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. ...

The Canadian Progressive: 100 groups urge Trudeau to halt Canada’s “broken” tar sands pipeline approval process

More than 100 groups from across Canada and the U.S. have written to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urging him to halt Canada’s “broken” tar sands pipeline approval process. The post 100 groups urge Trudeau to halt Canada’s “broken” tar sands pipeline approval process appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Climate denial in the TPP trade agreement

The 5,000-page TPP agreement “is literally in climate denial” while expanding the rights of corporations, argues Ben Lilliston, the director of climate strategies at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. The post Climate denial in the TPP trade agreement appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe Mair: A senior citizen’s perspective on the federal election and where we go from here

Rafe Mair – with more than a few grey hairs (photo: Youtube/CMHABC) Like most Canadians, I’ve a spent much of the past week or so trying to figure out what the general election really meant. As I did, a horrible thought occurred to me – my perspective might just be affected by the number of ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Large group of First Nations, scientists, green groups calls on Trudeau to reject Petronas LNG project

Gitxsan leaders of Camp Madii Lii stand behind the Lax Kw’aalams Nation at Lelu Island (submitted) A letter written by Lax Kw’alaams Hereditary Chief Yahaan (Donnie Wesley), calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to reject Petronas’ controversial LNG proposal near Prince Rupert, has gained a long list of unlikely, high-profile supporters. The signatories include over 70 leaders of First ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Trudeau ‘disappointed’ at Obama’s killing of Keystone XL…Get over it

Justin Trudeau visits US Capital in 2013 (Susan Walsh/Associated Press) It’s official: After seven years of withering on the vine, the Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta to the US Gulf Coast is dead, by President Barack Obama’s hand. Newly-minted Canadian Prime Minister and avowed Keystone supporter Justin Trudeau is reportedly disappointed at the decision but says ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe Mair: Can the Conservative Party come back?

A young Peter MacKay (left) and Stephen Harper join forces in 2003 Can the Conservative Party come back? Of course, but first, the Conservative Party must return. Sound confusing? It’s not. The pre-Harper party wasn’t remotely like his bunch. It’s not enough to get rid of Stephen Harper if you don’t also get rid of his ...

The Canadian Progressive: BREAKING: Barack Obama Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline

US President Barack Obama has announced the rejection of TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. He stated that Keystone XL would not serve the United States’ “national interest”. The post BREAKING: Barack Obama Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Diverse 31-Member Cabinet

Justin Trudeau unveiled his diverse 31-member cabinet as he was sworn in as Canada’s 23rd prime minister at Rideau Hall, the Ottawa official residence of the Governor General, Queen Elizabeth’s representative in Canada, on Wednesday, Nov 4, 2015. The post Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Diverse 31-Member Cabinet appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Stephen Harper’s weird “thank you” letter to same public servants he terrorized

Stephen Harper has penned an I’m-a-nice-guy letter to the same federal public servants he terrorized, dictatorship-style, during his nine years in power. The post Stephen Harper’s weird “thank you” letter to same public servants he terrorized appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Woodfibre LNG opposition isn’t NIMBYism – it’s based on real fear

Photo: Flickr/KsideB If you don’t think that the approval of an LNG plant in Squamish – Woodfibre LNG – was a raw political decision, you not only believe in the tooth fairy, you must be the tooth fairy herself. The alleged “environmental assessment” by the Province, was a farce – as has been the federal ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Fracking, Site C and the mystery of Hudson’s Hope water contamination

Five year-old River Summer looks on at Brenot Creek landslide (Photo: Leigh Summer) A series of landslides above the northeast BC community of Hudson’s Hope has been dumping contaminated soils into several local creeks, extending now to the Peace River. Local landowners whose water supply has been affected are demanding answers. But Mayor Gwen Johansson, who ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Woodfibre LNG may have govt’s rubber stamp, but not social license

Citizens line the Sea to Sky Highway to protest Woodfibre LNG (My Sea to Sky) Op-ed by Tracey Saxby It really comes as no surprise that the Provincial Government has rubber stamped the Environmental Assessment (EA) for Woodfibre LNG. This is one of their pet projects, and the BC Liberals’ election promise was to develop ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Canada’s biggest newspaper chain sold its soul to oil and gas

Well, fellow friends of freedom of the press, what now? Agreements between Postmedia – the country’s largest newspaper chain – and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), plus an equally disgraceful deal between the company’s Vancouver Province and the LNG industry have permanently stained the organization’s journalistic credibility. Postmedia is broke and then some. That, however, has never ...