Environmental Watchdogs

Environmental groups call on Canadian government to ensure oil and gas companies reduce their carbon emissions, just like everyone else The federal government must immediately close loopholes and rein in carbon emissions from oil and gas companies, say a broad cross- section of Canada’s major environmental groups. “True leadership in 2018 means having the courage … Read more

PM speaks out at the United Nations!

Canada’s new partnership (with aboriginal peoples) will involve addressing the shared challenge of climate change. Indigenous and northern communities are particularly affected by its stark reality. In communities across the north – places like Paulatuk, Kugluktuk (KUG-LOOK-TOOK), and Tuktoyaktuk – where community members are finding sea ice conditions more dangerous and unpredictable for travelling and … Read more

Exploiting the Arctic

Over many of the last decades, Norway’s wealth grew significantly, thanks to state revenues flowing from North Sea Oil.    During this period Norway was a benefactor to third world countries, assisting them to adopt measures to limit climate change and its impacts. A recent article in the Manchester Guardian commented on the ambivalence of … Read more

The Reformed Senate of Canada. The Difference it can make!

In 2010 the Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources released an interim report that acknowledged “climate change is real and happening now”. The Committee scheduled numerous sessions to receive expert testimony that identified the potential risks created by climate change. The Committee also heard evidence from denialists who disputed that these risks were … Read more

A difficult Choice

The Ontario Climate Action Plan was unofficially disclosed a month ago.  Since then there has been an email battle among environmentalists between those who focus on point the shortcomings of the Plan and those who defend the Government’s choices. Both camps make reasonable points.  Environmentalists criticizing the Plan point out that Ontario’s share of the reduction … Read more

Overcoming Two Solitudes

Canada has experienced regional differences that worked against Canadian unity.  Hugh MacLennan’s novel, “Two Solitudes”, recognized the opposition to use of the French language by Quebecers in a predominately English speaking country. With patience and honesty and reasonable concessions, Canadian politicians were able to reduce these “solitudes” over many decades. Climate change requires us to face … Read more

Canada’s Leadership Role

The previous Canadian Government claimed that Canada was playing a leadership role in the COP Meetings!  This claim became more preposterous the more times it was repeated. Fortunately our present Government  is a leader.  Here are two examples of leadership. Recent statements by Catherine McKenna, our Minister of the Environment, puts Canada in the forefront of a … Read more

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