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Savage tears into Trudeau’s ‘Just Transition’ green plan

“We expect the federal government to stand up for Alberta’s world-leading oil and gas sector instead of trying to dismantle it.”

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Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage is sounding warning bells about Justin Trudeau’s plan to move into a green economy with a possible Just Transition Act (JTA).

Savage said the Liberal government is setting a path to increasingly decimate Alberta’s oil and gas industry.

Trudeau has now launched a public consultation on his possible JTA which vows to:

  • set legally-binding, five-year milestones based on the advice of the experts and consultations with Canadians to reach net-zero emissions;
  • appoint a group of scientists, economists, and experts to recommend the best path to get to net-zero;
  • exceed Canada’s 2030 emissions goal by introducing new carbon reducing measures, and;
  • ensure energy workers and communities can shape their own futures by introducing a Just Transition Act, giving workers access to the training, support, and new opportunities needed to succeed in the clean economy.

The government also vowed that by 2035, all new cars and light-duty trucks sold in the country will be zero-emission vehicles.

“The federal government’s intention to hastily phase out Canada’s world-class oil and gas industry is extremely harmful to the hundreds of thousands who directly and indirectly work in the sector, and will be detrimental to Canada’s economic recovery,” said Savage in a Tuesday statement.

“As we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, strong global demand for oil and gas is projected for decades to come. That source of energy has to come from somewhere, and Alberta is well-positioned to meet that demand. Yet it seems Ottawa is content to hamstring Canadian industry while letting other jurisdictions with lower environmental standards dominate the global market.

“Alberta’s oil and gas industry is already at the forefront of innovation and a diversified energy future with emerging opportunities like hydrogen, helium, geothermal development and petrochemicals.

“These new opportunities clearly demonstrate the industry has already been transforming to meet post-pandemic energy demand, with many producers having set ambitious net-zero emissions goals.

“Alberta is proud to be one of the most responsible producers of oil and gas globally. We have a regulatory framework that balances both the environment and the economy, and we have invested billions of dollars in technologies that reduce – and in some cases eliminate – emissions, such as carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS).

“None of this is possible without the hard work of our skilled oil and gas workers. Alberta will continue to tirelessly advocate on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of workers whose livelihoods depend on the industry. We expect the federal government to stand up for Alberta’s world-leading oil and gas sector instead of trying to dismantle it.”

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

    July 22, 2021 at 11:16 am

    I think Kenny Et Al should send Justine a “Stern Letter”. That will certainly get his attention like it always has in the past.

    Or, Albertans could stand up and Do Something such as buy a membership in the Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta and get involved in a NEW way of government by cutting the cord with Ottawa. The status quo is not, has not and will never work for Alberta. Wildrose.party 2023 is our only option to take control of our destiny.

  2. Ned Borkovic

    July 21, 2021 at 9:57 am

    This is only because of election, don’t get too excited.

  3. Chris

    July 20, 2021 at 9:56 pm

    Wildrose Independence voters make up less then 25% of the Alberta population. Unfortunately more Albertan’s need to feel the pain of federal policies on them. Justin Trudeau is the best person for Alberta independence. The crazier his ideas are the more Albertan’s will open up to independence. I hate seeing Ottawa screw Alberta as much as most of you here, but I talk to a lot of Albertan’s, many, many of them are ignorant about what Ottawa has in store for us and have no idea how bad things will get for Alberta.

  4. Chris Brown

    July 20, 2021 at 7:36 pm

    Nice view of the world’s largest reported protonic-ceramic devices that are fabricated at FuelCell Energy facilities Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

    Mines REBELS REFUEL Summit 2021

    https://youtu.be/65nl78ajCyQ

  5. Baron Not Baron

    July 20, 2021 at 7:15 pm

    JT is giving China an actual mountain of coal. I don’t know if for money or what. A former employee has a friend who works in that coal mine – and it is on the opposite side of the mountain so it is not visible to the commercial air traffic.

    Savage is playing like Kenney says. Her actions have no effect, in accordance with Kenney’s negative effect plan for Alberta.

    We all have to have a sovereign Alberta. There’s no other acceptable alternative, so we can have a future.

    Marxism = Marc6ism = Marc 6(ism) = Mark 666 ! We are surrounded by the bastards until the day we die.

