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Who Will Be There? All-Energy Canada Trade Show and Conference Toronto #AllEnergyCA

02/04/2014

Hello energy enthusiasts, I’m coming back after a long hiatus.  I’m back – back in an All-Energy mood.  Spring is here and the sun’s warmth reminds me how the clean energy landscape in Canada keeps growing – sometimes quickly, sometimes slow. But still growing.

My media creds now official for All-Energy Canada (April 9-10, Direct Energy Centre, Toronto) I get to enjoying supporting several organizations, including the show’s associates. ‘Nuff said.

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Here’s an advance on some of the exhibitors & speakers:

Biomass Innovation Centre

The BIC was established by Nipissing University’s School of Business in the spring of 2009 as a centre for knowledge and support in the development of an expanding clean technology industry.

Working with organizations and individuals to:

  • Identify biomass supply opportunities in the forestry and agricultural sectors.
  • Support projects that transform biomass into fuels and high-value products.
  • Develop market capacity and demand for bio-fuels and bio-refinery products.

Services include education, technical marketing, advocacy and research that spans from the forest to the marketplace. They focus on bridging the information gaps between knowledge and application and are dedicated to educating the industry as a whole.

Fronius Canada

Their technology boasts (solar) “… year-round autonomous energy supply involving photovoltaics was previously only possible by having environmentally-damaging diesel generators to fall back on. Fronius has found a new solution – the Fronius Energy Cell. In future, the energy cell can be used to convert excess energy into hydrogen for storage, converting it back into useful power when needed.”

Chiefs of Ontario

“The Chiefs of Ontario is a political forum and secretariat for collective decision-making, action, and advocacy for the 133 First Nations communities located within the boundaries of the province of Ontario.  Guided by the Chiefs in Assembly, they uphold self-determination efforts of the Anishinaabek, Mushkegowuk, Onkwehonwe, and Lenape Peoples in protecting and exercising their inherent and Treaty rights.   Keeping in mind the wisdom of our Elders, and the future for our youth, we continue to create the path forward in building our Nations as strong, healthy Peoples respectful of ourselves, each other, and all creation.

The activities of the Chiefs of Ontario are mandated through and guided by:

  • Resolutions passed by the Chiefs in Assembly of the 133 First Nations in Ontario
  • The Political Confederacy made up of the Grand Chiefs of Political Territorial Organizations (PTOs) and Independent First Nations
  • The elected Regional Chief for the Chiefs of Ontario”

STEEP Building Systems Canada:

An Ontario based manufacturer of energy efficient structural panels, will display their building product. STEEP panels have been used in scores of large and small buildings built across urban and rural southern Ontario with this quick, durable and cost effective construction technique.

Working with Far North Developments, STEEP Canada will also demonstrate how the construction benefits of STEEP panels can be integrated with renewable energy and storage technology. This approach makes STEEP panel buildings suitable for use as housing, schools and offices in rural, resource based communities and remote First Nation locations.

More speakers (International):

DR. WOODROW (WOODY) CLARK II (Keynote Speaker)
Chief Executive Officer, Clark Strategic Partners/Nobel Peace Prize recipient

A noted lecturer and senior advisor to governments worldwide, Dr. Woodrow Clark was one of the contributing scientists to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (UNIPCC), which as an organization was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in December 2007 along with Al Gore and the film An Inconvenient Truth.

Professor Bassim Abassi from Al-Balqa’ Applied University in Jordan, to discuss the use of Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) in the Mediterranean basin (case study).

Donnadelliah Maluleke, Consul Political at the South African Consulate General in Chicago.

More speakers (Canada):

William Lahey, Chairman of Efficiency Nova Scotia, from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, to discuss consumer demand management and saving energy.

Elisa Obermann, Atlantic Director of Marine Renewables Canada, from Halifax, Nova Scotia, will be providing an overview of the Canadian marine energy market.

Matt Jameson, Director of Economic Development from Six Nations of the Grand River, the largest First Nation in Canada.

Martin Damphousse, Mayor of Varennes, Quebec, to discuss their leading role in community energy projects.

This is by no means a complete list.

The Trade Show part is free but you should register.  Please visit by clicking => All-Energy and come out.

Lots of companies to connect with, pose questions, get answers, network and support All Energy in Canada.

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The British Are Coming! Future Policy: Canada Cracked Open – Business, Environment, Laws

29/09/2011

One of Canadian Newswire’s headlines read: Ties Between UK & Canada Show Plenty of Potential.

