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Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

- Daniel Tencer reports on a couple of important recent warnings that Canada is in danger of following the U.S. down the path of extreme corporatism and inequality: Speaking at a fundraiser for the left-leaning Broadbent Institute, Reich said Canada is facing the same inequality-growing “structural problems” that the rest of the developed world is facing. Those two structural problems are globalization and automation, he said.

He noted that businesses in the digital era require far fewer employees, citing the example of WhatsApp, the messaging app bought by Facebook. At the time (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: North Cowichan’s Existing Soccer Fields–Better, Safer and Healthier Than Artificial Turf!

Crumby Soccer Fields to be replaced!

Don Maroc

If someday you want to feel good about the ever-increasing property taxes you pay to the Municipality of North Cowichan just take a ride to the soccer fields at Sherman and Somenos Roads, especially on the weekend.

There, rain or shine, you’ll find hundreds of school-age boys and girls kicking a ball around a half dozen pitches. With them will be hundreds of parents and spectators. These well-used sports fields were built and now maintained with your tax money.

There are few facilities as well used and enjoyed as these fields. (Read more…)

Bill Longstaff: The Conservatives sabotage NAFTA

The road to the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) began under a Conservative government and has been championed by Conservatives ever since. Surprising then that they should treat it with such contempt.

Not all of it, of course, definitely not the part that benefits the corporate sector, just the environmental part. Side agreements were attached to NAFTA to protect workers and the

Earthgauge Radio: ‘Climate Change: Which way out?’ with Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben, Chris Hedges, Bernie Sanders, Kshama Sawant

From left: Chris Hedges, Naomi Klein, Brian Lehrer (moderator), Bill McKibben, Kshama Sawant

 

I was fortunate to attend the largest climate change march in history on September 21, 2014 in New York City. It was an incredible experience to see roughly 400,000 in the streets demanding urgent action on the climate crisis.

The night before the event, there was a great panel discussion featuring Naomi Klein (author of ‘This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate’), Bill McKibben (founder of 350.org), Chris Hedges (author and former New York Times correspondent), U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, and Kshama Sawant (newly (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Rafe: Tough on Kinder Morgan, Corrigan & Robertson My Kind of Mayors

Rafe Mair stands with Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and Derrik Corrigan fighting for land use jurisdictional authority against Kinder Morgan and the Prime Minister Harper’s Federal Government.

Kinder Morgan’s plans are to dramatically increase the flow of bitumen that they wish to ship from the Alberta Tar Sands to Burnaby and then through Vancouver’s harbour on tankers headed to China.

The 100 plus protestors standing in defiance against Kinder Morgan’s drilling in Burnaby Mountain parkland continue to be arrested by RCMP. The arrests tally 53 plus and that number is growing.

They are to be congratulated and supported. They are (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Order Your Opportunities

My job, trying to change the world, is at least twice as hard as a conservative’s. I have to overcome others’ instinctual fear of change and new technology. Monday evening I proposed my condo board “investigate” using solar energy, if the association’s Winter expenses don’t exceed our budget. 2 Board members opposed the idea! The motion passed anyway, but why would someone oppose an investigation of saving money on electricity? They stated it was an opportunity cost. Let’s look how that claim stacks up:

They suggested raising property value by installing carpets as a competing example. If we spent $10K (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: UBC Must Divest From Fossil Fuel Companies: Faculty Members

Open letter signed by 215 University of British Columbia faculty members asks university to divest from destructive fossil fuel companies within five years.

The post UBC Must Divest From Fossil Fuel Companies: Faculty Members appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Maude Barlow: Five questions for Justin Trudeau, a year later

Justin Trudeau’s views on key issues do not represent the real change Canadians will be seeking during the 2015 federal election, says Maude Barlow.

The post Maude Barlow: Five questions for Justin Trudeau, a year later appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

reeves report: Hamburg, Illinois man charged selling live Asian carp

A HAMBURG, ILLINOIS man has been charged with possession and distribution of live bighead and silver carp, a felony under United States law.

On October 7, 2014, Randall E. Watters was arrested and charged in Calhoun County in the state’s southwest for the unlawful possession and sale of more than 1,800 pounds of Asian bighead and silver carp.

