August 22, 2014

One month from today, a provincial election will take place in New Brunswick.

Today, the CBC reported, "As the campaign unfolds, there is likely to be much talk on the trail about the natural resources, particularly shale gas and forestry."

The province is currently governed by Progressive Conservative Premier David Alward (his party holds 41 seats in the 55 seat Legislature), while the Liberals under Brian Gallant have 13 seats. Dominic Cardy and the New Democrats are without a seat.

August 21, 2014

In a recent Globe and Mail article, reporter Campbell Clark argues, "Stephen Harper could really use an angry, implacable opponent blasting him for signing free-trade agreements. Without it, the voters might not really reward him for the deals he’s done." He continues, "More generally, free trade is now widely accepted, so opposition beyond a relatively small minority depends on whether the trading partner is a little scary to Canadians. South Korea isn’t. Neither is the EU."

But is Mr. Harper's "free trade" deal with Europe really so widely accepted?

August 20, 2014

Indigenous women make up 4.3 per cent of the Canadian population but account for 16 per cent of murdered women and 11.3 per cent of missing women in Canada. Most recently, 15 year old Tina Fontaine of the Sagkeeng First Nation was found murdered in Winnipeg.

The three opposition parties agree that a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women is needed to understand the root causes of this and to develop a national action plan.

August 19, 2014

The Council of Canadians has released a new report documenting the risks of the Energy East pipeline to waterways along its route.

Energy East: Where oil meets water provides preliminary analysis of the risks posed by Energy East to many waterways it comes near, over and under.  From Battle River, Alberta to the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick, the report provides profiles with notable characteristics and attributes of these waterways that supply drinking water for millions of Canadians and run through the heart of cities such as Winnipeg, Ottawa and Quebec City.