

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Canada regulates its banks. Ha! Ha! Ha!

CIBC financial adviser 'stunned' that federal investigation found bank customers not widely upsold

Regulator warns that banks are not there to look after customers' interests

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/cibc-financial-advisor-reacts-to-fcac-re...

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Half of the corporate profit tax rolls in from the banks. Don't rock the boat.

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Oceans and Fisheries is just another front for fish farms and other big business operations

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/federal-environment-commissioner-spring-report-1.4632864

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Canada not properly managing fish farms, environment commissioner says

https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/canada-not-properly-managing-fish-farms-...

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It's reassuring to know that Minassian was a member of Canada's armed forces!

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It's reassuring to know that Minassian was a member of Canada's armed forces!

As I understand it, he dropped out of basic training.  So it's more like, for two weeks he thought he wanted to be a member of Canada's armed forces.

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Among Conservative rivals, Andrew Scheer’s leadership deathwatch is already underway

As his first anniversary as party leader approaches, Scheer still awaits the test that all rookie opposition leaders face

https://www.thestar.com/opinion/star-columnists/2018/04/25/conservatives...

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1 year? I don't believe it. What happened to all that time?

bekayne

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Among Conservative rivals, Andrew Scheer’s leadership deathwatch is already underway

As his first anniversary as party leader approaches, Scheer still awaits the test that all rookie opposition leaders face

https://www.thestar.com/opinion/star-columnists/2018/04/25/conservatives...

They got the dud

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNO1mb6NkEI

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Good on BC's NDP Premier John Horgan and BC's Environment Minister George Heyman as they appear to be the only elected politicians in Canada actually standing standing up for environmental protection and addressing climate change, as opposed to others who mouth the words but who actually do nothing but pimp for Big Oil.

Climate change battle looms for provinces and Ottawa

Saskatchewan’s fight against Justin Trudeau’s carbon tax rests on the same argument as B.C.’s opposition to the Trans Mountain project, Chantal Hébert writes.

https://www.thestar.com/opinion/star-columnists/2018/04/27/climate-chang...

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Environment commissioner worries officials might be too cosy with salmon farmers

 

Karl Nerenberg

April 26, 2018

ANALYSIS

ENVIRONMENT

POLITICS IN CANADA

Environment commissioner Julie Gelfand. Photo by Karl Nerenberg

This week, the federal Environment Commissioner, Julie Gelfand, issued a coruscating report on salmon farms. The good news for the industry is that she did so the day after the Toronto massacre. That violent event robbed Gelfand of a good measure of the media attention she might have otherwise garnered. 

The commissioner’s report does not analyze the environmental performance of the salmon farming industry itself. Gelfand’s job is to hold the federal government to account for its managerial and regulatory roles. 

Her office looked at the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), which deals with the overall impact of salmon farming on the marine and coastal environment, and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), which is tasked with assuring the health of all farmed animals, including salmon. 

They found both agencies wanting.

The DFO, the report concluded, “did not adequately manage the risks associated with salmon aquaculture consistent with its mandate to protect wild fish.”

The CFIA had measures to prevent the introduction and spread of infectious diseases with respect to aquaculture, the report recognized. However, because it “had not clarified roles and responsibilities for managing emerging diseases,” there is a heightened “risk that potential emerging diseases affecting wild salmon would not be adequately addressed.”

Grocery store Atlantic salmon is always farmed, regardless of its origin

The fish we’re talking about here is the Atlantic salmon.Like almost all fish we commonly call either salmon, trout or char, the Atlantic salmon are part of the large family of salmon and salmon-like fishes.

Members of the salmon family vary greatly in size, some averaging 6 to 17 kilos, others rarely reaching 500 grams. But all have in common the familiar torpedo-like shape and all share a preference for clear, cool and well-oxygenated waters.  

All salmon family members are highly sensitive to pollution and human-caused habitat change, such as the damming of rivers where they spawn. Most wild stocks have experienced steep declines in population over the past century. Many are virtually extinct. 

The big salmon family has three main sub-families. The Atlantic salmon’s sub-family has one other well-known member, the common European trout, the brown trout

Historically, the Atlantic salmon has been of huge commercial importance, fished intensively on both sides of the Atlantic. It has also been a revered cultural icon. In his paean to the contemplative life, The Compleat Angler, the 17th-century British writer Izaak Walton called the Atlantic salmon the King of Fishes.

There are a numerous members of the very large, west coast Pacific salmon sub-family. They range from the chinook, which can grow to the size of a small person, to the much smaller sockeye, through the coho in the middle. Two Pacific salmon species are commonly called trout, the rainbow (sometimes called steelhead) and the cutthroat.

The char sub-family includes the Arctic char (which is now quite extensively farmed in Canada), as well as a number of species that are called trout, including the once commercially important lake orgrey trout and the brook or speckled trout. 

At one time, there was a thriving lake trout fishery in the Great Lakes. Invasive, parasitic sea lampreys, which gained access to the lakes via the St. Lawrence Seaway, put an end to that. 

Overfishing for sport and destruction of habitat assured that speckled trout were virtually wiped out over most of their extensive original range in eastern North America. Today, the speckled are common only in Newfoundland and Labrador.

As for the once revered and plentiful Atlantic salmonit is now an endangered species everywhere. There is almost no commercial fishery for the King of the Fishes in the wild. Atlantic salmon is, however, far and away the most popular member of the salmon family for aquaculture.

