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What Does Canada’s Election Mean for the Fate of the Tar Sands? – May 9, 2011

Conservative Party Takes Control of Government

At first glance, the ‪re-election‬ of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is a serious setback to those on both sides of the border who are battling expansion of the Alberta tar sands and trying, at the very least, to improve environmental standards in what Environmental Defence Canada has called "the most destructive project on earth." Following the federal election on Monday, May 2, Harper was returned to office with the first majority government the country has seen in seven years with 167 seats and more than 40 per cent of the popular vote.

Photo courtesy David Dodge, The Pembina InsititueSyncrude's tar sands processing… more

by: Ron Johnson

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Post-Mortem on G8 and G20: Climate Change Remains a Non-Issue – June 29, 2010

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The G20 Summit is almost two years old. And like an infant approaching its terrible twos, the ad hoc gang of developed countries with no real structure or mandate is starting to get out of hand.

Heading into the G8 and G20 summits in Muskoka and Toronto, there were a number of areas where the developed countries had the opportunity to show leadership and initiative, and introduce progressive ideas. The results, to say the least, are mixed.

Following is a breakdown of key climate-related initiatives the world was hoping the summits might tackle, and what actually happened at this… more

by: Ron Johnson

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G20 Governments Give Oil Companies $100 Billion a Year in Subsidies – June 29, 2010

On Sunday, the final day of the G20 Summit, the world's leaders could either have followed through on the commitments made at the Pittsburgh summit and phase out fossil fuel subsidies or, as leaked reports suggested, take a step back and water down the plan by bringing voluntary and home-grown options to the table.

Although language such as “voluntary” and ”member-specific approaches” was removed from the day’s proceedings, and a new milestone—review of implementation plans at the next G20 Summit, in Seoul, Korea—was added to the group’s commitments, activists still feel the original commitments have been watered down.

The document was strengthened thanks to pressure from US… more

by: Ron Johnson

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Surprise, Surprise, G8 Fails to Take on Climate Change – June 26, 2010

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Although climate change got four paragraphs in the G8 Muskoka Declaration--a document dubbed Recovery and New Beginnings coming out of the G8 Summit--it amounts to little more than a rehashing of earlier meetings, providing little new material and failing to deliver the momentum activists were hoping for at this halfway point between Copenhagen and Cop16 in Cancun, Mexico.

During Stephen Harper’s speech on the morning of June 26, climate change was relegated to one brief mention in a list of “also discussed” issues. At a morning press briefing, when asked about whether or not climate change was or… more

by: Ron Johnson

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Naomi Klein at G20: Use Robin Hood Tax to Pay Climate Debts – June 26, 2010

A call for a global movement ahead of COP16 (the UN Climate Conference being held in Cancun, Mexico, later this year) was launched at Massey Hall in Toronto last night as part of the Shout Out for Global Justice event held just blocks from the well-guarded bunkers that are home to the G20 summit in town.

“You're all part of a global movement for mother earth,” said Pablo Solon, Bolivia’s UN Ambassador, to a rousing ovation from the thousands in attendance. “We have presented the UN with the Universal Declaration on the Rights of Mother Earth, and that is,… more

by: Ron Johnson

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