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January 1, 2015

2016, 2015 , 2014 summary

CANADA

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2015
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog had  720000  views and about 120000 visitors  in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about  36  sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

 and my non secular, Christian posts elsewhere  now had over 1,348,000 views  in the last year  of 2015 alone.

DRUNK

Attractions in 2015,6

These are the posts that got the most views .

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Alberta is now a province of losers on social welfare now begging the East for help mainly due to the oil downturn, with massive layoffss, firms closing their doors forever, and loads of home prices dropping even foreclosures…. SO IMAGINE THE UNINMAGINEABLE. . The NDP now wins a majority government in Alberta, ending a Progressive Conservative dynasty in power for more than four decades.

Well those socialists, the NDP finally took over from the Conservative, capitalists The election results were the ultimate anti-incumbent protests, rebuke to the past endemic PC scandals and cronyism. with accountability and trust already at a sore point . OBJECTION to a government ruled by a tiny clique .

Liberals and Conservatives tend to be self centered, greedy, materialistic oriented persons. Their universe is usually small. self centered, superficial . Research has indicated that the materialism drive are due to a high neuroticism and low agreeableness. They feel incomplete. That is why they use other people to fill up the inner gap. . They are intolerant of differences. They devalue others and put them at a lesser position. It is hard for self-centered people to have a real sense of empathy. Even if they do, it is usually conditional, depending on what they are receiving from the source they are empathizing with. They expect too much for what they are willing to give. Yes when you go deep inside, their real feeling of inadequacy reveals itself. Don’t buy into their arrogance, don’t feed their excessive sense of self-importance. Don’t be their door mat. Have compassion for them since they falsely have created a wrong type of self-protection mode for them. Beyond the fact of their self-delusion is the related inability to admit to their own basic motivations . Neglect the poor and you will walk in their does next.

https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2015/05/08/what-happened-in-alberta-is-no-surprise-to-the-honest-decent-folks-socialists-elected-in-canadas-oil-patch/

Some of the most popular posts were written before 2015 and are popular for years showing the citizen”s same  continual  concerns and evidence of the useless governments.. These  writing have staying power! 

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Citizens are still also calling for change in   local speed traps. I think over the years they have just tacked on additional fines, or put up red light cameras, or doing one thing or another to try and generate revenue for their city.  Cities falsely are using traffic citations to fund city government.  Some cities it’s upwards of 8% to 10% of their revenue instead of .5 percent  is generated by fines and fees.    Many cities   have used fines and fees to fund a large portion of their budget, police budgets included . Too many Police Department  even have an illegal quota system that requires  officers to write three traffic tickets per day and make at least one arrest every two days. A  quota encourages officers to ticket people regardless of whether motorists’ behaviour is actually endangering the public or could be corrected with a warning. Traffic fines affect the poor and are ineffective against those they are to be really targeting, the rich. Most   cops saw their fellow residents less as citizens to protect than as “potential offenders and sources of revenue.”  Causing  “breakdown of trust” between people, police, governments and courts.  Missouri cities can no longer treat their citizens like ATMs,  as the state’s governor signed a bill capping how much money local governments can collect from traffic tickets and fines.” For people who have lived in these communities that fear they are going to be pulled over and harassed because that city needs money, that’s going to change,” 

https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2016/01/29/biggest-joke-of-the-year/

BAD COP

The governments lie when they say they care about the citizens, Liberals or Conservatives too, they support the establishment rather, the rich to get richer.. as that is their own goals, desires too

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a Bad liberal is the same as a Bad conservative

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The top referring sites in 2015 were:

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Where did they come from?

That’s 141 countries in all!
Most visitors came from Canada. The United States & India were not far behind.
 GUILTY
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Generally it is the same old topics that were the most read, with some new ones too

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In 2014, there were 30 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 986 posts. but the same few  topics generally are the most read again even

Divorce And Remarriage In The Christian Church

* which is still the all time most read post

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Also popular were

Canada’s oil sands

CRTC’s Farcical hearings on Internet speed control

Greedy, immoral Bell Canada lies, misleads, is crooked

Canada’s Worst Cell Phone Bill” BELONGS TO BELL

Canada’s bad police officers

Liars- Mounties ‘misleading everyone

No RCMP ALCOHOLICS IT SEEMS

Ex Toronto police chief Julian Fantino is one of those bad apples

Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper is not a real Evangelical Christian

Drink Alcohol and Die

Christian and Missionary Alliance Corporation C&MA

Hospital deaths account for half of deaths annually

Speeding is not the major cause of car accidents still

QUEBEC the second largest PROVINCE in Canada holds 75 seats AND cannot be ignored

A serious warning for Quebec’s Premier Jean Charest too

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This below was a new very  Popular post in 2014

THOSE LYING SPIN DOCTORS THINK WE ARE ALL AS STUPID AS THEY ARE.

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SPEED TRAP

https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/02/12/bad-calgary-cops/

https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2015/04/22/one-of-the-most-read-topics-here-is-the-subject-of-bad-police-officers-in-canada/

https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2014/01/01/crunchy-numbers-2013/

March 30, 2014

The cons are no better at it… a lack of accountability here too.

Lac-Megantic-CBC

 

The  Canadian Government  in 1985, enacted the Federal Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act and regulations to “promote the safe transportation” and to Protect Canadians mostly on paper still cause it is too often not enforced.. and why is that acceptable?

Is the railway shipping heavy crude oil from the Alberta oil sands, or highly explosive Balkan oil from North Dakota

The Canada Transportation Agency has extended the operating licence of the insolvent railway involved in last July’s deadly explosion in Lac-Megantic, Que., until June 1. The company has been granted a couple of extensions since July’s explosion and fire that killed 47 people and destroyed part of the tiny Quebec community’s downtown.  Did the Canadian Gov’t bother to look into what the railway is shipping before they extended the licences.

Transport Canada has miserably failed us at many levels and is continuing to show its incompetency by approving this continuation to an Operation that has also demonstrated their lack of planning, training, accountability and has no financial protection, leaving us as Canadian vulnerable and on the hook for any future accidents. What ever happened to government Accountability and protection for the Public.

