Tak­ing con­trol of its des­tiny

The Southern Gazette - - EDITORIAL - ED­U­CA­TION Gor­don Laxer Edmonton, Alta.

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.

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