350 or bust: Harper’s House of Cards Disintegrating Under Weight of Conservative Senators

* We are living in interesting times, as the saying goes. Here in Canada, the house of cards that is the federal Conservative government of Stephen Harper is starting to self-destruct; the only surprising thing to me is that it took this long to happen. The Harper government is throwing bodies overboard as fast as ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Bit More About Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver

Late yesterday afternoon, I wrote a post on one of our more shameful politicians, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver and the embarrassment we all should feel over his performance in Washington in a speech to a carefully-screened audience pushing the XL Keystone pipeline. In it, he rebuked and ridiculed leading climate-change scientist James Hansen for ...

NEW MEDIA AND POLITICS CANADA: Interview With Environmental Artist Franke James (part the 2nd)

Here’s the second part of my freewheeling interview with environmental artist and activist Franke James. We discuss the pro-active philosophy that guides her visual essays, including her most recent essay ‘What’s Harper Afraid Of?’ Which has generated more that 5,300 letters to the PM, her workshops and the lack of ethics and common sense that ...

NEW MEDIA AND POLITICS CANADA: Interview With Environmental Artist Franke James (part the 2nd)

Here’s the second part of my freewheeling interview with environmental artist and activist Franke James. We discuss the pro-active philosophy that guides her visual essays, including her most recent essay ‘What’s Harper Afraid Of?’ Which has generated more that 5,300 letters to the PM, her workshops and the lack of ethics and common sense that ...

350 or bust: Hey Mister Prime Minister, Why Are You So Afraid Of Canadians?

Courageous and talented Canadian artist Franke James, whose 2011 European art tour was cancelled after interference from the Harper government, has recently published an illustrated essay on the current overlap of oil and state (with a large dose of anti-science, anti-democratic polemic) in Canadian politics. You can find Franke’s essay, What is Harper Afraid Of?, ...

DeSmogBlog: What is Harper Afraid Of? [Animated Video]

By Franke James Here is the animated video version of What Is Harper Afraid Of? See the cartoon from last week.   

NEW MEDIA AND POLITICS CANADA: Animated Version Of Franke James’ Visual Essay "What’s Harper Afraid Of?"

Enjoy the video and watch Franke James artfully connect the dots. What is Harper Afraid Of? from Franke James on Vimeo. After you’ve watched this remember that there are real “radicals” involving themselves in Canada’s politics and they are not any of the environmental charities that the Harper government is spending $8 million dollars of ...

NEW MEDIA AND POLITICS CANADA: Animated Version Of Franke James’ Visual Essay “What’s Harper Afraid Of?”

Enjoy the video and watch Franke James artfully connect the dots. What is Harper Afraid Of? from Franke James on Vimeo. After you’ve watched this remember that there are real “radicals” involving themselves in Canada’s politics and they are not any of the environmental charities that the Harper government is spending $8 million dollars of ...

NEW MEDIA AND POLITICS CANADA: Interview with Franke James: Environmental Artist (part the first)

My conversation with artist Franke James, a unique and exciting voice in Canadian environmentalism who creates Visual Essays that are informative, spirited and fun! She combines playful and somewhat cheeky artwork with her photographs, well researched science to present her point of view in a series of Visual Essays that are notable for their surprising ...

NEW MEDIA AND POLITICS CANADA: Interview with Franke James: Environmental Artist (part the first)

My conversation with artist Franke James, a unique and exciting voice in Canadian environmentalism who creates Visual Essays that are informative, spirited and fun! She combines playful and somewhat cheeky artwork with her photographs, well researched science to present her point of view in a series of Visual Essays that are notable for their surprising ...

NEW MEDIA AND POLITICS CANADA: Interview with Franke James: Environmental Artist (part the first)

My conversation with artist Franke James, a unique and exciting voice in Canadian environmentalism who creates Visual Essays that are informative, spirited and fun! She combines playful and somewhat cheeky artwork with her photographs, well researched science to present her point of view in a series of Visual Essays that are notable for their surprising ...

