Climate Change – Is Alberta Oklahoma North?

In his April 20, 2012 column in the Globe & Mail, Jeffrey Simpson worried that Canada will have its first influential politician who does not accept the reality of climate change. His concern is that Danielle Smith, the leader of the Wildrose Party, will be the next Premier of Alberta.  Ms. Smith has repeatedly said that …

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Post Script on a Post Mortem

“Post Mortem on the 2011 Ontario election”, a recent blog, was a little gloomy. Perhaps the title should have been “Liberals stick to their guns.” In the face of a motion by the Provincial Conservatives the Liberal Provincial Government stands by its principal building block of the new green economy.  This building block is an …

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Post Mortem of the 2011 Ontario Election

In the course of the last Ontario Provincial Election, Laurie Simmonds, a respected environmentalist and the President and CEO of Green Living Enterprises,  asked this question: Is the green economy important to Ontario’s future? Her answer was unequivocally yes. She referred to an article in a recent Harvard Business Review that argued persuasively “sustainability is …

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Regulation of GHG emissions

So far as one can judge, the approach of the Canadian Government to the control of Greenhouse Gases (GHG) involves regulations on emitters, as, for example, the regulations on new gas-fueled power plants that will come into effect in 2015 (!!!)  The Government has invited emitters to participate in a process of review and consultation prior …

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Tar sands again!

Jean Charest, the Premier of Quebec, summed up Canada’s economy nicely: “Oil, gas and potash — and others. That’s the financial situation of the country. ”  Others could be a reference to Ontario’s manufacturing industry, which these days appears to be an also-ran. Perhaps the less than positive economic news in Ontario will impact the …

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