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Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how Regina City Council’s embarrassing heel-dragging in response to the David Suzuki Foundation’s Blue Dot Declaration on environmental rights contrasts against the spread of trade agreements with virtually no scrutiny.For further reading…- … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Cowichan Conversations: Even At the Local Level, Representative, Democratic Government Requires Hard Work To Understand.

Don Maroc Even at the local level, representative, democratic government requires hard work representative, democratic government requires hard work to understand. Every once in a while it pays to have a good conversation about Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Even At the Local Level, Representative, Democratic Government Requires Hard Work To Understand.

Susan on the Soapbox: Notley’s Royalty Review

Rachel Notley is driving Brian Jean and Ric McIver crazy. Every time they think they’ve backed her into a corner on the energy file she comes out with a creative and pragmatic solution which has the industry’s backing. What’s the … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Notley’s Royalty Review

Things Are Good: Damn Those Dams

Dams were a popular way (and still are in some places) to manipulate water reserves for people and as a way to generate energy. The problem with this naturally flowing water being dammed is that it kills fish and negatively impacts other wildlife. Dams cause a huge amount of damage on their local ecosystem and […]

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Cowichan Conversations: CERCA Bridge and Log Removal Project

Video produced by Boon Collins and Thomas Shandel for the Cowichan Estuary Restoration and Conservation Association Thomas Shandel Moderator . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: CERCA Bridge and Log Removal Project

Canadian Dimension: Environment Canada officers failed to uphold the law: report

Photo by Mazzali The federal department that enforces Canada’s environmental laws is in such disarray that some officers say they have been ignoring infractions in order to keep in line with Ottawa’s “prio… . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Environment Canada officers failed to uphold the law: report

Cowichan Conversations: CVRD Directors Must Stand Up And Represent The Residents Who They Are Elected To Serve

It looks as if the CVRD, and some of our politicians, are rolling over again. This time we face a proposed LNG facility in Saanich Inlet and unelected Planning Manager Ross Blackwell has reportedly been Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: CVRD Directors Must Stand Up And Represent The Residents Who They Are Elected To Serve

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.- Rachel Bryce, Cristina Blanco Iglesias, Ashley Pullman and Anastasia Rogova examine the effect of inequality on education in Canada. And John McMurtry comments on the increasing hoarding of wealth and the lack of any… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.- Ed Miliband offers his take on inequality and the political steps needed to combat it:(T)he terms of the case against inequality have changed. I have always believed that inequality divides people, deprives ma… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

Cowichan Conversations: Adam Olsen’s eloquent summary presentation before the National Energy Board

Adam Olsen’s eloquent summary presentation before the National Energy Board provides a moving expression of his values and understanding regarding what the Kinder Morgan expansion means to him, to his family, his people and our Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Adam Olsen’s eloquent summary presentation before the National Energy Board

Cowichan Conversations: TPP should not be ratified unless the interests of Canada are fully and fairly represented, in open, transparent deals.

During the past federal election Thomas Mulcair promised to oppose the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Unfortunately, under the influence of and Hill and Knowlton advisors he also advanced another promise and that was to assure Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: TPP should not be ratified unless the interests of Canada are fully and fairly represented, in open, transparent deals.

Cowichan Conversations: The Halalt First Nation Sue Crofton’s Catalyst Pulp Mill For 2 Billion Dollars For Polluting Their Land And Water

Don Maroc Richard Hughes By Don Maroc and Richard Hughes The Halalt First Nation has had enough of the Crofton pulp and paper mill polluting their land and water, damaging their fisheries. The Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: The Halalt First Nation Sue Crofton’s Catalyst Pulp Mill For 2 Billion Dollars For Polluting Their Land And Water

Cowichan Conversations: Alaska Threatened By Canadian Mining Operations

In far too many cases our mining industry has a disgraceful record wherever they have gone, certainly in Central and South America. The Alaskans are also threatened by our environmentally ruinous copper and gold mining Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Alaska Threatened By Canadian Mining Operations

Susan on the Soapbox: Notley’s Approach to Trans Mountain (boys, get with the program)

“Projects like pipelines shouldn’t pit one province against another—they should stimulate conversations that recognize the economic needs and positions of all provinces.”—Alberta premier, Rachel Notley It doesn’t matter what Rachel Notley does to support interprovincial pipelines it’s never enough—at … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Notley’s Approach to Trans Mountain (boys, get with the program)

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.- Lana Payne highlights how Kevin O’Leary’s obliviousness to inequality makes him a relic. But Linda McQuaig notes that however distant O’Leary may be from the public, he’s not that far removed from all too many Co… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: Environmental rights are human rights

Today, “half of all Canadians live in places with unacceptable air pollution,” most because we’re not doing enough to protect “environmental rights,” which are human rights, argues David Suzuki. The post David Suzuki: Environmental rights are human rig… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: Environmental rights are human rights

Things Are Good: Putting CO2 Emissions on a Map

In the fight to curb CO2 emissions and hold back the rate of increasing climate change, researches have mapped out where the emissions are coming from. Unsurprisingly, they have found that where there is a lot of human activity there are more emissions. This will help convince naysayers and ignoramuses that humans are at fault […]

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Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- Robert Kuttner writes about the increasing recognition that extreme inequality arises out of power imbalances rather than any natural state of affairs:(I)nfluential orthodox economists are having serio… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Things Are Good: Preparing Suburbia for Disasters

The suburbs are not resilient places when it comes to disasters or having to quickly change to accommodate new realities. At Nautilus they have dedicated their recent issue to the concept of “home” and they looked at the monotony of the suburbs. The article explores how the suburbs serve to be a place for dwelling […]

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The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: We are the world; we must act on that understanding

The world celebrated Canada’s new equality-conscious Liberal government and its embrace of key global issues such as climate change. Still, Canada’s environmentalists have work to do, argues David Suzuki. The post David Suzuki: We are the world; we mus… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: We are the world; we must act on that understanding

Cowichan Conversations: Mayor Corrigan–Stop The Trans Mountain Pipeline Review, Trudeau Urged

Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan VANCOUVER — The mayor of a Vancouver-area city is urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to suspend National Energy Board hearings into the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Mayor Corrigan–Stop The Trans Mountain Pipeline Review, Trudeau Urged

Cowichan Conversations: Premier Christy and Her Pretend Opposition To The Kinder Morgan Expansion

Our Premier Christy Clark has certainly muddied the waters regarding the Kinder Morgan expansion effort, currently before the National Energy Board (NEB). However advancing her 5 so called conditions as relevant to the process at Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Premier Christy and Her Pretend Opposition To The Kinder Morgan Expansion

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Writings of J. Todd Ring 2016-01-12 17:52:26

Revolution and Uniting the People: Bernie Sanders, Thomas Jefferson and FDR I would say that Bernie Sanders is not only a good candidate for US President, and beyond that, the only serious candidate for the people, since he is the only one who is not t… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Writings of J. Todd Ring 2016-01-12 17:52:26

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.- Scott Santens discusses how a basic income could help to foster social cohesion. And Jared Bernstein confirms the seemingly obvious point that properly-funded social programs work wonders in reducing poverty. – … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

Susan on the Soapbox: The Fly Report: Why TCPL Sued Obama and the US Government

TransCanada Pipelines (TCPL) just announced it is going to sue the US government for $15 billion under NAFTA and while they’re at it sue President Obama for exceeding his power under the US Constitution. Some lawyers say TCPL has a … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: The Fly Report: Why TCPL Sued Obama and the US Government