U.S. transportation officials also now has  rebuked the oil industry Friday for not giving up information regulators say they need to gauge the danger of moving crude by rail, after several accidents highlighted the explosive properties of fuel from the booming oil shale fields on the Northern Plains.

see also

https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/09/13/canadas-oil-sands/

http://www.desmogblog.com/2014/03/28/feds-weaken-new-oil-rail-safety-regulations-days-after-announcing-them

 https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2012/01/18/anyone-doubt-the-oil-producers-and-sellers-are-greedy-hogs/

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2014/03/30/Rail-cars-DOT-111-designed-in-60s-haul-crude-oil/stories/201403300119

http://metronews.ca/news/toronto/961850/more-crude-oil-is-travelling-through-toronto-without-public-notice/

http://www.redding.com/news/2014/mar/30/officials-kept-dark-about-crude-oil-transfers-cali/

http://www.startribune.com/business/252920271.html

https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2012/08/02/the-conservatives-are-realy-now-no-better-over-the-liberals-in-canada/

 https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2013/07/15/they-often-do-steal-the-designated-monies/

 

January 18, 2012

Anyone doubt the oil producers and sellers are greedy hogs?

You can tell this by their continual price increases, often not justified..   

 

The Alberta and federal governments have said the Oil sand pipeline is crucial to  building new markets for the country’s resources. But environmental,  aboriginal and social action groups say the risks of a pipeline rupture or oil  tanker spill are too great. Money the root of all evil is evident here too..

 

Can it get worse.. yes!  What about the hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) attempts  to  free trapped natural gas deposits. It’s   fiercely opposed by environmentalists , and they also now rightfuly do even oppose   the development of Canada’s oilsands, because of real, legimate concerns, causes other major  environmental damage, also pollutes the undergound waters and also the rivers next too, concerns include  environmental effects on air and water quality, and  the risk of oil spills. Concerns even that fracking increases methane concentrations in underground water tables.. concerns that the oil transporters would never aaccount for every “little oops”, or big oil spills   in the BC wilderness and elsewhere.

Now the cost of the oil sands production and transportation  is overall  horrendous and filled with risks of serious environmental  damages…  existing oil piplines alread leak too often..  Canada’s oil sands now also do require more energy to extract and refine crude, and that means a greater release of greenhouse gases than from refining conventional oil. The oil industry is a multi-billion transnational industry backed by a C anadian Tory  government that will peddle  the tarsands to any foreign buyer who will bite.

“Plus, there is no guarantee that jobs created from pipelines will be safe,  well-paying, and permanent. In the tarsands, multinational corporations prefer  cheap, exploitable, and disposable labour, especially migrant workers. Last  year, the Petroleum Human Resources Council sought an additional 100,000 migrant  workers to work on tarsands infrastructure. Much like the tragic legacy of  Chinese railway workers, the deaths of two Chinese migrant workers in 2007 is a  sober reminder of the dangers of this industry to the land and workers alike.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Natural Resource Minister Joe Oliver have also now been taken to task recently  for their false distortions, diversions, their desperate theories aboutall those  radical foreign environmentalists and  the socialists, billionaires hijacking the Enbridge Oil Pipleine Joint Review Panel hearings.

The $5.5-billion proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline would cross  1,000 rivers and streams, including the Fraser and Skeena headwaters.  Supertankers, with capacity of up to two million barrels of oil, would  criss-cross along coastal waters. The 1,172-kilometre pipeline would also impact  the Great Bear Rainforest, one of the last intact temperate coastal rain forests  on our planet and the only home to the rare spirit bear. Enbridge has reported a  total of 610 spills between 1999 and 2008 from its various projects. The proposed pipeline traverses the territories of 65 first nations, of which  at least 61 have declared their opposition. http://www.vancouversun.com/news/canada-in-afghanistan/Enbridge+pipeline+distortions/6016517/story.html

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives and the pro-oilsands website EthicalOil.org take Canadian environmental groups to task for accepting money from big American foundations to finance their campaigns against the oilsands. Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver accused “environmental and other radical groups” of trying to use money from “foreign special-interest groups” to hijack hearings on a pipeline that would bring Alberta oilsands bitumen to a port on the British Columbia coast. But the Canadian government seems to have no qualms accepting grant money from private U.S. foundations — including some of the same organizations that gave to Canadian environmental groups.

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/rich-u-groups-funded-environmentalists-gave-canadian-government-100009296.html

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The federal government considers environmental and aboriginal groups “adversaries” when it comes to the oilsands, according to documents obtained under access to information laws.   “The documents show that the government, for a long time, has had a plan for promoting the tarsands, which is based on an elaborate public relations strategy and attacking people they see as enemies, rather that actually trying to clean up the problem,”“The documents show that the government, for a long time, has had a plan for promoting the tarsands, which is based on an elaborate public relations strategy and attacking people they see as enemies, rather that actually trying to clean up the problem,”
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/federal-documents-environmental-groups-aboriginals-adversaries-172528186.html 
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see also

https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2010/10/26/125-birds-killed-and-people-next/

https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/09/13/canadas-oil-sands/

October 26, 2010

125 birds killed and people next..

 

Latest news.. they did it again
  
Alberta — About 125 birds were euthanized after landing on a Syncrude oilsands tailings pond Mc Murray, Alberta  just three days after the energy giant received the highest environmental fine in Alberta history. About 125 of the 200 birds were euthanized after coming in contact with the bitumen, the company said in the statement.
 
Syncrude Canada now estimates at least 350 birds have died after landing on one of its toxic tailings ponds in northern Alberta.Federal NDP environment critic Linda Duncan, who is also an Alberta MP, said the time has come to shut down the tailings ponds. Mike Hudema of the environmental activist group Greenpeace said the latest incident proves that nothing has changed.
 
