Rick J. Smith

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It's World Environment Day and Canada's Not Doing so Hot

(4) Comments | Posted June 5, 2013 | 12:25 PM

Today is World Environment Day, an appropriate moment to reflect on the state of our nation's journey towards sustainability.

In a nutshell, we're not doing so hot.

Measured against other OECD nations, Canada continues to rank near the bottom of the barrel for environmental protection. Once viewed as...

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Anti-Union Measures: Solution in Search of a Problem

(6) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 2:25 PM

Careful observers of Canadian politics will be forgiven a certain "déjà vu" feeling at the most recent target of Conservative i.e. trade unions.

Fresh from their bilious campaign against the charitable sector (recall the intemperate claims that environmental groups are "radicals", "terrorists" and "eco-vandals" emanating from federal Cabinet Ministers...

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Seriously, Canadian Conservatives? RON PAUL?

(116) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 4:35 PM

As Canada's right wing gathers this weekend in Ottawa, the conservative movement finds itself looking in a strange -- and somewhat dangerous -- place for inspiration.

Conservatives attending the 2013 Manning Centre networking conference will hear from the usual roster of cheerleaders, political practitioners and ideological elders. But this...

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Why We're Blacking Out and Speaking Out

(5) Comments | Posted June 4, 2012 | 8:40 AM

I've worked to protect the environment for many years. I never imagined I, and my colleagues, would be forced to do what we are: fighting for our, and your, rights.

In May, leading environmental groups joined together and placed ads in major papers and launched a website: blackoutspeakout.ca...

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Being Green is Growing

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2012 | 11:37 AM

Those who know me might be surprised to learn that I sometimes think of myself as Mike Holmes, the beefy embodiment of home renovation prowess. Though I acknowledge that I've never owned a pair of overalls, and that we -- how shall I put this? -- have dissimilar builds (if...

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Drummond Shows His Green Thumb

(0) Comments | Posted February 16, 2012 | 2:20 PM

Though it makes for some über-heavy bed-time reading, and deserves a more thorough analysis than this blog pretends to be, a first pass through Don Drummond's 668-page report on public service reform in Ontario reveals some very interesting conclusions and recommendations related to environmental protection (see

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Yes, Americans Give Us Money to Protest the Pipeline. So What?

(31) Comments | Posted January 5, 2012 | 1:57 PM

Over the last few months, some of the oil industry's biggest fans have made what they think are startling revelations about us.

They've discovered that Americans give us money. And they say this money forced us to talk about the pollution and destruction that come along with tar...

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Tomorrow, Vote for Penelope's Future

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2011 | 5:13 PM

As you may have seen, we've employed some creative tactics to draw attention to environmental choices in tomorrow's provincial election in Ontario. Our Penelope4Ontario.ca campaign featured an eight-year-old candidate whose tour brought her to places like Barrie, Ottawa, Hamilton and Guelph, where she promoted her videos, gave speeches,...

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A Line in the Oil Sands

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2011 | 9:02 AM

If you stroll by Parliament Hill today, or turn on the news, you're likely to see a large group of people protesting the tar sands. Some of these people are also likely to get arrested in an act of non-violent civil disobedience. This follows a similar protest last...

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