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The Common Sense Canadian: Search for future Governor General raises ghosts of Canada’s scandalous past

Rafe Mair reflects on how the “law and order” Conservative government and our outgoing Governor General whitewashed the Mulroney/Airbus scandal and made a mockery of Parliament.

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The Common Sense Canadian: BC Hydro being used to funnel tens of billions to Liberal friends

BC Hydro is being used to funnel tens of billions in public dollars through construction contracts to Liberal friends, says Norm Farrell after reviewing the utility’s financial data.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: NDP’s Horgan too quick to dismiss Leap Manifesto

BCNDP leader John Horgan has been too quick to dismiss the Leap Manifesto, says Rafe Mair. Instead of showing real vision and distinguishing himself from Premier Christy Clark, Horgan has chosen a losing path to the 2017 election.

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The Common Sense Canadian: 90% of world’s new electricity coming from renewables: Welcome to the end of the fossil fuel era

90% the world’s new electricity now comes from renewables. China is shuttering 1,000 coal plants and global emissions are on the decline. The end is nigh for the fossil fuel era…so why hasn’t Canada gotten the memo?

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The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Gutless Horgan caves to union, apologies for opposing LNG project

Rafe Mair calls out BC NDP Leader John Horgan for caving to a powerful union and apologizing for opposing Petronas’ Lelu Island LNG project.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: It’s the end of the newspaper as we know it…and I feel fine

After many decades, Rafe Mair has cancelled his subscriptions to boring, obsolete, oil-soaked BC newspapers – and he’s surviving just fine.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: NDP’s LNG reversal is a game-changer for BC election

BC NDP Leader John Horgan’s decision to oppose Petronas’ Lelu Island LNG project is a game-changer for the upcoming provincial election, says Rafe Mair.

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The Common Sense Canadian: From ‘Clean Coal’ to ‘Ethical Oil’: How propaganda (actually) works

From “clean coal” to “ethical oil”, a new book by Yale Professor Jason Stanley shows that propaganda is far more complex and problematic than simply lying about the facts.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Weaver, BC Greens should quit backing private river power sham

Rafe Mair has praised the Green Party on many fronts, but its BC leader, Dr. Andrew Weaver makes a fatal mistake with his continued support of the Liberals’ private power sham, which is bankrupting BC Hydro while destroying our rivers.

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The Common Sense Canadian: The NDP’s only shot at winning in BC: Embrace the NEW ECONOMY

The NDP has one slim chance of winning the next BC election: Embracing the “New Economy” – creating healthy, sustainable jobs vs. the Liberals’ old, bankrupt ideas of LNG and big dams.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Elizabeth May and the Greens should double down on BC

Rafe Mair has a little fun with a wild idea: If Elizabeth May took over the BC Green Party, she’d have an outside shot of beating the Liberals and NDP in next year’s election.

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The Common Sense Canadian: With Site C, LNG Trudeau govt already breaking promises to First Nations, environment

By approving Woodfibre LNG and refusing to cancel federal permits for Site C, the Trudeau government is showing that, when it really matters, its promises to First Nations and the environment are meaningless.

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The Common Sense Canadian: 130 scientists slam Lelu Island LNG report; last chance for public comment

Over 130 scientists are slamming the draft environmental report into a proposed LNG terminal on Lelu Island over salmon issues. Meanwhile, the public has until end of day Friday to comment on the report.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Politicians shouldn’t be cowed into keeping mum on Saanich LNG project, says eminent lawyer

Should elected regional directors be allowed to voice their opinion on an LNG project before the company formally applies? That’s the question at the centre of a bizarre, heated legal and political controversy in Saanich Inlet – which promises to be the next big LNG battleground.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: By backing LNG, the Horgan NDP lost election before it began

In backing the Liberals’ LNG vision, John Horgan and the BCNDP made a fatal mistake, argues Rafe Mair. Had they done their job in opposition, they would now be poised to take down the government over its failed policies – instead, they face another crushing loss.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Pipelines to Nowhere: Energy East, Kinder Morgan make no sense amid global green energy boom, tanking oil market

With the longterm decline of fossil fuel markets, Canada should abandon old-economy pipeline projects like Energy East and Kinder Morgan and focus on the booming green economy, argues Will Dubitsky.

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The Common Sense Canadian: “In defence of oil industry”: Sun editorial shows Postmedia’s colours

A recent Vancouver Sun editorial titled “In defence of oil industry” shows parent company and partner of the oil and gas sector Postmedia’s true colours, says Rafe Mair.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: MP’s Woodfibre LNG meetings to focus on climate…what about fish, tanker and health risks?

Liberal MP Pamela Goldsmith-Jones is holding a series of public meetings into Woodfibre LNG’s climate impacts – but what about local fish, tanker and health risks, asks Rafe Mair.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Ex-Hydro CEO: Injunction vs. Site C campers “Fundamentally flawed”

Former BC Hydro CEO Marc Eliesen has slammed the organization’s push to evict farmers and First Nations from Site C protest camp in a court affidavit. Rather than costing Hydro, a delay in construction will only save taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, he’s told the BC Supreme Court. Hydro’s injunction application will be heard Monday.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Trudeau promises climate test for LNG…now will he stick to his word?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised a climate test for LNG plants like Petronas’s controversial one on Lelu Island. Now, the question is will he follow through?

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The Common Sense Canadian: Battery breakthroughs jump start renewable energy

Major advances in batteries and other storage technologies are jump-starting renewable energy – making it competitive with fossil fuels and closer to being able to replace them.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Tuesday is BC’s Annual “Deception Day” (a.k.a. Budget Day)

Get ready for BC’s Annual “Deception Day”, says Rafe Mair – when the government’s budget, with its fictitious surpluses and billions in hidden Hydro debts, becomes a game of Three-card Monte

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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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