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We must protest Highway to Hell

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Tom Sandborn, Vancouver Courier

Nothing you have not already read here, but this is a neat summary. And, as he says, while they still do not have federal sign off, it seems very unlikely that the civil servants at Health Canada and Environment Canada who raised some very important questions will get any backing from their political masters. Stephen Harper seems to regard the melting of the polar ice cap as simply an opportunity to drill for more oil. The fact that this may also lead to military confrontation with the Russians is probably a bonus from his perspective.

Protest all you like, it will not stop the Gateway. I happen to think that a legal challenge might. Despite the lax nature of the gutted legislation, even the most cursory glance through the documents submitted for the EA shows that there was no due diligence. The gaps and errors are glaring. The whole process was a sham. The government owes the people a duty of care and it is quite clear that narrow vested interest has overridden the public good. And I think it would not be too hard to get a judge to agree and get a writ requiring that they do the job properly. But it would, of course, be expensive. The law is open to everyone, just like the Ritz Hotel.

Written by Stephen Rees

August 28, 2008 at 10:45 am

Posted in Gateway

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  1. There is a similar case here in Montreal, regarding the construction of a new bridge. Here’s some documentation, unfortunately only available in French:

    http://www.cremtl.qc.ca/node.php?id=96

    Nicolas Marchildon

    August 29, 2008 at 11:06 am


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