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Time to Put the Pieces of the Puzzle in Place

Friday, 07 Jun 2013 - If all the key pieces of Canada’s energy future – the climate crisis, a prosperous economy, labour issues, east-west connectivity, energy efficiency, technological innovation, federal-provincial...

10 Reasons Why Harper Isn't Really Canadian

Thursday, 06 Jun 2013 - In a Global interview with Laura Stone, I am quoted as saying that Stephen Harper is "not Canadian." Having lunch with a reporter on virtually no sleep is a high risk proposition, but I didn't say...

It just keeps getting worse—under-estimating the GHG impacts of bitumen

Thursday, 06 Jun 2013 - The news out of Detroit is pretty shocking. The only thing more shocking is that it is not making headlines in Canada. The New York Times has been reporting that a mountain of coke, waste from...

Oceans at risk like never before

Wednesday, 05 Jun 2013 - Acidification is the equally evil twin’ of the climate crisis. Today, June 5, is World Environment Day, and June 8 is World Oceans Day, with the full week marked in Canada by legislation as...

U.S. says climate change high risk’ to federal assets, Canada has no infrastructure adaptation plan

Monday, 03 Jun 2013 - One of my favourite political satirical works is Terry Fallis’s The High Road. It should be assigned reading for policy studies on infrastructure. It does a brilliant job of explaining the perils of...

What is the meaning of 'defence' in the 21st Century?

Monday, 27 May 2013 - We continue to discuss defence without first posing some essential questions: will we be at war? With whom? And what are the real security threats to Canada? It should be clear that, since the Second...

Newsletter - Investor-State Treaties

Thursday, 23 May 2013 - Why should Canadians care about investor-state treaties? One of the issues that was frequently raised in the last round of town hall meetings I held with constituents in January 2013 was the threat...

400 ppm

Wednesday, 22 May 2013 - We have now crossed a dangerous line in the global build up of greenhouse gases. Greenhouse gas concentrations have moved from the pre-Industrial Revolution level that never exceeded 280 parts per...

Mike Duffy, Nigel Wright and Stephen Harper

Sunday, 19 May 2013 - There are so many questions raised by the disclosure, by the Prime Minister’s Office no less, that the Chief of Staff cut a personal cheque to cover Mike Duffy’s illegitimate claims for a housing...

Being old is not what it used to be

Monday, 13 May 2013 - The CPP is sustainable and reliable, but it is time to review whether RRSP is working as a vehicle. “Old age is not for sissies,” said Bette Davis. Indeed, it is not, but the images from our...