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Climate Jeopardy

Friday, 28 Jun 2013 - A. “Up a creek.’ Q. What is President Obama’s climate action plan and where does that leave Stephen Harper? I would have suggested the answer was “high and dry,” but given the increasing likelihood...

How Greens Vote in the EU Parliament

Friday, 28 Jun 2013 - My daughter Cate just graduated from Kings University in Halifax in May and has been interning in Brussels with a friend of mine, Catherine Greze, Green Party of France MEP in the European Parliament...

What I Would Change About Politics in Canada

Monday, 24 Jun 2013 - Democracy is, as Winston Churchill once quipped, the worst system of government, except all the others that have been tried. He also, less famously said, “The best argument against democracy is a...

Praising the Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Sunday, 23 Jun 2013 - I remain so grateful to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities for your leadership on issues of sustainability. Municipalities, large and small, rural and urban, represent a level of government...

The latest attempt to deny climate science

Wednesday, 19 Jun 2013 - In case you missed it, earlier this month an article appeared in a little known physics journal, rated by scientists as of ‘low influence,’ the International Journal of Modern Physics B. The article...

Time to Put the Pieces of the Puzzle in Place

Thursday, 06 Jun 2013 - If all the key pieces of Canada’s energy future – the climate crisis, a prosperous economy, labour issues, east-west connectivity, energy efficiency, technological innovation, federal-provincial...

10 Reasons Why Harper Isn't Really Canadian

Thursday, 06 Jun 2013 - In a Global interview with Laura Stone, I am quoted as saying that Stephen Harper is "not Canadian." Having lunch with a reporter on virtually no sleep is a high risk proposition, but I didn't say...

It just keeps getting worse—under-estimating the GHG impacts of bitumen

Thursday, 06 Jun 2013 - The news out of Detroit is pretty shocking. The only thing more shocking is that it is not making headlines in Canada. The New York Times has been reporting that a mountain of coke, waste from...

Oceans at risk like never before

Tuesday, 04 Jun 2013 - Acidification is the equally evil twin’ of the climate crisis. Today, June 5, is World Environment Day, and June 8 is World Oceans Day, with the full week marked in Canada by legislation as...

U.S. says climate change high risk’ to federal assets, Canada has no infrastructure adaptation plan

Sunday, 02 Jun 2013 - One of my favourite political satirical works is Terry Fallis’s The High Road. It should be assigned reading for policy studies on infrastructure. It does a brilliant job of explaining the perils of...