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Sid Ryan on the unstoppable alliance of labour, environment and Indigenous groups

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At the July 5 March for Jobs, Justice, and the Climate, Sid Ryan, President of the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL), sat down to discuss the emerging affinities between labour, Indigenous rights groups and environmentalist groups around the climate.

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Small community, big resistance: Chilliwack fights Kinder Morgan

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Chilliwack may be a small B.C. community, but it has a big problem with Kinder Morgan's proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion.

The existing Kinder Morgan pipeline, operating since 1953, currently carries 300,000 barrels per day through Chilliwack's drinking water and various water bodies, which are the home of culturally significant fish. Kinder Morgan wants to revive mothballed portions of the existing Trans Mountain pipeline, as well as build a new twin pipeline, increasing the capacity of the system to 890,000 barrels per day. The proposal is currently being reviewed by the National Energy Board (NEB).

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Selling off Hydro One will be a disaster for Ontario

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Kathleen Wynne and the Ontario Liberals are trying to sell off 60 per cent of Hydro One. Critics say this will negatively affect the already cash-strapped province.

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Privatizing Hydro One is going to hurt, say critics

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The Ontario 2015 budget had more than a plan to put beer and wine in grocery stores. The Ontario Liberals are trying to sell off 60 per cent of the publicly owned electricity transmission and distribution company Hydro One.

Critics of the plan say that privatizing the massive network of transmission lines and stations means trouble for workers, the environment, and an already cash-starved province.  

Privatization could mean Big Energy agenda

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The dangers of Canada's nuclear waste industry

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Anti-nuclear organizers note a coincidence: towns with resistance to the construction of nuclear waste facilities are often declared "geoscientifically unsuitable" and struck from the list.

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Coincidence or success? Nuclear waste facility drops towns after protest

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Anti-nuclear organizers note a coincidence: towns with resistance to the construction of nuclear waste facilities are often declared "geoscientifically unsuitable" and struck from the list of potential hosts.

On March 3, the towns of Creighton, Saskatchewan and Schreiber, Ontario were dropped from consideration by the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) to host a facility for highly radioactive used nuclear fuel.

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Cutting the crud: Debunking five Big Oil myths

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The Harper government and Big Oil have been spouting some colourful myths about how vital the tar sands industry is for Canada. The jobs! The money! The environment!

Can't we just cut the crud and get down to the dirty truths? Why yes we can.

Let's debunk the five biggest myths about the tar sands.

 

Myth #1: The tar sands industry is great for Canada -- look at all those jobs it creates!

While 'Jobs, Jobs, Jobs' is one of the favourite phrases for tar sands proponents, it looks like Canada's green energy sector is producing more direct jobs than Alberta's oil patch.

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Water issues may be the key to stopping Enbridge's Line 9, say activists

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On February 5, Enbridge moved a step closer to reversing and increasing the capacity of its Line 9B pipeline, running from North Westover, Ontario to Montreal, Quebec.

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Anti-nuclear advocates, Federal Court trouble Ontario Liberal and PC energy plans

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Falling demand for electricity, sky-high cost projections, a catastrophic meltdown in Japan and a dedicated resistance to nuclear expansion have contributed to tough times for advocates of new and rebuilt nuclear reactors in Ontario.

The latest punch in the gut for nuclear proponents in the province comes from a May 14 Federal Court decision to nullify the approval of up to four new reactors at Darlington Station, about 60km east of Toronto.

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Fukushima two years later: Who should pay for nuclear disasters?

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Today marks two years since the beginning of the nuclear disaster at Fukushima. Put numerically, it's two years since three reactors melted down, causing an estimated $200 billion plus in damages, and forcing the displacement of more than 160,000 people previously living in the now state designated 'evacuation zone.'

It's important to note that additional thousands evacuated the region surrounding Fukushima amid health and economic concerns, though as far as compensation goes, they're marked as "volunteers" and thus, undeserving of recompense.

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