Canada’s C-51 Bill

If you discount acts against indigenous peoples, there has been no act of terrorism in Canada for more than ten years. Of course, there are and will always been wicked people who commit crimes, but for many years Canada has avoided most of the criminal terrorism that has scarred the Middle East and affected Europe. This probably means that the Canadian law enforcement and terrorism prevention forces are robust and doing a decent job. Continue reading

Discriminate Against Canadian Oil from Oil Tar Sands

If you buy food you expect to know where the food was produced and how it was produced. It is reasonable to know, for example, if the food is produced in a way that may be hazardous to your health, or if the food comes from a country which you would rather not deal with. When it comes to buying wood products many people want to know, before they buy and as a condition of their buying, that the wood is produced from sustainable sources, rather than from illegal logging. Continue reading

The Maple Leaf – a badge of shame

The Kyoto Agreement is not much, in terms of fighting climate change, but it is virtually all that we have that binds nations to emission reductions. Some nations signed up to the accord and never implemented it. Canada is such a nation. The accord required modest reduction in emissions from a 1990 base. Canada’s emissions have actually risen since Kyoto was signed by them, so Canada is now withdrawing from Kyoto to avoid being fined $13.6 billion. It shows the vacuous nature of the Kyoto accord and Canada’s commitment to fighting climate change. Continue reading

A Scandal in the Pipeline

As news of a gas pipeline being completed under the Baltic to bring gas from Russia to Europe breaks, in the other part of the Northern Hemisphere news of a scandal comes, about another pipeline, this time bearing oil. This is the Keystone XL, which carries oil taken from Canada’s oil tar sands and which runs from Hardisty in Alberta to Pakota in Illinois and to Cushing in Oklahoma. Continue reading

Arctic Ice and Polar cities

City of the Future?

In 1997 152 nations agreed that the Arctic region would be an international territory. The countries bordering this region – Russia, The USA, Canada Norway and Denmark (through Greenland) agreed to limit their control to 320 kilometers from their coats. In June last year the then President of the Russian Federation, Mr Putin, laid claim on behalf of Russia to much of the Arctic Ocean, including the North Pole.

Since then all these countries have been studying undersea geology and investing in geological surveys to see whether they can also extend their territorial claims, because if they can show that their country’s continental shelf extends into the arctic they can also lay claim to some of the arctic.

Now, every one of the nations bordering the Arctic has planted flags on ice or land – the traditional way of claiming undiscovered territory, and increasing patrols around “their” land.  Continue reading

Oil in the Arctic – O Canada, BP stands on guard for thee.

There are two countries that are doing a great deal to prevent a new Climate Change Treaty in Bali. One is the United States of America; I understand their reasoning. The US feels essentially that we are starting to force lower emissions from the wrong base and that any reworking of the Kyoto Treaty will advantage heavy polluters to the disadvantage of the United States. There is some truth in this; emission reductions must share the pain fairly and the overall effect must be reasonable..  Continue reading