Based on evidence provided by a whistleblower, Canada's National Energy Board (NEB) is investigating pipeline giant TransCanada—the company behind both the Keystone XL and Energy East proposals—for safety-code violations, according to exclusive reporting by the Reuters news agency.
Adapting from the headline: “The corporation cannot be trusted.”
That’s a great general principle that should remain at the front of everyone’s consciousness!
Sounds like the whistleblower should be hauled off to jail. Exposing the powerful is not allowed.
Chris Hedges, whose columns are published here each Monday, was scheduled this week to speak in Toronto at a rally against Bill C-51
According to the Government of Canada, Bill C-51, also known as the Anti-terrorism Act, 2015, was designed to, “encourage and facilitate information sharing between Government of Canada institutions in order to protect Canada against activities that undermine the security of Canada.”
The Conservative Party introduced the idea of increasing security provisions after the Parliament Hill shooting in October, but didn’t formally introduce the act until January.
Simply put, the Stephen Harper government wants to allocate more power to police services and security institutions like the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) to keep a closer eye on potentially dangerous terrorism situations and prevent future attacks.
Travel delays prevented him reaching the rally, but his speech was published. Here is what he says about protests
Try to defend the treaty rights of First Nations people and you will go to prison. Try to halt the tar sands, fracking, or the bitumen-carrying pipelines and you will go to prison. Try to oppose Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian territories and you will go to prison. And once you are seized by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service you can be subjected to sleep deprivation, sensory deprivation, the disorienting poles of extreme light and darkness or extreme heat and extreme cold, along with stress-position torture, waterboarding, beatings and pressure-point torture. And it will all be legal.
The first paragraph of this short speech gets off to a strong start -
There are no internal constraints left to halt totalitarian capitalism. Electoral politics is a sham. The media is subservient to corporate power. The working class is being disempowered and impoverished. The legal system is a subsidiary of the corporate state. Any form of dissent, no matter how tepid, will soon to be blocked by an internal security apparatus empowered by anti-terrorist laws that will outstrip anything dreamed of by the East German Stasi state. And no one in Ottawa or Washington intends to help us. Opposition parties, such as the Democratic Party, may cry foul when out of power, but once in power they bow to the demands of the omnipotent military and security organs that serve our corporate masters.
The only path is resistance like the whistle blower who exposed the pipe line failures described in this article.
Link to Chris’ speech
Thank you for this erudite comment and link to Hedges’ speech. It takes courage, an abiding conviction to do what is good and true, and a deep caring for fellow human beings, living things, and the environment for a whistleblower to act because as we all know, to reveal wrongdoing means the end of careers, loss of employment/income, and potential threats to their lives and those of their loved ones…so sad to say. Evidence shows that myriad other pipeline operators/contractors worldwide are equally as culpable for malfeasance, poor construction, desultory maintenance, and outright falsification of records…killers by proxy.
These corrupt corporations are worshiped by the GOP as gods they Neil and grovel at their feet…They run for office using the money given them by these evil corporations…All politicians democrat or republican who side with these bastards should be called out and made to account for being strawmen for evil…The GOP dont even hide it…they praise this pipeline as some kind of save all legislation designed to claim it as a job creating bill…Smoke and mirrors for the real reason…(They work for Koch Ind.Period) see how they earn their money…Mindless idiots vote for these evil bastards…