Politics, Re-Spun: On Riots & Anarchists: the Media’s Reactionary Propaganda

Good afternoon Vancouver, how’s your head? The hand-wringing and spinning has commenced in full force now in the wake of the riot which gripped the downtown core after the Canucks Game 7 loss. The narrative which emerged, both in the media and thanks to public statements by the Vancouver Police, is that—are you ready for ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Thinking About Sustainable Cities

– Your lawn can’t legally look like this? People are understandably mystified by some of the things I do, they have different outlooks on life. When they see a TV in the garbage they think, “Someone upgraded to a Plasma,” while I think, “There’s a few more pounds of lead to leach into drinking water.” ...

wmtc: the true cost of tomatoes, or slavery and poverty continue to haunt the fast-food industry, and how you can help

I have blogged several times about the horrific conditions endured by the people who pick tomatoes in Immokalee, Florida, working for fast-food giants like Burger King, Taco Bell and McDonald’s, and supermarket giants like Kroger, Stop & Shop, Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. For important background, see the norm is disaster, the extreme is slavery, ...

Accidental Deliberations: Deep thought

I won’t claim to have compiled a full list of criticisms of the Cons’ government. But I’m pretty sure that putting too many resources into environmental priorities would rank rather near the bottom.

Impolitical: Go Canucks…and a few other things

It’s the big Canucks game day and all so people are likely not going to be very interested in Canadian politics. But some big things are happening that bear mentioning. First of all, the ludicrous situation with how the two strike actions going on in the country are developing. The Harper government is giving Air ...

the reeves report: NDP wakes up to hypocrisy of asbestos mining and export from Quebec

Asbestis Mining in Quebec CBC is reporting through the Access to Information Act, that the Harper government rejected a 2006 recommendation from Health Canada to support a global ban on asbestos. Health Canada suggested that the government reverse their previous commitment to keep asbestos off the UN list of banned hazardous materials, and Harper refused. ...

Accidental Deliberations: Up for debate

The NDP has released a first look at the prioritized resolutions from this weekend’s #vancon2011 (PDF). And while most of them may not come as too much surprise (or appear particularly controversial), there are a few which look highly noteworthy in developing and refining the party’s policies. In particular:Resolution 1-09-11, submitted by Davenport, proposes an ...

the reeves report: New study indicates dramatic reduction in Rocky Mountain snowpack

Rocky Mountains A report released this past week from the U.S. Geological Survey found that over an 800 year period, the past 30 years indicate a dramatic break from the typical snowpack patterns in the Rocky Mountains. The report stated that “over the past millennium, late-20th-century snowpack reductions are almost unprecedented in magnitude across the northern ...

Impolitical: Ontario’s declining GHG emissions

Saw this on Live Free or Die’s blog where he cites a recent Pembina item on Ontario’s declining greenhouse gas emissions. Good roundup of GHG data. This part stood out for me: Inside Canada, provincial emissions results almost always generate some interest. Although Ontario is no longer Canada’s top emitter — a title it has ...

Accidental Deliberations: On incomplete reporting

Yes, it’s a problem if the Cons are giving different answers about climate-change policy to different audiences. But I’m not sure how the difference between federal action making next to no difference and its making even less than that makes for a more significant story than the prospect that each set of numbers from the ...

Trashy's World: Friday miscellany: CPC drones, trees and the sun!

CPC drones are all over the place in downtown Ottawa as hundreds of Blue Team Robot-Worshippers gather for their love-in/prayer-fest/progressive-bashing convention. They are easily recognisable in the crowds. For one, they don’t dress very well. I have not ever seen as many “flood” pants in one place. And tweed jackets with elbow patches. And the ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Story of Stuff

