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Tuesday, July 24, 2012
B.C. wants more pipeline benefits ALBERTA REBUFFS DEMAND BY TAMSYN BURGMANN THE CANADIAN PRESS VANCOUVER — British Columbia is demanding a greater share of economic benefits from the controversial $5.5-billion Enbridge (TSX:ENB) pipeline and a greater spread for the potential risks as some of the preconditions that must be satisfied to give its blessing to the project. But the Alberta government has said compensation for B.C.’s risk is not an option. “Given that B.C. would shoulder 100 per cent of the marine risk and a significant portion of the landbased risk, we do not feel the current approach to sharing these benefits is appropriate,” B.C. Environment Minister Terry Lake told reporters Monday in Vancouver. “British Columbians are fair and reasonable, but they have to have confidence that a fair share of benefits would come to this province before we would consider supporting any such proposal.” Lake pointed out that B.C. stood to gain just eight per cent of the projected financial benefits of the pipeline. Alberta Premier Alison Redford rebuffed any suggestion of increased compensation for B.C. She noted the National Energy Board review of the project and the extra $500 million Enbridge is planning to spend on monitoring and safety. “These efforts, combined with the fact that pipelines are still by far the safest means by which to transport oil, significantly mitigate the environmental risk and weaken the B.C. government’s argument for compensation based on potential risk,” Redford said in a statement. She was not available for questions. Her statement added that Canada works well because of the free flow of goods across the country, “including forest products, oil, liquefied natural gas, potash, uranium, grain and manufactured goods.” Alberta’s intergovernmental affairs minister went further.
“I think that’s a difficult conversation,” Cal Dallas said of the compensation question. “Clearly we need to move all kinds of product around the country through a variety of different infrastructure. That hasn’t been the way we’ve done business.” Monday is the first time the B.C. government has outlined a detailed position on the Northern Gateway project, which will run from the Alberta oil sands to port at Kitimat, B.C., for shipping to Asian markets. The statement comes just ahead of the annual gathering of provincial and territorial leaders in Halifax on Wednesday, where they will discuss a pan-Canadian energy strategy. The preconditions will also apply to government consideration of any future heavy oil pipeline proposals, along with a second major proposal currently underway by Kinder Morgan (NYSE:KMP) to expand its Trans Mountain pipeline from Alberta to the West Coast by 2017. While Lake said he had “no doubt” that issues could be resolved, he also suggested the province has some levers available if its preconditions aren’t met. “Even if they were to approve it at the NEB, there are scores of provincial permits that will be necessary and we will have to give due consideration to each one,” he said. “And of course, there’s the issue of being able to supply the power necessary through B.C. Hydro.” Enbridge responded to B.C.’s tough talk by welcoming further dialogue, while Ottawa reiterated its support because of the thousands of jobs and billions in revenues it will generate. “Enbridge and the Northern Gateway project team have worked hard to ensure this unique project would be built and operated to the highest standards and has committed to further enhancements to make what is already a safe project even safer,” the company’s spokesman Todd Nogier said in a statement. For B.C. to support the project, it must:
More funding for Toronto police anti-gang initiative coming THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO — Provincial funding for a police anti-violence initiative was made permanent Monday, as the city grappled with a series of recent public shootings that have left multiple people dead. Premier Dalton McGuinty announced that Ontario will earmark $12.5 million for several initiatives aimed at preventing more violence, with the money coming from existing sources in the provincial budget. “I think it’s a step in the right direction,” he said following an hourlong, closed-door meeting with Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and Police Chief Bill Blair at the Ontario legislature.
The majority of the funding — $7.5 million — will go toward the Provincial Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy. The remaining $5 million will be allocated to the program in Toronto, which has led to nearly 22,000 arrests since its creation in 2006. The two employ a total of 72 uniformed officers specially trained to prevent and quickly respond to high-risk police calls, including gang-related incidents. The funding will ensure that the programs will continue into the future, said McGuinty. He admitted the government was considering putting the money up on the chopping block when it was set to expire this year, because of the $15-billion provincial deficit.
Former Mountie found dead in cell while serving time for sexually assaulting boy AGASSIZ, B.C. — A former Mountie who was infected with HIV when he sexually assaulted a 14-year-old boy has died in a British Columbian prison. Warren Allen, 54, was found unresponsive in his cell on Friday at Mountain Institution in Agassiz, B.C., where he was serving three years and three months for sexual assault and distribu-
In addition, the premier also announced that $1 million in funding, which had been set aside earlier, will go toward better integration between Toronto-area police forces and the provincial police. The funds will also be used to provide additional supports to local community groups. “It’s a very complicated problem and there’s no one, magic solution,” he said. “Any effective response will consist of a variety of different initiatives.” McGuinty has also asked two provincial ministers to come up with an action plan within 30 days on what needs to be done to deal with the guns and gangs issue in the city. “The fact is all of us — government, police and
community organizations — have been working hard and we’ve made a difference,” he said. “(But) it has become tragically apparent that there is still work for all of us to do.”
● Pass the environmental review by the National Energy Board joint review panel, which is currently underway. ● Include a world-leading marine oil spill response plan. ● Include world-leading practices for response to an oil spill on land. ● Address aboriginal and treaty rights and give First Nations the chance to participate in the project. ● Ensure British Columbia receives a fair share of the fiscal and economic benefits to reflect the level of risk undertaken by taxpayers and the environment. The province has said it wants to work with Ottawa to limit B.C.’s liability in the event of an oil spill and to ensure there are sufficient financial resources if one happens. It wants increased government response and tougher federal rules requiring industry to provide and replace marine response equipment. And the province wants a Natural Resources Damage Assessment process to give certainty that a responsible party will address all costs associated with a spill. “Our conclusion is that the answers to these questions at this particular time are insufficient,” Lake said. The province decided last week it will participate as an intervener in the ongoing environmental assessment hearings being led by the National Energy Board’s panel. Officials haven’t determined what amount of financial compensation would be enough, he said, but they will engage in a series of negotiations with Enbridge and other levels of government aimed at sorting out those details. Federal Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver sent out a statement that did not directly address any of B.C.’s concerns. He repeated that Ottawa will only back projects that meet its “rigorous” environmental standards.
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tion of child pornography. A news release said correctional officers immediately performed CPR, but he was pronounced dead in hospital in Chilliwack, B.C. The Correctional Service of Canada has not released a cause of death, but noted police and the coroners service have been notified. Allen, who was an RCMP officer 30 years ago, was targeted by Toronto police in an undercover operation after the force received a tip from the FBI. Allen began serving his sentence Jan. 20, 2012.
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July 24, 2012 edition of the Red Deer Advocate