This little song, written by Environment Canada scientist Tony Turner, has received a lot of media attention: CBC: Harperman case: Can public servants be political activists? The Guardian: Canada government suspends scientist for folk song about prime minister Both the song and the public responses point to one of the big unsettled questions about the […]

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Thanks to the intervention of my friend Amanda, I spent the weekend at my friend Sabrina’s cottage on Paugh Lake, near Barry’s Bay, Ontario. I had high hopes for a clear view of the fading Perseid meteor shower on Friday and Saturday night. Friday night was overcast and raining, though it was still remarkable to […]


An op-ed I wrote about pipelines, Brad Wall’s comments, and the “Canadian Energy Strategy” for


Today, 10,000 people took part in a march through downtown Toronto calling on Canada’s governments to take more aggressive action on climate change. Many groups were involved, alongside great speakers and musical performers.


Today there was a student sit-in at the constituency office of MP and Minister of Finance Joe Oliver. The students were calling for an end to Canada’s ineffective and harmful climate change and energy policies. Six other sit-ins took place, attempting to meet with other MPs across Canada. On Sunday, the major March for Jobs, […]


If you will be in Toronto on July 5th, it would be great if you could participate in’s March for Jobs, Justice, and the Climate: Even better, you can volunteer as a marshal to help guide everyone: If we’re going to deal with climate change, the world needs to change course dramatically […]


Canada was founded upon a grave injustice: the appalling mistreatment of North American indigenous populations by European settlers, including countless acts of physical and cultural violence. Days ago, the The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada released their final report. One part, on page 20 of the summary, seems especially important: Together, Canadians must do […]


My photos from Ottawa and the 2015 Canadian Political Science Association conference are online.

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There are a lot of interesting panels at this year’s Canadian Political Science Association conference, at the University of Ottawa. I just finished a free lunch at the book launch for Patriation and its Consequences, alongside Peter Russell and Alan Cairns. This afternoon, I am attending panels on “Comparing Provinces: First Nations, the North and […]


His career at the top of Canadian politics tells us more about the state of Canadian politics than anything else. That such a palpable cipher could have remained in high office for nearly a decade is a testament to many things: the thinness of the Tory front bench, the decline of cabinet, the prime minister’s […]