Greenpeace Canada blows a whistle!

We have reported on the fate of our December 17th 2011 petition on Renewable Energy.  The title to our blog says it all:  Feds short change Renewable Energy. We were a little chagrined that the response from Joe Oliver, The Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, was so short on substance.  Although we assumed that …

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Kent is proud of Canada’s performance at Doha!

Peter Kent, our Minister of the Environment, used the word “proud” three times in his address to the Doha delegates. First he said that he was “proud to be here representing Canada in these important negotiations towards a new, more effective, international climate change agreement.” How’s that again? The world knows that Canada was the …

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Biases in Media Coverage of Climate Change

Newspaper headlines influence readers, and often leave a stronger impression than the text of an article. This impression could well be misleading, as headlines may not be balanced or the article may not present the full facts, a practice known as selective reporting. For example, the December 13 Canadian edition of the Epoch Times, a weekly newspaper …

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Kent touts Canada’s climate record

“Kent touts Canada’s climate record”: this is the headline from the Ottawa Citizen that carried the story of Peter Kent’s address at Doha. A McMillan Dictionary definition of “tout” is:   “to try to persuade people to buy something by telling them about it, especially loudly and in public”.  Kent’s speech to the approximately 1200 delegates in a …

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Doha: Kent agrees to meet environmental organizations

The Globe & Mail used the words “unrivalled access among major industries”to describe the relationship between the fossil fuel industry and the Canadian Government. (Report on Business, Tuesday, December 4th, 2012). According to a study by the lobby group Polaris Institute, senior industry officials held 791 separate meetings with government representatives, including Ministers, members of Parliament, …

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