Location of Hamburg, Illinois. (Google Maps)

Watters was charged with the Unlawful Sale of a Live Injurious Species which is a Class 3 felony. It carries a penalty of two to five years imprisonment followed by a year of mandatory supervised release, (Read more…)

reeves report: NDP to refuse support for Rouge National Urban Park bill

Everyone wants the 10,500 acres in the Rouge Valley to be made into a national urban park, yet few but the Harper Tories think their plan for the green space is the best path forward.

Rouge Park at Sunrise. (Flickr Photo Courtesy of Snuffy.)

ON A MEDIA TOUR this week of the proposed park on Toronto’s eastern boundary, federal NDP environment critic Megan Leslie (Halifax) told reporters she will advise her caucus to oppose government Bill C-40 despite the personal difficulty she feels in opposing the park.

“I’m in a parallel universe where I get applause for voting against (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Naomi Klein: Reject Keystone XL Pipeline, Radical Change Needed [VIDEO]

Naomi Klein calls on Barack Obama to reject TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, urges “radical change to prevent catastrophic warming.”

The post Naomi Klein: Reject Keystone XL Pipeline, Radical Change Needed [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Cowichan Conversations: Cowichan Citizens Gained Ground in Local Elections

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

 

Some big wins, some sad losses but all in all the calibre of our new crop of politicians is a considerable improvement. Sonia Furstenau, Rob Douglas, Alison Nicholson, Kerry Davis, Matteus Clement bring vigour and green energy to our local government tables. This is a good thing! Congratulations to all that stepped up and put their names forward. The Cowichan Valley is alive and humming.

Kate Marsh, Michelle Bell, Michelle Staples, Sharon Jackson, Lori Iannidinardo, will be much encouraged by the new green and youthful arrivals. Have you counted the number of women elected and serving! (Read more…)

Progressive Proselytizing: Dealing with Climate Change and Inequality

Two of the defining problems of our times are wealth inequality (both globally and within the first world) and climate change. With any socioeconomic order – our mixture of capitalism and government being just one – there are going to be consequences both good and bad. There are going to be challenges that the socioeconomic order is particularly good or bad at addressing. The point of this post is to expand on how these two defining problems – global warming and inequality – are products of our particular socioeconomic order, that they are two problems that our system is particularly (Read more…)

reeves report: Ocean Warming and Acidification will Crash Crabs’ Metabolism

Porcelain crab. (Image courtesy of Stillman’s Lab)

BASED ON FUTURE CLIMATE SCENARIOS, researchers believe coastal ecosystems will see increased extremes in low tide temperature fluctuations and drops in pH levels associated with ocean acidification. This particular study looked at what impacts, if any, warmer water and higher acidity levels will have on intertidal zone crustaceans like the test species, porcelain crabs. (The intertidal zone is the area above water at low tide and below water at high tide.)

“The way that I interpret our data is that in the future, [porcelain crabs] are going to have an overall (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Maeve Maguire, for North Cowichan Council

My family moved to North Cowichan six years ago, and we’re here to stay. I am a mother of three, a small-business owner, founder of Operation:Underpants, and volunteer with Cowichan Valley Hospice Society, Stolen Hearts Documentary Project, and Duncan Basketball Association. I write a monthly column for the Cowichan News Leader, and I have a keen interest in local politics, attending council meetings online and in person. I am running for council because we need community-minded people on council who will listen to and represent the interests of all citizens. To make North Cowichan a place where (Read more…)

Things Are Good: China and US Agree to Cut Emissions

The world’s largest polluters have agreed that they have a problem and they need to stop it. The USA and China have come to terms with the fact that they are the worst polluters and have both decided to take action using various policy tools and joint cooperation. This is important for many reasons, for one not only does this mean the largest economies will become more efficient and less damaging to the plant. Another reason is that smaller economies (looking at you Australia and Canada) copy American policy, so hopefully the climate change denying government elsewhere will wake up (Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: Tens of Billions Wasted

How much will we keep spending to develop more fossil fuels when we know we have to stop to avert climate breakdown?

$88b/year?

More?

How about zero. It’s time to redirect that money to wind, solar, geothermal, and hydro so we can stop exacerbating our climate crisis.

Redirect NOW!

Let us end this silent accord to let the carbon energy interests destroy us.

And let’s leave coal and nuclear behind too.

Deal? Good.

Now go let our corrupt politicians know we won’t stand for this nonsense anymore.

