Taking control of its destiny
Instead of running an oil pipeline 4,600 kilometres from Alberta, why not supply all Atlantic Canadians with Newfoundland’s nonfracked, conventional oil?
Newfoundland produces 200,000 barrels of oil a day, enough to meet all the oil used in Atlantic Canada.
Atlantic Canadians are exposed to an oil supply crisis, relying on imports for more than 80 per cent of their oil.
Would TransCanada’s EnergyEast pipeline give Atlantic Canadians the energy security they need? No. Mark Sherman, plant manager at the Saint John Irving oil refinery said the line would send “way more than we would ever use at this refinery, so the bulk of it would all be exported.”
East coasters will be most energy secure when they rely on their own oil.
Most Atlantic Canadians live on or near a coast. Why pipe oil from afar when tankers from Newfoundland can ship all they need? Tankers can be phased out as Atlantic Canadians’ oil use falls in the de- carbonizing transition, whereas an oil pipeline locks Canada into pumping Alberta bitumen for decades.
Stop building new hydro dams. Use existing ones and add in wind, solar and tidal power to boost electricity. Their intermittency can be counteracted by raising water levels when winds blow, the sun shines and tides are high. Open dams up when renewable energy flags.
Electricity will become the main way to deliver power for electric vehicles, inter- city rail and heating buildings.
Atlantic Canadians should draw four provinces together in common purpose to take more control over their future. The Newfoundland/ Nova Scotia power cable is a good start.
Atlantic Canada is in a good position to successfully transition to a low carbon future that embraces and takes care of everyone. To do so it has stop pinning its hopes on outside forces to bring it economic well- being.
Burin Peninsula students recognized with Provincial Scholarships
TC Media Six students from the Burin Peninsula are among 201 high school graduates in Newfoundland and Labrador recognized as part of the Provincial Scholarship program. The scholarships, ranging in value from $1,000 to $2,500, are awarded based on public exam results. Electoral District Scholarships, valued at $1,000, are presented to the three high school graduates in each district with the highest marks. In Burin-Grand Bank, Ali Hiweish and Michael Stone, both graduates of John Burke High in Grand Bank, and Bailey Tarrant, a graduate of Holy Name of Mary Academy in Lawn, were the recipients. Marystown Central High School graduates Moya Spencer and Elisha Farrell received two of the three Electoral District Scholarships for Placentia West-Bellevue. Marcus Berkshire, a graduate of Tricentia Academy in Arnold’s Cove, was the other recipient. Nitash Bhatt, a graduate of Gonzaga High School in St. John’s, received the Junior Jubilee Scholarship, valued at $2,500, as the student with the highest overall marks in the province. Sarah Mackey, a graduate of Waterford Valley High in St. John’s, was this year’s recipient of the Constable W.C. Moss Scholarship, awarded to the son or daughter of a member of the RNC or RCMP, who, other than the Junior Jubilee winner, achieved the highest public exam marks. Marystown Central High School graduate Laura Tarrant, meanwhile, received a Centenary of Responsible Government Scholarship, which is also valued at $1,000 and is presented to the 79 students with the highest marks in the province other than the Junior Jubilee, W.C. Moss and Electoral District Scholarships. In all, more than $200,000 was awarded through the Provincial Scholarship program this year.