Alberta RCMP charge 16-year-old boy after explosive-making chemicals found
A 16-year-old boy has been charged with making an explosive substance after Lloydminster RCMP received a call that explosives were being kept at a storage facility.
CJWW radio reports on April 2, Lloydminster RCMP and the Explosive Disposal Unit out of Edmonton searched the commercial storage facility on the 64 hundred block of 66th Street.
It was there that they discovered chemicals, and upon searching the residence, they found even more.
A 16-year-old has been charged, but The Youth Criminal Justice Act protects his identity.
In a not-so-shocking display of partisan attitudes, the CBC won’t be suing a Liberal candidate who used the broadcaster’s footage in her election advertisement according to Toronto Sun’s Brian Lilley.
The Calgary Skyview candidate Nirmala
Naidoo apparently complied with the request and that was the end of the story. She is herself a former CBC employee and reporter.
“It starts with a phone call, then a letter and escalates from there. In this particular instance, the candidate complied with our request immediately after we reached out,” said CBC spokesperson Chuck Thompson.
However, a similar incident with the Conservative Party has led to a controversial lawsuit waged by the national broadcaster against the main party contending the Liberals in 2019.
Despite the fact that the Conservatives claim that they pulled the advertisement shortly after being contacted by the CBC, the public broadcaster has filed an application with the federal court against the party.
The lawsuit initially named Rosemary Barton and John Paul Tasker, but the journalists’ names were later pulled by the company.
The Post Millennial published the following column after an editor from a mainstream newspaper said it was “too inflammatory at the moment” and other newspapers rejected Moore’s submission.
Canada appears headed for a train wreck due to the widening chasm on energy, climate and finance policy between Alberta and Ottawa. It is possible that no combination of voting outcomes in the October 21 federal election can prevent the breakup of the federation.
Canada has been described as “a road from Ottawa to Montreal and back again”, a blunt reference to the fact that when Ontario and Quebec agree on something, the rest of us are chopped liver. This has given rise over the years to the angst known as western alienation. It has presently reached a boiling point like no other time in our history.
Premier Jason Kenny’s first move upon winning the Alberta vote was to call an inquiry into foreign (U.S.) funding of the anti-oilsands campaign. This will expose the dirty tactics of the Rockefeller Brothers-led initiative, funneling hundreds of millions of dollars into “grass-roots” environmental and First Nations front groups with the aim of landlocking Canadian oil and killing the project. Meanwhile 14 pipelines are under construction in Texas while zero are even approved in Canada.
All Canadians should imagine what it feels like for Albertans when both Ottawa and B.C. treat them like a hostile foreign power. B.C. pretends it doesn’t absolutely depend on Alberta for its transport and aviation fuel while blocking the Trans Mountain Pipeline that would bring Alberta oil to tidewater for export. And Eastern Canada prefers oil brought in tankers from Saudi Arabia, Nigeria and Venezuela rather than Canadian oil from Alberta via the stalled Energy East Pipeline. Meanwhile Ottawa bans tankers on the Pacific coast.
Whether it’s the Conservatives or the Liberals that are able to form a government in October, both are committed to the Paris Agreement on climate change. This applies in spades to both the Greens and the NDP. Only the People’s Party of Canada has pledged to quit Paris and to unabashedly support the oilsands and the pipelines that are needed to deliver it to Eastern Canada and to tidewater in B.C. So long as our federal government supports this anti-fossil fuel fraud there will be no further investment in Alberta’s and Canada’s most important energy sector. Meanwhile, some signatories to the Paris Agreement, such as China and India, are free to increase their emissions with no restriction.
Alberta’s first move after the election will likely be to hold a referendum calling for a renegotiation of the equalization payments formula. Under the present formula, Alberta is required to make large payments despite their now very difficult economic situation. An inevitably successful referendum result would force Ottawa and the other provinces to the table, but it is likely the talks will fail, increasing resentment in the province. Then Premier Kenny will have the ammunition he needs to call for a referendum on the separation of Alberta from Canada. This may pass with a comfortable majority.
