Front page shame

This was the front page of the Globe and Mail just the other day: It is beyond shameful that 39 Canadian communities are still under boil water advisories. But the problem is not just boil water advisories, Corinna Dally-Starna, in an article in The Conversation, an independent journal established by the Canadian academic and researchContinue reading “Front page shame”

Bad news

So, there is a new Angus Reid Institute poll out, and it has a boat load of bad news for everyone. First, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau remains mired in minority territory: Experience with Canada’s five party system, starting from 2006, says that a party needs something slightly in excess of 39% of the popular voteContinue reading “Bad news”

It’s not funny …

I was really not laughing when I saw, a few days ago, on Fox News (but it was the same story everywhere) that “The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) told the Austin American Statesman that roughly 12,000 megawatts of Texas’ wind generation capacity had been hampered as of Sunday due to frozen wind turbines.” I’ve spent aContinue reading “It’s not funny …”

Going green

Following on from yesterday, I see that General Motors “has announced that the majority of the vehicles it produces will be electric by 2035, and the entire company will be carbon neutral by 2040 … [and] … By the end of 2025, 40% of GM’s U.S. models will be battery electric vehicles. The company plansContinue reading “Going green”

We must, first, “go honest” if we want to “go green”

A couple of days ago I recommended that the Conservative Party should, loudly and clearly, “first promise a suite of polices that address global climate change on a global basis and promise that Canada will do its fair and full share to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions … {and then, albeit quietly] … start preparingContinue reading “We must, first, “go honest” if we want to “go green””

Pipelines, anyone?

With apologies to Charles Dickens: ‘Keystone XL was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of its burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Biden signed it: and Biden’s name was good upon ’Change, for anything he chose to put his hand to.Continue reading “Pipelines, anyone?”

It is time (2)

Yesterday, I said that despite his many and manifest failures as a leader and as a person, Canadians remain likely to vote for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party because: They are, broadly and generally, satisfied with the way he has tried to help Canadians through the COVID-19 pandemic ~ mainly by by spending lotsContinue reading “It is time (2)”

It is time

Many years ago an author/playwright put these words into the mouth of one of his characters: “I know what you’re against .. [but] … What are you for?” It remains a pertinent question today, for many, many people all around the world. Here in Canada it appears, to me, that Erin O’Tool and his Conservatives are fullyContinue reading “It is time”

Being Conservatively green

Two images caught my eye in the past few weeks: First was this ↑ ~ wind turbine blades being stored in a sort of landfill because they cannot be recycled. There was a similar image of solar panels which, likewise, cannot be recycled. Each has a real, not terribly long, service life. Each creates realContinue reading “Being Conservatively green”

Can the liberal-internationalist order be saved?

Welcome to 2021! I hope all my readers had a happy and safe New Year celebration. I have commented, since this blog began, about liberalism, itself, and, just days ago, my fears for it in Justin Trudeau’s Canada. That brings me to an article, by the renowned American political scientist Walter Russell Mead in ForeignContinue reading “Can the liberal-internationalist order be saved?”