Jason Kenneytweeted that “this incitement to violence by David Suzuki is dangerous, and should be condemned universally. In Canada, we resolve our differences peacefully and democratically, not with threats of terrorism or acts of violence.”
Oddly, that doesn’t seem to apply to one of Kenney’s biggest supporters.
W. Brett Wilson, a former “dragon” on CBC’s Dragons’ Den and current climate change skeptic who got a shoutout from the premier at last weekend’s UCP convention in Calgary, has repeatedlythreatened environmental activists with hanging for “treason.” He tweeted that Ecojustice, a Canadian environmental law charity with an office in Alberta, should “watch your back.” And when given an opportunity to clarify whether his comments about hangings and treason were just a bad joke, Wilson doubled down. “I didn’t joke,” he tweeted. “I was serious about hanging foreign-funded protesters — undermining our nation — for treason.”
So far, neither Kenney nor his environment minister has publicly criticized Wilson for his comments, much less tabled a resolution in the legislature calling for him to be condemned as they have for Suzuki. Funny, that.
There’s both the obvious hypocrisy here and a bit of irony, given Suzuki and Wilson have an awful lot in common. Both can be self-aggrandizing and arrogant blowhards who at times seem more interested in hearing their own voices than using them for good. Both have large followings and a devoted core of supporters, and both have the ability to make news simply by opening their mouths.
And while Wilson remains a member of the petro-conservative inner circle in Alberta, Suzuki is its original bête noire
‘Yesterday, we took our land back. With our Haudenosaunee allies, we enforced our ancient trespass laws and have permanently closed access to our territory. The Morice Forest Service Road has been destroyed and access to Coastal Gaslink is no longer possible.’
The Union of BC Indian Chiefs issued a statement Thursday November 18 objecting to the use of provincial resources to quell pipeline protests rather than addressing the province’s state of emergency in the south.
“We are absolutely outraged that the Province of B.C. authorized a military-style raid on peaceful land defenders in order to allow Coastal GasLink to build their Liquified Natural Gas pipeline, while much of the province is suffering from life-threatening, catastrophic flooding related events,” UBCIC Grand Chief Stewart Phillip said.
“Prioritizing fossil fuel expansion while British Columbians grapple with a climate emergency is an alarming, criminal and incredibly poor decision by Premier Horgan and Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General.”
On November 18,the RCMP have taken up where they left off..
The RCMP flew in an unknown number of officers to nearby Smithers on a charter Wednesday.
The RCMP moved onto the road accompanied by heavy machinery to take back the road, clear camps and an occupied drill pad site.
So far, fourteen people are in custody awaiting a bail hearing as aresult of 50 police officers arrived at the Morice West Forest Service Road south of Houston, B.C., to clear the resource road after Wet’suwet’en members opposing the 670-kilometre Coastal GasLink pipeline blocked access to two work camps.
Previous RCMP actions
The 2019 and 2020 police actions and ongoing operations to March 2021 have cost the B.C. government about $20 million, according to records.
The RCMP spent about $13 million in 2019 and 2020, according to records obtained by CBC News under the Access to Information Act.
The Mounties have since spent an additional $5.8 million up to March 2021, according to records first obtained by the Tyee online news organization.
RCMP body cam video, helicopter footage and notes from the 2019 first raid obtained by CBC News reveal the scope, scale and intensity of operations against fortified Wet’suwet’en positions along the forestry road.
In 2019, the RCMP deployed about 51 members, including an emergency response team (ERT) unit, 20 vehicles, a helicopter and drone, according to police notes.
The use of “lethal overwatch” during the operation is mentioned twice in notes and reports obtained by CBC News.
The RCMP has said the use of lethal overwatch, or “sniper observers,” which are part of the ERT units, are used as lookouts, “while other police officers are engaged in other duties which occupy attention.” The RCMP has said it does not imply plans to use snipers to shoot anyone.
The notes also show the RCMP has dogs and pepper spray in its arsenal for potential use, both of which were considered during the 2019 raid.
