Current Scandals

Patrick Brown got exactly the amount of due process he deserved - Loonie Politics

  People would still have you believe that in his inglorious ousting from the leadership of the Progressive Conservatives, Patrick Brown was denied his sacred right to due process. Here, just this week, the Toronto Sun published an editorial “Due process casualty in Brown scandal.”  The ar ...

Judge Dismisses Libel Claim, Climate 'Sceptic' Tim Ball Not Credible Enough To Take Seriously

A B.C. Supreme Court judge has dismissed a libel action against “climate change sceptic” Dr. Tim Ball on the basis that Ball’s writing is not sufficiently credible to inflict damage on the reputation of a professional climate scientist. The libel suit was launched in 2011 by Canadian clima ...

The Conservative Empathy Gambit - Loonie Politics

  When Stephen Harper released a statement on why he let a former MP run in the 2015 federal election despite allegations of sexual misconduct, it generated some nasty feedback. One-time Liberal strategist Rob Silver, for instance, replied to Harper on Twitter thusly: “I assume the part wher ...

Despite Eskom’s Troubles, a Surprise Change in Fortune for South African Renewables

Renewables developers are celebrating after South Africa’s Minister of Public Enterprises unexpectedly signed off on power-purchase agreements this month. The decision ended years of uncertainty for Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Program (REIPPPP) winners, which had wo ...

From bait to plate

In a significant development for global fisheries, blockchain technology is now being used to improve tuna traceability to help stop illegal and unsustainable fishing practices in the Pacific Islands tuna industry. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in Australia, Fiji and New Zealand, in partnership wit ...

Rumour mill hurting everyone, including the #MeToo movement

This week, self-styled raconteur and bon vivant Warren Kinsella wrote about the coming #MeToo tide barreling towards Ottawa. “There are other men who are about to be exposed,” Kinsella, a professed Liberal Party insider, wrote. “Count on it. The media have been on their trail for many weeks. ...

New Hampshire Rejects Northern Pass Transmission Line Permit

The Northern Pass Transmission project ran into an obstacle Thursday when New Hampshire regulators rejected a permit for construction. A panel appointed by the Massachusetts government selected Northern Pass just last week from among 46 proposals to bring clean energy to the state. The developers ...

Southern California Utilities to Pay $775M in San Onofre Closure Deal

Southern California’s big utilities have reached a settlement that will see them, not customers, shoulder $775 million in final costs for the closure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant. The deal overrides a 2014 agreement masterminded by disgraced California Public Utilities Commission presid ...

Americans Don’t Mind Wind Turbines Near Their Homes, Say Government Researchers

There are tens of thousands large-scale wind turbines scattered across America. That means over a million and a half households are located within five miles of a turbine. And they’re actually inching closer to homes on average, according to government researchers. So how do those machines impac ...