Time to question foreign influence on Canada’s oil debate

The Dogwood Initiative, Leadnow, and Greenpeace receive substantial funding from a U.S. advocacy group called Tides

Time to question foreign influence on Canada’s oil debateWith the kids back to school and Thanksgiving now behind us, for Canadian households the fall season brings a few things back into sharp focus. We all have bills to pay, careers to foster, aging parents and extended family (sometimes on the other side of the world) to support. And now there’s one more thing…

Bill Boyd’s court date adjourned to Nov. 7

The former Kindersley MLA is facing charges of altering land and wildlife habitat

Bill Boyd’s court date adjourned to Nov. 7Clarion Staff Former Kindersley MLA Bill Boyd's lawyer has asked for an adjournment in order to continue discussing the terms of the case against him  with the Crown. Boyd is facing charges of altering land and wildlife habitat. Boyd, who lives on a farm south of Eston, was scheduled to make a first appearance at…

The death of the carbon tax revenue neutrality myth

Without B.C.'s revenue-neutral tax as a template, other provinces are free to indulge in foolish green fund spending orgies

The death of the carbon tax revenue neutrality mythThe dream of a revenue-neutral carbon tax is over. The notion of carbon tax perfection has always centred on revenue neutrality − whatever governments reaped by taxing carbon dioxide emissions would be returned to taxpayers via tax cuts in other areas. In this way, the overall cost of climate change policy would be nil. Taxpayers…

That sound you hear is the Canadian economy imploding

Canada has a growing global reputation as a place where nothing happens unless it suits a small and clamorous minority

That sound you hear is the Canadian economy implodingHere's a lesson on how to tank an initiative. The head teacher: federal Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr. The initiative: Generation Energy, a conference this week in Carr's hometown of Winnipeg to which his ministry invited individuals and organizations interested in constructive dialogue about Canada's energy future. It’s a sound idea. Tensions around energy are dividing…

Pipeline opponents ignore risk of rail fatalities, contamination

Those who fight pipelines and shrug at the higher risks of rail transportation are naive at best and deceitful at worst

Pipeline opponents ignore risk of rail fatalities, contaminationThe Canadian economy is dependent on oil and gas, including the pipelines that transport them. Billions of dollars in fossil fuel exports pay for nearly all the things Canada doesn’t produce; Canada is a net importer of everything else. Yet the opponents of fossil fuels don’t seem to care that their opposition to pipelines will…

Safeguarding public confidence in B.C.’s forest management

The Association of BC Forest Professionals helps ensure that B.C.’s forests are well managed

Safeguarding public confidence in B.C.’s forest managementThe recent announcement from B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman setting the terms of reference for the government’s review of professional reliance in the natural resource sector brings some much-needed clarity to an item that was promised by both the NDP and Green Party during the election. As a professional regulator in the forest sector, the…

The coffee industry is getting roasted by climate change

That's not java jive: shifting weather patterns mean the industry faces major upheaval within a generation, even as demand explodes

The coffee industry is getting roasted by climate changeFall is always a good time to create new habits, including coffee consumption. And coffee chains are always looking for ways to get you to drink their java. But the coffee industry faces big changes. For restaurant operators, there’s no better hook than coffee to get repeat business. Most recently, many chains used International Coffee…

Suzuki falsely accuses Canada of having poor air quality

The environmental activist's reflexive accusations reveal a poor understanding of the data

Suzuki falsely accuses Canada of having poor air qualityBy Kenneth Green Elmira Aliakbari and Ashley Stedman The Fraser Institute David Suzuki is misrepresenting Canada's environmental record again. In a recent opinion piece, the longtime broadcaster, scientist and environmental activist tells Canadians that their nation is a world laggard in environmental protection. “Canada ranks 25th among rich countries on children’s well-being, in part because…

Waste not, want not? Why we can’t stop embracing consumerism

Despite the ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ mantra, we have embraced a culture of relentless consumption and waste

Waste not, want not? Why we can’t stop embracing consumerismA remarkable light bulb hangs in a fire station in Livermore, Calif. The Centennial Light has been burning for over a million hours and almost continuously for 115 years. To say, “They don’t make ’em like they used to” of incandescent light bulbs is an understatement. The statement also applies to many manufactured items. Prior…

Ontario, Alberta carbon tax schemes defy economic common sense

Carbon taxes should replace, not add to, existing environmental regulations and subsidies

Ontario, Alberta carbon tax schemes defy economic common senseIn an episode of the television program Seinfeld, the bungling George Costanza tells his friends that he’s concluded that every instinct he has is always wrong. So Jerry suggests George should always do the opposite of his first instinct: “If every instinct you have is wrong, the opposite would have to be right.” Somebody ought…