Date: 2014/12/08 -- Category/Categories: Blogs, COP20, Island Tides, News

By the time you read this, I will be in Lima, Peru at the 20th Conference of the Parties (COP) of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).  When I say we are “down to the wire,” many Island Tides readers (being well aware of the threat of runaway climate change) may think it ...

Date: 2014/11/27 -- Category/Categories: Island Tides

Unlike our current prime minister’s attack on climate policy and push for every pipeline and tanker in sight, this one is flying under the radar.  In fact, Conservative Party talking points make great claims of having expanded the national park system. The following is from the Conservative Party website: Since 2006, the Government has taken ...

Date: 2014/10/16 -- Category/Categories: Island Tides

MP Elizabeth May gave this speech in Parliament on October 3. Mr. Speaker, with that, let me convey my thanks to all members of this House for the rare unanimous consent to allow a member from an unrecognized party to respond, although I do stand here recognized as a member of Parliament for the Green ...

Date: 2014/10/02 -- Category/Categories: Island Tides

On Sunday, September 21, 2014, the global climate movement mobilized as never before. Organized by 350.org in 160 countries, in over 2,600 separate events, over 600,000 people spoke as one. Those voices demanded that we reject fossil fuels, protect the climate and save our own lives. The impetus for the rallying and marching was an ...

Date: 2014/09/18 -- Category/Categories: Island Tides

Those of us convinced that the climate crisis is the single biggest threat to our kids’ future are not known for a parallel worry about the profits of multinational oil. Nevertheless, a piece by one of Canada’s most outstanding journalists, Andrew Nikiforuk, made me very interested indeed. In online news source The Tyee, August 29, ...

Date: 2014/09/04 -- Category/Categories: Island Tides

The readership of Island Tides is, in my experience, among the best informed and most conscientious about our collective and individual ecological footprint of any people on the planet. However, I keep encountering a blind spot. We wouldn’t touch farmed salmon but have very little awareness of the monstrous damage done by shrimp aquaculture. Vandana ...

Date: 2014/08/21 -- Category/Categories: Island Tides

One can be forgiven for dismissing the appointment of Canada’s new ambassador to the Vatican as a matter of no consequence. But this posting in the midst of a hot summer of global conflict may have been the last straw for the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO). The organization, representing more than 1,500 ...

Date: 2014/08/07 -- Category/Categories: Island Tides

Most of the news is bad. This week’s dispatches had only one piece of good news. Touching on that good news first, a report from the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung claims that the German parliament will not approve the EU-Canada trade deal. The Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) has been a source of concern in ...

Date: 2014/07/28 -- Category/Categories: Island Tides

Taking the train across Canada to promote passenger rail can be described as a test of the loyalty of the VIA Rail supporter. I have done several national whistle-stop train tours since I became Green Party leader in 2006. And each time, we have faced new challenges. We have been pressing for the restoration of ...

Date: 2014/07/10 -- Category/Categories: Island Tides

On June 26, 2014, the landscape of Canada changed.  While some of us have sung our national anthem “our home and natives’ land” for some time, the Supreme Court of Canada has confirmed in a profound way whose land we are on. The unanimous decision in the Tsilhqot’in First Nation case has not toppled existing ...

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