Power to the People: ANNOTATED EPISODE RELATED READINGS UPDATED

WEEK 2:

This article is an opinion piece published in an online newspaper.

Verenca, Tereza (2017). News Story of the Year: Kinder Morgan Pipeline. BurnabyNow. www.burnabynow.com

Verenca’s article on the never-ending debate over the controversial Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline that was approved by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is informative and compelling and describes why the pipeline was such a news headliner for 2017. Reviewing the change in provincial government, and how British Columbia’s new NDP/Green government are strongly opposed to the progression of the pipeline in comparison to the Liberal government gives insight to how the province will do whatever it can legally (and illegally) to stop this pipeline coming to fruition. Verenca explains how even though the provincial government makes statements about doing everything it its power to stop the pipeline in its tracks, it is unclear just how much power they really have over the federal government and Prime Minister Trudeau who is very clear and strong in his will to see the pipeline succeed. This opinion piece is important to the podcast because it provides insight into the provincial and federal government that are opposed to each other’s opinions on the pipeline.

 

This is an informative fact sheet overview posted by Kinder Morgan online.

“Project Overview.” Trans Mountain, www.transmountain.com/project-overview.

This informative fact sheet of Texas based Kinder Morgan energy infrastructure company explains the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline that would transport oil from Edmonton to Burnaby. The proposed expansion of the pre existing pipeline would increase tanker traffic in Vancouver’s harbour from seven a month to approximately thirty four. The pipeline’s oil transport would increase significantly. The project is expected to cost 7.4 billion dollars, and employ 15,000 people. These facts, data, and statistics give our podcast a scientific approach that is believable and correct. By staying up to date on current information, we are able to give our audience a foothold for what is happening and what has happened. Using information that comes directly from the company responsible for the construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline, Kinder Morgan, appeals to the more conservative and scientific inclined audience as it proves that we are unbiased in the gathering of our information and sources, and that we are dedicated to finding the whole story.

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WEEK 3:

Hoberg, George. “The Battle Over Oil Sands Access to Tidewater: A Political Risk Analysis of Pipeline Alternatives.” Canadian Public Policy, Vol. 39, No. 3, pp 371-391. 2013. University of Toronto Press.

This is a scholarly article.

This article focuses on the political aspects of pipeline construction in Canada, and the procedures that determine whether a pipeline can or cannot be built. The article informs that provincial government do not have much jurisdiction regarding pipelines, and don’t have the final say. The federal government has complete power over pipeline decisions, and although they must comply to the National Energy Board Act and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, both acts simply conduct (in the favor of the government) reviews of “public interest” and release them to the public and government of which the government then makes a “more informed” decision. The controversy of pipelines in Canada refers to the environmental risk (specifically concerning tankers in the tidewater) that it poses to our natural resources. The only way that pipelines can be reversed from the governmental approval, is by the First Nations people. Since the Aboriginal land rights play a major role in the constitution, the First Nations people can successfully take the government to court and have a good chance at winning (in comparison to the US). This has great impact on the topic of our podcast as it brings into scope the power of the First Nations people, which is what we focus on in our “Citizen” vignette. By making the connection of First Nations people and their land rights, we take away the stigma that First Nations people only hold emotional and theoretical power and that their voice can be heard but not acted upon. By specifically taking a look at our Constitution, we appeal to our intended Canadian audience. By mentioning the power that the provincial government has and the power the federal does, we can show our audience the differences between the two.


 

Financial Liabilities for Kinder Morgan, Living Oceans Society, 2012, books1.scholarsportal.info/viewdoc.html?id=/ebooks/ebooks0/gibson_cppc/2013-05-25/1/10681904.

This is an e-book published by an organization (no listed author).

This book assesses the financial liability for Kinder Morgan (the oil company) as they plan on going ahead with the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. What was particularly integral to our episode was the detailed overview of the increased tanker traffic that would ensue in the event of the pipeline expansion. The book explains that currently, the Burrard Inlet off the coast of Vancouver sees about 90 trips per year of tanker traffic. After the expansion, the Inlet would see about 300. This is an increase of three fold, which significantly raises the risk of an oil spill. The Burrard Inlet is known for being home to many endangered orca whales, who would be incredibly impacted in the event of a spill and could go extinct off the Vancouver coast. Not only is an oil spill detrimental to the wildlife, and environment but the economy as well. The economic impact of an oil spill would cost some 165,000 jobs and 10.8 billion dollars. No “Oceans Protection Plan” can save that. This is detrimental to include in our podcast as it explicitly shows our audience the scale of catastrophe an oil spill would have on Canada’s west coast.