It obviously points to the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy as clearly touted throughout the release, along with the interesting video attached as well. Go read and see it here, however, it pointed towards something else that seems to have surfaced in an underlying way.

A lean towards influencing students towards a future of ‘sustainable’ oil & gas. It’s no secret how the Feds want to double oil production in the next 10 years or so.

Feds want to double production. How can that be? POLICY. or (PC OILY)

The School of Public Policy website [indicated quite clearly in the background throughout the video] leads one to all the wonderful descriptions of enrolling and educating oneself to public policy and its intricacies and how to deal.  But as you delve deeper into who’s behind it, it makes one wonder how these students will be taught, and what they will believe is “for the better of the public interest” policy.

The credits listed for the professors are extensive and glare back of a more ominous tone that tends to lean towards a future of big business, oil & gas and re-affirming within the minds of these students that, as defined under the Canadian Federal Sustainable Development Act, these not so green and not so environmentally friendly types of energy, are sustainable.  Sustainability & Sustainable Development are such interesting definitions under that Act (OIL & GAS INCLUDED!!!) and carry such broad scope of argument that always out-shadows the precautionary principle, which is the only written terminology (as a definition) that eludes to the environment.

Here are the cracks. A list of the course Instructors, Lecturers & Supervisors.

SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

“Director of the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies”

“… coauthor of a book on the regulation of natural gas pipelines in Canada, a text in industrial organization …”

“co-author, or co-editor of a number of books, including Human Rights and Social Technology: The New War on Discrimination (with T. E. Flanagan), … Current projects include Courting Controversy, a book that explores the rhetorical strategies used by courts to manage highly contentious public issues.”

“published extensively on Metis lands, Louis Riel, Native land rights and self determination, game theory and on recent political movements in Canada (such as the Reform party and the Conservative rise to power)”

or how about this choice credit:

“on the Energy Strategy Advisory Committee for the Government of Alberta; as an advisor to the Government of Canada on the Mackenzie Gas Pipeline Project; on the Canadian Academy of Engineering Energy Pathways Taskforce; on the Council of Canadian Academies Study on Hydrates; and, on the Boards of Directors of the Alberta Chamber of Resources, the Alberta Energy Research Institute, the Canadian Energy Research Institute, and the Alberta Ingenuity Centre for In Situ Energy. ”

“research associate at Cornell University and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy.”

These professors are merely knowledge testers and gatherers and regurgitators.  They provide all this information back to our government.  The government in turn, gets the bigger picture. Information technology is surely one of the highest forms of power in the world.

The lean here seems to be towards, energy, economy, business, sustainability (always a questionable Act) that rings of oil & gas, amongst others and it just so happens to be in Alberta.

The question here should not be what credentials are being demonstrated, but the real lack of truly important credentials = any and all the ones that have to do with social issues. Are they any Dr. David Suzuki’s on the list? Since this blog leans more towards green & science & technology, let’s just go there.

No.

Cracked open, these students are most likely in for a future of believing that oil & gas are sustainable or in the worst case scenario, understand that in order to play the money and power game, they will regurgitate what their leaders are saying, and the best demonstration or acting skills always win.

This blogger understands that transition from forms of fuel that are truly not environmentally friendly or friendly to our health is not easily accomplished, but it is very possible.  This type of undue policy influence perpetuates a future of oil & gas, when we all know there are solutions, that many Canadians in fact have created/designed, exist.

The atmosphere that has been created, with our Federal Government cancelling the Oceans Management program a few weeks ago (see here) or kicking out 700 Environment Canada people (who cares what they think if they don’t do as “taught”) and keeping up a pretense that oil, gas & nuclear can somehow be sustained environmentally.

Again, it is very important to understand the real meanings, definitions and the actual laws that have been laid out in the Federal Sustainable Development Act. It is not quite what it seems to be.

And as far as the British tie, if you pay attention to the video, you will here many references to gas, business, economy etc.

This blogger just wanted to point out the possible one-sided influence at the school. Where students are taught. That run the future later. From Alberta.

As for the Military credit, one must consider all the activists, who only want to truly protect the environment and make non-violent civil dissent (which is absolutely necessary to the health of a society).  We are being ruled by a bunch of corporate oligarchs in cultural hegemony.

#NoKXL #NoTarSands

But what do I know?

