January 29, 2007

Jan. 29, 2007: Various

RCMP identify two Cape Breton businesses under investigation
Neither gym, nor supplement shop owners charged
, By Sharon Montgomery, January 27, 2007, Cape Breton Post, via newsbeat1


SYDNEY — RCMP have identified the two Cape Breton businesses investigated in connection with a major drug and money laundering case based in Fredericton, N.B.

Sgt. Dan Quirion of the RCMP J-division proceeds of crime unit, confirmed search warrants ... Naturally Fit in Sydney and Perry’s Gym and Fitness Centre in Glace Bay.

[....] in relation to the financial aspects of our investigation,” ....

[....] businesses in Cape Breton, New Brunswick and Ontario is continuing.

[....] Operation Jellybean [....]

RCMP drug units from Saint John, Fredericton and Moncton, along with the Fredericton Police Force, arrested 18 people ... charges including drug trafficking and conspiracy to traffic....

... including 1.2 pounds of cocaine, more than 55 pounds of marijuana, large quantities of allegedly counterfeit prescription pills and anabolic steroids. Also seized were cash in excess of $350,000, several vehicles, two custom motorcycles, an all-terrain vehicle, a boat and trailer, several restricted and one prohibited firearm. [....]

Essay: This Holocaust will be different , By Benny Morris, Jan. 18, 2007 12:45 | Updated Jan. 21, 2007


[....] Some of the dead will inevitably be Arab - 1.3 million of Israel's citizens are Arab and another 3.5 million Arabs live in the semi-occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. Jerusalem, Tel Aviv-Jaffa and Haifa have substantial Arab minorities. And there are large Arab concentrations immediately around Jerusalem (in Ramallah-Al Bireh, Bir Zeit, Bethlehem) and outside Haifa. Here, too, many will die, immediately or by and by.

It is doubtful whether such a mass killing of fellow Muslims will trouble Ahmadinejad and the mullahs. The Iranians don't especially like Arabs, especially Sunni Arabs, with whom they have intermittently warred for centuries. And they have a special contempt for the (Sunni) Palestinians who, after all, though initially outnumbering the Jews by more than 10 to 1, failed during the long conflict to prevent them from establishing their state or taking over all of Palestine.

Besides, the Iranian leadership sees the destruction of Israel as a supreme divine command, as a herald of the second coming, and the Muslims dispatched collaterally as so many martyrs in the noble cause. Anyway, the Palestinians, many of them dispersed around the globe, will survive as a people, as will the greater Arab nation of which they are part. And surely, to be rid of the Jewish state, the Arabs should be willing to make some sacrifices. In the cosmic balance sheet, it will be worth the candle. [....]

Intelligence Test

CSIS Fear That......by Fabrice de Pierrebourg , Sun Media, posted by Vulgar Bulgar


MONTREAL -- Canada's spy agency feared last summer's conflict between *** and *** in *** might spill over into Canada, Sun Media has learned.

Fears centred on Montreal, where [....]

Make an educated guess; then check.

Photos from a Peace Demonstration -- Snopes Status: True


Memory Lane: Frost Hits the Rhubarb June 3, 2005
Compilation 3: Roaming Around

China's a cautious oilsands investor , Jon Harding , Financial Post, Jun. 2, 05

[. . . . ] The latest plunge was Tuesday when Sinopec Group invested $105-million with privately held, Calgary-based Synenco Energy Inc. in a deal that gives China's second-largest oil producer a 40% share, or about 40,000 barrels a day, worth of production from Synenco's proposed Northern Lights oilsands mine.

The deal ensures, for the first time, a share of production.

A pact in mid-April between PetroChina Co. Ltd. and pipeline company Enbridge Inc. aims to secure 200,000 barrels a day of future supply from various producers in northeastern Alberta to be moved west to the B.C. Coast. The oil would then be shipped by tanker to China.

That same week, CNOOC Ltd. acquired a 17% interest in oilsands startup MEG Energy Inc.

National Energy Board Declines Regulating Commercial Matters On Mackenzie Gathering System , Parvez Khan, Blake, Cassels & Graydon, July 2006


In the ongoing regulatory hearings for the Mackenzie Gas Project, the National Energy Board declined to assert authority under the National Energy Board Act to impose tolling, tariff and access conditions on the gathering system portion of the Mackenzie Gas Project, leaving it to (unregulated) open market processes.

[....] The Motion On April 7, 2006, a group of companies known as the Mackenzie Explorer’s Group (the MEG) – comprised of: Anadarko Canada Corporation; BP Canada Energy Company; Chevron Canada Limited; Devon Canada Corporation; EnCana Corporation and Nytis Exploration Company Inc. – brought a motion asking the Board to issue the following two orders:

* an order declaring that, when constructed and placed into service, the Gathering System and the Mackenzie Pipeline will be a single “pipeline” as defined in Section 2 of the NEBA and, as such, will be subject to regulation in its entirety under Part IV of the NEBA; and

* an order directing Imperial to prepare, file and serve on participants the toll principles and the tariff(s) for the Gathering System and the Mackenzie Pipeline for approval under Part IV of the NEBA in this proceeding.

The motion sought to bring the whole of the Project under the NEBA purview, to be assured of equitable rights of access and pricing in the future. Many of the interveners participated in the argument.

Submissions were filed by: Apache Canada Ltd. (Apache); Ayoni Keh Land Corporation (Ayoni Keh); the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT); the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC); Mosbacher Operating Ltd. (MOL); Paramount Resources Ltd. (Paramount); PetroCanada Oil and Gas (PetroCanada); and Talisman Energy Inc. (Talisman). The positions varied from no position (PetroCanada), to partial support (Paramount), to full support (Ayoni Keh, GNWT, IRC, MOL and Talisman), to full opposition (Apache) of the motion.

Notwithstanding the fact that two federal statutes were involved, the MEG relied on jurisprudence on division of powers between the federal and provincial governments for determining what constitutes a “pipeline” within the meaning of section 2 of the NEBA – relying on the decision in Westcoast Energy Inc. v. Canada (National Energy Board). The MEG submitted that the Gathering System is functionally integral to the Mackenzie Pipeline and, therefore, should be regulated pursuant to the NEBA. The MEG argued that both the Gathering System and the Mackenzie Pipeline will be subject to common ownership, management, control and direction. The MEG emphasized that in the context of a basin-opening initiative, public policy dictates that tolls, tariffs and access be regulated. [....]

If I have already posted this, I apologize, but I'm drowning in files:

China nuclear and other energy sources
China's nuclear industry -- or here


There are notes, a table Nuclear Generation Projections for Asia and related links.


Map of Reactors
Built or Under Construction

Chinese Nuclear Industry Timeline




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