Jan 26

Do We Really Need More Oil Pipelines?

oil pipelines aren't really needed So Rona Ambrose and Rachael Notley think building oil pipelines is the answer to save the ‘crippled’ oil industry in Alberta? I came across the article on the CBC website just after finishing my post yesterday. I must admit, it leaves me a tad breathless at Ambrose’s nerve.

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I get it with Notley, she’s under incredible pressure right now. She took over against all odds from the ruling Conservatives in Alberta, implemented the very policies that the Conservatives had themselves stated would be necessary and is being attacked from all sides. She needs to deflect some heat elsewhere.

Ambrose and the Harper Era

Ambrose on the other hand was part of the Harper era. In almost ten years of Harper rule, those oil pipelines she’s now demanding were unable to come to life. She expects the new Liberal government to deliver in a world already awash with oil.
Harper used one of several omnibus bills dressed up as a budget bill to gut our environmental laws in order to facilitate approval for those pipelines. He still couldn’t accomplish them. Maybe part of the problem was that Harper and his government were out of step and tone deaf to what the rest of the world was waking up to. We’re killing the environment. We need to act in an environmentally responsible manner.

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Jan 16

Canadian Economy Has a Turbulent Start

Well 2016 is only 16 days old but it seems the Canadian economy and  likely other parts of the world will continue to be in for a rough ride. World oil prices continue to slide along with the Canadian dollar. Last week, the dollar reached the lowest it has been in decades. Falling briefly below 60 cents against the US dollar. Some are forecasting the price of oil could drop as low as $20 a barrel. Pulling the Canadian dollar even lower.

After a decade of Harper and his government pursuing turning Canada into a so called energy super power, our dollar is tied even more strongly than ever to the price of oil. When the price is up, great for Alberta and Newfoundland. Not so much for the rest of the country. Harper’s main interest was Alberta, Newfoundland got to join the ride. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 10

Construction Proceeds Apace

Well, just over a week into the new year and I have managed to make some progress as I work towards my goals for this year. I started writing research notes for what will be my first book effort. More on that later.

It’s been a busy week and I’ve not posted to my blogs as I would like to. This one will likely end up being about once a week unless I want to go on a current events rant about something.

It’s a wet and rainy day here in eastern Ontario. My sister tells me it is snowing in her part of the province, that would be London. Rain and wind warnings are up here for now but the temp is expected to take a drop later this evening.

One benefit of this sort of weather is I don’t get tempted to go out just cause it is Sunday afternoon and it seems like it should be leisure time. I finally have a blog theme setup at Shadows Publishing that I like. Created a header for the site, created a new post and finished creating the Facebook page to go with the site. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 01

Welcome to 2016, Happy New Year

This is my first post of 2016, welcome to you and the new year and may you have a very happy new year. The new year doesn’t actually contain any particularly magical properties but people do seem to see the new year as a time for new starts and renewal. It becomes like a fresh blank sheet, we just have to act or fail to act to populate it.

During my less busy times in December, I put some thought into what I want in 2016 and beyond. I want to put some action into a desire I’ve had for some time, that is to write and to publish.

The first step in that commitment is to commit to be regular on posting to this blog. This blog has evolved since I first started it several years ago. It was my first blog, so I tend to see it as my base. It started as a personal blog. I found that I was increasingly posting about current events particularly Canadian politics, so I gave this blog over to that and started another blog for the personal. Read the rest of this entry »

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