Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: December 2016 Bits and Bites

We begin with a very brief update on Paulie who is so tickled pink (well, more pink than he usually is) about Trump's election that he isn't bothering to try to conceal his views in more "respectable" terms anymore: We're sure that Paulie will be leading the charge…. so long as others foot the bill ...

The Disaffected Lib: Think Of It As "Direct Deposit"

Indian cities have a hellacious smog problem, sort of like Beijing only worse. So they’ve come up with an idea to clear up that smog – put it up into the atmosphere. The idea is to use surplus jet engines. Get those running (on fossil fuel, of course) and then have them suck up the ...

Carbon49 – Sustainability for Canadian businesses: Maclean’s Magazine Interview

Maclean’s magazine “The Year in Pictures 2016” special collector’s edition contains a seven-page special section on climate change. In the article Insights on Corporate Sustainability I was interviewed on my consulting experiences driving sustainability projects. I also share a few tips on how to more effectively turn corporate green initiatives into profits. In the short interview article ...

The Disaffected Lib: She’s an Expert On Corruption in Foreign Lands. Now She Sees It Taking Hold In Her American Homeland

Sarah Chayes knows a thing or two about government corruption. The former award-winning NPR journalist, special advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, development worker in Afghanistan and now a fellow with theCarnegie Endowment for International Peace, has spent most of the past two decades in Europe and South Asia. Returning to ...

The Disaffected Lib: Remember "Snakes and Ladders"?

Well, Americans should brace themselves, for their future holds a lot more snakes and damn few ladders. I have long been convinced that the American public and, to a lesser extent, our own have been groomed, conditioned into a state of powerlessness. Fake news and the corporate media cartel have been instrumental in leaving Americans ...

The Disaffected Lib: When the President Does It, That Means It Is Not Illegal.

Takes you back, doesn’t it? Back to the days of Richard Milhous “Tricky Dicky” Nixon. It came up in the Frost-Nixon interviews. Flash forward to 2016. Now we have the Giant Orange Turd channeling the worst of Nixon. At a Tuesday lunch with the New York Times, President-elect Donald Trump said several things. He said ...

The Disaffected Lib: The A, B, C’s of Dictatorship

Harvard prof and Foreign Policy columnist, Steven Walt, has a thoughtful essay, “10 Ways to Tell if Your President is a Dictator.“ My fears about Trump’s foreign policy have always been two-fold: that he might pursue a more sensible grand strategy but do it incompetently, thereby weakening America’s international position, or that he will eventually get ...

The Disaffected Lib: Trump Will Blind NASA’s Eye on Earth

Donald Trump is poised to eliminate all climate change research conducted by Nasa as part of a crackdown on “politicized science”, his senior adviser on issues relating to the space agency has said. Nasa’s Earth science division is set to be stripped of funding in favor of exploration of deep space, with the president-elect having set a goal during ...

The Disaffected Lib: Van Jones Warning to Canada. Listen Up.

“It can find a home in your country, too, if you don’t stand up to it.” Van Jones understands the bigotry Trump has tapped across America does not respect borders. There is plenty of low life in Canada to carry that same torch, burn that same cross. A high-profile American political commentator says Canadians are ...

The Disaffected Lib: If There’s One Thing We Ought to Have Learned.

One thing that we have learned about Donald Trump, both from his last two years on the campaign trail and from the Trump of earlier decades, is that it takes a real Gullibilly to believe anything that comes out of his mouth. Trump used to say all manner of mainly liberal things on issues such ...

The Disaffected Lib: When the "Indispensible Nation" Becomes Expendable.

Writing in Foreign Policy, Max Boot argues that “Trump’s ‘America First’ Is the Twilight of American Exceptionalism.” Boot’s essay begins with an extensive catalogue of the similarities between Obama’s policies and what Trump will likely deliver. He finds Obama a latter day Jefferson and sees in Trump a 21st century Jacksonian. For those not familiar ...

The Disaffected Lib: The Smart Move – Yes, From the Trudeau Government at That.

The federal government will order 18 F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets from Boeing to bridge the gap while it awaits the next wave of new generation fighters for the Royal Canadian Air Force. They’re following an idea that Australia implemented a couple of years ago. Most of America’s allies are going for Lockheed’s troubled F-35 which, ...

The Disaffected Lib: The Many Faces of Donald Trump and Company

Apparently the video of the Alt-Right gathering with the “Heil Trump” and Nazi salutes was just too much for America’s president-elect. Trump now says he denounces the Alt-Right movement. The only problem is that he’s keeping Alt-Right champion, former Breitbart chief and white supremacist, Steve Bannon as his chief political strategist. Sorry, Donald, but words ...