Live blog from Education Auditorium Starting with a prayer song from a Cree elder, singer and pipe keeper and cleaner. Drum and singing is very impressive in here. The introduction is okay, but a tad long. Now Peta White is giving welcomes and thank-yous. There’s a UPS with a dead battery peeping away in the ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: EPA Again Faults State Department Keystone XL Assessment as "Insufficient"

keystone_img_2801.jpg The controversial Keystone XL project proposed by Canadian dirty oil giant TransCanada was dealt a potentially devastating blow on its quest for federal approval after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) blasted the State Department’s draft analysis on the pipeline’s environmental impacts. The EPA calls the State Department’s revised draft assessment “insufficient”.  EPA identified a laundry list of omissions in ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – With health care once again receiving plenty of attention on the U.S. political scene thanks to the Republicans’ plan to dismantle publicly-funded Medicare, the differences between Canada and the U.S. are once again serving as a major point of discussion. And Aaron Carroll has posted a neat ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Built to crash: the coming economic tsunami

`Would you rather have a perfectly efficient system that, if hit by a pebble, would shatter? Or, would you rather have an adaptable system that may not give you the exact output you want, but can handle anything?  According to Barry Lynn of the New America Foundation, our economy and our entire domestic food supply ...

the reeves report: US Dept. of Transportation orders TransCanada to halt activity on Keystone I

Keystone Pipeline – Image Courtesy of the Vancouver Sun Effective immediately, the US Department of Transportation has ordered TransCanada to suspend all activity on the Keystone I pipeline. According to the New York Times, the order was issued by the Transportation department’s Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. “Effective immediately,” the PHMSA claims, “this order ...

Politics, Re-Spun: The Social Determinants of Health

(Note: This post contains a portion of the talk that I gave last month at the 16th International Conference of the Association of Psychology and Psychiatry for Adults and Children in Athens). Research has now clearly established that economic, and social variables – more than individual or family behavior – are the most salient factors ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Tar Sands Industry Has Its Eyes On Vancouver For Asian Export Terminal

saudi-oil-supertanker.jpeg In recent months, opposition to Enbrige’s Northern Gateway Pipeline has mounted as citizens, environmental groups and First Nations groups have protested the $5.5 billion dollar pipeline that would bring as many as 220 supertankers per year to Kitimat, B.C., to ship dirty tar sands crude to hungry energy markets in Asia. While opposition to this project has ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: Does Capitalism Save Lives?

I was watching CNBC and happened to see this panel about how the number of Americans killed by natural disasters has declined over time. It was also noted that, in early 2010, fewer people died in Chile’s earthquake than in Haiti’s earthquake. The discussion quite reasonably outlined how improvements in emergency preparedness, building codes, and ...

Impolitical: Worst ever carbon emissions in 2010

Reported on Sunday in the Guardian: Greenhouse gas emissions increased by a record amount last year, to the highest carbon output in history, putting hopes of holding global warming to safe levels all but out of reach, according to unpublished estimates from the International Energy Agency. The shock rise means the goal of preventing a ...

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Germany says auf weidersehen to nuke plants

Germany’s centre-right coalition announced this morning that it is getting out of the nuclear power business entirely.   All seventeen of its plants will be closed by 2022 at the latest.   This has been a long held plank of the “Red-Green” alliance on the left in the FRG although never seriously implemented; but it is ...

mike watkins dot ca: No Tankers: A Visual Campaign

To learn more, visit the Dogwood Initiative‘s No Tankers campaign information pages ; to sign the petition click here.

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Reflections on Mapping the South March Highlands Kanata Lakes Trails

For purposes of simplicity, although both trail systems are within the South March Highlands, I will refer to these trails, across from the Goulbourn Forced Road (GFR) parking lot, as the KL trails and the ones in the Conservation Forest as the SMH trails.On Wednesday (May 25, 2011) I started my latest mapping project of ...

openalex: 48Hour Green Film Contest @ Cannes

Cannes wrapped up last weekend with the Palme d’Or going to Terrence Malick’s apparently slightly sprawling epic The Tree of Life. From what I’ve read, the movie looks to be a mix of personal drama and a lush celebration of the Earth’s beauty (trailer).  While not specifically an environmental film, it works out an evocative ...

Things Are Good: Going Green to Bring in the Green.

A Cambridge, Ontario metal fabrication company, VeriForm, has become an ecological leader in a field notorious for neglecting the effects of their business and product on the environment. A capital investment of $78000 has allowed VeriForm to implement many small changes (i.e. a centralized programmable thermostat, high-efficiency lighting systems, etc.) which saves the company $120000 ...