EDMONTON — Ecojustice, armed with research that shows how toxic oilsands emissions are contaminating the Athabasca River, has called on the federal government to investigate whether oilsands operators have violated the Fisheries Act.
“Canadians have the right to know how oilsands production impacts our air, water and land,” said Ecojustice senior scientist Elaine MacDonald. “The federal government has an obligation to monitor pollution and make the data accessible to the public. Otherwise, how can we be sure polluters aren’t breaking the law?”
“Now, the death of Hugo Chavez offers the promise of domestic oil market changes that could roil the energy world and place substantial opportunities at the feet of Canadian oil companies whose expertise in heavy crude is directly applicable to Venezuela’s Orinoco oil fields.” – Globe and Mail
Did Prime Minister Stephen Harper just celebrate the death of Hugo Chávez Frías, the President of Venezuela, who died today after a 2-year battle with cancer? Celebrate as in: good riddance, now we can walk in there and promote “the principles of freedom, democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights”, and get our hands on the Latin American country’s oil?
It would seem so. At least if you read the Globe and Mail.
It was a political showdown that revealed what we already know: Prime Minister Stephen Harper‘s Conservatives can’t take a fair fight. Yesterday, Liberal MP Justin Trudeau convincingly defeated Harper-appointed Tory senator Patrick Brazeau in a charity boxing bout here in Ottawa.