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DeSmog Canada (www.desmog.ca) exists to clear the PR pollution that is preventing Canadians from having sensible public conversations about critical issues around the environment, social justice and the economy. We work to clear the air and to explore solutions for cleaning up Canada's polluted public square.

DeSmog Canada seek to examine why Canadians often feel powerless to demand that government and industry focus on what’s really important: developing more effective public policies and transitioning to a healthier, more sustainable economy.

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Before You Complain About Taxes, Read This

(17) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 5:09 PM

Open any newspaper and you'll find umpteen stories about taxes -- from Vancouver's ongoing transit tax referendum to Alberta's budget crisis to Toronto's property tax increase.

"It's probably safe to say that there was no golden age where everyone loved paying taxes," says Alex...

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5 Seriously Disturbing B.C. Political Donations

(15) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 3:29 PM

The 2014 financial reports from B.C.'s political parties are out and my face hurts from all of the eyebrow raising.

Donations to political parties from corporations are banned federally, but here in B.C. -- the wild west of political donations -- the corporate cash is free-flowing.

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B.C. Mine Approvals 'Too Much, Too Fast,' Say Alaskans Downstream

(6) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 6:04 PM

B.C.'s approval of a new mine in a trans-boundary watershed has added fuel to simmering Alaskan anger about the province's surge of mine development adjacent to the southeast Alaska border.

The province has granted an environmental assessment certificate to Pretivm Resources Inc. for the Brucejack gold...

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Canada's Charitable Law Urgently Needs Reforming

(1) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 4:41 PM

A report released today by the University of Victoria's Environmental Law Centre calls for sweeping reform of Canadian charitable law in line with other jurisdictions such as the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and England.

Current rules around "political activity" -- defined by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)...

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Five Poll Results That Will Cause Oil Execs Some Headaches

(11) Comments | Posted February 7, 2015 | 3:42 PM

Alberta Oil magazine just published its National Survey on Energy Literacy, the culmination of 1,396 online interviews of a representative sample of Canadians conducted by Leger.

The results are particularly interesting coming from Alberta Oil, a magazine destined for the desks of the energy sector's senior...

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Alaskans Ring Alarm Over Potential For More Mount Polley Disasters

(6) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 2:16 PM

Worried Alaskans who fear lucrative fisheries and tourism industries are at risk from lax B.C. oversight of mine safety are meeting with state officials next week to ask the U.S. State Department to push for more input on mine development along the border of northwest B.C. and southeast Alaska.

"We...

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Why Oilsands are 'Canada's Elephant in the Atmosphere'

(3) Comments | Posted November 28, 2014 | 4:17 PM

If oil prices continue their slide downward, the cancellation of high-cost oilsands projects are likely, but just because prices rebounded in the past and investment returned, does not mean that is a guide for the future, warns James Leaton, research director of the Carbon Tracker Initiative.

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Convenient Conspiracy: How Vivian Krause Became the Poster Child for Canada's Anti-Environment Crusade

(9) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 5:49 PM

Last week, Vivian Krause published an opinion piece in claiming that a vote for Vision Vancouver is a vote for U.S. interests.

So, you might be wondering: just who is Vivian Krause? We're so glad you asked...

An essential component of all public relations campaigns is...

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Jumbo Ski Resort Threatens Grizzly Bears From Southern B.C. Into U.S.: Scientists

(3) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 5:57 PM

Grizzly bears in the Central Purcell Mountains are more vulnerable than shown in 15-year-old research being used by proponents of Jumbo Glacier Resort, says one of Canada's leading grizzly bear experts. And he adds that if the resort is built, it could threaten grizzly populations through southern B.C...

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We'll Never Know How Much Kinder Morgan Spent In B.C. Municipal Race

(2) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 8:18 PM

Kinder Morgan has launched an advertising campaign pushing the company's proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion that just so happens to coincide with B.C.'s municipal elections -- but Elections BC says the company doesn't need to register as a third-party advertiser.

That's a bit of a puzzler...

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Avalanche Risk At Proposed B.C. Ski Resort Raises Red Flags

(2) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 8:19 PM

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When Pat Morrow looks around at the mountains, towering on either side of the Jumbo Valley, his concern is palpable.

Avalanche paths are clearly visible, both beside Jumbo Creek Road and on slopes surrounding the meadows and valley where Glacier Resorts...

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Jumbo Glacier Resort Symbolizes All That's Wrong With B.C. Politics, Economy

(2) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 5:49 PM

As election season draws near, lawn signs are popping up like plywood pumpkin patches in every municipality in British Columbia. Door knocking has begun in earnest and no baby is safe from obligatory photo ops. Hand shakes and promises -- the currency of democracy -- reign once more.

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B.C. Has World's Best Clean Fuel Rules. Guess Who's Trying to Weaken Them?

(1) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 4:35 PM

One of British Columbia's most effective climate regulations is at risk.

Even though fuel providers make more profit off drivers in B.C. than anywhere else in Canada, the industry is requesting that the province review low-carbon fuel standards, which require vehicle fuels to become cleaner.

As energy...

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Time Running Out For Jumbo Glacier Ski Resort As Construction Deadline Approaches

(1) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 4:00 PM

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Stuck in the ground, halfway down the valley trail leading into the proposed Jumbo Glacier Resort, is a stick, leaning crookedly against a small tree, inscribed with the word "Lift."

About one kilometre away, at the bottom of a recently bulldozed track into soggy...

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When It Comes to Jumbo Glacier Resort, All Questions Lead Back To Powerful Minister

(2) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 3:46 PM

During the last decade, as Jumbo Glacier Resort's plans for an all-season ski resort in the Purcell Mountains wilderness have inched their way through a labyrinth of controversy, protest and legislation, proponents have had a powerful ally in Victoria.

Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett, the often-outspoken MLA...

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5 Reasons B.C. Should Say No To The Site C Dam

(7) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 4:00 PM

A recent poll found that only six out of 10 British Columbians have heard of BC Hydro's $8 billion proposal to build a third hydroelectric dam on the Peace River.

But the decision about whether to build the Site C dam will directly affect all of us -- from the...

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Fancy a Swim in Sewage? Take a Dip in Ottawa River After It Rains

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 12:37 PM

Never swim in the Ottawa River if it has rained during the previous 48 hours, recommends Meredith Brown, the executive director of Ottawa Riverkeeper.

The non-profit group is raising public awareness about raw sewage pouring into the popular recreational river after rainstorms or snow melts. Making matters worse,...

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Fears of Cost Overruns, Flooding of Peace Valley Loom on Eve of Site C Dam Report

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 3:15 PM

Opponents of the proposed Site C dam are hoping a report from the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency panel, to be released Thursday, will emphasize potential environmental damage from the massive dam and persuade the federal and provincial governments that the project should be scrapped.

The report from the Joint Review...

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People Without Educational Expertise Shouldn't Draft Educational Policy

(1) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 7:35 AM

When artists depict the future, we should take the time to listen. What if they're warning us of something that could be avoided?

"Brawndo! It's got what plants crave!"

This slogan for the popular sports drink 'Brawndo' is the mantra of citizens in Mike Judge's 2006 film 'Idiocracy.'...

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B.C. Shellfish Die-Off Illustrates A Future We Must Avoid

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 8:23 PM

"10 million scallops are dead; Qualicum company lays off staff."

The Feb. 25 headline hit British Columbians like a punch in the stomach.

The shellfish industry has been an economic powerhouse on central Vancouver Island for decades, providing hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in revenue...

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