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What’s in those pipelines?

Wednesday, 21 Aug 2013 - Canadians now have a dizzying array of pipeline proposals dominating news coverage. They are presented as though they are alternative options. Problems getting pipelines to the US approved? Show...

Canada is missing out on global clean-tech revolution

Monday, 12 Aug 2013 - Remember the 2008 Speech from the Throne? I may be the only one who does. In the context of “Securing our energy future by developing our rich energy resources and pursuing new cleaner energy...

Harper’s enemies list

Thursday, 01 Aug 2013 - The political news of the summer was supposed to be the Cabinet shuffle.  It had been hyped well in advance. Unexpectedly, it was the leak of the compilation of an “enemies list” that distracted us...

Oil sands: the difficult poster child for Canada’s environmental record

Tuesday, 30 Jul 2013 - The Government of Canada will clearly spare no expense in extolling the environmental virtues of oil sands bitumen.  We spend millions in promotion, domestic advertizing for our “Responsible Resource...

Canada Day prescription

Thursday, 18 Jul 2013 - On my Canada Day travels, I was asked what I would change about democracy in Canada. There is so much wrong in the current state of politics that people might think there is no available remedy. The...

Trains, pipelines and disasters

Monday, 15 Jul 2013 - Every time I think of what happened in Lac-Mégantic, I have a hard time getting past the sense of total grief that a beautiful little town should have been victim of such a random, devastating and...

This session of parliament

Thursday, 04 Jul 2013 - The headlines covered some of what happened: scandals, Senate fraud, a $90,000 cheque from the prime minister’s chief of staff, Nigel Wright, (who quickly became the former chief of staff) to pay off...

Climate Jeopardy

Friday, 28 Jun 2013 - A. “Up a creek.’ Q. What is President Obama’s climate action plan and where does that leave Stephen Harper? I would have suggested the answer was “high and dry,” but given the increasing likelihood...

How Greens Vote in the EU Parliament

Friday, 28 Jun 2013 - My daughter Cate just graduated from Kings University in Halifax in May and has been interning in Brussels with a friend of mine, Catherine Greze, Green Party of France MEP in the European Parliament...

What I Would Change About Politics in Canada

Tuesday, 25 Jun 2013 - Democracy is, as Winston Churchill once quipped, the worst system of government, except all the others that have been tried. He also, less famously said, “The best argument against democracy is a...