Canada’s Carbon Tax is Fair

Last Friday I visited my MPP, Dave Smith with only one question. “Why do you think that putting a price on carbon will not work”. We talked about a few other things during our meeting, but I came back to this question four times. His response every time was fundamentally that the Canadian program is … Read more

Canada’s “Best Chance”?

Yesterday Andrew Scheer made public the platform of the Federal Conservative Party on climate change. This platform is  all about the really big emitters . . . and “green technology”. There is nothing in the platform to encourage individual Canadians to contribute to limiting Canada’s emissions. Scheer claimed that the platform promotes “green technology, not … Read more

Fossil Fuel Giants support price on carbon

Many Canadian politicians have criticized a carbon tax. The newly-elected Premier of Alberta,  Jason Kenney, described it as “the carbon tax cash grab”.  Premier Doug Ford of Ontario referred to it as “the worst tax ever”, claiming that putting a price on carbon will increase the price “of everything”.  Ford welcomed Kenny as another strong … Read more

Prince Charles explains to Donald Trump the need to stop climate change

In May 2014 Prince Charles warned that “nature’s life support systems” are under threat from climate change, overfishing, deforestation and the widening gap between rich and poor. He noted that he was even more focused on these threats now that he has a grandson, Prince George.” Five years later Prince Charles emphasized his concerns during … Read more

A Government that is not serious about Climate Change

After winning the 2018 election, the Ontario Conservative Party acted quickly in setting aside climate change legislation and mitigation measures.    To make sure that voters got its message, the Conservative Government eliminated the words “climate change” from the title of the Ontario Ministry of  the Environment and Climate Change – re-naming it as the … Read more

Green New Deal Town Hall in Peterborough

On Thursday evening excited Peterborough-area voters joined other concerned Canadians from more than 150 communities across Canada holding town hall meetings on a Green New Deal to respond to the societal, economic and environmental disruption coming with the climate emergency. The Canadian Green New Deal, similar in principle to the one being discussed in the … Read more

Post Mortem on Australia’s General Election

All the pre-election polls forecast a close race, but none projected that Scott Morrison and the Liberal coalition would form the next Government of Australia.  So what factor(s) made the difference?  And how might similar factor(s) influence the outcome of  the forthcoming Canadian election. In his victory speech, Morrison referred to “the quiet Australians” who … Read more

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