The Common Sense Canadian: Reductio ad absurdum: Why we environmentalists are missing the boat with sham hearings, technical arguments

I have had the chance recently to sit back and look at what Damien and I and indeed others like Erik Andersen have written over the last four or five years on environmental matters and I wonder whether or not we haven’t fallen into the trap of debating serious social and safety issues strictly on ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Prince Rupert at Risk: LNG tanker danger is the elephant on the water

LNG tanker (Photo: Torbein Rønning / Flickr CC Licence) By Graeme Pole The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines due diligence as: “The care that a reasonable person exercises to avoid harm to other persons or their property.” As the debate on British Columbia’s proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry enters its fourth year, it is past time ...

The Common Sense Canadian: How the BC Liberals killed WAC Bennett’s dream of affordable public power, ferries, rail

Longtime BC Premier WAC Bennett’s dream is dead, says former Socred Minister Rafe Mair Well, it’s all over but the shouting. WAC Bennett’s dream of cheap power, cheap rail, and cheap ferry sevice has been murdered. Yes it’s murder – pre-meditated murder – not manslaughter. To compound this catastrophe, the mainstream print media, especially Postmedia ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Why the BC Liberals could easily win the next election

Christy Clark announcing her cabinet in 2013 (Flicker CC Licence / Government of BC) Can Christy Clark, the Gumshoe (Rich Coleman) and the other sad cast of characters occupying the cabinet offices in Victoria win the next election, about 17 months away? Your damn tooting they can and the way things look right now, I ...

The Common Sense Canadian: The next Burnaby Mountain? Site C Dam opponents dig in their heels

A Treaty 8 Steward of the Land at Rocky Mountain Fort camp (facebook) It may prove the missing ingredient in a long, intense battle over Site C Dam: Civil disobedience. After seven different lawsuits by landowners and First Nations, harsh criticism and tough, unanswered questions from the Joint Review Panel, the prospect of cancellation by ...

The Canadian Progressive: Michael Geist: The Trouble with the TPP’s Copyright Term Extension

The TPP’s copyright term extension discourages creativity, restricts access, and imposes enormous costs on Canadian consumers and educational institutions, argues Internet law expert, Michael Geist. Meanwhile, the term extension is “a major windfall for the United States.” The post Michael Geist: The Trouble with the TPP’s Copyright Term Extension appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Mary Chapman: Are Women People?

Influential feminist Alice Duer Miller’s question “Are Women People?” still rings true after 100 years, writes Mary Chapman, a professor of English at the University of British Columbia. The post Mary Chapman: Are Women People? appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Liberals’ broken promises should make for tough election year

Christy Clark being sworn in as premier in 2013 (Province of BC / Flickr CC licence) This is the time of year and the point in the government’s mandate that analysis of the months to come is de rigeur. Time will demonstrate that Christy Clark’s big mistake, when assuming the premiership, was not nullifying Gordon ...

The Canadian Progressive: Trudeau Government Blocks Harper’s Draconian Bill C-377

The Liberal government has announced what appears to be Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s first step towards repealing Harper’s Bill C-377, a draconian law that sought to weaken Canada’s labour movement. The government has waived reporting requirements for unions under Bill C-377. The post Trudeau Government Blocks Harper’s Draconian Bill C-377 appeared first on The Canadian ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe Mair on the perfect job opening for Christy Clark

Premier Christy Clark, hard at work building an LNG industry for BC (Flickr CC Licence / Govt of BC) I am a daydreamer who has had far too much time to daydream over the last months. I find I have brilliant ideas which seem fairly ridiculous once I move onto a new set of dreams, but ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Tensions grow over plan to log Central Walbran Valley’s ancient forests

Surrey-based Teal-Jones Group was in BC Supreme Court in Vancouver last week in an attempt to extend its injunction (court order) against the Wilderness Committee and other activists working to protect old-growth forests in the Walbran Valley. Since November, independent activists have blocked several Teal-Jones logging operations in the Walbran. Teal-Jones asked the court to ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Tsawwassen becomes latest First Nation to reject LNG

Tsawwassen First Nation (Photo: TFN) Members of the Tsawwassen First Nation rejected plans for an LNG terminal on their lands near the ferry terminal 74-65 yesterday. “As a consequence of this result, TFN will not be moving forward with any additional discussion regarding this proposed LNG concept,” notes a media advisory issued by the band. The ...