Provincial environment officials are investigating. Premier Ed Stelmach said he’s angry about what happened, but noted an investigation is ongoing. “This is sad and disappointing in light of the conclusion of the court proceedings and the judge’s decision last week,” Stelmach told the legislature. “The regulations are there, and obviously we not only enforce them but we took Syncrude to court with the federal government.” Alberta Environment Minister Rob Renner called the incident “discouraging in the extreme.” “I cannot express how disappointed and frustrated I am that this incident occurred,” Renner told reporters at the legislature. “Albertans deserve answers to why this happened again and we will do everything we can to get those answers as quickly as we can.”

Syncrude was sentenced on Friday for failing to take reasonable action to prevent the deaths of more than 1,600 ducks at a toxic tailings pond more than two years ago. The company was fined a $3 million — a penalty some environmental advocates contended was too low.The 2008 tailings pond duck deaths garnered international headlines and served as a rallying call for environmental groups and politicians who are pushing the Alberta government to phase-out toxic waste water ponds. See http://www.vancouversun.com/business/More+than+birds+killed+after+landing+Alberta+tailings+pond/3729158/story.html

Ducks today and people next.. the cost of the oil sands just became horrendous.. see https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/09/13/canadas-oil-sands/

 

 

June 1, 2010

HEADLINE News – bad guys exposed Mulroney, BP

 

 
– BP oil spill a catastrophe . Relief for Gulf is 2 months away with another well. Engineers at BP proven to be incompetent, pretentious, inadequate. After another failure, BP scrambles, Pressure builds on Obama to resolve oil disaster, BP’s failure shocking faces daunting Gulf liability costs- sue the pants off BP..After five horrible weeks, the total amount of oil leaked into the Gulf of Mexico is now thought to be anywhere from two to five times the original estimate. The spill has exceeded that of the Exxon Valdez, which held the title of worst oil spill in US
  
BP shares plunge in London trading after latest attempt to stem Gulf of Mexico … BP Shares fell 13 percent Tuesday to 429.2 pence ($6.20) on the London Stock Exchange. It is the first day of trading there since the failed attempt over the weekend. The spill,  DUMPED million gallons into the Gulf, is the biggest in US history
CanadianBusiness.com –  LONDON (AP) – Shares in BP PLC are plunging in London after the oil company’s failed attempt to block the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.
BP announces enhancements to oil cleanup plan CNN

Obama to meet spill probe leaders as slick moves north Reuters

Globe and Mail – CBC.ca – Ottawa Citizen – National Post – Wikipedia: Deepwater Horizon oil spill
   
 People in leadership office do have to face higher penalties as an example now too. It is clearly established, accepted fact by most people that those in leadership civil and public servants cops, teachers, ministers, politicians included  are always to be exemplary in behavior,  conduct and they do need to maintain their high standards even out of their working hours, thus to do so they are also to be exemplary  judged, prosecuted  for their own wrong doings with a higher standard over those of us ordinary folks.

– BRIAN MULRONEY IS FOUND NOW  GUILTY OF IMMORAL CONDUCT AND WE DID NOT NEED TO SPEND 16 MILLION OF TAX PAYERS MONEY FOR  MR.  JUSTICE JEFFREY OLIPHANT’S GAGGED  AND  LIMITED REVIEW TO CONFIRM WHAT MOST OF US HAD ALREADY RIGHTFULLY BELIEVED.. WHAT WE NEED IS FOR BRIAN TO PAY FOR ALL OF THESE COSTS ASAP RATHER EVEN HIS OWN LEGAL COSTS 
 
Ottawa should recoup $2.1-million from former prime minister’s lawyers and public-relations team in 1997 settlement, plus the full costs of the latest  inquiry. What the useless Mounties could not find out.. Brian’s sins.. RCMP’s false favourite excuses for their much too many incompetencies are: they are under paid, over worked, short staffed, poorly managed or someone else is to blame too.. RCMP rather were the wrong type of people hired for the job firstly.. RCMP should be fired and replaced ASAP rather. https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/09/17/remembering-brian-mulroneys-conservative-party/

Mulroney’s actions ‘inappropriate,’ Oliphant says Globe and Mail –  Former prime minister Brian Mulroney accepted cash-stuffed envelopes from Karlheinz Schreiber “as part of a scheme” to conceal the payments, a commission of inquiry has found. But after spending at least $14-million, listening to 39 days of testimony and reviewing 150,000 pages of evidence, the Oliphant inquiry couldn’t say what he did to earn it.In a sometimes scathing examination of Mr. Mulroney’s acceptance of at least $225,000 in cash from the German-born, and now incarcerated, lobbyist, Mr. Justice Jeffrey Oliphant, the inquiry’s chair, repeatedly called Mr. Mulroney’s actions “inappropriate.”

 
 

September 14, 2009

Transport Canada, others stealing taxpayer’s money

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https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/09/13/stop-the-crooks-in-the-governments/
 
Former Quebec lieutenant-governor Lise Thibault will face six criminal charges in connection with her expense accounts. Not surprised at all… they should audit every single expense claim by people in such positions. Most civil and public servants do it but some do it on a larger scale. http://www.cbc.ca/canada/montreal/story/2009/09/25/thibault-charges.html
 
The Federal public servants at Transport Canada are routinely filing millions of dollars in expenses – including overtime, salaries and computers – toward a construction project that doesn’t exist. The Mackenzie Valley pipeline remains a mega-project that is perpetually on the horizon –The project seemed closer at hand when a fund was set up at Transport Canada six years ago so that the department could oversee the expected increase in air traffic and other transportation needs. Though the pipeline remains in limbo, the department has kept the fund alive year after year, using it to cover millions in expenses that have nothing to do with the pipeline. Documents released through access-to-information requests list the expenses, which total $10.7-million since 2004. Expenses continued to be billed to the pipeline project this year. ” So, when you consider that Chuck Guite (Sr. Public servant) and Paul Coffin (ad exec) started running their fake ad invoice scam during the Mulroney administration, it appears that the Liberals inherited AdScam from the Conservatives, does it not?  ”  “This is why our taxes are so high. Take this and the Gold that vanished at the Mint and the tab is through the roof. Anyone want to bet the Mint millions gets swept under the carpet?” ”   Too much time spent electioneering and not enough time spent runnin’ things. ” http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/transport-canada-fictitiously-expensing-millions/article1286306/ 
 
People in leadership office do have to face higher penalties as an example now too. It is clearly established, accepted fact by most people that those in leadership civil and public servants cops, teachers, ministers, politicians included  are always to be exemplary in behavior,  conduct and they do need to maintain their high standards even out of their working hours, thus to do so they are also to be exemplary  judged, prosecuted  for their own wrong doings with a higher standard over those of us ordinary folks.
 
