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Left Over: Harper, You’ve Been Served…

“Woke up this mornin’ feelin’ fine…”

Despite every contrary act of the Harperoids, have to say that today is a good day..yes, C-51 passed, and, notably, with the self-destructive Junior Trudeau’s tacit approval…Omar Khadr may get bail, and, realizing how mean-tempered and petty Harper can be, I’m sure he’s doing everything he can, legitimate and . . . → Read More: Left Over: Harper, You’ve Been Served…

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Stephen Harper’s National Energy Program May Do More Damage Than OPEC

” I witnessed first-hand the movement of an economy from historic boom to deep recession in a matter of months. A radical, interventionist blueprint of economic nationalism, the NEP caused the oil industry to flee, businesses to close and the real estate market to crash. The lives of honest, hard-working Albertans were upended and . . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Stephen Harper’s National Energy Program May Do More Damage Than OPEC

Politics and Entertainment: Gateway is Certainly in Sinopec’s Interests. It is in No way in Canada’s National Interests

Defenceless: Selling Our Sovereignty 

Glavin’s been writing a series of articles on our retreat from even gesturing in the direction of national security interests in our trade and foreign investment dealings. We are sacrificing both our natural resources and sovereign power in the interests of what is clearly a neoliberal agenda: trade and short term profits . . . → Read More: Politics and Entertainment: Gateway is Certainly in Sinopec’s Interests. It is in No way in Canada’s National Interests

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: When is "Foreign" Money and Influence, Not "Foreign" Money and Influence?

The Harper government has tried a new strategy in pushing through the Gateway Pipeline.  Apparently, we are now under attack by “foreigners”.  “Foreign” money is driving the debate.  “Foreign” radicals are trying to stop progress.

And yet “foreign” ownership of the Tar Sands has accelerated since they took power.  Our new Natural Resources minister . . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: When is "Foreign" Money and Influence, Not "Foreign" Money and Influence?

Politics and Entertainment: Keystone, Northern Gateway pipelines raise questions that need answers before approval

The Star:  This is the most realistic and sensible perspective I’ve seen on the environment-oil-pipeline dilemma. Olive is right:  oil as our primary source of energy is not going to go away any time soon. It took well over 50 years to shift from coal as a primary source of energy to oil and natural . . . → Read More: Politics and Entertainment: Keystone, Northern Gateway pipelines raise questions that need answers before approval

350 or bust: Canadians Ignore the Warning Lesson of Haiti’s Environmental Destruction At Our Peril

Today marks two years since the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti where more than 200,000 died and an estimated 1 million were left homeless. We are used to hearing that Haiti is a very poor country, yet rarely do we hear that at one point in its history, Haiti was the wealthiest colony in the New . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Canadians Ignore the Warning Lesson of Haiti’s Environmental Destruction At Our Peril

Politics and Entertainment: The Harper Regime is Playing Dangerous Game

By unleashing strident propagandistic messages aimed nominally at environmentalists but really anyone opposed to or even questioning of the Gateway pipeline, the Harper Regime is playing a dangerous game in attempting to limit legitimate discussion on the Gateway pipeline. This is, as David Eaves argues, given all the complex issues involved, exactly the moment to begin a full and . . . → Read More: Politics and Entertainment: The Harper Regime is Playing Dangerous Game