“”The secrecy around pipeline spills in Saskatchewan is astonishing,” said Keith Stewart, head of Greenpeace Canada’s climate and energy campaign, in an email on Tuesday.
“First the government waits three days to announce it, then the company will neither confirm nor deny that it’s their oil. More worrisome, however, is that once again pipeline spill detection technology and systems failed, leaving it up to community members to smell and see the oil before action is taken.”
Chief Connie Big Eagle said a band member who worked in the oil industry detected the smell of crude oil days before the leak was discovered southeast of Regina.
She said the man became suspicious about the odour and went looking for the source, tracking it down and reporting it to officials last Friday.
Government officials confirmed the spill about 10 kilometres north of the southeast Saskatchewan town of Stoughton on Monday.
It said about 170,000 litres have been recovered in a cleanup being handled by Calgary-based Tundra Energy Marketing Ltd.”
Gee, I wonder why the Premier doesn’t get information available to people quickly. Maybe because Tundra gave $10000 to Wall‘s SaskParty in 2007?
Here’s some news about the company:
“How does a person charged with murder get bail for $10,000?”
There are some people in Saskatchewan who think* like this:
““In my mind his only mistake was leaving witnesses,” is one troubling post that appeared online. ”
*Racism is not thinking, it’s a feeling like fear and anger.
Here’s another theory about the bail.
The weekend wasn’t all negative though.
I really hope this isn’t going on in other parts of the country too. BC’s Liberal government is far too corrupt.
The Premier said:
“It underscores the need for leadership at the local level, including — and let’s be clear — including on the part of chiefs and council,” he said.
“We also saw a report on the fact that chiefs and council in this province and right across the country get paid, as they should, for their services and some of them get paid a lot. You know, they get paid to make the decisions, to make choices on behalf of their members of their First Nation and protection and safety have to be at the top of the list.”
In response, FSIN Kimberly Jonathan sent out a press release denouncing Wall’s comments, saying they exemplified the “paternalistic approach” First Nations receive at the hands of the federal and provincial governments.
While I’ve criticized MLA pay in the past, it’s widely recognized that MLAs are not a group discriminated against by more powerful people, and are not at all systematically disadvantaged because of their culture and race. There was no need for the Premier to bring up the pay level of political leadership on reserves, because there’s no evidence it contributes to the economic situations in those communities. The Premier took a clear pot-shot at First Nations leadership, instead of extending a sincere offer to help solve the deadly problem of house fires. Clearly his instinct to badmouth First Nations people/leadership is at least as strongly ingrained as my instinct to oppose something the Premier says.
Meanwhile, The Premier gets paid to make the decisions, and protection and safety have to be at the top of his list.
RCMP officers don’t possess good sense given to every other human being, apparently.
First Nations Financial Transparency Act:
Watch Pam Palmater put the Canadian Taxpayers Federation in its place. “We don’t even have enough money to have websites, how the heck are we supposed to post it online?”
“What’s non-essential on a First Nation?” Palmater asks Evan who is quoting the Conservative government. “We have suicides every day, contaminated water, we have a major housing crisis, food and security in the North that Minister A. (#LyingLeona) could[n’t] care less about. What’s non-essential in a First Nation? People are going to die, if there is not enough funding for health, for insulin, if there’s not enough food for kids, or heat in the North right now!”
Palmater explains the problem is the government is trying to embarass Chiefs who make 3rd-party income from non-federal funding sources, while Wudrick was on the defensive claiming the Conservatives’ law isn’t racist because they just want more financial data. Why don’t Paul Martin and Stephen Harper share their full private/personal income information then, asked Palmater.
You may remember the CTF talking head Wudrick from Blogging Tory blunders of the past decade.
Conservative Minister Leona A. is a disgrace. That means she’s a fine representative of the Conservative Party of Canada.
You may remember other Lying Leona blunders from such stories as Canada phasing out coal, and the Canadian government isn’t muzzling scientists.