The Common Sense Canadian: Filmmaker exploring new vision for forestry with video series

In 2012, I took a fateful trip to Cortes Island – a northern gulf island three ferry rides away from Vancouver – to document the Cortes community’s fight to fend off an impending logging operation by coastal timber giant Island Timberlands. Community members took us deep into the woods privately owned by Island Timberlands and ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: With May staying on, what’s next for the Green Party?

Photo: Laurel L Russwurm/Flickr Whither the Green Party of Canada after its recent convulsion? In order to answer that question I think it must be understood, perhaps conceded is the better word, that the Green Party isn’t like other parties and probably never will be. If it struggles to be what it never can be, it will ...

The Canadian Progressive: TPP undermines public health systems, delivers unjustified benefits to foreign investors: study

A new study says the expanded rights granted to foreign investors in the Trans-Pacific Partnership delivers unjustified benefits to foreign investors while posing major risks for ordinary populations of TPP countries. The post TPP undermines public health systems, delivers unjustified benefits to foreign investors: study appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Common Sense Canadian: Longtime Lions Bay Mayor: LNG is plain dirty, violates Canada’s climate commitments

Christy Clark promotes “Clean LNG” at Vancouver conference last year (David P. Ball) By Brenda Broughton It is vital to oppose the previous government’s disregard and denial of science. However, this new government appears to be cherry-picking the science it uses and then hiding behind the science against the interests of citizens and against the ...

The Common Sense Canadian: ‘Responsible Government’ and how it blocks democracy – Pt.1

The Canadian House of Commons – 41st Parliament What I’m about to say is not about nit-picking technicalities or shades of meaning but demonstrates that Canadians are governed by a fraudulent charade called a “parliamentary democracy” and I challenge any educator or politician to debate me on that assertion. (Throughout I refer to the federal ...

The Canadian Progressive: End Homelessness, Spare Tent Cities, Academics Tell BC Government

In a letter released Friday, more than 100 academics and researchers asked the government of British Columbia to spare tent cities and invest in “real solutions to homelessness”. The post End Homelessness, Spare Tent Cities, Academics Tell BC Government appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Common Sense Canadian: Trudeau abandons green election promises, lacks real climate plan

Justin Trudeau talking a good game at the Global Progress summit (Canada 2020/Flickr) “Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” -Albert Einstein With the recent National Energy Board approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline and Justin Trudeau’s enthusiastic post-election remarks to the effect that Canada can build ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe to Justin: Kinder Morgan approval makes mockery of democracy

Prime MInister Justin Trudeau (Canada 2020/Flickr CC Licence) My Nova Scotia pen pal, the voice of common sense in this country, Silver Donald Cameron, is fond of saying “laws are made by those who have the power to enforce them.” My own variation is that the people who make the laws are the ones that ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Liberals’ true economic record is appalling…that won’t stop them from winning with it

Premier Christy Clark at a recent conference, working hard to build an LNG industry for BC (Flickr CC Licence / BC Govt) Richard Zussman is B.C. provincial affairs reporter for the CBC based in Victoria, and he’s predicted that Premier Clark will win the election in a years time. For what it’s worth, I think ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Of course Christy Clark is guilty of conflict of interest…so is Commissioner Fraser

Premier Christy Clark at her government’s LNG conference (Province of BC/Flickr) The term “conflict of interest” poses difficulties for many people. That’s because lawyers make money by confusing simple things. If one has a public duty and private interest in the same area as that public duty, it’s a conflict, plain and simple. It does ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: What it would take for the NDP to start winning

Outgoing NDP Leader Tom Mulcair at the party’s 2016 convention in Edmonton (USW/Flickr) I’ve watched the NDP with considerable interest since it’s foundation in 1961 as an amalgamation of organized labour and other left-wing groups. I thought that it would form government within a decade because  the Conservative Party would fold and go away, the ...

The Common Sense Canadian: New video shows serious dangers posed by LNG tankers

A new, short video illustrates in vivid detail the dangers posed by plans to run LNG tankers through narrow, densely populated coastal waterways in places like Howe Sound, Saanich Inlet, Prince Rupert and Kitimat. Drawing on data and studies from global leaders in the field of LNG tanker safety, the video superimposes tanker danger zones over planned ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Search for future Governor General raises ghosts of Canada’s scandalous past

Former Conservative Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and outgoing Governor General David Johnston (Canada 2020/Flickr cc licence) This is not a new story – it goes back to 2008. In that year, the quintessential Toronto, true blue lawyer, David Johnston, received a call asking if he would write the terms of reference for a public inquiry. ...

