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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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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

jumbo glacier resort

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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A Short History of Joe Oliver, Canada's New Finance Minister

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 5:28 PM

Joe Oliver, Canada's new federal Minister of Finance, made quite a name for himself during his tenure as Minister of Natural Resources. In his former position Oliver proved himself a fierce and outspoken defender of the oilsands as the economic engine of Canada. But is it just the oilsands he...

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Enbridge Covers Northern B.C. With Ads Before Kitimat Northern Gateway Vote

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 1:52 AM

Enbridge Northern Gateway is covering northern B.C. with ads in the run up to the Kitimat plebiscite, urging citizens to vote in favour of the company's proposal to ship oil across B.C. and on to Asia on oil tankers.

During a provincial election or initiative vote, Elections BC restricts...

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Is There Room For Big Oil In Alberta Classrooms?

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 4:14 PM

The province of Alberta has recently released a development plan for public schools that enlists Suncor Energy and Syncrude Canada in the creation of future Kindergarten to grade three curriculum. Oil giant Cenovus will partner in developing curriculum for grades four to 12.

The oil and gas industry's involvement in...

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When It Comes to the Environment, We're All Hypocrites

(2) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 12:37 PM

Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)


The 'I' in this passage -- from section 51 of Song of Myself, by poet Walt Whitman -- stands as a reference to the erratic...

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The B.C. Battle For Enbridge Northern Gateway Polls

(1) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 4:49 PM

A strange chain of events played out in The Vancouver Sun newspaper in the past couple of weeks.

First, on Feb. 5, the newspaper ran the results of a poll commissioned by Dogwood Initiative and three other B.C. non-profit groups that found 64 per cent of British...

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Why Rex Murphy's Relationship With Oil Matters

(8) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 5:06 PM

There is a brewing controversy swirling around longtime CBC commentator Rex Murphy and his relationship with Canada's oil industry.

As long time readers of DeSmog know, Murphy has been a vocal supporter of the oilsands industry and a booster of those who attack the scientific realities of climate change. (Here's...

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Nothing To Hide: Pipelines, Spies and Animal Print Underpants

(1) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 8:35 PM

More and more often, we are reading in the news about the federal government and various intelligence and law enforcement agencies allegedly "spying" on aboriginals and pipeline opponents.

I am both of those things. I have no idea whether strangers are picking up shards of information from my...

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What's Good For Oil Sands Companies is Not What's Good For Canada

(4) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 7:29 AM

It's up to the U.S. President to decide whether the cross-border leg of the Keystone XL pipeline is in the national interest of his country. Ultimately, his criteria are less scientific than political. Does he stand to lose more by alienating those who support or oppose the project?

With midterm...

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Canada's Petrostate Has Killed Our Reputation

(1) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 2:48 PM

"Alberta is very much a petrostate," says journalist and author Andrew Nikiforuk. "It gets about 30 per cent of its income from the oil and gas industry. So as a consequence, the government over time has tended more to represent this resource and the industry that produces it, than its...

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Why is the Harper Administration Throwing Away Entire Libraries?

(18) Comments | Posted January 16, 2014 | 11:05 AM

Walter M. Miller Jr.'s classic sci-fi book A Canticle for Leibowitz tells the story of a post-apocalyptic future in which a small group of monks strive to preserve the remnants of humanity's scientific knowledge. After the destruction of civilization, in the absence of physical records of its history, humanity repeats...

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Are Neil Young's Oilsands Comments Productive or Polarizing?

(10) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 3:16 PM

Neil Young's "Honour the Treaties" tour kicked off with a bang on Sunday when the ex-pat Canadian rocker ripped into the Conservative government's management of the oilsands.

Calling the oilsands a "disaster" and a "devastating environmental catastrophe" at a press conference at Massey Hall in Toronto, Young stood...

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