Date: 2014/09/22 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth

The federal government, regardless of political stripe, has a poor record of picking technology winners.  Canadians essentially lost tens of billions when the giant white radioactive elephant Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd (AECL) had most of its assets sold at bargain basement prices to SNC Lavalin.  AECL went for $15 million, with the government pledging ...

Date: 2014/08/28 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth

To the Editor, I couldn’t agree more with Mayor Fortin that citizens of southern Vancouver Island must have a say, and a definitive say, about the proposal to dramatically increase bitumen-loaded tankers through our waters. I am also an intervenor in the Kinder-Morgan National Energy Board hearing process. By reducing the process to largely a ...

Date: 2014/08/02 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth

What follows is my original piece rebutting the National Post editorial. The NP editors requested cuts and changes which I accepted. Still, on reflection, the edits lost much content, particularly in explaining my vote against bombing Libya. I offer it here, unedited, for a fuller explanation. In a catalogue of alleged failings of the Green ...

Date: 2014/07/14 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth

It is clear that debates dealing with energy choices dominate the news: Pipelines – Keystone, Enbridge, Kinder-Morgan, Energy East; oil sands versus tar sands; climate policy and the lack thereof; coal plants and so on. For the most part, these debates are treated as isolated, zero-sum games. You can either have a healthy economy or ...

Date: 2014/06/02 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth

There are two strikingly different images of the Arctic that dominate the Canadian imagination.  Both are iconic. Stephen Harper’s branding of the Arctic has been a key part of his remaking of the Canadian identity. According to Paul Wells in his analysis of how Harper worked his way to a majority (The Longer I’m Prime ...

Date: 2014/05/12 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth

Headlines about seniors in Canada tend to focus on the negative – a “grey tsunami,” “rising health care costs,” “sustainability of pensions,” and so on. Yet, seniors in Canada are more vital and active than at any time in our history.  The most important issue for seniors is independence. This covers a range of policy ...

Date: 2014/05/09 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth

When writing about the recently deceased, it is typical to share memories. In this case it is entirely redundant to put the typical “remembering” next to the name Farley Mowat.  Farley was and is unforgettable. I have known and worked with Farley since the 1970s, becoming close by the late 1980s.  Farley and his brilliant ...

Date: 2014/04/07 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth

There has been a lot of attention of late to what moves on Canada’s rails. Train derailments, disasters such as Lac-Mégantic and near-disasters, such as the railcars loaded with toxic diluents that were suspended on a crumbling bridge over the Bow River during the June Calgary floods, have focused on the threat of unsafe rail ...

Date: 2014/03/24 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth

The HuffPost blog from the Fraser Institute’s Senior Director, Natural Resource Studies, Kenneth Green, set out to make me look uninformed based on my submission to the U.S. State Department on the proposed Keystone pipeline. From his first words, “Recently, Green Party leader Elizabeth May orchestrated an open letter to United States Secretary of State ...

Date: 2014/03/24 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth

“Education is the point at which we decide whether we love the world enough to assume responsibility for it, and by the same token save it from that ruin which except for renewal, except for the coming of the new and the young, would be inevitable. And education, too, is where we decide whether we ...

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