Canada

15/04/16
Author: 
Gary Engler

What is it with union and political ‘leaders’ who treat their members as if they were children not old enough to deal with reality?

15/04/16
Author: 
BILL CURRY

The head of Via Rail says the Crown corporation has investors in place and is ready to start construction in early 2017 on a plan that would dramatically improve service in the Montreal-Ottawa-Toronto corridor.

15/04/16

[Four articles on the reaction to the Leap Manifesto, first from Rabble]

 

Rather than fearing the Leap Manifesto, let's bring on the debate

 

By Linda McQuaig, Rabble, April 15, 2016

 

That silly Leap Manifesto -- giving itself away right in the subtitle, which calls for "a Canada based on caring for the Earth and one another." No wonder it provoked fury and outrage.

14/04/16
Author: 
Christina Pellegrini and Jeff Lewis

Canada's big banks are cutting credit lines of struggling energy companies, heaping more financial strain on an industry battered by the collapse in oil prices.

Bank of Nova Scotia, Royal Bank of Canada and National Bank of Canada are among those reducing credit lines as the lenders complete their semi-annual review of borrowing limits in the hard-hit energy sector.

 

13/04/16
Author: 
Thomas Walkom

It may scare some New Democrats, but this sketchy recipe for fighting climate change is not particularly left-wing.

The short document, available on-line, can arouse fierce passions.

Alberta NDP Premier Rachel Notley has called its centrepiece recommendations naive and ill-informed.

Writing in the Star, former party official Robin Sears has dismissed it as the product of “loony leapers.”

12/04/16
Author: 
John Ivison
Justin Trudeau and Bill Morneau in March. The finance minister is one of the people who convinced the prime minister to make pipelines a priority, John Ivison writes.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Justin Trudeau has told his senior lieutenants to draw up plans to make the Energy East pipeline and the Trans Mountain expansion in British Columbia a reality.

The prime minister has been convinced by his finance minister, Bill Morneau, and other influential voices around the cabinet table that the pipelines have to be built to achieve the ambitious economic growth targets his government has set.

But the problem for the Liberals is that this conviction has to be conveyed subtly to a public that has decidedly mixed views on oilsands expansion and pipelines.

11/04/16
Author: 
Martin Lukacs

The story has an air of inevitability. A rise in online communication has led to a inexorable decline of mail. Our local post offices, squeezed by the digital era, will soon be quaint outposts of a bygone era. What’s left to do but end door-to-door mail delivery, lay off postal workers, and hand over what remains to private companies?

09/04/16

October 14, 2015 - 2:19pm

Gordon Laxer has just written a new book titled After the Sands: Energy and Ecological Security for Canadians. In it, the founding director of the Parkland Institute and long-time Council of Canadians Board member, argues for the need to plan beyond the tar sands, which he refers to as the Sands.

07/04/16

VICTORIA – The Wilderness Committee is celebrating an announcement by the BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) late yesterday afternoon, which terminated the assessment for the proposed Raven Coal Mine in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island.

07/04/16
Author: 
Bruce Cheadel

OTTAWA - The chairman of Canada's Ecofiscal Commission has a message for Brad Wall as the Saskatchewan premier and high-profile carbon-tax opponent embarks on his third straight majority mandate.

"If you have a stated goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions — and Saskatchewan does — the most cost-effective way to do it is carbon pricing. Period," says Chris Ragan, the McGill University economist who acts as the non-partisan commission's chief spokesman.

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