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 ...

Date: 2014/06/26 -- Category/Categories: Island Tides

It came to me in response to a biased question from a Sun News reporter in Toronto. The question, playing into the warped world of Ezra Levant, prompted me to explain what ‘protesters’ might do to block Enbridge. I am sensitive to the right-wing propagandists and new species of spin-meisters, social media ‘trolls’. They hope ...

Date: 2014/06/12 -- Category/Categories: Island Tides

I write this from the House of Commons where for the sixth night I am working until the appointed hour of adjournment— midnight. Although tonight I will not be leaving the Chamber until 12:30am. I am on deck for a postadjournment session of additional debate as I have a chance to pursue my question to ...

Date: 2014/05/29 -- Category/Categories: Island Tides

Over his political career Stephen Harper has done a lot of shocking things: proroguing Parliament—twice—to avoid political embarrassment (the third time was a normal prorogation); cancelling a planned speech at the United Nations to return to Canada for a Tim Horton’s photo op; breaking his own fixed election date law; placing the bulk of his ...

Date: 2014/05/15 -- Category/Categories: Island Tides

When I became an intervenor in mid-April, realizing that the first deadline to submit questions was early May — and that preparing questions required getting through the 15,000 page submission in two weeks, it was hard to know where to start. Fortunately, I have been in dozens of environmental assessments and NEB hearings. If the ...

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