The summer newsletter from Saanich-Gulf Islands MPElizabeth May was recently mailed to constituents, and is also available online. The theme for this edition is health, in response to the 33% of survey respondents who selected this as their preferred topic for the next newsletter. There is also information about the riding redistribution, bills tabled in Parliament, and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal Award Ceremony in September, as 30 SGI constituents are to receive the medal! A web-friendly version is at: www.elizabethmaymp.ca/health or follow the link from www.islandtides.com.
The proposed purchase of Calgary-based Nexen Inc, Canada’s 12th-largest energy company, by the China National Offshore Oil Company, CNOOCLtd., for $15.1- billion (US) should be setting off alarms bells, stated Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, Saanich-Gulf Islands MP.
‘This has been described as the largest takeover by a Chinese company in the world, so very serious questions must be raised about the wisdom of such an unprecedented move,’ May stated. ‘We simply cannot allow strategic energy resources to disappear from Canadian control at such a rate and level with no real oversight.’
State-owned CNOOC was the first Chinese company to make a major acquisition in the Canadian oil industry when it purchased a 17% interest in MEG Energy for $150 million in 2005. Then, in 2011, it expanded by acquiring OPTI Canada for $2.1 billion, giving it 35% of key assets like the Long Lake oil sands facility. Nexen controls and operates the remaining 65% of that site.
Like Patrick Brown, my Canada ‘puts human values first…a vision far beyond that of an ‘energy superpower’ or a colonial source of unprocessed raw materials’.
Where do I see the ‘loyalty to an unprecedented idea of complexity, which in turn meant that everyone, leaders in particular, would have to discipline themselves through restraint’ in today’s Canada?
Without a doubt, Elizabeth May is the politician who comes to mind first. She shows us how to resist the bullying of the Harper regime with the fundamental tools of nonviolence: an ability to listen to all points of view, to do huge amounts of solid research and to share the conclusions of that listening and research. Her commitment to the public good, rather than personal or partisan success, is exemplified by inviting a former NDP MP, now Independent, Bruce Hyer, and another wonderful person, Stéphane Dion, to speak at the Green Convention. I am sure all three would heartily agree with something Dion once said to a friend, who was wondering if the work had been worth it: ‘It is never a waste of time when you are doing the right thing’.
Elizabeth May says the Greens have always urged co-operation between parties on the centre and the left, and Etobicoke Centre would be a good place to start if a Supreme Court ruling makes a new vote in that Toronto riding necessary.
The Green party Leader said in a telephone interview this week that she would urge her party not to run a candidate in the contest and she thinks the New Democrats should also skip any repeat of the race which was won in 2011 by Ted Opitz, a Conservative, who beat Liberal candidate Borys Wrzesnewskyj by 26 votes. The Greens and the New Democrats were far behind.
Although Ms. May she said would not normally urge her party to stay off a ballot, the situation in Etobicoke Centre is highly unusual. If anyone was unfairly denied a seat in that riding it was Mr. Wrzesnewskyj, she said, and if there is a by-election it should be “a clean vote between Borys and Ted.”
In the main report EKOS released with its latest poll numbers earlier this month, they made a point of highlighting what they found to be a "surge" in Green party support. According to the polling, the Green party has "more than doubled their support since the last election and now stands at 10 points."
EKOS gives the following reasons why they are confident in their numbers:
"First, when these other polls ask respondents who they intend to vote for, they often do not prompt respondents with the Green Party as an option, opting instead to lump them in with the other' option. Second, these other polls often exclude cell phone only households, a group which is consistently more likely to support the Green Party."
Dr. Perry Kendall tried to reassure readers that should you get a tick bite, the standard Lyme test is just fine. Indeed this same test has been shown in published studies to be less accurate than a coin toss.
A survey of B.C. doctors showed 63% didn't even know that the bullseye rash was diagnostic of Lyme disease and should be treated immediately.
