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The Saga of the Three Pipelines test of Ottawa's relevance

By: Gwyn Morgan Published: Fort Nelson Newspaper             Canada is endowed with the third largest oil reserves in the world but lack of access to world markets means our oil is sold far below world prices. Each day, this captive market discount hands a $40-million gift to Americans. Adding insult to injury, the discount also drives tens of billions of dollars in Canadian investments to American oilfields.         Now, after seven years and billions of dollars spent by proponents of three oil export pipelines, hope for revival of Canada's oil industry has come down to one extremely troubled project. How could this have happened?         The answer lies in politically-motivated decisions that progressively narrowed those three proposals to what was always the most fraught project. Here is a precis of what I'll call The Saga of the Three Pipelines.          Enbridge filed regulatory applications for the Northern Gateway pipeline to the north Pacific port of Kitimat in

The Peculiar Case of Fort Nelson

Published: Fort Nelson Newspaper Streeper gets his message out across the national airwaves and tells Canada what lobby groups are doing to this community       The Premier of Saskatchewan, Scott Moe, when asked if he would turn off the spigot to stop its fuel reaching British Columbia said: "If Alberta is going to turn the taps off the next logical place to come for product is Saskatchewan. This pipeline should be built, it's a federal government decision. Our Nation was built on similar projects, which have strengthened and built Canada. If the province of BC can stop this project the question is: Do we still have a nation?'             Roy Green, the popular radio host with his own show on Corus Radio Network and syndicated by Global News and described by The Hill newspaper as 'required listening for federal politicians', interviewed Mayor Bill Streeper and Vivian Krause, a researcher who has been exploring the distribution of US funding to First Nation

The Doodlebugs

By: Sharon Stevens Published: Recorder Written: 1995 A doodlebugger? What is a doodlebug and where did that name come from? A definitive answer was what I was searching for. But a variety of responses is what I found... A doodlebug is a southern bug that digs a hole in the ground and stacks the dirt – that's what a doodlebug does is drill a hole and put charges in it and geologists always figured we were never scientific we were just doodlers. Cecil and Mary Watson As far as I can recall there used to be a bug that digs a hole in the ground – it would make these little holes and it goes down and kicks up the dirt, and it was called a doodlebug – don't know where or when it started. But when we were here and this idea came up, somebody said, well geophysical people are always digging holes in the ground – Percy Smith ran a seismic service company – he's the one who patented the name Doodlebug with the caricature of a bug. Ted and Lola Rosza The word doo