Tar Sands

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Boom for whom? The Canadian Impacts of the Tar Sands
Article
2011
A summary of the devasting impacts of the tar sands as they affect the different regions of Canada.
Canada Is Now To Climate What Japan Is To Whaling
Monbiot, George
Article
2009
Here I am, watching the astonishing spectacle of a beautiful, cultured nation turning itself into a corrupt petro-state. Canada is slipping down the development ladder, retreating from a complex, dive...
Climate justice movement shakes Canada's New Democratic Party
Fidler, Richard
Article
2016
The impact of the Leap Manifesto at the party convention, argues Richard Fidler, opens major opportunities to deepen the debate on climate justice and to build an ecosocialist left in and around the N...
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Drawing a line in the tar sands: A Line in the Tar Sands: Struggles for Environmental Justice
D'Archy, Stephen; Black, Toban; Weis, Tony; Russel, Joshua Kahn
Article
2014
The fight over the tar sands is among the epic environmental and social justice battles of our time. The very active tar sands struggle is no less than a life-and-death battle for the future of the pl...
FBI harassing fossil fuel activists in the Pacific northwest
Ross, Alexander Reid
Article
2015
A grassroots movement of eco-activists is achieving unprecedented success in challenging fossil fuel developments in the Cascadia region of the US's Pacific northwest, writes Alexander Reid Ross. And ...
The fight again tar sands is about more than the environment
Deranger, Eriel
Article
2015
Indigenous rights defender Eriel Deranger explains how the struggle against tar sands mining is about protecting her people's rights and culture.
Gulf-Bound Tar Sands for Export?: Follow the Oiltanking Trail
Horn, Steve
Article
2014
The U.S. Senate failed to get the necessary 60 votes to approve the northern leg of TransCanada‘s KeystoneXL pipeline, but incoming Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell already promised i...
How Big Oil Plans to Win Ugly in New York: Leaked Transcript from PR Maven Shows Energy Companies will be Told to Make the Fight Against Fracking Opponents Personal
Federman, Adam
Article
2014
A PR firm well known for its hardball tactics in defense of Big Tobacco will deliver the keynote address at tonight’s Independent Oil and Gas Association conference.
How Tides Canada Controls the Secret North American Tar Sands Coalition
Stainsby, Macdonald
Article
2013
Mainstream environmental groups are being positioned to make a bad deal on the Tar Sands.
Is it the Beginning of the End for the Alberta Oilsands?
Linnit, Carol
Article
2015
A new report from Oil Change International challenges industry's common assumption that the continued production of oilsands crude is inevitable.
Just the Beginning of Canada's Filthy Tar Sands: A Qualitative Jump Down a Black Hole
Stainsby, Macdonald
Article
2013
The technology used in Canada's tar sands will be used to open up other potential oil deposits that could more than double all know oil reserves. The disaster threatens to keep expanding.
The Leap Manifesto: A Call for a Canada Based on Caring for the Earth and One Another
Article
2015
We start from the premise that Canada is facing the deepest crisis in recent memory. so we need to Leap.
Lest We Forget: Tar Sands and War
Vasey, Dave
Article
2015
Over the past decade, Canada has been a war profiteer and fuel tank for the US military, who have killed well over a million people since the turn of the new millennium.
Letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau regarding Line 9: Climate Change and the Line 9B Reversal Project
Article
2015
A letter from community organizations in southern Ontario and Quebec, impacted Indigenous communities, and national organizations that would like to express adamant opposition to the recent 'Leave to ...
A Line in the Tar Sands: Struggles for Environmental Justice
Russell, Joshua Kahn; D'Arcy, Stephen; Weis, Tony; Black, Toban
Book
2014
The fight over the tar sands in North America is among the epic environmental and social justice battles of our time, and one of the first that has managed to quite explicitly marry concern for frontl...
Lockdown: the end of growth in the tar sands
MacKinnon, Hannah
Article
2015
Climate change is here and now. And if world leaders had heeded scientific warnings 30 years ago, 20 years ago, 10 years ago, or even as recently as the Copenhagen climate conference in 2009 -- it's p...
Nature, science & power: Questions need to be asked...
Riordon, Michael
Website
2014
Here many questions will be asked, some answers attempted. This blog connects to a new book: Bold Scientists: dispatches from the battle for honest science, published in 2014 by Between the Lines.
New headaches for tar sands pipeline proponents as oil fouls Vancouver harbour
Annis, Roger
Article
2015
A bad turn of events for the local environment and for some of the oil barons targeting their entire planet in their climate-wrecking plans. That's an apt summary of the oil spill that has fouled the ...
Not Worth The Risk: A Community Report on the Line 9 International Energy Board Hearings
Grant, Sonia; Peloso, Andrea; Pope, Erin; Saunders, Sakura; Sharkey, John; Vasey, Dave; Vos, Lukas
Article
2014
Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline – a 38 year old pipeline that is almost identical in build and age to the Line 6B pipeline that ruptured into the Kalamazoo river – seeks to gain approval to reverse its flo...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - November 21, 2015: Climate Change and Social Change
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2015
This issue of Other Voices spotlights climate change, the escalating crisis that the upcoming Paris climate conference is supposed to address. But climate change is not a single problem: it is a produ...
Reversing Enbridge & Big Oil's Pipeline Plans
Nelson, Joyce
Article
2015
The National Academy of Sciences is skewering the industry's 'oil is oil' talking point -- making it clear that diluted bitumen is a different beast altogether and needs to be treated as such. The ago...
