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Why the NDP Won't Save Quebec

Mathieu Murphy-Perron | Posted 04.11.2014 | Canada Politics
Mathieu Murphy-Perron

The only scenario in which the NDP may be organised and stable enough to enter the Québec fray would be if it were to win consecutive mega majorities federally. That would bring us to 2023. This is neither a sustainable nor a realistic political alternative.

B.C. Politicians React To Flaherty's Death

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.10.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Sorrow is being expressed across British Columbia over the sudden death of Canada's former finance minister Jim Flaherty, who has died at ...

So, The Tarsands Were To Blame..

Mike Hudema | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada Alberta
Mike Hudema

It makes you wonder how many other voices that complain about tar sands impacts are being ignored? Fort Chipewyan's calls for independent health inquiry, the cancer concerns in Fort Saskatchewan are just two, both recently echoed by the Edmonton Journal's editorial board; the fact that some doctors may not comfortable treating oil-symptom patients is another.

How Much Did Canada Really Know Before Entering Kandahar?

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.09.2014 | Canada Politics

KABUL - The meeting had barely gotten underway at the U.S.-led Kandahar provincial reconstruction team's base when one of the Canadian diplomats excus...

B.C. Gold Mine Rejected By Feds

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.03.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The federal government has again rejected a proposed $1.5-billion, open-pit, gold-copper mine in British Columbia's Interior over environm...

Top 15 Climate-Inspired Pick-Up Lines Just in Time for Valentine's Day

Mike Hudema | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada Impact
Mike Hudema

Yesterday the creative folks at the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition launched a very innovative twitter campaign to help raise funds for Power Shift - a youth led convergence on climate change. Check out some of the #climatepickuplines hilarity.

Tar Sands Communities Flee Homes to Escape Emissions, Panel Told

Mike Hudema | Posted 04.14.2014 | Canada Alberta
Mike Hudema

I can't imagine how it would feel after I've seen my cattle die, my daughter almost fall down the stairs because of chronic headaches and dizziness, and my family get sick to the point we had to leave our farm and move into our parents basement. And then to be told that it's not the constant tar sands emissions that are the problem, but my attitude to the oil and gas industry.

Town Hall Is Reminder That Pipeline Agenda Will Cost Harper Government

Ben West | Posted 04.05.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Ben West

This pipeline project will not survive public scrutiny. Enbridge and Kinder Morgan do not have, and will not have, our permission. We will stop these pipelines and the Harper regime would be smart to listen or at least get out of the way. A government can only hide the fact that they do not represent the values of the people of their country for so long before people wake up to it and show them the door.

Green Party Deputy Leader Steps Down

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The federal Green party's deputy leader, Adriane Carr, is stepping down from the job after nearly eight years.Carr, who was elected as a c...

'10 Reasons Neil Young Is Right About The Tar Sands'

Mike Hudema | Posted 03.18.2014 | Canada Alberta
Mike Hudema

To say that rock legend Neil Young has been making waves on his ACFN 'Honour the Treaties' tour would be an understatement. His comments about the horrors of the tar sands have made front-page headlines, set social media ablaze, and have brought out more than a few attacks mostly from stalwarts of the oil industry.

Freedom Of Thought Requires Privacy, Not State Scrutiny

Madeleine Thien | Posted 02.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Madeleine Thien

Imagine that I took all the e-mails and messages that I have ever written, as well as recordings of all Skype calls that I have ever made, and gave them to a group of strangers. Should we trust the priorities these strangers will have in 10 years, or 20 or 50? Should we trust that this immense cache of data will not become a commodity, traded to other governments that exist now, or will exist in the future?

Northern Gateway Review Coming

CP | Dene Moore, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.16.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A federal-review-panel report on the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline will be released this week, following more than a year of hearings...

The War Against Harper's Pipelines Reaches Tipping Point

Ben West | Posted 02.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Ben West

This week will be filled with really big moments for both Enbridge and Kinder Morgan in BC. Today, Kinder Morgan announced that they have finally filed their application to build a new tar sands oil pipeline along the route of the Trans Mountain pipeline. On Thursday or Friday this week, it is suspected that we may finally have a decision from the National Energy Board (NEB) on the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline. Both Kinder Morgan and Enbridge really have become Harper's pipelines. But Enbridge and Kinder Morgan do not have the permission of the people of B.C. The Harper government and these companies still have the opportunity to do the right thing and listen to the people. Please pledge your opposition and end the year by reminding Stephen Harper who really is in charge.

'Do The Right Thing,' Ford: Vancouver Mayor

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson is advising embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford to step out of the media glare.Robertson said it would be be...

Robertson: Ford Crack Video 'Big Distraction'

CBC | Posted 12.31.2013 | Canada British Columbia

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson says a video that allegedly shows Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack is "a big distraction." Robertson ...

