Challenging the Commonplace: BC Liberal Leadership: Order of preference 2

[UPDATED Jan 20, 10:00 a.m.] My three top issues that will guide my decision remain as before: Democratic reform. Support for greater independence and return of powers to local governments. This is the key issue for me. We work, play, live and die in communities. Local elected officials are the closest to the people and ...

Challenging the Commonplace: BC Liberal Leadership: Order of preference 2

[UPDATED Jan 20, 10:00 a.m.] My three top issues that will guide my decision remain as before: Democratic reform. Support for greater independence and return of powers to local governments. This is the key issue for me. We work, play, live and die in communities. Local elected officials are the closest to the people and ...

UPDATED…Guess What Folks? Our Oil is Ethical!

No, I don’t believe the malarkey that our oil is ethical. The only thing this argument does is compare our bad practices to the worse practices of other nations. Our oil is good because we aren’t Sudanese and killing our own people, or our oil is good because we aren’t Saudi and subverting the rights ...

Pollution/Environment: Harper & Co. Talking The Talk …

… but still not walking the walk. Nothing new here, eh? Well folks – here’s one more note added in proof (emphasis added): Canada oil sands: Pollution monitoring is censured A scientific panel has found Canada has “no system” for monitoring how Alberta’s oil sands projects may be polluting local waterways. Academic reports found that ...

ezrawinton.com: Tar on the Tusks – The Walrus sells out to Big Oil

“Divest from the Royal Bank of Canada, close your accounts, tell RBC to stop funding the tar sands project.” This was the advice filmmaker Shannon Walsh gave an audience in Toronto after a screening in 2009 of her documentary on the Alberta tar sands project, H2OIL. Someone in the audience, noticeably moved by the film’s ...

Five of Five: Calgary Herald Opposes Basic Democracy

To no one’s surprise the Calgary Herald wrote an op-ed wholly justifying the Senate’s vote down of Bill C-311, the Climate Change Accountability Act. It seems so twisted, to me I can only summarise it in point form: The bill would cause irreparable economic harm while at the same time mandating unattainble C02 reduction goals. ...

The Progressive Right: Climate Change Bill Defeated by Unelected Tories

Summed up nicely by the Globe & Mail’s Gloria Galloway with her headline. RIP, Reform Party movement. Unelected Tory senators kill climate bill passed by House The Conservatives have used their clout in the Senate stacked by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to kill an NDP climate change bill that was passed by a majority of the ...

Making up for lost time

Lots of stuff going on since I last posted here.  Besides the Rider’s being in the Western Semi-final today, I mean. Dr. Jim Harding, ardent no-nukes activist and author, has started a website to provide an archive of material related to the nuclear industry, renewable energy and other issues related to sustainable development. The great ...

anybody want to buy a bridge?

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.” George Bernard Shaw We are in the information age. We are a knowledge based economy…or so we are supposed to be. Knowledge is power we are told.We have countless ways of receiving information…24 hour news channels, banners updating the latest on our favourite shows. Newspapers…weeklys, ...

engulfed and unglued

At some stages of your life you will deal with thingsand at others you are overwhelmed with misery and anxiety. Nigella Lawson How long does it take for things to overtake ones ability to cope? It seems that the weeks of smoke has sapped us of all energy. It is like we are being bogged ...

Run Salmon Run

The 610-kilometre Skeena River is one of the world’s longest undammed rivers, and is the second longest river in British Columbia. Unlike the Fraser, the Skeena has been spared widespread industrial development, and a large portion of the Skeena watershed remains an intact, functioning ecosystem. The last couple of years has had us here and ...

Smoke on the water…

Mcleese Lake somewhere in the smoke There’s so much pollution in the air now that if it weren’t for our lungs there’d be no place to put it all. ~Robert Orben And there is smoke in the air…man it is everywhere! With the home fires still a burning up the countryside making life not so ...

