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Big Oil: buying Canada's silence?

Pipeline giant TransCanada just secured an entire town's silence with a $30,000 "gift" -- preventing the town council from speaking out about a dangerous new tar sands pipe. But a massive uproar can still kill this dirty deal and win back the town’s voice.

Giant oil companies are fighting hard to snake these tar sands pipelines across our country -- and deals like this let them plow through without resistance. But now the company is on the defensive and says that they will cut out the silencing clause “if necessary”. On Monday, Mattawa’s town council will meet and have the chance to demand they to do just that.

It isn’t easy to stand up to a huge corporation, but the small Ontario town of Mattawa can do it. We only have days to act! Click to sign the petition, and Avaaz will deliver it straight to the city council meeting.


TransCanada is building its “Energy East” pipeline carrying tar sands oil just 60km east of Mattawa. In 2012 they donated money for a rescue vehicle for the town -- and now a condition bars the council from publicly commenting on the pipeline. But another part of the contract gives a way out if both sides agree. On Monday, Mattawa town council can pass a resolution demanding that the silencing clause be removed -- and put the pressure on TransCanada to return freedom of speech to the town.

No town in Canada should be prevented from looking out for the interests of its citizens, especially in the face of pipelines that could devastate their areas with a leak. And critics say this one could hurt our climate even more than the Keystone Pipeline! TransCanada says this isn’t a gag order, that it actually protects the town from having to say nice things about the pipeline. But that’s ridiculous – the deal itself describes the ban on comments as a “benefit” the town must provide for the company.

On Monday, Mattawa’s town council can stand up to Big Oil on behalf of all of Canada’s communities and say that our silence can’t be bought. Click now and tell Mattawa that we’ve got their back.


The Avaaz community has never been afraid to take on the power of Big Oil in Canada, from backing the people of BC against the Enbridge pipeline to supporting the rights of First Nations communities against the tar sands. Let’s do it again now against TransCanada’s big pipeline payoff.

With hope and determination,

Jeremy, Danny, Ari, Emma, Ricken, Melanie and the rest of the Avaaz staff


TransCanada donation to Ontario town comes with ‘no comment’ condition (Toronto Star)

TransCanada's Contract With Mattawa Requires Town To Stay Silent About Company (Huffington Post)

TransCanada Buys Town’s Silence On Tar Sands Pipeline Proposal For $28K (ThinkProgress)


Whoot! Things are going as expected for the far-right wing Ukrainian coup!

'The coup army drove 500 miles to the east to conduct these atrocities. The people of the east did not invade the west. The separatists are defending their families and way of life. There are 7.5 million ethnic Russians in the east. They should have never been labeled terrorists. They are the good guys. They are the sons and fathers of the women and children of east Ukraine. The people who have fled to Russia as refugees. Please quit kidding yourself. The media has lied to you and continues to cover it up. Innocent people are dying and being tortured and kidnapped. Open your fucking eyes and please help stop this madness. Peace.' - from a good DU'er whose articles showing the truth of what's been happening are banned over and over ...... for no other reason than to protect those people by some here who have no skin in the game themselves, but are so quick to dismiss the suffering of these people in favour of more IMF control and right-wing horrors for those they'll never have to ever think about again. I've gotten to know that DU'er and he has more compassion in his little finger than most have even the capability of pretending to show. So knock yourselves out and alert on this, too ....... I shared his views from the start and do so to this day. Maybe you can get everyone banned whose opinions disagree with your own, but it's pretty cowardly, Foxy news-like behaviour. Do your best, though.

Ukrainians fleeing to Russia for safety


'Half a million refugees have now fled the fighting. He also states that they all blame the Kiev coup military that is trying to kill them.'


'Refugees report the Ukrainian military is trying to wipe them out and indiscriminately bombed civilian houses in Slavyansk for a month and a half. It also explains how children and families have been terrorized and have been living in dark basements for 2 months with no electricity, food or water.' (Strange, I see no other reporting, compassion or empathy whatsoever for these people .... it's like they've been forgotten. Where are their new IMF overlords, do they have no say at all in this suffering? After all, these are their new subjects).

These people don't blame the separatists (who incidentally are the fathers and sons of the refugees themselves) instead they blame the monsters in Kiev.

Ugh .... we've been flooded here in southeast Saskatchewan.

I was away for the weekend and got back to this in my back yard. The water had already gone down quite a bit by the time I made it home.

- Obie is wondering what the heck is going on with his play place.

Had to drive 4 extra hours to find roads that weren't washed or cut out just to get home. No. 1 highway closed all over the place with bridges washed out and in some places, no road to be seen. My nephew has little calves lost somewhere, they've taken canoes out to see if they can find them. The fields are completely under water. Mine and many other towns have been declared disaster areas so hopefully the farmers can recoup some of their losses. Lots of basements with walls caved in, vehicles swept off roads into 'rivers' that used to be streams ... it's a mess.

These are just a few pictures of my part of town.

A bridge and dam near me:


My friend's house:

HOT 107 Edmonton
June 30

Like many parts of Saskatchewan, the town of Welwyn has been hammered with rain as of late. Some residents there noticed some stranded foxes who were in real trouble because of the flooding. So what did they do? Swam and saved them!!! Amazing.

