Justin Trudeau Vows to Bail Out the Profitable Texas Oil Company, Kinder Morgan

In 2017, Texas oil company Kinder Morgan generated net profits of US$223 million and revenues of nearly US$14 billion. Despite Kinder Morgan’s high profitability and massive financial resources, Justin Trudeau has vowed to use taxpayer money to bail out Kinder Morgan on its planet-wrecking project to expand the Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline.

As I explain in this interview with Sharmini Peries of The Real News, Trudeau’s commitment to expend public money on this environmentally reckless project comes on top of his failure to end fossil fuel subsidies, something he promised to do in the 2015 election.

Canada’s government is indeed ‘back’ – it’s back to enriching oil barons at the expense of Canadians and the planet on which we depend for our very survival.

My interview with Sharmini Peries can be seen here:

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=21600%27%20style=%27color:

Trudeau Panics After Trans Mountain Tar Sands Pipeline Suspended

After Kinder Morgan issued a press release announcing the suspension of work at the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, Justin Trudeau convened an emergency cabinet meeting. In effect, a single press release from a fossil fuels company sent the entire Trudeau cabinet into a panic.  It is hard to imagine more powerful proof of Justin Trudeau’s subservience to Big Oil.

My report on the Kinder Morgan announcement can be seen here:

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:21556:Trudeau-Panics-After-Trans-Mountain-Tar-Sands-Pipeline-Suspended

Aggressive Police Tactics Escalate Against TransMountain Pipeline Protests in Canada

As Justin Trudeau’s government forges ahead with its climate-wrecking plan to facilitate expansion of tar sands infrastructure, resistance is mounting. In the past several days, dozens of conscientious Canadians have been arrested in acts of peaceful civil disobedience. One of those peaceful resisters is Clayton Thomas-Muller​ of 350.org.

For the Real News, I speak to Clayton about the mounting resistance and about efforts by Canadian law-enforcement authorities to criminalize those who non-violently oppose the destruction of Mother Earth.

My interview of Clayton can be seen here:

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=21419%27%20style=%27color:.

Confronting Trudeau on Climate Lies and Kinder Morgan Pipeline

On his recent town hall tour across Canada, Justin Trudeau encountered many Canadians who are indignant about his government’s support for tar sands pipelines. One of those Canadians was Clayton Thomas-Muller of 350.org.

For The Real News Network, I speak to Clayton about his challenge to Trudeau at a town hall in Winnipeg to explain how Trudeau’s devotion to the tar sands industry can be reconciled with his purported commitment to the Paris climate accord.

My interview of Clayton can be seen here:

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=21095

Under its New Leader Jagmeet Singh, Will Canada’s NDP Finally Call for Sanctions on Israel?

During the NDP leadership campaign, I had the opportunity to ask Jagmeet Singh, who subsequently won the NDP’s leadership contest, whether he supported sanctions on Israel. In this report for The Real News, you can listen to my conversation with Mr. Singh.

In my report, I also speak with NDP activists Genevieve Nevin and Yazan Khader about their remarkable efforts to garner support for a new NDP resolution on Israel/Palestine. That resolution calls for a ban on the importation of products made in Israel’s illegal settlements.

If adopted at next week’s NDP convention in Ottawa, it will mark the first time in Israel’s 50-year occupation of Palestinian lands that one of the three major Canadian political parties has called for sanctions on Israel. Until now, only the Green Party of Canada has called for sanctions on Israel.

My report can be seen here:

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:21096:Under-its-New-Leader-Jagmeet-Singh%2C-Will-Canada%27s-NDP-Finally-Call-for-Sanctions-on-Israel%3F

BDS Activists and Canada’s Communist Party Sue the City of Montreal for Civil Rights Violations

During Canada’s 2015 federal election, Montreal-based supporters for the BDS Movement and local candidates of the Communist Party of Canada attempted to draw attention to Steven Harper’s indifference to the suffering of the Palestinian people by erecting provocative posters in Montreal. The central and devastating image of their posters (pictured above) was a dead Palestinian boy who had been killed along with three other Palestinian boys in an Israeli missile attack on a Gaza beach in the summer of 2014.

In apparent violation of Canada’s electoral laws, the City of Montreal, whose mayor at the time was pro-Israel Denis Coderre, removed and confiscated the posters. City workers continued to remove the posters even after a lawyer for the City acknowledged in writing that the posters should not have been removed.

As a result, BDS-Quebec and Canada’s Communist Party later sued the City of Montreal for damages. The trial of that lawsuit was conducted last month (January 2018) in Quebec Superior Court in Montreal. The judge’s decision is now pending.

For The Real News, I attended the first day of the trial and, at the courthouse, I spoke with two of the plaintiffs – Bruce Katz of BDS-Quebec and Bill Sloan of the Communist Party.

My report on the trial can be seen here:

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=21106%27%20style=%27color:

The Governments of Justin Trudeau and Rachel Notley Ignore the Scandal of Toxic ‘Tailings Ponds’

For the Real News, I speak to independent oil & gas researcher Regan Boychuk about the failure of governments in Canada to force the tar sands industry to clean up the vast toxic wasteland it has created in the once-pristine environment of northern Alberta.

My interview of Regan can be seen here:

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=21002.