Right Wing Extremism (January 17, 2021)

Good Sunday Morning!

 I don’t know how many of you are on twitter – speaking in tweets – engaging in advocacy in small bursts.  A sort of rhetorical Haiku.

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Attempted Coup (January 10, 2021)

Good Sunday Morning!

What a week!!

Before diving into the events south of the border, I do not want to ignore the week’s events here.

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The Urgent National Security Threat (January 3, 2021)

Good Sunday Morning – and a Happy New Year!!

I hope everyone had a restful, peaceful and not too lonely holiday. It is the first time in my 66 years that it has been so hard to frame a cheery seasonal greeting. 

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Nukes - again! (December 20, 2020)

Good Sunday Morning

This will be the last missive of 2020.  

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Climate Targets (December 13, 2020)

Good Sunday Morning!

Yesterday was the five year anniversary of the historic conclusion of the climate negotiations in Paris.  I remember it as if it were yesterday. Claire Martin, Jaymini Bhika and I had pulled three all nighters in a row as the negotiations wore on. But then again I remember the signing of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Rio in 1992 as if it were yesterday.  I am cursed with a good memory.  I say “cursed” because, at least in the case of the climate crisis, remembering is torture.  All those opportunities. All those promises. All those failures and betrayals.

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Violence Against Women (December 6, 2020)

Good Sunday Morning

We are nearing the end of this parliamentary session as the House will rise December 11 until late January 2021.

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COVID and pipelines (November 29, 2020)

Good Sunday Morning!

And November draws to a close.

Tomorrow will be Chrystia Freeland’s Financial Update, to which I will respond from Command Central – my home office in Sidney.  I will speak, beamed into the House of Commons on a big screen as the last of the speakers from each Opposition party in reply to our Finance Minister. Meanwhile, our Green Leader will be meeting with media, in real life, in Ottawa.  It is a good thing Annamie Paul feels COVID-safe traveling to Ottawa from her home in Toronto.  It is an excellent thing that she has such remarkable skills in speaking clearly and effectively to our national press.

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Demand Better Climate Change Legislation (November 22, 2020)

This morning’s newsletter is dedicated to the memory of my brother-in-law, Peter Anthony Kidder. Much loved and much missed.

(April 15, 1960 - November 7, 2020)

 

Good Sunday Morning

Today’s missive is intended to be something you can post on FaceBook pages and share with friends by email.  Please share and please take steps to demand better.

On Thursday, the long-awaited Climate Accountability Act – full name “An Act respecting transparency and accountability in Canada’s efforts to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2050” - received First Reading.

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Wonky local weather (November 15, 2020)

Good Sunday Morning

Blustery and cold here on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. We have been shivering for a while in unseasonable cold, while for early November, Toronto, Ottawa and much of eastern Canada have been experiencing unseasonable warmth.  Across southern Ontario records were being smashed. It looks like more normal temperatures are returning in Ontario with snow on the way.

We tend, even in the depth of the climate emergency, to see such anomalies as just “weird” – as opposed to scary.   I had not realized how warm it was in Toronto until I saw a tweet from Dogwood’s Kai Nagata. He commented on a tweet from someone named Kamil Karamali – who said it had been too hot in his apartment and he’d had to go for a walk in the middle of the night to “cool down”…  I wondered where he lived, so I looked up Kamil Karamali. He is a Global TV reporter in Toronto. Toronto in November and it is too hot to sleep?

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US democracy and FPTP (November 8, 2020)

Good Sunday Morning!

Well, the agonizing wait ended yesterday morning with the news that Joe Biden is President-Elect.  

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