People Without Educational Expertise Shouldn't Draft Educational Policy

DeSmog Canada | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada
DeSmog Canada

The answer seems to be found in that old abysmal gap between policy-makers and practitioners. Why is anyone without educational expertise drafting educational policy? The actual question of who decides upon curriculum is nothing new: even the role and qualifications of teachers in this process is a contested matter.

Is There Room For Big Oil In Alberta Classrooms?

DeSmog Canada | Posted 03.20.2014 | 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."

Thousands Of Litres Spilled

CP | Sue Bailey, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.19.2014 | Canada Business

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Newfoundland and Labrador's offshore regulator is investigating the leak of 6,000 litres of crude oil from the Hibernia platform ...

Canada's Biggest Corporate Lobbyists

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Business

Oil, gas and mining industry groups were far and away the most active lobbyists in Ottawa over the past year, according to an analysis from Macleans. ...

Sustainability Issues And The Social Costs Of The Oilsands

DeSmog Canada | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Alberta
DeSmog Canada

It was less than six months ago that a handful of energy companies resorted to selling off portions of their stake in the oil patch after failing to garner the kind of investor support they needed to fund major projects.

$13.5-Billion Oilsands Project Gets Green Light

CP | Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Alberta

CALGARY - The Fort Hills oilsands mine is a go after years of delay, Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU) announced Wednesday.Canada's largest energy company s...

No More Oil Means No More Smartphones

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 08.28.2013 | Canada Business
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

Filling up at the gas station is certainly one of the ways to use oil that is most familiar to us. But guess what: of all the oil we use, only 43 per cent goes to fueling our cars. Given this, can we seriously consider ending our "dependence on oil", as some would suggest? Someone who wants to stop using oil will have to say goodbye to smart phones, ballpoint pens, candlelight, clothing made of synthetic fibers, glasses, toothpaste, tires (including those on bicycles), and thousands of other products made from plastic, a petroleum derivative. Good luck with that program.

Things Getting Back To Normal At Suncor

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.15.2013 | Canada Alberta

CALGARY - Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU) said it has fully restored oilsands production, which was disrupted by a precautionary shutdown of an Enbridge r...

Giddy Up, Partners!

CP | Dene Moore, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.17.2013 | Canada British Columbia

TERRACE, B.C. - There is a growing imbalance between oil supply and delivery in Canada and doing nothing is not an option, the lawyer for the Canadian...

Oilsands Water Leak Proves Toxic

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.15.2013 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - Water released from a pipeline spill at an oilsands facility in northern Alberta was toxic to fish, a provincial investigation has conclude...

Suncor Spills Diesel Into B.C. Inlet

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.11.2013 | Canada British Columbia

PORT MOODY, B.C. - A spill from a tank at a Suncor Energy plant in Burnaby, B.C., wasn't fuel at all but has still set off alarm bells with local Firs...

Oilsands Pond Leak Releases Tainted Water

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.26.2013 | Canada Alberta

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. - Waste water that spilled at an oilsands plant in northern Alberta has been released into a nearby river.The leak was discovered...

Massive Oilsand Processing Project In Jeopardy

CP | Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.07.2013 | Canada Alberta

CALGARY - Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU) reported a fourth-quarter net loss as it took a big charge related to its long-shelved and economically "challen...

Lack Of Pipelines Keeps Our Economy Captive To The U.S.: Former Energy Chief

CBC | Posted 03.17.2013 | Canada Alberta

Alberta won’t see its next provincial budget until the legislature resumes March 7, but the premier and finance minister are sending strong signals ...

Energy Giant Fights To Randomly Drug Test Oilsands Workers

The Huffington Post Alberta | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Alberta

Suncor Energy's attempt to randomly test thousands of its oilsands workers for drugs and alcohol is back under scrutiny as proceedings began again thi...

How Many Billions Will Suncor Pump Into Oilsands Next Year?

CP | Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.02.2013 | Canada Alberta

CALGARY - Oilsands giant Suncor Energy Inc. said Monday it has set a $7.3-billion capital spending budget for 2013 and that it plans to make a decisio...

Ulterior Motive For West-To-East-Pipeline?

CP | Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.30.2013 | Canada Business

Environmental groups have mounted a campaign against a plan to ship western crude to Quebec, saying it's just one step towards creating an eastern rou...

How An Orchestra Found Success With an Oil Company

Joel Garten | Posted 01.12.2013 | Canada Music
Joel Garten

Alex Pauk had his start in new music as the founder of Array Music, a performing and composing group active in Toronto, which at first began to meet in his apartment. He soon had the ambition to start a new music orchestra. Through a stroke of good luck, Pauk's partner Alexina Louie sat beside an executive of Suncor, the oil company, at a gala event.

Spending Down At Suncor.. By A Lot

CP | Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.31.2012 | Canada Alberta

CALGARY - Suncor Energy Inc. says its capital spending in 2012 will be $850 million lower than previously planned.Canada's largest energy company (TSX...

Suncor Wants Random Drug Testing For Workers, Court Denies

CP | John Cotter, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.23.2012 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - Suncor Energy has lost another legal round in its plan to randomly test thousands of unionized oilsands workers in Alberta for drugs and al...

Ex-CEO: U.S. Has Too Much Power Over Canada's Energy Policy

CP | Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.12.2012 | Canada Business

CALGARY - Building pipelines to connect Alberta crude to West Coast ports is a matter of Canadian sovereignty, says the former CEO of Canada's biggest...

Suncor Funded Studies Find Little Long-Distance Impact From Oilsands Mines

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.09.2012 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - A pair of recently published studies question the long-distance environmental impact of the oilsands.The two studies from the University of...

8 Facts About Tailings Ponds

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 10.04.2012 | Canada Alberta

Two oilsands companies, Syncrude and Suncor, will not be facing charges for the deaths of hundreds of ducks in tailings ponds they own. The Crown sai...

Energy Giant's Defence Case Too Strong

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 10.04.2012 | Canada Alberta

The companies involved in a case that saw 550 ducks killed when they landed in an Alberta oilsands tailings pond have too-strong a defence, which is w...

No Need for Manners in Nexen Deal, Canada

Diane Francis | Posted 12.02.2012 | Canada Business
Diane Francis

Clearly, China is testing whether this Boy Scout of a nation will roll over. Turning down Nexen should be mark the beginning of a Canadian conversation about governance. Canada must decide what kind of table will be set to encourage investment here, who will be invited to dine and how guests must behave. Otherwise, Canada itself will become dinner. There should be no compromise and a turndown need not be difficult, won't burn any bridges and can be done elegantly in this way.