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Conservatives Spin Oil on the West Coast

My old friend Rick helped clean up the crude oil from a small spill in the early 1980’s at Long Beach near tofino Pacific Rim National Park … it was an ugly job and a decade before exxon valdez up in Alaska.

You know about exxon valdez in alaska don’t you?

What do we know about the Harper Conservative Federal Government.

Well we know they are in power ……. unfortunately via an electoral system that is not truly representative of the people

WE know they extoll the tar sands which is environmentally unsustainable.

WE know they want oil on the west coast of Canada, pipelines and tankers for China.

We know they are an environmental embarrassment to the world and Canada by not supporting
the Kyoto Protocol when we should be leaders.

WE know the Harper Government now wants to rewrite the fisheries act and any other acts and laws that have the potential to slow economic development of oil pipelines pulp mills etc.

We know the Conservatives want to and are negating public debate and consultation, due process and transparency in forums that are not only environmental.

Many people, groups and organizations and previous governments have worked long and hard to ensure environmental integrity.

The 2012 Olympics had an introductory show that highlighted the environment with state of the art 3-D holograms of the orca and grizzly and spirit bears.

With no environment we just have the spin and the holograms.

Does that matter to you it matters to me.

Four previous fisheries ministers even of the same party do not agree with Harpers Government and their proposals

My conservative MP says I am not on the same page as him ………… I told him he was right.

You have to write and call all these dickheads and let them know what you think ……… tell them that you support oil on the west coast of Canada….. if you really do.

Enbridge has had major oil spills from ruptures in North America… research it …. Kinder Morgan too. Halliburton in the Camisea Project near Machu Picchu in Peru has had 5 pipeline ruptures since 2004.

There’s collateral damage, thats fact ….. is it something that you can live with? It might be alright if you are oblivious and don’t know what British Columbia has to offer.

The West Coast is a nutrient pool unique. Do you want an oil slick on it? What are you going to do?

UPDATE OIL PIPELINE Rupture RED DEER ALBERTA JUNE 8 2012 Threatens city water supply OIL SPILLS HAPPEN

NO OIL ON WEST COAST OF CANADA get rid of the Harper Dictatorship

Ai Weiwei
Famous Chinese artist, known for disturbing the cultural norm of what China is and represents globally.
The government of China fearing this artist, has repeatably detained arrested and manipulated the truth to give credence to his arrests.
The government of China made him disappear for 3 month last year.
They can do that in China if they do not like you and he is famous in the west so his disappearance was questioned.
The less famous would have really been disappeared.
He intones that nations that deal with China ignoring the multitude of human rights issues that exist there are
just as culpable as China itself.

“If you’re dealing with a nation like China and you’re not talking about human rights and judicial justice, then you’re part of the crime,” Ai said in an interview with CBC’s Q cultural affairs show.

Canada bends over backwards to deal with China economically, we support human rights crimes in China and Tibet
for making money. Harper is an economist right? Do you vote? Do you want oil on the west coast of Canada?
Check out the recent CBC radio show Q with Jain Gomeshi for interview win Ai Weiwei it will soon be up as a podcast on itunes
http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/story/2012/03/22/ai-weiwei-q.html?cmp=rss

For the right thing.

Sudan poor dying … warlords/president preventing food from arriving. Crisis in the making.

As if Darfur was not enough. I had a conversation earlier today on intervention. Should we in the west intervene or let crimes atrocities occur.

It takes guts to intervene. Change occurs when people act together.

We as Canadians effectively support China and China is preventing positive humanitarian action to occur in both the Sudan and Syria.

The civil war in Syria has gone on for a year now needless atrocities. Slow inaction. China along with Russia vote in the UN against doing the right thing.

It takes guts to do the right thing.

Motives who knows but the two powers are content to let them duke it out. Just saw the Pianist with Adrian Brody, The Russians sat on the the other side of the Vistula River in the winter of 1945 letting the Poles and the Germans in Warsaw duke it out before they crossed later in the spring and repatriated Warsaw, many many died before hand violence and starvation, motive — they weakened both Poles and Germans, assimilated Poland into the eastern Block and over ran the softened German army all the way to Berlin.

http://www.globalnews.ca/george+clooney+released+after+sudanese+embassy+protest+arrest/6442602239/story.html

We in Canada have an upcoming election; and it is hoped all around that Canadians VOTE for change.

