Sierra Club of Canada, John Bennett
Oil is black and oil is slippery, but mostly, oil is controversial. Enbridge wants to change the direction of the flow in one of its Ontario pipelines and it can't just turn the taps, public hearings must be convened.
The National Energy Board introduced a new screening process for people who want to comment on pipeline projects. It's a 15-page package, including up to ten pages of an application form to fill out and it's filled with the kind of language that makes eyelids droop with fatigue.
The Board says applicants don't have to answer every question and it will soon be available in an easier to use electronic form. But some see this as an attempt to suppress opposition.
John Bennett is the executive director of the Sierra Club of Canada. He's concerned about the limitations around who can speak at the hearings on the Enbridge Line 9 pipeline. He joined us from Ottawa.
Professor of Energy Economics, Michal Moore
As we heard, the government wants to see a speedier, more efficient way to hear the thousands of individuals and groups who want to speak at these hearings. Our next guest tends to agree.
Michal Moore has heard his fair share of interveners at public consultations. In the mid-90s, he ran public hearings for the California Energy Commission. He's now a Professor of Energy Economics at the University of Calgary. We reached him in Calgary.
Professor of Political Science, David Kahane
Our next guest believes that meaningful public consultations don't necessarily need to cost taxpayers more time and money.
This segment was produced by The Current's Vanessa Greco and Josh Bloch.
Last Word - Caregiver Tricky P song
Earlier on the show, we heard about the struggle many young people endure as caregivers to a sick or incapacitated loved one. It's more common than you'd expect.
Less than a year ago a Canadian initiative called, The CareGiverProject teamed up with a young rap artist Tricky P to do a song and video about young caregivers.
Tricky P. knows what he's singing about -- he too is a young caregiver. And he gets today's Last Word with his song "Lucky".
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