After selling his papers’ journalistic integrity for oil and gas money, how does Postmedia boss Paul Godfrey wind up in the Canadian News Hall of Fame, asks Rafe Mair.
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Fourteen-year-old Freyja Reed’s expulsion from a community soccer team for refusing to quite criticizing sponsor Marine Harvest is a social justice issue, says Ray Grigg.
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NDP Leader John Horgan has finally come out swinging against Site C Dam – a wise political move that will benefit his party in the provincial election, says Rafe Mair.
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University of Ottawa prof and Internet law expert Michael Geist explains why the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is one of Canada’s worst-ever policy moves. The post Michael Geist: The TPP is a Canadian Digital Policy Failure appeared first on The Ca… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Michael Geist: The TPP is a Canadian Digital Policy Failure
After five years in production, the award-winning Fractured Land is hitting theatres around BC. Common Sense Canadian publisher and the film’s co-director Damien Gillis discusses the process and screenings.
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The White House has released the following statement on behalf of the leaders of the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. The post Trans-Pacific Partnership Leaders Statement appeared first on The Canadian Progressive. . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Trans-Pacific Partnership Leaders Statement
Comedian John Oliver has the perfect response to the Islamic State-linked terrorists who carried out last Friday’s barbaric attack in Paris, France, killing 129 people.
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BCNDP Leader John Horgan at the party’s recent convention (NDP/facebook)
Political pundits are busy analyzing the recent NDP convention and I can tell you it’s easier to interpret the entrails of a rooster. Conventions organized to look like sunny expressions of the party’s solidarity and readiness for an election usually disguise more than they reveal.
What this NDP clambake tells me is that the party is sick to death of leadership fights and “the devil you know is better than the devil you don’t” – a highly dubious substitute for skill and character.
The good news first
Starting with the (Read more…)
More than 100 groups from across Canada and the U.S. have written to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urging him to halt Canada’s “broken” tar sands pipeline approval process.
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The 5,000-page TPP agreement “is literally in climate denial” while expanding the rights of corporations, argues Ben Lilliston, the director of climate strategies at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy.
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Rafe Mair – with more than a few grey hairs (photo: Youtube/CMHABC)
Like most Canadians, I’ve a spent much of the past week or so trying to figure out what the general election really meant. As I did, a horrible thought occurred to me – my perspective might just be affected by the number of grey hairs I’ve gathered over the years!
One’s age, gender, and position in life always affect one’s outlook and that affects how you vote. Why is it so bad that my outlook is different than that of my children and grandchildren? Actually one of my (Read more…)
Gitxsan leaders of Camp Madii Lii stand behind the Lax Kw’aalams Nation at Lelu Island (submitted)
A letter written by Lax Kw’alaams Hereditary Chief Yahaan (Donnie Wesley), calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to reject Petronas’ controversial LNG proposal near Prince Rupert, has gained a long list of unlikely, high-profile supporters.
The signatories include over 70 leaders of First Nations, environmental organizations, businesses, unions, university groups and faith groups, plus several scientists and academics such as David Suzuki and Wade Davis. Amongst the notable First Nations leaders are Garry Reece, Chief Councillor of the Lax Kw’alaams Band Council, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, Chief (Read more…)
Justin Trudeau visits US Capital in 2013 (Susan Walsh/Associated Press)
It’s official: After seven years of withering on the vine, the Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta to the US Gulf Coast is dead, by President Barack Obama’s hand.
Newly-minted Canadian Prime Minister and avowed Keystone supporter Justin Trudeau is reportedly disappointed at the decision but says he respects the US government’s right to make it. “The Canada-U.S. relationship is much bigger than any one project and I look forward to a fresh start with President Obama to strengthen our remarkable ties in a spirit of friendship and cooperation,” said Trudeau (Read more…)
A young Peter MacKay (left) and Stephen Harper join forces in 2003
Can the Conservative Party come back?
Of course, but first, the Conservative Party must return.
