A critical election

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We live on Bowood Avenue in Toronto.   A street that is also a community.  Many young families and lots of kids. When I see them skipping along the street, hear them play in their back yard, watch them shoot hoops in their front yard, I think “These are the grandchildren we are trying to protect.” … Read more…

A Climate Change Skirmish

Linda McQuaig

Linda McQuaig, the NDP candidate for the riding of Toronto Center, said that if Canada is to meet its climate change targets, “a lot of the oil sands oil may have to stay in the ground.” Stephen Harper immediately responded by accusing the NDP of having a “not-so-hidden” agenda against the development of Canada’s natural … Read more…

An Energy Super Flop!

Rubin Suzuki

For years our Federal Government boasted that Canada was an energy super power.  Faced with the reality of low oil prices, the Government has abandoned this language, but its “energy super power” policies basically remain unchanged. The fossil fuel industry, on which Provincial Governments counted for jobs and revenue to finance education, health care and … Read more…

Strong! Proud! Free!

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Have you noticed how frequently these words appeared in Federal Government TV advertisements over the last three years?    Did you ever get curious why these words were used?  For example, in connection with Government policy on the development of the tar sands to create jobs? Well, unless you are around in 20 years time you … Read more…

“Canada’s miss on emissions.

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Jeffrey Simpson is one of our favourite columnists.   Read his article in today’s Globe (An unambitious emissions target we won’t even hit) that should be compulsory reading for all voters. Here are some excerpts from his column: “Being the Environment Minister in the Harper government is political purgatory. The environment generally, and greenhouse-gas emissions reduction … Read more…

An election year opinion poll.

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In a recent poll by Nanos Research, a majority of Canadians ranked Canada’s performance in reducing GHG emissions as “poor” or “very poor”.  And a large majority want the Federal Government to take the lead in crafting tax policies that will cut emissions. But when it came to the question what form these taxes might … Read more…