Here’s a little irony for you. While Alberta’s Deputy Premier Ron Stevens was in Washington trying to persuade U.S. lawmakers to ignore cries from environmental groups that the province’s oil-sands projects have been developed at a huge cost to the environment, 500 migrated ducks landed on and now lay dead or dying in a pond of toxic waste owned by oil-sands company Syncrude Canada Ltd..

But wait, there’s more, as Associate Editor Brian McClintock put it when he sent me this CNN link: Meanwhile, Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach is upset that there were no noise-makers deployed to deter ducks from landing on the lake that’s so toxic it kills ducks–not that there is a lake that is so toxic it kills ducks….

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