Peace Athabasca delta In Danger - A Call to Save Wood Buffalo National Park
* contamination from the oilsands to the south * the delta is drying up because of the tremendous water use in the oilsands and a number of hydro dams in BC to the west * uranium abandonment on Lake Athabasca to the east * provincial and federal governments have just gutted their environmental protection legislation * declines in water level and flow rates on the Athabasca * increasing mercury in birds' eggs * latest project is in a watershed that will drain into Wood Buffalo National Park, in critical migratory route for birds of North America * Bennett dam 1960s, new BC Hydro Site C dam planned on the Peace River
Taxpayer-funded Bruce Carson school spent $1.3 million on salaries, travel, office in 2011 - July 31, 2012 Bruce Carson, a former adviser to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, headed the Alberta-based Canada School of Energy and Environment that promoted research collaborations between three universities in the province until he was prompted to leave because of unrelated allegations of inappropriate lobbying of the government on behalf of a company promoting water treatment technology and services. www.montrealgazette.com/business/Taxpayer+funded+Bruce+Carson+school+spent+million/7019569/story.html
That's when he left to head up a newly created Alberta-based think-tank, the Canada School of Energy and Environment, supposedly to help develop new sources of green energy.
Ex-PMO aide Carson's lobbying probe complete
Located at the University of Calgary, the school was funded with a special $15-million grant from the Harper government.
Carson was its first head.
Only weeks after his appointment was announced, Carson was seconded back into Harper's service as a senior adviser during the 2008 federal election campaign, and for several months after that, he was back working in the PM's office.
During that time, he appeared to have lobbied high-ranking bureaucrats to help him obtain a $25-million federal grant to establish *another new research institute — Carbon Management Canada* — which he would also go on to head.
That prompted Harper's then chief of staff, Guy Giorno, to write two letters to the federal ethics commissioner in an apparent attempt to contain any damage from Carson's actions.
Carson returned to his post as head of the Canada School of Energy in February 2009, changing the mandate of the organization from green energy research to public relations strategies aimed at cleaning up the image of the oil sands.
******************* The centre is a tri-party collaboration between the Universities of Alberta, Calgary and Lethbridge, whose original mandate was to coordinate and support research and commercialization in energy and environment through institutes established at each university. ...
Although ostensibly an academic research centre, the CSEE’s executive director — Carson, who left the Prime Minister’s Office in 2008 to take up the post — is a political appointee. A longtime political strategist in the Harper administration, Carson was named by Maclean’s magazine in 2008 as an “indispensable PMO figure” who “fills in as chief of staff.”
A recent report in the independent online magazine The Tyee describes Carson’s linkage “between the Prime Minister’s Office and major oil sands players.” CSEE deputy director Zoe Addington was most recently director of policy for Industry Minister Tony Clement.
Archived — Departmental Performance Report for the period ending March 31, 2013 Canada School of Energy and Environment Start Date March 7, 2008 End Date March 31, 2014 Total Funding ($ millions) 15 www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/017.nsf/eng/07398.html
Top 40 Under 40 Class of 2014: Michelle Rempel As the director of the University of Calgary’s Institutional Programs Division in 2007, she managed to completely redesign how the university provided funding to major strategic research initiatives. This played an important role in increasing the U of C’s research funding revenues from $7 million to more than $100 million by 2009. www.avenuecalgary.com/Top-40-Under-40/Michelle-Rempel/
University of Calgary president, who intervened in research centre funded by Enbridge, defends her role despite sitting on related board Annalise Klingbeil and Matt McClure, Postmedia News | November 3, 2015 9:11 AM ET
Cannon’s email was written after a United States academic recruited to lead the new centre had balked at a position with the research institute he felt would be perceived as too cosy with Canada’s largest pipeline company and a 10-year pledge of money aimed at rejuvenating its corporate image in the wake of a massive spill in Michigan in 2010.
New Bruce Carson charge linked to work at University of Calgary Former PMO adviser used to head Calgary-based Canada School of Energy and Environment
CBC News Posted: May 13, 2014 5:23 PM MT Last Updated: May 13, 2014 5:53 PM MT
One of the charges involves the CSEE, a university research organization Carson headed... RCMP allege that between Aug. 26, 2009, and March 17, 2011, Carson communicated with public officeholders, for payment, on behalf of CSEE while he was the head of the organization.
When contacted by CBC News, The University of Calgary replied that it does not comment on ongoing police investigations.
The Canada School of Energy and the Environment (CSEE) is an initiative between the School of Energy and the Environment (SEE) from the University of Alberta, the Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy (ISEEE) from the University of Calgary, and the Water Institute from the University of Lethbridge, Each of these institutes represent their respective universities in CSEE and help the President at each university lead the CSEE initiative. www.vpit.ualberta.ca/completed/csee/
Jim Dinning, Progressive Conservative MLA 1986–1997 In June 2010, he was selected as the 12th Chancellor of the University of Calgary and completed his four-year term on July 1, 2014. Dinning sits as an advisor to Canada's Ecofiscal Commission.
University of Calgary: Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy (ISEEE) ISEEE is committed to helping blind and visually impaired individuals find and transition into new careers and jobs. www.iseee.ca/
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