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Traceability Technology Introduced in Canada For Tracking Sustainable Food – Ocean to Plate

21/09/2011

Sobeys Inc. launches traceability system to track seafood from ocean to plate

Customers can now trace the journey of their seafood purchases back to the fisherman who caught it, where and how

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Sept. 21, 2011 via /CNW/ – Sobeys Inc. is launching a sustainable seafood traceability system today to provide Canadians with unprecedented visibility into the quality and sustainability of the seafood they eat. Through a partnership with Ecotrust Canada’s Thisfish™ traceability program, customers can now trace a variety of fresh seafood products and frozen Sensations by Compliments seafood right back to the fisherman who caught it, the boat it was caught from, the fishing area where the catch took place and the fishing method used.

Traceability Technology for Food“Sobeys Inc. is proud to be the first Canadian grocery retailer to offer an innovative and comprehensive seafood traceability system that focuses on more sustainable sources and allows customers to verify the authenticity and quality of their seafood purchases,” says David Smith, Vice President, Retail Strategy and Sustainability. “It not only provides Canadians with a robust set of information about the source of their seafood, it directly connects them to the fishermen that catch their fish.”

Through the transparency that seafood traceability provides, customers are able to understand where their seafood comes from, make informed decisions about their seafood purchases and be confident in knowing that the products they buy were caught and handled using responsible fishing practices and processes.

Tracking Food From Ocean to Plate

From oceans to dinner plates, traceable seafood products are uniquely coded and tracked from the time they are caught through to their journey to Sobeys Inc. stores to give customers a behind-the-scenes, full-access look into their seafood purchase: its origin, preparation tips and delicious recipes, photos of the boat and crew, the captain’s logbook, as well as information about Sobeys Inc.’s sustainability initiatives. Customers even have the option to send a note directly to the fisherman that caught their fish.

Traceable seafood products are available at Sobeys stores across the country, as well as Thrifty Foods and IGA stores in Western Canada.

The traceable frozen Sensations by Compliments lineup includes sustainable seafood products certified by the Marine Stewardship Council:

  • Sensations by Compliments Wild Sockeye Salmon Fillets
  • Sensations by Compliments Wild Pacific Halibut Fillets
  • Sensations by Compliments Wild Albacore Tuna Portions
  • Sensations by Compliments Wild Black Cod Fillets

The assortment of traceable fresh seafood varies by store based on regional and seasonal availability.

Powered by and in partnership with Ecotrust Canada, customers can trace their fresh seafood by inputting a unique code found on the product packaging on www.thisfish.info. On traceable Sensations by Compliments seafood, customers will find a unique code to input on www.compliments.ca/madewithcare and a QR code to scan using a smartphone.

In addition to its consumer benefits, the fishermen who proudly stand behind their seafood products are encouraged by the opportunities that this traceability system provides and are inspired to take even greater measures to ensure the sustainability of their fishing practices.

“As fishermen, it’s great for my crew and me to realize that somebody around the world is buying our fish, and that they can look at who we are and where we come from,” says Vic Amos, B.C. Fisherman. “Traceability goes back to high quality and sustainability goes back to accountability, so it’s important for me to ensure that I fish sustainably and deliver a high-quality product, too.”

“Sobeys is committed to helping to ensure the long-term viability of seafood and will continue to look for opportunities to provide customers with the information they need to make informed purchase decisions and to further the cause of responsible seafood sourcing,” adds Smith.

Sobeys Inc.’s sustainable seafood traceability system is part of a larger effort the Company is undertaking in actively promoting seafood sustainability. For more information about Sobeys’ Sustainable Seafood Policy, please visit www.sobeyscorporate.com/sustainability.

via CanNewsWire

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Landmark Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement – Mark on Land of Sustainability

15/09/2011

An Agreement Making Its Mark on the Land of Sustainability

The Forest Products Association of Canada announced today that on the occasion of the International Year of the Forests and Canada’s National Forest Week, The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and the Royal Geographic Society of Canada will hold a panel discussion on the landmark Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement. Info further in post about this landmark agreement that united big forest companies and staunch environmentalists and perhaps gives us an opportunity to learn about the challenges ahead.

The panel includes Avrim Lazar, President and CEO of FPAC, Richard Brooks, Forest Campaign Director, Greenpeace Canada and Tim Gray, Program Director, the Ivey Foundation. The panel discussion will be held at the Canadian Museum of Nature, 240 McLeod St. in Ottawa on September 19th.

