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The Common Sense Canadian: Canada should put the brakes on misleading, ineffective fuel economy standards

Photo: Flickr/Scott Molineaux CC licence

For the last several decades, the fuel consumption requirements imposed on vehicle manufacturers in Canada were the same as those applied in the US. The premise of the Conservatives and Liberals alike has always been that Canada has no choice but to emulate the US, because Canada is part of an integrated North American market.

That line of thinking is half right. Canada is part of an integrated North American market but to date, vehicle manufacturers have gotten off easier in Canada than in the US and Canada does have option of more stringent (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: Harper and Clark: Quit goading First Nations with premature LNG, Site C work

Unist’ot’en Camp leader Freda Huson speaks to RCMP on July 15 (Youtube video screen capture/Stimulator)

You’d hope we’d come a long way since the crises of Gustafsen Lake and Oka . You’d hope.

This is, after all, 2015. Post-Tsilhqot’in decision. Post-Truth and Reconciliation Commission – out of which the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada used the words “cultural genocide” to describe the treatment by the crown of generations of aboriginal peoples.

To top it all off, we’re in the midst of a federal election – hardly the time for strong-armed tactics driving forth federal energy policy.

And yet, (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: Why privacy matters in this Canadian election

While you are out this weekend enjoying the last days of summer on the beach and the RCMP come by to check whether your cooler is full of (gasp) beer or wine, you have every right to tell them (I would suggest politely) that no, they cannot look in your cooler.

Now I am not a lawyer (although I did consult one to write this article), so don’t come looking for me if the whole exchange doesn’t go smoothly, but the law is very clear in Canada that the police only have a right to search your cooler if they (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: The Harper Conservative economic disaster

Photo: Stephen Harper/Flickr cc licence

Guest post by Doug Carrick

According to Stephen Harper, the coming election offers a choice between the certainty of Conservative economic expertise on the one hand…or the risk of Liberal or New Democrat inexperience. However, a closer examination reveals a different picture. It is the Conservatives who have the shaky economic record.

All his eggs in one basket

Mark Robinson/Flickr cc licence

For example, instead of diversifying the economy, Harper has put all his eggs in one basket (the tar sands). Farmers on the prairies know all about diversification. To cover the possibilities (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: First Nations occupying Lelu Island, blocking early Petronas LNG work

The battle over Malaysian energy giant Petronas’ controversial LNG terminal in the Skeena River Estuary is intensifying, as local Lax Kw’alaams First Nation members are setting up camp on Lelu Island, near Prince Rupert – the site of the proposed project.

“Basically we’re going to be occupying our traditional land, exercising our rights, harvesting whatever natural resources we have” says Joey Wesley, a member of the Lax Kw’alaams band.

A barge carrying equipment related to geotechnical work for Petronas’ proposed Lelu Island LNG plant (facebook)

A recently-launched facebook page spearheading the campaign has garnered over a thousand likes in just a few (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: BC’s biggest fracking quake yet? 4.6 felt by residents north of Fort St. John

Republished from the ECOreport.

A recent earthquake near Wonowon, 100 km north of Fort St. John, is the largest of over 500 seismic events in northeastern BC, believed to be related to hydraulic fracturing. It may be remembered as BC’s 4.6m fracking quake.

“Likely induced by hydraulic fracturing”

Though the connection has not yet been proven, the quake’s epicentre was just 3 kilometres from Progress Energy’s fracking site. The company immediately shut down operations and notified the province’s oil and gas commission.

“It’s still under investigation, but it was likely induced by hydraulic fracturing,” said Alan Clay, the commission’s communications (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Green Party platform criticized for being “anti-feminist”

The Green Party of Canada’s 2015 federal election platform is being criticized for being inaccurate, hypocritical, “anti-feminist” and harmful to women.

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The Canadian Progressive: Ashley Madison’s misguided attempts to put the genie back in the bottle

Ashley Madison’s use of DMCA takedown notices to social media platforms in an attempt to stop the dissemination of the site users’ hacked personal information “may violate the DMCA itself,” argues Mitch Stoltz, an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe Mair’s ‘State of the Union’ on Canadian environmental politics

 

Before I get onto the federal election, let me say I have never been more depressed about governance in this country.

A recent note from a reader pointed out the atrocious record of the Christy Clark government in erasing emails, losing emails, redacting emails (that’s bureaucratese for blacking out anything that might possibly embarrass the government), throwing sand in the gears for anyone who wants public information and on it goes. What struck me is that this egregiously evil behaviour is buried in scandals in the Health Ministry and the Ministry of Children and Families, the skyrocketing provincial (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Mulcair asks voters to fire Harper over Duffy scandal

During the 2015 federal election on October 19, Canadians should use the power of the vote to fire Stephen Harper over the Mike Duffy scandal, says NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Another 35 intervenors abandon ship on NEB’s Kinder Morgan review

Artist’s rendering of proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker expansion

Republished from The ECOreport.

There have been complaints about the flawed National Energy Board (NEB) Hearings, on the proposed Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP), from the beginning. Former BC Hydro CEO Marc Eliesen withdrew last fall, calling the proceedings “a farce and this Board truly a industry captured regulator.” When former ICBC President and CEO Robyn Allan left, last May, she said the panel is “not an impartial referee…the game is rigged.” This morning, another 35 participants left the NEB hearings.