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There’s something deeply ironic about all of this, and previous federal governments; they know that the cities, provinces that suppossedly drive the economy  they know they also do steal a lot of the money too..   Premier’s Letter To The Ontario Public Service
 
No such thing as a little bit pregnant, what other wrongs, thefts  are the civil and public servants doing and falsely covering up now? And now still all this being done while most Canadians now do live from paycheque to paycheque.  Majority of Canadian employees living paycheque to paycheque, survey shows
 
Is this how the rest of the federal economic stimulation  money will be now abused as well? Right under the federal Conservative Minister’s noses now as well?
 
HOW MUCH OF THE CANADIAN FEDERAL CONSERVATIVE RECESSION STIMULATION MONEY IS BUDGETED THIS YEAR ALONE, AND HOW MUCH HAS ACTUALLY BEEN ISSUED, AND HOW MANY REAL , NEW JOBS WERE ACTUALLY NOW CREATED AS A RESULT? NONE, AND THE MONEY IS ALL GONE?
 
The Conservative federal government is an unacceptably very poor manager of the taxpayer’s money now as well. The Federal Transfer payments make up a very large part of federal expenditures. The federal government is a  tax collector,  money expediter and an useless money administrator too, while the federal government’s own regular operating expenses for fiscal 2009-2010 will be only about a quarter of its total spending all the taxpayer’s money expenditures still needs to be supervised, yes held accountable for now as well.
 
Flaherty had said the government would clean up its books by restraining the growth in federal program spending over several years. That spending, now $241 billion a year, has been growing on average at a rapid 7 per cent annual rate since Harper took office. We can see why too.. the liars also all keep on allowing the taxpayer’s money to be stolen..
 
The Conservative federal Government expenditures since Harper came into office, his government expenditures have ballooned by over 30 per cent. They rather had increased spending by three times the rate of inflation in the three budgets before the recession hit, and now spend $40 billion more annually than the last Liberal government.   Consultants. Harper government spent nearly a billion dollars on consultants in its first two years in office: a 42-per-cent increase over the amount the previous Liberal government spent between 2004 and 2006 on consultants (Toronto Star, December 8, 2008). Ministerial expenses. Despite promising to tighten their belts, a Toronto Star analysis found that Conservative ministers are spending more than Liberals ever did in government (The Toronto Star, November 22, 2008), while Harper’s expansion of the federal cabinet last fall will cost taxpayers an additional $3.9 million in salaries alone for the extra ministers and their staff.  Polling. In 2007, the Harper government commissioned more than two polls per business day which totalled $31 million in the government’s first year of government.  Prime Minister’s Office. Last week it was revealed that spending in Prime Minister Harper’s own office soared by 14 per cent in a single year – the tune of a whopping $20 million. (Canwest News Service, September 4, 2009). http://www.liberal.ca/en/newsroom/media-releases/16292_when-pigs-fly-more-huffing-and-puffing-from-harpers-55-billion-man
 
Where is PM Stephen Harper’s promised restraint, accountability now as well?
 
Conservative Ministers merely  like to do all the talking but seem to bring no real, viable acts, actions  on the issues still too. Unacceptable.  
 
And why is it that their only solution to any problem in Canada seems to involve a tax increase? Because sadly that even the Conservatives undeniably too  really are not better economic managers over the past Liberals..
 
The essential needed way to save our taxpayer’s money is still to look at how all of these public services are delivered – and no one  can  tell me that there are no cost-cutting savings to be achieved. Compare  say a city like Montreal or Toronto where exorbitant rates too now are also paid  for useless civil and public servants with their rather unskilled services – sadly this same phenomena can be seen in many federal ministries. 
 
For a start all Ministers supervising better all of their expenditures, and bringing all of the subordinates  salaries and wages in line with the private sector would enable us firstly  to continue delivering public services at the same level, or more! It is the still the too often abusive civil and public servants spending that now also determines the still abusive personal taxes.
 
The sad unacceptable fact is that this type of taxpayer’s money abuse, practice is not an isolated case, but rather repeats itself often,  Canada wide at the federal, provincial, municipal levels undeniably too.. Money allotted is not used where it was originally supposed to be but often is transferred to some other department, account.. and how is it the auditor generals did  not pick it up for 10 years too? or refuse too?
 
Any Abuse of any taxpayers finds should be a criminal offence fully prosecutable by law, and should mean the immediate dismissal of all involved too, after all it is stealing the taxpayer’s money. Police, judges, supervisors  don’t tend to enforce it cause they do the same thing? All Unacceptable  still
 
We need better Policing and “Tougher penalties for sure!” You will get a longer jail sentence for robbing a convenience store of $50 than fleecing investors for millions (billions) or stealing any of the tax payer’s money.   “Also, put an end to double credit for pre-sentence incarceration!!” Put all of the criminals in jail, and their bad supervisors now too,  where they belong, and always do  take way from them all that they have stolen now as well.. and do start with the bad  civil and public servants now as well.

