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U. N. allows landlocked countries access to tidewater by road, rail or pack mules.



The U.N. convention has that land-locked countries have access to tide water. Yes by road, rail or pack mule. So if Alberta was to separate would we subsidize pack mules to haul our oil to the coast.

We have the roads and the rail already, so separating from Canada would leave pack mules as our last obligated option.

After the previous federal government failed to build a pipeline with an Albertan, Prime Minister Harper in charge. A Quebecois, Prime Minister Trudeau, had the federal government buy a pipeline for Alberta to have greater access to tidewater.

After years of talks and court cases the pipeline is progressing, even though it is believed that a huge number of Canadians, outside of Alberta, wish it wouldn’t. If Alberta was to separate why would Canadians proceed with a pipeline for Alberta to ship oil to other countries.

We can continue being part of Canada, work to finish the pipelines, expand rail service for oil shipping to Thunder Bay for tanker shipping to refineries in New Brunswick.

“Desperation” is oozing out of the pores of Alberta like many dying one industry towns only in a faster rate. How many communities disappeared when their single industry collapsed, and they never tried to diversify? How many gold rushes, coal mines, forestry, fishing, manufacturing, tobacco and trapping centres have disappeared while others morphed into more diversified centres?

There was a time when my investments in energy gave me a great return and now other investments out perform those. Our Premier wants control of our pensions and I hope that never happens. C.P.P. is a great investment tool with a history of great returns. The Alberta pension has a less than stellar history but the last few years have seen positive returns. My biggest fears would be having this premier throw all pension funds into the energy sector.

Perhaps he will invest in pack mules when he becomes Prime Minister and President of the Republic of Alberta? It appears to me, that seems to be his goal, isn’t it?

The province is suffering the death from a thousand cuts and that will be blamed on past provincial government and current federal government, not the current provincial government and the past federal government, which the Premier was a big part of.

If the Premier invests in pack mules would the farmers reap the rewards by growing the feed? Probably not.

Where are the adults anyways?


Political editor/writer and retired oilfield supervisor

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Does the world need more Canadian energy?



Canada Action is trying to reach at least 750,000 people with their Stand Strong With Canada message.

As part of Todayville’s #visionCanada2119 project we’d like to share in this conversation.

Does this make you feel proud?  Is this a campaign you can get behind by forwarding to your various social media accounts?  Is this a step backwards?

We’ve opened comments on this post and we invite your strong and well intentioned opinions.

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Canada is a leader in protecting people and the planet – a fact that should be known by every single Canadian.

So, we need your help to get our video to 750,000 views across all platforms by sharing this link with staff, friends, family, and on social media!

We are no longer apologizing – a future in energy and a future in the environment are not mutually exclusive.

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How an Alberta energy company voluntarily restores caribou habitat in northern Alberta



Helicopters dropping tree planters into forest corridors.  This is not an image that typically comes to mind when we speak about energy production in Canada.   Truth is, voluntary initiatives like the Caribou Habitat Restoration Project by Cenovus are very much part of everyday life for Alberta energy companies.

Let’s support our families, our neighbours, and our communities by taking a minute to learn about this particular effort.  If you’re already well aware of the environmental focus of Alberta energy companies, you can help by sharing information like this with people you know and encouraging them to do the same.  Just by taking the time to learn something new and sharing this information you are helping to make a difference at home in Alberta, across the country, and around the world!   Thank you for supporting your community, your province, and your country!

Todayville is sharing this video as part of our #visionCanada2119 initiative.

From Cenovus Energy

Caribou Habitat Restoration Project

Our 10-year Caribou Habitat Restoration Project, announced in 2016, is a voluntary environmental initiative that represents the largest single area of boreal caribou habitat restoration undertaken by a company anywhere in the world.

We use proven reforestation techniques to restore old seismic lines, access roads and other linear disturbances. During 2017, we treated approximately 270 kilometres of these linear features in an area comprising about 276 square kilometres. Our restoration program is helping to reduce fragmentation in the Cold Lake caribou herd’s habitat, where our Foster Creek and Christina Lake oil sands projects are located.

Since 2013, we’ve cumulatively treated more than 700 kilometres of these linear disturbances and planted more than 850,000 trees. As part of our 10-year project, we plan to take that total to 3,500 kilometres treated within an area of 3,900 square kilometres – about five times the area of the city of Calgary. We plan to have planted approximately 4 million trees by 2026.

Our project uses techniques such as mounding the ground, planting trees on these mounds, adding woody debris and leaning tree stems into the pathways to help cover historical corridors cut into the forest for seismic work, access roads and other activities. By closing these long open stretches, our work aims to make it harder for wolves to hunt caribou. Woodland caribou are listed as threatened under Canada’s Species at Risk Act.

We continue to measure and monitor the results of our restoration work and share what we learn with others through Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance. For example, we’re a member of the Regional Industry Caribou Collaboration, where producers work collaboratively across individual company tenures and lease boundaries to coordinate habitat restoration in the Cold Lake and East Side Athabasca River caribou herds and conduct research on caribou ecology and how wildlife respond to habitat treatments. We also work on a coordinated caribou approach with our peers at the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.

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