Politics

From the National Observer: Young Canadians launch website tracking climate commitments of federal parties The site itself: Shake Up The Establishment

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I have always been taught that the idea in Canada, the UK, and other Westminister-style Parliamentary democracies is that Parliament is sovereign and that the prime minister and cabinet must maintain their confidence to rule legitimately. A recent Economist article on Brexit makes several references to how their fixed-election law ambiguously alters that: [T]he Fixed-term […]

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One argument routinely used against divestment from fossil fuels is that, as investors, institutions like universities and pension funds might be able to discourage the most wasteful and damaging new fossil fuel investments and encourage fossil fuel corporations to use their resources and expertise to advance decarbonization. In the U of T divestment brief we […]

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This chart is a nice demonstration of what a pragmatic all-bases-covered campaign against climate change might encourage or at least contemplate pic.twitter.com/D6YONNjebN — Milan Prazak Ilnyckyj (@sindark) June 6, 2019

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Figure from my 2009 blog post, showing why delaying the global peak year for greenhouse gas pollution emissions means having to cut emissions much faster in the 2020s and 2030s to achieve the same temperature target: Tweeted by Greta Thunberg today: All this delay mutually reinforces the risks of catastrophes. People keep investing in fossil […]

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UBC political science professor George Hoberg has a post about today’s court ruling saying B.C. can’t restrict bitumen transport through the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion: The BC pipeline reference case in context

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Where have all the activists gone? The Varsity By Anna Osterberg Published: 7:28 pm, 17 May 2019

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Yesterday the Massey College Governing Board announced that they have selected Hugh Segal’s successor as the head of Massey College. Their message says: “Massey College is delighted to welcome Nathalie Des Rosiers as its new Principal. She is a distinguished scholar and respected leader who, throughout an impressive career, has shown a deep respect and […]

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In their 2019 Financial System Review the Bank of Canada identifies assessing climate-related risks as an activity they have started to undertake. The CBC reports: Climate change threatens ‘both the economy and the financial system,’ says Bank of Canada

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This week’s Economist is reporting about the growing danger of armed conflict between the United States and Iran: The brewing conflict between America and Iran As America and Iran act tough, the risk of conflict is growing President Donald Trump’s fixation with undoing “Barack Obama’s signature diplomatic achievement” in the form of the Joint Comprehensive […]

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