To Justify Land: Greenwashing Gentrification

To Justify Land 2: Greenwashing Gentrification is republished by the Media Co-Op:

full article: http://mediacoop.ca/story/justify-land-greenwashing-gentrification/36636

Among Windmill’s other useful affiliate companies are construction and building contractors Ledcor:  “We work in concert with a broad team of other green industry professionals under the banner of Ledcor Renew to perform deep green sustainability retrofits on institutional properties and corporate portfolios” [Ledcor] – a portfolio that includes EnCana, Enbridge, Shell, Suncor Energy, the “renewable energy” projects of hydro-electric dams in Fitzimmons Creek (Whistler, BC), Ashlu Creek (Squamish, BC), and wind and solar farms owned respectively by oil company Suncor and gold mining company Barrick Gold. “Under the banner of Ledcor Renew” regurgitates the same dynamic of “deep” greenwashing an industry of poison that, in the eyes of investors and other stakeholders, absolves extractive companies of their destructive nature. “Ledcor continues to work with their longtime client Shell on their Albian Sands Expansion which began in 2006.

Windmill  also  wholly  owns  a  sustainable  development  consulting  company,  Buildgreen Consulting,  that  is currently consulting  on a  diversity of  projects  across North  America  including  venues  for  the  2010  Vancouver  Olympic  Games,  2014  Halifax Commonwealth  Games  Bid  and  a  complete  sustainable  resort  village  in Loreto  Bay,  Mexico.” [Capital Communiqué, ASHRAE: American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Ottawa Valley Chapter. October 2007.]

 

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“investing in a mining company is tax-free”

Another federal government program involves what are known as flow-through shares. This is a tax program specifically encouraging investors to put money in mining shares or, to put it another way, a program that indirectly subsidizes stock market speculation on the securities of junior companies. Flow-through shares are a way for mining companies to provide shareholders with tax deductions for expenses that the companies themselves cannot claim because they have already deducted over 100% of their income [48] (this testifies, of course, to the incredible generosity of Canadian tax laws for mining companies). The goal is to induce investors both big and small to support mining securities. There is no way this program can be justified according to the arguments used when it was introduced in 1954 as a way of stimulating investment in mining. Today, the program allows mining, gas, and oil companies to issue shares that are entirely tax-deductible in Canada. In our country, investing in a mining company is tax-free, just as a charity donation is tax-free.

(Canada: A New Tax Haven, Alain Deneault (transl. Catherine Browne) 204, 2015 transl. Talonbooks. Vancouver. 168)

“activist investing”

“Wes founded Kingsdale in 2003 to provide clients with best-in-class services for communicating with shareholders and managing any transaction or event that requires a shareholder vote. Under Wes’ leadership Kingsdale has set itself apart by delivering an unparalleled track record of success for North America’s biggest names including:  Air Canada, Barrick, BHP Billiton, Citigroup, CN, CP, Encana, Goldcorp, Talisman, Suncor and Sprott.” [QM Environmental Press Release, Mar. 24, 2016]

cantos for other sites / working text

with usura
acquisition of Honduran land through Finnish investment
DESA purchasing up land through intimidation, coercion

Dec. 27, 2011
purchase of tracts of land (illegal)
following mayoral visitations to convince public of dams

1920s attempts by the family to purchase land from farmers
1942 Santa Barbara tries to acquire land in Rio Blanco
deaths of Rio Blanco residents defending Gualcarque

DESA: Desarrollos Energéticos, SA
no corporate ownership information available,
“The company was founded in 2008 and is based in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.”
DESA “SUSPENDED PAGE”
The website you were trying to reach is temporarily unavailable.

a matter of transparency

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Falcon Ingeniera, Ingenieros Consultores y Constructores Electromecanicos (ICCE), Grupo Terra, ENERCOM, Energia Renovable S.A de C.V, Grupo POPA

