This and that for your Sunday reading.
- Doug Saunders observes that Syriza’s strong election victory may signal a sea change as to whether austerity is inevitable, while Adnan Al-Daini notes that the financial sector can no longer take for granted that its profits will be placed above the interests of actual people. Which means that Joe Oliver may get even more lonely lecturing Canada’s provinces that the economic beatings will continue until morale improves.
- Speaking of whom, Canadians for Tax Fairness highlights how Oliver has long known that the Cons’ income splitting plans represent nothing more than a (Read more…)
World-renowned environmentalist David Suzuki wonders whether Canadian mining and fossil fuel profiteers and their government promoters believe in the future.
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The infrastructure already developed to accommodate cheap fossil fuels creates a psychological barrier to rational discourse on energy issues, says David Suzuki.
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David Suzuki once observed that we cannot have a healthy economy without a healthy environment. It shouldn’t require a PhD to grasp that yet it’s astonishing how so many well-educated people, including our political leadership, simply don’t get it.
In his year-end column, Gwynne Dyer concludes that climate change isn’t a major problem. It’s the problem, the threat that supercedes all the rest. It’s the Alpha and Omega, the Big Enchilada, the Sword of Damocles. …imagine that we are a panel of high-priced medicos reviewing the health status of our most important client, the human race. The first thing to (Read more…)
In Canada, the idea of citizens’ right to live in a healthy environment is getting traction at both the grassroots and highest political levels, says environmentalist David Suzuki.
The post David Suzuki: The Movement For Environmental Rights Is Building appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
The lack of access to clean drinking water for hundreds of First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities across Canada, is a national shame, says environmentalist David Suzuki.
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Although we live during a time when the term ‘citizen’ has been largely supplanted by corporate misnomers like ‘stakeholders’ and ‘customers’ and ‘taxpayers,’ the concept of citizenship still lives in the hearts of many. And while we hear all the time about the ‘rights’ of stakeholders, not often are we reminded of the ‘responsibilities’ of citizenship.
A recent post of a speech given by Tamo Campos, the grandson of David Suzuki, was one such reminder, as is this one by Simon Fraser University molecular biologist Lynne Quarmby, arrested at the same place as was Camos, Burnaby Mountain, for exercising her (Read more…)
Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki won’t be intimidated by TransCanada’s dirty war against climate justice activists and Energy East pipeline opponents.
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When Stephen Harper was with the Reformers, promoting an American style conservative movement, he mocked Canada’s historic Conservative Party, because they boasted to be descended from Sir John A. MacDonald. “So what!” he said.
Recently the Harper government conducted a poll to determine the top ten Canadians who inspired us. From top to bottom:
1. Pierre Trudeau2. Terry Fox3. Tommy Douglas4. Lester B. Pearson5. Chris Hadfield6. David Suzuki7. Sir. John A. MacDonald 8. Wayne Gretzky9. Jack Layton10. Romeo Dallaire
What first struck me about the list was that no women were (Read more…)
Why is it that we bow down before the market? It is not a fundamental force of nature, yet we in society are instructed to think of it as such.
Filed under: Politics, Science Tagged: Bill Moyers, Climate Change, David Suzuki, Economics
That’s the conclusion fundraising expert Harvey McKinnon draws in this interview during which he discusses the Harper regime’s targeting of groups that oppose the Tory policy of environmental despoliation, about which I wrote previously.
McKinnon also offers this startling information: Statistically, one in 100 charities are audited each year. This Revenue Canada has gone after seven out of 12 charities this year. According to a statistician on his staff, the odds of this happening randomly are one chance in a billion.
Draw what inference you will from that.
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Richard Hughes-Political Blogger
Hardly a day goes by without hearing of another environmental disaster. In most cases they are easily traceable back to the doorsteps of greedy ‘Oil and Gas Corporations’ combined with reduced or eliminated federal and provincial regulations.
Do we hear outrage and a call to action from our Prime Minister over the accelerating desecration of our land? No!
Are there any governmental actions over the extreme hardships caused our residents, fish and wildlife? No!
