Amazing, the amount of people who have read this previous post which was written on January 9, 2012..... where the BBC, having tongue in cheek, suggested building a pipeline ..... North to Alaska.....and then to China.
To then read in our copy of the Vancouver Sun this morning, Pages A1 and A9, that the "Northern Gateway" " Pipeline opposition growing from the pews to the pulpits"...."Churches across Canada speak out against Enbridge project including the United Church, which will make public its position next week".
It wasn't a surprise to the BBC, that is the Church's stand, because we only had to look back to last week to a Post we wrote on "Project North":
Northern Development....at what cost? - 1975... on August 2, 2012.
In 1975, Canada was confronted by proposals for massive oil and gas development in the Northwest Territories, unprecendented in our history. Many of the Canadian churches raised concerns about what this kind of development would mean for our society. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops issued their annual Labour Day Statement, "Northern Development: At What Cost?"Makes us wonder what else the Churches were preaching about back in 1975...... As it is, we're glad that John Cotter, for the Vancouver Sun, wrote in his first paragraph:
This statement, acclaimed by aboriginal organizations and others interested in a more rational form of northern development, expressed the wish that the Catholic community, together with other Christians, members of other faiths and fellow citizens would be able to act "in solidarity with the native peoples of the North in a common search for more creative ways of developing the 'last frontier' of this country." Snip.....
Churches across Canada say they have a religious duty to speak out on the proposed Northern Gateway oilsands pipeline. .... SnipSounds like Mr. Cotter read our Post last week too, or someone at the Vancouver Sun, did.
Let's see if the news media is capable of following the bouncing ball logic here at the BBC's by our suggesting that there is another way of getting the Northern Gateway oilsands and its pipeline from Alberta to China.
But first a quote from Premier Bob McLeod:
Premier Bob McLeod told CBC Radio’s The House on Saturday, “If we can’t go south, if we can’t go to Asia, if we can’t go to the United States, if we can’t go east, then we have to look at all of our options, which could include a northern route.”And that idea was quickly squashed. The same criteria that British Columbia's First Nation People are using do stop the Northern Gateway project, will be put into force in the Territories as well.
Last week Christy Clark threatened to take "her" ball home if she wasn't given more money, in the event of an environmentally damaging oil spill on British Columbia .........sounds like Christy Clark's Bio must be wrong,....again, not only on the section of having gained higher education outside of British Columbia, but also on the part on anti-bullying....... it must be a recent hobby for her, not a life long one.
And then suddenly, while writing this Post, we stopped.... there was something haunting us from a past Post...and it involved a former Premier of BC, definitely a person who looked at Canada's resources as being ours, collectively where he is oft remembered for saying: BC IS NOT FOR SALE:
The B.N.A. Act, Section 109, states in part: "all lands, mines, minerals, and royalties belonging to the several provinces of Canada . . and all the sums then due or payable for such lands, mines, minerals or royalties, shall belong to the several provinces . . . in which the same are situate or arise, subject to any trusts existing in respect thereof, and to any interest other than that of the province of the same.-
This has been interpreted for more than a century as stating that those people who choose to live in a province of our country shall have perpetual ownership and control of all of the province's natural resources. This division of powers has worked well and has benefited all our provinces, as well as our nation, for more than a century. Premier Bill Bennett Thursday, December 4, 1980 BC Legislature
A closer look at "Section 109" of the B.N.A. Act aka "The Constitution Act", says this:
Section 109: British Columbia, Ontario, Québec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia are given constitutional control over their land and natural resources.ALBERTA is not included!!!!?
Section 109 (in Whole):
All Lands, Mines, Minerals, and Royalties belonging to the several Provinces of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick at the Union, and all Sums then due or payable for such Lands, Mines, Minerals, or Royalties, shall belong to the several Provinces of Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick in which the same are situate or arise, subject to any Trusts existing in respect thereof, and to any Interest other than that of the Province in the same.
As to that other route, one that wouldn't require Christy's involvement, or non-involvement.......
As children, we played well together. There never was a time where a situation arose that one child would deny others the right to enjoy our combined "resources", by threatening to take her "ball" home......
It was in the sandbox that the most creative minds were at work, where no mountain was too tall, no valley too deep, no river too wide, for an "engineer" with a brilliant mind. To then have Dad come by and say:
"If you keep digging that hole long enough, you'll end up in China....."
Yes Mildred there is a software program, and it's called Map Tunnelling Tool.
Drag map 1 or 2 by clicking and holding the map as you move it. When you let go and finish dragging the map the other map will then show you where about's on the earth the far end of the imaginary tunnel will be. In effect it will show you what is at the other side of the earth.The directly opposite point to Northern Alberta oilsands, isn't China, the opposite point, roughly, is somewhere in the middle of an Ocean, halfway between Antarctica and South Africa/Madagascar. That's a far cry from China.... but maybe, after seeing all the Medals that China is winning in the 2012 London Olympics, maybe, maybe China can do a deflective drill hole shot from Northern Alberta or from Bruderheim, Alberta to somewhere in China.
Google has its version of Map Tunnelling Tool as well
And, and, and.......as the crow flies or by road, but NOT by PipeLine, there's this by Google again, its choice of destinations . How far is it Between
Bruderheim, Alberta to Kitimat, BC is a popular route right now.