Energy and Climate in the Harper Decade
Has Stephen Harper turned Canada into an energy superpower?
This week on The Harper Decade, economist Marc Lee measures the success – and heavy cost – of the Conservatives’ ambitious energy policy:
"PM Harper's record is thus one of relentlessly tearing down barriers to new fossil fuel development. This is perhaps best characterized by the 2012 omnibus bill, which among other things, dismantled environmental regulations that might affect oil sands growth, and accelerated approval processes for new pipeline and tanker projects." (Click here to read more).
Marc Lee is a Senior Economist in the BC Office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and Co-Director of the Climate Justice Project. His publications include A Green Industrial Revolution (with Amanda Card) and Enbridge Pipe Dreams and Nightmares, both available at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Forecasting Change: Restoring Canada's Right to Know

Has global warming caused the extreme weather of recent winters in Canada?

Click here to read or listen to Chloe Shantz-Hilkes detail the struggle for information and access to science under the tight watch of the Conservative government:

"Canadians are paying for government research. And Canadians have questions that are going unanswered. By all accounts, the silence of Canadian scientists in response to these questions is not voluntary, but imposed. Whether to promote unrestricted oilsands expansion or to disrupt efforts to assist low income Canadians, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has proven himself willing to routinely deny Canadians their right to know about themselves, their environment, and their country.” (Click here to read more.)

The Harper Decade Reading List

A list of links highly recommended by The Harper Decade team:
  1. Greek Debt Crisis: Comparing the Greece to Detroit and post-war Germany, the Globe & Mail editorial board argues that the solution to the crisis in Greece requires that Europe write down a significant portion of the embattled country's debt.
  2. Immigration: A family in Edmonton battle to bring their toddler, who was born in Jordan while her mother was visiting an ailing relative, home to Canada.
  3. Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women: CBC's Andrew Kurjata argues that the focus on 'family violence' in cases of murdered and missing Aboriginal women, particularly in a recent RCMP report, is misguided.
  4. Arctic Oil Extraction: A new report prepared for Fisheries and Oceans Canada warns that the federal government is not prepared to adequately respond to an oil spill in the Arctic or in deep water offshore.
  5. Judicial Appointments: The Conservative government appointed 43 judges in June, following years of record judicial vacancies. 
  6. Voter Identification Cards: The federal government is fighting an injunction request by The Council of Canadians and the Canadian Federation of Students that aims to restore the use of voter information cards as one valid form ID.
  7. Prison Visitor Rules: Correctional Services Canada has passed controversial new measures that will tighten the rules on anyone visiting federal prisons in order to crack down on contraband.

The Harper Decade is a digital series featuring expert commentary on the changes that have occurred in Canada over the past decade of Conservative rule.
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