DESA and SINOHYDRO taking land not even under the tracts
SINOHYDRO,
Chinese state-owned hydropower:
Benin, Bolivia, Congo, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea,
Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Honduras, Indonesia,
Iran, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mali,
Mexico, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan,
Serbia, Sudan, Thailand, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia

SINOHYDRO invested in Congo copper and cobalt mining
Honduran dam, Patuca III Hydroelectric Project, financier: China Exim Bank
destroying plantations of coffee, orange, banana, corn and bean,
2013,
SINOHYDRO replaced by Guatemalan COPRECA

a mountain into gravel

Q.15 WILL THERE BE ANY RESETTLEMENT AND/OR LOSS OF LIVELIHOODS?
DESA/SINOHYDRO providing vehicles for Honduran military police
The shooting of Tomas Garcia, father of his son Allan Garcia
FMO is shocked by the news that Nelson García, another COPINH member, has been murdered in Honduras. After the recent violent death of Berta Cáceres,”

Privatisation of land (and all things of it, that is ‘RESOURCE’)
World Bank & International Development Bank
overriding land tracts

back to the dam:
FMO Entrepreneurial Development Bank
Total FMO financing for Agua Zarca, $15 million USD (EUR 0.03 MLN)
Signing date: 10-03-2015
& see again, the Dutchified commanders: 2593 HW The Hague, The Netherlands

“DESA is committed to develop and manage the project in accordance with the IFC Performance Standards and with an active approach toward the local communities. This has led to the development of a tailor-made program by an international consultant which enables DESA to profit from their experience and be better equipped to manage the social side of this project.

undertook TWO DUE DILIGENCE TRIPS before contracting to better understand the environmental and social impacts of the project

FMO (Financierings Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden) (in coordination with Finnfund) and CABEI (Central American Bank for Economic Integration). FMO is financing the project with USD 15 million)
[Frequently Asked Questions on The Agua Zarca Run-of-the-River Hydroelectric Generation Project]

land required for the project on the left hand bank was purchased from 16 individuals through the willing-buyer-willing-seller approach” [FAQ]

INDIGENOUS PEOPLE TERRITORY?
Valle del Angeles Y
San Ramon N
La Estancia N
La Leona N
construction justifiable in all N

essential problem: land ownership,
own to construct dam,
own to construct condominium
own to construct state
state controls rights to land to own the land to own the state

but appeased if purchased
that land tracts are valid

NATION AS RESOURCE

the sacredness of a river is a matter of distance
of a few kilometres
the river is not considered sacred and the company has their consent to build in that location
not a matter of principle, a matter of legality

TO JUSTIFY LAND 4 – ONWARDS, ECOFISCAL COMMISSIONS!

full article on Berfrois: http://www.berfrois.com/2017/09/lital-khaikin-justify-land-4/

golconda magritte
“Golconda”, René Magritte (1953), painting usually housed in Texas.

excerpt:

To Justify Land 4: Onwards, Ecofiscal Commissions! is a project of assemblage and republication without altering the splinters of original text, creating an emergent narrative. The act of re-composing information, or found text, changes the legible context and the experience of reading, assimilating and forgetting information. Nothing new, only what is already-there. Journalistic materials and press releases are interpreted outside of their chronological documentation or perceived span of relevance – when the spectacle is discarded and forgotten, and becomes history. Also: in the absence of critical discussion in the Ottawa-Gatineau region that reaches outside of exclusive activist communities, corporate media pundits who wouldn’t be caught dead having an opinion, and academics who won’t antagonize without the sweet seduction of grant money, tenure, or proof of expertise, this section of To Justify Land pirates the bandwidth of search-engine keywords, hopefully directing more attention to the networked information contained herein for readers’ own interpretation. This mimics both the parasitic character of most mainstream news sources, as well as spam sites that copy and re-post excerpts or articles in their entirety elsewhere (a venture through the looking glass). By collaging the found fragments, the project also reflects the prominence of particular sources which are most accessible, or simply reflect certain algorithmic affinities and the speed of their discovery. This might also reflect the sources that hold the most interest in reporting these events, and thus tend to influence public perception and policy. As with the earlier, related project A Draft for Asinabka, this section of To Justify Land looks at the rhetoric that is used to represent to the public the interests of multinational corporate entities, the competency of corporate leadership, and the rhizomatic accumulation that leads towards prosperity. This particular section will also continue to evolve as a ‘living’ document, and as such is ‘unfinished’ – the completeness of it at this stage is not the point.

