There’s a mass of news coverage and punditry about Alberta’s newly-announced pre-Paris climate change plan: Alberta’s climate change strategy targets carbon, coal, emissions Alberta gives the oilsands a climate change deal it can live with Alberta’s climate-change plan: Breaking down the numbers Alberta pitches a big-bang climate plan: With carbon taxes and phase-outs, the game […]


On Thursday and Friday I photographed a conference at the Munk School, hosted in part by the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History: Regional Governments in International Affairs: Lessons from the Arctic.


There are some historical events where it may be impossible for ordinary people to learn the truth. For example, there are situations where more than one nation state has a good reason to circulate a false history — complete with credible-seeming historical documents. One such case may be the 1979 Vela incident, in which an […]

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Stephen Harper’s Conservatives won their first minority in Canada’s 39th general election in 2006, defeating the Liberals under Paul Martin with 124 seats to 103. In 2008, the Conservatives did better against the Liberals under Stéphane Dion, ending up with 143 and 77 seats respectively. In 2011, the Conservatives won a majority government with 166 […]



September 2, 2015

in Canada, Economics, Law, Politics, Travel

As a long-time student of politics, I often find myself wondering if Sweden simply has public policy basically figured out and everyone else is just screwing it up or governed by self-interested elites. Would nearly all countries be better off imprisoning their politicians and high-level civil servants, bringing in some Swedish politicians and bureaucrats, and […]


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 […]


Chris Hedges’ worthwhile new book Wages of Rebellion includes some interesting discussion about the role of nonviolence in activist movements, and the justifications and criticisms deployed about it. He quotes Lisa Fithian’s “Open Letter to the Occupy Movement” to explain why non-violence is a more inclusive approach: Lack of agreements [to be non-violent] privileges the […]


CBC’s The Current has been doing exceptionally excellent journalism lately. This recent podcast is quite interesting, featuring the impressive David Nutt: Scientists push to renew psychedelic drug research for psychiatry.

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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 […]


Friday’s presentations to the Presidential Advisory Committee on Divestment from Fossil Fuel went very well. A version of the text with citations is online.