Mark Norman has been vindicated – but the navy-procurement crisis ticks on

Vice Admiral Mark Norman reacts during a press conference in Ottawa on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. The charges against Norman were dropped. (Sean Kilpatrick/CP)

OPINION

MICHAEL BYERS
SPECIAL TO THE GLOBE AND MAIL
PUBLISHED MAY 18, 2019

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-mark-norman-has-been-vindicated-but-the-navy-procurement-crisis/#

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Is the ‘deep state’ real? Are the leaks against Trump justified?

‘The big loser in all this will probably be the national security bureaucracy itself and, to the extent it is weakened, the security of the American people.’ Illustration: Antoine Doré
Opinion
Jack Goldsmith
Sun 22 Apr 2018 02.00 EDT

Even the most severe critics of the US president should worry about this subtle form of anti-democratic abuse

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/apr/22/leaks-trump-deep-state-fbi-cia-michael-flynn

A good article that looks at several sides of these issues and the consequences.

This indirectly affects Canada and other nations.

If there was not so much ethics ciolations, misinformation, misleading, lying, crimes, coverups etc… there would not be as much need for leaks and whisleblowers or over surveillance.

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Deep state in the United States

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deep_state_in_the_United_States

OPINION

Donald Trump is about to expose the Deep State. One problem: It doesn’t exist

LAWRENCE MARTIN, PUBLIC AFFAIRS COLUMNIST, WASHINGTON
SPECIAL TO THE GLOBE AND MAIL
PUBLISHED MAY 23, 2019, UPDATED MAY 23, 2019
FOR SUBSCRIBERS

GOVERNMENTMILITARY-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEXUS INTELLIGENCE

That ‘Deep State’ You Keep Hearing About? It Doesn’t Exist

Former NSA director Michael Hayden is no white knight. But he’s right on this point, which he makes in his new book, The Assault on Intelligence.
By Bob Dreyfuss MAY 11, 2018

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The U.S. stuffed waste from nuclear bomb tests under a dome on a Pacific island. Now, the dome is cracking open – National Post

A still from an overhead video view of the dome, as shot by an ABC News Australia team.ABC News Australia

BY WASHINGTON POST
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: MAY 21, 2019

https://nationalpost.com/news/world/the-u-s-stuffed-waste-from-nuclear-bomb-tests-under-a-dome-on-a-pacific-island-now-the-dome-is-cracking-open

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Scientists discover China has been secretly emitting banned ozone-depleting gas | National Post

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
Jacob DubéJacob Dubé
May 22, 2019 2:55 PM EDT

https://nationalpost.com/news/world/scientists-discover-china-has-been-secretly-emitting-banned-ozone-depleting-gas

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National Post buying sponsored ads on Facebook

The National Post in Canada is now paying Facebook to run sponsored ads like the following. Are they struggling to attract readers with their current content or is this a new trend?

Is it related to the recent federal budget providing up to $660M per year in funding for journalism? How will this affect freedom of the press?

Federal government names organizations that will help spend $660M journalism fund

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cbc.ca/amp/1.5144282

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NEW FEDERAL-PROVINCIAL RULES WILL ALLOW ‘INEVITABLE’ RELEASE OF ‘TREATED’ WASTE WATER FROM TOXIC TAR SANDS TAILINGS

FULL STORY: GLOBE AND MAIL @GLOBEANDMAIL

Ottawa, Alberta eye looser rules for releasing oil-sands wastewater

JEFF LEWIS ENVIRONMENT REPORTER
PUBLISHED MAY 20, 2019
UPDATED MAY 20, 2019
@JEFFALEWIS1

Wikipedia


Commentary

If the toxic tailings are dried and water treated properly before released into the Peace-Athabasca watershed not many will complain but this costs more than most companies can afford or are willing to spend.

Instead oil companies have been storing it to create over 220 square kilometres of toxic lakes and growing. To make matters worse the industry run regulator has approved selling of nearly expended mines or wells along with the hundreds of millions of dollars in cleanup liabilities to questionable companies. Many of these companies have then declared bankruptcy leaving a depleted cleanup fund and tax payers on the hook.

Full story

The federal and Alberta governments are planning to allow tar sands/oil sands companies to release 1.3 trillion litres of liquid waste, currently held in 220 square kilometres of tailings ponds across the northeastern part of the province, into the Athabasca River, under new regulations intended to take effect in 2022, the Globe and Mail reports.

Getting rid of the tailings, a mix of sand, salt, clay, and residual bitumen and solvents, would allow the industry and the province to clear a multi-billion-dollar liability. The new rules, under development by the two governments and industry, would “authorize discharges of treated effluent,” the Globe states, “even though the sector’s biggest companies have yet to show they can effectively clean the toxin-laced water on a commercial scale.”