Saskatchewan would almost certainly join Alberta,and Manitoba would definitely consider it. What British Columbia will do is anybody’s guess, but if they decide to stay with Ottawa they will be decidedly isolated. Although a bit far-fetched, the real wild card is Ontario. This would be an opportunity to realize what has been called “Ontario and West”as the new Canada. The fact that Ontario has needed Quebec’s agreement all these years has led to a certain resentment of the fact, often accompanied by what might be called extortion on Quebec’s part. Quebec separatists may get what they bargained for without having to win a referendum of their own! Lord knows how the Maritime Provinces would react to any of this.
I realize that many Canadians, particularly those in the eastern half of the country, don’t believe any of this could ever happen. They should take a vacation in Alberta to smarten themselves up. It’s not very nice to be treated like a leper when you are one of the main economic providers for people who call your oil “dirty” and “filthy” while they import the same product from despots, dictators and corrupt regimes in Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, and Venezuela.
Dr. Patrick Moore is a native British Columbian, a co-founder of Greenpeace and an ecologist with wide international experience in energy and climate policy. He is presently the Chairman of the CO2 Coalition in Washington DC.
This Friday, the climate rally in Edmonton, which is being led by Greta Thunberg, will face counter-demonstrations by pro-oil and gas groups. According to the Global News, both rallies will be held outside Alberta’s legislative building.
This counter-demonstration is being organized by the Albertan pressure group United We Roll, who have previously staged pro-oil rallies throughout the country including the notable Ottawa event on parliament hill.
Thunberg has also received criticism from other pro-oil, Alberta groups such as Wexit who labelled the 16-year-old activist “a European environmental agitator.”
Greta Thunberg’s notoriety has grown exponentially over the past year. Earlier this month, for example, she made headlines across Canada after she stated that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had not been doing enough to combat climate change.
In response to Thunberg’s announcement, Jason Kenney stated that “Ms. Thunberg will recognize Alberta’s leading human rights and environmental standards, especially in comparison to oil-producing dictatorships such as Saudi Arabia, Iran, Russia, and Venezuela—which she will presumably visit next—as well as major growing emitters like China.”
A subsidiary company of Warrant Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Energy, the Calgary-base BHE Canada, announced their plan to invest in a 200-million, 117.6-megawatt wind farm in southeastern Alberta in 2020. According to CBC, BHE also owns AltaLink, a regulated transmission company that powers roughly 85 per cent of Albertan homes. This latest project will be an inaugural endeavour into an otherwise untapped market in the province.
The company says that its project, called the Rattlesnake Ridge Wind project, will produce enough energy to power roughly 79,000 homes and will be located southwest of Medicine Hat.
“The Rattlesnake Ridge Wind project is a leader in the development of new grid-scale wind generation in Alberta, being constructed and operated without government subsidies,” said William Christensen, Vice President Corporate Development of BHE Canada in a press release. “BHE Canada is excited to take this first step into the Alberta market, providing low-cost, renewable energy. We’re looking forward to more opportunities to invest in Alberta’s energy industry.”
In an interview with with the Calgary Eyeopener, Christensen continued, “The structure of the markets here in Alberta make it so that we can invest,and do it at a profit that works for us, and at a price that works for the off-taker.”
Additionally, BHE Canada says that a large Canadian corporate partner has already signed a power purchase agreement for most of the energy generated by the Rattle Snake Ridge Wind project.
“If you look at just the raw power price that power is going for in Alberta right now, it’s averaged around $55 a megawatt hour, or 5.5 cents a kilowatt hour. And we’re selling the wind power to this customer at substantially less than that, and there’s been no subsidies,” Christensen said.
Though the project is being developed by U.K.-based Renewable Energy Systems, the project’s website says that they will primarily be hiring Alebertans, buying from Albertan supplier, and will be paying out royalties to local landowners. They also claim that the project will add more jobs to the economy and generate more tax revenue, lowering the tax burden for Albertans more generally.
