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Gerard Montpetit

Militant pour les énergies vertes de l'avenir

Gérard Montpetit est né en 1946 en Ontario. Depuis août 1979, il habite à La Présentation dans une maison qu'il a bâti lui-même.

Après ses études à l'Université d'Ottawa, il a oeuvré pendant 33 ans dans le domaine de l'éducation au niveau secondaire, dont 27 ans pour la Commission Scolaire de Saint-Hyacinthe. Il a pris sa retraite en juin 2007.

En 1992, il est devenu membre du CCCPEM (Comité des citoyens et citoyennes pour la protection de l'environnement maskoutain). Depuis 2010, il étudie les impacts de la fracturation hydraulique; le puits de La Présentation est à environ 8 km de sa demeure tandis que la tour de forage de celui Saint Denis était visible depuis la fenêtre de sacuisine.

Pour toutes ces raisons, il s'implique avec tous les comités qui font la lutte aux gaz de schiste comme le RIGVSL (Regroupement interrégional gaz de schiste de la Vallée du St-Laurent).

French Fluency Simply Non-Negotiable For Next Conservative Leader

On January 17, the Conservative Party of Canada held its only French-language debate of the leadership race. For anyone who believes that the French language should be an intrinsic part of the political life of Canada, it was an exercise in frustration. Of the 13 candidates who had the guts to participate in this sorry show, less than half were able to show the basic ability to debate in Canada's other official language.
02/14/2017 03:45 EST
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Canada Is Juggling A Hot Potato

Mr. Trudeau must choose between the anti-pipeline provinces like Quebec and British Columbia, and the interests of Alberta; between the oil industry magnates and the citizen opposition; between the oil economy with its short term goals and our international commitments for the reduction of greenhouse gases.
02/01/2017 07:26 EST
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Climate Change Denial Has Taken On A New, More Insidious Form

For several decades, the urgency to fight climate change has been systematically paralyzed by the climate deniers. In order to deliberately create confusion in public opinion and block all concerted political action which might attempt to remedy the situation, the fossil fuel magnates have spent millions on pressure groups or bogus foundations.
10/24/2016 11:14 EDT

The View From Quebec Of The NEB's Energy East Hearings

As the month of August draws to a close, the National Energy Board (NEB) begins its hearings on the Energy East pipeline project amidst a swirl of controversy. But the most objectionable aspect of the hearings of the NEB is the fact that it is engulfed in a sea of questionable ethical considerations.
08/29/2016 12:52 EDT

Canada Cannot Export Its Responsibility To The Environment

Energy East is more than a mere pipe that transports the product from point A to point B. It is an essential link of the industry. It is clear that Energy East is co-responsible for all the GHG produced by the 1,100,000 barrels that will travel through this pipeline on a daily basis.
06/01/2016 02:30 EDT

The Writing Is On The Wall For Alberta's Obsolete Oil Industry

I can understand that Alberta faces economic hardships; Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that the cabinet meeting would examine the challenges that Alberta has to face because the price of petroleum has fallen through the floor. But in 2015-16, is the building of pipelines an appropriate remedy for the economic woes of Alberta?
04/28/2016 11:19 EDT

Energy East Has No Place In The 21st Century

Energy East wants to force the Canadian economy in this 19th century straight-jacket for the next 40 years. As a member of the G8, we need an economy based on know-how, renewable energies, manufacturing as well as refining our natural resources. Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre is right in rejecting TransCanada's antiquated project.
01/25/2016 02:31 EST