LINKS March 10, 2011



Matty Maroun in billionaire’s row [Windsor Star]

Ambassador Bridge ratchets up fight [Windsor Star]

Muslim Americans question scrutiny at border [NPR]

NPR correspondent dons headscarf in sting to expose border guard bias []

US-Canadian border to get military grade radar [Watertown Daily Times - NY]

Renowned scientist, Vandana Shiva, held at Canadian border [Pacific Free Press]

Crossing the border: Life in the fast lane [Canadian Business]

One card to speed them [Edmonton Journal]

US citizen jailed for smuggling weapons into Canada [Vancouverite]

US plans military radar for Canadian border [AFP]


Alberta envoy to DC, Gary Mar, to run for Alberta’s top job [Global]

Gary Mar’s long hello [Edmonton Journal]

He’s returned without any baggage [AM 770 - Calgary]

Gary Doer honoured before US audience [CTV News]


VP Biden compares US trade with Canada, Russia [Canadian  Business]

Canadians take comedy seriously [Variety]

WA legislature stops Canadian sales tax exemption [Seattle Times]

Canadians could keep paying sales tax in Whatcom County [KGMI - WA]

Automation Alley supports Detroit Bridge crossing [Oakland Press]

Soaring loonie a boon for travelers [Financial Post]

Millions at stake in fight against Great Lakes carp invasion [Globe and Mail]

Sales of Asian carp threaten Great Lakes []


$160,000 returned to LA man targeted in Canadian lottery scam [MMD Newswire]


TransCanada agrees to extra safety steps for proposed pipeline expansion [WSJ]

Canadian pipeline boosted by turmoil, former ambassador says [Bloomberg]

Imperial Oil CEO: Expansion of pipeline from Canada vital to US [WSJ]

Hispanic Professionals urge Clinton permit pipeline now []

Barrett-Brown: What Senator Landrieu’s letter is missing []

Contaminated snow linked to oil sands operations [Fort McMurray Today]

Montana citizens temporarily block tar sands megaloads []

We want your bitumen, Gulf refiners tell Alberta [Petroleum Economist]

The dirt on cheap tar sands oil [Mercury News - Bay Area]

Oil sands leaking contaminants into Alberta watersheds [CP]

Barratt-Brown: Turmoil in the Middle East and tar sands: what’s really at stake []

The #1 reason America should be really nice to Canada right now [Examiner]

House committee delays bill that would impede Northern Pass [New Hampshire Union Leader]


Globalists behind financial chaos to create New World Order [Canada Free Press]


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LINKS March 9, 2011




Ambassador Bridge owners hire Dick Morris []

Canadian Construction Association wants national infrastructure task force [Journal of Commerce]

Bill on Canadian cattle trucks passes WA House []

Drugs coming over Canadian border [Fox 40 - NY]

Woman cites pregnancy in alleged attempt to smuggle 34,000 ecstasy pills into US [Fox News]

US, Canadian officials rescue air craft crash survivor [US Air Force]

Canadian man killed in Aroostook County plan crash [Morning Sentinel - Maine]

The paradoxes of a new security perimeter [Commerce Times]

Water problem closes border crossing [Telegraph-Journal]

How Canada laid a hard welome mat for the Sun Sea [Globe and Mail]



Clemson officially opens Canada Center, board chairman is former US ambassador to Canada [AP]

Clemson University Inaugurates Canada Center [Clemson University -- Greenville, SC]

Canadian ambassador helps launch Clemson Canada Center [ - SC]

Gary Doer to be feted before US audience [CP]

Reynolds: Canada’s disrespect for Mexico a bad bet on future [Globe and Mail]

Critics call secret Canada-US border talks an ‘end run around democracy’ []



Why Canadian trade deals strike fear into hearts of US senators [Globe and Mail]

Canada fines US carp exporters [UPI]

Canada pork industry wants South Korean trade deal [Reuters]

Canadian dollar rises to three-year high as commodities advance [Bloomberg Businessweek]

How about that Canadian dollar strength? We remain highly skeptical []

Canada gas prices higher than US because of taxes [Marketwatch]

BC drivers head to Point Roberts for gas bargains [CTV News]

Atlanta Thrashers may be one step closer to not moving to Canada [11 Alive - Atlanta]



Treaty transfer program could shorten sentences of two “BC bud” smugglers [Peninsula Daily News - Washington State]

Ex-Canadian cop sentences in Westmoreland teen sex sting [WTAE - Pittsburgh]



Approval of Keystone XL pipeline is risk depleted Aquafer can’t afford []

Keystone XL, critics remain at odds [Lincoln Journal Star - Nebraska]

Libyan unrest causes oil sands rethink [CBC]

Alberta calls for more study of oil sands effect on environment [CTV News]


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Capitol Hill briefing on Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement

March 8, 2011
By Luiza Ch. Savage

On Wednesday, Canadian ambassador Gary Doer, environmentalists, forestry industry representatives, and think tank specialists will discuss potential lessons from the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement and how it may serve as a model for dealing with other environmental conflicts. I am out of town, but it sounds like an interesting event.

From the press release:

The Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement: A New Model for Balancing Resource Use and Conservation

Wednesday, March 9, 2011 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. G50 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Light refreshments will be provided.

The Embassy of Canada, with support from the Environmental and Energy Study Institute(EESI), invites you to a briefing on the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement, one of the largest conservation agreements in history. The Agreement brings together the forest industry and conservation groups to work toward a common goal of economic prosperity and resource protection. The collaboration that led to the Agreement may be a useful model for managing environmental conflicts in other countries and sectors. The fate of the boreal forest also has huge impacts for the rest of the world as it serves as a vital carbon sink, storing nearly twice as much carbon per acre as tropical forests, as well as a pristine wilderness that provides habitat for woodland caribou and other species.

Speakers for this event include:

  • Gary Doer, Ambassador of Canada to the United States
  • Avrim Lazar, President and CEO, Forest Products Association of Canada
  • Richard Brooks, Forests Campaign Coordinator, Greenpeace
  • Steven Kallick, Director, International Boreal Conservation Campaign, Pew Environment Group
  • Ronnie Drever, Forest Ecologist,The Nature Conservancy, Canada Program

In May 2010, 21 of Canada’s largest forest products companies joined with nine major conservation organizations to announce the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement, under which the companies commit to strict environmental standards of forest management within an area twice the size of Germany (72 million hectares). Conservation groups, in turn, commit to recognize and support the provisions of the Agreement. The vast Canadian boreal forest is often overlooked as the largest remaining intact forest in the world. Canada has 30 percent of the global boreal forest in a band that stretches from coast to coast, and has more boreal forest that is formally protected than any other country. A recent report by Canadian and American scientists indicates that the Canadian boreal forest holds 208 billion tons of carbon, equivalent to 26 years of global carbon emissions resulting from theburning of fossil fuels.

This briefing is free and open to the public. No RSVP required. For more information, contact Claire Seaborn at [email protected] or (202) 448-6452.


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