In other less fortunate parts of the world governments don’t let their people vote because they do not want to lose dictatorial power. This is true in LIBYA SYRIA CHINA North Korea and Myanmar. The people recently demonstrated against a corrupt government in Egypt and won.
People can win only by being united.

You Don’t Want Change Don’t Vote. WE are fighting a war in Afghanistan don’t make those lives lost a waste.

The video is somewhat graphic but it depicts the reality of oppression of what is really happening in less fortunate parts the world. Savour your freedom. Many have fought for it.
filmed with d7000 and post processed in imovie

Issues you might want to consider are:

1. The protection of our West Coast Salmon Fishery.
2. Offshore property ownership of Canada
3. The Tar Sands in Alberta
4. Harm Reduction in Downtown Vancouver.
5. The proposed pipeline to Prince Rupert from Alberta
6. Oil/Development Tanker traffic on the west coast of British Columbia.
7. The Kyoto Protocol
8. The Prosperity Mine Proposal and The Destruction of Fish Lake (85000 trout) in the Chilcotin
9. Support of the Grizzly Bear Trophy Hunt in British Columbia

I believe most of these issues are of concern for the livable future of all Canadians.

Have you heard of them, do you care, have your candidates addressed these issues? The present conservative government has not.

Dozens of lawyers and activists have been arrested or detained in China recently following calls for Middle East-style protests.
China activist Liu Xianbin jailed for 10 years
“Today I saw how legal tools were used to convict someone who is not guilty,”
Liu Xianbin was previously sent to prison for two-and-a-half years for taking part in the nationwide protests of 1989.

As Canadians/Americans do we support China? Another generation is born we take the easier road of complacency, avoiding change, heads in the sand.
The future will be interesting?

UPDATE
Artist disappears, for speaking out.
China detains famous artist Ai Weiwei for economic crimes.
Any dictatorship will destroy all opposition. People that speak out go, People that have ideas are a threat. You destroy all thinkers, Writers/artists, teachers lawyers and doctors.
People that might be capable of facilitating change are nuked.

Read this magazine it’s great ….. and Canadian.

Here is my comment going to letters to the editor; regarding “Bystanders” a short story by Steven Heighton. (Just have word that this will be published in next issue its out now May10 2010 great article on hockey by MacFarland)

In response to Steven Heighton’s Short Fiction “Bystanders”

A similar event largely unreported, occurred in Fall 2006 on the Tibet-china Nepal border at Nangpa Pass.

Innocents, Tibetan refugees including children and a nun were murdered by Chinese soldiers, shot from a distance slow moving targets in thigh deep snow in full view of a guided western climbing expedition.

The leader of this expedition balked at interfering/reporting the incident concerned he would loose economically.

Several of his guides under the threat of employment termination leaked the story to miniscule response from western press and governments.

Heighton’s piece metaphorically responds that we can not idly standby taking no action personally or nationally as ineffectual bystanders.

Many Thanks to Steven for making us think. Now all we have to do is act.

Walrus Published Letter Here

“I want world sympathy in the battle of of right against unright.” Gandhi 5.4/1930

Greg Maurer Photographer alpenglowpro.wordpress.com

Before ice is all gone hit the rockies

Had to laugh a couple of years a go the big tour bus company Brewster out of Banff was taking a load of oriental touri up the parkway….for miles they saw no habitation just mountains and trees and the odd moose. Entrepreneurs ever they questioned what was wrong with the land? the Guide said nothing … they replied then why are there no resorts here?

Maybe we should put resorts here now that the Harper government is promoting tourism to China instead of human rights ….. money talks eh.

Tell that to Huseyin Celil a Canadian held on trumped up charges now in solitary confinement for the last 2.5 years. Does he have human rights, does he have money, I digress I won’t even mention Tibet. There is always something to pray for. What is right and what is wrong?