In past posts, I have discussed some of the difficulties with language and interpretation of sustainability and sustainable development under the law in Canada.  Forest & property management has been a very large focal point of the UN’s Agenda 21, the model for sustainability throughout the world.  I can only stress the value of becoming familiar with the agreement and the positions taken by all the parties that have been working on it.

It is being billed as a “landmark” agreement.  I stress, that means important.

Here is the link to the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement website:

http://canadianborealforestagreement.com/

Here is the link to the actual Agreement itself in .PDF format:

http://canadianborealforestagreement.com/media-kit/Boreal-Agreement-Full.pdf

I encourage all to really try to appreciate the language that has been placed into the document.  Irregardless of anything you may believe in, have seen, read or heard, it is still very important to see for yourselves, engage and communicate.  Please take the time to watch over our beautiful land here in Canada.

But what do I know?

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Sustainable Environment in Canada: Coming Down the Pipelines

12/09/2011

I have suggested in several of my past posts, here & here, that sustainability in Canada is a really slippery slope, especially when it comes to the law.  And right now, it most certainly appears that oil & gas pipelines are higher on the sustainability agenda than the actual environment & truly erring on the side of caution.  It was announced in the media that the Harper government has backed off a very good initiative for properly managing the oceans in British Columbia a few days ago.

There are a few important things to note about this article and what it points to:

1) “environmental groups are using U.S. money to try to thwart development projects including Enbridge Inc’s $5.5-billion proposal to pump Alberta bitumen crude by pipeline to the West Coast for Asia-bound tankers”

What is sustainability in Canada?Anyone else find it aggravating that to keep on producing & expanding the oil & gas industry does not seem to align itself with what many believe to be a more sustainably developed world? Electric cars & solar power (along with a slew of other truly eco-saving energies) can easily be made available.  But hey, its always about the money almost everywhere seems.

Oh ya, and don’t forget about how it seems to be of great concern that environmental groups are thwarting (gas, oil) development projects. Holy human waste, batman but isn’t it effectively the agenda of environmental groups to save the environment? I am losing my mind here. Are we such oil & gas addicts that we cannot use fantastic alternatives & solutions right out of nature? We know this continued use of oil & gas & its development kills nature.  I’m smelling some human waste issues here that point to a certain kind of green – called greenbacks.

2) “The federal government’s letter, dated Sept. 1, 2011, declared that Ottawa is walking away from the $8.3-million funding agreement because it wants an oceans plan for the north coast based on a more “focused” and “sustainable and effective” process.”

Four words. “Focused”. “Sustainable”. “Effective”. “Process”.

Again, I will stress, that if one “FOCUSES”, it can be seen in the Federal Sustainable Development Act of Canada, the terms ‘sustainable’ & ‘sustainability’ are purely about “the capacity of a thing, action, activity, or process to be maintained indefinitely“.  In our government’s point of view & under the law, because the oil & gas industry are actions or activities or processes (that have already been around & will be for future generations!) to be maintained indefinitely. I will also stress that the precautionary principle is again, just a principle and/or a guide.  It is not specifically written into the legislation. I encourage you to look it up for yourself & read the Act.  Google it. Bing it. Share it. But make sure you don’t just take my word for granted.

Also, please view PNCIMA’s website.  Familiarize yourself with it. This plan has a steering committee comprised of government officials as well as First Nations & others.  First Nations are important & they comprise a large number of the population in BC. We also cannot forget that irregardless of any stereotypes, First Nations people understand nature & its circle, of that I have not doubt.  I have worked with First Nations in Ontario, talked to them.  I know what is going on.  This type of support withdrawal is nothing new to First Nations, but it is a big slap & direspect to them here as far as their involvement & it is indicative of control over their future involvement.

This is just the tip of the iceberg.

If we really want to save our beautiful environment in Canada, let’s use some logic here.  It is not unreasonable for us to want to wean ourselves off of oil & gas & other dirty methods of energy production & to start the stoppage of these kinds of developments.  There are alternatives.  Are they at the top of the sustainable list in Canada?  I’m just not seeing that really.

What is coming is a lot more of oil, gas etc. developments unless we do something.

Roman historian & poet Juvenal posed this question:

“Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Translation:  Who will guard the guards themselves?

It is up to up to us to work within the system & fight for the proper wording & defense of our environment, animals, food, water etc. because sustainable seems somewhat a Trojan horse.

We hope & want & believe sustainability will save our environment. In global political economical terms, its all really about money, technology & resources.

