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

“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 ...

Date: 2014/01/22 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth

Re Kerry Refuses To Be Forced Into Early Keystone XL Decision (Jan. 18): You reference President Barack Obama’s commitment to action on climate change as “vague vows.” In fact, in June, 2013, by executive order to avoid gridlock in Congress, Mr. Obama announced a very specific plan. The list of measures is impressive: new standards ...

Date: 2014/01/20 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth

We deserve an energy plan, a climate plan, and the new industrial revolution of clean-tech and renewables. The first step is for Harper to get out of the way. By Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, Green MP Bruce Hyer What is an environmental issue? However you define it, Harper is against it. “Environment” means different ...

Date: 2013/12/02 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth

The problem is not that governments are not doing enough to fight global warming. It’s that governments, particularly the Harper administration, are actually in the way. The starting point in discussing the enormous opportunity of the green economy is to appreciate that the future of a fossil fuel-dependent economy will be short and painful. As ...

Date: 2013/11/29 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth

I am now back in Ottawa, resuming the normal duties of trying to amend government legislation that undermines various aspects of the Canada we love – criminal justice, labour laws, harm reduction, and so on – but the events of the week in Warsaw are much with me. The 19th Conference of the Parties of ...

Date: 2013/11/20 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth

Letter to the Editor, Globe and Mail Re A Pipeline To Somewhere (editorial, Nov. 16): I wish your editorial had been a tad more precise in its terminology. While you assume the proposed pipelines will be shipping “oil,” I am not aware of any proposal involving oil. All current proposals, Keystone, Enbridge, TransCanada, Kinder Morgan, ...

Date: 2013/10/07 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth

I know a health policy briefing should touch on all areas of health policy. We have critical issues ahead as we work to protect universal access to top-notch health care, reduce wait-times and drug costs, and meet the growing challenges of an aging population. The deficits in our mental health programs alone could occupy the House ...

Date: 2013/08/12 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth

Remember the 2008 Speech from the Throne? I may be the only one who does. In the context of “Securing our energy future by developing our rich energy resources and pursuing new cleaner energy supplies,” the 2008 Speech from the Throne promised that “90 per cent of our electricity needs are met by non-emitting sources” ...

Date: 2013/07/30 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth

The Government of Canada will clearly spare no expense in extolling the environmental virtues of oil sands bitumen.  We spend millions in promotion, domestic advertizing for our “Responsible Resource Management” and promotion around the world.  We lobby in Washington DC and pound the pavements of European capitals, all in aid of defending our wondrous product ...

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