Suncor Energy Colorado/ Suncor Canada?

September 30, 2013

The quotation that follows was copied and pasted from a Colorado Suncor(Canada’s energy company) website. It is the result of my continuing effort to understand why Suncor is called a Canadian company when it began as a subsidiary of America’s Sun Co./Sun Oil of the USA. and its take over of Petro Canada in 2009 was largely financed by the Crown Corporation’s, Petro- Canada’s money.

Suncor has its own network of 44 retail sites across Colorado, 38 of which are branded Shell. The remaining six locations will continue to sell Suncor products under the Phillips 66 brand, until our current marketing and license agreement with ConocoPhillips expires in 2013. Suncor also has contract agreements to supply Shell and Phillips 66 branded fuels to more than 225 outlets throughout Colorado.

Suncor supplies about 35% of Colorado’s gasoline and diesel fuel demand. We blend 10% ethanol into gasoline at our Commerce City refinery and

sell it through our retail network. Ethanol as a fuel additive is mandated in certain parts of Colorado during the winter months.

Suncor Energy (U.S.A.) Inc. is an authorized licensee of the Shell and Phillips 66® brand and marks in the state of Colorado.

Mr. Obama and Limits of Power

“Obama in Wide-Ranging UN Speech Defends American Power, but Acknowledges its Limits”

…Despite a war-weary American public and its declining reliance on Middle Eastern oil, Mr. Obama insisted the United States would continue to be an active player in the region, defending its interests; advocating for democratic principles; working to resolve sectarian conflicts in countries like Iraq, Syria, and Bahrain; and if necessary, intervening militarily with other countries to head off humanitarian tragedies…( New York Times)

Today I read in a book published in 2012 that when Britain disengaged from the Middle East because it ran out of money, the United States took over. I hope the bit above about America being less reliant on Middle East oil is true owing to Canada’s supplying large quantities of tanker train shipments of hard to mine tar sands oil below world prices, or because there are sufficient quantities of the U.S’s new found rather difficult to mine reserves, or perhaps the 2010 nuclear renaissance has helped diminish the need for energy imports from countries other than politically compatible Canada.

Otherwise insufficient funds may have something to do with Mr. Obama’s uncertain foreign policy alluded to through out this report.

September 25, 2013

Limits of Power

The above pasted quotation from the New York Times Online article dated September 24, appeared again in a September 25 article headed “Obama Defends U.S. Engagement in the Middle East” replacing yesterday’s “Obama in Wide-Ranging UN Speech Defends American Power, but Acknowledges its Limits” header. Removal of the term “Limits” is significant: I just learned that limits of power has been a central notion of debate among united states writers and thinkers. In a 2010 article from the Economist entitled “Limits of Power” to a Mar 23, 2011 article published by the Cato Institute headed “Understanding the Limits of American Power” these writers’ discussion of limits as in America’s limits of power may actually reveal America’s slowly developing new foreign policy. The US’s threatening retaliation against Syria for weeks then almost over night, and almost gleefully accepting the plan for Syria to formally reveal its chemicals to the world may not demonstrate Mr. Obama’s uncertain foreign policy, but may permit voters to get used to their adminstration’s acting on its own real interests informed by the limitations of its ability to further the interests of other nations.

Local Health System Integration Act, 2006

September 22, 2013

The province of Ontario has obviously been planning the amalgamation of hospitals for some time. I had been unaware of these plans and am still ignorant of the functions of the LHIN given its authority by Local Health System Integration Act, 2006. But I believe that the word “Integration” in the Act’s title and in the Local Health Integration Network label confirm my surmise that Ontario has been planning under the authority of the Local Health System Integration Act, 2006 to implement the integration of hospital functions to spend less tax money. The recent uproar over amalgamating/integrating Scarborough hospitals’ services and staff though overwhelmingly opposed by doctors and clients at a Feb. 2012 meeting is unlikely to stop the relentless drive to amalgamate for as long as the Local Health System Integration Act, 2006 continues to express the will of voters’ elected representatives, and those able to afford private health insurance.

LHIN: Scarborough, Ontario

September 20, 2013

This morning I looked at a report in yesterday’s Scarborough Mirror, a Metroland publication.It tells of how with the Ontario Government Scarborough’s LHIN(Local Health Integration Network)and the Hay Group, a global management team, will refresh a strategic plan to amalgamate hospital services in Scarborough to save money.

Since I thought I had read somewhere that resistance to the original plan had caused its cancellation. I was surprised to see that the refreshed amalgamation plan has been ongoing. Below I have printed the opening three paragraphs of a Scarborough Hospital Website that I thought might clarify what I had read in the Scarborough Mirror. But what I found Online was more obscure than what I had tried to make sense of in the front page Mirror article because of its professional jargon usage:

1.“Strategic Plan Refresh” needs explanation or perhaps interpretation based on the original plan I presume.
2.“clarity” a media term of rhetoric implying the eventual delivery of factual and understandable information,
3.“roadmap” a media, political metaphor depicting concrete actions not specified
4.“LHIN ” still a mystery that I had only within the past year learned the meaning of even though it’s been around since 2007.
5.“stakeholders” a common political expression referring to unnamed persons.

The Scarborough Hospital is embarking on a Strategic Plan Refresh in an effort to provide more clarity and guidance regarding which services should expand, remain fixed or decrease in order to meet the acute care hospital needs of our community.