Feds promise mandatory jail time for major fraud. Judges could consider restitution for victims as part of white-collar crime bill

I’ve always found it funny that someone could steal a $2000 car and be sentenced to 20 years in jail. But steal 30 Million and you only do 18 months…. at Club Med. Excellent. There’s plenty of crime on Parliament Hill. Start your crackdown there. Are the politicians going to turn on their masters in Corporate Canada? How long will it take Harper to IGNORE this Law?.. Start with Mulroney. That would be a fine example to lead the charge with. There’s not a word in the legislation about obscene bonuses. Those will remain legal. Lock up all the CEOs! (Start with Bell…) Start with the telecommunication providers, and the banks. That’s great,  as long as the crackdown starts on parliament hill. Rob a thousand people of $100,000 each, that’s a crime. Rob a million people of $100 each by credit card interest rates that’s OK, that’s business. We should have election threats every months, it seems it’s the only way anything happens on the hill. Threaten an election and suddenly the legislative agenda is crammed with draft laws that should have been there months ago.  Harper – just another Calgarian running another Ponzi scheme… promising big returns but producing nothing of value. http://www.cbc.ca/money/story/2009/09/15/white-collar-crime015.html

   The government “moving ahead, with more taxes” is not  the most important thing that the province can do to strengthen the economy and create jobs but rather to seriously plug up the leaking  holes in the taxpayer’s pail of money first.

 

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Ontario has announced new measures aimed at putting an end to recent controversies over government expense claims “The move is one of “four additional steps to protect taxpayer dollars and improve accountability,” Starting immediately, Ontario Public Service employees will be issued new, simplified guidelines for travel, meals and hospitality expenses. The province said it is also planning to increase the number of random audits it carries out on the province’s agencies, boards and commissions.   http://www.cbc.ca/canada/ottawa/story/2009/09/14/ont-expenses.html  and  about time now too!
        
Quebec says it is intensifying police efforts to tackle corruption and financial fraud in the province amid a growing public furor over white-collar crime. The Charest government says a squad of about 20 provincial police investigators will be assigned to probe potential corruption – including the infiltration of organized crime – in the construction industry and municipal affairs. It will also bolster its police presence to track fraud with Quebec’s securities regulator, the Autorité des marchés financiers.  Meanwhile, with Montrealers going to the polls this fall, city hall is under a cloud for allegations of fraud, kickbacks and the inappropriate awarding of contracts. Multiple police investigations have been launched. Last week, a senior civil servant and a computer consultant were charged with defrauding the city of millions in a bogus billing scheme in the city’s computer division. While Quebec rejigs its police manpower, some have called for a public commission into the province’s construction industry and possible ties to organized crime.    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/quebec-cracks-down-or-corruption-white-collar-crime/article1286432/
   
Quebec “coming after” white collar criminals.. I hope they catch Chretien and Martin…   I hope the measures will also include effective tools to get the embezzled money back….  People like Vincent Lacroix and Earl Jones should also spend the rest of their lives making restitution to the people they stole from. http://www.cbc.ca/canada/montreal/story/2009/09/14/quebec-fraudsters-white-collar-criminals.html
 
and  why did it take so long to deal with white collared  crimes that have been clearly ongoing even in Quebec too now for decades, not just in all of Canada. Why? The Police  Commercial Crime divisions cops, RCMP included applauded the criminals.. cause they do the same thing?
 
  Meanwhile Thousands of shipping containers enter Canada by rail each year without proper checks for illegal drugs and other contraband, says a new report. I don’t think that drugs is the only thing we have to worry about. Also What ought to be of far greater concern for all Canadians is the entry of illegal weapons into Canada. Perhaps the money wasted on arming our border guards could have been better spent trying to prevent these weapons from getting onto the streets of our cities..  it amazes me as to how much attention is given to taxpayers in arrears,and almost none given to canadian security.why are we paying these elected bufoons so much money,and allowing them huge pensions after so little time in office?expense accounts,vehicles,perks,and they cant even manage a railyard?theres better security at a rock concert! i wish they would work as hard for those of us who voted them in,as they do trying to get re-elected,,it makes ya wonder who the idiots are us or the politicians we voted form,what a mess. Regular citizens are getting worked over like never before and always without a smile! “Never worry, never fear” etc etc.  Not to mention the really top-notch work done by all Harper’s tough-on-crime policies and accountability… [this was a sarcastic comment for those who missed it]   http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2009/09/14/border-railway-inspect-train-drug.html
 
Ontario Premier McGuinty announced that expenses for cabinet ministers, political aides, top mandarins, and all senior executives at Ontario’s 22 largest agencies will be posted on the Internet as of next April 1. “We’re going to shine a light on all expenses so Ontarians will know who, exactly, is spending what, exactly,” the premier told reporters. The premier is girding for an onslaught of opposition attacks stemming from controversy over expenses and perks at the OLG and eHealth Ontario. NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said voters are tired of an “arrogant” government that seems to make things harder on taxpayers and easier for insiders. The waste of precious tax dollars on these scandals is unacceptable .. people are telling me they are fed up with a government not able to focus on putting the dollars where they belong,” “the Liberals’ “culture of entitlement.” http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/695359
 
https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2010/10/17/there-is-no-new-thing-under-the-sun/
 

TORONTO — Ontario’s health bureaucracy is facing yet another scandal in the wake of more revelations of spending and procurement abuses. In a special report released Wednesday morning, Auditor-General Jim McCarter outlines numerous problems at hospitals and local health integration networks (LHINs), regional funding agencies created by the Liberal government. McCarter points to the questionable hiring of pricey consultants, many of which were sole-sourced and often not required to justify the work they did. The report details a litany of questionable consulting gigs at hospitals, including one, worth $700,000, that was so vague it didn’t even list a detailed description of services needed. Another hospital completely failed to account for a $170,000 consultant contract, and was unable to produce the initial request for proposal, the names and number of firms invited to bid, the bidders’ proposals or any evaluation criteria used to reward the contract. The same firm was retained for another, $430,000 contract. Another hospital paid $8.3 million to one consulting firm for IT services over the past three fiscal years, including $180,000 the firm charges for each consultant it provides. The auditor’s report also details questionable expense claims by hospital consultants. They include one temporary executive who, despite his $275,000 annual salary, also billed the hospital nearly $150,000 for other consultants and administrative support, $14,000 for salary bonuses, foreign exchange fees and a Christmas luncheon, and numerous expensive hotels (including one, in Chicago, where he paid $500 for hotel phone charges) and lavish meals around the world. McCarter also questioned the use of lobbyists by half the 16 hospitals he audited.   “We questioned the appropriateness of using government funds to pay lobbyists to help obtain more government funding.”Health minister Deb Matthews reacted swiftly to the report, announcing legislation that will ban the use of lobbyists and open hospitals to freedom of information legislation by January 1, 2012.  The auditor-general also found “significant” problems with consultant contracts signed by LHINs The revelations contained in Wednesday’s report are reminiscent of those unearthed last December, when Mr. McCarter detailed spending abuses at eHealth Ontario. That agency, created by the Liberal government, was found to have given millions in sole-sourced contracts to high-priced consultants with few controls and little oversight.“I’m not afraid to say that I’m really sorry this has gone on,” said Matthews. “I don’t think this is acceptable. I don’t think we’ve been as accountable as we ought to have been. We owe it to taxpayers to ensure that every dollar they spend on taxes gets the best possible value.”   http://www.nationalpost.com/news/Ontario+Auditor+General+slams+hospital+lobbying/3701093/story.html

