Eastern Lake Ontario Environmental Research Group 2000 (cont'd from eloerg.tripod.com/waupoos)

Environmentalists seeking unemployment, letter to Globe, February 2018

Leon Redbone, RIP, June 2019
Ontario Endangered Species Act at risk, letter to Rod Phillips, April 2019
Slide to Extinction, Chris Humphrey, letter to Globe, October 31, 2018
Peter Galbraith, FRCP, obituary, October 2017
White Pines on Death Bed, Bruce Bell, Intelligencer, July 17,2018
Thucydides Trap, letter to Globe, May 2018
Great Lakes toxics down, SUNY Oswego/Clarkson U, April 2018
Machine subversion of democracy, letter to Globe, April 2018
Air Pollution overrides Ancestral Genes, Globe, March 2018
Olympian Cathal Kelly, letter to Globe, March 2018
Environmentalists seeking unemployment, letter to Globe, February 2018
Less is more on Bike Lanes, National Post, January 2018
Tramadol, 10 years on, Globe and Mail, November 2017
White Stripes: Belleville bicycle lanes, letters, November 2017
Occupational Cancers, CCO research results, Globe and Mail, October 2017
Big Pharmoney and Canadian Drug Use Guidelines, Globe and Mail, June 21, 2017, Kelly Grant
Oxycontin, 20 years on, letter to Globe, May 2017
Lake Ontario wind turbines to remain on hold? Feb 2017
Obituary, Raold Serebrin, September 2016
Sartorial slip or signal? letter to Globe editor, October 2016
Weapons of mass distraction, letter to Globe editor, Oct 2016
Point O turbines 99% Down the Drain, CCSAGE, July 7, 2016
Point O turbines Dead and Damned, PECFN, July 6, 2016
Rabid diplomat, letter to Globe, May, 2016
More on bats: rabid rocker? letter to Globe, January 2016
Lighthouses of eastern Lake Ontario, new book by Marc Seguin, March 2016
Continuing corporate windpower malfeasance: Windstream and Trillium Corp, Feb 2016
Amherst Island: the next fine mess, Feb 2016
Valerie Langer: Thirty years of effort pays off on the B.C. coast, Feb 1,2016
Trillium log, 6th annual ELO expedtion, September 2015
Trillium Wind Corp intent on Spoliation of eastern Lake Ontario and Main Duck Isle, June 2015
Turtles rule? Ontario Court of Appeal Decision: Turtlegate, April 2015
Obituaries, Mary Terrance (Luke) Hill, January 2015; Valerie Ingrid (Hill) Kaldes, July 2015
Ontario Court of Appeal turtle hearing, December 2014
Trillium Log, 5th annual ELO expedition, September 2014
Planetary public health manifesto, The Lancet, March 2014
Ostrander Bioblitz, butterfly inventory walk, August 10, 2014
Victory at Cape Vincent: British Petroleum withdraws turbine proposal, February 2014
Stay of execution granted by Ontario Court of Appeal, March 2014
Never say die: Will the Court of Appeal let the Ostrander Phoenix fly free again? March 2014
Divisional Court ruling in Ostrander: turtles belly up, Trojan horses win, February 2014
Lafarge 2020, pushing the air envelope again, Hazardous waste as cement kiln fuel proposal, Jan2014
Another fine mess in Port Hope: municipal waste incinerator proposal, January 2014
Ostrander: fiasco, or snafu? you decide, December 2013
Ostrander rises again, Noli illegitimi carborundum, December 2013
British Petroleum backing off Cape Vincent after a decade of aggression? December 2013
Turbines best Bald Eagles in U.S law, December 2013
SARStock 10 years after, letter to editor, August 2003
Trillium log September 2013: Surfin' USA: Hanging Ten in a Hughes 29
ERT Post mortem: Garth Manning lets it all hang out, August 2013
ERT post mortem: Cheryl Anderson lets it all hang out, August 2013
ERT Post Mortem: Ian Dubin lets it all hang out, August 2013
Great Lakes United turns thirty, goes down, RIP GLU, July 29, 2013
ERT decision, Ostrander turns turtle, goes down, July 3, 2013
PECFN Thankyou, and Appeal for funds, July 6, 2013
Minister of Env on Lake Ontario Off shore wind turbine status, June 2013
Lake Ontario water level control plan, June 2013
Play by Play, Part II, APPEC Ostrander ERT Appeal, June 2013
Ostrander ERT June 2013, Appendix VI, an indirect cause of human morbidity and mortality ?
ELOERG Presentation to Ostrander ERT, Part II, Human Health, May 2013
The Dirty E-Word, Terry Sprague, Picton Gazette, April 2013
Toxics in Great Lakes Plastic Pollution, April 2013
Bill Evans on Birds and Wind farms, April 2013
Mayday, Naval Marine Archive, April 2013
Experimental Lakes Area, Kenora, Closing by Federal Gov't, March 2013
Fishing Lease Phase out on Prince Edward Point, March 2013
Windstream makes $1/2 Billion NAFTA claim, March 2013
Play by Play, PECFN Ostrander ERT Appeal, March 2013
Offshore Wind turbine moratorium 2 years later, The Star, Feb 2013
ELOERG ERT submission on Ostrander: Appendix V: Pushing the Envelope of the MoE SEV, Feb 2013
Wente on Wind and Bald Eagle mugging, Globe and Mail, February 2, 2013
Sprague on Wind and Bald Eagle mugging, Picton Gazette, Jan 25, 2013
Cry Me a River over a Few Bats: Submission to Env Review Tribunal, ELOERG, January 2013
Lake Ontario's Troubled Waters: U of Michigan GLEAM, January 2013
Letter to Minister of Environment re: Ostrander, January 2013
No Balm in Gilead: Ostrander IWT's as Trojan Horses, January 2013
Ostrander Turbines: another Christmas gift by the MoE, Dec 2012
Occupational carcinogens: Ontario Blue Collar breast cancer study, November 2012
Fresh water fish Extinctions, Scientific American,November 2012
Great Lakes Toxics revisited, November 2012
Frack the What ? November 2012
$ 2 1/4 Billion Trillium Power lawsuit knockback Appeal, November 2012
Canada Centre for Inland Waters decimated, October 2012
Birds, Bats, Turbines, and the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, October 2012
Ecological public health, the 21st centurys big idea? British MedicalJournal Sept1,2012
Trillium log, Sept 2012
George Prevost, Saviour of the Canadas, 1812 - 1814. June 2012
The Victory at Picton: Bicentennial Conference on War of 1812-1814, Differing Perspectives, May 2012
Carleton Island and the 1812, letter to the Globe, October 2011
Queen's Fine Arts Department Succumbs, letter to Principal, December 2011
Mr. Kumar and the Super 30, November 2011
Letters, Articles and Projects from the Nineties
Alban Goddard Hill, web site manager

