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FFS STFU About Pipelines: Rick Mercer Gets Told

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Rick Mercer seems to have forgotten his roots.

This is the guy who was the spokesman behind the One Tonne Challenge before the oil-loving Conservatives took an axe to the program.

I LOVE this video by Scott Vrooman, taking a spin on Rick Mercer’s rant on petroleum madness:

Folks, it’s not about pipelines.  Rick Mercer is VERY wrong to believe that we need a big honking bitumen highway stretching across this great country.

We need to STFU up about pipelines.  We need to STFU about oil.

Our economy is a basket case because of oil and building pipelines will only guarantee that it remain a basket case for another hundred years.

Pipelines will also guarantee that we will fail miserably when it comes to any kind of target with the Paris Accord or other global environmental initiatives designed to mitigate the effects of our 19th century carbon economy.

It’s time we showed CONSIDERABLE bias against oil.

The current ‘have not provinces’ used to be the ‘have provinces’ before resources destroyed any sense of economic balance in this country.  We used to have enviable high paying manufacturing and technology jobs throughout the heartland of Canada and this has been crushed by oil.

In the early days, Alberta’s oil sector was built by subsidies from Ontario and Quebec and we have a right to say no to Alberta’s oil pumping through our backyards.

So … let’s START spending our mental energy thinking about ways we can minimize our reliance on oil.  There are already hundreds of possibilities out there.

  • Learn how to do more with less or pay for it if you don’t.
  • Encourage a sharing economy.
  • Educational programs that force us to think about ways that we can minimize our carbon footprint when it comes to our daily activities (food, clothes, cars, transportation, working environments, etc).
  • Renewables should immediately get any subsidy or devotion that oil currently receives.  Annually, several billions of dollars in taxpayer funds go towards
  • Legislate and enforce the construction of ‘zero-footprint’ residential developments.  Sprawl must either end or become independent.  New homes shouldn’t be a part of the problem, but the solution:  homes with solar, wind, geo-thermal and other renewable structures should be the only things we build.
  • Mutual funds and other investment vehicles should get special incentives when putting cash into renewable energy programs across Canada, including R&D for storage, delivery and distribution.
  • Teach people how to go back to their roots:  spend time freezing, storing and preserving foods that we import in the winter months.
  • Prohibit the installation of new gas stations.  Incentivize the installation of electrical charging networks.
  • Incentivize any domestic – ie. anywhere in Canada – manufacture of anything to do with renewable energy
  • Fund research and development related to renewables, clean up and removal of cars from our highways
  • Pump cash into massive public transit programs that will exist for decades to come
  • Focus on reduction:  tax carbon, tax gas and tax cars that burn gas.  Incentivize those activities that don’t use gas.

So there it is.  I’m a renewable simpleton and I’ve come up with a list of about 20 different tools that can be implemented IMMEDIATELY that will ensure we drastically reduce our reliance on oil.

Let’s move forward people and stop obsessing about pipelines.

We don’t need them and we don’t want them.

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FFS STFU About Pipelines

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I am sick of hearing Conbots like Ambrose drone on about pipelines, especially now in the context of being ‘national unity’ issues.

The rest of Canada doesn’t want your junk spewing across our great nation.  That’s why everyone is stalling and working to prevent them from happening.

It’s been a mere 10 weeks for the Trudeau government to figure out what kind of mess the Conservatives created over 10 YEARS.  The Harper Conservatives – inept as they are – couldn’t get jack shit accomplished over this time, so why is it so urgent now?

Why are the Cons a ‘one trick’ pony obsessed with oil?

What’s worse is the CBC chirping in regurgitating this garbage.

Both of you:  F off.  Drop the pipelines and focus on the reality of Canada’s economic situation.  It’s because our economy became so deeply tied to oil that we’re tanking out completely both with the dollar and our manufacturing sector.

Did the Harper Conservatives do ANYTHING when Central Canada’s economy lost hundreds of thousands of jobs in manufacturing and technology sectors while the oil sector boomed?

Maybe we should make it a national unity issue and maybe we should turf Alberta from the country so that we can have a stable economy again that doesn’t rely solely on resources.

Until then, drop the talk about the pipeline and ‘national unity’ and focus on creating an economy that doesn’t rely on us dumping tar sands junk into the ocean to be processed by someone else.


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On PostMedia’s Decline

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Part I: The Long, Slow Demise of PostMedia

A lot of people are bemoaning the slow, painful death of PostMedia.

I do not.  I’m glad to see others don’t mind their demise as well.

For a decade, people with this right-wing chain of second-rate papers made a decision every day that they walked into their offices:  do I help the American owners of PostMedia destroy what Canada was or do I do everything in my power to help spread a message of hope and ambition for this country?

A few years back, they tried to implement ‘pay walls’ to prevent common folk who didn’t pay for their content from seeing it.

They started a trend of eliminating feedback and comments on their sites, mainly because a growing number of users were pointing out the fallacies of their empty arguments.

In the last election and in the run-up to all elections for the last decade, the newspapers that are part of or that became part of the PostMedia chain overwhelmingly endorsed Stephen Harper, despite the emptiness of his economic plan and cynical management of the Canadian political scene.

There are so many other reasons why PostMedia and its subsidiaries are a blight on the face of Canadian journalism.

Their failure does not necessarily point to the failure of print media or corporate media in general.

It’s their failure.

Now, Stephen Harper has disappeared.  It’s time for PostMedia to disappear too.

Part II:  Filling The Void

The idea seems overwhelming:  how do we fill the vacuum in Canadian media?

Fill it.

For some reason, we continue to let ourselves believe that the only source for most of our daily habits – news, food, gas, entertainment – have to come from ‘consolidators’.

All of these corporate entities perpetuate these myths because the main purpose of their effort is to continue to find ways to extract outrageous margins at the expense of what they offer.

We can do better.

Canadians have more tools than ever to replace their daily content with news and information that is unbiased and relevant.  More than ever, we should return to properly funding our public media infrastructure, but we can’t do that until we purge the ranks of the CBC and other organizations from Harper cronies who will obfuscate every attempt to make new public again.

And we also need a better strategy with collecting and organizing news and information.  Individual journalists have become vulnerable to editorial offices.  We need to ‘crowd swarm’ these offices with opinion pieces from the public instead of private organizations like Canadian Press.

Platforms like Progressive Bloggers are a great start, but they don’t go far enough.  There are opportunities to monetize traffic, reinvest in reliable reporting and reinvest again in technology change that will drive the media machine further away from the clutches of the likes of Paul Godfrey.

Because know this:  PostMedia’s consolidation of editorial functions mean only one thing:  the message from the corporate right will become more concentrated, more vile and more unpleasant.  Their attacks on Justin Trudeau and Canada will become more frequent and deliberate.

The time is certainly ripe for this kind of change.

We must stop them before their thoughts of being in control actually translates to control once again.

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