Thursday, 9 February 2012

managing information: era of pipedreams

This is certainly the era of pipe dreams!


Locally (estuary), provincially (prairie to coast), nationally and internationally (Canada south or east) , we are gushing with oil-transportation proposals and consultations, some of them coming very close to home. Canada is quite proud of it's public consultations processes, and through-and-through democracy... (links are also posted under "sources" at bottom of page)

How is that going, by the way?

on tv:
In Peter Mansbridge's recent interview with Harper (CBC), in which Harper bemoaned the "foreign interests" with their moneybags interfering with Canadian market progress: Mansbridge assumed that the reference was to a gone-viral video, and later noted in an aside that the weight of protest against the pipeline has in fact originated in Canadian First Nations.

So, why is it still okay for Canadian politicians to make invisible indigenous opinion? and why is it so hard for Canadian media to catch them out when they do so, thus assisting in creating and perpetuating the settler-only "shared view"? (Link below for full interview)

online~
a critical look at Canada's formal listening skills/public consultation processes:

On the failure to consider


the 'Native words':


Presented


to the panel reviewing


the Enbridge pipeline


~ Tyler McCreary on Rabble



from the mailbag:

 



 more from the newspapers:


Two thousand protest Enbridge oilsands pipeline in Prince Rupert

~Carrie Saxifrage


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Enbridge spokesman Paul Stanway said Sunday more than 20 aboriginal communities in B.C. and Alberta have signed on to take an ownership stake in the pipeline.

No B.C. first nations have said publicly they support the project.

good old youtube: 



Tar Sands Oil Extraction

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  1. Enbridge pipeline protest - YouTube

    youtube.com8 Sep 2010 - 1 min - Uploaded by PGCitizen
    Environmental and first nations groups took to Prince George streets to protest the Enbridge pipeline ...
  2. Greenpeace Vancouver Protest against Enbridge ...

    youtube.com28 Jul 2010 - 3 min - Uploaded by tadhghealy
    Watch a breaking news report from a Greenpeace protest against the proposed Enbridge oil pipeline ...
  3. ClimateTV Archive - Greenpeace Protest Enbridge ...

    climatetv.tv4 Jan 2011 - 4 min
    Watch a breaking news report from a Greenpeace protest against the proposed Enbridge oil pipeline ...
  4. Protest against Enbridge Pipeline at UBCM Annual ...

    youtube.com28 Sep 2010 - 2 min - Uploaded by VanObserver
    Protesters from Greenpeace, Whistler Watch and the Council of Canadians outside a cocktail reception ...
  5. Yinka Dene Alliance Protests the Enbridge ...

    youtube.com2 Feb 2012 - 27 sec - Uploaded by FrankCommunication
    http://ow.ly/8PZhe - Members of the Yinka Dene Alliance protested the Enbridge Northern Gateway oil ...
  6. BC Daily Buzz - Enbridge Pipeline Protest In Prince ...

    bcdailybuzz.com8 Sep 2010 - 2 min
    Enbridge pipeline protest in Prince George ... the streets of Prince George Wednesday afternoon, protesting ...
  7. Joint Review Panel Enbridge Protest Rally Opening ...

    youtube.com6 Sep 2010 - 7 min - Uploaded by TerraceDailyOnline
    Haisla Kiamaat Village Councillor Gerald Amos opens the Rally introducing Chief ... Protest against ...
  8. No pipelines no enbridge - YouTube

    youtube.com8 Sep 2010 - 48 sec - Uploaded by Ilivemycar
    We say no to enbridge oilby WCELaw 388 views; Thumbnail 8:14. Add to. Pipeline Protest Stifledby ...
  9. Carrier Nation protesting Enbridge hearings - YouTube

    youtube.comNew6 days ago - 3 min - Uploaded by ithomasa
    Members of the Carrier nation protesting outside the Enbridge Northern Gateway oil tanker and pipeline ...


  10. from British Columbia Oil & Gas Survey, online questionnaire, part of a formal study (public consultation) headed by a prof at UBC (my answers as submitted):


    Do you have any safety concerns about the development of oil and gas
    in BC?

