When Brad Wall rode off into the sunset from Saskatchewan politics in early 2018, ironically to take on an advising role with a Calgary law-firm, I was looking forward to not having to respond to his smooth rhetoric cautioning against meaningful climate action anymore. I knew his departure wouldn't change the Sask Party line, but … Continue reading Failing leadership 2.0
I spend a considerable amount of time harping on about the Sask Party and Brad Wall, and I'm sure that's going to continue with Scott Moe taking over the premiership this week. All that attention is well deserved by an unusually callous government that has actively advocated against meaningful climate action for years. But what … Continue reading Searching for an alternative
Saskatchewan released its not-so hotly anticipated climate change plan this week, for which expectations were exceedingly low. This was justifiable in the wake of the government’s Climate Change White Paper of 2016, which was essentially an endorsement of the status quo. The new plan is called “Prairie Resilience: A Made-in-Saskatchewan Climate Change Strategy.” It’s a … Continue reading Where’s the prairie urgency?
I grew up a proud Canadian kid. I knew that my home province of Saskatchewan was the birthplace of Medicare, a national symbol of our collective compassion. I believed in our multicultural ideal and that we were a “tolerant” nation. I understood that we were peacekeepers at home and abroad, and really just a collection … Continue reading A settler’s reflection on Canada 150
One year ago today I was marching alongside 400 other people in Saskatoon. We were participating in the Global Climate March, just one demonstration among thousands around the world that day that drew hundreds of thousands of people into the streets, calling for bold climate action in advance of the Paris climate talks. It was a … Continue reading Drawing the line on Kinder Morgan
This week Canada’s Liberal government made its priorities clear beyond doubt. By approving the Pacific Northwest Liquefied Natural Gas (PNWLNG) project it sent a resounding message that "getting resources to market" trumps its widely self-promoted commitments to both renewed relationships with Indigenous peoples and addressing climate change. Although the Liberals will contort themselves in an attempt … Continue reading Getting resources to market at any cost
As news broke of a major oil spill from a Husky Energy pipeline into the North Saskatchewan River last week, Brad Wall’s first reported public comment was that he hoped the spill wouldn’t make it more difficult to get new oil infrastructure built. Of course, it should. It was a telling response, though, from a Premier … Continue reading Better regulation needed as we transition away from fossil fuels
I first encountered the fossil fuel divestment movement when I was studying in England. My campus had a small but active campaign that drew me in, though slowly at first. I hesitate to get involved with things I don’t know much about, but as I learned more I found it pretty easy to jump on … Continue reading Who’s blowing hot air?
A few weeks ago the newly re-elected Sask Party government came perilously close to climate change denial in its Throne Speech, alluding to “some in this country” who would shut down large parts of the province’s economy “all in the name of some misguided dogma that has no basis in reality.” Public criticism was swift, … Continue reading Saskatchewan needs to Leap too
“You’re part of the problem. You depend on fossil fuels every day.” You hear this a lot when you talk about climate change, especially if you live in a place like Saskatchewan. Whether it’s coming from oil industry PR people, forever-eager online commentators, or even family and friends (the latter two quite expertly influenced by … Continue reading Climate change is not your fault