I have been watching the social media world closely over the last few weeks and I have to admit there was a period of time where I was confusing the “Idle No More” movement with the Hunger Strike. It is not difficult to do since both are getting a lot of media attention, however they are different yet linked. Continue reading
It amazes me how many people start name calling and become unprofessional when someone else of the opposite opinion states something that they do not want to hear – why? Voicing an opinion is a right and a privilege and so is the right to be heard.
I always enjoy reading articles like the one attached in this post. It tells us that industry needs to understand the “Duty to Consult”, that transparency in the discussions are paramount and that the process must be “meaningful.” All great words and it should be simple, right? HA! Continue reading
A great article on the basic reality of Aboriginal rights and title on natural resource projects. Yes they don’t have veto but they have a right to protect their Aboriginal rights to practice their ways on the land. If that project infringes up on that right then it is a determination does this project impact on the Aboriginal right less than the benefits to society as a whole and if so what is it worth in accommodation to the nations impacted. However with all that being said no one has any idea what is adequate and it is very true that this particular project (Enbridge’s Northern Gateway) could be held up in court for years. Continue reading
There are a lot of speculations on what will happen if the Northern Gateway Project (pipeline extending from the OIlsands of Alberta to the Northern Coast of BC) is approved or rejected. Either way someone is not going to be happy and at the Continue reading
April 19, 2012
Honourable Joe Oliver
Ministry of Natural Resources Canada
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON, K1A 0A6
Sent via facsimile: 613-943-1562
OPEN LETTER: Federal Announcement of the Responsible Resource Development Plan (April 17th, 2012)
Dear Minister Oliver:
We are writing with respect to your government’s shocking announcement to completely gut the environmental assessment process. We are gravely concerned with this announcement to eviscerate the process for environmental review on resource development projects after the changes lay waste to the credibility of the process. Continue reading
Consultation versus Engagement – What is the difference? Is there really a difference? Now it depends to who you talk to but to keep things simple: consultation is the legal responsibility of the crown (Canadian Government) and engagement is the delegated responsibility from the crown to the industry proponent proposing a resource project on the land. If you think of these two terms in this way it keeps it quite simple.