Blog

The Climate Shell-Game

Tuesday, 02 Feb 2010 - I have blogged before trying to chase the shifting (and constantly weakening) climate targets of the Harper government. Our news release from Sunday will tell you some of what just happened -- a...

Haiti

Friday, 15 Jan 2010 - There are not words.  To hear our Governor General speak of her family, to know so many Canadians cannot reach their brothers and sisters, to know that the misery of poverty in Haiti is not a natural...

Update on Grassroots Protests Against Contempt of Parliament

Tuesday, 05 Jan 2010 - Since I posted my last blog on New Year's Eve, urging Canadians to demand respect for democracy and accountability from their government, I have been heartened to see so many actions launched.  ...

Cynicism and Calculation

Thursday, 31 Dec 2009 - The Prime Minister's latest move, to pick up the phone and ask the Governor General to shut down parliament until early March, proves once again his extreme cynicism and mastery in political...

What did it all mean?

Sunday, 20 Dec 2009 - The negotiations in Copenhagen did not produce what the planet and, more particularly, what humanity needs.  What did it accomplish? The Kyoto Protocol remains operational through to 2012.  That is...

Good COP, Bad COP

Saturday, 19 Dec 2009 - I have been to quite a few Conferences of the Parties of the Framework Convention on Climate Change (COPs).  Some have been brilliant, like COP11 in Montreal.  Some were dismal, like COP14 in Poznan...

No Details Yet, But...

Friday, 18 Dec 2009 - ...it appears that Bolivia and Venezuela just walked out of the COP.Rumours flying but appear confirmed that the Danish organized a meeting of the "most important" leaders and forgot to invite China...

Translating Positions into Degrees...

Friday, 18 Dec 2009 - The UK Guardian has published an excellent summary of why no deal is better than a bad deal (in the words of Desmond Tutu). It is all about the science. On current carbon reduction commitments, the...

Some hope -- maybe

Thursday, 17 Dec 2009 - Sarkozy and Lula are not giving up.  Working the phones.  Sarkozy to Obama. Is it possible? Yes.

Hope Fading

Thursday, 17 Dec 2009 - There were some brave speeches, claiming there is still a chance of a legally binding and transparent agreement in Copenhagen.  But it is increasingly hard to believe them. Gordon Brown has tried to...