Monday, 8 April 2013

Green Party Leader Gob-Smacks the Media Darling of the CBC and National Post


Greens do politics differently (But not in the way that Rex Murphy thinks)
By Elizabeth May



In his Saturday National Post column, Rex Murphy claimed that Canada’s Green party has no goal other than to get me elected as an MP — and that this has been the case for “two or three general elections.”  Full story here.




Alberta’s Bold Plan To Cut Emissions Stuns Ottawa And Oil Industry


The Globe & Mail
The Alberta government has quietly presented a proposal to sharply increase levies on carbon production and force large oil-industry producers to slash greenhouse gas....Details here.

Saturday, 6 April 2013

This Is What Democracy Could Look Like

Murray Dobbin's Blog
One of the many things that Hugo Chavez, the charismatic and revolutionary president of Venezuela contributed to the world was his demonstration for people everywhere the difference between democracy and liberal democracy. Details here.

Dangerous Ditches


Manitoba’s “war on weeds” comes complete with powerful herbicides, questionable spraying practices and collateral damage.

Many governments in North America believe, a good way to ensure successful food production, is to help farmers keep plants out of their fields which can cut into their yields and their profits. To achieve this, potent weedkillers, some with unsettling safety records, are often pressed into service to destroy these "weeds" in ditches before they can spread to adjacent fields and food crops. For most lawmakers, this must seem a natural extension of a chemical system of agriculture which has come to dominate the developed - and, increasingly - the developing world, as well. As a result, those who might have liked to chose a different path, are being increasingly marginalized. 

Manitoba is no exception. 

Friday, 5 April 2013

Ban Pesticides Linked to Bee Deaths, Say Some British MPs


BBC
Manitoba honey bees. PLT photo
The UK government should suspend the use of a number of pesticides linked to the deaths of bees, a committee of MPs has said. Full story here.

Desertification Too Important For Canada To Ignore - Suzuki


Photo Credit: Kevin Pluc


The federal government recently 
pulled out of an important global 
treaty: the UN Convention to 
Combat Desertification. It’s aimed 
at fighting drought, a problem that 
affects almost 30 per cent of Earth’s 
land surface and threatens the 
well-being of more than a billion 
people worldwide, including in our 
Prairie provinces. 

Every year, the cumulative effects of overgrazing, over-cultivation, deforestation, 
poor irrigation and increasing extreme weather events – including those that 
cause drought – permanently degrade close to 10 million hectares of land. 
This has led to a creeping loss of places where food can easily be grown. 

Assessing the dwindling wilderness of Antarctica

Nature Antarctica. Aerial photo by Astro_Alex. Less than 32% of Antarctica is made up of areas that are free from human interfere...