DeSmogBlog: What is Harper Afraid Of?

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Art Threat: The dirty truth as visual essay – Canada’s govt continues aggressive pro-Tar Sands campaign

In the face of all evidence to the contrary, Stephen Harper’s Conservative government continues to shake the shoulders of critics, eliciting the lonely, pitiful cry: “The Alberta Tar Sands are clean and friendly!” Now the Canadian government is even going up against the EU, the newest Tar Sands nay-sayer, and threatening a trade war if ...

350 or bust: Franke James Does New York

Franke James made it into the New York Times last week. Andrew Revkin covered the Canadian environmental artist who is fighting back against interference and bullying from the Harper government in Canada’s Approach to Inconvenient Art.  Tim Harper at the Toronto Star also covered her story in his recent article Three Women Who Fought Back ...

DeSmogBlog: Andy Revkin Interviews Franke James On Dot Earth: Canada’s Approach To Inconvenient Art

Franke James Banned On The Hill.png Andy Revkin has a great interview with Canadian artist Franke James on his Dot Earth blog at The New York Times. DeSmogBlog previously covered the harrasment and censorship that Franke James says she experienced at the hands of the Harper government, which worked in strangely aggressive ways to block the ...

350 or bust: Canadian Government Reminded To Stop Their “Fuelish” Ways

Talented Canadian artist and environmentalist (and friend of 350orbust) Franke James has recently come out with a video about her experience of being blacklisted by the Harper government. In it, Franke examines how she got in a “pickle” for asking Stephen Harper to make polluters pay and pointing out the error of his government’s “fuelish” ...

DeSmogBlog: New Franke James Video: Give Harper the Call

0_FrankeOnTheHill_2_web.jpg Even as the Harper government works overtime to represent the oil industry (and humiliate Canadians) at climate talks in Durban, South Africa, the tireless and ridiculously optimistic Franke James tries again to make her point: that tying the Canadian economy – and the world's future – to dirty oil is "fuelish." Click and enjoy:

350 or bust: Banned On The Hill: Franke James Takes Her Art To Ottawa

We’ve met Franke James, a Canadian visual artist, on 350orbust before. I discuss the Harper government’s interference with a big career opportunity for her, a European art tour, in these posts:  Dear Prime Minister Harper: Please Stop Blacklisting Environmental Artists and Scientists and Is The Kremlin Now In Charge? Harper Government Now Silencing Canadian Artists ...

350 or bust: Dear Prime Minister Harper: Please Stop Blacklisting Environmental Artists and Scientists

Blacklisted Canadian artist Franke James is becoming a mosquito in the ears of the Harper government. Several weeks ago, I wrote about the Harper government’s interference in the European tour of Canadian environmental artist, writer, and educator Franke James. This interference lead to the withdrawal of private funding for the tour, and ultimately its cancellation ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Artist Franke James has Harper quaking in fear

Franke James.jpg If Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is this frightened, then we can only assume that the visual artist from Toronto, Franke James, is THAT scary! As reported most recently in the Toronto Star, the Canadian government – so often now referred to as the “Harper government” – stands accused of trying to block ...

350 or bust: Is The Kremlin Now In Charge? Harper Government Silencing Canadian Artists And Scientists

The Harper Government is sending out a clear message at home and abroad that if your politics are not correct your art shouldn’t be shown, and if your findings are inconvenient your science doesn’t matter. A recent Vancouver Sun discussed the silencing of Fisheries Department scientist Kristi Miller. Miller heads a $6-million salmon-genetics project at ...

Conservatives: controlling the message is paramount even when it’s art

With echoes of Krista Erickson snaking her arms in imitation of dance, Harper is doing his own particular jig to stop artist Franke James from expressing her view of the Conservatives’ dismantling of environmental controls. James is the victim of the Con machine trying to silence her work by doing everything in its power behind the backs of Canadians ...

They Call Me "Mr. Sinister": Government Of Sneaks

The PMO’s art commissars are trying to purge an artist, for political thought crimes — on the quiet. Let’s make some noise.