  6. Steven

    July 20, 2021 at 6:21 pm

    Now?? You come out swinging Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage. Where the heck were you & premier Kenney after the election on more autonomy for Albertans? Premier Kenney has been a dismal disappointment & the reason many UCP members now belong to the Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta.

    To little and to late Minister Savage. Alberta should have been on the road to it’s own police force, it’s own tax collection, & on. Years waisted on nothing & a dithering premier lost in the wilderness of his political scandals.

    Go Wildrose !!

  7. Left Coast

    July 20, 2021 at 5:50 pm

    Alberta would be far better off as part of a separated West.

    Too bad Justin doesn’t pay attention to the REAL WORLD. Where every 20 WEEKS China increases their Emissions by MORE than Canada’s Annual Emissions.
    That being said . . . anything we do and the Billions we are going to spend will make ZERO Difference to the Planet. If we just Burned the Money the result would be the same!

    China plans on building over 200 COAL Fired Generating plants in the next few years . . . if Canada ceased to exist our entire Emissions would be taken up 100s of times by China.

    China is going to keep increasing Emissions till at least 2050 . . . what happens then?
    The China Controlled UN will declare China has conformed to the Paris Agreement . . . and the Western Democracies will ALL be BANKRUPT!

  8. berta baby

    July 20, 2021 at 5:03 pm

    Separation now!

  9. Seven-Zero-One

    July 20, 2021 at 4:37 pm

    Alberta doesn’t need 2 be part of ” “Subsidize Canadian sinking ship” Albertans need to wake up.

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SLOBODIAN: Decade long investigation into Manitoba residential school involves nearly 100 officers and 700 interviews

The First Nation recently undertook a search of the site using ground-penetrating radar technology but has not released the results.

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A “large and complex” decade-long investigation by RCMP has been underway into allegations of sexual abuse at a former residential school in Manitoba’s Sagkeeng First Nation.


The Fort Alexander Residential School opened in 1905 on Sagkeeng First Nation, located 120-km north of Winnipeg. In 1970 it was converted to a day school that operated for several years.


Manitoba RCMP issued a press release Tuesday confirming the major crimes unit began looking into allegations of abuse in February 2010, then launched a formal criminal investigation the following year.


RCMP began by gathering information, including reviewing archival records in both Ottawa and Manitoba. They went through thousands of documents such as student and employee lists and quarterly returns.


This involved more than 80 officers who interacted with more than 700 people across North America in an effort to find possible victims and witnesses.


“After compiling and collating all this data, investigators developed an investigative plan that began with the canvassing of people whose names had been identified in the documents as well as a door-to-door canvas in the Powerview/Fort Alexander area, where the school had been located,” said the statement.


The criminal investigation launched in 2011 involved 75 formal witnesses and victim statements.
Recently, Sagkeeng Chief Derrick Henderson said elders and survivors have long spoken about abuse at the school and children that went missing.


The First Nation recently undertook a search of the site using ground-penetrating radar technology but has not released the results.


“Violation of the privacy rights of those involved in this investigation will not only cause further trauma to everyone involved, but also potentially compromise this highly sensitive investigation,” said Henderson. “We ask that the trauma our community has experienced and continues to live every day is respected and that those affected are afforded their privacy at this time.”

RCMP are working closely with First Nations leaders and no other criminal investigations into former residential schools are underway in Manitoba, said RCMP.

Slobodian is the Senior Manitoba Columnist for the Western Standard  lslobodian@westernstandardonline.com

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BC increases vaccine efforts amid slowing rates, including ‘vax vans’

“Over the next two weeks, BC will push hard to vaccinate as many eligible people as possible.”

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BC health officials want more people rolling up their sleeves for the COVID-19 shot, and say they will be increasing efforts in the coming weeks to do just that.

Dr. Bonnie Henry, Health Minister Adrian Dix, and Dr. Penny Ballem addressed BC’s vaccine roll-out plan during a Tuesday morning news conference.

Among their announced efforts are “walk-in Wednesday” which will take place August 4 when 20,000 jabs will be made available with no need to book in advance.

Walk-in Wednesday is part of the “Vax for BC” campaign.

“I’d like to begin by thanking each and every one of the millions of British Columbian’s, like me, who have stepped up to be vaccinated,” said Henry.

“Because of this small act, we have been able to re-open our province.

