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Gillian McEachern

Deputy Campaign Director for Environmental Defence

Gillian McEachern is the Climate and Energy Program at Environmental Defence. She studied biology at McMaster University and completed a Masters in Forest Conservation at the University of Toronto.

Gillian worked on boreal forest issues for several years, first with the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society and then with ForestEthics, before moving into climate and energy work. These days her focus is on the federal government's role in the tar sands. Gillian grew up in Toronto, and recently relocated to Ottawa.
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Hope Aboard the Yinka Dene Train

Today, a trainload of First Nations from northern B.C. took to the rails (literally) to protest the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway oil pipelines and tankers project. They're doing it to enforce their legal ban on the project, and to protect their freedom to choose their own future, and live according to their own cultures.
05/01/2012 11:32 EDT
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The Budget's Love Affair With Big Oil

Everyone knows that there are always winners and losers come federal budget time. Thursday's budget, however,was built on the emerging dynamic in federal politics where Big Oil wins big time at the expense of all Canadians -- our health, our right to open and democratic debate, and our pocketbooks.
03/30/2012 04:35 EDT
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Tar Sands Will Be Quick Sand for the Next Generation

A federal government concerned about what's being passed along to the next generation would be a leader in global negotiations for a strong, binding agreement to cut carbon pollution, put in place domestic rules to make polluters pay, and focus on building clean energy infrastructure instead of doubling down on tar sands. Instead, it's doing just the opposite.
02/23/2012 04:51 EST

Harper Brings Carbon Take-Out to China

If the Northern Gateway pipeline is approved, Canada's emissions will rise. But roughly 70-80 per cent of the emissions won't show up on Canada's carbon account, but on China's, where the oil would be burned. And then we can criticize China's rising emissions during international climate talks as further justification for doing nothing but digging up tar sands as fast as possible.
02/07/2012 01:21 EST
AP

Gateway to Radical Tar Sands Expansion

The hearings into Enbridge's proposed Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline and tanker project kicked off with a diversion tactic to avoid talking about the danger the proposed pipeline poses for our climate, water and land. Now it's time to get back to why Canadians will continue to voice our objection to the project.
01/27/2012 11:55 EST
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How Safe Really Are Canada's Pipelines?

Canadians are being asked to take a leap of faith and trust that the industry can build and operate new oil pipelines safely. Yet a new audit shows gaps or deficiencies in companies' compliance with the regulations in nearly two-thirds (64 per cent) of the cases.
12/15/2011 10:35 EST
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Our Home Planet Is Telling Us Something

A favourite coping mechanism is to think that this climate change thing is something distant. What happened in 2011, however, takes away that "something distant" excuse. Whether it was about Quebec's flooding in the spring, or warm winter weather, we've had record-breaking wacky weather from coast to coast all year.
11/29/2011 10:44 EST
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Enbridge Pipeline Plans Under the Microscope

The National Energy Board responded to concerns about Enbridge's proposed reversal of its Line 9 oil pipeline in Ontario by asking the company to come clean on the full extent of the project. By splitting the project into smaller pieces, the full environmental impacts aren't taken into account, according to environmental groups.
10/28/2011 09:04 EDT
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Governments Need to Come Clean on Tar Sands Oil

The oil industry is used to getting its way without much fuss, but now thousands of citizens, unions, legislators and celebrities have come together to fight for the energy future they want. It has been inspiring, but it also raises an important question: shouldn't every decision about a new energy project face this type of scrutiny?
09/23/2011 12:28 EDT
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Enlightenment on the Keystone Pipeline

It is Canada's failure to look at the full impacts of new tar sands projects -- global warming pollution, toxic waste, impacts on communities living downstream -- and failure to put limits on those impacts that, in part, drives the controversy in the U.S., Europe and elsewhere.
09/15/2011 09:08 EDT
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National Energy Strategy: Smokescreen or Substance?

Talk of a national energy discussion has caused political leaders of all stripes to head for the hills because of the National Energy Program hangover that has stymied real energy dialogue in the country for decades. Until now.
07/16/2011 05:53 EDT
Environmental Defence

Canada a Hewer of Wood? That's Old Hat

While those tried and true stereotypes of Canada still hold true, we have developed some new, not so nice traits since Will's last visit. These days, Canada is much more likely to be a shipper of oil, and with that has developed a petro-state approach to foreign relations.
07/01/2011 08:09 EDT