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

The following is an excerpt from my submission to the Supplemental panel on Kinder Morgan: The KM project has not been reviewed by any regulatory body or agency to assess if it is in Canada’s economic interest. There is no information from any credible source to claim the project is in our economic interest. In ...

Date: 2016/09/17 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, Island Tides

In another stunning development in pipeline politics on September 9th, the three person panel of National Energy Board Commissioners stepped down, recusing themselves from the Energy East pipeline review.  Mike De Souza of the National Observer uncovered the fact that the panel members had met with former Quebec Premier Jean Charest, while he was paid ...

Date: 2016/09/03 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, Island Tides

The summer of 2016 was a record breaker. July was the hottest month ever recorded and 2016 is on track to be the hottest year ever recorded. The heat wave in the United States was described as a “heat dome.” California fires due to tinder dry conditions threatened communities. And while parts of North America ...

Date: 2016/07/25 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, Island Tides

It is not an experience that I talk about. The other day I had cause to think about August 1968 for the first time in a long time.  A reporter for the Canadian Press in Washington DC called me to ask about any parallels between the current us political scene, the unruly political convention season ...

Date: 2016/07/11 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, Island Tides

Over the last five years as a Member of Parliament, the month of June has typically been hellish. Under the Conservatives, it was typical to try to force through as much as possible, while making the opposition as miserable as possible, by sitting every night until midnight. This June was a decided improvement—only a few ...

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? ...

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