But we had a great Canada day working to pump stuff out, feed everyone and then watch fireworks!

And completely unrelated, but how cute is this!:


We're sand-bagging today, sooooo sore and tired. But the weather looks good for the next little while, so YAY!!!! And we got to meet Brad Wall - he's flying around in a helicopter stopping at many communities. He was nice, concerned and sad for people who've lost so much. The Red Cross has offered to house families here whose houses are unsafe or were destroyed when basements caved in, the provincial Haz Mat crew was also here doing their thing. It's great to see the outpouring of caring in these small towns. The kids are having a blast, and so far I haven't heard of one fatality or even injury.



But poor Manitoba They've already been flooded in many areas, now they get our run-off. So sad for them, they get the flooding worse every year than we do.



The rains have eased across southern Manitoba, but flooding concerns remain.

Why? Blame southern Saskatchewan.

Manitoba is being inundated by rivers flowing from its westerly neighbour.

READ MORE: Southwestern Manitoba prepares for floodwaters from Saskatchewan


To make matters worse, rivers like Saskatchewan’s Qu’Appelle – which has itself endured heavy rain over the past weekend – is causing headaches as it nears the Assiniboine River in Manitoba.

“The Qu’Appelle is a major contributor to the Assiniboine flow,” Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization Minister Lee Spencer said in a press conference Wednesday afternoon.

Seventy-eight provincial roads and hundreds of municipal roads have been closed as 17 rivers and streams crest their banks.

16-year-old Tyler Domeier saved two fawns drowning in flood waters yesterday. Shortly after, he spotted a mama deer that quickly took the two babies in.

A happy story. Good job Tyler.

Beware of the Robobee, Monsanto and DARPA

Posted by Reverend Billy Talen at 8:03 am
June 5, 2014

Let's consider for a moment the Honey Bee and its anticipated replacement, the RoboBee. Let's pay a visit to the frankenbee's parents, Monsanto and DARPA.

The RoboBee is a mechanical bee in the design stage at the Micro-Robotics Lab, housed in a well-appointed building at Harvard University. The RoboBee project's Intelligence Office declares that the robotic inventors are inspired by the bee. The RoboBee project's website and press releases use the imagery of the golden bees that we remember from our love of the cuddly, buzzy honey-maker.

But something is wrong with this enterprise. While the RoboBee's press is nearly all positive, and open-faced students have posted euphoric YouTube reports of their robotic work, the whole thing looks quite different to the people of the beekeeping community, who can't help but point out that the real-life honey bees and bumble bees are plummeting toward extinction.

After one of our singing rituals at the laboratory, a public relations man named Paul followed us out proclaiming, "But we have nothing to do with colony collapse, and we're sorry that the Honey Bee is dying..." And yet the RoboBee project's top goal, as stated on their website, is to achieve mechanical pollination. So Monsanto, Bayer, Syngenta, et al - the Big Ag companies whose agricultural chemicals are driving the honey bee's die-off, must be very interested in this honey bee drone. How couldn't they be waiting in the wings? A robot bee would be invaluable as a pesticide-proof pollinator.

Full article: http://www.alternet.org/speakeasy/reverendbilly/beware-robobee-monsanto-and-darpa?paging=off¤t_page=1

Capitalism’s Bullets in Latin America

By Ben Dangl

June 13, 2014

The notorious US private militia group Academi – previously known as Blackwater – trained Brazilian security forces in North Carolina in preparation for the current World Cup in Brazil, as reported by sportswriter Dave Zirin. Zirin pointed to the 2009 diplomatic cable released by Wikileaks, which revealed that Washington viewed the expected World Cup-related crises as opportunities for US involvement. Zirin wrote that for Washington, “Brazil’s misery created room for opportunism.”

Capitalism’s bullets follow the World Cup just as they do Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) signed with the US. Five years ago this month, protests were raging in northern Peru where thousands of indigenous Awajun and Wambis men, women and children were blockading roads against oil, logging and gas exploitation on Amazonian land. The Peruvian government, having just signed an FTA with the US, was unsure how to deal with the protests – partly because the controversial concessions in the Amazon were granted to meet the FTA requirements. According to a diplomatic cable released by Wikileaks, on June 1st, 2009 the US State Department sent a message to the US Embassy in Lima: “Should Congress and President Garcia give in to the pressure, there would be implications for the recently implemented Peru-US Free Trade Agreement.” Four days later, the Peruvian government responded to the protest with deadly violence, leading to a conflict which left 32 dead.

The US is infamous for its imperial history in the region. But Washington isn’t the only empire in its backyard. Global and local forces of capitalism, imperialism and modern-day colonialism are at work across Latin America, from soccer stadiums to copper mines.

Capitalism, empire and 21st century colonialism come from afar and descend on their victims in Latin America. But these forces are also in the tear gas canisters that Brazil’s security forces use at the World Cup, in the state that extracts natural resources on indigenous territory, and in the free trade deals signed in blood.

Full article: http://zcomm.org/zcommentary/capitalisms-bullets-in-latin-america/

What Happens When Parents Raise Children With Unconditional Love? THIS.