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WEEK 4: 

 

Constitution Acts, 1867 to 1982. “Part III, Rights of the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada.” Justice Laws Website, Government of Canada, Section 35 to 35.1, accessed 1 Feb. 2018, laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/Const/page-16.html.

This is a government document.

This government document outlines section 35, part III, of the Constitution Act of 1982. This act was amended by Pierre Elliot Trudeau to concrete the responsibility the government to uphold has to the land rights and treaties that were not ceded in Canada. This document is integral to our episode because it details the ways in which the government must comply with traditional First Nations land and the consequences if they don’t. This document shows the legality of First Nations land rights and how they aren’t a figurative leverage to oppose pipeline construction in Canada, but a very literal one. This document gives depth and actuality to our podcast, and shows an aspect of the Canadian legal system. Section 35 of the Constitution Act of 1982 is imperative to First Nations rights, as doing anything that directly or indirectly goes against the Constitution is unacceptable. By knowing this loophole and information, we are more informed on why First Nations rights always come up when talking about environmental issues that impact the land. This is very important for the authenticity of our podcast, as it gives important context for why the conversation around the pipeline often includes First Nations peoples, and why our podcast includes conversation around First Nations peoples.

 

Zussman, Richard. “B.C. government strikes another blow to stop Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion.” Global News, Politics, updated 31 Jan 2018, globalnews.ca/news/3996008/bc-government-strike-another-blow-to-stop-kinder-morgan-pipeline-expansion/.

This is a news article.

GlobalNews very recently (January 30th, 2018) released an article detailing new updates concerning BC’s provincial government and the Kinder Morgan pipeline. It has been released that the government will implement a diluted bitumen (dilbit) transport restriction. The government states that since there isn’t any scientific evidence to show that diluted bitumen is as safe to transport as regular crude, there will be a restriction its transportation within British Columbia until (an independent) group of scientists can procure sufficient information stating that it can be transported safely. Diluted bitumen is unlike crude oil in one huge way: it sinks. Because it sinks, it proves to be arguably impossible to clean up in the case of a spill or leak. It would seep into clean water supply and endanger the health of many Canadians, the environment, and wildlife. This is a tremendous effort from the BC government, which has since faced much heat for being opposed to the federally approved pipeline. Many have said that the provincial government’s power is insufficient next to the federal’s, but they may be proven wrong. According to this news, the provincial government isn’t standing down to the feds, and they’re pulling out the big guns. This news update influences our podcast because it deals directly with a main power struggle featured in our vignettes: the British Columbia provincial government and the federal government. As we talk about the ways in which the federal government holds more power over the country and the fate of the pipeline than the provincial government does, this recent act of rebellion from the provincial government comes as a surprise and an important raising of the stakes.

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WEEK 5:

 

Robson, John. “Canadians feel for Aboriginals, but our patience for too many insults has its limits” National Post, Full Comment, June 30, 2017. http://nationalpost.com/opinion/john-robson-canadians-feel-for-aboriginals-but-our-patience-for-too-many-insults-has-limits

This is an opinion article in a newspaper.

 

The National Post ran an opinion piece written by John Robson in its “Full Comment” section, regarding the inequalities between Aboriginal people and Canadians, but instead of focusing on the inequalities of Aboriginal peoples focusing on the inequalities of Canadians. Robson writes that the past is the past, we must move forward as a nation to truly advance for the better, and continuing to apologize, make amends, and offer compensations to Aboriginal peoples isn’t fair or correct. Robson points out that there are many groups of oppressed people in Canada who don’t receive benefits or help, and to give one group an advantage over others for something that happened over a hundred years ago isn’t relevant to our society and culture today. This is important to our podcast because it represents the voice of Canadians who don’t believe that Aboriginal people should have more power in the court of law over any other Canadian.

