Date: 2017/02/01 -- Category/Categories: News, Press Conferences

“I feel more deeply shocked today by this government’s actions than any other in my adult life. Thousands upon thousands of Canadians put faith in this government’s – and in this prime minister’s – direct promise that 2015 would be the last election under First Past the Post. This betrayal is one felt by all ...

Date: 2017/01/25 -- Category/Categories: Blogs, Island Tides, Publications

What trains show us by Elizabeth May, M.P. When people were shocked Trump won the US election, I wasn’t as surprised as most.  And when people asked me why, I said it was the view out the train window. When you fly across continents all you see is the sameness of the airports. The airports ...

Date: 2016/12/01 -- Category/Categories: Blogs, Uncategorized

For the first time in Canadian history, a Parliamentary committee recommended that the government take concrete steps to move away from the archaic First Past the Post voting system and toward a proportional system of electing Members of Parliament and the Government The report, an unprecedented document that compiles the best public and academic evidence ...

Date: 2015/12/13 -- Category/Categories: Blogs, COP 21

The morning after 13 days- 3 all nighters… And the Paris Agreement is accepted. The COP21 decision is agreed. What does it all mean? I have been working on climate for the last 29 years. In that time I have seen lip service from most politicians, courage from a few politicians, venality from some corporations ...

Date: 2015/12/12 -- Category/Categories: Blogs, COP 21

Yesterday, December 11th, was a day of suspended animation. So forgive me for not writing my daily blog yesterday. To make up for it, you’ll likely get two today. At 5:30 AM Friday the all-night “Indaba for solutions” adjourned with news from Laurent Fabius, COP21 President, that a new text would be released on Saturday. ...

Date: 2015/12/10 -- Category/Categories: Blogs, COP 21

After 5 hours of commentary, complaint and suggested possibilities for compromise, the informal round of talks called an “indaba” broke up at 5 am. If President Fabius (who personally chaired this session) thought we had made progress, it was not evident. We are circling the drain. Not just those of us in Le Bourget, but ...

Date: 2015/12/08 -- Category/Categories: Blogs, COP 21

Monday December 7 was the official opening of the high-level segment. In the normal rhythm of the COPs, this would have been a big day with ministers of environment from around the world, and the occasional head of government making statements. But, as mentioned in other blogs, this time, with over 150 leaders having spoken ...

Date: 2015/12/07 -- Category/Categories: Blogs, COP 21

Sunday and COP21 moved to the working groups to review cross-cutting issues.  There were four groups announced by COP President Fabius last night, with another announced today – adaptation.  We also learned that Canadian Minister Catherine McKenna has been asked to be co-facilitator for a group as well.  This is further evidence that Canada is ...

Date: 2015/12/07 -- Category/Categories: Blogs, COP 21

I am amazed. The deadline of having ADP wrap by noon Saturday and send a draft text accepted as a sufficient basis for political negotiation was met. The draft text with the addition of “reflections” from the co-chairs (a neat process to take on board and submit the complaints, additions and pleadings that failed to ...

Date: 2015/12/07 -- Category/Categories: Blogs, COP 21

All around us, Paris is abuzz with empowering, high voltage events (run on renewable energy of course!)  Today Al Gore addressed a group of young people, Leonardo de Caprio and Robert Redford met with hundreds of mayors in downtown Paris, Elon Musk (of Tesla) called on the world to leave fossil fuels in our (virtual) ...

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