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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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The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: What it would take for the NDP to start winning

Rafe Mair has a few ideas for the perennially losing NDP to start winning elections – beginning with some soul searching on the party’s devotion to big labour bosses (not their worker members).

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The Common Sense Canadian: New video shows serious dangers posed by LNG tankers

A new, short video illustrates in vivid detail the dangers posed by plans to run LNG tankers through narrow, densely populated coastal waterways in places like Howe Sound, Saanich Inlet, Prince Rupert and Kitimat.

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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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