 

Slattery, Brian. "Understanding Aboriginal Rights," Canadian Bar Review vol. 66, no. 4 (December 1987): p. 727-783.

This is a scholarly article.

This article from Google Scholar describes not only the legality of Section 35 of the Constitution Act of 1982, but how it has been used in the court of law before for Aboriginal people to gain power. The Constitution is a very binding act, and is almost impossible to go up against. The Supreme Court of Canada often rules in the favour of Aboriginal peoples, as the Constitution requires them to. The article describes a case in which the Musqueam band of Vancouver reclaimed damages and collateral for misconduct from the government not upholding their treaty and land agreement. This is an example of power, and how to understand the legal system is to potentially gain power. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled in the Musqueam bands favour, and the government of Canada was forced to repay the band. This article adds depth to our podcast as it shows how powerful the Constitution is, including the amendment that explicitly gives First Nations people a right to their unceded territory. As we discuss the rights and powers First Nations people have, it is important to connect it to the Constitution, as it is the binding document that specifically dictates those rights.

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WEEK 6

Ghoussoub, Michelle. "B.C. Challenges Alberta Wine Ban Under Free Trade Rules", CBC News, British Columbia. February 19.

This is an opinion piece.

This article features the recent boycott of B.C. wine from Alberta provincial government. The British Columbia NDP government  is currently challenging the boycott in reference to the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA). The actions made by Alberta's NDP leader Rachel Notley are considered to be a violation of the obligations the province owes B.C. under the CFTA, and the dispute is currently under consultation. The boycott of B.C.'s wine is a direct response to the B.C. government's recent provincial action against the Kinder Morgan pipeline construction and oil transportation. Stakes are high, and the interests are in Alberta's favour. The battle between the two province's provincial governments is integral to our episode, as it shows that perspective differs widely from province to province. The fact that both B.C. and Alberta are governed by the same provincial political party adds depth to the debate. This opinion piece shows the stakes involved in this story are high, and that there are multiple power struggles going on. By emphasizing the power struggle between the Alberta and B.C provincial governments, we effectively show our audience how being on different sides of the pipeline's construction can come between governments. 

 

Audette-Longo, Trish. "Jagmeet Singh Takes Same Position As John Horgan In Kinder Morgan Pipeline Dispute", National Observer, News, Energy, Politics. February 18th.

This is an opinion piece.

Jagmeet Singh, who serves as Leader of the New Democratic Party in Ontario, recently issued his support for British Columbia Leader John Horgan in his fight to oppose the construction of the Kinder Morgan pipeline. Singh says that the pipeline needs more environmental assessment, and therefore adds to the drama of the cross-country debate. As Leader Rachel Notley continues to fight fiercely for the pipeline, that is strongly in her province's interest, it is beginning to seem that it is only in her province's interest. The transportation of diluted bitumen from Edmonton to Burnaby through the Kinder Morgan pipeline is increasingly seen to be extremely dangerous, and understood to be an impending disaster. Singh adds that the federal government is to blame for the tension, saying that as Trudeau did not do his job thoroughly and ensure a proper process for analyzing the pipeline and its risks, the consequences in the form of B.C.'s resistance are just. This opinion piece shows that different politicians are criticizing Trudeau's actions, and showing their support for the B.C provincial government. By doing so, this article shows that this topic truly applies to all Canadians.

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WEEK 7

 

Barry N. Madison, P.V. Hodson, V.S. Langlois, "Diluted bitumen causes deformities and molecular responses indicative of oxidative stress in Japanese Medaka embryos", Aquatic Toxicology, Volume 165, 2015, Pages 222-230.

This is a scholarly article.

This article details the toxicity of diluted bitumen compared to regular crude oil. Focusing on the effects dilbit has on fish, this article hones in on the consequences of dilbit in the natural environment. The article makes references to the potential consequences dilbit will have on the human system if exposed, as more research is showing that it is extremely toxic to fish. Causing deformities in fish embryos, exposure to dilbit is proving to be dangerous. This is relevant to our episode because diluted bitumen is the type of oil intended to be transported in the Kinder Morgan expansion, and would be disastrous in the case of a spill on B.C.'s west coast. There are many kinds of fish and marine life living on the west coast, including the endangered Orca whale, who would be deeply affected by a spill. The inclusion of this article in our podcast is important as it goes into depth on marine life and the properties of dilbit specifically. By giving our audience the language surrounding the oil being transported through the pipeline, we can help them understand why dilbit is such a high risk and why it is so controversial. By exposing the true nature of dilbit, we are helping to distribute vital information to the public. 