Documents obtained by the Globe show the regulations would be “modelled on existing rules that authorize releases from metal, mineral, and diamond mines, provided contaminants are within regulated limits for ‘deleterious’ substances under the federal Fisheries Act,” the paper adds. “The changes would also require approval under Alberta’s Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act.” The policy work predates last month’s provincial election in Alberta, “is a sharp break from current rules that prohibit any wastewater releases, and could deepen concerns about the ecological health of one of the world’s largest freshwater deltas.”

The federal government maintains any discharges would be subject to stringent environmental controls, and the Globe says the releases are seen in some circles as a necessary step to restore the tailings ponds to their pre-development state.

“Federal and industry officials say authorized discharges could accelerate wider reclamation efforts and reduce risks of environmental damage from potential seepage and dam failures,” the Globe writes. “However, there are currently no chemical or toxicological guidelines to regulate the safe release of what is known as process water. And companies have yet to deploy technology to reduce contaminants. They include relatively high concentrations of organic compounds represented by naphthenic acids, which scientists say have potential to affect reproductive and immune systems in fish.”

Melody Lepine, director of government and industry relations for the Mikisew Cree First Nation, is participating in the policy discussions and concerned about the acute environmental pressures the Peace-Athabasca delta already faces. “They always use the river system and our drinking water as a sort of experiment, without really realizing it impacts people downstream,” she told the Globe.

An Environment and Climate Change Canada spokesperson said the forthcoming regulations “would include strict conditions that are protective of the environment,” adding that “a regulatory framework of this complexity and importance will take several years to complete and will include extensive engagement of interested parties and Indigenous peoples.”

The two governments will also spend two years designing and deploying environmental monitoring system before any tailings discharges can take place, the Globe states. “Release of treated oil sands process-affected water could only occur if human health and environmental outcomes are protected and risks are appropriately and responsibly managed,” said Scott Lundy, assistant director of external communications at Alberta Environment and Parks.

Syncrude upgrader facility north of Fort McMurray Alberta

Syncrude spokesperson Will Gibson said the company had withdrawn a proposal to release up to 500,000 cubic metres of treated wastewater during a six-month period between May and October, over two consecutive years, while it worked to validate its treatment methodology. The discharge would have been the equivalent of 0.2 to 1% of the Athabasca River’s flow, the Globe reports. “We’re going to wait for the results from the closed-loop testing before we talk about the release of treated water off our site,” Gibson said.

Michael van den Heuvel, a University of Prince Edward Island specialist in the effects of agriculture and chemical use on freshwater and coastal environments, said the release of tar sands/oil sands wastewater is inevitable. “It’s going to happen sooner or later,” he told the Globe. “And it’s better it happens in a controlled and managed fashion than later on when nobody has the money.”

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Trudeau government offers Kenney oilsands exemptions if he protects Notley’s cap
National Observer, By Alastair Sharp in News, Energy, Politics – May 1st 2019

Alberta officials are signalling they have no idea how to clean up toxic oilsands tailings ponds

National Observer, By Emma McIntosh & David Bruser in News, Energy, Politics – Nov 23rd 2018

Hustle in the oil patch: Inside a looming financial and environmental crisis – Investigation – Globe and Mail – NOV 23, 2018

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Nearly two-thirds of Canadians oppose provincial governments spending taxpayers’ dollars to battle federal carbon tax, poll says

Ontario Premier Doug Ford speaks to media in Bracebridge, Ont., on May 3, 2019.
SHAWN MCCARTHY GLOBAL ENERGY REPORTER
OTTAWA
PUBLISHED MAY 13, 2019
UPDATED MAY 13, 2019
FRED THORNHILL/THE CANADIAN PRESS

Nearly two-thirds of Canadians oppose provincial governments spending taxpayers’ dollars to battle the federal carbon tax, says a new poll released Monday as the Ontario government launched a new television ad slamming the levy.

About 64 per cent of respondents said it is unacceptable for provinces to opt out of the federal effort to combat climate change, including the carbon tax, according to a survey done by Nanos Research for The Globe and Mail. As well, 64 per cent of respondents said they oppose provincial governments spending public money to fight the tax.

Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and New Brunswick are pursuing legal challenges to the levy, which the Liberal government imposed in those provinces that do not have a carbon pricing system of their own, as part of Ottawa’s overall effort to meet its international commitment to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.

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https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-nearly-two-thirds-of-canadians-oppose-provincial-governments-spending/#

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