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, . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Portugal Joins Other Countries by Running Only on Renewable Energy
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. . . . → Read More: Carbon49 – Sustainability for Canadian businesses: Canadians Prefer Businesses with Green Vehicles
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 for your next move or renovation. . . . → Read More: Carbon49 – Sustainability for Canadian businesses: Greening Offices Without Adding to Landfill
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 what a major bank can take away from the findings. . . . → Read More: Carbon49 – Sustainability for Canadian businesses: Why Do Banks Invest in Big Oil?
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 and how businesses may position themselves for the anticipated changes from our new climate-friendly federal and provincial governments. . . . → Read More: Carbon49 – Sustainability for Canadian businesses: Green Energy Pioneer Bullfrog Power Talks Energy Landscape
…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.
. . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Creating a Mob May Be Easy
Holgate v. Sheehan Estate, 2015 ONCA 717:
 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.
 In this case, the trial judge’s initiative in inviting a mid-trial r. 21 motion . . . → Read More: Morton’s Musings: Dangers of mid trial R 21 motion
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 . . . → Read More: The Decarie Report: well, we averted disaster – but that’s all….
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. . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: It Wasn’t Just Harper Who Went Down in Flames Last Night.
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, . . . → Read More: Bouquets of Gray: Strategic voting in Perth-Wellington: vote Liberal
The differences between the Liberals and the Conservatives are getting starker. Susan Delacourt writes:
If this election is distilling down to a potentially ugly culture war in the final two weeks before the vote, much could rest on how Canadians feel about the people living around them.
Trudeau gave . . . → Read More: Northern Reflections: What Does He Say In Private?
I’ve long called for More Debates, Not Fewer Debaters, and CBC again disappoints.
Not much watchdog press left in Canada. No wonder people reject mainstream journalism for real reporting online.#cbc https://t.co/cWMUdIm5s3
— John MacDougall (@coircomann) October 2, 2015
Despite efforts by the major TV broadcasters, NDP have refused to participate . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: CBC Wrecks Another Debate #elxn42
An expert in body language viewed the French language debate and Christine Gagnon had this to say about Tom (Thomas?) Mulcair’s body gestures:
Watch for Mulcair to repeat these gestures in Monday’s debate on foreign affairs. What about Harper? The expert says he had a fake smile, and his eyebrows gave him away:
Gagnon . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Will Mulcair look left and Harper’s eyebrows not move in Monday’s debate?
Spin Cycle: Is the NDP’s proposed corporate tax hike a ‘job killer’? Liberals, Conservatives decry NDP plan to raise corporate tax rate to 17% from 15%
By Ira Basen, CBC News Posted: Sep 17, 2015 3:22 PM ET Last Updated: Sep 17, 2015 3:32 PM ET
Who wrote that headline, . . . → Read More: Left Over: Take a Propaganda at this Ridiculous Headline….
Thursday was one of those days where you felt like you had dropped down the rabbit hole with Alice.
Or maybe had indulged a bit too heavily in some mind-altering substance.
There was Lorraine Michael on the radio complaining that Muskrat Falls would likely cause environmental problems through the release of methyl mercury. Let’s be . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Near the bottom of a very big rabbit hole #nlpoli
As the creation of the Water Program by the Carbon Disclosure Project shows, managements and investors increasingly recognize the importance of the water-energy nexus and water-related risks. Businesses across Canada are collaborating with municipalities on innovative water conservation projects. With free water audit and financial incentives for capital retrofits, municipalities are helping companies like Toyota . . . → Read More: Carbon49 – Sustainability for Canadian businesses: Collaborate to Conserve: The Rise of Business-Municipality Water Initiatives
Your news links for today:
Tech Giants Want to Punish DMCA Takedown Abusers – TorrentFreak Ashley Madison abusing DMCA “to put genie back in the bottle,” EFF says – Ars Technica TISA and Tech’s Double Standards On Secret Government Internet Deals – EFF Windows 10 Reserves The Right To Block Pirated Games . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Your Daily Digital Digest for Friday, August 28, 2015
I was awake at 5:30 this morning, had some breakfast, and was enjoying a mug (not a cup, a mug) of coffee when I noticed that the time was 6:05 am. Startled I jumped up to see if everything was OK with my son Conor. Conor suffers from severe autism disorder and epileptic . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism Disorder AND Epilepsy (But NO SUDEP!!!) at 6:05 AM
We had mentioned in our previous article that we were working on a new story. In fact, it's a story that sort of fell into our laps, though initially we didn't quite realize how significant it would turn out to be: Before being sent the above unsolicited link we had been aware of Rise . . . → Read More: Anti-Racist Canada: The ARC Collective: Ron Banerjee, André Drouin, and Rise Canada
Fernandes v. Araujo, 2015 ONCA 571:
 As an intermediate court of appeal, we are ordinarily bound to follow our past decisions, even decisions with which we disagree. It is important that we do so. Our common law legal tradition rests upon the idea that we will adhere to what we decided . . . → Read More: Morton’s Musings: Court of Appeal may overrule itself albeit rarely
Canadians watched a bully get his comeuppance last night. There were no knock-out blows or deathbed repentances but some solid points were made. In balance, the Greens’ Elizabeth May looked good, the New Democrat’s Thomas Mulcair was stuffy, the Liberal’s Justin Trudeau showed strength and the Prime Minister kept saying “Let’s be clear,” when he . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Bearding a bully.