These parents are doing it right.

Raising children isn’t an easy job, but the simple concept of loving kids unconditionally and doing the best we can for them is all that really matters.

The Whittington family shared their story in a beautiful video that everyone should see. Make sure you share this with your family and let them know that you love them.

Read more at http://www.reshareworthy.com/ryland-whittington-story-unconditional-love/#MWU8yOuOtkklO0yD.99


I saw this and just wanted to share .... it nearly made me cry, I was so happy for little Ryland.

Just wanted to share these pictures


So sad.


Moncton suspect spotted, still at large

Kieron Lang, CTVNews.ca
Published Thursday, June 5, 2014 4:37AM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, June 5, 2014 10:59AM EDT

The suspect in a RCMP shooting that left three Mounties dead and two others injured was spotted in New Brunswick Thursday morning, authorities confirmed at a press conference updating the public on the manhunt.

Hours after RCMP officers died following a shootout in Moncton, N.B. on Wednesday evening, police have yet to apprehend the suspect.

Residents are being advised to stay vigilant, remain indoors and call 911 if they see anything suspicious, as the suspect remains at large.

During a press conference on Thursday morning, police said it was the "darkest day" in the RCMP's history in New Brunswick.

Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/moncton-suspect-spotted-still-at-large-1.1854053#ixzz33mHjSmaL

So he's still alive and out there - I was hoping he'd do what most cowardly *' with a gun do after they've killed. I have a cousin in Moncton I'm going to call in a bit, I know she'll be devastated by this. As well as a brother and bil in the RCMP in the east - every time something like this happens, the whole force mourns, they're one big family. This just makes my stomach sick, I remember Mayerthorpe and how terrible that was. I hope they get this murderous freak soon.

Ukraine: New President Escalates Austerity

Ukraine: New President Escalates Austerity

By Roger Annis

June 4, 2014

The newly elected president of western Ukraine is deepening the disastrous course to civil war of his interim predecessor. Within hours of his election on May 25, Petro Poroshenko ordered jet fighters, helicopter gunships, artillery and snipers to back fascist stormtroopers from western Ukraine in attacking the airport and surrounding neighbourhoods in Donetsk in the east, the country’s fifth-largest city.

Right-wing militias and army units also resumed shelling of the city of Slavyansk following the election. It lies north of Donetsk. Among the targets struck by the shelling were a primary school, a children’s hospital and houses. The Associated Press reported:



As the regime deepens its civil war, popular resistance is growing. News reports are full of examples of people in the east spontaneously organising to resist incursions by stormtroopers or the Ukraine army. In recent days in Donetsk, miners in the vast coal fields of the region have gone on strike to protest the war. As of May 28, miners in at least six mines in the Donetsk region were on indefinite strikes. That day, some 1000 of them marched through the centre of Donetsk condemning the Kyiv regime’s offensive (video of march here).

The movement in the east opposes Europe’s austerity program. It wants political autonomy that would cede powers over economic, social and cultural policy. It wants elected regional governors instead of Kyiv’s appointments of wealthy tycoons to the posts.

More: http://zcomm.org/znetarticle/ukraine-new-president-escalates-austerity/

Wall Street’s Buying the World’s Water Supply at an Alarming Pace

By Jo-Shing Yang, www.globalresearch.ca
May 26th, 2014

A disturbing trend in the water sector is accelerating worldwide. The new “water barons” — the Wall Street banks and elitist multibillionaires — are buying up water all over the world at unprecedented pace.

Familiar mega-banks and investing powerhouses such as Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, UBS, Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, Macquarie Bank, Barclays Bank, the Blackstone Group, Allianz, and HSBC Bank, among others, are consolidating their control over water. Wealthy tycoons such as T. Boone Pickens, former President George H.W. Bush and his family, Hong Kong’s Li Ka-shing, Philippines’ Manuel V. Pangilinan and other Filipino billionaires, and others are also buying thousands of acres of land with aquifers, lakes, water rights, water utilities, and shares in water engineering and technology companies all over the world.

The second disturbing trend is that while the new water barons are buying up water all over the world, governments are moving fast to limit citizens’ ability to become water self-sufficient (as evidenced by the well-publicized Gary Harrington’s case in Oregon, in which the state criminalized the collection of rainwater in three ponds located on his private land, by convicting him on nine counts and sentencing him for 30 days in jail). Let’s put this criminalization in perspective:

Billionaire T. Boone Pickens owned more water rights than any other individuals in America, with rights over enough of the Ogallala Aquifer to drain approximately 200,000 acre-feet (or 65 billion gallons of water) a year. But ordinary citizen Gary Harrington cannot collect rainwater runoff on 170 acres of his private land.

It’s a strange New World Order in which multibillionaires and elitist banks can own aquifers and lakes, but ordinary citizens cannot even collect rainwater and snow runoff in their own backyards and private lands.

“Water is the oil of the 21st century.” Andrew Liveris, CEO of DOW Chemical Company (quoted in The Economist magazine, August 21, 2008)

More: http://www.popularresistance.org/wall-street-mega-banks-are-buying-up-the-worlds-water/
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