Given that it is a government with a well-known contempt for openness and democracy, the Harper regime rarely shocks me anymore. Its vilification campaigns of those with opposing views, its use of government power to muzzle the voice of science, its almost demonic obsession with resource extraction at any cost has left me pretty much . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Another Unpleasant Fact of Omnibus Bill C-38 Revealed
Recently I wrote a post about the chilling effect that the federal budget will have on charities, especially those devoted to environmental activism. Unfortunately, I chose to ignore another reality that is equally grim – the fact that all of us (forgive the sweeping generalization) are to blame both for the current dire environmental situation . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: We are All Complicit in Environmental Degradation
Although hardly surprising, given both the ideological bent of the Harper regime and earlier warnings from Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver, there is little doubt that the provisions of the new federal budget authorizing an $8-million special audit by Canada Revenue Agency to see if charities are adhering to the 10-per-cent political advocacy limit is . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Harper Budget’s Attack On Charities
And, I suspect empty ones at that as energy giant Enbridge Inc. denies any role in the Harper government’s cancellation of a grant from the Gordon and Betty Foundation to help fund public-private consultations into the economic use of the waters off British Columbia’s north coast.
This cancellation occurred, by the way, after vigorous lobbying . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Words, Words, Words