Stupid to the Last Drop: How Alberta is Bringing Environmental Armageddon to Canada (and Doesn't Seem to Care)
Marsden, William
Book
2007
As the world teeters on the edge of catastrophic climate change, Alberta plunges ahead with uncontrolled development of its fossil fuels, levelling its northern Boreal forest to get at the oil sands, ...
System Change Not Climate Change
McLaren, Jesse (ed.)
Article
2014
Stopping climate catastrophe and winning a world of climate justice is a critical task of our generation -- and it will require a radical transformation of society and of our relationship with nature....
Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent
Nikiforuk, Andrew
Book
2010
To extract the energy from the Alberta tar sands, the world's ugliest, most expensive hydrocrabon, we are polluting our air, poisoning our water, destroying vast areas of boreal forest, and underminin...
Tar sands campaigners are Canada's new 'terrorists'
Dolack, Pete
Article
2015
Canada's Harper government has targeted as a new crime being a member of an 'anti-Canadian petroleum movement', and equating such a stance with terrorism.
This Changes Everything
Lewis, Avi (director); Klein, Naomi (narrator)
Film/Video
2015
Directed by Avi Lewis, and inspired by Naomi Klein’s book This Changes Everything, the film presents portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar S...
Toolkit for a New Canada - 2013 Edition
Article
2013
A pamphlet providing a snapshot of what the contributors, brought together by Canadian Dimensionmagazine, believe are the big issues facing Canada in the second decade of the 21st century. The article...
TransCanada hires controversial PR firm to derail opposition to Energy East pipeline
Patterson, Brent
Article
2014
There are now multiple news articles that report Calgary-based TransCanada hired the controversial public relations firm Edelman in an attempt to derail growing public opposition to its proposed 1.1 m...
Undercover Agents Infiltrated Tar Sands Resistance Camp to Break Up Planned Protest: TransCanada and Department of Homeland Security Keep Close Eye on Activists, FOIA Documents Reveal
Federman, Adam
Article
2013
Law enforcement officials and TransCanad had been spying on a Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance training camp and were able to block some activists who had planned to block the gates at the company’s...
Why Scientists Are Amazed at Oilsands Smog Levels: Air pollution report in Nature shocks even Canada's top researchers
Nikiforuk, Andrew
Article
2016
On any hot day Shell and Syncrude tour guides used to call the gasoline-like vapours that wafted from Fort McMurray's huge open-pit bitumen mines "the smell of money." But a new study in Nature has an...

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Anishinabe Women, Youth & Elders Hold Ceremony, Public Event on Lake of the Woods, March in Kenora for World Water Day
Sources News Release
2015
Grassroots Indigenous Water Defence host event at McLeod Park to raise awareness about threats to local waterways, in solidarity with Indigenous communities protecting water around the world.
Canadians Choose a Clean Start: Bury the Tar Sands Along With Harper's Tenure
Sources News Release
2015
The ousting of the Conservative Government from Ottawa by the Canadian public in Monday's election is also a repudiation of the continued, unrestrained development of the Athabasca tar sands.
Communities and Organizations Respond to National Energy Board Decision on Line 9
Sources News Release
2014
Communities and Organizations Respond to National Energy Board Decision on Line 9. WHO: Sarah Harmer, NEB intervener and musician, Vanessa Gray, Aamjiwnaang First Nations and Sarnia Against Pipelines,...
Community groups and First Nations demand the shutdown of Enbridge's Line 9
Sources News Release
2015
More than 80 organizations in southern Ontario and Quebec, impacted indigenous communities, as well as national organizations have released a statement letter to the Prime Minister condemning the rece...
Former NDP Comms Director Key Strategist on Edelman Energy East Astroturf Strategy
Jervey, Ben
2014
TransCanada has bought some unlikely support for the company’s public relations astroturf offensive aimed at winning support for the Energy East pipeline.
Hard work, high pay in tar sands "hell"
Wood, Linda Solomon
2013
One man's life in the tar sands, as told to a stranger in a conversation on a plane.
How the Tar Sands Threaten Canada's Economic Fate
Nikiforuk, Andrew
2010
The $200-billion tar sands energy mega-project has not only changed Canada's economic life but also diminished the nation's economic diversity and resilience.
NEB's green light for Line 9 sacrifices waterways, public health and the climate
Sources News Release
2015
The National Energy Board (NEB) gave the green light to Enbridge Inc.'s contentious Line 9B pipeline on Feb 6, 2015, despite the company's failure to make necessary safety improvements. The decision m...
Preservation or plunder? The battle over the British Museum's Indigenous Australian show
Daley,Paul
2015
Indigenous Australians are calling for the objects on show at the British Museum's new exhibition to be returned.
Rising Tide Toronto launches "Line 9 Pledge of Resistance"
Sources News Release
2014
Rising Tide Toronto launches Line 9 Pledge of Resistance. Group encourages civil disobedience to stop pipeline approved by NEB.
Toronto Council Moves to Protect City's Water from Pipeline Spills
Sources News Release
2015
Toronto City Council's motion asking for emergency shut-off values on either side of the City of Toronto's major watercourses reflects increased resident pressure on the city to defend us all against ...
What Those Who Killed the Tar Sands Report Don't Want You to Know
Nikiforuk, Andrew
2010
Why did a parliamentary committee suddenly destroy drafts of a final report on tar sands pollution? Here's what they knew.