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Feb. 10: Environmentalists seeking unemployment. Plus other letters to the editor, The Globe and Mail newspaper
Happy environmentalists

As a member of a group that spent four years fighting the now-defunct Energy East pipeline, I can confidently say to Gary Mason that environmentalists are not at all "disappointed" when a corporation "pulls the plug" on an ill-conceived project (Where's The Limit For Protesters, Politicians In B.C.'s Pipeline War? Feb. 9).

The end of an effort to prioritize a bitumen-filled pipeline over the health of water, fish, people, land and climate fills us with joy. Also, we have no regret for unused "battle plans." Our hard-working and creative group doesn't need any "reason for being" other than enjoying this gorgeous planet.

Donna Sinclair, North Bay
Mr. Mason notes, "There have been environmental groups gearing up for this fight for years. It's given them a reason for being." He has it exactly wrong. Environmental groups in general would much prefer to have a reason for not being.

Alban Goddard Hill, Belleville, Ont.

Pipeline politics

While many of us seek the right to a healthy environment, the Alberta government – aided and abetted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – proudly proclaims its right to pollute the environment and harm health, not only in Alberta but also in British Columbia and around the world, by ramming its pipeline through British Columbia (Trudeau Backs Alberta On B.C.'s Trans Mountain Freeze, Feb. 3).

Mr. Trudeau's defence of his actions is wrong on all counts. Not all resources must be mined, used and exported; asbestos proves that point. Not all jobs are good; we need 21st-century clean energy jobs, not 20th-century dirty energy jobs.

And this hardly protects the environment or humans. On the contrary, it expands the local harm done in Alberta, threatens British Columbia's land, waters and coast, and adds to global greenhouse gas emissions while making it more challenging to reduce Canada's overall emissions.

Trevor Hancock, professor, school of public health and social policy, University of Victoria, Victoria

While the world should be making every effort to wean itself off fossil fuels, particularly in the form of bitumen, the very least Alberta can do is process its bitumen in province before exporting it via pipeline and tanker. That should provide jobs aplenty, plus rendering the bitumen less harmful.

