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Civil disobedience…and the environment…

January 31, 2013

Rapid-fire round today:

1. The Sierra Club (US) has formally approved the use of civil disobedience (for the first time in their 120 years) to fight against the Keystone XL pipeline – which will pump raw bitumen crude oil from the northern Alberta Tar Sands to Texas refineries. Sierra Club Canada will look at the issue as well.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/jan/29/activism-keystone-xl-pipeline

2. The FBI and the RCMP (Canada’s version of FBI – more-or-less) have both acknowledged (publicly) that environmental civil disobedience and “eco-terrorism” will be their biggest domestic issues of this century.

3. If you haven’t noticed, 6 of our 10 provincial Premiers are now female. Ten years ago there were none. Will this change anything? In some ways yes. But mostly no. At least in the short-term. Conservatives are conservatives. Liberals are liberals.

4. Heat records are being broken all over eastern Canada today. Despite last weeks cold snap, it was again – for the tenth year in a row – the hottest January on record. (On a brighter note, it’s an excellent day for a jog!)

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