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A RUPTURE LOOKING FOR A WATER CROSSING TO HAPPEN

How safe is a 60-year-old natural gas pipeline when it’s converted to carry heavy crude? The short answer: not very. That was the consensus of the public meeting last night at Geraldton’s Community Centre. Common Voice Northwest invited everyone to … Continue reading

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HOW ENERGY EAST COULD CONTAMINATE BEARDMORE, THE BLACKWATER RIVER, AND LAKE NIPIGON WITHOUT HARDLY TRYING

by Edgar J. Lavoie [This op-ed article is adapted from the last chapter of a four-chapter post on E.J. Lavoie’s Blog (ejlavoie.wordpress.com ). The post (dated 23 January 2015 and titled TCPL PROPOSES, NATURE DISPOSES) arose from the author’s participation … Continue reading

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SAVE THE LING

[Originally dated February 2006, & published in “The Jarheads of Goshen”.] The grand leap of the whale up the Fall of Niagara is esteemed, by all who have seen it, as one of the finest spectacles in nature.                When … Continue reading

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THE CHIEF CORNER-POST

The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief corner-stone. (Psalm 118:22) What a great line! There, in a nutshell, is the Christmas story. For many a Christmas in our household, it was the same story. Find a tree. … Continue reading

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PALISADES HIKING TRAIL

[Originally published 22 August 2008] Part I – Getting Up Seventeen people turned out for the guided tour of the Palisades hiking trail on Saturday, August 16. Hikers had spectacular views from some of the highest points in Northwestern Ontario. … Continue reading

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?I’LL GIVE YOU WACKY . . .

What’s a senior getting out of bed at 4:30 in the morning for? Yeah, yeah, besides that . . . Well, this senior got out of his bed yesterday morning at 4:30 to begin a 2,000-kilometre trip around Northern Ontario … Continue reading

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TCPL PROPOSES, NATURE DISPOSES (Conclusion of 4 chapters)

4  ̶  . . . But Trust Me, and Verify Another four principles in the letter of the Minister of Energy stipulate that Aboriginal communities must be consulted, that local communities must be consulted, that TCPL must demonstrate “economic benefit … Continue reading

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TCPL PROPOSES, NATURE DISPOSES (Chapter 3 of 4)

3 – They May Say ‘Trust Us’ . . . Let us look at the human element. Let’s look at the OCC ̶ the Operations Control Centre. Or more exactly, the OCC controller. The leak alarm is tripped. The controller … Continue reading

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LOVELY IN MY BONES

A bone density test? For me? When my doctor recommended it, he muttered something about it being a natural step for someone my age. I’m 74. Going on 49. What I mean is, I don’t think like many 74-year-olds. And … Continue reading

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SEVEN SECONDS TO LIVE

I know exactly what I want for Christmas. It occurred to me after I faced down two Mack trucks, one in each lane, side by side, racing towards me. The gift I have in mind will not help me after … Continue reading

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