The Things That Government And The Oil Industry Does Not Want You To Know!

Transcription by André Faust (June 10, 2017)

André Faust: I’m here with Mark D’Arcy of the Council of Canadians. In your press release, you made reference to secrecy in relationship to the pipeline. In what context do you mean that?

Mark D’Arcy: Energy will be the largest pipeline project ever constructed here in North America. There is a two-year review process, it been held up because a controversy and the original National Energy Board Panel actually was forced to resign and so this whole project has been delayed. One obstacle after another being put off by the government’s unwillingness to be public with the law of risks associated with the tar sands and the bitumen pipeline.

So here in New Brunswick, we had no public meetings only one by the city of Edmunston because of their watershed, drinking water watershed being traversed by the proposed pipeline route that is it!

No other public meetings in the province whatsoever over the last three years four years this project review, and why is that. The waterways you see in behind men the St. John River, the Nashwaak River, multiple crossings by this long pipeline route over the tributaries leading into these rivers system.

Tar sand bitumen is very different from conventional oil it will actually form tar balls and then those sink to the bottom and aggressively stick to the sentiment. Very, very difficult to get the lion’s share 20 to 30 percent of the bitumen will stick to these waterways after a major spill as seen by the North Saskatchewan River as seen last year as well as the Kalamazoo River in Michigan back in 2010.

A lot of these risks of the tar sand bitumen pipeline the government and its proponents, TransCanada and Irving do not want the public to know about them.

The watershed there is catastrophic long-term damage to the waterways and acutely the communities along the pipeline route there is a severe acute health risk to be exposed to a tar sand bitumen pipeline spill.

There would have to be early warning air raid sirens installed in the communities along the waterways where a potential spill would enter. People would have to be evacuated immediately because of the very neural toxic chemicals that are used to dilute the tar sands bitumen.

This is not something you fool around with and unfortunately there are has been no real math provided, no community notification along the pipeline route here in New Brunswick, and you when you look at the accumulative effect of all of that, people have been left in the dark. So there is complete secrecy by TransCanada, by Irving, by the lobbyist which includes the government of New Brunswick and the Government of Canada, and they don’t want the community to know one; the route and two; the extreme risk that tar sands bitumen pipe line will put their watershed at.

André Faust: Thank you, Mark

Mark D’Arcy: Thank you.


Irving Sued $50M by Former Oil President

Oil President Mike Ashar Sues Irving 50 M

By André Faust

Irving, New Brunswick’s dark Oligarch is once again facing civil litigation. Irving is well known for using its financial and corporate might to coerce the province of New Brunswick to bow down to its corporate demands. Irving’s recent antics with the province forced a forestry deal contract on to the province that is beyond the province financial ability to cover the legal cost should the province wish to terminate the forestry deal contract with Irvings.

Irving has a reputation of showing no mercy or compassion when it comes to ending their employment or contract relationships with their employees or contractors. Historically it was common practice for Irving to force their gas station operators out, once they made the business success, then replacing those operators with managers at a considerably lower rate of pay.

Mike Ashar lawsuit sheds some light on how unscrupulous the Irving are when they are finished exploiting their people. According to CBC and other sources, Mike Ashar was pushed out of his job, once he met his objectives with the Irvings. As stated in his statement of claim to get him out they made his work a living hell.

“During 2012 and the first few months of 2013 there were many instances of misconduct and inappropriate behaviour involving members of the Irving family that created an intolerable and poisoned work environment for Mr. Ashar.”

Not only did the Irving’s make the work environment unbearable for Mr. Ashar, but also they kept his email account active and continued to monitor his emails long after they dismissed him.

In addition to the $50 million for breach of contract, Mr. Ashar asking for $200,000 in punitive damages and $50,000 for invasion of privacy. Mike Ashar must have much deeper pockets than the province of New Brunswick to Challenge the Irving’s in a court battle.


Irving gives the boot to clean-air activist Gordon Dalzell

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Clean-air activist Gordon Dalzell ejected by the Irvings from the Community Liaison Committee

By André Faust

Irving keeping with its outstanding reputation of removing people who either criticize or speaks out against the Corporation or members of the Irving family has recently given the boot to clean-air activist Gordon Dalzell from the Community Liaison Committee, a committee that Irving created to receive input from the community in regards to his refinery. Irving justifies the expulsion of Gordon Dalzell from the committee on the grounds that he breached confidentiality.

The community liaison committee appears to be a front to create the illusion that Irving works in conjunction with communities however this committee is not answerable to the community the ejection from the committee is another example of the Irvings philosophy of you are either with us or against us. Those who do not question the Irvings are allowed to remain on this bogus committee while those who speak against the Irvings are ejected from the committee.

Dalzell, is well known for his position on clean-air, in essence Irving’s dismissal of Dalzell from the committee will prevent any challenges to Irving’s conduct in terms of environmental issues.

As of date there are no known records of the community liaison committee ever criticizing the Irvings, the removal of Dalzell affirms that committee will never criticize the Irvings. Simply this committee is a farce, public relation created illusion to manipulate public thinking that Irving is a good corporate citizen then the evil corporation that it really is.

Alward’s Drug Plan: Sticking it to the Working Poor

By André Faust

The New Brunswick a mandatory drug plan was introduced by David Alward at the last setting of the legislature, on the surface it looks like it’s a very good plan because it looks like a plan to help New Brunswickers avoid cost of catastrophic drug and to ensure that prescription drug insurance is available to every New Brunswicker. In this respect it looks like the sheep.

The intent of the plan is to give every New Brunswicker access to a drug insurance plan which in this case will be administered by Blue Cross. Any New Brunswick or who is not covered under any insurance plans will be required to pay a premium and the rate of that premium is determined by the annual income of each person. According to the plan to lower the income the lower the premium the higher the income the higher the premium, which on the surface seems to be a fair way of distributing the premiums among the wage spectrum. However, when you look at the premium formula in terms of percentages a different story is told. Continue reading

Irving Stands To Lose 63 Million Dollars If Alward Looses Election

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Irving wants Alward Elected so that he won’t lose his tax breaks

Irving has a vested interest if the Alward government were to win this election on September 22. Brian Gallant announced that his party would start to make the 1% pay their share of taxes, which would represent $63 million dollars in tax savings for the province. There is consensus among the other alternative parties that if the 1% paid their share of the taxes, the province would not be in the financial state that it currently experiencing.

Brian Gallant is the first leader speak out on tax inequality between rich and the poor, which is a reflection of new political ideologies which has permeated liberal party over the last four years.

Vote yes is to vote yes for selling the province short, for example the royalty deal that he has made with the shale gas industry is only pennies that that province would receive as compared royalties paid out in the province of Alberta. Recently Alward has basically given Irving all of the forest on Crown lands for virtually receiving nothing from the Irvings.

Vote yes means a government that will represent the will of the corporations not the will of the citizens.