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Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Clearly Liberalism is Not Dead Though Conservatism May be On Life Support

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…)

Dead Wild Roses: Climate Change – Bill Moyers and David Suzuki

 

 

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

Politics and its Discontents: It’s Definitely Not Democracy

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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Cowichan Conversations: The Government of Canada Must Respect the First Nations Rights and Treaties

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…)

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

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…)

Alberta Diary: Stephen Harper to Canada: ‘It’s not my fault! Now shut up and vote for me’

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.

CALGARY

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…)

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Suzuki [Foundation] Strikes Back!

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…)

ParliamANT Hill: David SuzukiAnt among CanadiAnts in U.S. to lobby against Antstone XL pipeline

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

LeDaro: Ecuador has amended its constitution to include the Rights of Nature

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…)

A Different Point of View....: Corporate money preventing all-outcampaign to stop global warming

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…)

Politics and its Discontents: David Suzuki On Harper’s Contempt For Democracy

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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The Canadian Progressive: In Ottawa, An Evening with David Suzuki and Jeff Rubin: The ECO Tour

  (Edited) by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive | Jan. 26, 2013: The Eco Tour comes to Ottawa! Join award-winning geneticist and broadcaster David Suzuki and award-winning, bestselling author and economist Jeff Rubin for an evening of discussion of how to create a truly sustainable future. The finer details: What: An Evening with David Suzuki and Jeff Rubin: The ECO READ MORE

Impolitical: David Suzuki announces support for Joyce Murray #lpcldr

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…)

The Canadian Progressive: Harper Government must heed environment commissioner’s warnings: David Suzuki

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

The Canadian Progressive: Prominent Canadians Support Forward on Climate Rally

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

Alex's Blog: The mean test: how we measure success

Chief Theresa Spence (by Regina Southwind, Rabble, December 17)

As we enter 2013, how is Canada doing? How do we stack up against other rich countries? Emerging from the year of the 50th anniversary of medicare, the 30th anniversary of the Charter, are we making progress? Do we even have any shared notion of what progress would look like?

How we measure our success as a country matters. It tells us a lot about what we value most. It shapes what we ask of our politicians and how we judge the performance of our governments. It shapes

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Alex's Blog: The mean test: how we measure success

Chief Theresa Spence (by Regina Southwind, Rabble, December 17)

As we enter 2013, how is Canada doing? How do we stack up against other rich countries? Emerging from the year of the 50th anniversary of medicare, the 30th anniversary of the Charter, are we making progress? Do we even have any shared notion of what progress would look like?

How we measure our success as a country matters. It tells us a lot about what we value most. It shapes what we ask of our politicians and how we judge the performance of our governments. It shapes (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

- David Suzuki makes the case for evaluating our well-being through Gross National Happiness rather than GDP alone: There’s more to happiness than just having a clean environment – and Bhutan has yet to get there. According to research for the UN Conference on Happiness, “The happiest countries in the world are all in Northern Europe (Denmark, Norway, Finland, Netherlands).” Although these countries are wealthy, the study points out that money isn’t the only factor, as happiness is decreasing in countries like the U.S. “Political freedom, strong social networks and an

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daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: IT’S STILL A RACE! With one week left, a second poll shows three-way race in Calgary-Centre.

TweetWith one week left until voting day, a new survey released by Forum Research continues to show a three-way race in the Calgary-Centre by-election between Conservative Joan Crockatt, Liberal Harvey Locke, and Green Chris Turner. As reported by … . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: IT’S STILL A RACE! With one week left, a second poll shows three-way race in Calgary-Centre.

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: IT’S A RACE! New poll shows emerging three-way race in Calgary-Centre by-election.

TweetA new survey conducted by Forum Research shows a three-way race in the Calgary-Centre by-election between Conservative Joan Crockatt, Liberal Harvey Locke, and Green Chris Turner. As reported by the Globe & Mail, the November survey of 376 ran… . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: IT’S A RACE! New poll shows emerging three-way race in Calgary-Centre by-election.

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Calgary-Centre By-Election: Accusations and high-profile visits.

TweetThe by-election in Calgary-Centre is in full-swing with accusations and high-profile becoming a distinguishing characteristic of the campaign in advance of the November 26 vote. 1CalgaryCentre, the group bidding to unite progressive voters behind … . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Calgary-Centre By-Election: Accusations and high-profile visits.

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Moffat On Suzuki

Mike Moffat has a valid point.  It isn’t, as David Suzuki sometimes contends, that economists don’t understand “externalities” or claim we should ignore them.  The term is a bit of economic jargon, after all.  No.  The people who ignore/downplay externalities are those folk who, for example, say they want to help clean-up the environment but decry a carbon tax or whine when somebody sticks a turbine out in the lake.

The rest of us, in other words.

350 or bust: David Suzuki & Jeff Rubin Address Our Economy’s Disconnect With Reality

I had the good fortune this week to be in the audience during Dr. David Suzuki and Jeff Rubin’s Eco Tour stop in Winnipeg, part of a cross-country book tour. Dr. Suzuki is a world-renowned geneticist and Canadian television personality who has hosted the CBC science show, The Nature of Things, for 31 years. He [...]

Politics and its Discontents: A Celebration of Literacy

Despite its rather lengthy history, yesterday was the first time my wife and I attended Toronto’s Word On the Street, a celebration of books, literacy, and the dispelling of ignorance. As a retired English teacher and keen observer of the political machinations that envelop our society, it was very heartening to see so many thousands of people, many families with their children in tow, recognizing the crucial role that reading plays in a balanced and productive life.

This morning’s Star reports the following:

Amidst the myriad of folks of all ages swarming Queen’s Park Circle for the Word on the

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Canadian Progressive: Massive Peaceful Tar Sands Protest Before B.C. Provincial Legislature Planned For October 22

Over 80 influential leaders from the business, First Nations, environmental, labour, academic, medical and artistic communities across Canada today announced an upcoming mass sit-in in front of the provincial legislature in Victoria, British Columbia on October 22. The sit-in will oppose tar sands pipelines and tankers and the threats they would pose to the west coast. “There are moments in history when it’s clear that our elected leaders are failing us and it is necessary to take a stand,” said prominent author and environmentalist Tzeporah Berman. “Today we are stating our intention to defend our coast and calling on others

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