It’s not. The pre-Harper party wasn’t remotely like his bunch. It’s not enough to get rid of Stephen Harper if you don’t also get rid of his party, which goes back to the Faustian bargain between Harper and Peter MacKay in 2003 when Canada’s version of the “Grand Old Party” was subverted then overrun by the Reform Party, a.k.a. Stephen Harper.
The Thatcher comparison
It’s tempting to compare this situation (Read more…)
US President Barack Obama has announced the rejection of TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. He stated that Keystone XL would not serve the United States’ “national interest”.
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Justin Trudeau unveiled his diverse 31-member cabinet as he was sworn in as Canada’s 23rd prime minister at Rideau Hall, the Ottawa official residence of the Governor General, Queen Elizabeth’s representative in Canada, on Wednesday, Nov 4, 2015.
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Stephen Harper has penned an I’m-a-nice-guy letter to the same federal public servants he terrorized, dictatorship-style, during his nine years in power.
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If you don’t think that the approval of an LNG plant in Squamish – Woodfibre LNG – was a raw political decision, you not only believe in the tooth fairy, you must be the tooth fairy herself.
The alleged “environmental assessment” by the Province, was a farce – as has been the federal process thus far. The government solemnly avers that everything is up in the air until there’s a full blown investigation with evidence taken on all matters of concern and a judicious decision rendered strictly on all the facts.
This, and I hate to disillusion (Read more…)
Five year-old River Summer looks on at Brenot Creek landslide (Photo: Leigh Summer)
A series of landslides above the northeast BC community of Hudson’s Hope has been dumping contaminated soils into several local creeks, extending now to the Peace River. Local landowners whose water supply has been affected are demanding answers.
But Mayor Gwen Johansson, who has been monitoring the situation since trouble first appeared last summer, says all she really has is a lot of questions.
The three biggest ones are:
1. Did nearby fracking operations – or related wastewater disposal – cause the landslides?
2. Is fracking wastewater the source of the (Read more…)
Citizens line the Sea to Sky Highway to protest Woodfibre LNG (My Sea to Sky)
Op-ed by Tracey Saxby
It really comes as no surprise that the Provincial Government has rubber stamped the Environmental Assessment (EA) for Woodfibre LNG. This is one of their pet projects, and the BC Liberals’ election promise was to develop an LNG industry for BC, whatever the cost. They have continued to push this pipedream, despite plummeting gas prices and increasing pressure from LNG companies to slash taxes and weaken regulations in an attempt to make the industry viable.
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Well, fellow friends of freedom of the press, what now?
Agreements between Postmedia – the country’s largest newspaper chain – and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), plus an equally disgraceful deal between the company’s Vancouver Province and the LNG industry have permanently stained the organization’s journalistic credibility.
Postmedia is broke and then some. That, however, has never been an excuse for losing your moral compass. I can’t imagine Postmedia forgiving an embezzler because he was broke, yet they’re happy to abdicate journalistic standards and morality because they’re unable to pay dividends.
We all know about the obsequious and idiotic editorials (Read more…)
Persecuted during Harper’s divisive politics, Canada’s environmentalists look forward to a renewed relationship with the Justin Trudeau federal government, says David Suzuki.
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Stephen Harper (CP) exits the ring after a crushing defeat at the hands of Justin Trudeau (Matt Usherwood)
Even a few days ago, who woulda thunk it? Justin Trudeau and his red tide sweep the nation to a majority government, washing Steven Harper out to sea. For many progressive voters, it was too decisive – if only Mulcair hung in there a little more and we faced instead a Liberal-led minority government…But if ending the Harper era was the main objective of this “change” election, then beggars can’t be choosers, I suppose.
So here we are. And if Tony Blair is any kind of an (Read more…)
Photo: Justin Trudeau/Facebook
It was an election by younger people if the faces on TV are any indication. Mind you, at my age, almost everyone looks young!
It was also an election of change which inevitably means that “strategic voting” took the place of selecting the person that voters think will do the best job.
Nowhere was that more obvious than in my riding of West Vancouver, Sunshine Coast, Sea-To-Sky Country where the unpopularity of Prime Minister Harper and his local toady, John Weston, saw the Liberals (usually an endangered species here) swamp the Green candidate – a (Read more…)