Date: 2016/06/27 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, Island Tides

As a result of the omnibus budget bill, C-38, of spring 2012, Canadian environmental assessment has been converted from a predictable, professional process to a dog’s breakfast of wildly disparate review standards.  Projects caught in the pre-2012 thorough review process under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act get one standard of review. Those under the new ...

Date: 2016/06/13 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, Island Tides

I don’t think I have ever had two Island Tides articles back to back that covered an evolving story.  Parliament does not usually have the characteristics of a soap opera. A narrative arc does not connect my weeks.  But in re-reading my last column, it reinforced how remarkably the tide has turned.   Yes, dear readers, ...

Date: 2016/05/30 -- Category/Categories: Island Tides

Political party partisanship showed up in an unexpectedly spectacular fashion on Wednesday, May 18, but began much earlier. Soon after the election, talking with a Liberal committee chair, I explained that the motions passed in the last parliament—to prevent my smaller party MP rights being exercised at Report Stage in every committee—had died with that ...

Date: 2016/05/16 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, Island Tides

In the last week of June 1988, there was a brutal heat wave holding a wilting Toronto in its grip. I was the senior policy advisor to the federal minister of environment and part of the team that organized a major international conference that took place in Toronto that week, ‘Our Changing Atmosphere: Implications for ...

Date: 2016/05/02 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, Island Tides

Knowing how many Island Tides readers are keen observers of the climate issue, as well as the impressive number of you who are climate activists, I wanted to give you a more in-depth report than that found in the mainstream media about the special United Nations signing ceremony for the Paris Agreement. Why the ceremony? ...

Date: 2016/04/19 -- Category/Categories: Island Tides

The crisis in Attawapiskat has shaken Canadians from coast to coast. In fact, it led the news on BBC and the New York times. It is being described as what might be ‘a suicide contagion’. Eleven young people, children really, have been stopped from what appears to be a suicide pact. Suicides and attempted suicides ...

Date: 2016/04/04 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, Island Tides

Analyzing the new Liberal budget for Canada is difficult.  It is so deeply disappointing, yet compared to any budget in the last ten years it represents a huge improvement.  So the key question in deciding whether it gets a passing grade is to determine against what standard it is measured.  Do we compare it to ...

Date: 2016/03/21 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, Island Tides

British Columbians need to have a say on the provincial government’s commitment to link the province’s economic future to a very large bet on LNG. The total number of plants currently proposed for BC approach in volume the entire current global capacity. Yet, any review of the global industry reveals declining demand. When examined for ...

Date: 2016/03/10 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, Island Tides

It looked as though we had a chance to rid the world of the consistently perverse non-trade aspect of all new trade deals – the so-called “investor-state agreement.”   And then along came a sneaky European Union proposal dressed up as reform of the investor-state dispute mechanism.  It looks like, once again, Canada will agree to ...

Date: 2016/02/23 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, Island Tides

The Liberal government has followed through on its campaign commitment to pull Canadian CF-18 fighter jets out of Iraq and Syria.  Simultaneously, Prime Minister Trudeau announced that we will be leaving planes for reconnaissance and one capable of mid-air refueling of other nations’ fighter jets.  The focus of Canada’s efforts were announced to be shifting ...

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