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Now more than ever we need partisanship - Loonie Politics

  With the coronavirus raging, we are hearing predictable calls for people to put petty partisanship aside and let government work its magic.  Which suggests that many people fail to grasp what partisanship is for: to expose that government is not magic. I don’t doubt that in an emergency go ...

Cruel and unusual punishment: The U.S. prison pandemic

US Politics Stay at home. Shelter in place. Maintain social distance. We now know how to slow the COVID-19 pandemic. Containment of the novel coronavirus requires that we act together, as a global community. But not everyone has the freedom to take these steps. The United States is the greatest ...

North Dakota’s Carbon Capture Project Tundra Another “Expensive Greenwashing” Attempt to Bail Out Coal Power

Read time: 4 mins Carbon capture technology has generated a lot of controversy–but little private investment–due to its lack of profitability and efficiency. So why is a proposal to retrofit an aging coal-powered plant in North Dakota with smokestack scrubbers receiving millions of federal tax ...

In Senate Hearing, Economic Experts Warn Climate Crisis Could Spur Financial Crash Like 2008

Read time: 6 minsCould the climate crisis precipitate a financial crash akin to or even greater than the one in 2008? With markets currently in turmoil due to the coronavirus pandemic, experts testified Thursday that there is high risk for an even larger economic crisis absent urgent climate poli ...

With Del Duca as Liberal leader, Ontario awaits its dullest election in decades - Loonie Politics

  Ontario Liberals, temporarily condemned to the political wilderness, are betting that blandness is the antidote to recklessness.  But is the Grit brand robust enough to overcome its new leader’s lingering ethical issues, arguably the Achilles’ heel of the party?  And can the electorate ...

Halt to Teck Frontier mine signals new fossil fuel exploration just not worth it

Penney Kome Teck corporation's decision not to proceed with the $21-billion Frontier mine project may signal the beginning of the end for fossil fuel exploration and development. Market forces, lender resistance and public opposition already block development. Now global civil society organizat ...

Who is the 'Woman' on International Women's Day?

Khadijah Kanji As a young person developing my political identity, I was bemused by my own lack of enthusiasm for "feminism," as narrated through dominant media and popular culture. I came to terms with this ambivalence through learning about intersectionality -- the recognition that my gender ...

Coronavirus discovered in Alberta just as politics trumps facts in supervised drug clinic report

David J. Climenhaga COVID-19 has arrived in Alberta. But first, we need to talk about how the United Conservative Party government has found a nearly perfect formula for dealing with science when it reaches inconvenient conclusions running counter either to the ruling party's ideology or its poli ...

Is the U.S. Fracking Boom Based on Fraud?

Read time: 11 mins In a 2016 interview with Fraud Magazine, former Enron CFO Andrew Fastow explained what he thought made him so successful while at the former energy corporation that's now infamous for financial scandal. “I think my ability to do structured financing, to finance things off-bal ...

The collapse of the Frontier oil sands project should spark debate about Alberta's extremely high emissions

Jim Harding The feds were preparing to decide by the end of February 2020 whether the Teck Resources Frontier project should go ahead in northern Alberta. This was to be the largest oil sands project yet. The Liberals clearly felt caught between a rock and a hard place, as when they purchased the ...