But what do I know?

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POLL: How is Sustainability Defined Legally in Canada?

05/09/2011

Do you know what sustainability is under the Canadian Federal Sustainable Development Act?

Was hoping to get an idea from interested participants by responding to the following:

 

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Sustainability in Canada 101 – It’s Applied to Oil & Gas?!!!

21/08/2011

First, I love renewable, green  & nature.  The idea of sustainable is fantastic, but it may not be as it appears to be, within Canada’s Federal Sustainable Development Act.  I have found ‘irregularities’, or at least, that may be my interpretation.  Which is exactly the point of this post.

With recent events & arrests occurring as a result of people peacefully protesting the KXL Pipeline, I have been trying to find any agreement, policy or exclusion that allows the oilsands & gas fracking by companies to be deemed “sustainable” in Canada.

What I have found is what, on the surface, could appear to some as an oxymoron of terms and legislation used by the Feds.  Clearly, there is something funky with interpretations here:

Oil and natural gas account for most of the energy consumed in Canada. While the Government of Canada is committed to developing alternative fuels and renewable energy, it also wants to ensure the sustainable development of our important oil and gas reserves.

You can find the link here.  Look at the left hand side of the page on the menu.  Note that the selection is entitled “Sustainable Gas & Oil”.

How can this be, you may ask, since sustainable is supposed to be protective of the environment, isn’t it?

Well, that’s true in “principle” or an idea branded into our thoughts. Which leads into what is termed a definition in the Federal Sustainable Development Act: the “precautionary principle”.

The word “principle” in itself, has a number of definitions, which includes a favourite, “assumption”.  When you assume, you make an ass out of u and me.

And as stated, the “precautionary principle” is merely defined in the FSDA.  The Act itself is ‘guided’ by this principle.  If its a guide, it doesn’t necessarily have any real power.  That’s where the definitions of “sustainability” & “sustainable development” themselves become really interesting.  Under the FDSA, these two terms are defined without pairing, including, using, inserting any words in reference to protecting the environment.

Maybe I am just plain old ignorant here, but when agreements, legislation, contracts etc. are broken & then argued by lawyers in court, its the words & their applications within these, that are the main focus.  If “sustainability” means “means the capacity of a thing, action, activity, or process to be maintained indefinitely” and “sustainable development” means development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs, I really don’t see how it really protects our environment except that I will have to “assume” that to some degree, the “precautionary principle” is being applied with respect to the Tarsands and gas fracking?

It is very important to note that the use of “sustainable” “sustainability” and “sustainable development” is all over the subsections & laws within the FDSA.  However, the “precautionary principle” isn’t even mentioned once within the actual subsections of the FDSA (how convenient, really), it is only demonstrated under the “Interpretation” section, under “Definitions”.  Defining something doesn’t make it law unless its actually made law.  Don’t believe me? Read the Act yourself & tell me if I am just plain old ignorant or blind as a bat.

So, to me, its all about branding & misleading information.  Take a look at how the Feds paint a pretty picture of what they want you to think “sustainability” means because they probably bank on the fact that most won’t go so far as to actually learn the legislation or how it can, might, may be applied.  I mean, I can also “recognize” something or someone. Doesn’t mean that just cause I give it or that person recognition that I will include, use or apply what I have “recognized”.  It doesn’t say its the actual law, again.  But it does give the appearance, or “recognition” of being environmentally concerned.

And when we get down to the use of “sustainable” paired with “oil & gas” on the Feds website, this could be evidence of what I have been trying to say.  We are being misled about what “sustainable” means, because if you look at the greater picture, it is really a very clever way of creating as much economy around our resources as possible, for the greater good of the “public interest.”

I commend the activists & real people who have been peacefully protesting against the TransCanada – KXL Pipeline.  To be arrested for actually supporting the real definition of the “precautionary principal”:

“means the principle that where there are threats of serious or irreversible damage, lack of full scientific certainty shall not be used as a reason for postponing cost-effective measures to prevent environmental degradation”

Are you wondering now what “Sustainable Oil & Gas” really means?  Because, call me ignorant, drilling up more oil & fracking for more gas are “threats of serious or irreversible damage” and will only cause immense “environmental degradation”.  I don’t think our Federal Government interprets it that way.

But what do I know?

As an addendum, please vote “NO” on this CBC Poll, which asks the question, “Are you in favour of the oilsands pipeline?” => PIPELINE POLL

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