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has also commented on the project, saying that he’s very much for the exploration of renewable energy in the province.
“Alberta is proud to be home to so many great innovators and entrepreneurs who see the opportunity that exists when people choose to invest and create jobs here. This exciting new energy project will add to Alberta’s impressive renewable energy network, and is a vote of confidence in our economy. Even more encouraging is that this $200 million project does not rely on government subsidies, but instead relies on the potential and opportunity that exists right here in Alberta,” said Kenney.
Alberta’s Provincial government has said they will not do anything to arrange a meeting with infamous climate change activist Greta Thunberg. However, Environment Minister Jason Nixon hopes that Thunberg takes time to learn about the province’s oil and gas industry and all the steps they’ve taken to address climate change.
“I think when you look at some of Miss Thunberg’s comments, she doesn’t understand our province, that she doesn’t understand the reality that to accomplish climate change goals worldwide, we need Alberta as part of that solution,” Nixon told reporters Tuesday.
“We have the most environmentally friendly place in the world to produce oil and gas products.”
However, some members of the provincial government, specifically NDP Opposition Leader Rachel Notley, have expressed their discontent over the United Conservative Party’s decision to not meet with the climate activist, saying that Thunberg is an important part of a movement that needs to be acknowledged.
“While I obviously don’t agree with every prescription that Greta is proposing, I definitely do agree that we have a (climate change) problem and we need to take that problem seriously,” Notley said.
“We need to be leaders. We don’t need to be cowards. What’s happening right now, by blaming everybody else, our premier is being a coward.”
Alberta is only the last stop on a larger North American tour that Thunberg has decided to undertake. This time around, rather than going to metropolitan areas where more people will agree with her, she has chosen to head straight to the places where oil production is great, such as Alberta and Montana.
Her expected arrival has also sparked a prospective protest from pro-energy Albertans, specifically a group called United We Roll!, who have called her climate alarmism a giant hoax.
“We’re going to continue to fight for Canadian energy until we get pipelines in the ground.
“And we’re going to rally against any climate activist who comes out and pretends they know more about our environment than we do in Alberta, about our oil and gas industry,” said Glen Carritt, the United We Roll! organizer.
Singh reassures oil sands workers, promises to help them find jobs if climate change policies are implemented
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has tried to quell criticism of his proposed climate change policies which would greatly reduce the production of gas and oil in the oil sands, reducing the number of workers by extension.
“His party’s plan calls for cutting subsidies to oil and gas companies as a way to encourage a transition to renewable energy sources — part of a general pledge shared by the NDP, Greens and Liberals to cut emissions over the coming years,” reported Global News.
In response to the backlash over this plan, Singh has promised to assist workers in finding new employment opportunities appropriate for their skills with government revenue generated from increasing taxes on people making over $20 million.
Historically speaking, the rich tend to move their money and themselves to different jurisdictions when governments’ raise taxes suddenly and significantly.
He also suggested hiring the unemployed oil and gas workers for various government housing projects the NDP has planned in its platform.
“These are ways for people with the skills in the resource sector to put those to use in other sectors,” Singh said.
“We can make that happen. It’s about commitments, it’s about having the courage to do it and we’re ready to do it.”
Singh also admitted that he’s heard the concerns of Albertans who would feel wronged should his plans be put into action. During a speech in Toronto, he recalled one such conversation with an engineer and son of an oil sands worker.
“And he says, ‘I’m going through the same thing my dad went through. I’m also facing now the fear of losing my job,’” Singh said.
“So, no matter how hard people work in resource sectors, through no fault of their own — because of international, global markets, as commodities go up and down — people go through busts and booms. People deserve better than that. The good people of Alberta deserve better than that.
“So, my commitment is this: I want to invest into programs and an economy that’s more sustainable, that’s more long-lasting.”