Category Archives: Case Related

GAGGED in Alberta! New Progressive (?) Conservative code of conduct directive likened to gag rule

New PC code of conduct directive likened to gag rule by James Wood with files from Chris Varcoe, June 13, 2014, Calgary Herald The Progressive Conservative party has implemented a new code of conduct and ethics for its officials, but … Continue reading

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Federal government losing data that should be available to public, watchdog warns

Federal government losing data that should be available to public, watchdog warns by Jason Fekete and Andrea Hill, Postmedia News, November 29, 2013, Calgary Herald A recommendation by Canada’s information watchdog that federal institutions disable instant messaging on government-issued wireless … Continue reading

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Evidence Presented by Encana to 41st PARLIAMENT, 1st SESSION Standing Committee Natural Resources; Encana taking step to stop frac’ing with benzene, diesel, chromium, arsenic, mercury etc

41st PARLIAMENT, 1st Session Standing Committee on Natural Resources EVIDENCE presented by Encana, February 12, 2013 Mr. Richard Dunn (Vice-President, Canadian Division, Regulatory and Government Relations, Encana Corporation): In addition to our own internal focus on innovation, we support external R and D efforts … Continue reading

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Whopping Legal Bills, Justice grows unaffordable for many Canadians, Access to justice is profoundly unequal in Canada

How to Protect the Middle Class from Whopping Legal Bills, While justice grows unaffordable for many Canadians, Europe and Quebec offer a fix by Tasha Kheriddin, iPolitics, August 21, 2013, The Tyee.ca What price, justice? In Canada, if you’re poor, … Continue reading

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Northest Territories fracking water license allows for company to keep ‘trade secrets’

Gaz de schiste – les “secrets commerciaux” de l’industrie Translation by Ami(e)s du Richelieu, August 14, 2013 NWT fracking water license allows for company to keep ‘trade secrets’ by Meagan Wohlberg, August 12, 2013, Northern Journal Alberta landowner and oil patch consultant Jessica … Continue reading

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Calgary Conference: Identifying Frac Trends, Environmental Law and Regulation in Alberta, Complying with the New Regulatory Framework

Environmental Law and Regulation in Alberta, Complying with the New Regulatory Framework by Canadian Institute, June 5-6, 2013 Opening Remarks from the Co-Chairs: Peter Miller, Senior Counsel Imperial Oil and John Olynyk, Partner Lawson Lundell LLP (Calgary); Keynote Address: Balancing Economic Growth and Environmental Sustainability, Minister of Environment & Sustainable … Continue reading

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New Alberta law won’t protect whistleblowers, report says, Parkland Institute says process is secretive, doesn’t address reprisals

New Alberta law won’t protect whistleblowers, report says,  Parkland Institute says process is secretive, doesn’t address reprisals by Karen Kleiss, May 21, 2013, Edmonton Journal A University of Alberta think-tank warned public servants Tuesday they are not protected by Alberta’s … Continue reading

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ERCB Releases Hydraulic Fracturing Directive

ERCB Releases Hydraulic Fracturing Directive Press Release by Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board, May 21, 2013 16:21 ET The Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) has today issued Directive 083: Hydraulic Fracturing – Subsurface Integrity (Directive 083) following a two-month stakeholder consultation period. The release of … Continue reading

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Groups demand that head of new Alberta energy regulator Gerard Protti previously VP of Encana and head of CAPP resign before he starts

Groups demand that head of new Alberta energy regulator resign before he starts by Bob Weber, May 3, 2013, Canadian Press Three dozen landowner, labour, aboriginal and environmental groups are demanding that the man hired to head Alberta’s new energy … Continue reading

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$10 million tagged for 18 water projects in Alberta, but nothing for families with red-flag indicators of petroleum industry contamination in their well water

$10 million tagged for 18 water projects in Alberta by Edmonton Journal, April 30, 2013 Alberta’s lead agency for energy and environmental research is spending $10 million to support 18 water projects, including one that deals with oilsands process water. … Continue reading

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The Rainbow Spill: A Case of Crime and No Punishment and Captured Alberta Politicians and Regulators

The Rainbow Spill: A Case of Crime and (No) Punishment by Keith Stewart, April 24, 2013, Greenpeace.ca The February 2013 findings of Alberta’s Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) investigation into the April 2011 Rainbow Pipeline spill were damning. The cracks … Continue reading

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SNC-Lavalin to replace chairman Gwyn Morgan, directors in board revamp, Bribery probe of SCN-Lavalin reaches former spy watchdog

Coleman, de Jong and Bell most-targeted politicians by lobbyists, Three powerful cabinet ministers are lobbied more often than the premier by Chad Skelton, April 17, 2013, Vancouver Sun B.C. cabinet ministers Rich Coleman, Mike de Jong and Pat Bell are … Continue reading

