Roundup: Plenty of blame in the historic pipeline battle

BC premier Christy Clark has a few harsh words for Ottawa as well about the lack of engagement with First Nations when it comes to the Northern Gateway pipeline plans. Meanwhile, a number of experts in the field and oilfield historians say that the current battle over the Northern Gateway pipeline is unlike any previous energy battles in our country’s history.

Charlie Angus is outraged – outraged! – that the Senate’s attendance records aren’t online, because it’s like a secret society! Err, except the Commons attendance records aren’t public at all, let alone being online and accessible, whereas at least the Senate has public records and will likely get them online as soon as they can devote the time and resources to getting that up and running. And seriously, a lot of the Senate web accessibility is actually better than that of the Commons. Sorry, but no sympathy for Angus until he gets his own Chamber in order.

The government’s own attempt to get bureaucrats to consider climate change risk assessment in their planning seems to be falling on deaf ears as things appear to be too easy to ignore.

In a stunningly brilliant move, the government will be axing the Fire Protection Programme for its buildings – after the Auditor General said that enough wasn’t being done. Apparently they figure that they can get better value from private sector consultants who have no ability to work within the bureaucracy to see that changes happen. *slow clap*

Service Canada is now dealing with veterans’ paperwork instead of just the Department of Veterans Affairs, to reduce paperwork and to have more locations, or so Senator Duffy would tell us.

Here’s a look at Library and Archives Canada’s preparations to move part of its collection to a new facility.

And if you’re having trouble deciphering political speak, Andrew Coyne breaks down what it means when Premiers say things, while Tabatha Southey translates Fordese.