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CANADA: Judge Quashes Alberta's Decision to Bar Environmentalists From Oilsands Hearing

Environment  (tags: tar sands, Canada, environment, destruction, ecosystems, habitat, habitatdestruction, protection, humans, politics, world, pollution, nature, pollution, water, government )

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Alberta's Environment Department has been rebuked by a judge for working behind the scenes to silence groups that question the effects of oilsands operations on the environment.

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Sue Matheson (79)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 8:01 am

Elle B (84)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 8:13 am

Sue H (7)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 8:56 am

Tamara Hayes (185)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 9:05 am
Nice to know that there are still some people in power who have integrity. Thanks Cal

Veronique L (209)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 9:30 am

Frances Darcy (133)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 9:31 am
good job

Christeen A (368)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 10:43 am
I like a judge who has some balls. Thank you.

Winn A (179)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 12:37 pm
Good News!

Theodore Shayne (56)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 12:58 pm
At least that's one step in the right direction.

Robert Tomlinson (62)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 1:07 pm
It is always good to see cases being decided on the merits. This was certainly the right decision.

Past Member (0)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 1:29 pm
Good for him

Birgit W (160)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 1:52 pm
Good news, thank you.

Dianne D (490)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 1:55 pm
Finally a fair judge. Need more of them.

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 2:56 pm
Noted. Thanks for the good news, Cal.

Past Member (0)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 4:48 pm

Colleen L (3)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 8:49 pm
Good for him. Thanks Cal

Anette S (22)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 9:10 pm

Saturday October 5, 2013, 11:12 pm
Thanks Cal. I suppose it is no surprise that the really underhand 'dodgey' things are going on behind the scenes to keep environmentalists quiet. It is so good when ever we hear a judge judging fairly! Not that that seems to happen very often nowadays as they are becoming so corrupt. THis is one small win anyway!

Jaime Alves (52)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 11:31 pm

Mary R (280)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 12:37 am

Karen Chestney (112)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 1:50 am
If said "groups" need to be silenced that should tell you something is "amiss" with oilsands---something WRONG that needs to be covered over. This is NOT a good thing.

Past Member (0)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 3:52 am
"The 2009 memo made it clear that the Oil Sands Environmental Coalition, or OSEC, should no longer be given standing at regulatory hearings into oilsands projects on the grounds it was not directly affected by the impact of the operations." which is slightly different than it was attempting to silence them. However, not allowing them to talk after they applied was probably wrong.

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 4:03 am

Michael O (176)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 7:22 am
It's good to see that there are judges out there who are able to derail big business'/politicians' plans to silence their opponents.

Thanks Cal!

Marija M (29)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 8:58 am
noted, tks Cal

Lynne Buckley (0)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 12:06 pm

Isabelle J (81)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 12:42 pm

Shan D (49)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 1:13 pm
The pollution and contamination that has resulted from the oilsands is beyond description. There are vast ecosystems that are already ruined. EVERY PERSON IN ALBERTA HAS "STANDING" in this issue! We're the people who have to breathe the air, drink the water, worry about the wildlife... it's already past the point of no return for some species. When you see a river full of fish that have cancer...

Canadian scientists are muzzled by the federal government, and environmentalists - even grassroots people like me who do nothing more than sign petitions, write letters, and post on sites like Care2 - we're the people the government calls "terrorists."

David Menard (43)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 1:22 pm

Birgit W (160)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 1:22 pm
Good news. Thanks Cal.

Elizabeth M (65)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 1:24 pm
Noted. “Alberta needs to walk the talk and be judged on its actions both in terms of environmental performance of the industry and its actions in terms of the regulatory process.”
Thank You Cal.

Athena F (131)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 1:25 pm
Noted, thanks!

Kate Kenner (215)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 4:04 pm
That is one hell of an environment department. They get paid to do what? Aren't they supposed to e on the side of the planet. Thank goodness this judge saw fit to deal with them in the manner he did.

Susanne R (235)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 9:21 pm
KUDOS to Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Richard Marceau!

From the Edmonton Journal:

"Both the federal and provincial NDP have used Marceau's ruling to attack the Alberta government.

Federal NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair said the ruling reinforces widespread cynicism that the province's approval process for projects is rigged in favour of oil companies."
Just one small step, but proof that democracy works. I wonder how Prime Minister Harper is taking it?

Shan D (49)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 9:48 pm
Suzanne R., the approval process has been rigged for decades. And Harper doesn't give a damn, except to try to exact some punishment on this judge. His own riding is in Calgary, where the Big Oil Money is. Guess who contributes to his campaign coffers and donates to the Conservative Party? Guess who he has to please?

Hint: It's not people like me, who has never voted for a right-wing party in my life, and who actually likes to see a healthy environment and breathe clean air. There are not enough words in the language to adequately describe how much I despise our current PM.

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Monday October 7, 2013, 3:22 am
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