 
The same bad Liberals never learned to do things right and honestly the first time even.. allow their consultant sins to go on falsely.

September 13, 2009

Canada’s oil sands

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RiskMetrics report says oilsands could be riskier investment than Gulf of Mexico The Canadian Press – Tue May 18, 12:45 AM The report comes as the world’s attention remains fixed on the aftermath of an oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. Crude has been spilling into the sea for nearly a month as BP PLC scrambles to contain the leak. The risks of developing the oilsands are “arguably greater” than in the Gulf, the report said. “It’s like the Gulf of Mexico spill, but playing out in slow motion. From a climate and ecological perspective, we’re really no better off,” Doug Cogan, director of climate risk management for RiskMetrics, said in a statement. 
  
 
 
The  Albertan  governments are  greedy, and greed was why many people moved to Alberta now as well. Follow the money. It’s the oldest rule in journalism. The truth? It’s all about money, as it always generally is. Alberta’s main income is still oil.
  
Reality: Alberta’s oil industry likes to say that the oil sands aren’t really so villainous – that they contribute only five per cent of Canada’s total output of greenhouse gases. But bear in mind Alberta’s planned increase in oil output would raise this to 12 per cent by 2020, according to an Environment Canada estimate. Alberta . Its politicians deem it has an inalienable right to grow still fatter. .. worth pondering as  .. Quebecers make sacrifices in the years ahead – sacrifices whose benefits Alberta’s greed will cancel out.. http://www.montrealgazette.com/opinion/reader-comments/pains/2315027/story.html 
 
Working at Canada’s oils sands is difficult, there is nothing to do in Fort McMurray after work, you have to be careful about real bears in the woods even.. the living accommodations are not even great.. but the food at the Syncrude Plant cafeteria is great.
 
Alberta . Its politicians still  deem they have  an inalienable right to lie as well to attract much much needed capital, investors . The new very unpopular Premier of Alberta, ( Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams is the highest-rated provincial head of government in Canada, according to an Angus-Reid poll  remains a hit with is province, with more than three in four respondents (78%) approving of Williams’ performance. That’s a far cry from the two premiers at the bottom of the online survey – Ontario’s Dalton McGuinty scored 18% and Alberta’s Ed Stelmach scored 14%. Quebec Premier Jean Charest received a positive review from only 25% of respondents, while the proportion is slightly lower for British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell (21%) and New Brunswick Premier Shawn Graham (20%). Following the federal Liberal’s popularity path?)  Ed Stelmach    is not of much help cause he  was a useless Twit under the previous useless premier, drunk Ralph Klein. Calgary  itself now often likes to boast it is the 3rd largest  city in Canada.. cause they have nothing  else to boast about basically too.. and  the whole population of Alberta does not even match the poulation of the city of Montreal, Quebec in reality. Calgary and Edmonton continue to face major problems..  Calgary and Edmonton are the two  main and  largest cities, both nearly the same size too,  in the Province of Alberta, Canada.  There are no other significantly large towns in this province as well. The main economy of Alberta is cattle farming and the oil industry. The provincial government has never been able to diversify the economy. Oil which was first discovered in Alberta in 1902   did not become a significant industry in the province until 1947 Alberta’s  quickly found itself at the centre of the ensuing oil boom and grew when oil prices increased with the Arab Oil Embargo of 1973. The population increased significantly  in the years between 1971 and today. Mainly bcause of the governmental  misleading spins that Alberta was a place to get rich fast, but this is not at all true. Few people got rich in Alberta, many went broke though.  Alberta’s economy is so closely tied to the oil industry that the  subsequent drop in oil prices were cited by industry as reasons for a collapse in the oil industry and consequently the overall Alberta, Calgary and Edmonton  economy.  This is still mainly a one horse economy, province.  Do see   also How many rich people in Calgary, Edmonton Alberta? 
 

McGuinty, Stelmach vie for least popular: poll The Gazette (Montreal) – Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach and Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty are Canada’s two least-loved premiers, according to a new Angus Reid poll.

Braid: Stelmach has Tories in one very deep mess Calgary Herald Tories should distil and bottle Stelmach Edmonton Journal

 
The rapid population growth associated with the oil boom meant a need to build new houses and roads, and related services.. these were costly undertakings which  explains why the land, homes, taxes are so high even now as well. The cost of living has increased more rapidly than the wage increase  in the last few decades too causing a lot of discomfort, personal stress as well which continues until today. The lack of local industries even presently necessitates most items to be imported from else where adding to the products costs .. Even the electrical energy costs are especially high as electricity has to be manly generated by expensive coal  firing plants. Because of the high costs of living in Alberta has had a real problem in both even attracting, and keeping competent, professional technical support personnel in all areas. Many of the new job  arrivals are not adequately still qualified in fact. This is not the land of paradise it is often falsely made out to be, not at all.. The high costs of living too explains also why the divorce rate, drug abuse, and domestic  violence, road rage is so high too. It will be that way for a few decades next too.   
 
