Over the past few days in Sri Lanka, the heads of the British Commonwealth met. Except some chose to boycott it. Some had even left such as Gambia. Roger Boyes in the Times stated that it is a“a country club for corrupt leaders”
Sri Lanka was hoping hosting CHOGM would infer legitimacy for its government [...]
Vancouver Observer, By Brenda Gouglas
With just over two months until the Joint Review Panel announces its recommendation on the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines project, Enbridge Northern Gateway has embarked on a new TV, pamphlet, and newspaper advertising blitz in hopes of garnering public support. In newspapers, Enbridge Northern Gateway’s full-page advertisements feature photographs and [...]
Canadian novelist, David Gilmour, a nontenured professor of literary studies at the University of Toronto, said this very recently:
“I’m not interested in teaching books by women… when I was given this job I said I would only teach the people that I truly, truly love,” said Gilmour, himself an award-winning Canadian author. “[W]hat I [...]
AP, By Rob Gillies
Canada’s prime minister said Thursday he “won’t take no for an answer” if the Obama administration rejects the controversial Keystone XL pipeline to the U.S. Gulf Coast.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper addressed the Keystone XL project, a flashpoint in the debate over climate change, during a visit to New York City. [...]
Oil spills at an oil sands operation in Cold Lake, Alberta have been going on for weeks with no end in sight, according to a government scientist.
The Toronto Star, By Emma Pullman and Martin Lukacs, July 19
Oil spills at a major oil sands operation in Alberta have been ongoing for at least six [...]
PhysOrg, July 12
A Canadian-built helicopter that is powered by a human riding a bicycle has become the first winner of a decades-old $250,000 engineering prize, the US awarder said Friday.
The American Helicopter Society had never given out its Igor Sikorsky Human-Powered Helicopter Award—initiated 33 years ago—until the team from the University of Toronto [...]
(BBC) – A train operator’s boss has blamed a local engineer for a runaway train that derailed and exploded in a Quebec town, killing at least 20 people.
Rail World head Edward Burkhardt said he did not believe the last engineer had set a series of hand brakes, despite his protestations.
I’m not sure what all this means, but certain events happened over the weekend that could be foreshadows of things to come:
Canadian newsmakers on Canada’s 146th Birthday- Can US Agonists identify any of these pictures?
Canada.com- On Canada Day [July 1], we celebrate our mighty nation and the people who make it special. Here, in our 146th year, there are plenty of those people. You’ve got a mayor with a crack scandal, a shiny [...]
(FP) – For decades, the world has thought of Canada as America’s friendly northern neighbor — a responsible, earnest, if somewhat boring, land of hockey fans and single-payer health care. On the big issues, it has long played the global Boy Scout, reliably providing moral leadership on everything from ozone protection to land-mine eradication to [...]
Common Dreams, by Andrea Germanos
While TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline gets scrutinized, Enbridge is quietly readying its own tar-sands carrying pipeline system
Is Enbridge building its own version of the tar sands-carrying Keystone XL pipeline?
InsideClimate News’ Lisa Song reports on Monday that the Calgary-based energy giant is putting together plans for 5,000-mile pipeline network [...]
HuffPo, by Lynne Peeples
Former TransCanada Corp. employee Evan Vokes’ impassioned testimony before a Canadian Senate committee last week painted “a very, very bleak picture of the pipeline industry in Canada, and probably by extension, the States,” according to Sen. Betty Unger.
Vokes’ allegations on Thursday against TransCanada, the Canadian company leading the controversial proposal [...]
The Tyee, by Andrew MacLeod
BC Gov’t to Enbridge: ‘Trust Me’ Is Not Good Enough
After fighting a provincial election without taking a strong position for or against pipeline development in British Columbia, the new BC Liberal government has taken a clear stand against Enbridge’s Northern Gateway proposal.
“It is not clear from the evidence [...]
CNN, By Greg Botelho, May 24
“I do not use crack cocaine, nor am I an addict of crack cocaine.”
Those words aren’t what might normally be expected from the mayor of Canada’s largest city. But little is normal nowadays for Rob Ford.
Eight days ago, Gawker and the Toronto Star published stories stating their [...]