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Two Canadians have a billion-dollar pipe dream

Tease the day: Toronto academics are pitching a $20-billion, 8,800-km pipeline that fuels millions of lives


A pair of Canadians plan to raise funds for a $20-billion, 8,800-kilometre pipeline. They hope to draw from deep pockets in Hollywood, convene an international conference to scavenge for money, and suggest if everything goes according to plan, the pipeline might be in service by 2025. That’s quite a scoop for the Toronto Star this morning, wouldn’t you say?

Before you ask where in the oil sands Rod Tennyson and Romila Verma make their living, and who’s paying them to advocate such an enormous undertaking, you should know that their proposed pipeline is not in Canada—and it won’t carry oil. Instead, the University of Toronto academics say the pipes, if they come to fruition, will carry freshwater to 11 thirsty African nations stretching from Mauritania to Djibouti.

A pipeline to give millions of people clean water in a climate change–ravaged part of Africa. That’s your morning dose of idealism.

What’s above the fold this morning?

The Globe and Mail leads with Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s intervention in a Manulife’s move to lower mortgage rates. The National Post fronts Flaherty’s opposition to a “race to the bottom” among lenders. The Toronto Star goes above the fold with a move to conduct more background checks on city cabbies. The Ottawa Citizen leads with a federal union’s refusal to make concessions on sick leave at the bargaining table. iPolitics fronts the real solution to Flaherty’s skills funding challenges. leads with U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Israel. National Newswatch showcases a National Post story about former Alberta premier Ralph Klein’s health struggles.

Stories that will be (mostly) missed

1. Aboriginal skills. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty says he’d like to replicate the positive experiences of some aboriginal skills development programs in the budget he tables on Thursday. 2. Charbonneau. Quebec engineering firm Dessau admitted to $2 million in illegal political donations between 2005 and 2010, during testimony at the province’s corruption inquiry.
3. Policing costs. A summit hosted by Public Safety Canada that was meant to spur a discussion about reducing policing costs, and which attracted 250 police chiefs, racked up a $227,000 bill. 4. Economic development. Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Doug Eyford as a special representative to consult aboriginals on economic development and report directly to the PM.

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Two Canadians have a billion-dollar pipe dream

  1. Forget the initial $20 billion start up. What’s the cost of desalinating the water supply for 11 whole countries?

    • Interestingly:

      “Material scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have designed a next-generation water desalination membrane that could greatly improve our ability to extract drinkable water from the sea. The membrane is composed of a one-carbon atom thick sheet of graphene. Their research about this new form of nanotechnology waspublished on July 5, 2012 in the journal Nano Letters.”

    • The original article linked says that the plan includes a desalinating plant at each end, and they’ll both pump water toward the middle, with reservoirs along the way.

      • sure, but operating that has to be super expensive, unless new technologym makes it supersimple like in the idea posted by NT1 below.

  2. Well that pipeline is a worthwhile project! I’ll see if I can kick in to it.

    • Why not see if you can help build it too – physically speaking. That would be worthwhile for some of us for sure. (Good morning EmilyOne)

  3. Desalination, on the scale that they’re suggesting, creates massive amounts of toxic sludge, requires enormous amounts of electricity to run, and is likely to cause just as many problems in the long run than it can ever hope to solve.

    • not necessarily, check out the TED talk on mining minerals out of seawater.

      • OK. Damian Palin: Mining minerals from seawater. Nice theory as it stands. How to scale up to production was missing. If he’s hanging his hat on this one then I wish him all the best.

  4. And why a story on Harper appointing a special representative to consult with Aboriginals on economic development and to report directly back to hom would not make it above the fold on any media? Would it be because the media considers this a positive for Harper and of course that automatically disqualifies it from the news? The bias do the media is astounding. And you bet Idle No More will not report that either.

    • It’s not nearly as much fun as watching some criminally negligent chief stage a fake hunger strike and making unfounded accusations of racism. The Canadian media isn’t about informing people, it’s about entertaining left-wing idiots.

      • Perhaps you should share your insightful little critique of the media with the folks at Sun Media. I suspect they’d be taken aback by your assessment of them.

    • I dunno, last time Harper yapped about a special envoy Canada ended up gettin screwed on softwood lumber.

  5. Glo-Bull Warming is the biggest fraud ever perpetrated in human history.

    • Actually religion is…plus it keeps people dumb.

      • You would know………….dumb ass.

        • Yes, I would. It’s why I’m an atheist, and you’re the ignorant christian.

    • Yup. Right on time.