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The Common Sense Canadian: Canada’s Health Care ranked 30th in world by WHO – Time to admit we have a problem

Photo: Bob M~ / Flickr CC Licence

Well, we’ve let it go a very long time – perhaps for so long that a better brand of chaos is all we can hope for with reform. I’m talking about our health care system in this country.

Canadians recently learned that the World . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: Canada’s Health Care ranked 30th in world by WHO – Time to admit we have a problem

The Canadian Progressive: Canadian academics’ open letter to Wallonia on CETA deal

Read Canadian academics’ letter to the Parliament of Wallonia and the people of Belgian. The academics expressed their support for Wallonia’s continuing rejection of the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement or CETA.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Book Review: Beyond Banksters – Resisting the New Feudalism

Bankers Hall in Calgary (Bernard Spragg, NZ / Flickr CC Licence)

Something strange was happening in the world and until a social event in November, 2011, I was having trouble putting my finger on it. That was the night some friends held a roast for me to celebrate my 80th birthday. It . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: Book Review: Beyond Banksters – Resisting the New Feudalism

The Common Sense Canadian: Central Coast diesel spill response slow, ineffective, serious damage done: Heiltsuk

The Nathan E. Stewart fuel barge and part-sunken tug the morning of the incident (Jordan Wilson/Pacific Wild)

Judging by official statements in the aftermath of the ongoing Central Coast diesel fuel spill, the response to the disaster was relatively effective and damage minimized – a PR line largely soaked up by the mainstream . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: Central Coast diesel spill response slow, ineffective, serious damage done: Heiltsuk

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: How our “democracy” really works – the charade of party politics and whipped caucuses

Christy Clark being sworn in as Premier of British Columbia in 2011, surrounded by her cabinet (Province of BC/Flickr)

Well, it’s the political silly season again, when we democratically come together to decide by secret ballot who will govern us for the next four years. It’s a system we’ve used with minor alterations . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: How our “democracy” really works – the charade of party politics and whipped caucuses

The Common Sense Canadian: Heiltsuk call for tanker ban to include fuel barges amid ongoing leak in Great Bear Sea

Sunken tug towing Nathan E. Stewart (Image submitted)

A 10,000 tonne US-owned fuel barge, the Nathan E. Stewart, ran aground in Seaforth Channel on BC’s central coast early this morning and the tug that was towing it is now leaking fuel into the highly sensitive marine environment of the Great Bear Sea.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Pipelines being driven by private equity firms through ratings agency they now own

Former federal cabinet minister and Alberta Premier Jim Prentice, whose recent work with a major private equity firm has him acting as a strong advocate for multiple pipelines. (Canada2020/Flickr)

By Joyce Nelson

You may have caught the Sept. 12 headline in the Globe and Mail, the Edmonton Journal, etc: “Canada needs new . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: Pipelines being driven by private equity firms through ratings agency they now own

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: With LNG approval, Trudeau govt shows true colours…but we shouldn’t be suprised

Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna with Industry Minister Jim Carr (left) and BC Premier Christy Clark (right) announcing the federal government’s approval of PNWLNG (Province of BC/Flickr)

Developing a climate plan to meet Canada’s Paris Agreement commitments is a challenging but achievable task for the federal government. Doing so while meeting . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: With LNG approval, Trudeau govt shows true colours…but we shouldn’t be suprised

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Why Judges should be judged too

I’m a lawyer by trade and recently helped celebrate the 60th anniversary of the UBC Law Class of 1956. Like all of my classmates, I am very proud of our Class, one of those of those extraordinary comings together of individuals who somehow become an identifiable entity.

Out of . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Why Judges should be judged too

The Common Sense Canadian: Why Donald Trump will probably beat Hillary Clinton

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (Gage Skidmore / Flickr CC Licence)

Of course Donald Trump could beat Hillary in November. I think he will, but before going further, let me say that this would be any enormous worldwide tragedy and we must pray that there is a God and He will save us.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Justice for Peace Caravan tells Trudeau: Keep your promises to First Nations 

Members of the Treat 8 “Justice for the Peace” Caravan (Photo: Gary McNutt)

Submitted by Andrea Palframan

On September 12, the Federal Court of Appeal in Montreal will hear the latest legal challenge to the massive Site C hydroelectric dam already under construction on Treaty 8 territory in northeast British Columbia. First Nations . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: Justice for Peace Caravan tells Trudeau: Keep your promises to First Nations 

The Common Sense Canadian: BC Greens sullied by friendship with Liberals

BC Premier Christy Clark (Province of BC/Flickr) and Greens Leader Dr. Andrew Weaver

