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Activists challenge Brad Wall on energy, environment

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Unimpressed by Premier Brad Wall’s defense of his recent controversial comments about Cameco, northern activists directly challenged the premier to improve his record on a range of social, economic and environmental issues.

Pursuing the Pipeline Pipe-Dream

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Prime Minister Harper’s view that Alberta’s tarsands will be the economic motor for the Canadian Energy Superpower is starting to unravel. Alberta faces a $6 billion revenue shortfall and will face a $4 billion deficit. Last year it predicted “only” an $800 million deficit. Premier Redford can’t displace responsibility on to a shortage of pipelines, for Alberta’s budgetary calculations can’t be based upon hypothetical scenarios. Nor can Saskatchewan’s, which projected a $95 million surplus, which has dropped to $9 million.

Clayton Ruby on ForestEthics Advocacy and Freedom of Speech April 18, 2012

Prominent Canadian Human Rights lawyer says environmentalists, and Canadians at large, have the right to advocate for environmental protection, and says there needs to be more free speech, not less, on economic development projects that threaten environmental sustainability in Canada.

Here is a collection of interviews on CBC about the changes to environmental assessment review in Canada, and the attempts to silence critics.

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