Iran, Canada and the Petro State

By Andrew NikiforukTheTyee.ca March 5, 2012 Whenever North Americans fill up their vehicles with gasoline these days they should reflect on their ongoing contribution to the dysfunctional status of petro states and the Islamic Republic of Iran in particular.Iran's civilian nuclear power ambitions, of course, have set off a grand political tiff with the United States and Israel. Both suspect the nation ... [click title to continue]

Warming of two degrees inevitable over Canada: study

PhysOrg.comMarch 4, 2012SFU geographer Kirsten Zickfeld notes in a new paper she has co-authored that northern hemisphere dwellers will suffer more severe effects of climate change than others.Even if zero emissions of greenhouse gases were to be achieved, the world’s temperature would continue to rise by about a quarter of a degree over a decade. That’s a best-case scenario, according to a paper ... [click title to continue]

Heartland associate taught ‘biased’ climate course at Ottawa university

Expert audit finds man connected with climate sceptic thinktank taught climate course to students at Carleton UniversityBy Suzanne Goldenbergguardian.co.uk28 February 2012 An associate of the Heartland Institute, the thinktank devoted to discrediting climate change, taught a course at a top Canadian university that contained more than 140 false, biased and misleading claims about climate science, an ... [click title to continue]

On the environment Canada is a rogue state

From Murray Dobbin's Blog February 19, 2012 There are so many areas of conventional democratic governance being challenged or eliminated by the Harper wrecking crew it is hard to keep up. In a search for a line in the sand that even this government won’t cross we still haven’t found it. So far, it seems, there is nothing in the broad field of democratic governance (save the military and prisons) ... [click title to continue]

Harper Deals Threaten Human Rights and the Environment in Canada and China

By Maude BarlowCouncil of CanadiansFebruary 9th, 2012Prime Minister Stephen Harper is basking in the uncritical media reporting of his state visit to China. His “open for business” message has been very well received in Beijing where he has just signed a slew of trade and investment deals in energy, agriculture, and natural resources. Small wonder. The world is running out of conventional energy, ... [click title to continue]

Climate skeptics gathering influence in Tory Senate seats

BY MIKE DE SOUZAPost Media NewsJanuary 21, 2012 Sen. M. LeBreton (R) pins new Conservative Sen. Bert Brown Some of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s newly-appointed senators are emerging as global-warming skeptics in the wake of aggressive government positions to abandon the Kyoto Protocol, slam environmentalists and downplay potential damage caused by Canadian oil and gas exploration.“I felt ... [click title to continue]

Stephen Harper and the Big Oil Party of Canada

By Murray DobbinJanuary 17, 2012Where will you be and what will you be doing when the first giant oil tanker, (there will be two plying the waters every three days) carrying over 200,000 gallons of tar sands goop diluted with solvent, spills its load into the pristine waters of the northern BC coast? We often remember catastrophic events by recalling exactly what we were doing and where we were when ... [click title to continue]

What’s radical about the controversy over Northern Gateway?

By Jim HardingNo NukesJanuary 17, 2012The Syrian regime blames its domestic uprising on “foreign-supported terrorists”. The Harper regime joins the international chorus condemning Syria’s suppression of the democracy activists. Then the Harper regime blames “foreign-funded environmentalists” for trying to stop Canadian jobs from Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline. The oppositional activists, ... [click title to continue]

David Suzuki: Northern Gateway pipeline project is about profits versus environment

By David Suzuki  Straight.com January 10, 2012  The battle lines are drawn, and Northern B.C.’s pristine wilderness is the latest front. With hearings underway into the proposed $5.5-billion, dual 1,172-kilometre Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project to transport bitumen from the Alberta tar sands to Kitimat and imported condensate to dilute it from the coast back to Alberta, the ... [click title to continue]