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Matt Price

Matt Price consults to NGOs on strategy and communications and has over 15 years experience working across North America on organizing and social change. He lives in BC. The views expressed in this blog are his own.

For the Senator: Charities vs. Corporations Explained

Conservative Senator Nicole Eaton is holding hearings into foreign funding of charities engaged in environmental issues, saying that they should disclose their foreign revenue sources, and that they should disclose their political activities. Uh, the thing is, they already do.
03/03/2012 12:02 EST

Tar Sands: No Shortcut Out of Mucky Debate

By most reports, Alberta's Premier Redford is a smart politician, capable of moving beyond mere platitudes, but she is at risk of drinking the tar sands Kool-Aid too quickly in her mandate and resorting to the name-calling we have come to expect from Alberta's politicians.
02/28/2012 05:39 EST

Rebutting Peter Kent

Props to HuffPost for getting Peter Kent into its office to answer some questions. Goodness knows Canadians need better answers from an Environment Minister whose reputation is that of acting on behalf of the tar sands industry rather than the environment. But the printed interview came off very much in the vein of "kid gloves."
02/25/2012 11:27 EST

Christy Clark Must Stand Up to the Tar Sands

The Conservative government has launched a full-on attack against environmentalists who oppose the Northern B.C. pipeline. Where is Premier Christy Clark during all this? She's either nowhere, desperately trying to sit on the fence as her constituents come under assault, or she's siding with the bullies.
02/23/2012 04:52 EST

Selective Parochialism Disease Sweeps Canada

There's a new sickness sweeping across Canada that medical experts have diagnosed as Selective Parochialism Disease. It afflicts mostly the ideological, and in particular those who think that cooking the planet for our children is a good idea.
02/13/2012 01:26 EST
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Harper Hears A Hu

There's nothing that the Chinese government likes more than Western leaders dropping all that human rights stuff and instead coming around to kowtow before them, as Steven Harper will do with President Hu Jintao this week. And what has brought about this change? In a word: Oil.
02/05/2012 11:42 EST

A Pipeline to China Was Always Harper's Scheme

When Stephen Harper visits Chinese President Hu Jintao next month, he can rightfully argue that he is now fully engaged helping Beijing get the pipeline it's been after for quite some time, and that he's deploying his best bully-boy tactics to get it.
01/27/2012 11:31 EST

Dear Tar Sands: It's Not Me, It's You

The tar sands industry now faces legal challenges from First Nations, low carbon fuel initiatives in California and the EU, opposition to its pipelines in the U.S., in British Columbia, and in Eastern provinces and states. Are all these people crazy? Is it still you, not me?
01/20/2012 11:37 EST

Oliver's Twisted Pipeline Logic

This just in! I've got a yet-to-be authenticated advance copy of Canadian Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver's "streamlining" plan for hearings on things like Enbridge's proposed tar sands pipeline that would bring supertankers to B.C.'s coastline to take bitumen to China.
01/16/2012 01:26 EST

Brad Wall's Acid (Rain) Trip

With every tar sands operation approved -- almost weekly -- this dose rises, sending more acid rain over the border. And Brad Wall is doing absolutely nothing to stop it. On the contrary, he's out stumping in the U.S. for increased tar sands growth, which will lead to even more acid rain falling on Saskatchewan.
01/09/2012 01:15 EST

Canadian Jobs Lost to the Tar Sands

Just because something is a bit complicated, it doesn't mean you can ignore it, especially when it's hurting you. Thanks to increased oil production, we now have a petro-dollar that rises and falls with the price of oil. And, with oil being a finite commodity, its price will only rise, taking our dollar and manufacturing jobs in Ontario and Quebec along with it.
01/06/2012 09:06 EST

How to Lose it Like Trudeau

If you are one of those people in the basement shouting at the TV news, you are not alone. That's the good news -- we are legion. The bad news? We are rudderless. Back to the good news -- we can fix that. I guess a lot of Canadians really are ready to be outraged by the outrageous. It's about time.
12/19/2011 11:00 EST

Why Aren't More of Us Losing it Like Trudeau?

We Canadians need to learn to be outraged by the outrageous. We need to learn that democracy is now a full contact sport that requires us to repeatedly raise our voices in order to be heard, and not to wait for our turn to quietly mark an X on a ballot once every four years.
12/15/2011 11:08 EST

2011: The Year of Pipeline Interruptus

It used to be that a few guys from the oil industry could get together over drinks and make the decisions on major infrastructure projects. Then it started to fall apart. Faith in the industry and their supposed regulators was shaken with the Deepwater Horizon spill.
12/10/2011 07:28 EST

On the Trail of Ethical Oil's Secrets

The rules of diplomacy say that the Conservative government cannot directly attack Canada's oil competitors -- particularly the ones it finds distasteful -- so did it prime an outside entity to do so?
11/28/2011 05:22 EST

Tone Deaf on the Oil Sands

This campaign pushing dirty fuels wavers between messages. Underneath all those messages, though, is a total refusal to take any responsibility for the fact that burning fossil fuels is actively undermining our life support systems.
08/19/2011 05:13 EDT