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Politics and its Discontents: We Can’t Have It Both Ways

Despite Justin Trudeau’s sunny assurances that meeting greenhouse gas emission reduction goals and pipeline expansion are not mutually exclusive, most people, if they think about it at all, will see such a position as both risible and impossible. That … . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: We Can’t Have It Both Ways

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.- Sherri Torjman discusses how the the gig economy is based mostly on evading protections for workers – and how the both employment law and social programs need to catch up:Much of the labour market is morphing in… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

Carbon49 – Sustainability for Canadian businesses: Nestlé Creating Shared Value Through Environmental Sustainability

Nestlé mark their 150th anniversary with key commitments to creating shared value in Canadian society. I look into their goals and progress as well as how their strategy of creating shared value differs from other corporate social responsibility programs. . . . → Read More: Carbon49 – Sustainability for Canadian businesses: Nestlé Creating Shared Value Through Environmental Sustainability

The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: Eating less meat will reduce Earth’s heat

Canada environmentalist David Suzuki: “The environment and climate would benefit substantially if more people gave up or at least cut down on meat and animal products”. The post David Suzuki: Eating less meat will reduce Earth’s heat appeared first o… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: Eating less meat will reduce Earth’s heat

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.- Johnna Montgomerie makes the case to treat austerity as a failed experiment. But Laura Basu points out that misleading coverage of economic and fiscal news has led far too many people to see the damage done by auster… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your Monday reading.- Ben Schiller talks to Joseph Stiglitz about the link between technology and inequality – and particularly the lack of current incentives to work on improving standards of living rather than capturing win… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the Conference Board of Canada’s environmental report card – and the conclusions we should draw from both Saskatchewan’s last-place finish, and the typically appalling response from the Wall government.For further reading…- Brendan Haley dis… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.- Ed Broadbent, Michal Hay and Emilie Nicolas theorize that Canada’s left is on the rise. Matt Karp takes a look at the policy preferences of younger American voters, including a strong willingness to fund far … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.- Bill McKibben offers his take on the news that the entire northern hemisphere has reached two degrees Celsius above its normal temperature level, including the increased urgency it creates in reining in climate c… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: On gross excesses

It shouldn’t be news to anybody interested in climate change (and the Wall government’s role in exacerbating it) that Saskatchewan has a shameful track record in polluting our atmosphere. But Joseph Heath summarizes just how embarrassed we should be:Ke… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On gross excesses

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.- Joseph Stiglitz comments on how the Trans-Pacific Partnership looks to make democracy subordinate to corporate interests:The US concluded secret negotiations on what may turn out to be the worst trade agree… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Carbon49 - Sustainability for Canadian businesses: Green Energy Pioneer Bullfrog Power Talks Energy Landscape

Bullfrog Power is an inspiring Canadian green energy success story. Since 2005 Bullfrog pioneers in providing easy solutions for large businesses like Walmart, Unilever, and RBC as well as individuals to power their homes and offices with 100% renewable energy. At their tenth anniversary I talk to CEO Ron Seftel on how the green energy landscape has evolved and how businesses may position themselves for the anticipated changes from our new climate-friendly federal and provincial governments. . . . → Read More: Carbon49 – Sustainability for Canadian businesses: Green Energy Pioneer Bullfrog Power Talks Energy Landscape

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.- Jordan Brennan studies the relationship between corporate taxes and the economy, and finds that the promise of growth in exchange for corporate giveaways has proven entirely illusory.- Andy McSmith looks at a… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Burning questions

Does anybody actually believe for a second that a Republican-dominated Congress will be more willing to ratify a climate change treaty simply because it doesn’t contain binding targets?And if not, doesn’t a deliberate failure to include binding targets… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Burning questions

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how Brad Wall is looking like more and more of a climate change laggard compared to every other leader in Western Canada.For further reading…- CTV broke down the state of provincial climate commitments here. But as John Klein noted, the Sask… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here (via PressReader), on how Canada’s attendance at the Paris climate change conference may prove to be utterly useless if Justin Trudeau isn’t prepared to override Brad Wall’s obstruction.

