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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...

Canada’s Dismal Presence in Lima at COP20

Tuesday, 09 Dec 2014 - Leona Aglukkaq has been in Lima at COP20 arriving on the same flight I took to Peru. She was in first class so I didn’t see her, but I was reliably informed by a friend in the front cabin that she...

Climate talks at national and sub-national levels

Monday, 08 Dec 2014 - Sorry. That has to be my least inspired blog title ever.  Chalk it up to being immersed in UN-speak all day. The morning plenary dealt with two newly tabled documents --  a draft decision from the co...

What’s at stake in Lima?

Saturday, 06 Dec 2014 - I am in Lima, Peru for the 20th Conference of the Parties (COP) of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). COPs within the UNFCCC are the on-going process working to develop a...

Harper’s assault on our national parks

Friday, 05 Dec 2014 - Unlike our current prime minister’s attack on climate policy and push for every pipeline and tanker in sight, this one is flying under the radar.  In fact, Conservative Party talking points make...

Pipeline Politics

Friday, 14 Nov 2014 - As the debate rages south of the border about the Keystone pipeline, there are some key facts to bear in mind.  Every pipeline currently being promoted – whether Alberta to the Pacific (Enbridge and...

A Notice of My Dad's Death

Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 - In lieu of flowers, the May family would appreciate donations to the Green Party of Canada in memory of John May. My father, John May, died early this morning.  He was born John Walter May but...