Miscellanous material for your Monday reading.
- Will Hutton recognizes that an unregulated market can lead to disastrous results for everybody concerned – and that conversely, effective regulation can help to ensure the success of businesses which best meet the long-term needs of their workers and customers: What the Paterson worldview has never understood is that effective regulation is a source of competitive advantage. If Britain had a tough Food Standards Agency, it would become a gold standard for food quality, labelling and hygiene. British supermarkets and food companies could become known for their quality at home and abroad, rather
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Roughly one year ago, the federal Minister of Natural Resources, Joe Oliver, issued an open letter attacking “environmental and other radical groups” that “threaten to hijack our regulatory system to achieve their radical ideological agenda.” Canada’s regulatory system was “broken”, he declared, and changing it was “an urgent matter of Canada’s national interest.”
How interesting then to learn this week that Greenpeace had uncovered, through an Access to Information request, a letter that was sent by representatives of the oil industry to the federal Ministers of the Environment and Natural Resources in December 2011 requesting major
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According to The Canadian Press: “Statistics Canada says the country’s trade deficit with the world ballooned to $2 billion in November from $552 million in October as merchandise imports rose 2.7 per cent and exports fell 0.9 per cent.”
But, but … the Harper Conservatives keep telling us (despite all evidence to the contrary) that globalization/free trade opens markets to Canadian businesses, grows the Canadian economy and creates opportunities for “hard-working Canadian families” … yadda yadda yadda.
The Cons wouldn’t lie to us, would they? Of course they would. That’s what they do. It’s in their
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Postmedia had a report last night on Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver writing to his officials, in email, on his needing briefings on major energy projects in Canada so he could speak to them knowledgeably. He made the request in the aftermath of a Jim Prentice speech which mentioned a number of big energy projects. Prentice is the former Environment minister who left for CIBC. So the emails make it appear that the Natural Resources minister is playing catch up on issues that a former minister, now departed, is making waves on.
Notably, Oliver asked for information on a $15
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Joe Oliver is trying to pretend that the National Energy Board actually gets to determine whether the Northern Gateway pipeline gets approved: Oliver avoided directly answering a question as to whether Ottawa would ram through approval should the project get the thumbs down, but acknowledged the outcome is rarely negative.
He said the government would certainly follow any conditions the panel might recommend in order to give the project the green light.
But lest we forget: it’s the Cons who have decreed that the NEB has no authority to say “no” to the Gateway based on environmental effects – even
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Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver was in Toronto on Tuesday to give a speech and kick off the fall with some new economic data produced by his department. This is the press release version on the government website: “Minister Oliver Highlights Economic Impact of Canada’s Natural Resources.” There is also a backgrounder that contains what they term “methodology” to explain the figures used in the press release.
The highlights of Oliver’s remarks were essentially two points. First, that jobs created by the natural resources sector are not just found in traditional natural resources industries. Rather, we should include all
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While there is deserved attention on Harper’s chief of staff over Barrick Gold links today, let’s also ask some questions about what Minister Joe “Responsible Resource Development™” Oliver is up to in his late summer travels. Today he was on site in Cambridge at the Aecon Group Inc. facility. There was, of course, a political motive behind this photo-op. Beyond their political priorities, however, there are questions about the role of a government minister and whether Oliver, in his ministerial capacity, should be so actively promoting a corporate interest like Aecon. From the ministerial press release: “Aecon is an
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Miscellaneous material for your Monday reading.
- Moira Herbst is the latest to comment on the connection between the lack of good jobs and an excess of corporate cash hoarding: (I)t would be refreshing if the pundit-political class considered a radical but obvious idea: tapping the multitrillion-dollar stockpiles of corporate cash currently sitting on the sidelines and benefiting no one. Compulsive hoarding is unhealthy for individuals. It’s even worse for whole economies.
The sorry facts are these: job growth is still half of what is needed to keep up with population growth. Meanwhile, more than 14% of the US workforce
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Following up on yesterday’s Photoshop post, let’s salute one of the most eminently parody-worthy moments of the Cons’ spring: namely, Joe Oliver’s pitch to get Canadians drinking water from oil sands tailings ponds.
