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Michigan trying to shut down Enbridge pipeline

“Any disruption would have devastating consequences,” the company said.

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Michigan is taking steps to shut down a pipeline that carries Western Canadian oil and natural gas into the U.S. and Ontario.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office notified Calgary-based Enbridge Inc. it was revoking an easement granted 67 years ago to extend a 6.4 km section of the pipeline through the Straits of Mackinac.

The revocation takes effect in 180 days, when the flow of oil must stop.

“Enbridge has routinely refused to take action to protect our Great Lakes and the millions of Americans who depend on them for clean drinking water and good jobs,” the Democratic governor said in a statement.

“They have repeatedly violated the terms of the 1953 easement by ignoring structural problems that put our Great Lakes and our families at risk.

“Most importantly, Enbridge has imposed on the people of Michigan an unacceptable risk of a catastrophic oil spill in the Great Lakes that could devastate our economy and way of life.”

But Enbridge countered there was “no credible basis” for the action.

“Line 5 remains safe, as envisioned by the 1953 Easement, and as recently validated by our federal safety regulator,” said Vern Yu, the company’s president for liquids pipelines, said in a statement.

Line 5 carries oil from Western Canada to refineries in the U.S. and Ontario.

It carries about 87 million liters of oil and natural gas liquids daily between Superior, Wisconsin, and Sarnia, Ontario, traversing parts of northern Michigan and Wisconsin.

There is an underwater section between the Straits of Mackinac, which connects Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. It is divided into two pipes that are 50 cm in diameter. Enbridge says they are in good condition and have never leaked.

Another Enbridge pipeline spilled 3.2 million liters of oil in the Kalamazoo River in southern Michigan in 2010.

Enbridge said along with having to increase shipments by rail and tanker, the order will cause shortages of crude oil for refineries in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and eastern Canada, as well as propane shortages in northern Michigan.

“Any disruption would have devastating consequences,” the company said.

Former MP and energy expert Dan McTeague tweeted: “Hey #Toronto and #GTA … still think voting for a Party that killed the #EnergyEast pipeline was a bright idea without consequences ? Get ready to pay more for everything …”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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Secret tapes of CNN execs talking about shaping the news to be released

James O’Keefe, from Project Veritas released a tape Tuesday morning of CNN executives sitting in stunned silence when they were informed the tapes were going to be released.

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Secretly recorded tapes of CNN’s editorial morning meetings are being released Tuesday night.

James O’Keefe, from Project Veritas released a tape Tuesday morning of CNN executives sitting in stunned silence when they were informed the tapes were going to be released.

CNN president Jeff Zucker ordered the Tuesday called stopped and demanded new procedures for the morning call.

O’Keefe unmuted himself and revealed to them he has two months worth of recordings provided by a “brave inside sources.”

He said the recordings between Zucker and producers will show the thinking behind CNN’s slanted news.

“I think Mr. Zucker is shaking in his boots right now. I think he’s very afraid of what may be coming,” said O’Keefe.

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The hashtag #CNNtapes will start releasing the tapes at 7 p.m. (EST) Tuesday night and throughout the week.

Project Veritas is an American right-leaning activist group founded by O’Keefe in 2010. The group uses undercover techniques to reveal supposed liberal bias and alleged corruption. 

In an email to group supporters, O’Keefe said that the recording that they will “be releasing will give you some insight as to why Zucker has such a tough time answering questions about journalistic integrity.”

The Western Standard will update the story as the tapes are released.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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Liberals backtrack on section of gun grab law

The new policy was to come into effect Monday, but has been put off until Dec. 1, 2023.

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Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government is deferring the “marking” section of their gun grab law.

The new policy was to come into effect Monday, but has been put off until December 1, 2023.

“The existing Firearms Marking Regulations under the Firearms Act, scheduled to come into force on December 1, 2020, have been deferred until December 1, 2023. The Government will use the deferral period to continue consulting with partners and develop an effective markings regime that is appropriate for Canada, balancing the needs of law enforcement with the impact on firearms businesses and owners, while prioritizing public safety,” said the government in a release.

“Firearms markings enables law enforcement to trace crime guns, and is most successful when paired with records of ownership and imports.

“In the absence of record-keeping requirements for non-restricted firearms, consultations with law enforcement and industry led to the conclusion that the existing Regulations, as conceived in 2004, are ineffective in facilitating successful tracing of crime guns.

“While the Regulations have been deferred, the Government remains committed to firearms markings regulations as part of its broader firearms strategy to protect public safety, including the prohibition of “assault-style” firearms announced this past spring.”

On May 1, 2020, the federal government prohibited buying, using and selling thousands of firearms.

There are 316,791 licensed firearms owners in Alberta.

The national police union that represents the RCMP has blasted the gun grab plan for doing nothing to stop the flow of illegal guns into the country, and driving previously legal firearms into the black market.

The union said 2,242 illegal guns used in crimes in Canada last year were traced back to manufacturers in the U.S. Three of the four firearms used in the tragic mass shooting in Portapique, N.S, in April 2020, were obtained illegally in the U.S.

The union said Stats Canada data shows Canada reported 678 homicides in 2019, and that 261 (38 per cent) of them were gun-related fatal shootings.

Of those 261 homicides, over 60 per cent were committed with a handgun, as opposed to a rifle.

Trudeau’s Liberal government announced in May they are banning 1,500 different makes and models of what he called “military-style” and “assault-style” guns in Canada. Most firearms experts say that the Liberal failed to define what constitutes “military-style” and “assault-style” firearms beyond aesthetics.

The ban came into effect immediately and was ordered by the cabinet without any bill or debate in Parliament.

In response to the federal order, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe said their provinces will look at appointing its own chief firearms officers.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

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Farrell calls for Calgary law to ban cat-calls

Calling in “street harassment”, Coun. Druh Farrell is calling for public input on a potential bylaw to make such actions illegal.

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The old caricature of construction workers cat-calling when a pretty girl walks by could soon be outlawed in Calgary.

Calling it “street harassment”, Councilor Druh Farrell is calling for public input on a potential bylaw to make such actions illegal.

Farrell said street harassment includes things like unwelcome comments, gestures and actions made primarily to women by people they don’t know. 

“It’s most frequently an attack, a verbal attack on women but it’s also against many LGBTQ people,” Farrell told CBC.

“We certainly see that harassment happening in Calgary.”

Farrell said a Statistics Canada report that found one-in-three girls and women were victims of unwanted sexual behaviour in the previous year.

“With all of our bylaws, we look at education first and then establish a social norm. It’s not OK to harass strangers on the street,” said Farrell to CBC.

She notes other Canadian cities including Edmonton, Vancouver and London have already passed bylaws to regulate street harassment.

If Farrell’s motion is approved by council, they would get a report back from administration on the issue in the first quarter of 2022.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

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