A Different Point of View....: Why are our environmental groups supporting weak climate targets?

Canada is far behind many other countries when it comes to meeting its carbon reduction targets. We have an “inadequate” ranking on the international mechanism tracking carbon emitters, says Climate Action Tracker.  Many other countries/regions, such as Norway, the European Union, the United States and China, are well ahead of us. Meanwhile, the federal government’s ...

A Different Point of View....: Environmental Groups failing by not lobbying Ottawa over climate change

Canada is far behind many other countries when it comes to meeting its carbon reduction targets. We have an “inadequate” ranking on the international mechanism tracking carbon emitters, says Climate Action Tracker.  Many other countries/regions, such as Norway, the European Union, the United States and China, are well ahead of us. Meanwhile, the federal government’s ...

A Different Point of View....: Environmental Groups failing by not lobbying Ottawa over climate change

Canada is far behind many other countries when it comes to meeting its carbon reduction targets. We have an “inadequate” ranking on the international mechanism tracking carbon emitters, says Climate Action Tracker.  Many other countries/regions, such as Norway, the European Union, the United States and China, are well ahead of us. Meanwhile, the federal government’s ...

A Different Point of View....: Now I know why my friends don’t want to hear about climate change

About three years ago I decided to devote a lot of time to writing about the threat of climate change. I felt then – and feel now – that the planet is going to be in one hell of a worse mess in a few years unless we take action on a scale never seen ...

Bill Longstaff: Where is the outrage about the RCMP’s witch-hunt?

At one time I instinctively assumed that government agencies were apolitical, servants of the people, not the servants of any particular philosophy or party. That, it increasingly seems, was the good old days. Recently I, like many others, have the distinct impression that the Canada Revenue Agency, for example, is serving the political interests of ...

A Different Point of View....: Environmentalists, civil society must unite, adopt stronger tactics to fight climate change

The 311,000 protestors who took part in the exhilarating Climate Summit march through Manhattan and those who blocked some entrances to Wall Street have returned to their homes. The leaders of the more than 120 nation states that made pie-in-the-sky, non-binding promises for reductions in carbon emissions at the UN meeting and dozens of powerful ...

Cowichan Conversations: Flaherty cites terrorism when asked why CRA is auditing environmental charities

Harper’s enforcer Jim Flaherty The heavy hand of oppression being directed towards effective environmental organizations smacks of extremism once unthinkable in Canada. When advocating for the protection of our rivers, lakes, oceans, fisheries, air, farmland, wildlife and aquifers earns the attention of the Canadian Revenue Agencies ‘A’ team then we know just how desperate the ...

Bill Longstaff: Is the CRA reacting to political pressure?

Not being a conspiracy theorist and having great faith in the integrity of our civil servants, I find it hard to believe that the current spate of audits of environmental organizations by the Canada Revenue Agency is a result of pressure from the Harper government. Yet the pressure is substantial. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty recently ...

A Different Point of View....: Action needed to stop ‘climate deniers’ from winning the information war

Note: This appeal is written particularly for the attention of environmental groups and activists throughout Canada and the U.S., suggesting they set up a co-operative system to bring a halt to the huge amount of disinformation about global warming that appears in mainstream media. The global warming deniers are at it again, and it is ...

The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: Despite risk to marine ecosystem White House reaffirms commitment to Arctic drilling

As US renews pledge to drill in Arctic waters, Greenland places moratorium on new leases By: Lauren McCauley | Common Dreams: A White House official reaffirmed Wednesday the Obama administration’s commitment to the Arctic offshore drilling program despite the “dangerous risk” of catastrophic consequences for the pristine marine ecosystem. Speaking via video […] The post Despite risk ...

Canadian Progressive World: Three Simple Numbers Behind Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math

They are the “numbers that add up to global catastrophe – and that make clear who the real enemy is,” according to Rolling Stone magazine. They bring a frightening reality at a time when, here in Canada, the Conservative Government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper is doing everything to suppress scientific knowledge and environmental groups. ...

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: In Alberta, A Public Oil Pipeline Spill Tip Line Is Launched

“Hundreds of spills happen every year and still this government does nothing. We had three major spills last month alone. How many more have to happen before the government finally acts?” 9 July, 2012 (Edmonton ) – The Alberta Surface Rights Group, Greenpeace Canada, The Council of Canadians and the Sierra Club today launched a pipeline ...

Leftist Jab: Environmental Groups? Yeah, Vic Toews Hates Them Too

He’s got a lot of love to give, just not for environmentalists “Terrorist action occurs when an extremist ideological group plans to carry out a violent attack that reasonably can be expected to kill people or destroy property,” (italics mine) said Michael Patton, Vic Toews’ communication director in an email to the Globe and Mail. ...