Canadian Federal Politicians Arrested at Anti-pipeline Protest in Burnaby B.C.

By André Faust

What is all the huff about? The Canada east pipeline project at least for the time being. That has caused a problem for Alberta, because at the moment for all practical reasons Alberta is landlocked to get its bitumen out to the European Market.

While the Canada East pipeline project was a lost, the focus is on Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion Project, which when completed would allow bitumen to reach the European Markets.

In anticipation of protests against the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, Kinder Morgan has successfully attained an injunction to prevent protestors to protest with a certain distance of its gates and operation. Alberta in a Trumpian style has threatened BC that if they also prevent the pipeline from crossing their border, Alberta will place trade sanctions against British Columbia (BC). That’s real Canadian like eh! Province pitted against province.

On Friday, March 23, 2018, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May and NDP MP Kennedy Stewart along with a hundred others arrested and placed into custody for breaching a court-imposed protest-free zone.

At this time it is not known if at this time if the charges of civil contempt have been withdrawn against May and Stewart.


The Daleks Are Voting On October 19th, Shouldn’t You

Anti - Stephen-Harper-Daleks
Ninety-nine Daleks Can’t be wrong!

This election is going to be one of  most important election in Canadian history. At the end of the day we will either re-define democracy as Stephen Harper understands democracy, or will we return to the democracy that our grandfathers gave their lives so we could live in a true democracy without fear.

There are challenges that are beyond the control of anyone and beyond the scope of any political party.  The main issue with Stephen Harper is the way that he doesn’t things to accomplish and end. His methods of doing things compromise the very essence of Democracy.  Proroguing Parliament, the Omnibus Bills, Bill C-51 the secret meetings surrounding the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The silencing journalist, gag orders to party members. Pre selecting invitees to Conservative rally on so on

If this is the way that has conducted himself in the past what the future have in store for Canadians should he win this election.

The threat of Voter Split is a real threat, the only counter to voter split is Strategic Bloc Voting, which is voting for the Candidate who is most likely to win the riding and who is not a Conservative  In the past the Harper government has depended on voter split to win.  In the last election 60% voted against him yet he received the required seats for a majority.

Canadian oil stocks hit hard on markets

Monday was a tough day for the oil and gas industry on global stock markets.
Monday was a tough day for the oil and gas industry on global stock markets. (Dave Olecko/Bloomberg )

Stocks hit lows not seen in more than a decade

By Kyle Bakx, CBC News Posted: Aug 24, 2015 3:04 PM ET Last Updated: Aug 24, 2015 3:06 PM ET
Monday was a tough day for the oil and gas industry on global stock markets.

In early trading on Monday, the price of some stocks hit levels not seen in 15 years. Stock markets around the globe suffered huge losses, although some were able to rebound.

CBC|top stories

Directly Affected: Where We Live


Directly Affected is a documentary project about the battle between everyday people and a multibillion-dollar energy industry. Right now, a Houston-based energy company intends to transport 890,000 barrels of unrefined Alberta Tarsands oil to BC’s coast through the Trans Mountain pipeline. Millions of barrels will be stored in our communities and over 400 tankers will ship the diluted bitumen through the Salish Sea to foreign markets every year. Our first documentary brought together the disparate voices of individuals and communities not being heard by decision makers. In this series, we go to regions across the province to meet the courageous people who are standing up for democracy, local economies, their environment and a better future for all.

Alberta relying on bogus labour shortage figures to justify bad public policy, like expansion of TFW program

Reprint From the Alberta Federation of Labour

AFL says government is wrong and Chartered Accountants are right: labour shortage fears are overblown

EDMONTON-The Alberta Federation of Labour released internal government documents today, showing claims of a catastrophic “labour shortage” are based on a bizarre calculation not used anywhere else in Canada, and never used previously in Alberta.

Calculations using more conventional and widely accepted methods show that there will be more workers than jobs in Alberta for the foreseeable future.

“Albertans have been told by government and business that the sky is falling and that desperate measures are necessary,” say Alberta Federation of Labour president Gil McGowan. “But the truth is that someone has been playing games with the numbers: the labour market situation in Alberta is not nearly as dire as we’ve been led to believe.”

The AFL obtained Government of Alberta documents showing the often-cited shortage of “114,000 workers by 2021” is based on a complicated calculation that uses obscure methods not seen since 1957.

Rather than a straightforward labour supply and demand calculation – used in other provinces and in Alberta until 2009 – Alberta now employs a “growth in demand/growth in supply” projection model. This model appears to be designed to yield a desired conclusion – an imminent and catastrophic shortage of workers.

The AFL has re-calculated the government’s projections using more traditional methods. These calculations show that supply will outpace demand for the entire forecast period up to 2021.

These findings are in line with a report released yesterday by Certified General Accountants Association of Canada. The CGAAC report argues that while shortages of skilled labour do exist across Canada, they are sporadic and tend to be short-lived.

McGowan has written to Human Services Minister Dave Hancock advising him about the Accountant’s report and asking his department to return to the more traditional method for calculating labour demand – and if not, asking him to explain why not.

His letter reads, in part: “Labour market projections are used to make important public policy decisions that have profound implications for working people and the economy. We cannot afford to get these calculations wrong because bad analysis leads to bad policy. And this isn’t just a hypothetical problem. Inaccurate and misleading projections on labour shortages have already led to bad public policy such as the unjustified expansion the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, the unnecessary changes that were made by the federal government to the age of eligibility for CPP and the punitive changes that were recently made to the EI system.”

McGowan calls the claims of a catastrophic labour shortage “economics gobbledeegook intended to mislead the public about the actual state of the labour market.”

“There is no question there are tight labour markets for some select trades,” says McGowan. “But a somewhat tight labour market for select occupations or skills doesn’t translate into an economy-wide shortage.”

“Select skills shortages can be solved by government and industry investments in training and apprenticeship,” continues McGowan. “The provincial government should also be working with the federal government to more effectively connect unemployed people in other provinces with jobs in Alberta. For example, we should be talking about things like making relocation allowance part of the EI program.”

“Why did Alberta change the way it calculates a labour shortage?” asks McGowan. “It’s likely the result of pressure from employers who have discovered that the notion of a massive labour shortage can be used as an effective political tool to win policies that drive down wages, such as expanding the Temporary Foreign Worker program.”

“Working closely with the Harper government, low-wage lobbyists like the Canadian Federation of Independent Business and non-union construction groups like the Merit Contractors Association have been pressuring the government to use creative math to manufacture a crisis. This crisis is then being used to win policies that shortchange hardworking Canadians out of wages that keep up with the cost of living,” adds McGowan.

“Any claim of a massive labour shortage must be taken with enough grains of salt to fill an oil sands-sized dump truck.”