Opinion: Long-term effects of pipelines not worth it

Combating global climate change and fostering a profitable fossil fuel industry have never been compatible goals. Therefore, it’s difficult to overstate just how big of a victory it was for the environment when TransCanada decided to cancel its two pipeline projects in eastern Canada. The Energy East pipeline and the Eastern Mainline expansion project would have made oil more accessible to Eastern Canadian and global markets, bringing with it the promise of increased fuel consumption, and the greenhouse gas emissions that go with it. The growth in greenhouse gas emissions that these types of projects enable, fly in the face of Canada’s climate change goals. At a time when Canada has committed to reducing its reliance on fossil fuels, and […]

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Carleton Engineers Without Borders campaign against pipelines

Carleton Engineers Without Borders (EWB) has started Hear Our Voice, a new campaign aimed at opening dialogue to convince the federal government to reject three pipeline proposals currently under review by the National Energy Board. These three pipeline proposals are TransCanada’s Energy East Pipeline, Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline, and Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion. According to a Brendan Lucas, vice-president (advocacy) of Carleton EWB, the campaign will focus on raising awareness on three main issues that will allegedly be negatively affected by the pipeline proposals: Water safety and public health, indigenous rights, and upstream greenhouse gas emissions. Hear Our Voice was started by Robbie Venis, a Carleton graduate student in environmental engineering. Venis said he got the idea for the […]

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Letter: Students need better options for financial assistance

The falling value of the loonie and price of oil at $27 a barrel doesn’t paint a robust picture for the Canadian economy. With eyes on the future, students are no longer experiencing mere butterflies in their stomachs over finding meaningful work, but rather pangs of fear and anxiety as they contemplate the end of their education and the prospect of facing a daunting job market. Full-time jobs with benefits are diminishing and the labour market is saturated with highly qualified applications—hundreds for every job posted. Moreover, employers seek to hire the candidate with the most experience that fits the position and on-the-job training is somewhat of a luxury. Facing a labour market that offers a revolving door of part-time […]

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