The Common Sense Canadian: May calls Paris deal “a masterful balancing act” between ideal and practical

Yann Toma’s “Human Energy” art project at the Eiffel Tower during COP21 (Flickr CC licence / Yann Caradec) The environmental news of the year — if not the decade — is the United Nations COP21 Climate Agreement reached in Paris on December 12, 2015. The 195 nations of the world reached an understanding in principle ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Asian LNG prices set to tumble further to $4-5/unit – far below break-even point for BC gas

Photo: -Jens Schott Knudsen / Flickr cc liscence In order to make a profit of off gas fracked in northeast BC, piped to the coast, cooled into a liquid, then shipped to Asia, the break-even point is around $12/million british thermal units (mbtu). Well, in recent months the Asian LNG spot market price for LNG ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Tsawwassen LNG plant would harm Treaty 8 First Nations, northeast

Tsawwassen First Nation Chief Bryce Williams announcing LNG plans or his community Will LNG proposals put coastal First Nations at odds with those fighting to protect land and water in Treaty 8 Territory? By Kevin Washbrook On an unusually chilly afternoon last month I had the opportunity to listen to Chief Liz Logan of the ...

The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: Healing humanity’s grief in the face of climate change

David Suzuki suggests that the discourse on global warming should recognized the “intense feelings” and “grief” caused by climate change. He says: “Today’s social and environmental leaders need to understand the psychological implications of a world in distress.” The post David Suzuki: Healing humanity’s grief in the face of climate change appeared first on The ...

The Canadian Progressive: Climate change will harm the world’s poorest children “first, hardest, and longest”

In a new report titled Unless We Act Now, UNICEF says “climate change will harm the poorest and most vulnerable children first, hardest, and longest.” The post Climate change will harm the world’s poorest children “first, hardest, and longest” appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Brian Mulroney receives South Africa’s highest award

Former prime minister Brian Mulroney just received the Supreme Companion of Oliver Reginald Tambo, South Africa’s highest award to a foreign national. Other recipients of the honour include Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., former Brazilian President Luis Inácio Lula da Silva and former Cuban president Fidel Castro. The post Brian Mulroney receives South Africa’s highest ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Fed up with LNG, Kispiox residents band together to stop Petronas pipeline

Kispiox Valley residents at a recent gathering (photo: submitted) A group of residents from the Kispiox Valley in northwest BC is vowing to stop a pipeline destined for Petronas’ contentious, proposed LNG plant on Lelu Island, near Prince Rupert.  “We tried working with the BC Government and the pipeline companies but they have ignored our concerns. Now ...

The Canadian Progressive: Canadians Prefer Proportional Representation Voting System: Study

A new landmark new study – the left-leaning Broadbent Institute – Canadians want the new Liberal government to fulfill its 2015 election promise to reform Canada’s anti-democratic voting system. The post Canadians Prefer Proportional Representation Voting System: Study appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Michael Geist: What Now? Privacy and Surveillance in Canada After the Paris Attacks

The recent Paris terror attacks shouldn’t stop the new Liberal government from re-examining Canada’s privacy and surveillance policies, argues Michael Geist, the Canada research chair in Internet and e-commerce law at the University of Ottawa. The post Michael Geist: What Now? Privacy and Surveillance in Canada After the Paris Attacks appeared first on The Canadian ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Premier Clark right for opposing Trudeau’s Senate plans – but she’s going about it the wrong way

Premier Christy Clark (left) meets with PM Justin Trudeau ahead of Paris climate summit (Photo: Flickr CC licence / Province of BC) Premier Christy Clark is quite right to reject prime minister Trudeau’s silly games with the Senate. It’s just a pity that she must always add irrelevant political mumbo-jumbo to water down and detract ...

The Canadian Progressive: Maude Barlow: “The planet is running out of clean water”

Maude Barlow urges urgent action against the imminent global water crisis, which will hit the poor in developing country mega cities the hardest. According to the world’s leading water campaigner: “Dramatic action is needed to deal with the twin ecological and human water crises coming at us full speed.” The post Maude Barlow: “The planet ...

The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: UN climate talks offer hope for humanity

As talks continue at the Paris climate conference, David Suzuki sees “signs of hope for an agreement to limit the escalating effects of global warming” and a more constructive role for Canada. The post David Suzuki: UN climate talks offer hope for humanity appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Common Sense Canadian: All you need to know about LNG: Wade Davis, Eoin Finn, Damien Gillis panel discussion

Watch this panel discussion following West Vancouver screening of the award-winning documentary Fractured Land. Featuring Wade Davis, filmmaker Damien Gillis, and retired KMPG partner, MBA and chemistry PhD Eoin Finn. Everything you need to know about LNG, fracking and our economy. Presented by My Sea to Sky and moderated by Kai Nagata. The post All ...