Date: 2016/01/20 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth

The question is neither hypothetical nor esoteric.  It is immediate and urgent as governments around the world commit to so-called “trade deals” that have little to do with trade. A trade deal, as conventionally understood, sets out an agreed commitment to reduce and/or eliminate barriers to trade rated by protectionist impulses of governments.  Trade deals ...

Date: 2016/01/14 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, COP 21

It is the day after the tumultuous conclusion of the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). In many ways it was not the conclusion of a two-week conference, nor even of the four year Durban Process that emerged from the ashes of the disastrous 2009 ...

Date: 2016/01/14 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, COP 21, Island Tides

In the election campaign the Trudeau Liberals’ climate platform lacked any commitment to specific targets and lacked any climate plan. They pledged to end all fossil fuel subsidies and to put a price on carbon as well as promising to dispatch newly elected Prime Minister Trudeau to the climate negotiations in Paris (COP21) and to ...

Date: 2015/12/07 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, COP 21

A COP update is tricky at mid-point. It reminds me of days gone by when my British ex-partner and I visited his dad in Derby. When they returned from a day at the village cricket match, I asked, “Who won?” “Oh,” said father in law in thick midlands accent, “it’s not over yet.” A tad ...

Date: 2015/12/01 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, COP 21

Publication source: McGill International Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy The climate crisis is all about inequality. At its core is the matter of intergenerational equity. Do we, in our time and generation, have the right to deprive our children and grandchildren a liveable world? It is also about climate justice and injustice within ...

Date: 2015/11/30 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, COP 21, Publications

Like a large and geographically shaggy Rip von Winkle, Canada is waking up. We just got through an entire federal election within which nothing but the most cursory, superficial references were made to the biggest threat to our future. We debated the niqab more than climate change. So, turn the page. Sunny ways. We are ...

Date: 2015/11/22 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, Island Tides, Publications

Since November 4 and the swearing in of a new government, change in Ottawa has been immediate.  It is as if a weight has lifted. More people are smiling.  Of course, believing that any government will keep its promises is a bit like getting remarried – it is a matter of hope triumphing over experience. ...

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, Publications

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, Publications

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 ...

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