The Grandparents Generation is changing!

A friend sent my wife and me a poem on the occasion of our first grandchild – many years ago.  One verse read: “Grandmothers don’t have to do anything except be there: They’re old so they shouldn’t play hard or run. If they take us for walks they slow down past things like pretty leaves …

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Line 9 key issue at Guelph Climate Change Forum

The big issue at the Guelph Climate Change Forum was Enbridge’s application to the National Energy Board to reverse a section of its Line 9 pipeline between Montreal with Sarnia.  This line traverses many watersheds that flow into Lake Ontario.  A rupture such as happened with Enbridge’s line at Kalamazoo, Michigan, would have a serious impact on the water supply for numerous Ontario towns. Environmental groups have expressed their opposition to this reversal, focusing on the risks of converting this 38 year old pipeline into the preferred means of transport of dilbit (diluted bitumen) to new markets.

Candidates for three of the four major Ontario Political parties (Guelph riding) set out the position of their party on this issue.

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Civil Disobedience

Over two years ago Sandeep Kembhavi, speaking on behalf of ForourGrandchildren, commented of the role of the courts as a remedy to the Government’s inaction on climate change.  The inspiration for his comments was an address by Dr. James Hansen, who stated that US judges are more likely to force the US government to act …

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Coal Blockade follow up!

As reported in our previous postings, British Columbians for Climate Action organized  a “symbolic blockade” of rail shipments of coal to BC ports.  This blockade was one of the many world-wide events marking “Climate Impact Day” sponsored by 350.org (Saturday). Apparently the railway, Burlington Northern, obtained a court injunction prohibiting the blockade. Rather than arrest the …

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A letter from Mark Jaccard

Canada is heading for a serious division in the social fabric equal to the confrontations that characterized the US Civil Rights movements in the 1960’s.   Civil disobedience will become part of the weapons of the environmentalists.   First read:  Are you ready for civil disobedience? Next read the following explanation by Mark Jaccard, Canada’s leading energy-environment economist, …

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