Staking out the moral high ground in the energy debate

Othering can help understand energy discourse in Canada – and its tension and polarization – in a sector where natural sciences sensibilities ought to prevail

Staking out the moral high ground in the energy debateUnderstanding “othering,” a theoretical notion studied in the social sciences, could help the petroleum sector connect with Canadians. Othering is about declaring something or someone to be the ‘other’ and, in so doing, reduce that other’s ability to enjoy the same virtues to which you have laid claim. “Othering is the process of casting a…

Town focuses on early-season mosquito measures

It didn’t take long for the mosquito population to boom this spring, so the town has been applying the control chemical malathion in community green spaces

Town focuses on early-season mosquito measuresBy Kenneth Brown The Clarion The Town of Kindersley is taking a two-pronged approach to battling mosquitoes in response to a widespread early-season presence of the pesky little insects in 2017. It didn’t take long for the mosquito population to boom this spring, so the town has been applying the mosquito control chemical malathion in green…

Science Guy Bill Nye: Earth has a people problem

Eventually the sheer number of people on earth will overwhelm any of our attempts to sustain ourselves

Science Guy Bill Nye: Earth has a people problemAlright, no one panic but Earth has a “people problem.” This according to Bill Nye as outlined in an episode of his Netflix series, “Bill Nye Saves the World.” Since he is the “Science Guy” we should probably take him seriously. Whether it be food or water, people have a nasty habit of consuming finite…

What’s the big deal about volunteer work?

Our society is filled with organizations that need volunteer help. And it is both fun and ennobling working for the common good

What’s the big deal about volunteer work?I keep hearing from older volunteers that it’s getting harder to find younger folks to volunteer for civil society board work. When I tell people I’m on five boards, I often get asked, “Why do you do it?” Even my almost-95-year-old mother asks, “Do they pay you for all the volunteering you do?” I have…

B.C.’s election: the perils of proportional representation

Green Party policies, rejected by more than 80% of B.C. voters, could be enacted because its support is required to form a government

B.C.’s election: the perils of proportional representationBy Lydia Miljan, Jason Clemens and Taylor Jackson The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, B.C., May 17, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Former U.S. president Barack Obama popularized the phrase “teachable moment” by pointing out that events, even tragedies, are often opportunities for the public to learn more about policy. The election results in British Columbia are a teachable moment for…

The biking tail is wagging the dog

Bikes are the same length as a car and - with saddle bags and elbows - about half as wide and may take up a whole lane, all for one person

The biking tail is wagging the dogIn the old days, an undergraduate at a mid-level university might be criticized for asking the research question: How can people be encouraged to walk or cycle more? Who says we need this activity? Is it safe? Isn’t this like famous builder Robert Moses asking how to get more cars on the road? Was that…

If you won’t do it for the planet, do it for the money

Since the threat of climate change isn't working, maybe the high cost of driving will persuade more Canadians to change their ways

If you won’t do it for the planet, do it for the moneyA few days ago, I took a call from a polling company hired by my city to gauge public awareness of ecological issues and city council's new master plan on the environment. I'm happy to oblige these kinds of requests; it's like having an extra vote that non-responders don't get. And it got me thinking about why…

It’s time for a cross-country, face-to-face energy conversation

Canadians will be surprised to discover how far the sector has progressed

It’s time for a cross-country, face-to-face energy conversationIt’s time for an Energy Exposed Trust Tour. Load a bus in Vancouver with energy sector leaders: Steve Williams (Suncor), Brian Ferguson (Cenovus), Suzanne West (Imaginea), Pat Carlson (Seven Generations) and Bryan Gould (Aspenleaf). Also invite Ian Anderson (Kinder Morgan), Russ Girling (TransCanada), Mark Taylor (Alberta Energy Regulator) and Joy Romero (Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.). Put Peter…

What signing the climate change targets will mean for you

A heart-to-heart conversation with Canadians

What signing the climate change targets will mean for youBy Robert Lyman Contributor Troy Media I think someone should have a heart-to-heart conversation with Canadians about what the recently announced climate change emissions reduction goals would really mean to their everyday lives. The G7 Industrialized countries committed themselves in principle to eliminate fossil fuel use by 2100 and to aim at reducing greenhouse gas…
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