Yesterday, the provincial premiers met in Quebec City to map out a strategy to combat climate change. The federal government was invited to the conference but declined the invitation:
Tuesday’s meeting ended with renewed calls for the federal government to show greater initiative in addressing the issue.
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There are some who believe that the deal which the United States and China reached on greenhouse gas emissions will force Stephen Harper to act on climate change. But Jeffrey Simpson warns that such optimism is misplaced. To begin with, the Republican dominated congress will act immediately to nullify . . . → Read More: Northern Reflections: The Consequences Of His Inaction
Yesterday, Barack Obama announced that the United States is moving to restrict the emissions of its greatest polluter, the coal industry. The objective is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from coal by 30% in the next sixteen years. Stephen Harper responded by saying that Canada already restricts emissions from coal. What he neglected to . . . → Read More: Northern Reflections: The Turn Of The Screw
The irony is of epic proportions. The Jewish National Fund plans to put Stephen Harper’s name on a bird sanctuary. It shall be called The Stephen J. Harper Hula Valley Bird Sanctuary Visitor and Education Centre. Michael Harris writes that naming a bird sanctuary after Stephen Harper is like naming a kids’ summer camp . . . → Read More: Northern Reflections: For The Birds
In a recent article, Noam Chomsky asks the question we should all be asking: “Who will defend the earth?” The people who are desperately interested in the answer to that question are people we have traditionally thought of as “backward.” But, Chomsky writes, they understand what is at stake:
That the Earth now desperately . . . → Read More: Northern Reflections: The "Primitives" Have Got It Right
If you wondered why the Harper government has gutted Canada’s environmental legislation, Frances Russell provides the answer:
The North American Free Trade Agreement was the first of a New World Order of trade agreements designed, to borrow the words of the Trilateral Commission in 1975, to repeal “an excess of democracy in the western . . . → Read More: Northern Reflections: The Investor Is King
The devastation which Hurricane Sandy visited on the American east coast has generated a lot of attention. So did Hurricane Katrina. But neither storm appears to have spurred legislators into action. And, in Canada, inaction is the name of the game. Ma… . . . → Read More: Northern Reflections: Pay Now Or Pay Later
What do the Northern Gateway Project and the NEP have in common?
I think everybody in Canada has heard of the NEP. In essence, Pierre Trudeau dreamed up a scheme which suppressed crude oil prices paid to producers in Alberta, in order to subsidise energy costs to central Canada. It was an arbitrary, and naked . . . → Read More: Not an Official Green Party Canada Site: Will the Northern Gateway Pipeline be the Conservatives ‘NEP’?
I am not very happy with Environment Canada in general, and Peter Kent in particular. I read this article this morning, and discovered that the Conservative Government has decided that they do not need to maintain expertise on toxic emmissions from smokestacks. In order to economise, they intend to eliminate the pollution monitoring team that: . . . → Read More: Not an Official Green Party Canada Site: Smokestack Expertise to be Abandoned? W.T.F. is Peter Kent thinking?