DeSmogBlog: Year-Long Wait for Site C Dam Budget Docs ‘Disturbing’: Expert

Are you curious to know the results of our Freedom of Information request for an updated budget and timeline for the $8.8 billion Site C dam project on B.C.’s Peace River? So are we. We were told by former energy minister Bill Bennett’s office that we would have the information on May 30, three weeks ...

A BCer in Ottawa: Eating up the Hill: Sliders with SLOAN in the East Block Courtyard

All of a sudden the weather is nicer in Ottawa, so on Tuesday evening I popped over to the East Block Courtyard for the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) reception. The attraction for most was the promised musical performances by SLOAN and Charlotte Cardin. Other obligations meant I had to ...

Carbon49 – Sustainability for Canadian businesses: Southcore Financial Centre Showcases Mixed-Use Sustainable Development

The Southcore Financial Centre is a showcase of mixed-use sustainable development in Toronto’s financial district. The three new interconnected towers—PricewaterhouseCoopers Tower, Bremner Tower, Delta Toronto Hotel—incorporate sustainability best practices in their exterior glazing systems, rainwater harvesting, and deep lake thermal cooling. We look into their special features and how KPMB Architects brought all these together. The Southcore Financial Centre ...

Canadian Dimension: Believe it’s a new French Revolution? Hold your horses

Photo by Leweb Most of the media were quick to hail a ‘New French Revolution’ following the results of the first round of voting in France’s 2017 Presidential election. Well, at a quick glance, the claim appears to have some substance. After all, it’s the first time since the founding of the Fifth Republic in ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Donald Trump has a plan?

Heard any good conspiracy theories today? It is amazing how many pundits are writing about Trump’s real plans for world-wide dictatorship. They see Trump’s actions in the White House as part of a scheme. They think it is designed to keep outsiders confused. But it should be obvious to everybody that Trump is the one ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: “Lord, what fools these mortals be!”

William Shakespeare is a writer for most human experience. You could not help but think of that line from A Midsummer Night’s Dream the other day reading a commentary on guaranteed basic income. Who the writer was is not important. The approach was serious. He wrote of a guaranteed basic income as being charity. That ...

DeSmogBlog: 87% of B.C. Grizzly Deaths Due to Trophy Hunting, Records Reveal

Eighty-seven per cent of grizzly bear deaths in B.C. are attributable to trophy hunters, who have killed 12,026 grizzly bears since the government began keeping records in 1975, according to data obtained by David Suzuki Foundation. In 2016, 274 grizzlies were killed — the vast majority of which (235) were killed by trophy hunters. B.C. currently ...

DeSmogBlog: ‘Nothing Has Changed’: B.C.’s Botched Oil Spill Response Haunts First Nation

On October 13, just after 1 a.m, and only eight months after British Columbia signed the Great Bear Rainforest Agreements — set in place to protect the world’s largest coastal temperate rainforest — the Nathan E. Stewart tugboat ran aground near Bella Bella. Even though the 10,000-tonne fuel barge the tugboat was pushing was empty, the ...

The Disaffected Lib: Who is Bugging Ottawa?

Somebody has Parliament Hill under surveillance. Nobody knows who it is. CBC Ottawa has discovered that there’s an IMSI at work. The devices, sometimes known by the brand name of one model, StingRay, work by mimicking a cellphone tower to interact with nearby phones and read the unique ID associated with the phone — the International ...

Politics and its Discontents: Lest We Forget: Bearing Witness

In my view, this next story has absolutely no redemptive value. Nothing good emerges from such a grievous, historic injustice. And there can be no redemptive value in a recantation rendered when approaching the end of life. Yet despite, or perhaps because of, its ugliness, it is important for all of us to bear witness. ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: CBC confused by repetition of decade-old hospital promise #nlpoli

Maybe the poor folks at CBC were just confused. Heaven knows it can be confusing with all the announcements of the hospital in Corner Brook since 2007. “Price tag missing,”  the headline screamed, “as Corner Brook hospital finally gets green light.” The price tag should be missing because… wait for it… the government didn’t give ...

Warren Kinsella: The Trumping of Canada

Read this: U.S. border guards would get new powers to question, search and even detain Canadian citizens on Canadian soil under a bill proposed by the Liberal government. Legal experts say Bill C-23, introduced by Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, and likely to pass in the current sitting of Parliament, could also erode the standing ...

CuriosityCat: How Nathan Cullen can bring about electoral reform within months

Our Prime Minister clearly has limited knowledge of electoral reform, both the theories and the practice. This article rebuts his extraordinarily inaccurate claims about the dangers to Canada of electoral reform: The prime minister keeps making the bizarre argument that a partly proportional electoral system would allow anti-immigration Conservative Kellie Leitch to form her (Read ...

The Disaffected Lib: SNAFU to FUBAR to… ? 16 Years On Afghanistan is Still Going All to Hell.

John Nicholson says that with an infinite amount of time and an infinite number of soldiers it is possible to win the war in Afghanistan against al Qaeda and ISIS. The US army general, top commander in Afghanistan, showed up before Congress asking for another “few thousand” troops and time, more time, lots more. Nicholson ...

Warren Kinsella: Comment about comments in the Alternative Facts era

I welcome comments here, but within limits. One additional thing that I will not permit is the use of this space to promote racism and hatred.  Thus, this, to “Fred from BC.” Fred: Comments are welcome, but I will not allow this space to be used to advocate for a ban on Muslims. Go elsewhere, ...

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 ...