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 ...

The Canadian Progressive: COP21: 140 Physicians Demand Bold Canadian Action Against Climate Change

More than 140 Canadian physicians and medical students have signed a letter demanding bold Liberal action on climate change after the COP21 conference. The post COP21: 140 Physicians Demand Bold Canadian Action Against Climate Change appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Common Sense Canadian: Let’s quit pretending dams like Site C are good for the climate

BC’s WAC Bennett Dam (Photo: Damien Gillis) There are many good reasons not to build Site C Dam: destruction of farmland and wildlife habitat, the violation of First Nations’ rights, the likely $15 Billion tab for taxpayers, and the fact that we simply don’t need the power. But you can add one very important item to ...

The Common Sense Canadian: When the honeymoon ends with PM Trudeau

Justin Trudeau following his election victory (Flickr CC licence – John Tavares) Without exception, honeymoons – the real ones and the political ones – end. I don’t for a moment believe that the wheels will come off the Justin Trudeau administration but, as happened to his father shortly after his election in 1968, the wheels ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: How does oil-boosting Postmedia boss get into News Hall of Fame?

Paul Godfrey (Photo: Samja Frkovic / Flickr – Victoria Rose) In the news recently was an item about Paul V. Godfrey, C.M., the President of Postmedia, the largest newspaper chain in the country, owning some 15 papers in major centres plus a slew of community papers across the land. M. Godfrey has been admitted to ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Much to be learned from girls’ soccer and fish farm sponsorship debacle

Fourteen-year-old Freyja Reed talks to reporters (Alexandra Morton/Facebook) Freyja Reed’s October 29th dismissal from the U-15 Riptide girl’s soccer team in the Comox Valley was the culmination of complexities arising from the arrival of a new sponsor for the league, Marine Harvest Canada, BC’s largest operator of net-pen salmon farms. So began Freyja’s principled refusal ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: NDP Leader Horgan’s Site C Dam opposition is a game-changer

BC NDP and Official Opposition Leader John Horgan (BCNDP.ca/youtube) I suggest that everyone listen to this immediately – it is John Horgan, leader of the BC NDP, promising to shut down Site C and make up the energy difference through conservation, wind and solar power (listen here yourself to his CBC Daybreak North interview from ...

The Canadian Progressive: Michael Geist: The TPP is a Canadian Digital Policy Failure

University of Ottawa prof and Internet law expert Michael Geist explains why the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is one of Canada’s worst-ever policy moves. The post Michael Geist: The TPP is a Canadian Digital Policy Failure appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Not all immigrants created equal in Canada…and that needs to change

Syrian boys at a refugee camp in the village of Atmeh, Syria (Flickr CC / Freedom House) Before starting, let me state that there is no excusing the massacre in Paris, nor 9/11. When it comes to death of innocent civilians there is no equivalency, period. The Canadian Establishment has always believed that some newcomers are ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Fractured Land hits theatres

Making Fractured Land: Caleb Behn and Wade Davis (left) being interviewed by directors Fiona Rayher and Damien Gillis (Photo: Zack Embree) When I’m not wearing my Common Sense Canadian publisher’s hat, I’m making movies. For the last five years, one in particular, called Fractured Land, which examines the “fracking” and LNG industries through the eyes of a young ...

The Canadian Progressive: Trans-Pacific Partnership Leaders Statement

The White House has released the following statement on behalf of the leaders of the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. The post Trans-Pacific Partnership Leaders Statement appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: John Oliver Rants Against Paris Attackers: “Fuck These Assholes”

Comedian John Oliver has the perfect response to the Islamic State-linked terrorists who carried out last Friday’s barbaric attack in Paris, France, killing 129 people. The post John Oliver Rants Against Paris Attackers: “Fuck These Assholes” appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: BCNDP convention shows they still don’t get it on LNG

BCNDP Leader John Horgan at the party’s recent convention (NDP/facebook) Political pundits are busy analyzing the recent NDP convention and I can tell you it’s easier to interpret the entrails of a rooster. Conventions organized to look like sunny expressions of the party’s solidarity and readiness for an election usually disguise more than they reveal. ...