Mayor Rob Ford isn’t worried about a cracked pipe called Line 9. Toronto City Council voted on a number of measures to gather more information on the project, and our esteemed Mayor was the lone voice voting against some of these.

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The air is so toxic near Peace River, Alberta, that families have been forced to abandon their homes. A corporation called the Alberta Energy Regulator, which is 100% funded by industry and chaired by a registered oil lobbyist, has issued its recommendations for how to fix the problem - though its suggestions, like burning off all emissions, may actually make matters worse. 

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I wrote about Alberta Education’s decision to ask corporations what they should teach students from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Among those invited to help shape the curriculum are oil sands companies, tech giants, and textbook publishers.

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Enbridge’s Line 9 application has been approved, which is terrible news for the people of Ontario and Quebec. From my response:

"In issuing their approval, the NEB was seemingly unperturbed by Line 9’s thousands of cracks, the expert testimony of Rick Kuprewicz which pegged its risk of rupture at “over 90%,” the thirty-five times and more than 3,000,000 litres of the oil pipe has already spilled, Enbridge’s history of not following regulations, their average operating record of about 73 spills per year, and Line 9’s striking similarities to Enbridge’s Line 6B, the pipeline which ruptured millions of litres of bitumen into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River because Enbridge ignored a known defect. Almost four years after the Michigan rupture, as Line 9 is being granted a green light, it remains to be seen whether or not the Kalamazoo River will ever be cleaned up.

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I interviewed Dr. John O’Connor, a tar sands whistle-blower who continues to advocate for public health. He was the first to connect rare cancers in Fort Chipewyan to oil production in Fort Mac, and he was silenced by Health Canada for publicizing this link. Now, doctors across Alberta are afraid to speak out.

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Residents of Peace River, Alberta, have been abandoning their homes to toxic air. This is a town where many work for the oil sands, and no regulations are in place to stop local companies from openly venting their toxic emissions. People have been suffering from a disgusting litany of health problems, and when they sought help they found rampant corruption among doctors, laboratories, and government officials. Photos by Alan Gignoux.

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Went up to a friend’s cottage for the weekend and marvelled at the insane beauty of the frozen lake.

Thunder beach panorama.

I could leave the city forever.

Enbridge Line 9 is cracked all over. The company is repairing pipe sections that have cracks half as deep as the pipeline’s walls, a gesture which should be reassuring but really just shows us the awful condition that Line 9 is in. Apparently hundreds of sections of the pipe are decrepit enough to meet this criteria. I read Enbridge’s engineering assessment of Line 9 and found out that even with these repairs being done, thousands of defects will be left along the pipeline and hundreds more won’t even be detected. These defects mean that, somewhere along its route through the most populated part of Canada, the pipeline is likely to rupture. Photo via flickr.

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