Have recently been perusing “Let my people go Surfing”

Yvon Chouinard’s (the founder of Patagonia) 2005 dictum on sustainability and the transcendence toward local based economies from a reluctant businessman’s point of view. Much of the book is devoted to Patagonia’s philosophies on the environment, business and design.

The World Watch Institute*

…state of the world report in 1991 stated “with an annual output of $20 trillion, the global economy now produces in 17 days what it took and entire year to generate in 1900. Already, economic activity has breached numerous local, regional, and global thresholds, resulting in the spread of deserts, acidification of lakes and forest, and the buildup of greenhouse gases.

If growth proceeds along those lines of recent decades, it is only a matter of time before global systems collapse under the pressure”

Hmmm, that was 18 years ago. That was before industry in the far east torqued in.

What happens when you become dependent on world economy and growth that can not be sustained?

Rather timely one would think.

Everything needs to be re-thought. Your place in the world needs to be re-thought. Where is your place in the world? What do you value in your world?

*Worldwatch Institute delivers the insights and ideas that empower decision makers to create an environmentally sustainable society that meets human needs. Worldwatch focuses on the 21st century challenges of climate change, resource degradation, population growth, and poverty by developing and disseminating solid data and innovative strategies for achieving a sustainable society.

A Complex Issue

What’s a Couple of hundred ducks? “A complex issue” environment Canada is quoted on a April 07 kill of 500 ducks on one of Syncrude’s massive bitumen tailing ponds. Seven months later no results. Why?
It’s a no brainer eh? Syncrude is joint venture project with 7 oil companies and employs 5,000 people many of which are on a retainer or 20,000 dollars/year just to stay with the company. That’s a lot of money. In fact that’s 100 million.
A proposed one million dollar fine for a small environmental glitch where you can actually see something dead in real time like birds is a pittance; As opposed to not seeing things dead immediately.
Unknown are the results of long term exposure to toxicity levels in the Athabasca River flowing into the Arctic Ocean, or emmisions (Syncrude is Canada’s largest greenhouse gas producer and only 40k’s away from Fort McMurray) and damage to the Athabasca watershed in ground water and flow disruptions ( Syncrude uses 2.5 Trillion gallons of water a year thats about 760,000 bathtubs and water glasses annually, a third of the 2.5 million population of Denver,Colorado).
But we can make an educated guess.

We fight wars we see the dead immediately. The tar sands are a long way away out of the minds eye for most of the world but the effects are equally devastating. You just don’t see them right away.

As reported in the Canadian Press last month 11 million litres of toxic water leaks PER DAY from geologically unstable dyked ponds. http://blog.macleans.ca/2008/12/30/how-to-fix-the-leaking-alberta-oil-sands/

11 million litres per day my vehicle takes about 60 litres so thats about 184,000 vehicles with a full tank thats a lot of traffic jams

or the average Canadian toilet flushes 13 litres (way to much) thats about 847,000 flushes per day That’s as if the whole population of Quebec City + 100,000 got together and flushed each day.

That’s a lot of pollution. Great Photo

That heads into the Athabasca River Watershed and spews into the Arctic Ocean at Inuvik. But we don’t see it….its in the back of beyond the wilderness . Do we care?

Will big mammals like the Beluga or Narwhal retain this in their blubber, Will the Inuit suffer, The ecosystem is being compromised now.

5 to 10 years before something like the development of bacteria to nuke toxicity in tailing ponds gets to the field lets see 11 million x 365 x 10 years = 4.2 billion litres

All that science whether it was ecologically/environmentally viable should have done beforehand instead of going for greed as a common denominator.

Science and fact is not about hope or faith its methodology is concrete. write a letter

Tibet a canker on China’s backside. Why …does China support freedom?… Is it happening there?

Why?….natural resources, imperialism, economy. Tibet as threat, religion as threat Dalai Lama as threat.

It’s disgusting that we put economy and wealth ahead of morals and ethics.

China…. do you support China? Is there an echo of Europe 1936?

