Cabinet making.

Later today (and I will have comments tomorrow) Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will unveil his cabinet. In an item on the CBC News website, TV host Vassy Kapelos explains some of the challenges of cabinet making in Canada. She talked with a couple of political veterans who both agreed that life is more complicated than … Continue reading Cabinet making.

Towards a sane environmental policy

In a recent article in Forbes magazine, Professor Roger A Pielke Jr, who is vilified by some as being a climate change denier, but who appears to be a reputable (if controversial) and well qualified researcher suggests that energy consumption is growing at a rate that makes reducing greenhouse gas emissions by any margin at all … Continue reading Towards a sane environmental policy

A sensible environmental plan

This story, from the Globe and Mail, is over a year old but the headline still shocks me: One trillion litres of sewage leaked into lakes and rivers over last five years That's right, one trillion litres. That's 1,000,000,000,000 litres. That's about the same as 400,000 official Olympic-sized swimming pools full of stinking raw sewage. StatsCan … Continue reading A sensible environmental plan

Think globally, act locally

Rita Trichur is a senior business writer and columnist at the Globe and Mail. She has written an interesting opinion piece for the Globe and Mail about Canada, India and energy. Ms Trichur reminds us that despite all the hoopla about Prime Minister Trudeau playing 'Mr Dressup' in India on February 2018, there was a … Continue reading Think globally, act locally

It needs repeating

A few days ago, I said, regarding both energy and environmental/clime change policies, that: "The very clear and obvious better choice is to build pipelines so that all Canadians can use Canadian oil, gas and natural gas, to fuel their cars and heat their homes rather than having tankers bring Arab and Iranian oil into … Continue reading It needs repeating

A good diagnosis and a useful prescription

Jack Mintz,  is a highly regarded economist who is the President’s Fellow at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy and who also serves on the boards of Imperial Oil Limited and Morneau Shepell (Liberal Finance Minister Bill Morneau's family firm) and is the National Policy Advisor for Ernst & Young. He has written an … Continue reading A good diagnosis and a useful prescription

Going green rather than going broke

Author and educator Dan Gardner says, in the Globe and Mail, that "One in three Canadians thinks nuclear power emits as much carbon dioxide as burning oil. Almost three in 10 think it emits more ... [and, he says] ... There are several reasons to marvel at these facts, which were uncovered by Abacus Data earlier this year. … Continue reading Going green rather than going broke