Now the Oil sands are often referred to as unconventional oil or crude bitumen. Oil sands reserves have  only become important  as higher oil prices and   technology enable them to be more profitably extracted and upgraded to usable products. Basically at the ALBERTA, Fort McMurray oil sand PLANTS, sand containing oil is extracted from the ground using excavators and conveyed to a gravel  crushing station using the large dump trucks, where the sand is next transported by conveyors belts to be processed at the local  plant. The processing plant starts up by merely adding high temp steam to the gravel mix and the hot steam causes most of the  the oil to separate from the mixture, the main residue oil is scooped off, and the latter left over residue mix of oil and CONDENSED STEAM, water is pumped to an outdoor  storage reservoir.. and it is these LARGE storage reservoirs that are a major danger of  the local ground water pollution now as well. The seperated oil itself now is futher refined at the local partial refining plant too causing pollution  in the process.
   
My serious concerns, question still is  is whether the Alberta oil sands industry can really assure us that the surrounding rivers and ground waters now will not be polluted permanently in their greed, exploitation of the oil  sands. Never mind what the spin doctors say now what about the reality?  Do not expect anything really to be done here about potential or actual pollutions, for the greedy federal and provincial governments in Canada are known to turn a blind eye to big business wrong doings when the ends seem to justify the means, the ends means big business being able to hire citizens who who are forced to  pay taxes while big business tends to get more tax breaks as well or pays very little taxes..
 
The whole oil extraction form the Alberta oil sands  comes at quite an extraordinary environmental price. Firstly extracting the oil from the sand requires much more energy than exploiting the traditional oil wells and secondly do cause   human health effects, changes to the hydrological cycle, climate change, and the ill effects of pollution. Plus include all the water used by such companies to extract the oil, which is becoming a more contentious issue in Alberta by the day as the province’s water supply continues to decline suggest that the costs of exploiting oil sands may far outweigh any benefits to society that they may provide. Local Albertan monetary greed seems to be unlimited..
 
 Here’s a few facts about the Alberta Oil Sands:

– Oil sands mining is licensed to use twice the amount of fresh water that the entire city of Calgary uses in a year.

– At least 90% of the fresh water used in the oil sands ends up in ends up in tailing ponds so toxic that propane cannons are used to keep ducks from landing in them.

– Processing the oil sands uses enough natural gas in a day to heat 3 million homes in Canada.

– The toxic tailing ponds are considered one of the largest human-made structures in the world. The ponds span 50 square kilometers and can be seen from space.

– Producing a barrel of oil from the oil sands produces three times more greenhouse gas emissions than a barrel of conventional oil.

– The oil sands operations are the fastest growing source of heat-trapping greenhouse gas in Canada. By 2020 the oil sands will release twice the amount produced currently by all the cars and trucks in Canada 

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Alberta’s oilsands produce more greenhouse gas emissions than some European countries right now and will produce more than all of the world’s volcanoes in just 11 years if the pace of development continues, a new report says.  People will post 1001 excuses justifying this disaster. http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2009/09/13/greenpeace-oilsands.html until it is too late to do anything about it.. Remember Chernobyl

SADLY ECONOMICS DO CONTROL THE VIABILITY OF CANADA’S OIL SANDS PROJECTS.
 
Economics alone   SHOULD NOT now  control the direct oil sand extraction  process, engineering as well and also now not all firms are equally environmentally conscious, concerned so they all do now need to be better managed here, something that has falsely not been adequately done for sure so far.. and yes neither by the provincial or the federal governments HAVE DONE A GOOD JOB HERE
 
GREED AND PROFIT CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO OVER RULE SAFETY,  THE ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES, etc.,
Do see https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/01/08/canadas-oil-sand-projects/

 

 

Toxic chemical levels higher in water downstream of Alberta oilsands plants Vancouver Sun –  This photo shows how at least one company is bulldozing right to the Athabasca River’s edge. EDMONTON – Levels of toxic chemicals in the Athabasca watershed are up to 50 times higher downstream of oilsands development, a new University of Alberta study …The research, spearheaded by renowned aquatics ecologist David Schindler, also estimates that Suncor and Syncrude deposit the equivalent of an oil spill’s worth of bitumen into the surrounding environment each year. The chemicals are dispersed through two main modes: on airborne particles from plant stacks and dusty mine sites; and through run-off from developed sites. The full paper will be available at the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science website at www.pnas.org

Pollution levels increase due to oilsands operations: study CTV.ca

Oilsands pollution far exceeds official estimates: independent study  iNews880.com An independent study suggests that pollution from Alberta’s oilsands is nearly five times greater than official estimates.  The study says toxic emissions from the controversial industry are the equivalent of a major oil spill repeated every year. Government and industry officials have said contamination in the area’s soil and rivers occurs naturally, but the report links it firmly to oilsands mining.

CBC.ca  A study of water quality at 60 sites along the Athabasca River and its tributaries makes it clear the oilsands have added cancer-causing toxins to the environment, a scientist at the University of Alberta says. The highest levels of polycyclic aromatic compounds [PACs], which are known to contain carcinogens, were found within 50 kilometres of two major oilsands upgraders, David Schindler said Monday. On a scale of 1 – 10, as a reputable scientist Dr. Schindler is an 11. If he says there is a problem with tar sands operations poisoning the Athabasca River and other water bodies …. you can be sure that the problem is there and the cause for concern is real. Do you think any of Syncrudes or Suncors top executives are living along the Athabasca River? Not likely.
 
Alberta drug and alcohol deaths have doubled in the past decade  Edmonton Sun  CALGARY — The number of recorded drug and alcohol deaths in Alberta has more than doubled in the past decade, says the province’s chief medical examiner. From 1998 to 2008, Alberta’s population has grown by only 13% while the annual number of non-suicide deaths attributable to intoxicants has leaped to 437 from 210. Kim Borden, research officer with the chief medical examiner’s office, was at a loss to explain why the number would so far exceed the province’s population increase. “But I do know drugs and drug-related deaths are a huge problem — it’s right up there with car crash fatalities,” she said. “It’s growing every year.” , the figures for deaths caused by drugs are likely much higher because the number of autopsies are so limited.
 
