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FANE: It’s time to talk about ecology in Newfoundland and Labrador

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It might seem like a bizarre moment to be fighting to bring ecology to the fore in decision-making in Newfoundland and Labrador. But our decisions about how to proceed in the future depend largely on how we understand our past. Do we trust our politicians? Do we trust Nalcor CEO Stan Marshall and the appointed “expert panel” evaluating the North Spur? Have we been listening and attentive to how the Muskrat Falls project will forever change the lives of the Innu and Inuit in Labrador? One not need look far into the past to see that ecological issues have in fact been included in the scope of considerations about the economic future of the province. For example, in 2010, the province’s Premier, Minister of Natural Resources, and Nalcor CEO Ed Martin all promised they would produce “clean energy” and “environmentally friendly” power. Yet in times of strife, the province’s political leaders,…

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How to win over a gullible crowd: Stan Marshall and Muskrat Falls

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Back in the days before most Newfoundlanders and Labradorians had college educations, televisions, or Internet, there were certain assumptions which were made by the elites who governed them. These included the following: 1) You can win over a gullible crowd by using the following: a lot of big words; a lot of numbers; photos of mechanical contraptions 2) If you show your audience that you’re trying to explain a complex idea to them in simple terms, they will love and adore you for it 3) If you convince people that you’re working hard at something, they’ll let you get on with whatever it is that you’re doing, even if they don’t understand it and even if it doesn’t really make sense 4) If you’re implicated in something unsavoury, the best way out of it is to shake your head, pretend that the sophisticated machinations of others are beyond your limited…

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“We feel powerless and terrible”: Inuit artist galvanized by Muskrat Falls

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Heather Campbell’s “Methylmercury” is now part of the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s contemporary Inuit art collection. The Rigolet-born artist is also selling prints to raise money for the Labrador Land Protectors.

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Make Muskrat Inquiry right, say critics

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An inquiry must include a forensic audit of Nalcor Energy, many argue.

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Muskrat Falls resistance growing across Canada

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Embattled hydro megaproject is a test of the federal government’s commitment to reconciliation and internationally recognized rights of Indigenous peoples, say organizers.

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Muskrat Falls Inquiry doomed before it starts?

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An Inquiry is too important to be dragged into partisan bickering.

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“This is us against Nalcor”: Mud Lake leader

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Melissa Best explains why she got arrested outside the Muskrat Falls site Friday.

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Mud Lake community leader arrested at Muskrat Falls

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Melissa Best “goes to bed every night praying to God that she don’t wake up with her ankles in water,” says daughter.

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Injunctions, RCMP deployment “classic pacification”: Professor

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Nalcor’s use of court injunctions and the government’s approval of RCMP deployment to quell resistance to Muskrat Falls are common tactics used to remove Indigenous people from their lands and facilitate resource development, says Shiri Pasternak.

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Ball criticizes feds on food insecurity in northern communities

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Premier’s comments on food security in Canada’s north “totally hypocritical,” says jailed NunatuKavut Elder and land protector.

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NunatuKavut elder says he’s not eating in prison

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Elder and land protector Eldred Davis, 66, has been imprisoned since July 21.

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“We are not a bunch of criminals, we’re people trying to protect our land”

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Elders, land protectors speak out from Her Majesty’s Penitentiary.

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Silence is a weapon of control

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“In this day and age, silence is being used to the advantage of those who wish to quell any resistance to ‘development’ by the people.”

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Elders jailed after refusing to stay away from Muskrat Falls

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“We don’t understand why we’re being treated like terrorists,” says land protector.

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The truth about Ed

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The former Nalcor CEO has a history of misleading the public on cost overruns at Muskrat Falls. It’s time for an investigation.

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Calls for Nalcor audit, Muskrat inquiry intensify amid ongoing protests

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Water levels in the Muskrat Falls reservoir have dropped 60 centimetres since a June 21 commitment from Nalcor that the water would be returned to levels that would “typically be seen at this time of year.”

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Government and industry cash-for-access dates are wrong

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And members of the public are understandably upset.

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Major questions on SNC-Lavalin report remain unanswered

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Former premier and natural resources minister Tom Marshall says Muskrat Falls report “would have rung all kinds of alarms.”

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Muskrat Falls and the ethical imperative of revolt

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Any self-respecting people would rise up.

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Muskrat inquiry, now!

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The people of Newfoundland and Labrador deserve immediate transparency, accountability, and evidence supporting the claim Muskrat Falls should not and cannot be stopped.

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