June 16, 2014 Hey, BC: Want More Jobs? Dump the LNG and Pipelines! (Read more…)

Northern Insight / Perceptivity: You can’t handle the truth: BC Liberals

Site C not necessarily a slam dunk: Bennett, Business in Vancouver, October 15, 2014 “Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett says he is still torn on whether his government should give the green light to BC Hydro’s $7.9 billion Site C hydroelectric dam…”

Vaughn Palmer quoting Bill Bennett, The Vancouver Sun, October 17, 2014 “Despite the rumours to the contrary, government has not made a final decision on Site C. We are definitely not in the ministry of energy biased toward one choice or another. No one should think that we have made a decision to (Read more…)

Things Are Good: Visualizing Energy Generated from Wind

Renewable energy debates can suffer obfuscation through abstraction and disingenuous allegations like renewable is limited in it’s generation times. For example, wind power is often argued to be useless because we cannot control the wind. We can’t control it, but we can predict it.

To demonstrate the effectiveness of wind power in the UK a new digital design company created a demonstration of using visualization to impact how people think of wind power.

We wanted to make MWh something more tangible, so we’ve taken some data* on the average energy usage of domestic products to hopefully bring those big numbers (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: 400 Citizens Took in the 2014 North Cowichan Council Debate in Chemainus

Don Maroc – Cowichan Conversations

“This is democracy in action,” said Al Siebring, candidate for the North Cowichan council, looking out over some 400 citizens assembled in the Chemainus Secondary School gym for an all candidates meeting.

Eighteen of the 20 council hopefuls delivered short statements of their positions before the evening’s main event – a three-way debate for the mayoral candidates.

Siebring, North Cowichan council’s flamboyant, right-leaning incumbent councillor opened the evening by saying that he didn’t particularly like the idea, “this is turning into a one issue campaign.”

His response to that single issue was to (Read more…)

wmtc: towards a cruelty-free face: switching to products not tested on animals

I’ve begun changing my personal care products to cruelty-free: natural products from companies that are better for the environment and don’t test on animals. I’m not sure how far I’ll be able to go, but I’ve begun the process.

After a lifetime of using conventional products, I was moved to think more about this by a few different sources.

When I worked in the children’s library, I often saw a book about animal cruelty. It was not the one I wrote about here, about dogs, but a book in a series called “Tough Issue,” similar to the kind of (Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: Con MP Supports Action on Climate Change? What?

What?

What?

What?

What?

Could this be the end of the denial of science?

Chong for prime minister?

What?

“This most recent report concludes that the warming of the planet due to emissions is ‘clear’ and ‘unequivocal,’” Chong said. “The report also concludes that without urgent action to reduce emissions, by the end of this century there is a high risk of severe, widespread, and irreversible damage due to extreme heat waves, more intense weather events, mass extinctions, coastal flooding, and crop failures.”

Chong said scientists have done their work, now politicians must do theirs.

“As a Conservative, I (Read more…)

reeves report: Ontario Invasive Species Act gets second chance

A control test site for invasive plant phragmites at Wasaga Beach on Lake Huron.

LIBERAL NATURAL RESOURCE MINISTER Bill Mauro reintroduced the Invasive Species Act Wednesday, the first standalone legislation in Canada geared towards stopping the spread of invasives into the province

There is currently a patchwork of more than 20 different federal and provincial pieces of legislation affecting the control of invasive species in the country but none are designed specifically with invasive species in mind. Ontario is keen to change that, Mauro said.

“Our proposed legislation will help to address these legislative gaps,” he told a crowd (Read more…)

PostArctica: Coastal Tar Sands – Journey To Deleted Islands

What happens when a major corporation wants to build an oil pipeline over land to the west coast where it will be loaded on to supertankers that have to navigate some very narrow inlets to pick up their loads? They put out publicity pictures and graphic videos that magically remove the obstacles and make the west coast of British Columbia look extremely accessible. It’s not. Richard Boyce’s film, Coastal Tar Sands – Journey To Deleted Islands, demonstrates how a supertanker carrying tar sands oil from Alberta will inevitably lead to a major oil spill in waters near some of (Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: Carbon Energy Is Dead, Wake Up?

The math is so easy. So why is BC ramping up coal and LNG production? STOP THEM!

 

It really doesn’t get any simpler than this.

Climate realities mean not ignoring science. Here’s some math. Let’s get off the coal, oil and gas.

Click on the image for more enlightenment!

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