    Yes

    Please explain your answer (optional).

    With the strong government & industry resistance to responding appropriately to severe health concerns documented in relation to the Alberta Tar Sands, causing delays of years and even decades in locating sources of illness/disease and looking into harm reduction/pollution correction strategies, there is little reason for confidence in the judgement of those who stand to earn money from these economic resource extraction & development activities.

    Do you personally plan to do anything in response to climate change?

    Yes
    Please explain your answer (optional).
    Continue to support rational international agreements, development and enforcement of legal infrastructure that seek to balance the needs of the living with the "needs" of the shareholders.




    Do you think oil & gas managers should be doing something in response
    to climate change?

    Yes

    At every stage of the processes of exploration, development, processing, marketing, and distribution of oil & gas products, the long term health of the planet as a living being comprised of plants, animals, humans, air and water and land, as interacting systems, should be central: not money. Harm reduction and substantial cleanup of past & currently impacted areas, responsible maintenance of current infrastructure, and an overarching respect for/understanding of natural processes, of which these activities form only a part, will all contribute to reducing the overall disruptive contribution of these (& other) industries on our collective, long term health.

    Problem Question/consumer-wealth bias: part of question 12:

    Which statement best describes your experiences and involvement with the activity that you have identified?

    This is an enjoyable, but infrequent activity that is incidental to other travel and outdoor interests. I am not highly skilled at this activity, rarely read magazine articles about it, and do not own much equipment beyond the basic necessities.
    This is an important, but not exclusive outdoor activity. I occasionally read magazine articles about it and purchase additional equipment to aid in it, my participation in this activity is inconsistent, and I am moderately skilled at it.
    This is my primary outdoor activity. I purchase ever-increasing amounts of equipment to aid in this activity, do this activity every chance I get, consider myself to be highly skilled in it, and frequently read magazine articles about it.

    Please use this space for any comments that you have (optional).

    I would like to point out the extreme class/consumerism bias that underpins one section of Question 12 (pasted below). NONE OF THESE OPTIONS reflects my lifestyle, the kinds of choices that I make, the sort of ethics I espouse. It is a show-stopper because, in order to have my opinions register, I MUST CHOOSE ONE, and there is no NONE OF THE ABOVE option.

    The assumption reflected in these choices is that if you value something, you will buy things that reflect your valuing of it, and this is completely irrelevant for people who value NATURE, NATURAL ENVIRONMENT, NATURAL PROCESSES, in and of themselves.

    The further assumption is that if you are economically prevented from participating in a consumer-centric lifestyle, or spiritually not inclined to do so, you will not be an engaged citizen capable of or willing to answer a survey on oil & gas development in BC.

    This flaw in the survey's construction MAY systemically weed out responses by -poor people, urban & rural;
    -non-consumer-oriented people;
    -people whose ethical sense is so imperative that they cannot falsify a single question in order to register all responses; and/or
    -people who lack patience with ethical dilemmas and/or online surveys.

    I have falsified my answer to the question below: The accurate statement would be, This is my primary outdoor activity. All generations of my family have enjoyed or do enjoy this activity. We do not need to spend money on this activity, or engage with a consumer-focussed world, except insofar as we may want to purchase shoes, or purchase transport to different walking/hiking areas beyond walking distance from home. Sometimes I read about it. Sometimes I write about it. Mostly, I just do it: use it or lose it.

    [The activity that i identified: walking.]

    British Columbia Oil & Gas Survey
    from British Columbia Oil & Gas Survey, online questionnaire, part of a formal study (public consultation) headed by a prof at UBC (my answers as submitted):


    Do you have any safety concerns about the development of oil and gas
    in BC?

    Yes

    Please explain your answer (optional).

    With the strong government & industry resistance to responding appropriately to severe health concerns documented in relation to the Alberta Tar Sands, causing delays of years and even decades in locating sources of illness/disease and looking into harm reduction/pollution correction strategies, there is little reason for confidence in the judgement of those who stand to earn money from these economic resource extraction & development activities.

