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“Lock your office door and stay away from the windows...”

Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 - Wednesday October 22nd was set to be a typically busy day in the House. From my first meetings in Centre Block on Parliament Hill starting at 7 AM to heading to my Confederation Building office for...

Counting our Blessings

Monday, 13 Oct 2014 - On this Thanksgiving weekend, I think we are all drawn toward the counting of blessings. As my new book tries to set out, I think of “who we are” as a people and as a nation. And as both, we have...

The speech I did not get to give

Saturday, 11 Oct 2014 - I had thought that the debate on sending a military mission into Iraq would allow for me to make a 10 minute speech. Due to the motion for closure, I never had that chance. I had some rough notes of...

Climate Change is a threat to food production—one we are ignoring

Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 - As the multilateral process within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) works toward a new, more inclusive and stronger treaty to limit greenhouse gases to be completed...

Who decided biotech was a technology winner?

Monday, 22 Sep 2014 - The federal government, regardless of political stripe, has a poor record of picking technology winners.  Canadians essentially lost tens of billions when the giant white radioactive elephant Atomic...

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...