The Common Sense Canadian: BC Hydro being used to funnel tens of billions to Liberal friends

By Norman Farrell – republished from In-sights Readers may tire of reports on BC Hydro but the more I examine this public utility, the more convinced I am that citizens of BC are victims of massive financial deception. In 20 years leading up to 1996, BC Hydro’s average annual revenue from trading in North American ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: NDP’s Horgan too quick to dismiss Leap Manifesto

BCNDP Leader John Horgan touring Lynnterm docks in 2014 (BCNDP/Flickr cc licence) I  have a question or two for NDP leader John Horgan, given recent developments. Let me be clear: I have no animosity towards Mr. Horgan – we only met once and just by accident. At that time, several years ago, Mr. Horgan stated that he ...

The Common Sense Canadian: 90% of world’s new electricity coming from renewables: Welcome to the end of the fossil fuel era

Solar installation class (Haggerston Community College/Flickr CC licence) According to the International Energy Agency, a staggering 90% of all new electrical capacity brought online around the world in 2015 came in the form of renewable energy. That same year, China invested a record $110 Billion in clean tech – virtually 100% of its electrical capital – and ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Gutless Horgan caves to union, apologies for opposing LNG project

BCNDP leader John Horgan (BCNDP/Flickr) Apparently, according to Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and BC NDP leader John Horgan, we have a new doctrine in Canada which essentially says that Jobs Come Ahead Of Crisis When A Powerful Union Leader Says So. Any free society, as part of its basic philosophy, permits citizens to better themselves, ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: It’s the end of the newspaper as we know it…and I feel fine

Nine-year-old newsie and his 7-year-old brother ‘Red’ – 1915 (Photo: Lewis Wickes Hine/Shorpy) When I was born, well, quite a while ago, R.B. Bennett was Prime Minister of Canada, Herbert Hoover was President of the US, Ramsay Macdonald was Prime Minister of the UK, Simon Fraser Tolmie was Premier of BC, and Louis Taylor was ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: NDP’s LNG reversal is a game-changer for BC election

Important events don’t always seem to be so. So it is with the changes last month in both the Green party and the NDP. Going back, say a fortnight, the ruling Liberals were unpopular as hell, led by an airhead who likes to have her picture taken and ride in airplanes. Despite that, I would ...

The Common Sense Canadian: From ‘Clean Coal’ to ‘Ethical Oil’: How propaganda (actually) works

Republished from DeSmog Blog By James Hoggan Political Propaganda employs the ideals of liberal democracy to undermine those very ideals, the dangers of which, not even its architects fully understand. In the early years of DeSmog’s research into environmental propaganda, I thought of industry PR campaigns like “junk science,” “clean coal,” and “ethical oil” as ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Weaver, BC Greens should quit backing private river power sham

Dr. Andrew Weaver, leader of the BC Green Party, has long supported IPPs It’s been a disappointing week. We all have them. In a moment, I’ll get to my frustration with the BC Green Party and its leader Dr. Andrew Weaver – but my disappointment started with a letter from Fair Voting Canada (FVC) in ...

The Common Sense Canadian: The NDP’s only shot at winning in BC: Embrace the NEW ECONOMY

BCNDP Leader John Horgan has a tough road to hoe to win the next election (BCNDP/Flickr) The following is Damien Gillis’ rebuttal to colleague Rafe Mair’s recent piece, “By Backing LNG, the Horgan NDP lost election before it began” I agree with my colleague Rafe Mair on most things – including his commentary that John Horgan ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Elizabeth May and the Greens should double down on BC

Federal Green Leader Elizabeth May with Provincial Leader Andrew Weaver (Green party/facebook) It being just over a year until the next provincial election I fret that people really have no choice.  The government is bloody awful and the opposition is scarcely a government in waiting and a lousy opposition to boot – what to do? ...

The Common Sense Canadian: With Site C, LNG Trudeau govt already breaking promises to First Nations, environment

Justin Trudeau and Jody Wilson-Raybould meet in Hartley Bay in 2014 (Flickr / Justin Trudeau) It all started off so well. Justin Trudeau launched his career as Prime Minister with big promises to First Nations and the growing number of Canadians concerned about the environment. He installed indigenous MPs in key portfolios like Justice and Fisheries; vowed a ...

The Common Sense Canadian: 130 scientists slam Lelu Island LNG report; last chance for public comment

Juvenile salmon at Flora Bank, where a controversial LNG terminal is proposed (Tavish Campbell) Over 130 scientists are slamming the draft environmental report into a proposed LNG terminal on Lelu Island over salmon habitat and other key issues. The concerns – expressed in a letter yesterday calling on the Trudeau Government to disregard the draft report on the ...