    Do you personally plan to do anything in response to climate change?

    Yes
    Please explain your answer (optional).
    Continue to support rational international agreements, development and enforcement of legal infrastructure that seek to balance the needs of the living with the "needs" of the shareholders.




    Do you think oil & gas managers should be doing something in response
    to climate change?

    Yes

    At every stage of the processes of exploration, development, processing, marketing, and distribution of oil & gas products, the long term health of the planet as a living being comprised of plants, animals, humans, air and water and land, as interacting systems, should be central: not money. Harm reduction and substantial cleanup of past & currently impacted areas, responsible maintenance of current infrastructure, and an overarching respect for/understanding of natural processes, of which these activities form only a part, will all contribute to reducing the overall disruptive contribution of these (& other) industries on our collective, long term health.

    Problem Question/consumer-wealth bias: part of question 12:

    Which statement best describes your experiences and involvement with the activity that you have identified?

    This is an enjoyable, but infrequent activity that is incidental to other travel and outdoor interests. I am not highly skilled at this activity, rarely read magazine articles about it, and do not own much equipment beyond the basic necessities.
    This is an important, but not exclusive outdoor activity. I occasionally read magazine articles about it and purchase additional equipment to aid in it, my participation in this activity is inconsistent, and I am moderately skilled at it.
    This is my primary outdoor activity. I purchase ever-increasing amounts of equipment to aid in this activity, do this activity every chance I get, consider myself to be highly skilled in it, and frequently read magazine articles about it.

    Please use this space for any comments that you have (optional).

    I would like to point out the extreme class/consumerism bias that underpins one section of Question 12 (pasted below). NONE OF THESE OPTIONS reflects my lifestyle, the kinds of choices that I make, the sort of ethics I espouse. It is a show-stopper because, in order to have my opinions register, I MUST CHOOSE ONE, and there is no NONE OF THE ABOVE option.

    The assumption reflected in these choices is that if you value something, you will buy things that reflect your valuing of it, and this is completely irrelevant for people who value NATURE, NATURAL ENVIRONMENT, NATURAL PROCESSES, in and of themselves.

    The further assumption is that if you are economically prevented from participating in a consumer-centric lifestyle, or spiritually not inclined to do so, you will not be an engaged citizen capable of or willing to answer a survey on oil & gas development in BC.

    This flaw in the survey's construction MAY systemically weed out responses by -poor people, urban & rural;
    -non-consumer-oriented people;
    -people whose ethical sense is so imperative that they cannot falsify a single question in order to register all responses; and/or
    -people who lack patience with ethical dilemmas and/or online surveys.

    I have falsified my answer to the question below: The accurate statement would be, This is my primary outdoor activity. All generations of my family have enjoyed or do enjoy this activity. We do not need to spend money on this activity, or engage with a consumer-focussed world, except insofar as we may want to purchase shoes, or purchase transport to different walking/hiking areas beyond walking distance from home. Sometimes I read about it. Sometimes I write about it. Mostly, I just do it: use it or lose it.

    [The activity that i identified: walking.]

    British Columbia Oil & Gas Survey
    ► 2:45► 2:45

    Greenpeace mock oil spill targets Enbridge - Video ...

    dailymotion.com24 Nov 2010 - 3 min
    Vancouver protesters step up their campaign to stop Enbridge's B.C. pipeline after an oil pipeline leak ...





more on thought-control & information-management in public consultation processes:

from British Columbia Oil & Gas Survey, online questionnaire, part of a formal study (public consultation) headed by a prof at UBC (my answers as submitted):


Do you have any safety concerns about the development of oil and gas
in BC?

Yes

Please explain your answer (optional).

With the strong government & industry resistance to responding appropriately to severe health concerns documented in relation to the Alberta Tar Sands, causing delays of years and even decades in locating sources of illness/disease and looking into harm reduction/pollution correction strategies, there is little reason for confidence in the judgement of those who stand to earn money from these economic resource extraction & development activities.

Do you personally plan to do anything in response to climate change?

