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2012-01-21  |  Webmaster

Foreign corporations, some controlled by national governments, have been using their economic clout to buy into Alberta's oil sands and take control of our natural resources.

U.S., French, British, Chinese, Thai, Korean and Norwegian interests have all bought stakes in oil-sands projects. According to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), international companies have invested nearly $20 billion in the last three years through mergers, partnerships and outright purchases of projects.

This increased foreign investment raises questions. Who has the right to develop our natural resources? Who sets the rules for how these resources are developed? Who controls where the resources are processed and sold?

One of the most recent major international investments came in November 2010, when Thailand's state-owned PTTEP bought a 40-per-cent stake in Statoil's Kai Kos Dehseh project for $2.3 billion. Statoil is a Norwegian company whose largest...

2012-01-17  |  Webmaster

For the latest news visit the Stop Castle Logging 
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Feb. 14th, Media Coverage
Protesters in Calgary and Edmonton rally against logging
Calgary Herald
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2012-01-09  |  John Bennett

The Federal Government is engaged in an unprecedented campaign to damage the credibility of the environmental movement. In the latest move, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver (apparently replacing Environment Minister Peter Kent as the chief anti-environmentalist government spokesperson) submitted an “open letter” to the media. In it, he links “radicals and environmental groups” and charges they are against everything. 

As a father of three grown daughters and grandfather of one beautiful baby boy, I struggle with being called a radical. It’s true I work for a conservation organization. Sierra Club was founded in 1892 and has a long track record of drawing public attention to environmental issues and, perhaps more importantly, helping...

2011-12-30  |  Derek Leahy

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (I’ve moved!) – As 2011 comes to an end I cannot help but wonder. Years from now when the pages of history are written on how people around the world stopped the largest and most destructive energy project in the world – the Albertan tar sands - will they say 2011 was the turning point? I think it may have been, but I will let you judge for yourself.

A look back on 2011: 

At the end of March, the European Union Climate Change Commissioner announced that the EU Fuel Quality Directive (FQD) would recognize tar sands oil has a higher carbon footprint than conventional oil. As I write these words,  the Canadian government and the oil industry (Total Oil, BP, Shell) continue to lobby EU countries to reject the FQD, but the precedent has already been set. A major international...

2011-12-20  |  John Bennett

This is my last blog of the year so I want to begin by sincerely thanking you for being part of the most exciting year of my campaigning career. In 2011 we probably had one of highest participation rates for email campaigns in all of Canada. Again, thank you.

Today I want to tell you about a disturbing pattern emerging in the public dialogue on environmental issues that has the potential to do significant damage to the environmental movement and our ability to positively influence public opinion. Influencing public opinion, after all, is how we have achieved the great change in how the natural environment is viewed and treated, so it’s important to understand what is happening.

It first came to my attention when CBC reported a meeting between Alberta government officials and the oil...

 
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