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Alberta oilsands exploration company fined for contravening water licence

Alberta oilsands exploration company fined for contravening water licence by Canadian Press, April 9, 2013, The Calgary Herald FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – An Alberta oilsands exploration company has been fined $100,000 for breaking the terms of a water licence issued … Continue reading

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Raging Grannies fight for value of water in Alberta

Raging Grannies fight for value of water by Sharon McLeay, April 5, 2013, Strathmore Times Open dialogue characterized the discussions at the Alberta Government Water Conversation open house held in Calgary March 20. Similar open houses were held throughout the province. The … Continue reading

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In Harper’s Canada, environment takes back seat to oilpatch

Letter: Canada was wrong to withdraw from treaty on desertification by Sharen McDonald, April 1, 2013, The Montreal Gazette Our sincere appreciation to Stephen Maher for his succinct and informative summary of the actions taken by our federal government “to … Continue reading

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Peter Kent’s department ducks questions about cuts following concerns over contaminant from Erin Brockovich case

Peter Kent’s department ducks questions about cuts following concerns over contaminant from Erin Brockovich case by Mike De Souza, April 1, 2013, canada.com OTTAWA-Two weeks after being asked how it would enforce environmental regulations in the wake of cuts to … Continue reading

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The cost of no ERCB penalties is too high in Alberta, Oil and gas violations could be costlier, Legislative committees approve raise in fines in Colorado

Oil and gas violations could be costlier, Legislative committees approve raise in fines by Peter Marcus, March 25, 2013, The Colorado Statesman House Bill 1267, sponsored by Rep. Mike Foote, D-Lafayette, would increase industry maximum fines from $1,000 per day … Continue reading

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Supreme Court won’t hear Canadian Press appeal in Tommy Douglas being spied on by the RCMP case

Supreme Court won’t hear Canadian Press appeal in Tommy Douglas case by Canadian Press, March 29, 2013, The Tyee.ca The Supreme Court of Canada has squelched an effort by The Canadian Press to lift the shroud of secrecy over an … Continue reading

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Police need wiretap authority, search warrant to snoop text messages: Supreme Court

Police need wiretap authority, search warrant to snoop text messages: Supreme Court by Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press, March 27, 2013, The Calgary Herald The Supreme Court of Canada says police need wiretap authority, not just a search warrant, to … Continue reading

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Clean water globally at a low price with help from Encana, but not in Rosebud, Alberta

Clean water at a low price by Deborah Yedlin, March 19, 2013, Calgary Herald Today is World Water Day and Calgary is part of the festivities. How, you ask? Through CAWST, the locally based Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation … Continue reading

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Alberta county councillors scheduled to consider fracking-related resolution

Councillors scheduled to consider fracking-related resolution by Dan Singleton, March 19, 2013, Mountain View Gazette [Refer also to: Wheatland County pushes fracking resolution Wheatland County (Alberta) Councillors call for Fracking Halt until Protective Methods are Developed Wheatland County’s Frac Moratorium … Continue reading

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University of Lethbridge confirms 2013 Honorary Degree Recipients: Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench Chief Justice and former Lethbridge resident Neil Wittmann a recipient

University of Lethbridge confirms 2013 Honorary Degree Recipients Press Release by University of Lethbridge, March 5, 2013 Neil Wittmann Lethbridge Collegiate Institute graduate Neil Wittmann has long been respected as one of the top litigators in the province of Alberta, serving … Continue reading

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Hey CSIS, farmers are not terrorists, Anti-fracking activists have been labelled a security threat

Hey CSIS, farmers are not terrorists, Anti-fracking activists have been labelled a security threat by Paul Slomp, March 05, 2013 I nearly fell off my chair while reading an article in the Guardian Weekly headlined “Canada’s spy chiefs target anti-frackers,” by … Continue reading

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Canada’s former spy watchdog is now a wanted man in Quebec

Canada’s former spy watchdog is now a wanted man in Quebec by Sidhartha Banerjee, Canadian Press, February 27, 2013, The Tyee.ca The man once entrusted to keep an eye on Canada’s spy agency is now wanted by police and extradition … Continue reading

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Petro-state politics prompts CSIS to spy on citizens at alarming rate, FOIs reveal

Petro-state politics prompts CSIS to spy on citizens at alarming rate, FOIs reveal by Mike Chisholm and Jenny Uechi, February 25, 2013, Vancouver Observer Environmental activist Rod Marining knows the feel of steel handcuffs on his wrists. As co-founder of … Continue reading

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Feds dispute Canada’s dismal ranking in report on freedom of information

Feds dispute Canada’s dismal ranking in report on freedom of information by Dean Beeby, February 24, 2013, The Canadian Press The Harper government is dismissing a report that ranks it 55th in the world for upholding freedom of information, saying … Continue reading

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Is the incompetence that of the appointees or the Prime Minister?

