Andrew Nikiforuk: Harper, Pipelines and Petro Politics

March 7, 2013

Regardless of the costs to the environment, the economy and indigenous communities that get in his way, Canada’s Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper is hell bent on expanding Alberta’s tar sands and pushing the Northern Gateway Pipeline from the tar sands to the Pacific. Award-winning journalist Andrew Nikiforuk explains what is at stake and why Harper and his gang must be stopped.

Nikiforuk spoke at the University of Winnipeg Nov. 15, 2012.

Video Production
Camera: Harold Shuster
Editor: Paul S. Graham




Tar Sands, Pipelines and Tankers

March 19, 2012

The National Energy Board is conducting hearings on the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline proposal for a pipeline from Alberta’s tar sands to the town of Kitimat in the heart of BC’s Great Bear Rainforest. If approved, over 200 oil tankers will be navigating the difficult waters off BC’s Northwest Coast each year.

On February 16, 2012, a public forum focusing on the project’s risks to the environment, the economy and to local communities was held at the University of Winnipeg, Richardson College for the Environment & Science Complex in Winnipeg. It was organized by the Manitoba Eco-Network, Green Action Centre, Climate Change Connection, the Council of Canadians, and the Green Action Committee of the First Unitarian-Universalist Church, with the support of the University of Manitoba’s Global Political Economy Program and the University of Winnipeg.

The Panel, moderated by CJOB’s Richard Cloutier, consisted of:

Dr. Wade Davis, Explorer in Residence, National Geographic Society, Visiting Professor and Senior Fellow of the Masters in Development Practice (MDP) Indigenous Development program, University of Winnipeg and author of The Sacred Headwaters: the fight to save the Stikine, Skeena and Nass.

Gerald Amos was Chief Councillor for the Haisla First Nation for 12 years. He has been a leading voice for conservation in Canada for thirty years. He is the author of an open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Natural Resources Minister, Joe Oliver “No apology forthcoming.”

Lynne Fernandez, Canadian Centre of Policy Alternatives. Lynne has an MA in economics from the University of Manitoba. As a research associate at the Manitoba office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Lynne has studied municipal and provincial social and economic policy. She is also interested in labour and environmental issues.

Anne Lindsey, former executive director, Manitoba Eco-Network. Anne has worked and volunteered on Manitoba and national issues such as nuclear waste, forestry, food and pesticides, since 1984, including numerous experiences with environmental reviews.

Broadcast Information

Shaw TV Channel 9
Length: 89 minutes (Online version – 2:31:52)
Thursday, March 22, 2012: 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 24, 2012: 4:30 a.m.
Sunday, March 25, 2012: 1:00 p.m.

Note: broadcast dates and times are subject to change without notice.

Cameras: Paul S. Graham and Ken Harasym
Editor: Paul S. Graham