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O’Regan didn’t know about massive plastic lawsuit filed two weeks ago

A coalition of oil and chemical companies including Imperial Oil Ltd., Dow Chemical Canada and Nova Chemicals Corporation on May 18 filed a Federal Court challenge of the toxic listing under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.

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Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan says he’s unaware of a massive lawsuit filed against the government two weeks ago for listing plastic products as toxic, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

A coalition of oil and chemical companies, including Imperial Oil Ltd., Dow Chemical Canada and Nova Chemicals Corporation. filed a Federal Court challenge on May 18 of the toxic listing under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.

But O’Regan testified he was unaware of the court challenge.

“Plastics are derived from oil,” said Minister O’Regan.

“Yes,” replied Conservative MP Dane Lloyd (Sturgeon River-Parkland, Alta.).

“The designation of plastic as a toxic substance threatens a significant amount of jobs and investment in our country. Can you tell me, Minister, have you been hearing concerns from your provincial counterparts on this move?”

“Yes, I mean, I’ve heard and read the same concerns,” replied O’Regan.

“But I think at the same time it’s really important to note how important plastics are particularly in this pandemic world that we live in”:

  • MP Lloyd: “What has industry been telling you about the threat to jobs and investment in our country based on this move?”
  • Minister O’Regan: “That I have not heard about directly.”
  • MP Lloyd: “Have you heard about it indirectly?”
  • Minister O’Regan: “I think probably in the same reports and media reports you have.”
  • MP Lloyd: “Are you aware these companies are taking the government to court over this move?”
  • Minister O’Regan: “I am not…”
  • MP Lloyd: “Minister, what are you doing to advocate for the plastics industry in Canada?”
  • Minister O’Regan: “Well, it’s not within my bailiwick.”
  • MP Lloyd: “You sit around the cabinet table when these decisions are made…”
  • Minister O’Regan: “Plastics are derived from oil.”
  • MP Lloyd: “Yes.”

Five provinces petitioned the Department of Environment against the May 12 listing of plastic manufactured items as toxic under the Environmental Protection Act. They did not join the industry lawsuit.

Lawyers in a submission to the Court said the listing affecting plastic goods from toys to textiles was “impossibly broad” and “based on conjecture, not evidence.”

“Plastic manufactured items leapfrogged from political commitment to a toxic designation without any testing or risk-based assessment,” lawyers wrote.

“This is precisely the mischief the Act’s rigorous, science-based scheme was intended to avoid.”

Lawyers asked a federal judge to quash the listing and compel the cabinet to release all scientific studies, academic reviews or independent research used to justify the order.

The Department of Environment has not yet filed a statement of defence.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
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Twitter.com/nobby7694

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Steven

    July 14, 2021 at 8:54 am

    I am fed up & this is my rant.

    The light’s are on, but Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan is having a very difficult time understanding the relationship between intelligence and stupidity at the political level.

    Appears, Plastic Trudeau loves to promote people to Cabinet positions who are more empty-headed then he is. Which then shows Justin in a different light & feebleminded.

    It’s no wonder Liberals can relate to O’Regan and Trudeau. If you catch my meaning.

  2. Eddy

    June 4, 2021 at 12:27 pm

    Oh come on – give the guy a break.

    He was probably on a bender that weekend and just forgot what the DM said on a Friday afternoon.

  3. Kelly Carter

    May 31, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    Our minister of natural resources barely understands what plastics are made from. Totally clueless. No wonder why our industries are in big trouble. Glad industry is finally standing up for itself though. O’Reagan needs to go back to his TV job. At least there he can not damage the economy.

  4. Barbara

    May 31, 2021 at 1:15 pm

    This says it all!!!! everyone should see this.

    https://childrenshealthdefense.org/

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Lock-down ignoring party host arrested again in Vancouver

“Let this be a lesson to anyone who thinks the rules don’t apply to them,” said Sergeant Steve Addison, VPD.

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A man arrested by the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) earlier this year for running a “makeshift nightclub” from his downtown penthouse has been convicted of new charges.

Mohammad Movassaghi was initially sentenced to 18 months probation in April, along with 50 hours of community service after pleading guilty in BC provincial court on counts of violating a public health order and selling liquor.

The 43-year-old man hosted hundreds of party-goers to his 1,100 square-foot penthouse near Richards Street and Georgia Street, equipped with cash machines, menus, and doormen.

VPD officers arrived at one of the parties on January 31 after a “witness” reported the event. One of the alleged doormen was issued several fines, however Movassaghi refused to open the door and was defiant with police. Officers returned early Sunday morning with a search warrant and subsequently issued over $17,000 in fines for violations contrary to the Emergency Program Act.

Large quantities of cash were seized as well.

“Let this be a lesson to anyone who thinks the rules don’t apply to them,” said VPD Sgt. Steve Addison, following the January 31 arrest.

“If you are caught hosting or attending a party during the pandemic, and continue to break the rules, you could face stiff fines or wind up in jail.”

Of Addisons’ top concerns was the fact that “none of them were wearing masks.”

A GoFundMe was set up shortly after Movassaghi’s arrest, which stated he’d lost $15,000 in cash and liquor.

