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Disinformation ruins the conversation on fertilizer policy, MPs say

The National Observer Pervasive disinformation around Canada’s voluntary fertilizer reduction plan makes it hard to have a rational discussion on this critical topic , Green and NDP MPs say.

Investigation reveals Poilievre, populist and pro-natural gas groups spread fertilizer disinformation to whip up outrage against Trudeau

The National Observer Last month, a video was posted to Pierre Poilievre's Facebook page accusing the federal government of causing high food prices and driving farmers to ruin. The post on the Tory leader’s page laid the blame on "proposed fertilizer cuts" that would force Canadians into an "irresponsible" reliance on expensive imported food. The video was misleading. Story here.

Conservative premiers betray feds with fertilizer disinformation

The National Observer Days after signing a landmark $2.5-billion deal with the provinces and territories to subsidize Canada's farmers, federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says she was betrayed by a cadre of conservative premiers. The leaders of the three Prairie provinces, who had supported the pact, echoed a far-right disinformation campaign linked to Canada's Freedom Convoy movement telling farmers the feds were going to force them to drastically curb fertilizer use.  Details here.

Pallister's petrifying parks privatization plan.(Video)

The Manitoba Wilderness Committee

Onward, Christian Fascists

truthdig - by Chris Hedges The greatest moral failing of the liberal Christian church was its refusal, justified in the name of tolerance and dialogue, to denounce the followers of the Christian right as heretics. By tolerating the intolerant it ceded religious legitimacy to an array of con artists, charlatans and demagogues and their cultish supporters. It stood by as the core Gospel message—concern for the poor and the oppressed—was perverted into a magical world where God and Jesus showered believers with material wealth and power. The white race, especially in the United States, became God’s chosen agent. Imperialism and war became divine instruments for purging the world of infidels and barbarians, evil itself.  Details here.

Rural Manitobans need to stop electing Tories if we hope to make progress on climate mitigation. (Opinion)

by Larry Powell I believe we rural Manitobans need to do a deep “re-think” of how we traditionally vote if we want to do anything meaningful about our looming climate catastrophe. In my own riding of  Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa, for  example, we're about to elect Dan Mazier (l.), to a four-year term as our Conservative Member of Parliament. While he wouldn't accept the label of " climate-denier"  (he does use solar panels to help power his farm and has been endorsed by an environmental group), he’s still echoing on social media, his own party’s shrill opposition to the carbon tax. (In my books, this makes him a candidate for that label.)  Despite the fact the tax applies to fossil fuels only, is refundable and exempts many farm fuels like the ones Mazier burns on his own farm, he a mazingly concludes, it will “increase the cost of almost everything!”  In my mind, one cannot be a true supporter of climate action while opposing a price on carbon.  

It will be months before Canada can restore a critical pollution monitoring site

|NATIONAL |OBSERVER Canada has chosen an alternate site for a critical air pollution research station that was shuttered in June, but almost a year will have passed before it's operational again. Story here.

Rationale for Site C ‘Utter Nonsense,’ Says Former Hydro CEO

The Tyee Province had ability to cancel project without cutting services, argues Eliesen. Story here.

While America Focuses on Tax Bill, Congress Quietly Tries to Open Arctic Refuge to Oil Drilling

EcoWatch The U.S. Senate has passed a Republican tax-reform package that contains a provision to authorize oil drilling on the coastal plain of Alaska's  Arctic  National Wildlife Refuge, placing the biological heart of one of our last pristine, untouched places in severe peril. Story here. Barrenground caribou, Nunavut.  Ansgar Walk photo. RELATED: Proposed oil development threatens yet another caribou herd.

Why Did Trump Release a Report Confirming Climate Change Is Real?

EcoWatch Last Friday, the White House stunned many after it released a sweeping  report  concluding that  climate change  is not only real, but it also poses as a major threat to the U.S. and humans are "extremely likely" to be responsible. Details here.

Trump administration releases report finding ‘no convincing alternative explanation’ for climate change

The Washington Post The Trump administration released a  dire scientific report  Friday calling human activity the dominant driver of global warming, a conclusion at odds with White House decisions to withdraw from a key international climate accord, champion fossil fuels and reverse Obama-era climate policies.  Story here. Another disastrous wildfire season in Portugal.  Wikimedia Commons.

Political History is Written in British Columbia, Canada

Dear Larry - We just witnessed history. Yesterday’s BC election was a MAJOR breakthrough for Greens. The BC Green Party have re-elected their leader, Andrew Weaver, as well as two new MLAs. Sonia Furstenau has won in Cowichan Valley, and Adam Olsen has won in Saanich North and the Islands.

Trumping Canada’s Environment

A/J Alternatives Journal by Bob Paehlke The election of Donald Trump is unlike any change in American history. It will transform America’s role in world politics. It is my view that Canadians should not pretend otherwise (however polite our government might choose to be in the diplomatic realm). Story here. Air pollutants from Texas used to be found in the Canadian Arctic. Will history now repeat itself?

The Dark Rigidity of Fundamentalist Rural America

ALTERNET In deep-red white America, the white Christian God is king.  Story here.

Brace for War - Against Trump's Impending Attacks on the Environment.

Dear Larry, Join the resistance: Stop Donald Trump's attacks on our environment. Donate now! The election is over. Donald Trump is our next President. There is no sugar-coating this. Trump is a grave threat to everything we stand for. He could unravel decades of hard-fought victories for people and the planet.

Be Afraid. Writer Warns of the Possible Rise of "Trumpism" Right Here in Canada.

by Larry Powell I hope we Canadians are resisting feelings of superiority while watching the horror show unfold before our eyes that is the U.S. election. If we haven’t done it ourselves, I’m sure we’ve seen others wag their fingers or click their tongues at that pitiful excuse for a  “Commander-in-Chief,” Donald Trump. And rightly so. But make no mistake, he has his supporters right here in Canada, too. I just read a letter-to-the-editor from a fellow Manitoban, for example, which loudly proclaims “I think we desperately need a Donald Trump here in Canada!”  Odd, isn’t it? Those words are eerily similar to these. “I think Donald Trump would be best for the job.” Who said that? That was the Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan in the U.S. Beating the drum, as Trump does, for a wall on the US-Mexico border and a ban on Muslims, he wears his racism on his sleeve like a badge of honour. How this hateful, lying demagogue can attract supporters here in my country, or anywhere for that matte

Free Trade, the Democratic National Congress and the Climate Crisis

CommonDreams The same day TransCanada  Pipelines sued the U.S. government for $15 billion , the Democratic Party’s  platform drafting committee met in Missouri . Between the two, there is a lesson to be learned about free trade and the climate crisis. Story here.

SASKATCHEWANIANS! This Climate Crank Does Not Deserve Another Term in Office!

Don't forget, Premier Brad Wall opposes a carbon tax but supports nuclear power and federal tax dollars to help the oil industry "clean up." He is not a leader we need in an era of profound and destructive climate change. We need, instead, visions for alternative energy sources other than fossil fuels. Nuclear is not one of them. (Read post directly below.)

12-Star Conservatives Who Will No Longer Be With Us

PRESS PROGRESS After a long decade in power, the Stephen Harper years are now history. Here are 12 other Conservative stars who will no longer twinkle following Monday night's vote. Story here.

High Stakes – Cleaning Up After Harper

Common Dreams Canadians couldn’t have been much clearer on Monday when they hit the polls in numbers that haven’t been seen for decades… Story here.