Reporting on Wednesday’s Ottawa shootings, CNN and other global media outlets resorted to needless sensationalism, propagandist fear-mongering and self-serving interpretations of terrorism.
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Photo: Associated Press/ Ed Andrieski
What’s the fastest-growing sector in Canada’s economy? Given what you hear from politicians and the media, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s the resource industry, especially extraction and export of fossil fuels like oil sands bitumen and liquefied natural gas. But we’re no longer just “hewers of wood and drawers of water” — or drillers of oil, frackers of gas and miners of coal.
Although extraction, use and export of natural resources are economically important and will remain so for some time, we’re starting to diversify. According to Ottawa-based consultants Analytica Advisors, clean technology, or (Read more…)
Here’s the prepared text of Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s address to the nation following the fatal shootings at the National War Memorial and Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday.
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Here’s NDP leader Thomas Mulcair’s address to the nation following the fatal shootings at the National War Memorial and Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday.
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Here’s the full transcript of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s address to the nation following the shootings at the National War Memorial and Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
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The Ottawa Police Service confirms that the Canadian Forces member shot earlier today at the National War Memorial has died.
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Here’s the Ottawa Police Service’s statement on today’s shootings at the National War Memorial and on Parliament Hill.
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A new poll by Abacus Data suggests that, in the the last month, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals lost the support of Canadians and the NDP made game-changing gains.
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Photo by Ian McAllister – from new book Great Bear Wild
This Friday in Vancouver, groundbreaking wilderness photographer Ian McAllister will discuss his new book, Great Bear Wild – Dispatches from a Northern Rainforest, through a multi-media presentation that leads audiences into one of the world’s most spectacular landscapes, now threatened by proposed oil tanker traffic.
McAllister, director of conservation organization Pacific Wild, has spent 25 years living amongst and documenting the spirit bears, wolves and whales of the Great Bear Rainforest. Through pioneering camera technology, he has helped bring the spectacular region to the world with Great Bear Live – a real-time (Read more…)
The Simushir under tow from US tugboat Barbara Foss (via Maritime Forces Pacific Facebook)
The incapacitation of a Russian cargo vessel off Haida Gwaii caused great panic amongst all of us who watched the events unfold over the past weekend. The seas were very heavy – not an unusual state of affairs for that part of the world at this and other times of the year.
For very good reason, the Haida Nation was extremely worried and upset about the developments. It looked up for a while is if they might have to deal with this themselves and, course, although they (Read more…)
The following is a letter by salmon farming critic and Common Sense Canadian contributor DC Reid to Prime Minister Stephen Harper on his government’s proposed gutting of aquaculture regulations, which would enable virtually unrestricted dumping of fish farm waste into our oceans. The public can comment on the proposed changes until October 22 by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Stephen Harper et al,
Yardstick standing upright in waste layer below fish farm, up to 32 inch mark (Friends of Port Mouton Bay)
The people of BC do not want fish farms in our ocean anymore, so we do not want your (Read more…)
Energy Minister Bill Bennett
I know you have heard it all so I guess it is now all about the legacy you and your cabinet colleagues are willing to create. Thinking in terms of demand for electricity in BC, the reported record of sales by BC Hydro has flat-lined at about 50,000 GWhrs between 2008 and now. BC Hydro reports sales for four categories of customers.
Even with a 1.2% annual population growth, as estimated by BC Statistics, sales on a per capital basis are have been trending lower. It is a fact, long denied by the (Read more…)
Anita Sarkeesian, a prominent Canadian-American feminist cultural critic, was forced to cancel an appearance at Utah State University after receiving threats of a Montreal Massacre-style attack.
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My first brush with the fish farming industry on our coast came around 2000 when I was broadcasting for CKNW. At that point, this was considered to be a “good” industry because their product would ease the pressure on the wild salmon.
The big issue became the escape of Atlantic salmon from the farms which were entering B.C. rivers and spawning. This was denied by the government but easily proved by the work of Dr. John Volpe, a fish biologist who was a regular guest on my show.
Enter sea lice, Morton
Alexandra Morton displays pink salmon smolt with (Read more…)
Bear Flat in northeast BC’s Peace Valley – which would be flooded by Site C Dam (Damien Gillis)
Read this October 14 story from Larry Pynn in the Vancouver Sun on the Harper Cabinet’s conditional approval of the controversial, proposed Site C Dam in BC.
B.C. Hydro’s planned $7.9-billion Site C dam on the Peace River should proceed with conditions despite the likelihood of “significant adverse environmental effects,” the Canadian government announced Tuesday.
The fate of the long-touted and controversial megaproject now rests with the B.C. cabinet, with a decision expected by November.
In announcing Ottawa’s decision, (Read more…)
Location of proposed Site C Dam (photo: Damien Gillis)
Read this Oct. 14 story by William Stodalka in the Alaska Highway News on the BC Liberal government’s decision to issue its environmental certificate for the highly controversial proposed Site C Dam.
The B.C. Ministry of Environment has approved an environmental assessment certificate for the Site C project.
The Federal government has yet to issue a decision about the proposed hydroelectric dam near Fort St. John, and the provincial government may still turn down the project, even though the environmental assessment certificate has been issued.
This recent decision will likely (Read more…)
California’s Central Valley is facing record drought conditions
As British Columbians share a meal this weekend, giving thanks for the food with which we are so blessed, year-round, let us pause for a moment to consider where so much of it comes from: California.
Let us also say a prayer for the last truly productive tracts of local farmland we have left, now threatened by industrial development – first and foremost being the Peace River Valley, in northeast BC, where the proposed Site C Dam could wash away enough good agricultural terrain to feed a million people.
BC depends on (Read more…)
We never had it so good as 1978, says a new report on historical “prosperity”
“The good ol’ days”, is seems, were 40 years ago. A recent study of global wealth by the Australian National University — it analyzed the quality of life in 17 countries representing over half the world’s population — revealed that prosperity peaked in 1978 and has been declining ever since (NewScientist, July 13/13).
The study’s conclusion was that “social and environmental woes have outpaced the growth of monetary wealth” More to life than GDP
Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the sum of all the (Read more…)
Activists led by the Council of Canadians have filed a Charter challenge to the Conservatives’ Fair Elections Act or Bill C-23 in the Ontario Superior Court.
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Stephen Harper addressing UN Security Council (Sean Kilpatrick/CP)
The environmental policy of Ottawa will now depend upon what the Tories desire for the next five years.
Why do I say that?
Because their position on Iraq is the correct one and will win them the 2015 election. Canadians simply cannot abandon 100,000 Christians who will be killed if they don’t convert to Islam. They cannot ignore the creation of a new state made up of wild-eyed religious nuts prepared to decapitate those who don’t agree with them.
Proposed intervention gets the usual knee-jerk reaction from the NDP, laced with an (Read more…)
Did Liberal MP Irwin Cotler rebel against party leader Justin Trudeau when he abstained from Tuesday’s House of Commons vote on Harper’s decision to drag Canada into an unwinnable military campaign in Iraq?
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A new poll commissioned by the Council of Canadians reveals that an overwhelming majority of Canadians oppose fracking, support “a national moratorium on fracking until it is scientifically proven to be safe.”
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