A Different Point of View....: Why are our environmental groups supporting weak climate targets?

Canada is far behind many other countries when it comes to meeting its carbon reduction targets. We have an “inadequate” ranking on the international mechanism tracking carbon emitters, says Climate Action Tracker.  Many other countries/regions, such as Norway, the European Union, the United States and China, are well ahead of us. Meanwhile, the federal government’s ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Return of the Daisy Girl

As we all know, Donald Trump is a threat to everything decent in America. From its women and girls, who he would grope like a beast, to its democracy he would defile and degrade. He would plunge the world into the greatest recession since the Great Depression.But the greatest threat he poses is to the planet itself.Read more »

Politics and its Discontents: The Youth Voice is Our Voice

If ever there was ever any doubt about the neoliberal agenda being pursued by our ‘new’ government, Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s recent comments removed all uncertainty. He asserted that precarious work is here to stay and Canadians must adapt to having a variety of jobs throughout their lives as they experience the euphemistically phrased ‘job ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Too Much Climate Change Truth

Brad Wall’s “plan is laughable“. That’s because it isn’t a plan to address climate change, it’s a plan to sweep it under the rug for another decade. Too bad we’re short of time and marching toward oblivion. Clearly, Wall now thinks we’ve fallen a long way as a province since the early days of his ...

A Different Point of View....: Young activists win ‘badge of honour’ with civil disobedience in Ottawa

Ninety-nine young environmental activists achieved their goal on Parliament Hill on Monday by carrying out acts of civil disobedience. The boisterous group climbed over restricted-area police barricades near the Peace Tower. Those arrested were part of a group of 200 protesting the possible construction of the Alberta to B.C. Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline. Some ...

A Different Point of View....: Young activists win ‘badge of honour’ with civil disobedience in Ottawa

Ninety-nine young environmental activists achieved their goal on Parliament Hill on Monday by carrying out acts of civil disobedience. The boisterous group climbed over restricted-area police barricades near the Peace Tower. Those arrested were part of a group of 200 protesting the possible construction of the Alberta to B.C. Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline. Some ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Dani Rodrik discusses the growing public opposition to new corporate-dominated trade deals based on the lessons we’ve learned from previous ones: Instead of decrying people’s stupidity and ignorance in rejecting trade deals, we should try to understand why such deals lost legitimacy in the first place. I’d ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Jake Kivanc points out that what little job growth Canada can claim primarily involves precarious work. And Nora Loreto discusses the crucial link between labour and social change: (T)o confront climate change, we must imagine the role of workers in the transition to an oil-free economy: how ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: What’s Really Going On With Climate Change

There are too many people espousing their uneducated, or simply malicious views about the problem of climate change. There are enough of them in some places as to have totally halted progress against one of the greatest threats facing not only our species, but countless others. It’s equivalent to having spotted an Earth-directed asteroid with ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how Brad Wall’s call for Canada to stop funding international climate change adaptation and mitigation reflects just one more example of his government’s tendency to kick down at the people least able to defend themselves. For further reading…– Gregory Beatty again documented the background to Wall’s abandonment of an equalization system which would ...

Politics and its Discontents: This Sounds Promising

Whether this will turn out to be another idea that holds great promise but then comes to nothing will only be known, I guess, in the future, but it does sound promising: The danger of the ever-increasing levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in Earth’s atmosphere has become one of the most pressing issues of our ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Liberal 1 Year Report Card

The Trudeau Liberals returned to power on October 19, 2015. In the last year they’ve done some things I’ve disagreed with, and some things I approve of. I’ll list them from memory, because if I can’t recall them, they probably didn’t leave too much of a negative or positive impression: Good: B -Allowed 25000+ new ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Wall Wants It Both Ways on #carbontax

The Premier says Saskatchewan doesn’t make a difference in world pollution because of our small population, despite our world-record pollution rate when measured on a per-capita basis. Then he argues to keep Canadian money from going to where in the world it will make the biggest difference in reducing emissions immediately. A journalist asked him ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – Vanessa Williamson writes that plenty of Americans want to see wealthy individuals and corporations pay their fair share of taxes – only to have that strong desire ignored by policymakers. And Joseph Stiglitz and Erika Siu discuss the glaring need for stronger tax enforcement around the globe. – ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Will Canada’s national carbon price clean up our climate mess?

Monday, October 17, 2016 Canada will soon have a national price on carbon. West Coast has been calling for carbon pricing for over twenty years – putting a price on harm to our atmosphere is a good first step in dealing with the gigatonnes of fossil fuel pollution that Canada produces each year. That being said, ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Ellen Gould comments on how the CETA and other trade deals constrain democratic governance – and the fact that corporate bigwigs are threatening any government which considers giving effect to popular opposition doesn’t exactly provide any comfort. Meanwhile, Scott Sinclair points out the dangerous effects of the ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Johnstone: Supports Coal, But Calls Out Wall’s Lack of Plan

A notable column in the Star Phoenix from Bruce Johnstone, as he chastises Premier Wall’s “grandstanding” and for having no plan to deal with climate change. Wall called the plan, […] a “betrayal” of the PM’s promise to develop a collaborative climate change policy with the provinces. This despite the fact that Wall and the ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: We Hear #carbontax Won’t Work But It Will Change Behaviour

Coyne has a point: .@acoyne @ZackSiezmagraff Yes, exactly. Same way people don't like paying taxes so they avoid them, but a #carbontax won't change behaviour. — Saskboy (@saskboy) October 14, 2016 Kevin replies, “I’m planning the purchase of a wood stove…” Would you normally buy a wood stove? No, but I will out of spite ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Joel Wood highlights the social cost of carbon as a crucial reason to work on reducing greenhouse gas emissions rather than insisting on doing the absolute least the rest of the world will tolerate. And needless to say, Brad Wall’s idea of an argument for the position that ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: As Humans Do

Obituary: Great Barrier Reef (25 Million BC-2016). Killed by coal, ocean acidification and climate change: https://t.co/V4npCbP1yR — 350 dot org (@350) October 14, 2016 Idle conversation among strangers around the office printer: -“How are you today?” “Fine… aside from the problem that the world might end due to climate change one day.” -“Yes, I keep ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Foreseeable Future of Oil

Cameron MacGillivray, the president and CEO of Enform, says he’s not hearing [a year and a half ago] many concerns about the job market of the future. Rather than getting questions about the oil and gas industry prospects, he says he is asked about what kinds of jobs are most in demand and how much ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Alex Himelfarb discusses why a proportional electoral system can be expected to produce better and more representative public policy: The adversarial approach often means major policy lurches when the government changes. For example, the Harper government undid some important initiatives of the previous government, including the Kelowna Accord, ...

Politics and its Discontents: Meanwhile, Closer To Home

Much of the climate-change video material I post on my blog shows the devastation being wrought in the United States. I feature such material because it receives extensive coverage on American networks. It would, of course, be foolish to assume that such effects are confined to that country. Climate change is being felt worldwide through ...

Politics and its Discontents: What You Don’t Know Will Hurt You

While much of western society enjoys living in willful ignorance about climate change, the fact is, what you don’t know can hurt you. Tim Wallace of the New York Times reports that much of the heat of our rapidly warming world is being absorbed by oceans, and the long-term effects will be devastating. Ocean temperatures ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Cindy Blackstock offers a reminder of Canada’s long and shameful history of discrimination against First Nations children. And Donna Ferreiro takes a look at some of the faces of the Sixties Scoop which saw Indigenous children separated from their families due solely to racial and cultural prejudice. ...