The campaign was shut down before it reached $300.

Judge Ellen Gordon compared Movassaghi’s actions with those of a drug dealer, specifically fentanyl — a synthetic opioid 100 times stronger than morphine. Her logic being COVID-19 can kill people, and so can fentanyl. Therefore there is “no difference.”

“What you did, sir, is comparable to individuals who sell fentanyl to the individuals on the street who die every day. There’s no difference. You voluntarily assumed a risk that could kill people in the midst of a pandemic,” said Gordon.

Fast forward to August and Movassaghi had violated the court orders again when he began hosting more parties in his penthouse, prompting a second VPD investigation leading to his arrest on Wednesday night.

He has since plead guilty of two counts of failure to comply with an order of the health officer and one count of selling liquor, says VPD.

Movassaghi has now been sentenced to 29 days in custody, 12 months of probation, and a $10,000 fine — leaving many wondering if he will switch up the location for his next party, possibly somewhere more discreet.

Reid Small is a BC-based reporter for the Western Standard
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Porch pirate Chahal could face $5K in fines or six months in jail

“I’ve fully cooperated and provided all the information that was requested of myself and my team,” said Chahal in the interview.

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Porch pirate George Chahal, under investigation for mail theft by Elections Canada, could face a fine of $5,000 or spend up to six months in jail.

The Liberal Calgary-Skyview candidate was victorious in September’s federal election, however, he came under fire when a doorbell cam caught Chahal removing an opponent’s election literature from a mailbox ahead of the September 20 election.

Chahal, in a jersey with his name clearly visible on the back, was easily identified in the video.

A complaint was filed on September 23 and an investigation was launched.

Months later, Chahal’s name and his involvement in the incident was brought up in question period in the House of Commons this week by Barrie-Innisfail Conservative MP John Brassard.

“The member is facing a $5,000 fine and up to six months in jail during an investigation that is continuing from the Commissioner of Canada Elections,” said Brassard.

“Even with the low bar on ethics and conduct set by the Liberals and indeed the prime minister over the last six years, does the prime minister think this type of action from a member of his caucus is acceptable?”

Trudeau, in defence of Chahal, said, “The member has apologized and is fully cooperating with Elections Canada as it goes through its processes.”

Chahal, during a Friday morning interview on CBC’s Calgary Eyeopener, mentioned both he and his team are being investigated in the incident.

“I’ve fully cooperated and provided all the information that was requested of myself and my team,” said Chahal in the interview.

The investigation was initially opened by the Calgary Police Service’s anti-corruption, unit but was quickly transferred to Elections Canada.

Chahal’s admission during the Friday morning radio interview could mean the replacing of election material in voters’ mailboxes may have been more widespread and could have involved his large team of volunteers.  

The matter is still under investigation with Elections Canada.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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Suzuki apologizes for radical ‘blown up’ pipelines comment

“The remarks I made were poorly chosen and I should not have said them. Any suggestion that violence is inevitable is wrong and will not lead us to a desperately-needed solution to the climate crisis.”

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Environmental activist David Suzuki issued a public apology for comments he made last Saturday referencing “blown up” pipelines if the government doesn’t take drastic action on climate change.

The radical activist made the comments at an Extinction Rebellion protest in downtown Victoria last weekend when asked by CHEK News what he thought would happen if government leaders didn’t address the climate crisis.

“We’re in deep, deep doo doo. And the leading experts have been telling us for over 40 years. This is what we’ve come to. The next stage after this, there are going to be pipelines blown up if our leaders don’t pay attention to what’s going on.”

A released statement, also available on his website, said, “Dr. Suzuki’s comments were born out of many years of watching government inaction while the climate crisis continues to get worse.”

The statement included this apology from Suzuki:

“The remarks I made were poorly chosen and I should not have said them. Any suggestion that violence is inevitable is wrong and will not lead us to a desperately-needed solution to the climate crisis. My words were spoken out of extreme frustration and I apologize.

“We must find a way to stop the environmental damage we are doing to the planet and we must do so in a non-violent manner.”

The statement goes on to cite the work of the David Suzuki Foundation.

“Since 1990, the Foundation has produced credible and reliable evidence-based environmental information, and worked with all levels of government (including indigenous leadership), business and communities to resolve critical environmental issues.”

Suzuki was heavily criticized Monday for his comments by Alberta Environment Minister Jason Nixon.

“David Suzuki is so out of touch with the real world that he advocates for eco-terrorism…towards Canadian people and industries — this is completely unacceptable and extremely reckless,” said Nixon during Ministerial Statements in the Legislature.

“The NDP have a long history of collaborating with David Suzuki and their silence on his outrageous comments make them complicit with calls for ecoterrorism towards Albertans.

“We must protect our critical infrastructure and not allow these ridiculous ideological menaces to destroy what Albertans have worked so hard to create.”

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said Suzuki’s comment was “an implicit or winking incitement to violence,” and likened it to something you’d hear in “gangster movies.”

Contrary to accusations of inciting violence by critics, Suzuki’s statement read, “Always grounded in sound evidence, the Foundation empowers people to take peaceful and impactful action in their communities on the environmental challenges we collectively face.” 

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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