The Common Sense Canadian: Politicians shouldn’t be cowed into keeping mum on Saanich LNG project, says eminent lawyer

Artist’s rendering of proposed floating LNG terminal in Saaninch Inlet – Malahat LNG A battle is brewing in Saanich Inlet over a proposed floating LNG terminal – long before the proponent, Steelhead LNG, has even filed its formal application. In recent weeks, an increasingly bizarre controversy has erupted over whether or not elected Cowichan Valley Regional ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: By backing LNG, the Horgan NDP lost election before it began

BCNDP leader John Horgan (BCNDP/Flickr) The following is the first in a two-part opinion letter series. In a sequel letter, Common Sense Canadian publisher Damien Gillis will do what he rarely does: disagree with his old pal and partner, Rafe Mair. Dear John Horgan, I hate to say this, but I told you so, and the flock of chickens ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Pipelines to Nowhere: Energy East, Kinder Morgan make no sense amid global green energy boom, tanking oil market

Images: Lindsay G/Flickr (left), Minoru Karamatsu/Flickr (right) Most financial analysts, economists and energy experts would have us believe that the fossil fuel sectors, and the petroleum sector in particular, are in a slump, that this is cyclical, and things will eventually normalize.  This is because their “training” is based on the assumption that the future ...

The Common Sense Canadian: “In defence of oil industry”: Sun editorial shows Postmedia’s colours

We will work with CAPP (Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers) to amplify our energy mandate and to be a part of the solution to keep Canada competitive in the global marketplace. The National Post will undertake to leverage by all means editorially, technically and creatively to further this critical conversation. -Douglas Kelly, Publisher, National Post ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: MP’s Woodfibre LNG meetings to focus on climate…what about fish, tanker and health risks?

Liberal MP Pamela Goldsmith-Jones (Flickr/CreativeMornings Vancouver/Matthew Smith) Well, there’s great excitement in the federal constituency of West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country – Liberal MP Pamela Goldsmith-Jones is having not one, not two, but count ’em, three public hearings on the proposed Woodfibre LNG plant, far and away the most contentious issue in this neck ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Ex-Hydro CEO: Injunction vs. Site C campers “Fundamentally flawed”

Former BC Hydro CEO Marc Eliesen testifying at National Energy Board hearing Republished with permission from Desmog Canada By Sarah Cox Former BC Hydro CEO Marc Eliesen says BC Hydro’s claim that a one-year delay in Site C dam construction will add $420 million to the project’s $8.8 billion cost is “effectively illusionary” and based ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Trudeau promises climate test for LNG…now will he stick to his word?

For PM Trudeau (right), sticking to his climate promises on LNG means pouring cold water on Christy Clark’s (left) energy vision (Flickr/Province of BC) By Graeme Pole In 1966, American psychologist Abraham Maslow wrote: “I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Battery breakthroughs jump start renewable energy

Photo courtesy of AllGrid Energy of Australia Remote Australian communities often use diesel generators for power. They’re expensive to run and emit pollution and greenhouse gases. Even people who don’t rely entirely on generators use Australia’s power grid, which is mostly fuelled by polluting, climate-altering coal. Now, one company is showing that supplying Australia’s energy ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Tuesday is BC’s Annual “Deception Day” (a.k.a. Budget Day)

Minister of Finance Mike de Jong delivers a “balanced budget” in 2013 (Province of BC/Flickr) This coming Tuesday will be Annual Deception Day in the BC legislature as the Minister of Finance sets forth the budget for the coming year. That it is a deception, perhaps self-deception, can’t be blamed entirely on this government, since it’s ...

The Common Sense Canadian: LNG plants do kill salmon, Russian scientists warn BC

A BC sockeye salmon spawning (Stan Probocsz/Watershed Watch) The red flags keep popping up for BC’s vaunted LNG plans. Last week, Shell became the latest company to put its final investment decision for a proposed plant in Kitimat on hold due to the collapse of the global export market. This week, a draft federal environmental ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Old “Left” vs. “Right” divide no longer applies to environment

Premier Christy Clark hasn’t been paying attention for the last 10 or 15 years. Times and public attitudes have changed dramatically and she hasn’t. This recent pronouncement of hers, which I mentioned in an earlier article, tells all: The world is being divided into two – the people that will say no to everything and ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Shame on Premier Clark for playing Site C politics at Bill Bennett’s funeral

BC Premier Christy Clark speaks at former Premier Bill Bennett’s funeral (Province of BC/flickr) You will, I hope, overlook my coarse language, because I am really pissed off and have been for some time, the slow burn reaching a raging conflagration when I read a quote from the premier which I will give you in ...

The Common Sense Canadian: So long Ed Murrow and hard-hitting mainstream journalism

The late, great Edward R. Murrow – father of hard-hitting, mainstream journalism It’s fascinating to watch the print media in its death throes. In a way, I feel like dancing on Postmedia’s grave but somehow that doesn’t seem appropriate. I devoutly wish it hadn’t happened but, slow and painful though it may have been, it has. ...

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 ...