Marginal Notes: Exploiting the BP Oil Spill to Sell Self Tan Bronzing Gel

The August edition of Vogue Italia features a fashion spread titled ‘Water and Oil.’ I believe that ‘Violence and Destruction’ better capture the content and mood of these photos. We are accustomed to the sexualization of violence against women. Now, we’re being asked to swallow the glorification of violent destruction of the Earth. I cannot ...

where there is smoke…

“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.” Albert Schweitzer there is fire! Fire to the west of us, fire to the North of us, fire ...

Fear and Loathing

“Courage is resistance to fear,mastery of fear — not absence of fear.”— Mark Twain It seems that our lives are continually in a state of trying to balance our hopes and our fears. And for many it seems that the fear overtakes the hope and then all hell breaks loose. Anxiety, depression, crabbiness, woefullness take ...

A. Picazo: Chevron – Because BP Wasn’t Drilling Deep Enough

Fifty miles off the coast of Louisiana, upwards of 100,000 barrels per day of oil are gushing from BP’s Deepwater Horizon well into the Gulf of Mexico. With the equivalent of one Exxon-Valdez seeping into the Gulf every three days, mass devastation of the wetlands, wildlife, and marshes surrounding the area is a forgone conclusion. ...

Bringing Home the BP Oil Disaster

If the oil gusher happened in my neck of the woods, here’s how much area it would currently cover. h/t to The TO Star Related: Gulf oil spill: BP lacked the right tools to deal with crisis, chief executive admits Oil Companies Weigh Strategies to Fend Off Tougher Regulations As BP disaster grows, Canada’s deepwater ...

Pop The Stack: Time to Come Together Around Democratic Reform

Today I’m going to tell you my vision for creating a national discussion about Democratic Reform. If you’re a regular reader of PopTheStack you know that one of the things I’m really passionate about is fixing our democracy in Canada.  There are lots of things wrong with the way that voices of Canadians are heard, ...

Pop The Stack: Andrew Coyne speaks to the Liberal Party, but will they listen?

I’m just growing more and more fond of Andrew Coyne as time goes on.  Maybe I’m getting older and more conservative, or maybe he’s getting less so.  Or just maybe, the old templates of “conservative” and “liberal” aren’t nearly as useful as they once seemed to be.  That is essentially the point of Coyne fantastic ...

A stream of nuke news

Grab a coffee or tea.  Find a snack.  Lots of linky news today so this could take a while! First up:  A Calgary nuke company, Kirrin Resources, is not going to expand its exploration for uranium in Quebec.  That’s good news for Quebec’s citizens.  Not so good for Saskatchewan though.  A few days ago, the ...

atypicalalbertan: Hearing David Suzuki

I had the opportunity through work to attend the 2009 Canadian Public Relations Society Conference in Vancouver this past June. The second afternoon luncheon was delivered by David Suzuki. I was so inspired and impressed by his talk. Now, that I have finally gotten around to writing my report on that conference and the Suzuki ...

Canada Guaranteed to be the Problem in Copenhagen

Just as the UN Climate Change Conference kicking off today in Copenhagen Harper gave a speech this morning where he stated that we need to be putting economic recovery before addressing climate change. You can bet that this will be his excuse for holding up talks in Copenhagen. No wonder Canada received the first fossil ...

The Wheatsheaf: See, we are not the only environmental pariahs

Seattle – November 30, 1999. What a time to remember. Thousands of activists taking it to the streets. Anarchists in turtle uniforms. That great symbol of American decadence – Starbucks – with its smashed windows. All in the fight against closed door meeting deciding our economic futures. Apparently certain groups did not like the idea ...

Pop The Stack: Time for Rex to Go

Ever since I cut Rex Murphy out of my life (see Goodbye Rex) it seems he’s been popping up more and more trying to get my attention back.   I’ve been trying not to listen to him but today I gave in when I found this.  I’m sure I could link directly to the CBC video, ...

Pop The Stack: Out with the Guns, In with the Green

I’ve been putting off this article for a week or so, and its been piling up links, so here’s some unsolicited advice from me to the leaders of her majesty’s loyal opposition, both Mr. Ignatieff and Mr. Layton.  Start opposing with something Canadians actually want, not what the media punditocrocy and ‘common wisdom’ tell you. ...