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Feds admit they have no way to calculate number of green jobs

The admission from the Natural Resources department comes after Minister Seamus O’Regan and the Liberal cabinet claimed of hundred of thousands of jobs have been created

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The feds admit there is no statistical way to back up its claims of creating green jobs, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

The admission from the Natural Resources department comes after Minister Seamus O’Regan and the Liberal cabinet claimed of hundred of thousands of jobs have been created, and O’Regan’s pledge to subsidize any green project, “anything really.”

“There are no consistent and comprehensive statistical studies done on employment covering the range of industries that make up the clean fuels sector in Canada, e.g. preprocessing, production, distribution, and manufacturing of clean fuel technologies,” O’Regan’s department wrote in a memo.

Staff said they will have to hire consultants to submit questionnaires to industry on “clean energy” payrolls in Canada, but no budget was detailed.

“The objective of this study is to help establish baseline employment statistics in the Canadian clean fuels sector,” wrote staff.

“This work will define clean fuels and the clean fuels sector for the purposes of tracking employment.”

The departments of industry and environment since 2019 had repeatedly claimed the green sector employs hundreds of thousands in Canada. Neither department would comment on the new questionnaire.

“Clean technology is an economic engine for Canada,” the Department of Industry said in a 2019 statement.

“This industry provides good, well-paying jobs to more than 180,000.”

“There are 180,000 jobs in Canada that actually rely on clean tech,” Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson told the Commons on Feb. 25, 2020. Political aides did not account for the 180,000 figure.

Wilkinson in repeated remarks to the Commons said green technology was “creating thousands of jobs across the country,” would “grow good middle-class jobs” and “will create jobs and economic prosperity.”

“It’s an opportunity for us to think about how we create jobs,” he said last October 8.

O’Regan in March 2 testimony at the Commons committee on Canada-U.S. economic relations said he welcomed all applications for federal aid in the name of job creation.

“We’re willing to look at anything really, you know, if it seems like it’s a good idea and it can help us lower emissions and protect our workers,” said O’Regan.

“Tidal energy in Nova Scotia, we put $9.4 million towards that. We’re putting money towards geothermal energy in Alberta. We’ve got $15 million worth of solar farms in Alberta. We’re building solar farms in Prince Edward Island.”

“All of these things will help us lower emissions. All of these things will create jobs.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
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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. Fergus Hodgson

    July 13, 2021 at 10:27 am

    What a surprise. If you don’t have evidence or data, just make it up and pretend it is significant.

  2. Left Coast

    July 13, 2021 at 9:52 am

    Scamus O’Regan is a typical Lieberal Cabinet Minister . . . he has NO Clue what he is talking about.

    Green Jobs is a Euphemism for China JOBS . . . as they build all the windmills & solar panels.

    These are Part-Time Solutions for a Full-Time problem . . . aka they just don’t work to support a modern industrial city EVER!

    The fact that Canada is already 75% Green because of Hydro Power seems to escape this fool . . . and that any further changes except more Nuclear as useless.
    Why not wait till China & India get to 75% . . . and then we will talk?

  3. Lily briggs

    July 12, 2021 at 2:21 pm

    Can not calculate something that is only a dream in the Liberals mind .🙄

  4. CodexCoder

    July 12, 2021 at 2:08 pm

    Let’s be clear. Other than civil service jobs which are funded on the backs of the taxpayer and businesses, the government is incapable of creating any new jobs that generate revenue to sustain itself. It is a parasite.

    Second, the government, and I don’t care what level you talk about, is incapable of picking winning and losing trends in the free market. Oh, it can force a direction in the free market through force of law, but that never succeeds because there are no personal, direct consequences for the decision makers, like bankruptcy, poverty or imprisonment. With no direct feedback, bad decisions persist unabated.

    So all of the talk about the future from any government is bovine excrement. They cannot predict with any reliability any future events, or job paths because they cannot successfully create any job paths. When ever Shameless O’Reekin starts in about the future being green jobs, the opposition simply has to ask him what those green jobs will be and demand concrete proof that they are certain. They neither know, nor can they predict as they have no crystal ball other than the cudgel of legislation.