Abandoning ship

Two are representatives of environmental (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: BC Hydro rushes to cut down eagles’ nests for Site C Dam, First Nations seek injunction

Treaty 8 First Nations are seeking an injunction as BC Hydro rushes to cut down a number of Bald Eagles’ nests along the Peace River, starting next month, for Site C Dam.

The news came by way of a 30-day notice issued to Treaty 8 representatives on June 30 (read here). Hydro received a package of permits from the BC Liberal government on July 7, authorizing a wide range of work on the controversial $9 Billion project – including one green-lighting the removal and destruction of eagles’ nests. Yet, with the dam facing multiple ongoing legal challenges, opponents are questioning (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Voter justice denied as Fair Elections Act legal challenge is delayed

Canadians’ legal challenge to the Harper government’s “anti-democratic” Fair Elections Act won’t be heard until after the 2015 federal elections. Voter justice denied.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Media let Liberals get away with murder on IPPs, now LNG

Construction of a private power project on the Ashlu River (Photo: Range Life)

A flash of anger came over me when Ian Jessup of CFAX 1070, Victoria, asked me to come on his show and talk about so-called independent power producers (IPPs), euphemistically referred known as “run of river”.

No, I sure as hell wasn’t mad at Ian – he’s is one of the few bright lights left in radio who is not afraid to do the tough subjects and to call it like it is. I congratulate CFAX for having the balls to do the show.

What angered me (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: The lies Harper told during 2015 election call, first leaders’ debate

Stephen Harper told a lot of lies during his launch of the 2015 federal election campaign, and during the first national leaders debate, hosted by Maclean’s Magazine.

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The Canadian Progressive: #HarperBlamesAlbertans: Canadians thrash Harper for dissing Alberta Premier Notley, Albertans

Stephen Harper insulted Albertans for electing Rachel Notley and the Alberta NDP, ending 44 straight years of one party Progressive Conservative rule in the oil-rich province. Canadians hit back using the Twitter hastag #HarperBlamesAlbertans.

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The Canadian Progressive: Harper is Canada’s worst economic manager since World War II

A report released on the eve of the 2015 federal election call by Unifor, Canada’s largest private sector union, reveals that Harper qualifies for the unenviable title: Canada’s worst economic manager since World War II.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Liberal govt issues 4 new salmon farm tenures on eve of BC Day

An existing BC salmon farm (Damien Gillis)

It was an unwelcome surprise on the eve of BC Day for critics of open net pen salmon farms: the Liberal government’s quiet doling out of four new tenures to the big three Norwegian aquaculture giants – Marine Harvest, Cermaq and Grieg Seafoods.

While some local First Nations are partners in the deal, others further upstream have openly criticized the move to open new farms in the wake of the largely-ignored Cohen Commission and concerns about the impact of open net pens on wild salmon. A June 1 letter signed by a coalition of 13 (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: BCIT demands LNG lobby drop falsely used name from “partner” list

BCIT campus (Dago Agacino / Flickr CC licence)

I find myself spending more time than I would like on Resource Works, the invention of The BC Business Council, that blindly supports approval of Woodfibre LNG in Squamish.

To follow on last week’s column, where we learned that Resource Works’ website contained the names of two “partners” which stoutly deny they’d ever been such.

Well, I have another for you, this week.

BCIT’s name used without knowledge

BCIT’s logo on Resource Works’ “Partnerships” page as of last week. BCIT has since been removed and the name of the page changed (Read more…)

. . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: BCIT demands LNG lobby drop falsely used name from “partner” list

The Common Sense Canadian: BC is key in federal election: UBC prof

Leaders like the NDP’s Tom Mulcair are looking West (Laurel L. Russwurm / Flickr)

Republished from the ECOreport

The race is on. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has asked the Governor General to dissolve Parliament early, to launch what is expected to be the most expensive election in Canadian history. “Upwards of $700 million” could be spent on this campaign and a large chunk of the contributions to all parties will be claimed as tax deductions. According to Dr. Maxwell Cameron, from UBC’s Department of Political Science, BC may determine the outcome.

Battleground BC

“There are many battleground ridings in British (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: NDP vaults past Conservatives, Liberals after 2015 election call: Poll

A Forum Research poll conducted after Stephen Harper officially called the 2015 federal election on Sunday shows that 39 per cent of Canadian voters would vote NDP if the election were held today.

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The Canadian Progressive: Official transcript of Stephen Harper’s remarks launching the 2015 federal election

Launching the 2015 federal election on Aug 2, Stephen Harper said he will ask “Canadians for their support to continue to deliver sound economic management”

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The Canadian Progressive: TPP talks fail: Part of Harper’s disastrous economic project ends, says Council of Canadians

The recent failure of the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations spoils Harper’s agenda promoting the corporate takeover of the Canadian public good, says the Council of Canadians.

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The Canadian Progressive: WikiLeaks reveals CBC and Canada Post may be sold under TPP agreement

A confidential letter leaked by WikiLeaks on Wednesday reveals that the CBC and Canada Post could be sold under the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, currently being negotiated by Canada and 11 other countries in Maui, Hawaii.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Third Party Advertising 101 for the Canadian Federal Election

Third Party Advertising laws during a federal election can be a challenge to navigate

Given that we could be going into a federal election here in Canada as early as this weekend (sigh) and I have a lot of folks asking me about the rules and regulations around election advertising by third parties, I thought I would share the most important points for those interested in knowing more about the regulations.

To be clear, I am not a lawyer, just a guy who can’t help but stick his nose in elections. I actually hope this summary sparks a few more people to get (Read more…)