Environmental Law Alert Blog: Reigniting a spirit of outrage on Earth Day

Saturday, April 22, 2017 In honour of Earth Day, Staff Counsel Linda Nowlan looks at how the green movement can – and must – do more to keep the planet alive and thriving, as proposed by Peter Dauvergne in his book, Environmentalism of the Rich.   Today, April 22, we celebrate Earth Day, the day ...

Alberta Politics: Brace for it: Alberta is about to endure weeks of vicious climate-change-induced political weather!

PHOTOS: Environment Minister Shannon Phillips at a related announcement last fall. As you can see, some of the same supporters were with her yesterday, as shown below by the Government of Alberta photo taken at the notorious Sky Palace in Edmonton, which has been converted to a meeting area by the NDP. Below that, Wildrose ...

Cowichan Conversations: Can BC restore sovereignty and regain control of its destiny through democratic reforms

Mid Summer Musings Can BC restore sovereignty and regain control of its destiny through democratic reforms that make our public institutions accountable to the people they purport to represent? Kevin Logan – Cowichan Conversations Contributor By Kevin Logan In BC conflating Environmentalism and Politics is a mainstay. Is it possible to restore environmentalism in BC ...

Melissa Fong: Planning the Metropolitan #Vancouver Region: A Critical Perspective

Here is a review of the Planning the Metropolitan Vancouver Region: A Critical Perspective- Thank you to AY for inviting me- great catching up with SCARP people and making new connections. […]

Politics and its Discontents: A Reminder Of Our Place

As our Cuban friends’ visit continues, we are trying to give them a sampling of life in Canada. Yesterday we went to the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto; the first exhibition hall we entered there was the one devoted to Canada’s aboriginal peoples, where we came upon a work by Norval Morriseau entitled Migration, depicted ...

Bill Longstaff: I have met the enemy and they ain’t all capitalists

I am no fan of capitalism. An economic system based on greed and founded in patriarchal values is flawed at its roots. But the tendency of so many on the left to blame all our problems on capitalists is simplistic, unfair and false. It is scapegoating. Despite the system, like most other classes of people, ...

The Canadian Progressive: Adbusters’ project to “take down Harper”: #SwaggerNoMore

by Adbusters | Jan 17, 2013 “The time has come for all of us to get involved.” He ditched the Kyoto Protocol, voted against Palestine, violated human rights, passed unconstitutional laws, changed the Indian Act illegally, passed several sneaky and sinister omnibus bills . . . he continues to destroy everything in the way of ...

The Ranting Canadian: CTV: Toronto sets warm weather record, Manitoba digs out from storm

CTV: Toronto sets warm weather record, Manitoba digs out from storm : This weekend, Toronto and other areas of southern Ontario set all-time high records for temperatures in January. In response, short-sighted morons  express glee about spring-like weather when it is supposed to be winter. They spout idiotic slogans like: “If this is global warming, ...

The Ranting Canadian: Eventually people will have to get it through their heads that…

Eventually people will have to get it through their heads that cleaner alternative energy isn’t just for tree-hugging hippies.  Eventually these energy sources — along with energy conservation, reducing/re-using other products, and population reduction — will be absolute necessities. Continuing the old ways of doing things and hoping for the best will not be an ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Celebration of Literacy

Despite its rather lengthy history, yesterday was the first time my wife and I attended Toronto’s Word On the Street, a celebration of books, literacy, and the dispelling of ignorance. As a retired English teacher and keen observer of the political machinations that envelop our society, it was very heartening to see so many thousands ...

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Harper’s Canada “Making Up Terror Identities”

In Stephen Harper’s Canada, we’re all potential terror threats. Until proven otherwise. So suggests a recent study by Queens University’s Jeffrey Monaghan and Kevin Walby, published in the journal Policing and Society.  Welcome to Multi Issue Extremism (MIE), Canada’s new classification of so-called domestic terror threats. We saw it coming. In a January letter, Joe ...

The Disaffected Lib: The Fundamentalist Dominion of Canada

Another warning that our federal government is “beholden to a religious agenda averse to science and rational debate.” This time it’s Andrew Nikiforuk writing in the latest Tyee. Any Canadian listening to the news these days might well conclude that the Republican extremists or some associated evangelical group has occupied Ottawa.  …transparency and full disclosure ...

350 or bust: It’s A Mystery

Nothing in life ever stays the same, so why should this blog be any different? Since 350orbust was created in November of 2009, in response to 350.org’s “International Day of Climate Action” campaign in the lead up to the Copenhagen Climate Conference, I have been transformed. While Copenhagen was a bust, and international and national ...

gay persons of color: Hockey defenceman Andrew Ference in support of gay players

Canadian hockey defenceman Andrew Ference who plays for the Boston Bruins came out in support of gay athletes last week in an article discussing open displays of religious fervour by professional football players, namely Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow. From NESN: “It’s the same thing with anything in sports,” Ference said. “If a guy comes ...

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Candle Power!

Who knows where our power is coming from in the future? Canada’s candlelight providers: ready to meet the surge in demand that comes from people wanting to turn the lights on but rejecting every possible means of making that happen.

Runesmith's Canadian Content: The Orange and the Green

When provincial NDP leader Andrea Horwath announced this summer that her party wanted to reduce the HST on gasoline, I must say I raised an eyebrow. After all, the NDP is supposed to be (among many other things) an environmentally friendly party, and conventional environmental wisdom states that high gas taxes are an effective way ...

Runesmith's Canadian Content: The Orange and the Green

When provincial NDP leader Andrea Horwath announced this summer that her party wanted to reduce the HST on gasoline, I must say I raised an eyebrow. After all, the NDP is supposed to be (among many other things) an environmentally friendly party, and conventional environmental wisdom states that high gas taxes are an effective way ...

Runesmith's Canadian Content: The Orange and the Green

When provincial NDP leader Andrea Horwath announced this summer that her party wanted to reduce the HST on gasoline, I must say I raised an eyebrow. After all, the NDP is supposed to be (among many other things) an environmentally friendly party, and conventional environmental wisdom states that high gas taxes are an effective way ...

CalgaryLiberal: Oil Spills: The beavers do it better.

Media scan: David Suzuki – Alberta’s biggest oil spill in 30 years is a call to action for Canadians BBC – Oil spill in Canada’s Alberta ‘biggest in 35 years’ Sun – Spill making kids sick Market Wire – Lubicon Lake Nation Still Standing in Face of Environmental Crisis: Oil Spill Has Leaked 4.5 Million Litres Onto Their ...

Runesmith's Canadian Content: Harper, Energy and the Environment: It’s the Politics, Stupid!

This is getting embarrassing. Up until recently, the best the Harper government could say about our dismal record on climate change, energy and the environment was that we were doing better than the Americans. But now that even the beleaguered Obama administration is making progress on this front, Canada’s intransigence is starting to make us ...

Runesmith's Canadian Content: Harper, Energy and the Environment: It’s the Politics, Stupid!

This is getting embarrassing. Up until recently, the best the Harper government could say about our dismal record on climate change, energy and the environment was that we were doing better than the Americans. But now that even the beleaguered Obama administration is making progress on this front, Canada’s intransigence is starting to make us ...

Runesmith's Canadian Content: Harper, Energy and the Environment: It’s the Politics, Stupid!

This is getting embarrassing. Up until recently, the best the Harper government could say about our dismal record on climate change, energy and the environment was that we were doing better than the Americans. But now that even the beleaguered Obama administration is making progress on this front, Canada’s intransigence is starting to make us ...