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Igor's destruction sends message to coastal communities

The devastation is astounding in a place where the once-cold waters of the North Atlantic used to break up hurricanes into post-tropical depressions by the time they made landfall. Towns cut off, great chasms in roadways, the army and navy to the rescue -- and people struggling to make sense of it all.

There's a message in Igor's assault on Newfoundland. Something to pick up our attention that has wandered since hurricane Juan smacked Halifax in 2003, since Katrina destroyed New Orleans in 2005 and even as behemoths of unprecedented enormousness keep either roaring by unpredictably or taking random potshots at the east coast of North America.

| April 29, 2014

Earth Hour Special! Switching off and Turning on: Transforming the outer and inner environment

Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 6:30pm


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Toronto, ON
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Earth Hour – an hour that brings people of all ages and backgrounds around the world together to sound a clear call-to-action for our most pressing global challenge: climate change. Switching off the lights for an hour lets take the time to turn on the inner scanners and ask ourselves some tough questions about the world we live in? Off all things we could do for the environment – what is the most effective?

Global warming, melting polar caps, disappearing species, depleting ozone, receding rainforests and fast growing deserts – which problem should we deal with first ? Will we find the answer to these questions at conferences and seminars discussing strategies to reduce emission or change environmental law or do we have to look deeper and closer than that.

Photo: Michael Vesia/flickr
| December 17, 2013

An attack on Syria would be an attack on the climate

Syria. It's about oil. Again.

It's more complex than that, but as noted in the Guardian, the plans for an attack on Syria are "fueled by oil interests, not chemical weapon concern". Obama, Harper, and other war proponents are quick to claim that a US-led war on Syria wouldn't be another Iraq. But with an Iran-Iraq-Syria pipeline plan in the balance, that's precisely what it would be -- the latest Western war waged against a Middle Eastern country to ensure control of the oil and gas in the region.

Another war for oil 

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What do you think of Harper's 'offer' to Obama on climate change and Keystone XL?

On Friday reports emerged from the G20 Summit in Russia that Prime Minister Harper had written a formal letter to President Obama: 

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, trying to win U.S. backing for the Keystone XL pipeline, sent a letter to President Barack Obama proposing joint action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the oil and gas sector...

What do you think of Harper's offer? 


Addicted to bitumen: The hidden face of the Alberta oil boom

Photo: Ben Powless

Last week, accompanied by some dozen other Quebecois activists, I visited Fort McMurray, Alberta. This city, the global nerve centre of tar sands production, is a city like no other. What I saw and heard there moved me deeply, and the tragedy of Lac Megantic has only served to reinforce those feelings. I will be back.


The importance of the Tar Sands Healing Walk

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A couple years ago I was asked by the Keepers of the Athabasca to be Master of Ceremonies for a unique event: the first annual walk to heal the Canadian tar sands.


Water, water everywhere: Will storms and floods like this become the new normal?

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By now you've likely heard about the flooding in Alberta. While much of the media focus has been on Calgary, High River and Canmore, flooding has been significant across the province and into Saskatchewan and British Columbia.


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