Harper Environment

The Week in Review: Why I'm Liking Canada As a Rogue Nation

Marni Soupcoff | Posted 05.31.2013 | Canada
Marni Soupcoff

This week, plenty of critics took the Harper government to task over its decision to withdraw Canada from the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification. Even though the Conservatives' method of backing out of the convention was typically cowardly and arrogant, it's actually encouraging to see Canada asserting itself as a country grown-up and morally self-assured enough to act as a free agent on these kinds of matters. Given the UN's record, if Canada took the initiative for creating a new framework for principled, voluntary international co-operation, it might be doing the whole world a favour.

Harper Defends Pulling Out Of UN 'Talkfest'

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.28.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Harper government was accused Thursday of trying to avoid a reckoning on the science of climate change by pulling Canada out of a United ...

Leaving 'Em High And Dry

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.27.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Harper government is pulling out of a United Nations convention that fights droughts in Africa and elsewhere, which would make Canada the...

Harper's "New" Environmental Policy: Muddying Old Waters

Dianne Saxe | Posted 10.27.2012 | Canada Politics
Dianne Saxe

Officially, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) has abolished most federal environmental assessment screenings, but the practical effect is less than it appears. The new process looks a lot like the old screening EA, but with less clear rules about procedure, content, timing, public consultation and opportunities for appeal.

Harper's 'Dumb' Decision

CBC | Posted 08.07.2012 | Canada Politics

A former Conservative MP and member of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy is calling on Prime Minister Stephen H...

Harper's Third-World Environmental Policies for the First World

Maxwell Cameron | Posted 06.18.2012 | Canada
Maxwell Cameron

In the Summit of the Americas held in Cartagena, Colombia, Harper warned that environmental reviews should not hold industry back. He should take a hard look at countries like Peru and Ecuador, where hundreds of conflicts have erupted over the environmental effects of extractive projects. The less-developed world may show us the image of our own future.

Keep Fish (and Other Environment Issues) Federal

Elizabeth May | Posted 06.18.2012 | Canada Politics
Elizabeth May

In the recent announcement about changes to the environmental assessment process, the Conservatives have dropped any pretense they care about Canada's natural environment, and have reduced the federal government's oversight role to miniscule proportions.

Harper Turns Green to Black

Elizabeth May | Posted 05.14.2012 | Canada Politics
Elizabeth May

This week the House Committee for the Environment issued a pre-ordained set of recommendations to further destroy environmental review. After 35 years of working on environmental assessment, I am watching the current government weaken the process to less than we had in 1977.

Canada a Hewer of Wood? That's Old Hat

Gillian McEachern | Posted 08.31.2011 | Canada
Gillian McEachern

While those tried and true stereotypes of Canada still hold true, we have developed some new, not so nice traits since Will's last visit. These days, Canada is much more likely to be a shipper of oil, and with that has developed a petro-state approach to foreign relations.