Are there any significant responses or expressions at all from our elected MP’s and MLA’s in response to the jack boot tactics towards (Read more…)
Assorted content for your weekend reading.
- Robert Reich laments the indecency of gross inequality (and the economic policies designed to exacerbate it): (F)or more than three decades we’ve been going backwards. It’s far more difficult today for a child from a poor family to become a middle-class or wealthy adult. Or even for a middle-class child to become wealthy.
The major reason is widening inequality. The longer the ladder, the harder the climb. America is now more unequal that it’s been for eighty or more years, with the most unequal distribution of income and wealth of all developed nations. (Read more…)
Trying to change the channel: Unfortunately for Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the remote seems to have disappeared under a pillow and the movie stuck on the TV screen stars Mike Duffy, shown above moving toward the Telus Convention Centre in Calgary Friday night. Actual Canadian Senators may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Andrew Nikiforuk and David Suzuki.
So it all comes down to this, then? It’s not my fault. Now shut up and vote for me!
What else can we take away from Stephen Harper’s first campaign speech of the 2015 election season, made to the nervously shuffling (Read more…)
My favorite bit (naturally):
Those not familiar with Sun News host Ezra Levant — who also founded a propaganda organization and website to promote the fossil fuel industry and target environmental groups — might be interested to know he has been proven in court to be less than credible, with a judge in one case ruling that he spoke in “reckless disregard of the truth.” In fact, he’s currently facing another in a string of libel charges. He’s also had to apologize publicly for rants and comments that were deemed racist and has been found in violation of the (Read more…)
Inspired by this headline: http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/david-suzuki-tells-u-s-not-to-trust-harper-s-keystone-xl-promises-1.1991120
I was watching the “Nature of Things’ by David Suzuki over the weekend. It was fascinating to find out that both Ecuador (in 2008) and Bolivia (in 2010) passed laws which included the rights of nature. Ecuador has made a constitutional amendment to include the Rights of Nature. It sounds like a great idea. I believe other nations should do the same to protect nature and hence the environment. Read the amendment below.
Ecuador is the first nation to include the rights of nature in its constitution:
Rights of nature
Article 71. Nature, or Pacha Mama, where life is (Read more…)
Highly-regarded former Toronto Mayor David Miller says he is “very excited” about becoming the new President and CEO of the World Wildlife Fund-Canada in September.
“They’ve made such a difference,” Miller told The Toronto Star, “and to be part of an organization that knows how to make real change is a unique opportunity.”
But there are questions about whether the WWF is effective in its work and, moreover, why the WWF and other members of the global environmental movement have made such little progress combatting the most serious threat to earth – climate change.
The magnitude of the crisis (Read more…)
David Suzuki has a thought-provoking essay in today’s Globe and Mail that also serves as an excellent precis of some of the things the Harper government would like us to forget, including its promotion of ignorance/contempt for factual data, its demonization of environmentalists, it arrant hypocrisy, and its general contempt for voices that express disagreement with its ideology.
I hope you will read it and disseminate it widely; constant reminders of this cabal’s war on democracy and informed discussion will be, I think, crucial, if we are to have a chance of ousting it in 2015.
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Joyce Murray’s campaign for Liberal leadership gets a nice boost today: DAVID SUZUKI OPEN LETTER
February 20, 2013
“An open letter to Canadians:
I am writing this as an individual citizen, not on behalf of any organization or political party. In fact, I do not belong to any political party. I will support candidates, platforms and policies of any party that move our country towards a more just and sustainable future.
I was delighted to see that the federal Liberal party allows any Canadian to participate in the choice of its leader. I urge everyone who is concerned about (Read more…)
By Dr. David Suzuki | Published by Troy Media on Feb. 13, 2013: When the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform exploded in 2010, killing 11 people and spewing massive amounts of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, it cost more than $40 billion to mop up the mess. In Canada, an oil company would be liable for only $30 million, READ MORE
by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 15, 2013: Support from Naomi Klein, Maude Barlow, David Suzuki, and others: OAKLAND, Calif — Prominent Canadians from a variety of backgrounds have signed on to a letter in support of the “Forward on Climate” rally on February 17, when tens of thousands of committed activists will converge on Washington READ MORE