The purpose of the Strategic Plan Refresh is to create a roadmap for redefining the scope and size of hospital services over the next few years, resulting in a stronger organization that can better serve the needs of the Scarborough community as part of an integrated health model. The refreshed strategic plan should be evidence-based, compelling, patient-focused and in line with government and LHIN directives.

The Scarborough Hospital is working with the Hay Group and a range of program stakeholders to develop options for our future. Community stakeholders have been asked to provide input on the draft decision-making criteria that was developed, and will be engaged in a more extensive consultation once options are developed. – See more at:…

This entry was posted in Media, Politics and tagged Community stakeholders, LHIN, Scarborough Mirror, Scarborough Ontario, Strategic Plan Refresh project on September 20, 2013.

How Did Sun Oil Become Suncor;then Petro Canada?

Today, June, 27, 2013; a BNN broadcaster informed me that Suncor was Canada’s biggest diversified energy company. And I  didn’t believe him. And many perhaps weren’t paying attention, or many simply believed that Suncor is a Canadian company( though it left Sunoco in 1995 a descendant of Sun Oil, & currently sells Petro Canada products, and leads the way in mining the tar sands) because TV broadcasters know   more than their audience, or maybe no one cares that Suncor is really a metamorphosis of America’s Sun Oil Company that took over Canada’s crown corporation Petro Canada in August 2009.

Among business broadcasters “transparency” has become a popular term: meaning, I think, visibility of motive and action. It’s surprising then that it is almost impossible to find a coherent company history of Canada’s Suncor Energy and its relationship to “The Peoples Natural Gas Company” that started in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania in 1886, and became “Sun oil Company” of Ohio in 1890.But here is what is Online at Wikipedia. The story of Suncor seems to begin in 1886 with “The Peoples Natural Gas Company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. “Suncor was founded in 1919 in Montreal as Sun Company of Canada, a subsidiary of Sun Oil (now Sunoco).” And here the word “subsidiary”(meaning branch?) taken from the preceding Wikipedia sentence may be the only visible Online mention of the fact that Canada’s Sun Company is linked to America’s Sun Oil, and ultimately that Suncor, the company that took control of Petro Canada, and mines the tar sands is a descendant of Canada’s Sun Company, “a subsidiary of Sun Oil“.

(The link to the above quoted Wikipedia sentence is

I am assuming that the term “subsidiary” is an accurate characterization of Canada’s oil company’s connection to America’s multinational parent oil company.

Also revealing in trying to understand the relationship between the US.- international ancestor of Canada’s 1919 Sun Company and the 2009 Suncor – Petro Canada are the biographical events of former Suncor CEO and officer of the Order of Canada Mr. R. George:

Rick George Birthplace: Brush, Colo. Age: 59 Rick George came up through the ranks of Sun Co., rising to managing director of Sun Oil Britain, before being appointed president and CEO of Canada’s Suncor in 1991(Globe and Mail, Jan.1, 2010)

In review: here are some of the company names that anyone seeking a history of this energy company must confront: Sun oil Company, Sun Oil, Sun Company of Canada, Sunoco, Sun Oil Britain, Suncor Energy. Today Steve Williams, Mr. George’s replacement, has been leading Suncor. He too originated in the U.S.A.and like Mr. George has exemplary international experience. Recently he received a large financial reward for his environmental accomplishments.

Suncor Energy CEO Steve Williams gets pay raise to $12.8 million, praise for work on climate change

(National Post; April 1, 2016)

Thinking, Using, Exploding

September 9,2013

Talk of the US and others attacking Syria has persisted for almost as long as the two-year uprising itself. Sometimes the word democracy pops up as in Egypt where an American spokesman has said that the Egyptian army takeover this July ensures democracy; regime change as in Iraq, as in Libya sometimes has been spoken as a possible reason to attack the rulers of Syria till it is suggested that regime change could bring the rebel forces to power with some of their terrorist affiliates, none of whom would like to see former officials from France return on the wings of the American dove. And relentlessly we hear that regardless of forebodings of helping Al-Qaeda overthrow a regal ruler with an assist from Saudi Arabia’s benevolent king Saad now that a red line’s been crossed, chemical killings simple stark unambiguous like Saddam’s chemicals against Iraqi Kurdistanians (his own people)that beg an unambiguous avenging response to send a message to all who’d think of using such weapons, “weapons of mass destruction”. Yet quite in the open for years transactions have been done to supply the chemical ingredients for crossing the red line on August 21, 2013.

An excerpt that follows from a CSIS article of August 26, 2013 is the first informative analysis of the possible effects of bombings to stop the use of chemical weapons in Syria that has emerged Online from under days of sonorous, confusingly repetitive press statements about degrees to which the US will be supported in its bombing of Syria: the red line, numbers of people killed, American evidence, UN still-not available evidence ad infinitum, and on and on and on.

..Even if the U.S. can somehow stop all future use of chemical weapons, the military impact will be marginal at best. Moreover, anyone who has actually seen wounds from conventional artillery — or badly treated body wounds from small arms — realizes that chemical weapons do not cause more horrible wounds. If anything, an agent like Sarin tends to either kill quickly or result in relative recovery. The case for intervening cannot be based on chemical weapons. It has to be based on two factors: Whether it serves American strategic interest and whether it meets the broader humanitarian needs of the Syrian people…a CSIS article

The Great Depression, The Great War

September 8, 2013

As in 2008 Mr. Obama evoked images of the Great Depression, today Mr. Kerry evokes images of the second Great War.


Mr Kerry said the international community was facing a “Munich moment” – a reference to the policy of appeasement that failed to stop Nazi Germany in the 1930s. Great War