Editorial–So… Jane Fonda. So What?

Jane Fonda came to Alberta the other day to tell the world that the tar sands harvest causes environmental destruction…which is not news. Whether or not you care about the deaths of thousands of migrating birds, for example, you have … Continue reading

Opinion Piece for the Week of May 9, 2016: Fort McMurray’s Fire Brings out the Best…and the Worst of Twits

Twitter is the gossip grapevine we love to hate when we’re trying to be respectable. But, really, we genuinely love the immediacy, the unguarded bluntness, the delicious sense of ungoverned gossip. Today when things happen, we’ve “heard it from a … Continue reading

Editorial for Saturday, August 23, 2014–When our politicians lie to us, it isn’t just annoying. It’s deadly.

Our ex-premier’s plane madness has consumed a lot of ink. That she’s been a bad girl seems unquestionable; that the opposition, given their antecedents, will be any different seems unlikely; that they all advance the interests of themselves and their … Continue reading

Editorial for Saturday, August 9, 2014: Harper-Brand Environmental Policy: Better Sorry Than Safe

Imperial Metals’ Mount Polley mine just spilled 15 million cubic meters of tailings pond goodies all over a chunk of the B.C. Wilderness. The salmon run up the Fraser is in danger, and local drinking water is off the menu. … Continue reading

Editorial for Saturday, June 28, 2014–The World Bank Shows A New Economic Reality

The World Bank has just released a report that shows that addressing global climate change and supporting initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions “will improve human health, add jobs…increase energy supply and boost national GDP”. Thousands of lives would be … Continue reading

Eidtorial for Saturday, May 3, 2014–End of an Obstacle

Last week, the Harper Conservatives upgraded the North Pacific humpback whale status from “threatened” to “species of concern”. This seemed like something that made sense, was good for business and didn’t sacrifice the well-being of Canadian citizens and their environment … Continue reading

Editorial for June 15, 2013

Just Another Week Stephen Harper is hoping his European jaunt will aid his cherished hope of a trade agreement and deflect attention from his disastrous senate appointees, fractious backbenchers, economic mediocrity and pathetic environmental record. He’s probably right. Most people … Continue reading

The Daily Sniff for Wednesday, June 12, 2013–In Alberta, the Smell of Money Smells Like A Rotting Environment

Yet another major accident in the oil patch, and yet another immediate statement by the company (Apache minimizing the spill and its effects). Another old pipeline spilled its guts all over the countryside in northern Alberta, polluting a huge area … Continue reading

The Daily Sniff for Wednesday, May 22, 2013–“Safe” for Pipelines Doesn’t Look That Good for the Rest of Us

A Global piece opens with “Alberta’s had an average of two crude oil spills a day, every day, for 37 years.” Not surprising. Pipelines are hazardous things. But the piece goes on to reveal a few other details: The total … Continue reading

The Daily Sniff for Tuesday, April 30, 2013–Harper Conservatives: They’re Not Stupid, They Just Look That Way

Harper Conservatives are on a roll. They have one guy (Ryan Leef) claiming that the population of polar bears has “quadrupled over the last 40 years” (National Post); they have another (Jim Flaherty) claiming that his budget will stimulate the … Continue reading