Greens: Conservatives Ordered Illegal Destruction of Canadian Records

A worrying subset of the Canadian population seems content settling for a Conservative Party that willingly destroys Canadian heritage and property. How can Canadians peacefully stop the looting and burning of our cultural and scientific records?

Although the Department of Fisheries and Oceans states that the purpose of its Library Consolidation Initiative is to create greater public access to information online through ‘digitization,’ it is unclear what, if any, digitization has taken place to date. A secret departmental document obtained by Postmedia refers to ‘culling materials’ as ‘the main activities’ of the consolidation initiative, showing that digitization and greater public access to material were not the rationale for the consolidation.

The Harper Government doesn’t respond to legally required requests for information from reporters even. It’s a secretive regime.

Greens Catch Harper in a New $100M+ Lie

The Canadian government is spending our tax money on Enbridge’s impossibly risky scheme that will ruin BC’s coast.

“Documents obtained from Environment Canada and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans reveal that at a time when core science is being cut across the Government of Canada, tax dollars are being spent to do Enbridge’s homework for them,” said Andrew Weaver.

The Federal Government is moving forward over the next two years with a $100 million plus, ‘Complementary Measures Project’ (now called ‘World Class’) to research and model the complex waterways in the Kitimat and Hecate Straights region. In essence this is a federal government subsidy to the Northern Gateway Project, as they are unable to satisfy basic safety, environmental and regulatory requirements. In fact documents from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans identified that: “Behaviour models specific to dilbit spills do not exist, and existing commercial models for conventional oil do not allow parameter specific modifications.”

On the federal level contrary to what Stephen Harper has said about awaiting the evidence and panel results, the Government of Canada has been pushing ahead with spending over $100 million to support what should be industry based research. This comes at a time of major cuts to science funding for climate change, marine contaminants and ELA.

In fact, documents show that the Government of Canada has been spending taxpayer’s money to support this project, going as far as to name the DFO’s work “the Northern Gateway Project”.

The CPC is the oil industry’s political wing, plain and simple.

Coal Hard Truth #skpoli

The Leader-Post may be giving kudos to the Sask Party’s singular focus on Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS), but I won’t be. The primary reason CCS (clean coal) is getting so much Conservative and Sask Party government funding, is because it’s a hidden subsidy to the oil industry so that they can recover more oil from otherwise exhausted oil fields.

“We have a great story to tell,” Wall said.

We need more than a fairy tale, or a Sask Party narrative to save us from climate change. We need significant improvements in energy efficiency in our homes and transportation utilization, as well as plenty of increased investment in renewable energy.

On the question of overall provincial support for the environment, the NDP Opposition correctly notes the Sask. Party government cut funding for climate change activities by 73 per cent in the past two years. This is not exactly a great record for Wall when he goes to Pittsburgh or Washington to tout Saskatchewan’s clean energy.

Friends recently told me that PARC at the UofR had been cut significantly, since I last noted on my blog that PARC was a significant admission by the Sask Party that climate change is coming, and will be a huge economic and quality of life game changer. The lack of meaningful investment in renewable energy leaves Saskatchewan behind in the global economic situation emerging.

One year ago, the opposite from the oil industry:

“Our decision was essentially based on the fact that we could not see a way to make the economics of our CCS project work as we originally intended,” said Don Wharton, vice-president of policy and sustainability at TransAlta.

He said markets for pure carbon didn’t develop as expected, and federal and provincial governments took no steps to recognize the value of reduced emissions by implementing a price on carbon, for example, or a cap-and-trade system.

In short, despite nearly $800 million in government subsidies, the company had no incentive to invest in CCS.

The “Clean Coal” lie rolls on. Now it has a new timeline for implementation. Let’s collectively watch it be missed (again).

The government boasted at last week’s Boundary Dam symposium that the project will be up and running this fall and completed by next April, on time and on budget. It will reduce CO2 emissions at the plant by 90 per cent (one million tonnes a year) by shipping emissions 60 kilometres to Weyburn’s enhanced oil recovery project.

From 2009:

“The committee will complete work on the development phase by August 31, 2009, including a full project plan, engineering design, business plan, detailed budget and construction timeline.

With the financial support of the Governments of Canada and the United States, construction of the plant could begin as early as September 2009 and the plant could be operational as early as the summer of 2011. The goal for the reference plant is to test a range of technologies in the capture of up to one million tonnes of CO2 over a four-year period.”

Elizabeth May’s Diabolical Plan to Change Canadian Politics

Elizabeth May’s diabolical plan was tucked away in plain sight, in a tiny publication on Vancouver Island:

“What I want to be able to do is get better research and support and make it available to backbenchers who don’t get much help from their own parties.
‘There are lots of MPs in a parliamentary committee hearing, with an expert witness giving evidence, who have their chance to ask a question but they basically tread water. They’ve got nothing useful to say; the reason for that is they don’t have the resources to know the issue very well, they don’t want to look like buffoons but their party isn’t supporting them to be effective. So, our party can support them to be effective, but I can never take credit for that because that would ‘out’ somebody.”

The compliant media has been running cover for her since then, downplaying the plot:

“A single seat in Parliament isn’t much; it’s somewhat laughable to suggest, as she did on election night, that she’ll be able to use it to change Ottawa’s culture.”

But now the Government House Leader admits that May can hold the entire Parliament “hostage” by asking questions and submitting amendments to bills! Imagine the gall, in a place known for expediency and unanimous consent!?

Some of the compliant media let the secret slip, however. The cat’s out of the bag. They named May as Parliamentarian of the Year!