Yes
Please explain your answer (optional).
Continue to support rational international agreements, development and enforcement of legal infrastructure that seek to balance the needs of the living with the "needs" of the shareholders.




Do you think oil & gas managers should be doing something in response
to climate change?

Yes

At every stage of the processes of exploration, development, processing, marketing, and distribution of oil & gas products, the long term health of the planet as a living being comprised of plants, animals, humans, air and water and land, as interacting systems, should be central: not money. Harm reduction and substantial cleanup of past & currently impacted areas, responsible maintenance of current infrastructure, and an overarching respect for/understanding of natural processes, of which these activities form only a part, will all contribute to reducing the overall disruptive contribution of these (& other) industries on our collective, long term health.

Problem Question/consumer-wealth bias: part of question 12:

Which statement best describes your experiences and involvement with the activity that you have identified?

This is an enjoyable, but infrequent activity that is incidental to other travel and outdoor interests. I am not highly skilled at this activity, rarely read magazine articles about it, and do not own much equipment beyond the basic necessities.
This is an important, but not exclusive outdoor activity. I occasionally read magazine articles about it and purchase additional equipment to aid in it, my participation in this activity is inconsistent, and I am moderately skilled at it.
This is my primary outdoor activity. I purchase ever-increasing amounts of equipment to aid in this activity, do this activity every chance I get, consider myself to be highly skilled in it, and frequently read magazine articles about it.

Please use this space for any comments that you have (optional).

I would like to point out the extreme class/consumerism bias that underpins one section of Question 12 (pasted below). NONE OF THESE OPTIONS reflects my lifestyle, the kinds of choices that I make, the sort of ethics I espouse. It is a show-stopper because, in order to have my opinions register, I MUST CHOOSE ONE, and there is no NONE OF THE ABOVE option.

The assumption reflected in these choices is that if you value something, you will buy things that reflect your valuing of it, and this is completely irrelevant for people who value NATURE, NATURAL ENVIRONMENT, NATURAL PROCESSES, in and of themselves.

The further assumption is that if you are economically prevented from participating in a consumer-centric lifestyle, or spiritually not inclined to do so, you will not be an engaged citizen capable of or willing to answer a survey on oil & gas development in BC.

This flaw in the survey's construction MAY systemically weed out responses by -poor people, urban & rural;
-non-consumer-oriented people;
-people whose ethical sense is so imperative that they cannot falsify a single question in order to register all responses; and/or
-people who lack patience with ethical dilemmas and/or online surveys.

I have falsified my answer to the question below [above]: The accurate statement would be, This is my primary outdoor activity. All generations of my family have enjoyed or do enjoy this activity. We do not need to spend money on this activity, or engage with a consumer-focussed world, except insofar as we may want to purchase shoes, or purchase transport to different walking/hiking areas beyond walking distance from home. Sometimes I read about it. Sometimes I write about it. Mostly, I just do it: use it or lose it.

[The activity that i identified: walking.]

British Columbia Oil & Gas Survey





Sources:
local estuary:
http://www.theprovince.com/news/fuel+pipeline+through+Richmond+mayor+vows+amid+protest/6067680/story.html
provincial:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/enbridge-ceo-says-company-wont-offer-natives-better-terms-on-pipeline/article2331921/?utm_medium=Feeds%3A%20RSS%2FAtom&utm_source=Home&utm_content=2331921
national/international:
http://www.boston.com/business/articles/2012/01/28/thwarted_on_us_oil_pipeline_canada_looks_to_china/

public consultations + systemic erasure:
http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/tylermccreary/2012/02/failure-consider-native-words-presented-panel-reviewing-enbridg

CBC~ Stephen Harper~ January 21, 2012 News> Mansbridge One on One
A conversation with the Prime Minister about pipelines, Iran, health care, pensions and first nations.

Vancouver Sun~ comparative first pages & commentary rec'd by email, via Theo Campbell, December 2, 2010




BC Gas & Oil Survey + my personal answers, as shared in online survey. My contact for the study is Howard Harshaw, Ph.D., Research Associate, Forest Resource Management, Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia

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