Date: 2016/01/14 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, COP 21, Island Tides

In the election campaign the Trudeau Liberals’ climate platform lacked any commitment to specific targets and lacked any climate plan. They pledged to end all fossil fuel subsidies and to put a price on carbon as well as promising to dispatch newly elected Prime Minister Trudeau to the climate negotiations in Paris (COP21) and to ...

Date: 2015/11/22 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, Island Tides, Publications

Since November 4 and the swearing in of a new government, change in Ottawa has been immediate.  It is as if a weight has lifted. More people are smiling.  Of course, believing that any government will keep its promises is a bit like getting remarried – it is a matter of hope triumphing over experience. ...

Date: 2015/11/04 -- Category/Categories: Island Tides, Publications

I don’t know about you, but I have been astonished at the many media pundits who question Justin Trudeau’s decision to appoint a Cabinet with gender parity. The CBC panel on November 1 with Walrus editor Jonathan Kay was a real low point. Suddenly a hue and cry is raised that having 50% women will ...

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, Publications

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, Publications

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, Publications

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, Publications

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: 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 ...

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