The Disaffected Lib: Is Anybody Listening?

Judging by the petro-posture of our prime minister and America’s “clean coal” president, it doesn’t sound like there’s anybody on our side of the Atlantic listening to the alarms being sounded by science types in the Arctic. The scientific community calls it a climate emergency. When atmospheric temperatures are 20 degrees Celsius, roughly 36 degrees ...

Things Are Good: Portugal Joins Other Countries by Running Only on Renewable Energy

Portugal reached a very significant milestone on its path to being fully powered by renewables by consuming energy only from sustainable resources for four days. Other countries are on similar paths. In 2012 Germany got 50% of it’s power from renewable sources, Scotland powered itself exclusively on renewables for a week earlier this year, but ...

Carbon49 – Sustainability for Canadian businesses: Canadians Prefer Businesses with Green Vehicles

Should your company cars and long distance fleets go green? 90% of Canadians believe businesses should reduce transportation related emissions and 82% feel having an environmentally friendly fleet is an important factor when choosing vendors. I look at the findings to see if turning your fleet green may make business sense. Commissioned by Bullfrog Power ...

Carbon49 – Sustainability for Canadian businesses: Nestlé Creating Shared Value Through Environmental Sustainability

Nestlé mark their 150th anniversary with key commitments to creating shared value in Canadian society. I look into their goals and progress as well as how their strategy of creating shared value differs from other corporate social responsibility programs. Found in Nestlé’s global report and Canadian report are their social commitments on nutrition, health and ...

Carbon49 – Sustainability for Canadian businesses: Greening Offices Without Adding to Landfill

Many corporations are moving their staff into modern green offices in LEED buildings. But the left-behind furniture and equipment often end up in landfill. It’s better to recycle, resell, and donate them to minimize your footprint, recover costs, and benefit charities. Let’s see how Chevron did it and what you can learn from their experiences ...

Carbon49 – Sustainability for Canadian businesses: Why Do Banks Invest in Big Oil?

For profits, obviously. Divesting from fossil fuel would lose business and lower profits, so the thinking goes. But is this true? A study finds ethical banks are just as profitable as major banks. If a mainstream bank adopts sustainable banking principles can they realistically expect to maintain profits? I look into the study’s methodology and see ...

Carbon49 - Sustainability for Canadian businesses: Green Energy Pioneer Bullfrog Power Talks Energy Landscape

Bullfrog Power is an inspiring Canadian green energy success story. Since 2005 Bullfrog pioneers in providing easy solutions for large businesses like Walmart, Unilever, and RBC as well as individuals to power their homes and offices with 100% renewable energy. At their tenth anniversary I talk to CEO Ron Seftel on how the green energy landscape has evolved ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Creating a Mob May Be Easy

…But controlling a mob isn’t something you can really predict. What’s the Saskatchewan Premier doing releasing an open letter to the Prime Minister calling for a “pause” and “delay” to refugee settlement? He’s equating terrorism in France with Syrian refugees on their way to live in Saskatchewan. That’s a terrible, and Islamophobic position to take. ...

Morton's Musings: Dangers of mid trial R 21 motion

Holgate v. Sheehan Estate, 2015 ONCA 717: [28]       The issues raised by the appellants – albeit unsuccessfully – demonstrate the challenges and potential pitfalls involved when a r. 21 motion is entertained by a trial judge.   [29]       In this case, the trial judge’s initiative in inviting a mid-trial r. 21 motion was clearly designed to narrow the ...

The Decarie Report: well, we averted disaster – but that’s all….

My computer has been in computer hospital since Sunday. I’m hoping it’s now showing paragraphs and slightly larger print. The Canadian federal election had the second-worst possible result. I’m much relieved at the defeat of Harper. He was a threat to democracy and to any independence of the Canadian nation. He’s an ideologue who ignores ...

The Disaffected Lib: It Wasn’t Just Harper Who Went Down in Flames Last Night.

Damn! I forgot to unload my Enbridge stock. I expect the market for pipelines is a tad wobbly this morning. The Northern Gateway (we’re told) is dead, dead, dead. The north coast is saved. Face it, Enbridge/Harper never succeeded in establishing ‘social licence’ for the Northern Gateway, especially not with our stalwart First Nations. The ...

Bouquets of Gray: Strategic voting in Perth-Wellington: vote Liberal

If polls are to be believed, the Liberals are dominating in Ontario. Grenier’s poll tracker projects the Liberal support in Ontario at 43% and the Conservatives down to 31%: Ontario Polls from Poll Tracker This shift against Harper is showing up on the ground in ridings that one would normally assume are fairly safe, such as Perth-Wellington, ...