Discussion Paper 5: Determining the Canadian Public Interest

about 3 years ago
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This discussion paper talks about what factors should be considered when determining whether a pipeline or power line project is in the Canadian ‘public interest’.

We look forward to reading your answers to the questions below and any comments you may have after reading the discussion paper below. The deadline to submit comments is March 31, 2017.

Download Discussion Paper 5: Determining the Canadian Public Interest

Discussion Questions:

  1. What does the 'Canadian public interest' mean to you?
  2. What factors should be taken into account when determining whether a pipeline or power line project is in the 'public interest'?
  3. For factors that fall within the jurisdiction of provinces and territories, such as land use planning, should the federal government and agencies take these into account in their public interest determination? If so, how?
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  • PeterR about 3 years ago
    1. In principle we agree that "Canadian public interest" should be a factor for a major decision. But, this should never to the detriment of the landowners/farmers, while lining the pockets of the energy companies at the same time. 2. see 1 3. of course, provinces are closer to the people. How?- involve the affected groups.
  • Robert Kryszko over 3 years ago
    1. What does the Canadian public interest means to me? It means, full disclosure, opportunity to participate, and to be proactive. 2. The main factors that must be taken into account when a proposed pipeline or power line becomes public interest is: a) What affect does it have on the environment? b) Does it adversely affect Indian Rights, their way of living, or their sacred sites, or their traditional hunting and fishing grounds? c) What emergency plan is in place by proponent and government? d) It is economically needed or is there another way to provide same energy in a more "green" energy friendly way? e) Listen to the public's voice and positively act on it. 3. Jurisdictions must be respected, only when it becomes a National security matter the federal government may (by request of respected jurisdiction) get involved.
  • LeanneP over 3 years ago
    Canada has many quality-of-life indexes (indices), which multiplicity is easily 'handled' by it's 'haves' by unrelenting deferencing to an extensive network(ing) of reference points that are not liquid to the ordinary flexibilities of day-to-day Canadian life. The untried 'actor' is met, on a mundane, daily-task level, all the way up to life, health and financial decision levels, by a barrage of deflections that maintain the blindfold-challenge of what would have been a (perhaps small, but) menu of possibilities, in fought-for-and-won freedom, known casually as "the job market", "the housing market", "the health services in our community", "where we go, for..."--on, and on, for untested reasons. The false societal norm is compelling insofar as it has replaced 'establishing', and has been abandoned as 'an organic process'. The UN definition of preclusive, pretexted societal juncturing, is "shunning", also considered a crime in Canadian law. Canada's NEB is positioned to enhance establishment itself, in Canada. Through lawfully approached considerations of the deficit areas in our quality-of-life goals, as a nation, NEB will find itself either mired, or indispensable contributors to some direly needed address that has heretofore laboured under (fraudulent?) political lip-service. First and foremost at that interest dilution level, Defense, and unforeseen calamity aside, is the most basic necessary life requirement; potable water. NEB is called on to draw up an energy distribution grid of significant integrity to both natural Canada's landscapes and waterscapes, and to subtle power enhancements that make provision for reasonable fresh water portability solutions for the several areas of Indigenous habituated heritage lands of Canada that do not have even marginally potable water, to lift this stain from Canada's continued and failing shunning-based powerocracy. Not only do the poor get poorer, the powerless lose what little power they (we!) have, from our very contsitutions, literally defeating Canada "from within"; from beneath our feet! Intelligent power grids will make opportunity for reasonable lots where potable water facilities & solutions can service the VERY IMPORTANT issue of "water for everyone" in Canada. This assertion should never have had to be made, and I feel the fool, making it, as if some rubber biscuit was set aside for some kind of 'throne speech' from me, to meet with further mockery, shunning, and possible police brutality. Just the same, here it is, NEB's chance to shine. Please lift Canada out of its swamp of frauds and onto a REAL day and age. Thank you.
  • isabel over 3 years ago
    As it relates to the NEB, the Canadian public interest means contributing to Canadians' social, environmental, and economic wellbeing, in that order. Factors that must be taken into account include: human, animal, and environmental health and safety, carbon emissions resulting from the project as well as the usage of the product it transports, empowering indigenous communities, and long term economic benefit as weighed against costs an potential costs of all varieties.