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Writer didn’t ask me; Others did

Blog | Friday, 09 Jan 2015
(CHARLOTTETOWN) - A Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal letter to the editor from December 3 stated that “Hyer did not consult his constituents” regarding my vote on the decision to commit Canadian fighter...

Down to the wire – Was the Lima decision better than nothing?

Blog | Sunday, 14 Dec 2014
(LIMA) - As you likely have heard, the COP20 talks wrapped earlier this morning at around 3:30 AM.  The deal was done in seconds following the break for countries to review a new text tabled by the...

The COP that would not die...

Blog | Friday, 12 Dec 2014
(LIMA) -Okay, I know that sounds like a Bruce Willis movie and my apologies... but this COP has achieved that dreamlike-nightmarish quality that obscures what day it is, what time it is.  So...

Fanfare and backrooms

Blog | Thursday, 11 Dec 2014
(LIMA) - As the available hours for negotiations wind down, we have entered the usual phase at such negotiations of high-level speeches extolling negotiators to finish the work and deliver on our...

Climate march in Lima and fresh ideas in talks

Blog | Thursday, 11 Dec 2014
(OTTAWA) - The COP20 talks are taking place in an unlikely venue  - a military base outside of town.  Despite the reporting of its carbon footprint, being built from scratch to accommodate ten...

Canada’s Dismal Presence in Lima at COP20

Blog | Tuesday, 09 Dec 2014
Leona Aglukkaq has been in Lima at COP20 arriving on the same flight I took to Peru. She was in first class so I didn’t see her, but I was reliably informed by a friend in the front cabin that she...

Climate talks at national and sub-national levels

Blog | Monday, 08 Dec 2014
Sorry. That has to be my least inspired blog title ever.  Chalk it up to being immersed in UN-speak all day. The morning plenary dealt with two newly tabled documents --  a draft decision from the co...

What’s at stake in Lima?

Blog | Saturday, 06 Dec 2014
I am in Lima, Peru for the 20th Conference of the Parties (COP) of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). COPs within the UNFCCC are the on-going process working to develop a...

Harper’s assault on our national parks

Blog | Friday, 05 Dec 2014
Unlike our current prime minister’s attack on climate policy and push for every pipeline and tanker in sight, this one is flying under the radar.  In fact, Conservative Party talking points make...

Pipeline Politics

Blog | Friday, 14 Nov 2014
As the debate rages south of the border about the Keystone pipeline, there are some key facts to bear in mind.  Every pipeline currently being promoted – whether Alberta to the Pacific (Enbridge and...