So vehicular  speeding is not the major cause of accidents, and deaths  but drugsand  impaired driving and yet the Alberta police like to go after speeders, over the drunk drivers still and why was that? https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/09/10/speeding-is-not-the-major-cause-of-car-accidents-still/
 
 
BP itself, cleartly still  hiding behind a barricade of PR-speak, has apparently under reported the extent of the oil disaster and it has been very slow and ineffectual in dealing with it while the unacceptable tragedy continues, even raising frightening questions. “What about the lives of those millions of people, now and for years to come, who depend on the fishery and tourism industries? What about the dying and doomed wildlife? What about the natural beauties of the vast region?” and who really cares?
 
BP had a “vested financial interest” in downplaying the size of the leak. “They will ultimately pay a fine based on those rates,” Rep. Ed Markey of Massachusetts, who heads the House Energy and Environment subcommittee, agreed that the company “had a stake in low-balling the number right from the very beginning.” “I think that they were either lying or they were incompetent,” Noting that BP has consistently provided information that proved to be wrong, Markey said he had “no confidence whatsoever in BP.” “I think they do not know what they are doing,” Markey said, adding: “I don’t think that people should really believe what BP is saying in terms of the likelihood of anything that they’re doing is going to turn out as they’re predicting.” BP “has been making it up as they along the whole way.” They do not know for sure what the result is going to be of anything which they are doing,” Markey said.  http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/05/30/oil.spill.bp.government/
“What a surprise! Isn’t it about time we just simply stop drilling for oil in the ocean? This is just ridiculous…. all of the oil money and knowledge can’t plug a leak…  It’s the same story in the oilsands, folks…. none of these oil companies up here are cleaning up their mess. Reality is that we need to end our reliance on oil and gas, and work harder at fining clean sources of energy.  It didn’t work!…. time to tighten the screws on BP and the entire oil industry “
  
Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s refusal to halt federal government plans to explore for oil and natural gas in the untouched waters of the Arctic Speaks volumes about his own values here.
 
The Alberta Stelmach government is so intent on hiding the environmental devastation in the oilsands that they went so far as to call two esteemed researchers liars.”

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/100621/national/oilsands_scientists_defamed

Latest news..

 
Dec 2010 OTTAWA – signs of federal-provincial friction Ottawa and Alberta  in the better environmental monitoring of oilsands, federal Environment Minister John Baird said he would be putting Environment Canada in charge of setting up a new water-quality monitoring system. The federal government has clear jurisdiction to take the lead in monitoring because it has responsibility for fisheries, cross- boundary water, national parks and aboriginal people. But in Edmonton, Premier Ed Stelmach opposes the  lead. His provincial environment minister launched a separate revamping of the monitoring system just this week. “Those resources are owned by Albertans.”  Stelmach said he was ready to co-operate  with the federal government — but only to a point. An advisory panel of scientists — convened in September by former federal environment minister Jim Prentice — warned that the public has no clear idea what the impact of the oilsands has been, because data has not been collected and sorted in an organized way. Monitoring is done by a “fragmented” array of authorities and hgroups, with no established baselines for comparisons and no overarching, integrated view of the entire ecosystem, panel chairwoman Elizabeth Dowdeswell told a news conference. “There is clearly a lack of leadership and co-ordination,” said Dowdeswell, former head of the United Nations environment program. “Until these significant shortcomings are addressed, there will continue to be debate about the data. There will continue to be uncertainty and public distrust, both of industry’s environmental performance and governments’ oversight.” The report pointed out that key pieces of data were handed over to the Alberta environment ministry once a year in hard copy only. The federal Liberal environment critic Gerard Kennedy said. “It’s as damning as science gets. Canadians have been unprotected all these years” by lack of standards. The panel recommended a new system be set up to establish baselines, collect all the relevant data, and refer it to a group of renowned scientists for review. Despite the prospect of extra charges, the business community did not immediately attack the recommendations. Rather, like the panel itself, the oil and gas industry association urged Ottawa and Alberta to quit squabbling over jurisdiction and get on with the job. Environmentalists, too, urged the governments to co-operate.

 
and they did it again
 
ST. ALBERT, Alta. – Syncrude Canada has been found guilty under wildlife laws of causing the death of 1,600 ducks in a tailings pond at it oilsands mine in northern Alberta. http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/100625/national/oilsands_dead_ducks
 
  
Alberta — About 125 birds were euthanized after landing on a Syncrude oilsands tailings pond Mc Murray, Alberta  just three days after the energy giant received the highest environmental fine in Alberta history. About 125 of the 200 birds were euthanized after coming in contact with the bitumen, the company said in the statement. Provincial environment officials are investigating. Premier Ed Stelmach said he’s angry about what happened, but noted an investigation is ongoing. “This is sad and disappointing in light of the conclusion of the court proceedings and the judge’s decision last week,” Stelmach told the legislature. “The regulations are there, and obviously we not only enforce them but we took Syncrude to court with the federal government.” Alberta Environment Minister Rob Renner called the incident “discouraging in the extreme.” “I cannot express how disappointed and frustrated I am that this incident occurred,” Renner told reporters at the legislature. “Albertans deserve answers to why this happened again and we will do everything we can to get those answers as quickly as we can.”

Syncrude was sentenced on Friday for failing to take reasonable action to prevent the deaths of more than 1,600 ducks at a toxic tailings pond more than two years ago. The company was fined a $3 million — a penalty some environmental advocates contended was too low.The 2008 tailings pond duck deaths garnered international headlines and served as a rallying call for environmental groups and politicians who are pushing the Alberta government to phase-out toxic waste water ponds. See http://www.vancouversun.com/business/More+than+birds+killed+after+landing+Alberta+tailings+pond/3729158/story.html

  
Ducks today and people next.. the cost of the oil sands just became horrendous..

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