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The Canadian Progressive: People’s Climate March: Economic resistance went mainstream

Kate Aronoff, a freelance journalist based in Philadelphia, argues that the recent People’s Climate March and Flood Wall Street protests made climate change “impossible for even the most mainstream of media to ignore.”

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The Common Sense Canadian: Suzuki: Site C Dam would swamp First Nations’ treaty rights

First Nations and farmers join forces at “Paddle for the Peace” to oppose Site C (Damien Gillis)

B.C. First Nations chiefs recently travelled to Ottawa to urge the federal government to pull the plug on the costliest infrastructure project in the country. At an estimated $7.9 billion and growing, the proposed Site C Dam on the beautiful Peace River in northeastern B.C. has been criticized for spiralling costs, questions about whether the electricity it would produce is even needed, and concerns about the environmental and social impacts of flooding thousands of hectares of prime farmland, irreplaceable (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: “World-Class” BC LNG brings Third World deals with likes of Petronas

Most of Petronas CEO Abbas and BC Premier Clark’s discussions have been behind closed doors

It’s possible that the majority of British Columbians would agree with developing our natural gas resources – even for export – if our own energy security was guaranteed, the economic benefits accrued to British Columbians and we did it all in such a way that we are able to maintain our international reputation as an environmental leader and awe-inspiring tourist destination.

However, contrary to the BC Liberal election campaign rhetoric, the government’s LNG development model offers none of this and with the Malaysian state- owned behemoth Petronas as their (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Bizarre Conservative MP Paul Calandra’s Wikipedia Page Vandalized

Someone really pissed off has edited Paul Calandra’s Wikipedia page to reflect the Conservative MP’s bizarre obsession with Israel.

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The Canadian Progressive: Climate Change: In a Struggle This Big, There’s No Room for Theatrics

Joseph Boutilier, a climate activist from Victoria, B.C., reminds us that as proponents of climate action, we are not a minority but a strong majority in Canada.

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The Canadian Progressive: 130 civil society organizations reject Canada-EU CETA trade deal

More than 130 civil society organizations on both sides of the Atlantic have reiterated their continuing rejection of the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement or CETA.

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The Canadian Progressive: Harper Lied About U.S. Requesting Canada’s Military Help In Iraq

American officials say Canada offered further military help to fight the Islamic State in Iraq – not the other way around as Harper told the Wall Street Journal earlier this week.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Greenwash King Patrick Moore sews seeds of climate change doubt

Greenpeace co-founder-turned-greenwasher extraordinaire Patrick Moore

I hesitate to give the man any more publicity.

Patrick Moore, a former environmentalist and now a constant and consistent spokesman for right-wing causes, had an article on the op-ed page of the Vancouver Province, September 24th edition. In it, he denies the worldwide scientific opinion that global warming here, driven by humans, and a deadly serious problem. The Province, in my view, has become the leading journal of the right and regularly publishes the Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation and the Fraser Institute so Moore is a natural for them.

A long way from Greenpeace

Moore has been (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Stephen Harper’s 2014 United Nations General Assembly Address

On Thursday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper addressed the United Nations General Assembly for the first time since Canada lost a UN Security Council bid in 2010.

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The Canadian Progressive: Harper Lied About U.S. Requesting Canada’s Military Help In Iraq

American officials say Canada offered further military help to fight the Islamic State in Iraq – not the other way around as Harper told the Wall Street Journal earlier this week.

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The Canadian Progressive: Romeo Dallaire’s last Senate speech criticized Harper’s foreign policy

Romeo Dallaire, the retired Canadian general who led a UN peacekeeping force in Rwanda during the African country’s 1993 genocide, used his last Senate speech to criticize Harper’s foreign policy.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Zero Waste conference talks alternatives to landfills, incinerators

An upcoming conference hosted by the Zero Waste Alliance ans Zero Waste Canada in Nanaimo, BC will explore alternatives to landfills and incinerators.

“The Zero Waste Alliance (ZWA) has a clear and simple vision: a prosperous and inclusive future without waste,” says the organization’s website.

A future without waste and toxics is not just a dream; it’s a necessity. Waste reduces the effectiveness of our businesses, increases pressures on the natural environment and harms the vitality of our communities. It does not have to be this way; waste is the result of a broken process. Fortunately, this is a (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: BC should not be bullied or suckered by Petronas over LNG taxes

Petronas CEO Shamsul Abbas addressing BC LNG conference (Damien Gillis)

News this morning that Malaysian energy giant Petronas is considering pulling out of the nascent BC LNG industry over the taxes the province wishes to collect from its gas resources called to mind a legendary story about Tommy Douglas when he was premier of Saskatchewan.

