Date: 2016/05/18 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, TPP

There are several layers of offences in the thousands of pages of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.  Some are embedded in the inferior bargaining positions in which Canada found itself as the former Prime Minister rushed to catch up with a train well and truly leaving the station.  The others are part and parcel of the, ...

Date: 2016/05/16 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, Island Tides

In the last week of June 1988, there was a brutal heat wave holding a wilting Toronto in its grip. I was the senior policy advisor to the federal minister of environment and part of the team that organized a major international conference that took place in Toronto that week, ‘Our Changing Atmosphere: Implications for ...

Date: 2016/05/10 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth

It is a good thing that the new Health Minister is a medical doctor.  It is not so much for her medical knowledge as for the skill set that comes with being a family practitioner.  The Hon Jane Philpott strikes me as a steady hand, a clam and competent person, capable of managing stress.  Which ...

Date: 2016/05/04 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth

It is one of the stickier aspects of former PM Stephen Harper’s omnibus strategy.  Bills rammed through parliament as omnibus bills are harder to repeal and reform than stand-alone legislation. In fact, omnibus bills cannot be repealed.  After passage, the seventy laws gutted, repealed and replaced in Bill C-38 – the eco-disaster omnibus budget bill ...

Date: 2016/05/02 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, Island Tides

Knowing how many Island Tides readers are keen observers of the climate issue, as well as the impressive number of you who are climate activists, I wanted to give you a more in-depth report than that found in the mainstream media about the special United Nations signing ceremony for the Paris Agreement. Why the ceremony? ...

Date: 2016/05/02 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth

At the recent Globe conference, in an illuminating talk (literally, pun intended) energy guru Amory Lovins provided an analysis of how we have illuminated our homes over the last 200 years or so. We tend to forget how many energy sources have come and gone – from whale oil to kerosene to the electric light ...

Date: 2016/04/25 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, COP 21

I write this from the train heading back from New York to Canada.  The last time I made this trip was September 2014, coming home from the Peoples’ Climate March.  My daughter and I marched with over 400,000 people through the streets of New York, with the explicit goal of encouraging the climate talks to ...

Date: 2016/04/20 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth

The Liberals’ election promises were clear.  The way out of the economic stagnation of the last number of years lay in giving our country a serious dose of stimulus spending.  And the place to spend that money was in addressing the massive infrastructure deficit.  Not afraid of going into a budgetary deficit, the promise laid ...

Date: 2016/04/04 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, Island Tides

Analyzing the new Liberal budget for Canada is difficult.  It is so deeply disappointing, yet compared to any budget in the last ten years it represents a huge improvement.  So the key question in deciding whether it gets a passing grade is to determine against what standard it is measured.  Do we compare it to ...

Date: 2016/03/30 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth

It is the boldest reform, wrapped in an unequivocal promise: 2015 will be the last election held under the first-past-the-post (FPTP) voting system. It was part of the Liberal platform and was confirmed in the Speech from the Throne. The NDP also promised‎ to get rid of FPTP, as did the Green Party. So while ...

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