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A $15 federal minimum wage will not solve inequality – but it could help

Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 - I am going to vote for the NDP’s motion on reinstating the federal minimum wage. A federal minimum wage would only apply to federally regulated industries which comprise only a small portion of the...

The price of cheap shrimp

Wednesday, 03 Sep 2014 - The readership of Island Tides is, in my experience, among the best informed and most conscientious about our collective and individual ecological footprint of any people on the planet. However, I...

Letter to the Editor: Give Capital Region a Say on Pipeline: August 28, 2014

Monday, 01 Sep 2014 - To the Editor, I couldn't agree more with Mayor Fortin that citizens of southern Vancouver Island must have a say, and a definitive say, about the proposal to dramatically increase bitumen-loaded...

Dumbing down of diplomacy

Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 - One can be forgiven for dismissing the appointment of Canada’s new ambassador to the Vatican as a matter of no consequence. But this posting in the midst of a hot summer of global conflict may have...

Why I am marching

Thursday, 07 Aug 2014 - This article was primarily written for an international audience, but I thought Canadian Greens might want to join me too! On Sunday September 21 I will be with my daughter in New York, marching with...

Staking the moral high ground – why the Green Party exists

Saturday, 02 Aug 2014 - What follows is my original piece rebutting the National Post editorial. The NP editors requested cuts and changes which I accepted. Still, on reflection, the edits lost much content, particularly in...

How not to protect the lives of sex trade workers

Friday, 11 Jul 2014 - The ruling from the Supreme Court of Canada was pretty clear in the Bedford case. The laws were preventing women (and men) in the business of selling sex from being unacceptably vulnerable to...

All together now: How we stop Enbridge’s pipelines and tankers

Sunday, 22 Jun 2014 - It came to me in response to a biased question from a Sun News reporter in Toronto.  The question, playing into the warped world of Ezra Lavant, prompted me to explain what “protesters” might do to...

Passenger rail in Canada is in crisis

Monday, 07 Apr 2014 - There has been a lot of attention of late to what moves on Canada’s rails. Train derailments, disasters such as Lac-Mégantic and near-disasters, such as the railcars loaded with toxic diluents that...

Finance, Budgets And Shuffles

Thursday, 03 Apr 2014 - In the last few weeks, there were a few shake-ups on the Canadian political scene. Allison Redford resigned as Premier of Alberta, the Supreme Court ruled that Stephen Harper’s new Quebec appointee...