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Warsaw COP19 – Daily Blog – We are into serious over-time . . .

Friday, 22 Nov 2013 - I am writing this from the Warsaw airport in the wee hours of almost Saturday morning.  I left the ADP interactive process after 3 AM when the co-chairs adjourned, sending the weary negotiators away...

Warsaw COP19 – Daily Blog – Is this the worst COP ever?

Thursday, 21 Nov 2013 - Well, that’s not quite a fair question.  Copenhagen, COP15, will, hopefully for all time, represent the low point in the effort to achieve meaningful action to avert disaster, but for in-between COPs...

Warsaw COP19 – Daily Blog – Time is running out.

Wednesday, 20 Nov 2013 - I thought the working session I was in last night had run late – after midnight. But in turns out, that was an early COP evening. The buzz in the morning was that the group working on “loss and...

Warsaw COP19 – Daily Blog – Meeting with Ban Ki-Moon

Tuesday, 19 Nov 2013 - Today was the official opening of the High-Level portion of the negotiations.  My day started with a real thrill, meeting the U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.  Thanks to being an advisor to the...

Warsaw COP19 – Daily Blog – In which I get a pink badge!

Monday, 18 Nov 2013 - I started out early, memories of the appalling arrangements in Copenhagen left me not wanting to take any chances in a cold city. In Copenhagen at COP15, we had to line up and wait outside for hours...

Warsaw COP19 – Daily Blog

Sunday, 17 Nov 2013 - I will be here, in Warsaw over the next seven days, for what is called the “High Level Segment” of the 19th Conference of the Parties under the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change. It is not...

The beginning of the end of Harper’s iron rule

Thursday, 31 Oct 2013 - Okay, maybe this is not really the beginning of the end. I think the beginning of the end may have been last spring when some of the Conservative back-benchers had the temerity to complain publicly...

Can you keep a secret?

Wednesday, 23 Oct 2013 - It could be a self-parody, but it isn’t. In the wake of the breaking scandal about Canada’s espionage unit spying on the Government of Brazil, I realized I wasn’t sure about the origins and mandate...

The Senate Scandal Is Really Stephen’s Scandal

Tuesday, 22 Oct 2013 - I tweeted last night that Andrew Coyne had the best line of the day. In his Post Media column he called the senate events “edifying” and went on to describe the situation as one of “discreet...

The mania for monuments

Tuesday, 22 Oct 2013 - My intention with the Speech from the Throne, as in all my work as a Member of Parliament, is to quicken the pulse of democracy  -- to find ways to increase awareness  among Canadians about the...