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

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

The Daily Sniff for Thursday, July 18, 2013–MMA: Mega-Death, Mega-Classy, Mega-Disgusting

Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway–MMA–announced that, in the wake of the Lac Megantic diaster, where they managed to kill around fifty people, that they were also laying off nineteen of the seventy-five employees they have in the Province of Quebec. … 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 Monday, May 6, 2013–Joe Oliver’s Crude

Joe Oliver is a punchline that never ends. He opens his mouth and hilarity ensues. In aid of the Harper Conservatives’ only clients, the corporate elite–in this case, the oil industry and related bits and pieces–Mr. Oliver is delighted to … Continue reading

The Sniff Test for Monday, April 22, 2013–Beware Harper Conservatives’ “Information” and “Anti-Terrorism”–it’s unlikely to be informative and it won’t stop terror

The Harper Conservatives, along with the Alberta Conservatives, have noticed that the rest of the world isn’t buying their sales job on the green-ness of the tar sands–which term you’re NOT supposed to use; instead, you’re supposed to call them … Continue reading

The Daily Sniff for Wednesday, April 17, 2013–The Embarrassment That is Joe Oliver Just Keeps Rollin’ Along

This time, our esteemed Natural Resources minister is making sure that Canadian citizens can’t make presentations to pipeline hearings unless they are “directly impacted” by the pipeline (it has to run across your land, apparently) and they fill out the … Continue reading