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Why I am marching

Blog | 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...

Staking the moral high ground – why the Green Party exists

Blog | Saturday, 02 Aug 2014
What follows is my original piece rebutting the National Post editorial. The NP editors requested cuts and changes which I accepted. Still, on reflection, the edits lost much content, particularly in...

How not to protect the lives of sex trade workers

Blog | Friday, 11 Jul 2014
The ruling from the Supreme Court of Canada was pretty clear in the Bedford case. The laws were preventing women (and men) in the business of selling sex from being unacceptably vulnerable to...

All together now: How we stop Enbridge’s pipelines and tankers

Blog | Sunday, 22 Jun 2014
It came to me in response to a biased question from a Sun News reporter in Toronto.  The question, playing into the warped world of Ezra Lavant, prompted me to explain what “protesters” might do to...

Northern Gateway will help degrade environment

Blog | Thursday, 19 Jun 2014
Imagine your favourite lake — the one on which you have a cottage or fish for walleye. Now imagine it is going to be acidified for 40 years by a giant industrial project. Or imagine your favourite...

Seas of Trouble

Blog | Tuesday, 03 Jun 2014
“Ad mare usque ad mare”—from sea to sea. So goes the motto emblazoned on Canada’s coat of arms. But with some significant exceptions, Canadians probably don’t see Canada as a maritime nation....

Getting Canada back on track: economic case for making rail infrastructure a priority

Blog | Sunday, 01 Jun 2014
Transport Minister Lisa Raitt announced on May 12 that the federal government would be intervening to save VIA Rail’s Halifax-to-Montreal Oceanroute. Many breathed a sigh of relief. The Ocean line...

Elizabeth May’s First Term as a Green MP in Canada’s Parliament

Blog | Tuesday, 20 May 2014
“We can be totally honest and speak from our hearts. When we feel even one thing is good we can point it out.” Elizabeth May became Canada’s first Green member of Parliament, for Saanich-Gulf Islands...

The Real Issue with the so-called "Fair Elections Act"

Blog | Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014
With all the talk about the Conservatives’ so-called “Fair Elections Act,” my mind keeps coming back to what Elizabeth May has said right from the start:“The crisis in Canadian democracy is not that...

Passenger rail in Canada is in crisis

Blog | Monday, 07 Apr 2014
There has been a lot of attention of late to what moves on Canada’s rails. Train derailments, disasters such as Lac-Mégantic and near-disasters, such as the railcars loaded with toxic diluents that...