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: 2015/06/09 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, Island Tides

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 ...

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: 2015/04/30 -- 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: 2015/04/14 -- Category/Categories: Bill C-51, Island Tides

The fight to amend C-51, the so-called Anti-Terrorism Act, ended after a forced march through the Green Party’s 60 amendments (all defeated), as well as the NDP’s 28 amendments, Liberals’ 13 amendments and ten from the Bloc Quebecois — all defeated. It was a grueling ten hours (8:45 AM- 12:45 PM and 4 PM til ...

Date: 2015/03/31 -- Category/Categories: Island Tides

Years ago, when my daughter was about ten years old, we visited my relatives in Charleston, South Carolina. I had not seen them in years – cousins of my mother who live in one of the most beautiful cities in North America. My daughter had no memory of ever having met them. Charleston still holds ...

Date: 2015/03/05 -- Category/Categories: Island Tides

For many years, Canadian governments could rely on a sage and experienced cadre of diplomats. Canada has traditionally had a fine foreign service. Its officers represent a standard of excellence envied by the world. To gain entry to the foreign service was a competitive process. Only the best and the brightest were accepted. Those with ...

Date: 2015/02/05 -- Category/Categories: Island Tides

The Governor of the Bank of Canada Steven Poloz has dropped our interest rates to help avoid the threat of deflation. In doing so he gave his judgment that the dropping price of a barrel of oil was unequivocally bad news for the Canadian economy. Finance minister Joe Oliver has so lost his way in ...

Date: 2015/01/20 -- Category/Categories: Island Tides, News

On Sunday, December 14 at 3:30 AM the 20th Conference of the Parties (COP20) in Lima, Peru limped across the finish line. The deadline for the acceptance of the treaty that failed in Copenhagen will be next year at COP21 in Paris. Lima was supposed to create an ambitious agenda propelling the last phase of ...

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