There are Atlantic salmon farms in many countries throughout the world. Salmon marketers sometimes confuse consumers by giving their product country-of-origin labels -- without making clear that, wherever they come from, they are all farmed

Shoppers buy Irish, Norwegian or Scottish salmon thinking they’re getting wild Atlantic salmon. No such luck. When you buy Atlantic salmon at your local supermarket, from anywhere in the world, you are buying farmed fish.

Commissioner says DFO and CFIA not doing their jobs adequately

Consumers value Atlantic salmon over most other members of the salmon family for their excellent taste. They are large-flaked, fatty fish; they have an appealing flavour and texture; and they are easy to prepare. 

And so, to feed market demand, there is extensive farming for Atlantic salmon not only in their natural habitat, in eastern North America and northern Europe, but also in the Pacific, notably in Chile and British Columbia, far from the species’ original range.

The Environment Commissioner’s report focuses to a large extent on salmon aquaculture operations in British Columbia. They are federally regulated, while the provinces oversee those in the Atlantic region. 

Gelfand finds that the federal government has failed to gather adequate information on the environmental impact of salmon farms, and especially the impact on the various species of wild Pacific salmon, which continue to be valuable and important economic resources. 

The DFO and CFIA have failed to take measures to determine the extent to which the diseases of farmed fish are spread to wild fish.

They do not properly monitor the spread of parasites from farmed to wild fish. 

And they do not know what impact the drugs and pesticides used in fish farms have on wild salmon.

The DFO has inadequate measures to see to it that the nets that hold farmed fish in ocean pens are sufficient to prevent escape. When farmed fish enter the ocean they compete and sometimes breed with wild fish, with negative biological consequences. 

And, the Commissioner reports, when federal officials do uncover violations and point them out to fish farm operators, they lack the tools to assure compliance. The system seems to be based on the hope that, once informed of their violations, aquaculture businesses will voluntarily take corrective action.

Beyond all the specifics, Gelfand told reporters on Tuesday that she worries about the DFO’s dual role. The department is responsible for wild fish and the health of the marine environment and, as well, for aquaculture. 

At one and the same time, the DFO has an economic development mandate and an environmental protection role. It is difficult to balance the two, especially given the rapid growth in the Canadian aquaculture sector. 

Gelfand implied -- if she did not say as much -- that she fears the DFO and its officials have become, par la force des choses, too cosy with an increasingly powerful and economically important fish farming industry. 

Farmed Atlantic salmon is a hugely important product, both for Canadian tables and as a lucrative export. That sort of economic clout tends to put pressure on public servants. Government officials are, as a rule, loath to do anything that might jeopardize jobs or increase the cost to consumers of a popular food item.  

This reporter asked Gelfand if she knew of any country that has a sustainable aquaculture sector. 

She answered that comparisons of that sort are outside her scope as Commissioner. Nor is she in the business of comparing individual fish farming operations within Canada. 

People who know the industry report that some aquaculture operators are more environmentally responsible than others. However, there is no comprehensive source of comparative information. It is another area where we lack reliable data. 

Reporters also asked the Environment Commissioner if, with current techniques, she believes it would even be possible to have a salmon farming industry that was, at once, economically viable and environmentally sustainable. 

To that question, Gelfand pointedly refused to answer yes. 

Photo: Karl Nerenberg

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FURTHER READING

Fish farm expansion threatens wild salmon stock

The federal government recently approved a major expansion to B.C.'s fish farm sector despite warnings by the Cohen commission about the effects of net-based farms on wild salmon.

Politics rules the Atlantic fishery

When the fish start to disappear and science doesn't have the answers, the department of fisheries and oceans turns its sights on the people who fish; and that's when politics enters

http://rabble.ca/news/2018/04/environment-commissioner-worries-officials...

R.E.Wood

I'm sure there must be a happy medium between posting an endless barrage of links with no supporting quotes or comments, and blindly copying every single word of an article including photo credits and "further reading" ... if only NorthReport could find it.

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R.E.Wood wrote:

I'm sure there must be a happy medium between posting an endless barrage of links with no supporting quotes or comments, and blindly copying every single word of an article including photo credits and "further reading" ... if only NorthReport could find it.

NR's current technique, as you have well described it, is optimized for minimum effort and maximum volume. He doesn't seem to enjoy the work of making a post both meaningful to readers and reasonably short.

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Bloc Québécois leadership fight will end badly for Martine Ouellet

Upcoming confidence vote either sends her to the political wilderness or leaves her heading a hollowed-out party with dim prospects

https://www.thestar.com/opinion/star-columnists/2018/04/30/bloc-qubcois-...

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bekayne wrote:

NorthReport wrote:

Among Conservative rivals, Andrew Scheer’s leadership deathwatch is already underway

As his first anniversary as party leader approaches, Scheer still awaits the test that all rookie opposition leaders face

https://www.thestar.com/opinion/star-columnists/2018/04/25/conservatives...

They got the dud

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNO1mb6NkEI

Yeah. Scheer is going to appear on Tout le Monde en Parle a popular talk show in Québec. It's a pretty liberal (not 'Liberal Party') show.

I hope his appearance explodes in his face.

https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/conservative-leader-andrew-scheer-to-appear-...

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Brison’s $7B fund would weaken Parliament, PBO says

https://ipolitics.ca/2018/05/01/brisons-7b-fund-would-weaken-parliament-...

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