Why would the BCCDC state there were only a handful of cases of Lyme disease when according to their own survey 200 patients were treated for Lyme disease in 2007? Will the numbers be updated or will the myth be perpetuated?
Education is the only way to get the job done. Elizabeth May's bill for a National Lyme strategy is a huge step in the right direction.
A recent letter dismissed scientific concern over increasing ocean acidity as a consequence of rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels. I am writing to correct the scientific errors in this letter.
When dissolved in water, carbon dioxide produces carbonic acid. The ocean is the single biggest natural sink for the excess carbon dioxide we put into the atmosphere. The observed oceanic pH (a measure of acidity) reduction since preindustrial times is well understood to be overwhelmingly due to carbon dioxide (not mercury and sulphates as claimed by the writer).
Increasing ocean acidity and its potential effect on resident ecosystems is an extremely serious, indirect consequence of our increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide emissions. To dismiss so flippantly Elizabeth May, who takes the science seriously, does a disservice to the public discourse on what, if anything, society should do to mitigate against global warming and ultimately the collapse of existing ecosystems.
Re: "B.C. must act on Lyme disease recommendations," July 5.
I agree with Gwen Barlee's opinions because of my own experience with Lyme disease. A few years ago, after working outdoors, I experienced a stiff neck. I went to the local clinic for diagnosis and treatment. The doctor at the clinic prescribed Tylenol and sent me home.
The next day, I flew to England. Soon after my arrival, still suffering the same symptoms, a friend noticed a bite mark on my shoulder. I went to the village clinic the next day. After considering the stiff neck and the bite mark on my shoulder, the doctor immediately diagnosed Lyme disease and prescribed a two-week course of Doxicycline, the usual antibiotic recommended for Lyme disease in Europe. I am positive that, because of this prompt treatment, my stiffness and discomfort disappeared within a couple of days and I am now free of the disease.
I am thankful to the doctor in England for acting so quickly without resorting to the time-consuming testing that seems to be required in Canada to confirm the diagnosis of Lyme disease. I agree with Barlee and Saanich-Gulf Islands MP Elizabeth May that faster diagnosis and treatment in Canada would save many people a lot of unnecessary suffering from this debilitating disease.
British Columbia’s ridings will be “changed dramatically” for the fall 2015 federal election and Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s majority-governing Conservatives will have the most to gain from the six new seats and realigned electoral boundaries, says a pollster.
For example, in Conservative MP Kerry-Lynne Findlay's riding of Delta-Richmond East, Delta will become a new riding on its own, as will Richmond East. For others, boundaries have changed but names will stay the same, for example NDP MP Nathan Cullen's riding of Skeena-Bulkley Valley and Green Party leader Elizabeth May's Saanich-Gulf Islands.
Before the new riding boundaries were proposed, Ms. May said she was worried that there could be gerrymandering involved in her specific riding. Ms. May was referring to a newsletter by the Saanich-Gulf Islands Conservative riding association which spoke about how the seat redistribution could help them take back the seat.
Canadian social psychologist Jamie Gruman is proposing a new way of achieving nirvana: Do nothing.
Instead, live in the moment and embrace the "serene and contented acceptance of life as it is, with no ambitions of acquisition, accomplishment or progress toward goals," said Gruman, co-founder of the newly created Canadian Positive Psychology Association, a network of scholars and academics studying human well-being and happiness.
Psychology has long focused on our inner torment: understanding why people get depressed or anxious, and how to alleviate it. The emphasis has been on "disorders," "deficits," "neuroses" and the need for "therapy."
...the notion of a healthy national psyche is being embraced more openly by economists, politicians and political scientists around the globe, including in Canada, where, for example, Green Party leader Elizabeth May recently introduced a private member's bill in the House of Commons meant to develop a set of indicators to measure "the real health and well-being of people." A United Nations expert panel earlier this year called for nations around the globe to track the happiness of their people, arguing that economic wealth doesn't equal psychological health.