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 ...

Date: 2016/02/11 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, Island Tides, TPP

The federal government has now committed to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. The signing is necessary, the Liberals say, in order to be able to fully debate the TPP.  International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland has compared signing the TPP to “dating,” while ratification is “getting married.”  The minister is prepared to start the consultation by ...

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 ...

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