It’s always difficult to lose a friend even, perhaps especially when it is mostly a friend of convenience. Friendship covers a lot of ground, all the way from that which leads consenting adults into the sack through the Arab . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: BC Greens sullied by friendship with Liberals

The Common Sense Canadian: Opinion: Environment & Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna gets failing report card

Environment & Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna (Mike Gifford/Flickr cc licence)

The following is an op-ed by Dr. Eoin Finn – B.Sc., Ph.D., MBA

In October 2015, SFU Energy and Materials Research Group Professor Mark Jaccard published a report titled “Canadian Climate Policy Report Card: 2015”. In part, it is a . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: Opinion: Environment & Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna gets failing report card

The Common Sense Canadian: Electric Vehicles are set to take off…so why is Trudeau still pushing pipelines?

Tesla Model 3 at March 2016 unveiling (Steve Jurvetson/Flickr)

In my previous March 2016 article “Pipelines to Nowhere“, I made the point that the proposed Canadian pipelines are about increasing the international supply of petroleum when all the signs are that demand fossil fuels are levelling off over the longer term.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: How it became offensive for women to wear too much clothing

Photo: Flickr CC Licence / Flood G

Yes, yes, yes, I know, Mr. Editor, we’re in the last stretch before the last stretch just before a big, real last stretch going into next May’s election and I should be thinking wall-to-wall BC politics. Well, sir, I’m not going to do that today, . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: How it became offensive for women to wear too much clothing

The Common Sense Canadian: Filmmaker exploring new vision for forestry with video series

In 2012, I took a fateful trip to Cortes Island – a northern gulf island three ferry rides away from Vancouver – to document the Cortes community’s fight to fend off an impending logging operation by coastal timber giant Island Timberlands.

Community members took us deep into the woods privately owned by Island . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: Filmmaker exploring new vision for forestry with video series

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: With May staying on, what’s next for the Green Party?

Photo: Laurel L Russwurm/Flickr

Whither the Green Party of Canada after its recent convulsion?

In order to answer that question I think it must be understood, perhaps conceded is the better word, that the Green Party isn’t like other parties and probably never will be. If it struggles to be what . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: With May staying on, what’s next for the Green Party?

The Canadian Progressive: TPP undermines public health systems, delivers unjustified benefits to foreign investors: study

A new study says the expanded rights granted to foreign investors in the Trans-Pacific Partnership delivers unjustified benefits to foreign investors while posing major risks for ordinary populations of TPP countries. The post TPP undermines public he… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: TPP undermines public health systems, delivers unjustified benefits to foreign investors: study

The Common Sense Canadian: Longtime Lions Bay Mayor: LNG is plain dirty, violates Canada’s climate commitments

LNG is dirty, plain and simple, charges former longtime Lions Bay Mayor Brenda Broughton. She slams both the Trudeau and Clark governments for jeopardizing Canada’s climate commitments by ignoring or cherry-picking the science, and maintains the industry won’t benefit taxpayers at all.

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The Common Sense Canadian: ‘Responsible Government’ and how it blocks democracy – Pt.1

Rafe Mair explains how Canadians are governed by a fraudulent charade called a “parliamentary democracy” – based on the flawed principle of “responsible government”.

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The Canadian Progressive: End Homelessness, Spare Tent Cities, Academics Tell BC Government

In a letter released Friday, more than 100 academics and researchers asked the government of British Columbia to spare tent cities and invest in “real solutions to homelessness”. The post End Homelessness, Spare Tent Cities, Academics Tell BC Governme… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: End Homelessness, Spare Tent Cities, Academics Tell BC Government

The Common Sense Canadian: Trudeau abandons green election promises, lacks real climate plan

Many of the Justin Trudeau’s green election promises are quickly falling by the wayside, with pipelines moving forward, unsolved regulatory problems, cuts to clean tech funding, and a lack of vision for addressing climate change and building a green economy.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe to Justin: Kinder Morgan approval makes mockery of democracy

Rafe Mair calls out Justin Trudeau on Kinder Morgan and the mockery its approval makes of our democracy. “What right does parliament have to expose our lands, parks and waters to the certain destruction that will come from toxic tankers from the Kinder Morgan pipeline?”

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The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Liberals’ true economic record is appalling…that won’t stop them from winning with it

In the absence of any decent opposition, Christy Clark’s BC Liberals will likely win the next election, running on their economic record, says Rafe Mair. The problem is, that record is truly appalling.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Of course Christy Clark is guilty of conflict of interest…so is Commissioner Fraser

Of course Christy Clark is guilty of a conflict of interest, says Rafe Mair. Going by the letter of the law, so is the Commissioner who exonerated her, Paul Fraser.

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