“While we have made tremendous progress with our immunization plan, there is of course more work to do. We know that some people still struggle to find a convenient time in their day to get immunized, and others may still have questions, and be hesitant about the vaccine.

“So starting today, we are making it even easier for people to get vaccines. To help protect themselves, and their loved ones against COVID-19.”

Henry said the province will be introducing “custom vax vans” so people will be able to get vaccinated on their lunch break or “while cooling off at a lake.”

The province is also reducing the wait time between first and second doses from eight weeks to seven weeks.

There are currently 906,772 eligible people who have not received a dose, roughly 19.6% of the population older than 12, according to data from July 23.

Interior health has an un-vaccinated population of 26.2% while Northern health has 32.5% without a first shot.

On Monday, the Surrey Board of Trade wrote a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Health Minister of Canada Patty Hajdu, BC Premier John Horgan, and Minister of Health Adrian Dix urging them to “implement a proof-of-immunization model.”

“We support a centralized, Canada-wide approach to COVID-19 proof-of immunization that could be easily used to confirm vaccination status for international and domestic use,” said Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade.

“Without inter-provincial harmonization, Canada risks a piecemeal approach, making life more difficult and unpredictable for individuals and employers during an already uncertain time.”

Last week, YVR airport implemented separate lines for vaccinated and un-vaccinated individuals prior to reaching customs.

The separation of lines – which was put in place as a federal policy – has since been removed following extensive public push-back.

As for enforcing proof-of-immunization policies at concerts, night clubs, and sporting events – an increasing number of British Columbian’s are cozying up to this idea.

Reid Small is a BC correspondent for the Western Standard
rsmall@westernstandardonline.com

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Feds silent on $120M loan to company not ‘worthy of taxpayers’ largesse”

Both CMHC and the Department of Social Development declined to respond to questions.

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Federal agencies yesterday remained mum about a $120 million housing loan to one of Canada’s wealthiest developers, after Cabinet earlier defended the loan as critical, said Blacklock’s Reporter.

“This project will help over 300 local families find rental housing units,” Ahmed Hussen, minister responsible for housing, told reporters. “That’s why the government is taking action to increase the supply of rental housing through projects like the one we’re announcing.”

Cabinet on July 19 announced the $120 million loan to build 302 apartments in Brampton, Ont. The developer is Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust. The company’s CEO was paid $3 million in salary and benefits last year, according to corporate filings.

“This project will help over 300 local families find rental housing units,” Hussen’s department said in a statement. “A solid and reliable supply of rental housing is critical to ensuring more Canadians have access to housing that is affordable.”

Choice Properties is owned by George Weston Ltd. The developer’s 2020 net income totaled $451 million. The loan was approved through a federal program, the Rental Construction Financing Initiative, that extends 10-year, easy-term credit “for certainty during the most risky periods of development,” according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

Both CMHC and the Department of Social Development declined to respond to questions. The news website Press Progress cited data from Canada Mortgage and Housing that of 302 apartments in the Brampton project, as few as 61 would rent at below-market rates. The building is scheduled for completion by 2023.

“We know that finding an affordable place to live is a challenge for many Canadians in communities across the country,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at the time. “Today’s announcement is great news for families in Brampton. The Government of Canada will continue to invest to increase affordable housing options.”

George Weston Ltd. reported net earnings of $1.6 billion last year. It also operates the Loblaw Companies Ltd. supermarket chain that in 2019 received a $12 million federal grant to install new freezers. “Canadians might wonder why the Liberals handed over $12 million to Loblaw’s, one of Canada’s richest companies,” Conservative MP Mark Strahl (Chilliwack-Hope, B.C.) earlier told the Commons.

The freezer grant was paid under a Low Carbon Economy Fund. A now-disbanded ecoEnergy program similarly paid grants to large corporations in the name of energy efficiency.

Sobeys Inc. received $1.48 million in ecoEnergy grants in the period from 2006 to 2013. Loblaw Companies received $801,000. A total $207,968 was paid to McDonald’s Restaurants and $153,960 to Sears Canada.

“These companies are flush,” Liberal MP John McKay (Scarborough-Guildwood, Ont.) said in an interview at the time. “Companies, given their financial statements, don’t seem to be worthy recipients of taxpayers’ largesse.”

Mike D’Amour is the British Columbia Bureau Chief for the Western Standard.
mdamour@westernstandardonline.com

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