How will China save face….when are the Olympics again?…

Oh yeah…there is one coal fired power plant coming on line each day in China…..what do you think….where is China…

graphic-arrow-left.jpg Beijing – Tibet / Vancouver – Downtown Eastside graphic-arrow-right.jpg

Embarrassments both what are the commonalities here?

I wrote a letter to the Vancouver Sun last year about the disgrace of the DT Eastside and the Olympics I drove through the area today nothing has changed.

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Hey conscience rules Spielberg pulls out of creative director job for Beijing 2008.

“At this point, my time and energy must be spent not on Olympic ceremonies, but on doing all I can to help bring an end to the unspeakable crimes against humanity that continue to be committed in Darfur.”
“Sudan’s government bears the bulk of the responsibility for these on-going crimes, but the international community, and particularly China, should be doing more.”

Chinese support of genocide in Sudan has nothing to do with peace, just suffering. How do you support China?

Sudan, with its vast oil reserves, sells some two-thirds of its oil to Beijing. In turn, Beijing sells weapons to the Sudanese government.

China spent 37 Billion Dollars on its military last year.

2008 Olympic Games

LHASA, June 18 (Xinhua) — China will begin Monday building a “highway” in Tibet on Mount Qomolangma EVEREST, the world’s tallest peak,  without asking Tibet.

Budgeted at 150 million yuan (19.7 million U.S. dollars), construction of the Paved road will kick off at Everest North Base Camp 5,200 meters above sea level.

The project aims to turn a 108-km rough road  to the Base Camp into a blacktop highway fenced by undulating guardrails.

The project will take about four months. On completion, the highway will become the major route for tourists and mountaineers who are crowding onto Mount Qomolangma, known in the west as Mount Everest, in ever larger numbers.

So how do you market and sell the Dalai Lama to make a profit?

How do you market compassion, forgiveness and tolerance to make a profit. Is there economy in it?

Business leaders in CANADA and CHINA think the Dalai Lama is bad for business. China thinks he is a terrorist and a threat to their nationalism. What do you think? China does not want CANADA to acknowledge what the Dalai Lama represents otherwise CHINA threatens  the loss of economic partnership with CANADA. Do we need China?

Can you change this?

“Queen’s University is selling its investments in two Chinese oil companies that are doing business in the war-ravaged Darfur region of Sudan.Principal Karen Hitchcock said yesterday the university has directed its fund managers to divest its investment, endowment and pension funds of PetroChina and China Petroleum.” I am proud to see Canadian Students at Queen’s University be the catalyst for this change. They took a stand.

Someone told me a while ago that they were only interested in living an opulent lifestyle at what ever the cost. Is your lifestyle at the cost of the Sudanese, the environment, or…….

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He probably is but that’s not enough to sequester my vote. The environment, sure its a hot topic. For anyone that has been outdoors for the past few decades you would have to be blind to not notice changes. Climate, ozone, intensity of the sun, the onslaught of pests taking advantage of environmental stresses are and have been impacting flora,fauna and eco-systems negatively.

When Kyoto was ratified in the 90’s a change could have been enacted then. Maybe it would have slowed down some changes, who knows….another decade has past and now climate change has become very topical. At least the word is out and the average joe might now be able to enact his vote to make change happen. Will there be a positive impact who knows.

Dion supports trade with China so is inadvertently supporting everything from pollution to social injustices. What we need is to use our own resources mental and physical to put Canada on the map. China wants Canada’s banks to become more involved in investment. Once that happens withdrawal from that sphere will become very difficult.

Canada’s manufacturing industry is devastated….the once thriving Canadian apparel industry, for example, has almost been totally nuked. The Liberal’s could have changed that but they did not.

I will not vote Liberal or Conservative, they are not forward thinking enough for me, they will jump on any current bandwagon to get a vote, a positive change has to be made.

http://www.gatewaysucks.org/send-instant-letter

Contrasting headlines in todays Globe and Mail. China’s military hardware spending 37.5 Billion dollars US. Research and development to put China on top in digital warfare likely double that amount 80 Billion.

China destroys satellite via satellite.

China wants Canadian Banks to invest more.

What does this mean to you?