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This is supposed to be the Sovereignty Summer for thousands of disaffected Indigenous people in Canada. Idle No More and Defenders of the Land have been training members to take various forms of direct action aimed at reversing some of the policies of the Harper government. Moreover, divisions within First Nations chiefs and regional associations […]

In the aftermath of the Lac-Mégantic disaster, there were several newspaper articles and op-eds discussing the relative safety of transporting crude by rail versus via pipelines. For examples, see this article on the risk of tightened rail regulations, this one on the acceptability of rail, one on the future of oil by rail, and one […]

This content was originally published in the Globe and Mail as "Want lower cellphone prices? Expect lousy quality" on July 8. This version adds supporting figures and tables. Everybody seems certain that Canadians pay too much for cellular services. The “Wireless Code of Conduct”, the blocking of Telus’ acquisition of Mobilicity, and new restrictions on […]

During BC’s election campaign, Adrian Dix, Leader of the BC NDP, announced opposition to the expansion of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline. Mr. Dix has been quoted in the media as saying “We do not expect Vancouver to become a major oil export port as appears to be suggested in what Kinder Morgan is proposing.” […]

For two days next week, the US and Chinese Presidents will meet near Los Angeles for a historic ‘get to know you.’ There is much to discuss but pre-meetings last September in China involving Secretary of Defense Panetta and more recently on May 28th with US National Security Adviser, Tom Donilon, suggest five key points. The […]