Is the incompetence that of the appointees or the Prime Minister? by Daniel Wilson, February 22, 2013, rabble.ca It strains credibility that Duncan resigned as Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development because he wrote an inappropriate letter to a … Continue reading

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Alberta’s Strange Sinking Sensation, Why can’t Canada’s wealthiest province break even? Blame the paradox of plenty

Alberta’s Strange Sinking Sensation, Why can’t Canada’s wealthiest province break even? Blame the paradox of plenty by Andrew Nikiforuk, February 21, 2013, TheTyee.ca But the invitation to converse is disingenuous. Petro states, which are studies in the abuse of power, … Continue reading

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Braid: Dissenters deeply resented by Tories

Braid: Dissenters deeply resented by Tories by Don Braid, February 21, 2013, Calgary Herald The PCs don’t forgive readily, and they never forget. … During the 2008 election campaign, Jack Davis, then CEO of the old Calgary Health Region, declared … Continue reading

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B.C. court rules ‘indigency’ exemption doesn’t go far enough in civil hearings

B.C. court rules ‘indigency’ exemption doesn’t go far enough in civil hearings by Jennifer Brown, February 19, 2013, Canadian Lawyer Magazine A British Columbia Court of Appeal judge has ruled the “impoverished” should not be the only ones exempt from … Continue reading

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New Alberta Legislation further compromises environmental protection, Alberta government creates a new regulator and turns its back on accountability

Legislation further compromises environmental protection, Alberta government creates a new regulator and turns its back on accountability by Rachel Notley, February 14, 2013, Fast Forward Weekly In an exclusive interview with the Edmonton Journal on Saturday, February 9 at the … Continue reading

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Yedlin: Profanity brings Encana pressures to the fore

Yedlin: Profanity brings Encana pressures to the fore by Deborah Yedlin, February 16, 2013, Calgary Herald If Encana didn’t already have enough to deal with, more was added to its woes on Thursday. One of the 20 executives gathered to … Continue reading

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Editorial: Alberta Tories display the politics of indecision

Editorial: Alberta Tories display the politics of indecision by Edmonton Journal, February 7, 2013 Alberta’s ruling Conservatives have three very tiresome habits, all related to a strange reluctance to exercise the right of leadership for which they fight so hard … Continue reading

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Braid: Cash burns at Alberta’s sloppy health giant

Braid: Cash burns at Alberta’s sloppy health giant by Don Braid, February 12, 2013, Calgary Herald Many threats can really scare a person these days. Things like environmental disaster, economic collapse, and 26,000 Alberta Health Services employees running around with … Continue reading

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Environmental affects of fracking and coalseam gas unclear: CSIRO study

Environmental affects of fracking and coalseam gas unclear: CSIRO study by Science Network, Western Australia, February 12, 2012 Review author and CSIRO chief research scientist Dr Graeme Batley says there is very little understanding of the chemical concentrations or what … Continue reading

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Fracking Concerns: Another Fracking “Accident” in Alberta, Imperial Oil Offers to test Westward Ho Spring

Fracking Concerns: Another Fracking “Accident” in Alberta by Florence Havill, Mountain View Gazette So, it has happened again – another fracking “accident” … Fracking involves injecting highly presssurized water and chemicals into the drill holes. What chemicals? That is a closely-guarded industry secret. But I can tell … Continue reading

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Canada’s environmental protection idle

Canada’s environmental protection idle by Paul Hanley, Februay 12, 2013, The Star Pheonix Are Idle No More and other green activists uninformed when they say Canada’s environmental protection standards are inadequate? Are they paranoid when they say massive resource developments … Continue reading

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Energy minister lays out Alberta’s new oil strategy

Energy minister lays out Alberta’s new oil strategy by Karen Kleiss, February 10, 2013, Edmonton Journal The role of government, he said, is to ensure that policies and regulations encourage innovation. … The province is also working to build the … Continue reading

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Class action against SNC-Lavalin Group Certified: Notice of certification and authorization and leave to proceed with statutory secondary market misrepresentation claims granted by Ontario and Quebec Courts

Class action against SNC-Lavalin Group Certified: Notice of certification and authorization and leave to proceed with statutory secondary market misrepresentation claims granted by Ontario and Quebec Courts by Rochon Genova The action alleges that disclosure documents issued by SNC during … Continue reading

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Government cracks down on Canadian companies bribing foreign officials, what about bribery and corruption within Canada?

Canada to crack down on foreign corruption, bribery by  Susana Mas, February 5, 2013, CBC News The federal government is redoubling its efforts to combat corruption and bribery by tabling amendments to the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA), Foreign … Continue reading

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