And should an oil spill occur, Alberta should pay for cleaning it up. That means it better have fool-proof technology, which at this point in time is not the case.
Mary Andrews, Victoria

Pleasures of walking

Life is too short to wait for the TTC to fix its subway signal problems, let alone build a new subway line in downtown Toronto (Forget The TTC Vision: Just Make The Subways Run, Feb. 8).

I have already discovered the joys of walking rather than waiting for streetcars to take me anywhere in the downtown core. The only real solution to getting to work without a car in Toronto is to actually live within walking or bicycling distance from your workplace.

Walking is a possible alternative within three kilometres and bicycling is possible up to, say, 10 kilometres. That covers a large part of downtown Toronto where condo development should continue to be intensified.

Widening of sidewalks to accommodate the new pedestrian hordes, along with a wholesale mega-expansion of bicycle road capacity, needs to take place to put Toronto on a par with, say, 1970s Beijing. This could be combined with a new ParticipAction media campaign extolling the virtues of urban walking and bicycling. Never mind the subways. It is now time for Torontonians to use their own two feet.

Larry Bukta, Toronto


Where’s the limit for protesters, politicians in B.C’s pipeline war?

Gary Mason

Published 2 days agoUpdated February 8, 2018

New Democrat MP Kennedy Stewart recently sent out a letter to supporters, updating them on the results of a massive telephone town hall he'd arranged about stopping the Trans Mountain pipeline.

Marshalling opposition to the project has become an all-consuming passion of Mr. Stewart, who represents suburban Burnaby, B.C., where the pipeline would conclude and massive ocean-going tankers would fill up with Alberta crude.

During the town hall, participants could use their telephone key pads to indicate which of three political actions – writing a letter to their MP, attending a public protest or engaging in acts of civil disobedience – they would support. Forty-three per cent said they would be prepared to be arrested in the name of disrupting the pipeline – a result that seemed to delight the Burnaby South MP.

"I think it is encouraging so many are so opposed to this project that they are willing to take action – especially when it comes to risking arrest to stop this horrible project," Mr. Stewart wrote in his letter.

To me, that sounds like a member of Parliament countenancing, if not downright inviting, people to break the law in the name of halting this pipeline. While civil disobedience has become a form of protest tolerated in our society, most Canadians likely wouldn't be okay with elected politicians condoning this behaviour.

When I spoke to Mr. Stewart by phone this week, the enthusiasm he expressed in his letter toward unlawful protests was nowhere to be found. Rather, he said the letter was intended merely to demonstrate just how serious people are about stopping Trans Mountain.

"I'm not running out and saying, 'Go get arrested,'" Mr. Stewart said. "What I'm saying is let's stop the pipeline, figure out what you're comfortable with, and here's some info about the different options available."

Again, that is not the impression one is left with after reading his letter. Nonetheless, what he has to say about the potential for conflict – if and when construction of this pipeline begins in earnest – is worth hearing.

Right now, the professional protesters who oppose it have mostly kept their powder dry. (There were skirmishes with police in 2014 that led to more than 100 arrests but that was a mere prelude to what's coming).

The war is being fought at a political level now. Kinder Morgan isn't likely to start building until outstanding court cases are resolved and interprovincial disputes ironed out. No one knows for sure how long that will take. But if construction does go ahead, things could get ugly, fast.

"I think people have to know this could be violent," Mr. Stewart says. "I have talked to First Nations whose nine reserves the pipeline will go through. They've told me
that without consent, there is nine Okas right there."

Of course, we all remember the 1990, 78-day standoff between Mohawks and the people of Oka, Que., which resulted in one fatality. Imagining that the protests around Trans Mountain will result in similar anger and frustration is not difficult.

Federal officials have already raised the spectre of the army coming in to enforce the law if protesters get out of hand. Mr. Stewart, a former public policy professor, says the government could only do that through the Emergencies Act, which is effectively a newer version of the War Measures Act.

"When you trigger that, what happens is the federal government turns control over to the army, to the generals," Mr. Stewart said. "When people say they want [Prime Minister Justin] Trudeau to act, well, they'd better be careful what they wish for. This is where this is going, I can tell you right now."

Dismissing Mr. Stewart's warnings as hyperbole would be easy, but that would be a mistake. There have been environmental groups gearing up for this fight for years. It's given them a reason for being.

One gets the impression they'll be disappointed if Kinder Morgan pulls the plug on the project before they get a chance to live out their battle plans.

One day, in the not too distant future, Mr. Trudeau might be asked how far he'll go to stop the demonstrations surrounding the Trans Mountain pipeline. And like his father before him, he may invite us all to just watch him.

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