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Harmonizing Canadian Governance, With or Without a Reformed Senate

Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 - By Elizabeth May and Deborah Coyne – July 27, 2015 Canada is a federation with certain powers given to the federal government and others given to the provinces and territories. The Fathers of...

Why Pope Francis’s statement is important

Friday, 19 Jun 2015 - (OTTAWA) - It is increasingly odd to realize that the voices of the established order, sources of top-down control and out-dated structures, are suddenly allies.  My experience for decades was to...

Why Pope Francis’s statement is important

Friday, 19 Jun 2015 - It is increasingly odd to realize that the voices of the established order, sources of top-down control and out-dated structures, are suddenly allies.  My experience for decades was to deride the...

The Women’s Coalition - It's Good to Dream

Friday, 06 Mar 2015 - (OTTAWA) - I could claim “last night I had the strangest dream...”.  It had to do with International Womens’ Day. And suddenly the male leadership decided it had really made too big a mess of things...

Dear Bitumen - Breaking up with Fossil Fuels

Friday, 13 Feb 2015 - Dear Bitumen, I must be blunt – I don’t know what we ever saw in you. You seemed popular, like all of the countries wanted to be with you. We thought maybe your exports could support us financially....

Harper’s police state law

Sunday, 08 Feb 2015 - (OTTAWA) - ​ I remember the events of October 22. While I was in lock-down on Parliament Hill, I remember who hid in a closet and who ran toward gun fire. The guy in the closet is now planning to...

Down to the wire – Was the Lima decision better than nothing?

Sunday, 14 Dec 2014 - (LIMA) - As you likely have heard, the COP20 talks wrapped earlier this morning at around 3:30 AM.  The deal was done in seconds following the break for countries to review a new text tabled by the...

The COP that would not die...

Friday, 12 Dec 2014 - (LIMA) -Okay, I know that sounds like a Bruce Willis movie and my apologies... but this COP has achieved that dreamlike-nightmarish quality that obscures what day it is, what time it is.  So...

Fanfare and backrooms

Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 - (LIMA) - As the available hours for negotiations wind down, we have entered the usual phase at such negotiations of high-level speeches extolling negotiators to finish the work and deliver on our...

Climate march in Lima and fresh ideas in talks

Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 - (OTTAWA) - The COP20 talks are taking place in an unlikely venue  - a military base outside of town.  Despite the reporting of its carbon footprint, being built from scratch to accommodate ten...