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The Disaffected Lib: Are Our Forests the New Steel Mills of the 21st Century?

Great news for B.C.’s forest industry.  Wood pulp may be poised to become the new steel except cheaper, lighter and renewable.

 THE hottest new material in town is light, strong and conducts electricity. What’s more, it’s been around a long, long time. Nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC), which is produced by processing wood pulp, is being hailed as the latest wonder material. Japan-based Pioneer Electronics is applying it to the next generation of flexible electronic displays. IBM is using it to create components for computers. Even the US army is getting in on the act, using it . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Are Our Forests the New Steel Mills of the 21st Century?

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Open Letter to the National Capital Commission re Lime Kiln Trail Fire

The fire near the Lime Kiln Trail has been described as a tragedy. Perhaps not. If houses or roads had been built on the land it certainly would be a tragedy that the forest would never recover from, though some would call it development or progress. But the forest will recover from the fire and, though we all wish it could have been avoided, the fire presents an opportunity.

So what should the

Trashy's World: Friday miscellany…

Encyclopaedia Britannica edition… Bye-bye to that venerable institution. I remember when my parents bought a set from a door-to-door salesman. I went through every single page! But the truth is that research tools have come a long way and we shouldn’t mourn the death of the candle because of the invention of the light bulb… [...]

THE FIFTH COLUMN: NCC "Grand" "Massive" Greenbelt Expansion More Wish List Than To Do List

According to the Ottawa Citizen: OTTAWA — The National Capital Commission brought forward a massive expansion Wednesday of the Greenbelt that will see the “emerald necklace” grow by 2,400 hectares in a bid to cement Ottawa’s reputation as one of the world’s greenest capitals.

(View Greenbelt expansion in a larger map)

The effort is part of a grand plan to protect the natural environment and

Trashy's World: I don’t know…

.. how many of you have seen the cheesy ad (oops… NOT an ad… just a video, according to the NCC) made by that reactionary of all reactionary groups in Canada – the so-called National Citizen’s Coalition. I don’t think it is getting a lot of air time. And it IS really cheesy. And the [...]

Canada II: Winning Against Dirty Politics

How are we going to get the next Liberal Party candidate past the opposition Super PAC’s and their coordinated attack ads?

Just in case Bob Rae was thinking of entering the fray, which many Liberals are not very interested in anyway, the so-called National Citizens Coalition released an opening salvo:

Apparently a lot of folks, both left and right, didn’t appreciate this video.

I

DeSmogBlog: NCC: Not Much Blood on Canada’s Hands!

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It's Christmastime in Canada – when all self-satisfied ideologues take a moment to lift the finger of blame and point it at somebody else.

"Credit" for outstanding performance in this regard must go to National Citizens Coalition President andf CEO Peter Coleman. In ringing defence of the former NCC president (and now Canadian Prime Minister) Stephen Harper, Coleman offers a cheery Christmas message that celebrates Canada's reneging on its legal commitment to the Kyoto Accord and dodges Canadian responsibility for contributing to the climate crisis.

Specifically, Coleman talks about appearing before a group of University of Windsor law students,

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Canadian Progressive World: Obert Madondo in the news: Metro News on November 23 2011

Metro News reports on my injuries sustained when I was dragged by Ottawa Police officers during the eviction of Occupy Ottawa protesters from Confederation Park shortly after 2.am yesterday. Quote from the paper: “”They dragged me …Read More

Canadian Progressive World: Occupy Ottawa issued eviction notice, vow to resist

Occupy Ottawa is under attack! The National Capital Commission (NCC) served the movement with a notice of eviction from Confederation Park earlier today. The peaceful Occupiers are required to vacate the park by mid night. But they’re …Read More

Canadian Progressive World: On Global Day of Action, Occupy Ottawa flexes underrated muscle

By Obert Madondo Even as the threat of eviction from Confederation Park looms larger, the Occupy Ottawa movement is getting stronger, says Arun Smith. Yesterday, the movement held simultaneous marches before four key Ottawa landmarks: …Read More

Canadian Progressive World: Occupy Ottawa Pays Tribute to Late Vancouver Occupier Ashlie Gough

(Originally Published on Occupy Ottawa website) The Occupy Ottawa Movement observed a moment of silence before its General Assembly last night to commemorate the death of Vancouver Occupier, Ashlie Gough. The 23-year-old Victoria native died …Rea… . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: Occupy Ottawa Pays Tribute to Late Vancouver Occupier Ashlie Gough

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The South March Highlands

Click here for everything you need to know about The South March HighlandsPlease click above for what is the best overview yet of the issues relating to The South March Highlands. . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The South March Highlands

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Richard’s GPS Trail Maps Website Updated

I have updated my Richard’s GPS Trail Maps website with:New overview map: Stony Swamp Conservation Area TrailsandRevised map: Old Quarry Trail System . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Richard’s GPS Trail Maps Website Updated

THE FIFTH COLUMN: The Most Annoying Thing About Cycling in Ottawa: Postscript

I was riding the shared bike path along the Ottawa River today and across from the War Museum on the pathway I noticed three yellow dots similar to the three yellow dots on roadways that mark where cars can activate traffic lights( I have tried using t… . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: The Most Annoying Thing About Cycling in Ottawa: Postscript

THE FIFTH COLUMN: The Most Annoying Thing About Cycling in Ottawa

We all agree that Ottawa is a great place for cycling, but it is not perfect. Apart from the fact that the City of Ottawa and NCC have to do a better job of completing the system and linking their pathways together there is the problem of a lack of was… . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: The Most Annoying Thing About Cycling in Ottawa

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Ottawa: Proud of It’s Municipal Water Supply and It’s Pathways – The Disconnect

Ottawa is very proud of the quality of it’s municipal drinking water supply and goes to great lengths to assure people they do not need to buy bottled water.Ottawa is also very proud of it’s shared recreational pathway system which, along with the NCCs… . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Ottawa: Proud of It’s Municipal Water Supply and It’s Pathways – The Disconnect

A. Picazo: Sun News Network: Let The (Incredibly Lazy) Astroturfing Begin!

It has been fascinating to watch the Conservative campaign strategy evolve over the past two weeks; working in tandem with Sun TV in a quest to secure a Harper majority, and to destroy the opposition leaders. Aside from the standard issued talking points submitted by the Conservative war room and subsequently written into Sun TV … Continue reading →