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 ...

Date: 2015/03/26 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth

When I was first elected, the consensus among parliamentary observers was that I would never be heard from again. One MP, so it was said, cannot do anything in Parliament. Fortunately, I did not accept the accepted wisdom. I firmly believe in the essential role of Parliament as the living, breathing expression of our democracy. ...

Date: 2015/03/19 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, Bill C-51

The reaction to Bill C-51 has been widespread and the opposition is growing. While its short title is the “Anti-Terrorism Act,” it is both more and less than that. It is less than “anti-terrorism” because it is likely to make us less safe. The act gives new powers to CSIS to act in Canada and ...

Date: 2015/03/19 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth

Globally, nations are engaging, with varying degrees of enthusiasm and ambition, in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the deadline negotiations set for December 2015 in Paris. It will be the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21); the deadline for a workable comprehensive treaty. Deadlines have come and gone. We had ...

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