Peak Oil? Pshaw; Kanesatake pot raid; Mulroney’s testimony is urban myth; Olympian bloggers rulebook;

An update on the drug raid happening on a Quebec First Nation reserve this morning
RCMP officers have confirmed 300 officers were involved in a drug raid on the Kanesatake First Nation reserve this morning.

Officers descended on the Mohawk reserve, 55 kilometres west of Montreal, at 5 a.m. Thirteen homes were searched and sixteen suspects were arrested.  No one was injured.

Urban legend – that’s what a former aide is calling Brian Mulroney’s testimony at the Oliphant Inquiry
As former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney returns to the Oliphant inquiry for a fifth day of testimony this morning – a former aide to Mulroney is challenging his testimony.

The inquiry revolves around when and how much money changed hands between Mulroney and Karlheinz Schreiber over a Bear Head armoured vehicle project.

Mulroney claims he ordered his aide Norman Spector to kill the Bear Head project in 1990 because it was too expensive, and only revived the project in 1993 after he left office.

But in an interview with the Canadian Press last night, Spector said quote, “It is not true to say he cancelled it, or he instructed me to cancel it. That never happened. I deny that categorically.”

Olympians can blog – but please, let’s keep it dignified
Olympic athletes competing in Vancouver in 2010 will have to comply with four pages of guidelines if they want to blog their experience.

The guidelines stipulate the blogs must be personal accounts and not news reporting – that means no interviewing other athletes, or reporting on news of events.

The International Olympic Committee also bans athletes from putting up videos, audio and even pictures of medal ceremonies or Olympic action.

Finally the rules stipulate that the blogs be “dignified and in good taste”.

But guidelines aside, the blog allowance is progress – in the 2000 Sydney Olympics athletes were banned from blogging altogether.

All talk and no action
The Federal Government has been doing a whole lot of nothing about climate change and the environment, say opposition MPs and environmentalists.

A 2007 private member’s bill has forced the government to review its environmental plans and actions in an audit.

Last week, the audit by the Environment Commissioner showed the Tories introduced their “Turning the Corner” environment plan three years ago but have no regulations in place to enact the plan, it hasn’t met its Kyoto Protocol promises, and it is overstating its greenhouse gas emission cuts.

Liberal MP Pablo Rodriguez who sponsored the bill, accused the government of not respecting the essence of the bill which attempts to force the Tories to create a plan to meet Canada’s Kyoto Protocol commitments and track its progress.

The report was especially critical of the government’s lack of action on Kyoto, saying it doesn’t have an adequate plan in place to reduce emissions – or even accurately track the levels.

Environment Minister Jim Prentice is calling the report “partisan mischief” and laid blame instead on the former Liberal government, saying they signed the Kyoto Protocol but then did not enact moving a real climate change plan to deliver the cuts.

Prentice promised to have a new domestic plan laid out in time for the next round of UN climate change discussions to take place in Copenhagen this December.

Peak Oil?  Pshaw
6.3 million barrels every day – that’s how much black stuff Canada’s oilsands could be pumping out every day by 2035 according to a new report by IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates.

The consultancy, which is noted for disagreeing with most peak oil predictions, sees a rosy future for oil production in Canada as long as the economy recovers. If it’s right Alberta will be producing nearly five times the current levels of oil by 2035.

If the economy slows over the long term, the study predicts production will still increase but only up to 2.3 million barrels a day – about one million higher than current levels.

As for the environment, the report wants Canada and the U.S. to create a joint framework for regulating greenhouse gas emissions and preventing any trade conflicts – reflecting concern in Canada’s oil industry over President Obama’s warnings that he’ll tax so-called “dirty oil” at higher levels than other fossil fuels.

Canadian manufacturing troubles go well beyond the current recession
That’s according to a new report from the Institute for Research on Public Policy.

Canada’s manufacturing productivity has increased less than 10 percent in since 2000, compared with 37 percent in the United States.

The report says the problem is long term – and the main cause is a lack of investment in just about everything workers need to produce goods – from machinery on the plant floor, to public infrastructure, to higher education and R&D.

Catching up to Food Basics and Price Chopper
Another grocery store is following its discount competitor’s lead – Metro will begin charging its Ontario and Quebec customers 5 cents for each plastic bag they require beginning June 1st.

That’s the same day the City of Toronto starts forcing all of its grocery stores to charge for plastic bags.

Metro is putting some of the money from the plastic bag sale toward a $2 million grant program for environmental projects in schools.

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