I cannot attest to whether the tale is true or apocryphal, but it’s certainly instructive to British Columbians in this particular situation. It goes like this:

After meeting with oil tycoons considering doing business in the province and trying to secure a royalty and investment climate beneficial to their interests, Premier Douglas emerged from (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Conservative MP, Commons Speaker Desecrated Parliament

A simple question by NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair during Question Period led to a bizarre exchange with a Conservative MP and exposed House of Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer’s incompetence and lack of neutrality.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Woodfibre LNG offers few jobs vs. big impacts: Retired KPMG partner

Part 2 of Damien Gillis’ 2-part interview with retired KMPG partner and Howe Sound resident Eoin Finn on the proposed Woodfibre LNG project.

LNG is a “sunset” industry that promises few jobs and lots of impacts, says Finn. Thus, choosing the Woodfibre LNG plant and associated tankers in Squamish would undermine the opportunities presented by “sunrise” industries like recreation technology, tourism and academia.

Watch part 1 – on the safety risks posed by LNG in Howe Sound.

Recorded August 2014

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The Canadian Progressive: Ultra-secretive spy agency CSEC creeping on Canadians: VIDEO

Canada’s largest civic engagement organization, OpenMedia.ca, says the country’s ultra-secret spy agency CSEC collects a staggering amount of revealing information on law-abiding Canadians.

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The Canadian Progressive: To end homelessness in Canada, systemic change is needed

Molly McCracken, the Director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Manitoba Office, argues that the current federal response to homelessness in Canada “is disproportionate to the scope of the problem.”

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The Canadian Progressive: Harper claims to champion the health of women and children in developing countries

Prime Minister Stephen Harper now claims to champion “the health of women and children in developing countries,” heads to New York to address the UN General Assembly for the first time since 2010.

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The Canadian Progressive: 50 Canadian Climate Experts Support People’s Climate March

In a letter supporting the People’s Climate March, 50 Canadian climate change and sustainability researchers warn that Canada is running a sustainability deficit.

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The Canadian Progressive: Climate Criminals: Harper Misses Canadian People’s Climate March Caravan

By skipping the UN Climate Summit, Prime Minister Stephen Harper is solidifying his place among the ranks of global climate criminals.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Behn, Gillis talk Yukon, fracking on CBC radio

The Liard River Basin is threatened by proposed fracking (Two Island Films)

Listen to this 11-minute interview on CBC Yukon with First Nations resource management expert lawyer Caleb Behn and Common Sense Canadian publisher and filmmaker Damien Gillis – who has been co-directing a film about Behn for the past 3 and a half years.

Caleb Behn in Whitehorse

Behn and Gillis were in the Yukon this past week to discuss the pros and cons of shale gas development, in advance of the final public hearing by the Select Committee conducting a review into the industry. The Yukon has had a moratorium (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Alberta tar sands claim the soul of Conservative MP Rob Merrifield

Conservative MP Rob Merrifield resigned his elected seat this week to work as Alberta Premier Jim Prentice’s leading tar sands lobbyist in Washington.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Christy Clark should try being more leader, less cheerleader

BC Premier Christy Clark dons Canucks jersey during 2013 election campaign (Andy Clark / Reuters)

Nowhere in the appalling record of the Liberal government in Victoria has its shortcomings been more obvious than at the very top. Premier Christy Clark has been a terrible leader whose pronouncements get more and more embarrassing as time passes.

However, she so dominates the government that one is hard-pressed to think of even the names of her cabinet ministers, which doesn’t say much for their abilities or courage to speak out on issues.

Tsilhqot’in move merited praise…BUT the proof is in the pudding

I recently applauded (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Gretzky wrong to call Harper “one of the greatest prime ministers ever”

Wayne Gretzky, “The Great One,” endorsed Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s leadership, called him “one of the greatest prime ministers ever.”

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The Common Sense Canadian: BC Hydro vastly underestimates loss of farmland to Site C Dam

At a recent press conference in Vancouver, renowned agrologist Wendy Holm and lifelong Peace Valley farmer Renee Ardill spoke to the vast, quality farmland that the proposed Site C Dam would flood or disrupt.

“These soils are completely unique,” explained Holm, a past president of the BC Institute of Agrologists.

They are in an east-west running valley with a Class 1 climate. They are alluvial soils. These were undervalued by the BC Hydro process.

In fact, Hydro counted just 13% of the land that would be lost to future agriculture in its environmental report on the dam, Holm charged. She testified (Read more…)