  5. Claudette Leece

    July 12, 2021 at 12:15 pm

    The Liberals couldn’t calculate, what it cost to add cheese to a burger. To begin with the green movement is nothing but left wing, rich folks riding the gravy train

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UCP MLAs: ‘Let unvaxxed post-secondary students get back to class’

“With no evidence to show that it has made their campuses any safer, colleges and universities are denying unvaccinated Albertans the opportunity to receive a higher education,” said the letter.

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A letter questioning Alberta post-secondary institutions on policy banning unvaccinated students’ from campuses while unvaxxed healthcare workers are now permitted to rapid test has been sent to campuses across Alberta by two UCP MLAs.

MLA for Cardston-Siksika and Deputy Government House Leader Joseph Schow and Peace River MLA Dan Williams signed the letter dated Thursday addressed to eight post-secondary presidents including the universities of Lethbridge, Alberta, Calgary, Mount Royal, MacEwan, SAIT and NAIT and Bow Valley College.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, along with the Minister of Advanced Education Demetrios Nicolaides and the Minister of Health Jason Copping were each cc’d in the letter.

The letter outlines the change to COVID-19 measures adopted by many Alberta post-secondary institutions in September requiring all students and staff to be fully vaccinated to attend in-person and online learning.

Letter from UCP MLAs to Alberta post-secondary institutions – pg 1

“Although these post-secondary institutions have based their protocols on direction from the Government of Alberta, they have chosen to exclude the option of providing a negative PCR or rapid test,” said the letter.

“There is little to no evidence showing that universities and colleges benefit from limiting in-person learning to those who are vaccinated.”

The letter claims institutions have failed to demonstrate how students on campuses banning the unvaccinated are any safer from COVID-19 than students on campuses allowing for rapid testing instead of proof of vaccination.

“With no evidence to show that it has made their campuses any safer, colleges and universities are denying unvaccinated Albertans the opportunity to receive a higher education,” said the letter.

“Many students opportunities vanish for making a personal health choice.”

Letter from UCP MLAs to Alberta post-secondary institutions – pg 2

The letter references Albert Health Services’ recent update to its mandatory vaccination policy in December allowing unvaccinated healthcare workers the option to rapid test and return to work.

“With that in mind, we have a simple question,” said the letter.

“What makes so many university campuses in Alberta more risk-averse than a hospital or other healthcare facility?

“If Alberta healthcare workers, who are likely exposed to COVID-19 daily are permitted to rapid test, why are post-secondary students being denied the same opportunity? These students are being held to a higher standard, a standard that will unfairly deprive many young Albertans of their future.”

The letter describes Alberta’s position to “lead the country in economic growth” moving forward and suggests a “highly skilled and educated workforce” will be needed.

Both Schow and Williams request all Alberta post-secondary institutions remove their “backward-thinking COVID-19 vaccine mandates” and “allow all students the option to rapid test so they can return to school, complete their education and help build a strong Alberta.”

The Western Standard did not hear back from either MLA for comment before publishing.

Although the Alberta government has not made vaccinations mandatory for any post-secondary institutions, many have adopted the policy on their own resulting in thousands of unvaccinated students not being permitted to access in-person or remote learning.

The University of Alberta, University of Calgary and University of Lethbridge earlier this month extended online learning until after the February reading break.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
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Trucker freedom convoy GoFundMe raises over $1M

“It’s our duty as Canadians to put an end to this mandates. It is imperative that this happens because if we don’t our country will no longer be the country we have come to love.”

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Canadians are responding enmasse to help the country’s truckers.

A GoFundMe to help the truckers surpassed the $1 million mark on Friday afternoon, after only being established six days ago.

Money donated is to be dispersed among truckers to aid with journey costs.

Truckers and supporters alike have gathered in a cross-country convoy drive in protest of mandatory vaccinations for their industry.

Donations go towards the cost of fuel, then food and lodgings along the journey.

Our current government is implementing rules and mandates that are destroying the foundation of our businesses, industries and livelihoods,” the donation page says.

