Date: 2015/06/29 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, Island Tides

As I tour the riding in the last round of Town Hall meetings before the 2015 election, I have had a lot of questions about the national televised leaders’ debate. The current situation is nothing if not confusing, so I thought a review of the situation might be helpful. Since the 1960s there has been ...

Date: 2015/06/19 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth

Elizabeth May and Senator Wilfrid Moore Keeping whales and dolphins confined in swimming pools is unjustifiably cruel, and obviously so. That is why we support phasing out the practice with a federal ban on captive breeding, imports, exports, and live captures of whales and dolphins in Canada. Whales and dolphins are highly intelligent, emotional and ...

Date: 2015/06/09 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, Island Tides

Years ago, when my friend Maude Barlow and I were writing a book about the toxic contamination of the Sydney Tar Ponds on Cape Breton Island, I had the chance to interview friends with whom I had been working for years.  The tar ponds were the single largest toxic waste site in Canada and the ...

Date: 2015/05/26 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, Island Tides

The world is gearing up for the December 2015 climate negotiations in Paris. The annual Conferences of the Parties (COP) within the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change have been struggling to regain momentum (and credibility) ever since the train-wreck of a meeting in Copenhagen, December 2009. That COP, the 15th since the 1992 climate ...

Date: 2015/05/14 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, Island Tides

The tawdry affair of Mike Duffy—once sought-after Canadian media celebrity; now disgraced former Senator facing criminal charges—will drag on through our courts for the next few months. The bare facts of the matter are clear: Stephen Harper appointed a man who famously did not live in Prince Edward Island as a senator for that province, ...

Date: 2015/05/07 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth

We do not know if Atena Farghadani — a 28-year-old Iranian painter, activist and political prisoner — is alive. Arrested for the second time in January, she was last reported to have been removed from prison and hospitalized on Feb. 26. After a hunger strike to protest her unjust detention, she suffered a heart attack. ...

Date: 2015/05/01 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth

Readers of Vitality magazine will know that May is Lyme Disease awareness month. This magazine has done a real public service by educating people about Lyme disease for years. My own journey to understand the threat of Lyme disease started in 2007 when one of my neighbours in Pictou County, Nova Scotia, told me why ...

Date: 2015/05/01 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth

I have been going into lock-ups and reading budgets for years – and years. I remember the first seriously green budget. It was the Mulroney administration’s 1990 Green Plan – a five-year $3 billion commitment for forests, clean water, climate action and greener technology. Next contestant for greenest budget ever was Finance Minister Ralph Goodale’s ...

Date: 2015/04/30 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, Island Tides

Finance Minister Joe Oliver’s first and last budget represents a hodge-podge of election promises, rather than a coherent, prudent plan for Canada’s future economic and social health. It all comes down to priorities. The Harper administration is set to spend more money on the celebrations of Canada’s 150th birthday than on the crisis of First ...

Date: 2015/04/28 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth

How we can make up for nine years of lost time? Having worked on the climate issue from 1986, back when it was a future threat, to present times, where it is the stuff of daily headlines, I have to admit that it would be easy to feel discouraged. We have squandered decades that would ...

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