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Cowichan Conversations: It is likely the Liberal government under Justin Trudeau will like the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Don Maroc

It is likely the Liberal government under Justin Trudeau will like the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) almost as much as the Conservatives under What’s His Name.

So it’s probably a waste

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Politics and its Discontents: Things We Are Not Supposed To Know Or Think About

While The Star’s David Olive recently wrote an article extolling the economic benefits of the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership, others strongly suggest the need for extreme caution, not just because of potential job losses, but also due to the very real losses in national sovereignty that will ensue if the agreement is ever finalized.

Consider . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Things We Are Not Supposed To Know Or Think About

Politics and its Discontents: The Wealthy Really Are Different From The Rest Of Us

Despite the over-generalization of my title, it is clear to me that many of rich really are different from the rest of us, not just in terms of their material status, but in the away they relate to the world around them. Yet they fail to recognize their spiritual aridity.

In Matthew, 19:24, Jesus . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Wealthy Really Are Different From The Rest Of Us

reeves report: Ontario’s endangered species get their day in court

Endangered American Eel.

LAWYERS ACTING ON BEHALF of the Ontario government told the courts last month that Ontario’s endangered species legislation is now only concerned with the most dire of species listed under the law.

The Woodland Caribou; the American Eel; the Blanding’s Turtle — these and more than 150 other species currently . . . → Read More: reeves report: Ontario’s endangered species get their day in court

reeves report: Contentious Rouge Park Bill Passes Third Reading

Despite united opposition against the proposed National Urban Park, Conservative Bill C-40 passed third reading Monday. The legislation is now on its way to the Tory-dominated Senate for further review.

Orchard Trail in Rouge Park.

The passage of Bill C-40 in Ottawa earlier this week, creating the country’s first National Urban Park in Toronto’s . . . → Read More: reeves report: Contentious Rouge Park Bill Passes Third Reading

reeves report: Loopholes threaten Ontario Greenbelt

The Greenbelt Alliance wants better protection for the ecologically sensitive area, which remains at risk from sprawl, mega-highways and contaminated soil.

Map of Greenbelt and other protected lands in Southern Ontario.

SOUTHERN ONTARIO’S 7,200 square kilometre Greenbelt and the prime farmland and headwaters it contains remain at significant risk from expanding urban . . . → Read More: reeves report: Loopholes threaten Ontario Greenbelt

the reeves report: Ontario Government “Failed Miserably” to Protect Endangered Species

Woodland Caribou (Flickr image from Jim Winstead)

The Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) has shown a “shocking disregard” for its legal obligation to consult with the public on numerous changes to how species at risk and their habitat are managed in the province, Ontario’s environmental commissioner Gord Miller warned recently.

In Laying Siege . . . → Read More: the reeves report: Ontario Government “Failed Miserably” to Protect Endangered Species

the reeves report: Land needs trump Pickering airport

Pickering area protest sign (Flickr image courtesy of jbcurio)

Residents opposing the Pickering airport have come to expect the unexpected.

In their 40-plus years of struggle against a development many feel prioritizes business interests over prime agricultural farmland, the story has unfolded in fits and starts. Long periods of inactivity on the part . . . → Read More: the reeves report: Land needs trump Pickering airport

the reeves report: Great Lakes nuclear map shows troubling hot spots

Original Production by Irene Kock. Updated by Anna Tilman, April 2013, International Institute of Concern for Public Health

Ontarians may have no idea of the volume of nuclear-related facilities in the Great Lakes basin, but a new map offers a clear picture. The Great Lakes Nuclear Hot Spots Map recently created by Great . . . → Read More: the reeves report: Great Lakes nuclear map shows troubling hot spots

The Canadian Progressive: First Nation demands resignation of Alberta Energy Regulator chair, ex-Big Oil exec Gerry Protti

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) is demanding the resignation of Gerry Protti, the newly-appointed chair of Alberta Energy Regulator, a new agency charged with monitoring environmental issues. The ACFN is concerned that, under Protti’s leadership, the agency will prioritize advancing the interests of the oil, gas and . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: First Nation demands resignation of Alberta Energy Regulator chair, ex-Big Oil exec Gerry Protti

The Canadian Progressive: NDP resolutions on “Building a clean and sustainable Canada”

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Canada’s Official Opposition, the New Democrats, passed all of the following resolutions during the second day of the party’s recent biennial Convention in Montreal: 2-01-13 Resolution…

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The Canadian Progressive: Canada’s Lake Winnipeg is “Threatened Lake of the Year 2013″

Canada’s third largest freshwater lake in serious trouble by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 4, 2013: A report by a Germany-based international environmental foundation is reminding Canadians of the consequences of neglecting the responsibility to protect the environment. On World Wetland Day, Feb. 2, the Global Nature Fund (GNF) declared Lake Winnipeg the . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Canada’s Lake Winnipeg is “Threatened Lake of the Year 2013″

The Canadian Progressive: Quebec students support Idle No More, the ‘Native Spring’ of 2013

by L’Association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante (ASSÉ) | Jan 11, 2013 L’Association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante (ASSÉ), the Quebec student movement which prosecuted the hugely successful 2012 Quebec student protests against tuition hikes, has issued the following statement of solidarity with #IdleNoMore: Last year the streets of Quebec vibrated to the rhythm of . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Quebec students support Idle No More, the ‘Native Spring’ of 2013

The Canadian Progressive: Enbridge cross-examination focuses on campaigning, lobbying; ignores evidence

by Forest Ethics | Tuesday Nov 27, 2012: Given the opportunity to shed light on its proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline project at the NEB’s Joint Review Panel (JRP) hearings currently taking place in Prince George, Enbridge lawyer Laura Estep chose instead to focus on ForestEthics Advocacy’s use of the media, campaigning and previous questions directed . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Enbridge cross-examination focuses on campaigning, lobbying; ignores evidence

the reeves report: Mulcair reaches out to NDP’s environmental wing

NDP leadership candidate Thomas Mulcair

NDP MP and leadership candidate Thomas Mulcair has staked his leadership bid on the support of the NDP’s remaining environmentalists by pegging ‘sustainable development’ as the cornerstone of his campaign. It’s a policy decision he hopes will clinch him the leadership of the federal New Democrats.