Joe Oliver pitches Conservative Sludge
The other day I posted a link to a remarkable video showing Dr. Chris Keefer interrupting Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver’s announcement at Toronto General hospital to protest Bill C-31, the legislation that will deny to those claiming refugee-status life saving drugs.
Bernie Farber has written a piece in The Huffington Post lauding the doctor’s courage and integrity as he further explores the implications of this legislation. Recommend this Post
It’s amazing how a cabinet minister can go to pieces when confronted with a little informed dissent.
Ladies and gentlemen, the Honorable Joe Oliver: Minister, Conservative MP, sulky child.
Thanks to NH for the tip!
University Health Network CEO Bob Bells tried to apologize after a doctor and a medical student interrupted a press conference by Federal Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver at the Toronto General Hospital yesterday. Is this really Dr. Bell’s role? The … Continue reading →
There’s been plenty of debate about the protest which caused Joe Oliver to move a funding announcement. But I’d think there’s a more fundamental question we should ask about the event, particularly when the indignant response of the event host was to the effect that “this is an important announcement!”.
To wit: how exactly is it important for the Cons to be able to dictate that a public venue serve as a resistance-free backdrop for their PR efforts?
To be clear, there may be circumstances where the announcement of a policy may have a significant effect on its implementation.
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I hope this video renews your faith in people as it has mine:
Dr. Chris Keefer interrupts Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver:
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Former Etobocoke-Centre Liberal MP Borys Wrzesnewskyj has won headlines for his legal challenge to force a by-election due to election irregularities, and it appears another former Liberal MP, Joe Volpe, may be considering following suit.
Wrzesnewskyj won an Ontario Superior Court ruling ordering a new election in the riding after irregularities that put the narrow victory of Conservative Ted Opitz in doubt. The Supreme Court of Canada is scheduled to hear Opitz’s appeal in a rare summer sitting next month, but I’m told his appeal has raised little in the way of new arguments or specific faults with the . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: Will Joe Volpe follow in Borys Wrzesnewskyj’s footsteps in Eglington-Lawrence?
In Stephen Harper’s Canada, we’re all potential terror threats. Until proven otherwise. So suggests a recent study by Queens University’s Jeffrey Monaghan and Kevin Walby, published in the journal Policing and Society. Welcome to Multi Issue Extremism (MIE), Canada’s new classification of so-called domestic terror threats.
We saw it coming.
In a January letter, Joe Oliver, the Minister of Natural Resources, labeled environmental movements “radical groups” funded by “foreign special interest groups to undermine Canada’s national economic interest.” Oliver believes these groups are also pursuing “their radical ideological agenda”. And their goal is “to stop any major
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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?, [...]
By Franke James
Here is the animated video version of What Is Harper Afraid Of? See the cartoon from last week.
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 Canadian taxpayers money to harass. Go over to the Globe and Mail and read about how Charles and David Koch (founders and funders of the fear and rage driven Tea Party) are enriching themselves on Canada’s resources and spending huge amounts of money to influence (Read more…)
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 optimism.
For Franke environmental activism begins at home where she advocates ‘doing the hard thing first.’ This for her included giving up her SUV in Toronto, all newsprint, fighting City Hall to make her driveway a green space, searching for sustainable clothing and (Read more…)
Whew. I see Tom Mulcair managed to gallop into Alberta today, cast his eyes upon the darkness of the Oil Sands, and make his getaway without dropping the dreaded T word.
In his first-ever visit to the Alberta oilsands as NDP leader, Mulcair was about to substitute “tar” for “oil” when he hastily corrected himself.
“They’re bitumen sands because the chemicals are neither oil nor tar,” he said at a news conference hours after being taken on a tour of the mine and tailings pond reclamation process by Suncor Energy of its site in northern Alberta.
And without giving
By Franke James
I don’t actually doubt Joe Oliver’s sincerity in claiming that as far as he’s concerned, people will soon be able to drink from tar-sands tailing ponds.
But I do suspect that mostly has to do with the Cons’ pathetic idea of water safety, rather than any reasonable belief that Canadians are eager to take a big gulp of this:
Whooee! Well, friends an’ foes, I posted up another song an’ video on YouTube. It pretty much speaks for itself. Have a look-see: