Okay, tax is not the sexiest subject ever. But I learned some pretty worrisome stuff at the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) press conference at the G20 media centre.
Alice Klein is the co-founder, editor and CEO of Toronto's longest-running free alternative newsweekly, NOW Magazine and NOW Communications Inc. Her regular rabble column appears courtesy of NOW Magazine.
Among the leaders it has all been photo-ops and handshakes. Right now, the first plenary of the G20 is only just beginning with the official opening reception featuring leaders and wives.
If we have learned anything about Stephen Harper in the last few weeks, it's that he really knows how to throw money at a problem.
Guess who gave his blessings to the Financial Transaction Tax and firmly supports pricing carbon? The answer is Paul Martin.
If actually implemented, a number of potentially powerful solutions could do wonders for our messed-up planet. So it's time to get off your butts and get moving.
While we gird for the typically depressing news when world leaders gather, there are bigger forces in play that just may deliver some unexpected small steps in the right direction.
The question is how two political parties that represent the majority sentiment of Canadians, can take the political power they deserve away from a Republican-style right-wing minority.
An unlikely alliance of Canada's forest industry CEOs and nine of the country's most impressive wilderness NGOs has just signed an agreement covering a 70-million hectare swath of ancient forests.
As grassroots NGOs get their lobbying smarts in gear for the June 20 G20 Summit, a hefty number from around the world will be focusing on the so-called Robin Hood tax.
On Earth Day, we may need to open our minds to the idea that it's the relatively ignored mysteries of the earth's outer spaces that may deliver the push that births a new era.