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The Common Sense Canadian: LNG plants do kill salmon, Russian scientists warn BC

Russian scientists who studied the severe decline of salmon run, attributed to an LNG plant, warn BC could face a similar disaster with Petronas’ proposed Lelu Island LNG plant.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Old “Left” vs. “Right” divide no longer applies to environment

The old divide between “left” and “right” no longer applies to the environment, says Rafe Mair, as even traditionally conservative voters are now paying attention to things like climate and water. Politicians who fail to grasp this new reality, such as BC Premier Christy Clark, do so at their peril.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Shame on Premier Clark for playing Site C politics at Bill Bennett’s funeral

Rafe Mair calls out BC Premier Christy Clark for shameless politicking over Site C Dam at Bill Bennett’s funeral and for dismissing LNG opponents as “the forces of ‘No’”

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The Common Sense Canadian: So long Ed Murrow and hard-hitting mainstream journalism

Rafe Mair on the death of hard-hitting mainstream journalism: “The world will get by without Woodward and Bernstein and Edward R. Murrow – but it won’t be as good a world, as honest a world.”

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The Common Sense Canadian: Reductio ad absurdum: Why we environmentalists are missing the boat with sham hearings, technical arguments

Technical arguments and sham hearings on the merits and risks of pipelines and tankers miss the point, argues Rafe Mair.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Prince Rupert at Risk: LNG tanker danger is the elephant on the water

Plans for LNG terminals near Prince Rupert break all the big international safety rules, putting lives at risk. But you wouldn’t know it listening to the government or industry, says Graeme Pole.

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The Common Sense Canadian: How the BC Liberals killed WAC Bennett’s dream of affordable public power, ferries, rail

Longtime BC Premier WAC Bennett’s dream of affordable public power, ferries and rail is dead. Rafe Mair describes how a need generation of right wingers – the BC Liberals – killed it.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Why the BC Liberals could easily win the next election

Despite myriad scandals and a lack of popularity, the BC Liberals could easily win again in 2017, says Rafe Mair – especially since the NDP refuse to help themselves.

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The Common Sense Canadian: The next Burnaby Mountain? Site C Dam opponents dig in their heels

Could civil disobedience and arrests be the missing ingredient in the battle to halt Site C Dam? Things are getting interesting with the occupation by First Nations and supporters of Rocky Mountain Fort.

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The Canadian Progressive: Michael Geist: The Trouble with the TPP’s Copyright Term Extension

The TPP’s copyright term extension discourages creativity, restricts access, and imposes enormous costs on Canadian consumers and educational institutions, argues Internet law expert, Michael Geist. Meanwhile, the term extension is “a major windfall fo… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Michael Geist: The Trouble with the TPP’s Copyright Term Extension

The Canadian Progressive: Mary Chapman: Are Women People?

Influential feminist Alice Duer Miller’s question “Are Women People?” still rings true after 100 years, writes Mary Chapman, a professor of English at the University of British Columbia. The post Mary Chapman: Are Women People? appeared first on The… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Mary Chapman: Are Women People?

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Liberals’ broken promises should make for tough election year

The Clark Liberals’ broken LNG promises should make for a rough ride this coming election year, says Rafe Mair – but can John Horgan and the NDP capitalize?

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The Canadian Progressive: Trudeau Government Blocks Harper’s Draconian Bill C-377

The Liberal government has announced what appears to be Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s first step towards repealing Harper’s Bill C-377, a draconian law that sought to weaken Canada’s labour movement. The government has waived reporting requirements… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Trudeau Government Blocks Harper’s Draconian Bill C-377

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe Mair on the perfect job opening for Christy Clark

After demonstrating her incompetence on the LNG file and all things governing-related, Rafe Mair has a suggestion for Premier Christy Clark of a job she’s actually well-qualified for.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Tensions grow over plan to log Central Walbran Valley’s ancient forests

Tensions are growing over plans to log an ultra-rare section of ancient forest in Vancouver Island’s Central Walbran Valley. Filmmaker Daniel Pierce offers stunning video of the region and coverage of the battle.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Tsawwassen becomes latest First Nation to reject LNG

Tsawwassen has become the latest First Nation to reject the promises of LNG prosperity, voting 74-65 yesterday against plans for a 5 million tonne/year terminal on their reserve.

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The Common Sense Canadian: May calls Paris deal “a masterful balancing act” between ideal and practical

Elizabeth May calls the recent Paris climate deal “a masterful balancing act” between the ideal and practical. Ray Grigg on the imperfect, yet laudable and achievable agreement.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Asian LNG prices set to tumble further to $4-5/unit – far below break-even point for BC gas

Asian LNG prices are set to continue their slide to well below the break-even point for BC exports. Leading analysts see them dropping to the $4-5/unit range over 2016-2017, chilling BC LNG hopes.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Tsawwassen LNG plant would harm Treaty 8 First Nations, northeast

A vote by Tsawwassen First Nations for a local LNG plant would not only pollute their own community, argues Keving Washbrook, but it would mean more fracking in Northeast BC and help justify Site C Dam.

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The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: Healing humanity’s grief in the face of climate change

David Suzuki suggests that the discourse on global warming should recognized the “intense feelings” and “grief” caused by climate change. He says: “Today’s social and environmental leaders need to understand the psychological implications of a world … . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: Healing humanity’s grief in the face of climate change

The Canadian Progressive: Climate change will harm the world’s poorest children “first, hardest, and longest”

In a new report titled Unless We Act Now, UNICEF says “climate change will harm the poorest and most vulnerable children first, hardest, and longest.” The post Climate change will harm the world’s poorest children “first, hardest, and lo… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Climate change will harm the world’s poorest children “first, hardest, and longest”

The Canadian Progressive: Brian Mulroney receives South Africa’s highest award

Former prime minister Brian Mulroney just received the Supreme Companion of Oliver Reginald Tambo, South Africa’s highest award to a foreign national. Other recipients of the honour include Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., former Brazilian President Luis… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Brian Mulroney receives South Africa’s highest award

The Common Sense Canadian: Fed up with LNG, Kispiox residents band together to stop Petronas pipeline

A diverse group of Kispiox Valley residents – doctors, farmers, loggers, business owners, guide outfitters – have banded together to stop a pipeline for Petronas’ proposed LNG project, as construction ramps up.

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The Canadian Progressive: Canadians Prefer Proportional Representation Voting System: Study

A new landmark new study – the left-leaning Broadbent Institute – Canadians want the new Liberal government to fulfill its 2015 election promise to reform Canada’s anti-democratic voting system. The post Canadians Prefer Proportional Representation Vot… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Canadians Prefer Proportional Representation Voting System: Study

The Canadian Progressive: Michael Geist: What Now? Privacy and Surveillance in Canada After the Paris Attacks

The recent Paris terror attacks shouldn’t stop the new Liberal government from re-examining Canada’s privacy and surveillance policies, argues Michael Geist, the Canada research chair in Internet and e-commerce law at the University of Ottawa. The post… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Michael Geist: What Now? Privacy and Surveillance in Canada After the Paris Attacks