“It’s our duty as Canadians to put an end to this mandates. It is imperative that this happens because if we don’t our country will no longer be the country we have come to love. We are doing this for our future Generations and to regain our lives back.”

Truckers Freedom Convoy 2022 has 3 main routes departing from Vancouver, BC, Sarnia, ON, and Enfield, NS, all meeting in Ottawa on January 29, 2022.

Smaller chains will drive to meet with the main convoy from more rural locations across Canada.

You can find all the routes of the convoy here.

“We are a peaceful country that has helped protect nations across the globe from Tyrannical governments who oppressed their people, well now its happening to us. We are taking our fight to the doorsteps of our Federal Government and demanding that they cease all mandates against its people. Small businesses are being destroyed, homes are being destroyed, and people are being mistreated and denied fundamental necessities to survive,” the group says.

The GoFundMe page has a goal of $1,100,000.

“But it’s a small price to pay for our freedoms. We thank you all for your Donations and know that you are helping reshape this once beautiful country back to the way it was,” says the page.

Truckers were previously deemed “essential,” however the federal government green-lit the loss of 12,000-16,000 (10-15%) of cross-border commercial drivers by making vaccinations mandatory, as anticipated by the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA).

“This number may not sound like a lot in the grand scheme of things, but in cross-border areas such as Vancouver or Windsor, there’s a lot of drivers who will cross the border five or six times a day. That’s a lot of loads in a year that no longer have a way of coming up,” Colin Valentim told the Western Standard.

Ewa Sudyk is a reporter with the Western Standard
esudyk@westernstandardonline.com

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IEA recognizes Canadian oil industry as the environmental world leader

In 2018, oil and gas companies also invested $3.6 billion in environmental protection initiatives, recognized by the IEA as by far the largest environmental protection spend of any industry in the country.  

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Canada is doing great but should take measures to continue its reputation as a preferred oil and gas supplier on the global market, says the International Energy Agency.

IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol is a big advocate for net zero targets, but still recognizes the reliance on oil and gas that will persist into the future.

He said he prefers oil supply to come from “good partners” like Canada, he told a press conference.

“Canada has been a cornerstone of global energy markets, a reliable partner for years,” said Birol.

“We will still need oil and gas for years to come… I prefer oil is produced by countries … like Canada (that) want to reduce the emissions of oil and gas.” 

The same IEA report included recommendations for Canada to incentivise moves away from oil production, yet the director still recognizes Canada’s contribution to the global market.

World oil consumption returned to pre-pandemic levels and natural gas demand surpassed levels pre-COVID-19 last year, according to IEA data.

Yet Canada only supplies 6% of the current world market.

Consumption of both oil and gas is expected to continue rising even as more renewable energy sources come online. 

A Russian-caused natural gas crisis in Europe has many looking to Canada as a great alternative.

“The world needs reliable partners,” said Birol, of the European situation.  

Canada is the fourth-largest producer of oil and natural gas in the world and home to the third-largest oil reserves.

“This creates employment for Canadians and secure and reliable oil and gas for both domestic and global markets,” the IEA said.  

The IEA recommends that remaining competitive in global oil and gas markets requires further emission reductions, to ensure the sector remains a major driver of the Canadian economy beyond 2050.

Emission reduction has already been steadily implemented in Canada, analysts praised the oil and gas industry’s “strong track record” of reducing emissions intensity.

The oilsands by have decreased emissions by 32% since 1990 and further reductions of up to 27% are expected by 2030. 

Canadian oil and gas companies spend an average of $1 billion per year on clean energy technology, in addition to billions in environmental protection.  

In 2018, oil and gas companies also invested $3.6 billion in environmental protection initiatives, recognized by the IEA as the largest environmental protection spend of any industry in the country.  

“Canadian oil and natural gas producers are leveraging their improving environmental, social and governance performance and Canada’s stringent environmental regulations to build a global competitive advantage.”

Ewa Sudyk is a reporter with the Western Standard
esudyk@westernstandardonline.com

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