David Akin - October 7th, 2014
Some in Canada will think it perfectly appropriate that Canadian governments have paid little heed to Canada’s environment commissioner annual warnings that Canada just hasn’t been getting it done when it comes to climate change. Others will find this review depressing that we have not got it done on climate change.
Whatever your view: Given the fact that we’ve had five general elections since 2000 (2 won by the Liberals, three by the Conservatives) and no party has been punished for failing to meet their own targets, it’s pretty clear that our politicians have gotten the message about how much heed they should pay the Environment Commissioner: Read more…
David Akin - September 2nd, 2014
Two letters to the editor. One from the east. One from the west.
The first, from pollster Don Mills of Corporate Research Associates, based out of Halifax, published at the paywalled site AllNovaScotia.com on August 29:
No fracking? No problem. ~
Weak economic growth and out-migration of youth? No problem.
Aging population and rapidly rising heath-care costs? No problem. Read more…
David Akin - January 31st, 2014
First there was the big news:
And within minutes the Conservative Party of Canada unveiled the ad above and various politicians took to social media to sell it. Read more…
David Akin - July 3rd, 2013
The audience for the U.S. magazine Foreign Policy (published by the same people who publish The Washington Post) is mostly American and, today, Canadian journalist Andrew Nikiforuk is telling them that Canada has not only lost its reputation as “global Boy Scout” but we are now evil “petroleum bullies”.
Over the last decade, Canada has not so quietly become an international mining center and a rogue petrostate. It’s no longer America’s better half, but a dystopian vision of the continent’s energy-soaked future.
via Oh, Canada – By Andrew Nikiforuk | Foreign Policy.
David Akin - May 18th, 2013
Ian Austen, who reports for the New York Times about Canada, only quotes opposition MP, New Democrat Brian Masse, in a piece that takes a look at one of the side effects of Alberta oil.
“Here’s a little bit of Alberta,” said Brian Masse, one of Windsor’s Parliament members. “For those that thought they were immune from the oil sands and the consequences of them, we’re now seeing up front and center that we’re not.”
Mr. Masse wants the International Joint Commission, the bilateral agency that governs the Great Lakes, to investigate the pile. Michigan’s state environmental regulatory agency has submitted a formal request to Detroit Bulk Storage, the company holding the material for Koch Carbon, to change its storage methods. Michigan politicians and environmental groups have also joined cause with Windsor residents. Paul Baltzer, a spokesman for Koch’s parent company, Koch Companies Public Sector, did not respond to questions about its storage or the ultimate destination of the petroleum coke.
Coke, which is mainly carbon, is an essential ingredient in steelmaking as well as producing the electrical anodes used to make aluminum.
via Mountain of Petroleum Coke From Oil Sands Rises in Detroit – NYTimes.com.