 

Timoney, Kevin T, Lee, Peter, "Does The Alberta Tar Sands Industry Pollute? The Scientific Evidence", The Open Conservation Biology Journal, 2009, Volume 3, Pages 65-81.

This is a scholarly journal.

This journal analyzes the Alberta tar sands, and their environmental impact. The journal raises the issue that to date, their is no peer-reviewed, comprehensive assessments of the environmental consequences of the tar sands development. Their is immediate need for readily available scientific information concerning the Alberta tar sands development, and why the issue is not being addressed and or quieted. The oil industry and Canadian government are in question for the lack of research, as past Stephen Harper Conservative government was infamous for firing government based scientists who produced negative information and research concerning the tar sands. The tar sands remain the largest source of income for the country, and are relied on heavily in terms of economic growth and benefit. The tar sands also remain a giant scab on Canada's land mass that prove our inability to progress in a positive, clean-energy driven direction. This journal is relevant to our episode because the Kinder Morgan pipeline would run from the tar sands to B.C.'s west coast, an example of the tar sands impact on Canadian environment. 

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WEEK 8

 

Sheill, Leslie, Loney, Suzanne. "Global Warming Damages and Canada's Oil Sands", Canadian Public Policy, Vol. 33, No. 4, 2007, pp 419 - 440. 

This is a scholarly article from a scholarly journal. 

In this analysis of the Alberta oil sands in conjunction with climate change, the oil that is extracted from the oil sands is explained as the most environmentally damaging. The Alberta oil sands hold most of Canada's oil reserves, and are therefore receiving more attention and funding from the government because of the trade opportunities. The oil sands are considered to be economically and socially beneficial for Canada, because of the revenue they generate. This article explains that is not the case, and the cost of climate change is not being put into the equation. When considering the cost of climate change, the oil sands are not socially beneficial, because they will cost the country in damages and depletion of natural resources that we rely on. The oil sands contribute to "conventional air pollutants, land degradation, water pollution, and water scarcity". The information in this article is integral to our episode because it explicitly states the environmental impacts of the oil sands, where the oil for the Kinder Morgan pipeline is generated. It offers evidence that the oil sands are not socially beneficial, and therefore, that the Kinder Morgan pipeline is not socially beneficial. We discuss in our episode how the Kinder Morgan pipeline risks potentially outweigh the benefits, and this relates to that directly.

 

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. “Treaty-Making and Betrayal: The Roots of Canada’s Aboriginal Policy.” Canada's Residential Schools: The History, Part 1, Origins to 1939: The Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Volume I, McGill-Queen's University Press, 2015, pp. 49–62. 

This is a scholarly article. 

This article explains the colonization of Canada, and the First Nations communities that resided here before colonization. Before the Britain recognized Canada as a nation instead of a colony of Britain, the First Nations were seen as Independent and were therefore entitled to their own land and language, much like the French in Québec. After 1867, when Canada became its own nation, the First Nations were not seen as Independent and were bargained with for land rights and treaties. Many of these treaties today are not upheld, have not been ceded, or have been completed void and or violated. This article explains that before the British and French colonization of Canada, the First Nations had their own democracy in place, and were not new to negotiating with one another. The system they had in place was one that operated for a millennia, and was peaceful. This article offers evidence to the perspective that if First Nations were allowed rights to their land, language, and culture within Canada, we could have operated in co-existence and to this day have a strong and healthy First Nations representation in Canada. This is important to our podcast because as we discuss First Nations land rights and treaties, it impertinent to know the background of Canadian colonization and history of how First Nations lost their land, and are now included in the Constitution. Understanding that the First Nations population is different from other racial populations in Canada is extremely important, and gives context to many opinion articles featured in our episode. We discuss in our podcast how First Nations people are entitled to many rights and freedoms regarding their land and peoples that they are not being  given currently, and this article gives more perspective to why that is.