[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 theContinue reading
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…Continue reading
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 g…Continue reading
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 extraction plants were sending toxins such as mercury a…Continue reading
ezrawinton.com: Tar on the Tusks – The Walrus sells out to Big Oil
Canada’s preeminent culture magazine has let Big Oil lie about the tar sands on its pages.Continue reading
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 econ…Continue reading
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 …Continue reading
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 nuc…Continue reading
anybody want to buy a bridge?
“Beware of false knowledge;it is more dangerous than ignorance.”George Bernard ShawWe 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 inf…Continue reading
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 ene…Continue reading
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 w…Continue reading
Smoke on the water…
Mcleese Lake somewhere in the smokeThere’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 OrbenAnd there is smoke in the air…man it is everywhere! With the home fires still a burning up t…Continue reading
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…Continue reading
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 fir…Continue reading
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 over…Continue reading
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 theContinue reading
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 AsContinue reading
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, […]Continue reading
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 […]Continue reading
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…Continue reading