Mulcair is . . . → Read More: the reeves report: Mulcair reaches out to NDP’s environmental wing

the reeves report: DNA evidence enough to cause concern over invasive Asian Carp

This past week, a multi-agency fishing expedition got underway looking for Asian Carp west of Lake Michigan in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal. After catching a 19-pound Asian Carp (which is actually an umbrella term for up to nine difference species of carp introduced to North America from Asia) in Lake Calumet in Chicago … Continue reading » . . . → Read More: the reeves report: DNA evidence enough to cause concern over invasive Asian Carp

As far as @pogge411 is concerned, caribou are more important than people

Typical bleeding-heart tree-hugger, getting all squishy about caribou and weeping into his tofu. Never mind the jobs involved in forestry and the Ethical OilTM Sands. And where’s he getting his information? From the socialists at the CBC, of cours… . . . → Read More: As far as @pogge411 is concerned, caribou are more important than people

the reeves report: ‘With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility’: Bloomberg gives fight to Big Coal

Not content to have merely taken on the gun lobby, the tobacco industry, and the anti-gay marriage crowd, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has set his sights on picking a fight with Big Coal. Bloomberg, who also happens to be the 10th wealthiest person in America right now with an estimated personal fortune of … Continue reading » . . . → Read More: the reeves report: ‘With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility’: Bloomberg gives fight to Big Coal

the reeves report: Long-term thinking needed in the fight for Ontario’s Green Energy future

While in Vancouver last week as part of a First Ministers meeting, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty made a direct link between subsidies paid out to the oil and gas industry in Alberta, BC, and Saskatchewan, and the need for greater subsidies from Ottawa for Ontario’s green energy sector. According to the Vancouver Sun, McGuinty claimed … Continue reading » . . . → Read More: the reeves report: Long-term thinking needed in the fight for Ontario’s Green Energy future

the reeves report: Parks Canada the Institution: Celebrating 100 years of Canada’s National Parks

No one can accuse Parks Canada of not pulling out all the stops to celebrate its 100th birthday in style. The Parks Canada website has been overhauled to reflect this important milestone; the establishment of the first urban new national park has been announced for Rouge Valley in Toronto; free parks passes have been granted … Continue reading » . . . → Read More: the reeves report: Parks Canada the Institution: Celebrating 100 years of Canada’s National Parks

the reeves report: Army 2040: First Look moves away from humanity vs. The Environment outlook

I feel as though every decade in North America another article, report, or paper emerges in which The Environment (note the capital letters) is pitted as public enemy number one. The latest of such reports was issued just recently by the Canadian Armed Forces entitled Army 2040: First Look, which sounds like an awful Michael … Continue reading » . . . → Read More: the reeves report: Army 2040: First Look moves away from humanity vs. The Environment outlook

the reeves report: Feature: Questions remain on the future of eco fees in Ontario

It’s not often I sympathize with Tim Hudak and the Conservative Party of Ontario, but on the future of eco fees, they have their work cut out for them. To recap, last summer, the Liberal government in Ontario introduced an eco fee on select electronics and household hazardous materials, which was Phase 1 of a … Continue reading » . . . → Read More: the reeves report: Feature: Questions remain on the future of eco fees in Ontario

the reeves report: NDP wakes up to hypocrisy of asbestos mining and export from Quebec

CBC is reporting through the Access to Information Act, that the Harper government rejected a 2006 recommendation from Health Canada to support a global ban on asbestos. Health Canada suggested that the government reverse their previous commitment to keep asbestos off the UN list of banned hazardous materials, and Harper refused. The 2006 Rotterdam Convention … Continue reading » . . . → Read More: the reeves report: NDP wakes up to hypocrisy of asbestos mining and export from Quebec

the reeves report: New study indicates dramatic reduction in Rocky Mountain snowpack

A report released this past week from the U.S. Geological Survey found that over an 800 year period, the past 30 years indicate a dramatic break from the typical snowpack patterns in the Rocky Mountains. The report stated that “over the past millennium, late-20th-century snowpack reductions are almost unprecedented in magnitude across the northern Rocky Mountains,” … Continue reading » . . . → Read More: the reeves report: New study indicates dramatic reduction in Rocky Mountain snowpack

the reeves report: US Dept. of Transportation orders TransCanada to halt activity on Keystone I

Effective immediately, the US Department of Transportation has ordered TransCanada to suspend all activity on the Keystone I pipeline. According to the New York Times, the order was issued by the Transportation department’s Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. “Effective immediately,” the PHMSA claims, “this order prevents TransCanada from restarting operations on their Keystone crude … Continue reading » . . . → Read More: the reeves report: US Dept. of Transportation orders TransCanada to halt activity on Keystone I