The framework for this project is the Hydro One Board of Directors, announced in 2015, in the same moment as the Zibi development was finally receiving local media traction for the sale of Domtar land for condominium development, and the launch of Hydro Ottawa’s $45 million dam upgrade. The incestuous entanglements of the Ontario Hydro One Board of Directors reflects the absurdity of the corporatized regime under which the earth continues to be exploited under the motivations of ‘economic prosperity’. The interconnections demonstrate how crises that appear disconnected – such as the privatization of water in Delhi, mining in Brazil, Saudi Arabian ‘special economic zones’, the mergers and contracts of seemingly apolitical construction companies, and the construction of a condominium development in Ottawa – are closely related, but often neglected in the context of the innocuous entries and exits of the figureheads who determine these maneuvers. The absurdity of the relationships is contextualised with recent news, excerpts, or tangentially relevant bits of trivia that inform their actions. Formally, it’s an experiment with the usefulness of the footnote / annotation as an irritant where footnotes concentrate on ‘derivative facts’, and with the hyperlink for mapping nets of influence. These ‘nets’ are intended to reflect the connections  between the protagonists behind the governance, auditing & oversight, and policy influence of the corporate acquisitions of ‘public assets’. These connections are available to the public – however, due to their displacement and the limited means of their discussion and representation, they remain ‘hidden in plain sight’. In the complex and non-linear operations of an economic climate that is created through collaborative business and relationship building, the relevance is found in repetition. Here, information leads to more information!

TO JUSTIFY LAND 3 – DISCREPANCIES IN THE VALUES

“In Gèsèr Khan’s Land”, Albina Tsybikova, 1982.

full article on Berfrois: http://www.berfrois.com/2017/08/lital-khaikin-to-justify-land-3/

In Southern Siberia, where the Sayan Mountains rise over the heavy chest of confluence of Central Asia, the Buryat peoples have told legends about the ancient lake Baikal and his beautiful daughter Angara. There are 300 rivers that stream into the Baikal, and Angara is alone among them as the only river to flow away. Old man Baikal made sure to keep Angara locked up, so that she would never leave his care. Out of the ancient Sayan, the great river Yenisei heard of the beautiful Angara. The Yenisei was known as a great and proud warrior spirited with wildness, his mighty waters rippling over the land’s most ragged stones, the water like sinew, stretching and coiling to gather strength. The two rivers were seduced by each other from afar. Longing for freedom, Angara escaped her father’s confines, the only river to stream out of the great lake, and flew towards Yenisei. When Angara escaped from Baikal, making a dive north through Irkutsk, the old man pursued his runaway daughter. In a fury, Baikal threw a stone to stop his daughter in her path, which became known as the Shaman-Rock. It is said that if the Shaman-Rock were to fall, it would open the way for the Baikal, who would spill over his banks and recapture the runaway Angara. The waters of the Angara still course with tears of wrath and loss, concealing a prayer for liberation. In those times, the gods heard her cries. The beautiful river spills over her banks into a larger basin at Bratsk, and continues north to Ust-Ilimsk, to curl west on her passage towards the Yenisei. Angara finally reaches the Yenisei at the town of Strelka, “arrow”. The great rivers run together through the unyielding tundra, towards the churning grey and black waters of the Arctic Ocean.

