Environmental concerns must be addressed in Enbridge pipeline reversal plan Wynne

TORONTO — Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is promising to address environmental concerns amid protests over a west-east pipeline plan that would transport Alberta oil to foreign markets.Protests that have cropped up in the province include a blockade of an Enbridge pumping station near Hamilton in June.Eighteen people were arrested and charged in that incident when they refused to leave the station.They oppose Enbridge’s plan to reverse the flow of oil in a stretch of pipeline from Westover, Ont., — about 30 kilometres northwest of Hamilton —  to Montreal, saying the move could lead to a possible breach.Wynne says environmental concerns have to be at the centre of any talk about the movement of fuel through the province.She says the province has to work with all groups, including First Nations communities, to make sure there are protections in place.The premier says Ontario also has to work with other provinces with the understanding that they all share energy needs. read more

General Assembly slates appointment of new SecretaryGeneral for Friday

Assembly President Sheikha Haya Al Khalifa of Bahrain consulted with the chairpersons of the 192-member body’s regional groups yesterday on the date for the appointment of Mr. Ban, a seasoned diplomat with lengthy UN experience who was chosen by acclamation by the 15-member Security Council on Monday as its nominee for post. Mr. Ban, who earlier in his diplomatic career served in his country’s mission to the UN and in 2001 was Chef de Cabinet to the then Assembly President, Han Seung-soo of the Republic of Korea, was meeting with Mr. Annan at UN Headquarters in New York later today.The last four Secretaries-General were appointed by the Assembly through a resolution adopted by consensus. A vote will take place only if a Member State requests it and a simple majority of those voting would be required for the Assembly to adopt the resolution. But the Assembly could decide that the decision requires a two-thirds majority. If a vote is taken, it will be by secret ballot.If appointed, Mr. Ban will assume office for a five-year term on 1 January. read more

Second coal mine to reopen in northeastern BC raising hopes in Tumbler

by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 29, 2016 10:18 am MDT Last Updated Dec 29, 2016 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VICTORIA – A mining company in northeastern British Columbia has started hiring as it prepares to reopen the Wolverine Mine on Monday.Conuma Coal Resources Ltd. says the reopening of the mine 15 kilometres west of Tumbler Ridge is expected to create 220 jobs.That’s in addition to 170 jobs that were created when Conuma Coal restarted the nearby Brule Mine in September, just months after purchasing both properties and a third coal mine in northwestern B.C. from Walter Canada.The Ministry of Energy and Mines says Conuma expects to have the Wolverine Mine operating at full production levels by April, exporting 1.5 million tonnes of metallurgical coal annually.Skidding coal prices forced Walter Canada to shut down its Tumbler Ridge-area mines in 2014, barely three years after acquiring them.Tumbler Ridge Mayor Don McPherson said the mine’s reopening is welcome after hard times for the community.“The opening of the Wolverine Mine by Conuma Coal is the best Christmas present Tumbler Ridge could have asked for,” McPherson said in a news release. “We have had a tough three years, and this will put people back to work and improve our economic outlook.” Second coal mine to reopen in northeastern B.C., raising hopes in Tumbler Ridge read more