Canada Oilsands

Oilsands Worker Dies After On-Site Injury

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.02.2014 | Canada Alberta

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. - A man has died while working on a giant bulldozer in Alberta's oilsands.The provincial government says the 37-year-old was doin...

Albertans Not Happy With Tutu's Oilsands Comments

The Huffington Post Alberta | Posted 06.02.2014 | Canada Alberta

Many Albertans are offended by South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s comments calling the province's oil sands "filth." They say the retired archb...

Desmond Tutu: Oilsands Are 'Filth'

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.31.2014 | Canada Alberta

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. - A brief helicopter tour of the oilsands Saturday wasn't enough to shake Archbishop Desmond Tutu's conviction that the industry ...

Sunny Freeman

Ultra-Conservative U.S. Billionaires Plan To Start Drilling In Oilsands

HuffingtonPost.com | Sunny Freeman | Posted 05.23.2014 | Canada Business

The uber right-wing billionaire Koch brothers, owners of the U.S.'s largest private company, are some of the country's most influential Tea Party supp...

How To NOT Make Friends, Influence People At Anti-Pipeline Rally

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 05.12.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Conservative Sun TV broadcaster Ezra Levant showed up at an anti-pipeline rally in Vancouver over the weekend, and predictably stirred things up with ...

The Beauty of the Fight Against the Keystone XL

Mike Hudema | Posted 06.28.2014 | Canada
Mike Hudema

For the past week I have been amazed, humbled, and inspired by the power of people. This last week an area between the Washington monument and the ...

So, The Tarsands Were To Blame..

Mike Hudema | Posted 06.07.2014 | Canada Alberta
Mike Hudema

It makes you wonder how many other voices that complain about tar sands impacts are being ignored? Fort Chipewyan's calls for independent health inquiry, the cancer concerns in Fort Saskatchewan are just two, both recently echoed by the Edmonton Journal's editorial board; the fact that some doctors may not comfortable treating oil-symptom patients is another.

Oilsands Not Really As Important As You'd Think

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 04.04.2014 | Canada Business

Many supporters of the Keystone XL have been warning that failing to build the pipeline — or at least some other infrastructure to carry oil — wou...

NY Times: Is Canada Tarring Itself?

New York Times | Posted 04.01.2014 | Canada Business

Start with the term “tar sands.” In Canada only fervent opponents of oil development in northern Alberta dare to use those words; the preferred ph...

U.S. Town Mulls Permanent Ban On Alberta Oil

CBC | Posted 05.28.2014 | Canada Business

South Portland, Maine, could be the first U.S. city to pass a law to block Alberta oilsands crude from getting anywhere near its waterfront. The ci...

Why Canada Should Invest in Beer, Not Tar Sands

Mike Hudema | Posted 05.25.2014 | Canada Politics
Mike Hudema

The "beer economy" employs more than 163,000 people. In fact 1 out of every 100 jobs in Canada is in beer. A report out late last year suggests that 44 cents of every dollar spent on beer goes to the government in taxes ($5.8 billion), making buying beer almost a civic duty.

A Short History of Joe Oliver, Canada's New Finance Minister

DeSmog Canada | Posted 05.24.2014 | Canada Politics
DeSmog Canada

Joe Oliver, Canada's new federal Minister of Finance, made quite a name for himself during his tenure as Minister of Natural Resources. With Oliver moving to the helm of the country's finances, perhaps it's time to take a look back over his notable career. Is Oliver's selective use (and misuse) of the facts restricted to the oilsands?

Koch Brothers Own How Much Of The Oilsands?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 03.21.2014 | Canada Business

The Koch brothers, owners of the U.S.’s largest privately held company and major supporters of the Tea Party movement, are the single largest U.S. l...

Enbridge Covers Northern B.C. With Ads Before Kitimat Northern Gateway Vote

DeSmog Canada | Posted 05.18.2014 | Canada British Columbia
DeSmog Canada

Enbridge's ad spend on the Kitimat vote so far is more than three times what the company would be allowed to spend in an electoral district during a provincial election. During a provincial election or initiative vote, Elections BC restricts how much companies and other third-party advertisers can spend -- but no such rules apply to the April 12 plebiscite.

Is Canada Really An 'Energy Superpower'?

Carol Linnitt | Posted 05.18.2014 | Canada
Carol Linnitt

Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver attended the East Coast Energy Conference last week, where he said: "Canada is emerging as a 21st century energy...

Is There Room For Big Oil In Alberta Classrooms?

DeSmog Canada | Posted 05.12.2014 | Canada Alberta
DeSmog Canada

"It's time that the Alberta government realizes that what's good for the oil industry isn't what's good for the rest of Alberta and especially not our children. While oil may run our cars for now it shouldn't run our government or our schools. Ever."

Is He Missing The Point?

The Huffington Post Alberta | Posted 02.25.2014 | Canada Alberta

Rex Murphy just doesn't get it. That's how iPolitics columnist Andrew Mitrovica sees the CBC pundit's self-defense amid a controversy over his supp...

CBC Is Reviewing Its Ethics Because, This Guy

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 02.18.2014 | Canada Business

CBC is looking at requiring freelancers to disclose their speaking fees amid questions about Rex Murphy's speeches on the oilsands, The Vancouver Obse...

Oilsands Workers Rehired After Company Screw-Up

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.09.2014 | Canada Alberta

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. - The federal government says dozens of workers laid off in Alberta's oilpatch have jobs again, but a labour group says that's no...

Feds In Damage Control After Oilsands Workers Fired

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Alberta

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. - The federal government is investigating an allegation that several dozen Canadians working in Alberta's oilpatch were laid off ...

What the TransCanada Pipeline Will Really Cost Us

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Business
Carl Duivenvoorden

Because Alberta oil is landlocked and therefore traditionally sold below world prices, it's been suggested that bringing it east will lower energy prices for us. It's probably more realistic to expect that Alberta crude will get more expensive as soon as a pipeline links it to us, and the world market.

What's Good For Oil Sands Companies is Not What's Good For Canada

DeSmog Canada | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada
DeSmog Canada

We're producing so much oil sands crude that we've overwhelmed cross-border pipeline capacity. Now the industry is stuck in a Catch-22. Profit margins have dropped dramatically. To reassure investors, bitumen miners talk about dramatically expanding production. But the more we produce, the more we exacerbate the supply glut.

Why You Should Listen to What Artists Say About the Oilsands

Frank Horvat | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Music
Frank Horvat

Maybe we do need the voices of artists after all. Artists do have a history of seeing things before they become the norm in our society. Or, perhaps they are brave enough not to hide from distressing truths. Look at Joni Mitchell's Big Yellow Taxi from 1970. That song feels so peppy and fun in tone but its message was ahead of its time.

Ex-Tory MP's Surprising Stand On The Oilsands

The Huffington Post Alberta | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Alberta

A Conservative Fort McMurray MP who resigned from his position this month is wasting no time in denouncing the speed of oilsands development in the r...

LOOK: The Oilsands Really Do Look Like Hiroshima

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 06.03.2014 | Canada Alberta

Neil Young's comparison of Fort McMurray and the oilsands to Hiroshima has stirred up plenty of criticism. But is it accurate? Judge for yourself....