For further reading…- Trudeau’s show of inclusion is discussed here – and there’s certainly reason to think he’s less directly hostile to climate action than his predecessor.- But we’ve seen what happens when Wall gets to nix any agreement which even mentions – let alone sets – any emission reduction targets.- And Wall’s “defensive posture” to prioritize resource profits over the planet makes it clear nothing’s about to (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Harper, Trudeau Rebuked As Hillary Clinton Comes Out Against Keystone XL Pipeline

Hillary Clinton’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline is bad news for U.S. Republicans, Alberta tar sands profiteers, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

The post Harper, Trudeau Rebuked As Hillary Clinton Comes Out Against Keystone XL Pipeline appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Canadian environmentalists demand overhaul of tar sands pipeline approval process

Canadian environmentalists are demanding a complete overhaul of the National Energy Board, the federal board tasked with approving major energy and tar sands pipeline energy projects. They accuse the NEB of conflict of interest and deliberate suppression free speech.

The post Canadian environmentalists demand overhaul of tar sands pipeline approval process appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Bill Longstaff: Linda McCuaig does us all a big favour

Last week the NDP candidate for Toronto Centre, Linda McQuaig, stirred the tar sands pot, telling a CBC panel discussion that for Canada to meet its climate change targets, “a lot of the oil sands oil may have to stay in the ground.” As an Albertan, I suppose I am supposed to be offended at this slighting of our precious sands. Or perhaps as a Dipper I should be concerned that she has undermined

Bill Longstaff: I know you have to say that stuff, Rachel, but still ….

At a recent speech to international investors in Calgary, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley described the tar sands as “a tremendous asset” and an “international showpiece.” Hearing my premier and the leader of my party describe the tar sands as a tremendous asset makes me cringe. They are indeed an international showpiece, but not the kind we should be bragging about.

Ms. Notley is a very bright

Bill Longstaff: Calgary’s CTrain—embracing green

Fortunately, while our federal government remains a persistent laggard on global warming, the provinces and cities are stepping up. Calgary is no exception. In 2012, the city committed to meeting all its electrical needs from renewable sources. One result was the construction of two wind farms totaling 144 megawatts.

The city relies on a variety of sources—wind, hydro, biomass and solar—but

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Afternoon Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

- The Star’s editorial board writes that five years after police committed serious human rights violations at Toronto’s G20 summit, nobody seems to have learned any lessons from the abuses. And David Lavallee tells his story of being interrogated for a “precursor to terrorist behaviour” based solely on his having filmed a pipeline for a documentary.

- Ian Gill argues that the impending federal election will may represent a last opportunity to take Canada off of a path toward environmental destruction. And Brian Kahn notes that the rest of the world is predictably shifting (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how Regina and its citizens did fairly well responding to a water shortage – but has plenty to learn in applying the lesson to the wider collective challenge of climate change.

For further reading…- The water shortage began a month ago, with CBC’s coverage here and here largely describing the problem and the City’s initial response. And CTV reported on the end to the immediate restrictions here. – In contrast, Rob Kuznia reports on Rancho Santa Fe’s appalling response to California’s drought, which has given rise to mandatory water use reductions.- The National Resources Defence (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: On end dates

There’s no doubt that Stephen Harper characteristically did everything in his power to put off any meaningful international action on climate change. But it’s worth noting that his procrastination only resulted in a more definitive statement from the G7 as to where the global economy is ultimately headed: Mindful of this goal and considering the latest IPCC results, we emphasize that deep cuts in global greenhouse gas emissions are required with a decarbonisation of the global economy over the course of this century.

Of course, that common destination might be reached in one of two ways. On that front, we (Read more…)

Bill Longstaff: Finally, a voice Harper may listen to

A carbon tax is an eminently fair and sensible approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. And big oil agrees. At least Steve Williams, CEO of Canada’s largest oil and gas producer, Suncor Energy, does. Speaking to a downtown Calgary crowd on Friday, Williams stated, “We think climate change is happening. We think a broad-based carbon price is the right answer.”

He emphasized the “