Northern Reflections: The Oil Barons Are In Charge

The conventional wisdom, Linda McQuaig writes, is that ordinary people don’t understand the science of climate change: It’s we ordinary people, with our self-absorption or resistance to change, who are the prime culprits in the world’s failure to act against climate disaster. But that’s backwards: By focusing on the alleged failure of ordinary people to ...

Northern Reflections: It’s The Oil, Stupid

The Harper government’s budget is all about oil. The changes in environmental assessment and employment insurance are all about goosing Canada’s petroleum exports. As an economist, Stephen Harper supposedly learned something about the wisdom of diversification. “But,” Lawrence Martin writes, in the past decade, the clock has been turned back. Because of a boom in ...