How Kinder Morgan Could Sue Canada In a Secretive NAFTA Tribunal

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How can Canada have a real conversation about pipelines?

The headlines, tweets, public statements and private conversations happening in Canada right now would suggest the country is staring down an intractable problem of national scale — not a single pipeline between two provinces.

That's not to diminish the importance of the pipeline to all sides of the debate. But with the rhetoric dialling up, the issue has spun out of control, pitting neighbours against neighbours, and, to some, threatening the cohesion of the federation.

To Alberta, it's about protecting their economy's future; for B.C., it's about the future of their coast. For First Nations, it means controlling the land and resources on which they depend and maintain constitutional rights.

And for the Prime Minister, it means showing he can maintain order.

Jimmy Thomson spoke to conflict resolution experts to figure out how Canada can get past this seemingly intractable problem. Turns out more is at stake in this battle than simply a pipeline. Check out that story here.

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And boy, do we have more for you this week. Read on.

How Kinder Morgan Could Sue Canada In a Secretive NAFTA Tribunal

By James Wilt

All hell is breaking loose over the Trans Mountain pipeline.

On Sunday, Kinder Morgan announced it was putting all “non-essential spending” on hold until it could be guaranteed “clarity on the path forward.” That sent both the Alberta and federal governments into a near-frenzy — Premier Rachel Notley pledged to buy the entire pipeline if needed, while the federal cabinet held an “emergency meeting” (ministers literally ran from the media afterward).

It’s also come to light that Kinder Morgan could actually sue the government of Canada if it can’t build the pipeline. Read more.

BP Offshore Rig Moves to Nova Scotia Coast Before Drill Permits Granted

By James Wilt

Despite not yet receiving a final approval for drilling, BP Canada is in the process of moving an offshore drilling rig to the southeast coast of Nova Scotia for a project that local environmental and fishery groups have condemned for its potentially catastrophic impacts if a blowout occurs.

BP plans to drill seven exploration wells in four adjacent leases on the Scotian Shelf, with the deepest drilling occurring at depths of over 3,000 metres — twice the depth of the well that BP was conducting exploratory drilling on when the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe happened. Read more.

What's The ‘National Interest’ Anyways? Conflict Resolution Expert Adam Kahane on Canada’s Oil Pipeline Debate

By Emma Gilchrist

As the national conversation about the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline goes thoroughly bananas, one thing is becoming crystal clear: this conflict is likely to get worse before it gets better.

Thankfully, there are people out there who specialize in resolving conflicts like this — people like Canadian Adam Kahane who has been credited with helping to end Colombia’s civil war.

“The question of who gets to decide on what in Canada between the provincial and federal governments on one hand and Indigenous rights holders on the other hand is not settled,” he told DeSmog Canada in an interview. Read more.

‘Last Stand’ Film Documents B.C.’s Role In Accelerating Demise of Mountain Caribou

By Judith Lavoie

Film producer, biologist and wildlife photographer David Moskowitz was shocked to find that old-growth logging is continuing in B.C.’s interior temperate rainforest, despite clear evidence that it threatens fragile herds of endangered mountain caribou and, as he worked on his latest film, he tried to figure out how caribou and ancient trees could be saved, while protecting the local economy.

There is no simple solution, said Moskowitz, but he is hoping his film, “Last Stand: The Vanishing Caribou Rainforest,” which will be playing at the ELEMENTS film festival at Science World in Vancouver this weekend, will make people aware of what is at stake. Read more.

If you're in Vancouver this week check out the ELEMENTS Film Festival! Taking place April 14-15 at the Telus World of Science, ELEMENTS has 55 films from 11 countries.

They're family friendly wildlife, nature, conservation and environmental films. Your Science World admission gets you admission to all daytime films and panels.

Tickets are on sale now here. Seeking the Science Behind B.C.’s Wolf Cull

By Judith Lavoie

The science behind the practice of culling wolves on Vancouver Island is being hotly contested by scientists and conservationists who say there’s very little evidence to support the province’s theory that wolves are responsible for a shrinking deer population.

The issue has been thrust into the public spotlight recently after a guide hunter who posted photos of Vancouver Island wolves in snares on social media offered a personal bounty for carcasses. Read more.

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