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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...

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...