Indigenous Chiefs take protest to the doors of parliament to oppose budget bill

Vertreter kanadischer Ureinwohner aus Sasketchewan, Manitoba und Ontario haben heute versucht, das Parliamentsgebäude zu stürmen und Einlaß zur Debatte zum neuen Budget zu erhalten, um Stephen Harper und den Minister für Natürliche Resourcen Joe Oliver zu mahnen, sich an Ihre Verpflichtung mit First Nations zu konsultieren, bevor eigenmächtig neue Gesetze zu beschließen, die die Lebensgrundlage der Ureinwohner zerstören könnte.

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How to recognize insurgents who threaten democracy in Canada

As US President Barack Obama rejects the Keystone Excel Pipeline as proposed by Trans Canada Corp. today, the focus is on Canada’s Northern Gateway Proposal. Thankfully, die urwüchsige Nation scheint aufgerüttelt und für eine echte und öffentliche Debatte:

Harper warns pipeline hearings could be “hijacked” on CBC News
An Open Letter from Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver in The Globe And Mail
Harper says pipeline debate should be left to Canadians in CBC News
Opposition to oil tankers on the rise in Forest Ethics
Save the Fraser Declaration
Pipeline project a gateway to disaster

Gas prices will go up with new Keystone Pipeline

Update 12 JAN: Hervorragende Richtigstellung in “The Ottawa Citizen“, numbers and all:

“If there were a global competition for the most brazen and preposterously transparent attempt by a ruling political party to change a necessary subject of national debate with alarmist distractions and hubbub, the Conservative escapade engineered in Ottawa these past few days really deserves some kind of grand prize.”

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Update 11 JAN: The Toronto Star calls a Cabinet Minister using that rhetoric “nuts”. This passage contains a more realistic assessment: “The parody lies with the fact that Canada’s oil industry is dominated by multinationals. That means there will indeed be a lot of big-money foreign interests pushing the three-person federal review panel to okay a pipeline from Alberta’s oilsands to a tanker port at Kitimat on the British Columbia coast.

America’s Exxon Mobil, Britain’s BP, France’s Total E&P, China’s SinoCanada Petroleum … Continue reading