One morning this session, at the start of parliamentary business, Elizabeth May and Liberal MP Frank Valeriote ran into each other in the House of Commons. They had both been there late the night before for a debate. Valeriote apparently assumed that May had had the misfortune to be assigned a morning shift in the House. “He looked at me and he was so tired he forgot that I didn’t have somebody ordering me around,” May recalls. “He said, ‘Oh jeez, did you get House duty again?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, my leader’s such a bitch.’ ”
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#IdleNoMore Prayer Rally in Regina

IdleNoMore Prayer Rally

A bitterly cold -16 Celsius temperature didn’t deter over 100 people from turning out to voice their concerns about the Conservatives’ omnibus bill C-45 passed in haste last week. The people also were there to support the First Nations leaders who attempted to confront the MPs in the House, and now must be consulted by the Senate and the Governor General. C-45 removed long-standing federal environmental protection from most of Canada’s lakes and rivers, and the threat to water is not taken lightly by First Nations, organizers of the event explained.

IdleNoMore Prayer Rally
- The crowd was in support of protected fresh water.


Victor Lau, Leader of the Green Party of Saskatchewan

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How People Vote is Broken #cdnpoli #election2012

A great many people yesterday voted for people they don’t really believe in. They voted for Obama, or Romney, because they felt there was no other choice compared to the danger of the unknown, or the risk of a too-familiar vote split to let a kleptocrat win.

I’m not certain what forces and situations need to come together to kick off a political shift like the kind seen after Brian Mulroney left the Progressive Conservatives to scrape up two seats in Parliament in 1993, but that sort of party-reputation-gutting hasn’t befallen the Democrats yet. It hasn’t even plagued the Republicans in the form of a consequence they’ll react to meaningfully. They can still taste power that is only two or four years away (instead of the monumental shift in priorities required).

No, the GOP will continue to nominate male, blustery speakers who prattle on about rape and abortion because those subjects divide and excite passions in some voters. And they will later either bring America into the theological state they crave, or fail utterly and implode their party like a male Kim Campbell.

And in Canada, Conservatives are plagued with the same lack of well-built and well-funded political options. The merger of the Reform Party and Progressive Conservative Party left right-wing voters with a single, mindless, power machine and no clean escape. The lack of Proportional Representation in our elections left us vulnerable to illegal robocall schemes to suppress votes, and pressed similar parties to merge when they should not have done so in the interest of democracy. Now we must worry about the left wing parties merging into one, instead of co-operating to bring us electoral reform first.

What would it take for Conservatives to toss the current bunch of crooks and cheaters under the bus and decide to build a new party that could have some respectability? Paper evidence isn’t enough. Audio recording of a bribe is not enough. Audio recording of an election crime isn’t enough. Why does power motivate millions to ignore obvious crimes and vote anyway for the Obamas and Harpers of the world?

Our democracies fail because they favour well organized [criminal] professional politicians and power seekers over less organized, good people. Our electoral systems are broken, and we use broken/defective/corruptible techniques instead of improving.

So instead we end up with FIPA:

And Mercer doesn’t stop there with the blunt presentation of our anti-democratic government:

5 Years For Good Behaviour

Will the NDP live up to its latest promise? So far, Elizabeth May (who was oddly omitted from this story even though she pioneered the modern foray into non-House-heckling) has made due with venting on Twitter, rather than interrupting proceedings in the House of Commons with witty rejoinders to the government’s many bonehead gaffes. I guess that means she’s with the child pornographers, eh Vic Toews?

The NDP may have difficulty holding their tongues and twinkle fingers.

Green Party of Sask AGM ; Hot Wind

I helped out at the Green Party of Saskatchewan’s AGM this year. It’s the first Green anything AGM I’ve been to. I’ve previously been to a Sask Liberal leadership convention as a member a decade ago, and the NDP convention last year as (a blogger) media. The results of the executive elections are available, and there’s a TV clip from local CTV News.

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The anti-wind power crowd will be all over this story, purposefully (or accidentally) misrepresenting it as saying that wind turbines “cause” global warming. In fact, if you read it to the end, you’ll see the warming on the ground is localized. Needs more study, but it’s pretty unlikely that it contributes in the same significant way as coal fired electricity that wind is replacing.

One. Stop Subsidizing Fossil Fuels

Two. Put a price on carbon. These are two easy things to do in legislation which will have the crucial effect of curbing air pollution.

If the market is the God of the modern political power brokers, then the market has to contain the solution to climate change. We have until roughly 2015 to halt a rise in green house gas production. After that year, we have to get to lower levels or we will cause climate change that cannot be reversed to stop mass extinctions and suffering for all people.

Yesterday I saw the ridiculous comment from an anti-Occupier in Regina who thinks Occupy protesters don’t understand the world economy. Actually, Occupiers understand very well, which is why they are in the streets protesting, and will be working in the coming years to change economic systems to benefit the majority of people instead of the 1% wealthiest alive today.

Would You Vote Over The Internet?

I trust computers… to do what their potentially untrustworthy programmers tell them to do. Because it’s computer code that could be corrupted, there’s little means for the layperson voter to verify they aren’t being swindled.

That said, online voting is becoming inevitable, and may be required to pull young voters into participating in our democracy. The election results will swing wildly to the Green Party and others favoured by those under 30, once voting can be done from anywhere.

“Would you vote over the Internet?” That’s the FUNNIEST poll question on cbc.ca EVER. Everyone who doesn’t click Yes, but votes, is lying ;-)