The US House on Wednesday voted to censure Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) and strip him of his committee assignments for posting a video on Twitter that depicts him attacking President Biden and killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.
Conservative leader Erin O’Toole announced late Tuesday that Saskatchewan senator Denise Batters was being expelled from the Conservative caucus after she launched a petition calling for a referendum on his leadership within six months.
A leadership review is currently scheduled for the party’s national convention in 2023, though MPs did vote in October to give themselves the power to potentially oust him earlier.
Batters in a statement this morning says she is and will always be a Conservative, and says members deserve to have a say on the leadership and direction of the party after an election loss on Sept. 20.
Global warming causes global swarming. Scientists have linked the growth of locust plagues to climate change.
Meanwhile, in Glasgow, fossil fuel industry lobbyists are swarming the United Nations climate summit, known as COP26 .The United Kingdom’s shambolic management of the event, its strict visa requirements and its failure to deliver on its promised, pre-COP vaccination plan for attendees from nations with low vaccine availability have made this summit the whitest, most privileged COP in its 30-year history.While widespread access challenges have prevented thousands from participating, over 500 oil, gas and coal lobbyists have been given the red carpet treatment. If they were a nation, according to a new Global Witness report, they would be the largest delegation at COP26.Pascoe Sabido, Researcher and Campaigner at Corporate Europe Observatory, said to the press. “This is the same industry that has spent the last 50 years denying, delaying and blocking climate action, so how on earth are they still allowed in? The only way we’re going to leave these talks with anywhere near the ambition needed is if we kick these big polluters out.”
Oil, gas and coal better represented at the Glasgow summit than the combined representation of the eight countries who have suffered the greatest climate impacts since 2000, research has found
Climate Summit Sets Ambitious Goal To Phase Out Fossil Fuels By Time Earth Runs Out Of Them
GLASGOW—Calling the agreement a historic moment in the fight against the generation-defining threat, world leaders at the COP26 climate conference told reporters Wednesday that they had set the ambitious goal of phasing out fossil fuels entirely by the time the Earth runs out of them. “This conference recognizes the pressing need to take action against the scourge of climate change, and so it brings me great pleasure to announce a strategic initiative to reduce our fossil fuel use to zero once we’ve used up all the fossil fuels on the planet,” said US climate envoy John Kerry, stressing that the pact between 192 nations also ensured that “not a single drop of oil” would be burned in cars or planes once every last drop had been consumed. “Wealthy countries will lead the way here, ensuring we bear the burden of using as much oil as possible in industries ranging from transportation to manufacturing. That will help move up our timeline for the day we can finally no longer physically use oil because no trace of it remains on the face of the earth. After that, of course, we’ll probably have a hundred years of natural gas.” Kerry added that countries had unanimously agreed to impose steep fines on nations using fossil fuels after the date when they no longer exist.
Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory has won this year’s Sobey Art Award for emerging artists.
The Iqaluit-based Inuk multidisciplinary artist received the $100,000 prize at a ceremony at the National Gallery of Canada on Saturday.
She is known for performing uaajeerneq, a Greenlandic mask dance that involves storytelling centred around three elements: fear, humour and sexuality.
In a news release announcing the award, Williamson Bathory said she uses her art to tell her own story and that of her family, which she says is one of “joy and celebration, awe and difficulty, beauty and destruction all at once.”
“In a time when we recognize that this Canadian soil bears the small bodies of many thousands of Indigenous children, in an era when we work through colonial institutions to keep our families safe in the pandemic and at a moment when the Arctic city I live [in] does not have potable water coming from the taps, I am proud to be recognized as I tell you the story of a momentous experience my family had on the land,” she said.
An Alberta cabinet minister resigns over allegations of drinking in the legislature, including a signal to lock down the office so the alcohol could flow. One of Premier Jason Kenney’s nemeses is back in the political scene. The shields may have been up in the minister’s office, but former Wildrose leader Brian Jean has his sword drawn.
Because it’s been a slow news week for Alberta Premier Kenney…Court Painter takes a retrospective look at Jason Kenney dating from 2015.