Energy Policy

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Hearing The Voices Of Citizens In Alberta

When it comes to climate change and energy choices, many people think they know what it is that Albertans think and what Albertans want. I wasn't so sure that we had actually heard from the citizens of Alberta, and a group of others agreed. This past September, we launched a short-term initiative called ViewpointsAB to find out.
CP

How Tories Bully Charities and Abuse Power

Canadian charities are experiencing an "advocacy chill" and changing the way they go about their work as a result of what they say is "bullying" by the Harper Conservative government. My just completed Master's thesis research finds that the denunciatory rhetoric of government ministers against charities, followed by stepped up audits is having its toll not only on charity operations, but also on the strength of Canada's public discussions and thus on the vigor of democracy itself.
PHILLIPS de PURY & COMPANY

Don't Bring a Gun to a Wind Energy Debate

I was saddened to read that Jeff Damen, a father of two and employee of a wind developer in rural Ontario, reported having a shotgun pulled on him while conducting field work on a project site in West Grey. While I am not known for expressing opinions remotely sympathetic to that of the wind industry or its employees, and certainly oppose the development of the project in question, guns and threats of violence have no place in any debate in our province.
CP

Ontario's Ring of Fire Will Fuel Our Economy

The Ring of Fire should be a cause for optimism with the ongoing jobs crisis in Ontario. The economic impact of this discovery on the Ontario economy will probably run into the hundreds of billions of dollars over time. Let's take advantage of it.
PA

Deny Deniers their Right to Deny!

Let's pretend that global warming isn't happening. Or, if you prefer, it's happening, but that it's a natural occurrence -- nothing to do with seven billion people spewing carbon dioxide, and other pollutants into the atmosphere.