The Tories Are A Fighting Machine With Money to Burn - Don't Write Their Obituary Yet

Michael Eugenio | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Michael Eugenio

The Tories have money on their side, and lots of it. They are a powerhouse when it comes to grassroots fundraising, outperforming both the NDP and Liberals by far. In 2012 alone, when one would expect fundraising dollars to be on the low side, the Tories raked in $17.3 million from 87,306 contributors.

West Coast Communities Unite To Stop Tar Sands Tankers

Ben West | Posted 12.25.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Ben West

Cross border organizing is becoming a bigger part of tar sands campaigns for native and non-native people alike. Mariner culture dictates that if there's is a distress call anyone in the vicinity has a responsibility to act. That is the spirit of shared responsibility and stewardship that is behind our TarSandsSOS.org site. ForestEthics, with offices in Bellingham and San Francisco, partnered with Vancouver-based ForestEthics Advocacy to create it. The site is home to a unique tar sands oil tanker tracking system, which displays those tanker's locations in real time. The site also generates real time tweets when tankers carrying tar sands enter sensitive habitats on the West Coast, like whale habitat in Washington State's San Juan Islands.

Who Do MPs Follow On Twitter

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 10.08.2013 | Canada Politics

Twitter is a key part of an Ottawa journalist's day-to-day work. It's probably the best place to throw out your random quips about the absurdities tha...

CNRL Will Drain Oil Spill Lake, But Questions Keep Rising

Mike Hudema | Posted 11.26.2013 | Canada Alberta
Mike Hudema

Within a few weeks the lake will be gone. CNRL has been ordered to return it in 2014 but I think we all know that lakes can't simply be filled like a swimming pool. Lakes are an integral part of ecosystems. Animals, insects, birds and plants depend on them and those interconnected relationships take decades or even centuries to develop.

Alberta: A Spill Filled Summer

Mike Hudema | Posted 11.17.2013 | Canada Alberta
Mike Hudema

It's been another spill-filled summer in the spill-prone province of Alberta. With Alberta averaging over two oil spills a day over the past 37 years, there are many spills that we don't know about. However we do know about some and what we know is alarming. Here is a recap of just five of the spills to hit Alberta this summer.

Forget Reform -- Let's Abolish the Senate!

Tyler Sommers | Posted 04.23.2013 | Canada Politics
Tyler Sommers

The recent scandals involving senators offer more reasons to question the Senate's continued existence. Senators currently control investigations into other senators' ethics, spending, attendance and actions overall. This is a completely ineffective system undermined by rampant conflicts of interest -- and senators are not even talking about changing it. While there are many proposals to reform the Senate, they all leave or create more problems than they solve, and all require changes to the Constitution (as Prime Minister Harper will soon learn when the Supreme Court of Canada rules on his reference case) -- so abolishing the Senate is no more difficult than any other option.

Why the Best Canada Is Built on Education

Justin Trudeau | Posted 04.18.2013 | Canada Politics
Justin Trudeau

While many policy areas influence -- positively or negatively -- equality of opportunity, education is first among equals. The very idea of progress is under real threat in this country, for the first time in generations. The Canadian promise, that if you get educated and work hard, you can guarantee a better life for yourself and for your kids, is being seriously questioned. Canadians are rightly concerned that their leaders have lost focus on the policy that is at the heart of this promise: access to affordable, high quality education. In short, the core of Liberal economic policy should be to make Canada the best educated country on Earth. So what should the federal role look like?

Trudeau Is Asking You to Buy a Car You Haven't Test-Driven

Marc Garneau | Posted 04.16.2013 | Canada Politics
Marc Garneau

As a candidate in this leadership race I believe we have a responsibility during this campaign to define where we stand; we must be clear in our convictions; and speak honestly to Liberals and to Canadians. And therein lies the difference between my friend, colleague and fellow candidate Justin Trudeau and myself. =

Senator Brazeau Took the Low Road

Samuel Getachew | Posted 04.09.2013 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

Earlier this afternoon Prime Minister Stephen Harper removed Senator Patrick Brazeau from the Conservative caucus for "reasons that are personal but very serious." The now independent 38-year-old Senator has been an embarrassing character for public service as well as aboriginal youth. He could and should have been a great role model.

Telecom: Everybody Knows the Deal Is Rotten

Michael D. Nicula | Posted 04.07.2013 | Canada Business
Michael D. Nicula

Our wireless phone service contracts and rates put Canada 10 years behind Europe and Asia, even our neighbours to the South beat us by a large margin. Given that the prices for service are so high, perhaps we could rest assured that the quality would be on par. Here too Canada pales in comparison to other countries.