PUBLIC RELATIONS VALUE

Seeing the economic opportunity in Siberian earth, Texas-based oil company Amoco quickly established an office in Nadym, Yamal following the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Portraying the Yamal Region as devastated by decades of pollution by Soviet industries, a 1994 New York Times article titled “In the Defiled Russian Arctic, Hope Is a U.S. Oil Company”, the publication portrayed the Amoco vice-president Garry F. Howe as a kind of saviour descended upon an old world, bringing faith in new industry and economic prosperity to come through ecologically sensitive American drilling of the Yamal. “But Amoco has seen what happened to other companies when the needs of the local people are ignored. Texaco, for example, was stymied with its oil exploration in Ecuador when Indians were outraged about the lack of consultation. And company officials know the public relations value of producing oil in an environmentally safe way.” (The New York Times, Nov. 27, 1994). Attracting American investment in Siberian ‘natural resources’ became a priority for Russian business following the dissolution of the USSR and the conversion towards capitalist market economy, seeing the profitable manipulations of proprietary and land usage regulations, continent-hopping by bloated oil industries, and the ruthlessness of western investors and the World Bank that made it all possible. Even reports that spoke sympathetically about colonial exploitation of lands in Siberian regions – such as Osherenko’s study on the impact of changing property rights on the Nenets of Yamal Peninsula – would orient documentation in a way that would appear to support the preservation of Indigenous cultural and land rights, and self-governance, while somehow still promoting American investment and development of oil and gas fields: “according substantial property and even political rights to indigenous peoples need not constitute a barrier to larger national agendas for development of oil and gas resources” […] “The World Bank aims to enable the Russian oil and gas industry to improve oil recovery, reduce spills, repair broken pipelines, and reduce waste through improved environmental technology.” (Osherenko 1995: 2, 44).

* Osherenko, G. Indigenous political and property rights and economic/environmental reform in Northwestern Siberia. Post-Soviet Geography. 1995.

TO JUSTIFY LAND 2 – A GATHERING PLACE WHERE THE REMARKABLE OCCURS

full article on Berfrois: http://www.berfrois.com/2017/07/lital-khaikin-justify-land-2/

The working class of industrialist Québec was integrated into the state project of Canada – the inclusion of a French workforce of “civil servants” in the federalist project – as an act of securing the legitimacy of a unified Canadian state. The federalist vision is dependent on a pacification that is bought by the inclusion of the working class and the poor in the further development of the state, via employment that provides them with marginal benefits that are otherwise not afforded or systemically denied. When there was resistance from Algonquin communities to the development of yet another inaccessible and consumerist project constructed on a sacred site, Windmill seized the opportunity to integrate a “progressive” employment policy that would allow underemployed Algonquin workers a chance to participate in the construction of a “world-class sustainable waterfront community”. In order to employ a quota of Indigenous workers, Windmill and the Gatineau municipal governments have created a special administrative zone to bypass regulations on the certifications, practices and working conditions set in place by the Commission de la construction du Québec (CCQ). “For tradespeople and construction workers from Kitigan Zibi, it has been almost impossible to work off reserve because of complex Québec construction regulations. Windmill is negotiating to have parts of its site declared a special administrative zone. That would allow Algonquin tradespeople to work there.” [Zibi Press Release, Jun. 30, 2015]. There would be no need for this benevolent creation of a special administrative zone by Windmill and the Gatineau municipal government for the employment of Algonquin workers, if these barriers weren’t already entrenched within systemic practices of discrimination, and absence of required training, certification and employment resources.

Speaking of their collaborators, the Zibi developers write,

“For tradespeople and construction workers from Kitigan Zibi, it has been almost impossible to work off reserve because of complex Québec construction regulations. Windmill is negotiating to have parts of its site declared a special administrative zone. That would allow Algonquin tradespeople to work there. Historically, many people from Kitigan Zibi have gone to the United States to work in construction because they were unable to find work near home.” [Zibi Press Release].