The War of the World

Our democratic governments have long been at war with our capitalist economy.  One seeks to spread power as widely as possible with each person being equal, having the same rights, freedoms and access to being heard.  The other concentrates wealth and power and grants rights and freedoms and access to power based on how muchContinue reading “The War of the World”

Climate Change Wealth and Power

There was a superb interview on Information Morning on CBC with Louise Comeau of the New Brunswick Conservation Council.  It covered both what we are learning form the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and environmental groups like the Conservation Council about the magnitude of the climate change threat and initiatives we can take to avoidContinue reading “Climate Change Wealth and Power”

Energy for Profit or for Service

We are not in a time of business as usual in terms of how we access the energy we need for a functioning society.  The latest report of the United Nations International Panel on Climate Change makes it clear that the climate change will not wait for us to delay or backslide.  The Secretary GeneralContinue reading “Energy for Profit or for Service”

Inflation: The Pandemic, Big Oil and Billionaires

There was an interesting interview on inflation on the CBC morning show out of Halifax on March 18.  A number of the ‘drivers’ of our current and perhaps future inflation were discussed:  Wage demands; Supply chain disruptions due to the pandemic; The surge in the price of petroleum products as a result of Putin’s brutalContinue reading “Inflation: The Pandemic, Big Oil and Billionaires”

An Attempt at an Honest Settler Perspective and Fair Reconciliation

Having a day to honor the people who were here before any European settlers is long overdue.  I grew up in Canada learning so little about the people who settlers found here some 500 years ago, that an honest description of what I knew has to be an admission I was totally ignorant. Let’s beContinue reading “An Attempt at an Honest Settler Perspective and Fair Reconciliation”

Reflections on the Pandemic

The pandemic has underlined fundamental problems with the basic nature of social economy of many countries including Canada.  The polarizing impacts of the Trump presidency in the USA have spilled into Canada and around the world.  It has become acceptable to a growing part of the population to spread misinformation, ignore science and deny reality. Continue reading “Reflections on the Pandemic”

Lessons from the Pandemic and the Trump Hangover

The Pandemic was an eye opener.  Elders died by the thousands because essential workers in eldercare were paid so little they needed more than one job to eat and keep a roof over their heads.  They had no sick leave and little or no protective clothing and equipment.  When personal care workers fell ill theyContinue reading “Lessons from the Pandemic and the Trump Hangover”

How The Household Appliances of Capitalism Use You

When we built our new home 6 years ago we bought all new energy efficient appliances, all from Sears, all Kenmore.  This week while baking some custard, the stove, Kenmore (made by Frigidaire), started beeping and the panel on the Electronic Oven Control (EOC) started flashing “F10”.  We dug out the stove manual and afterContinue reading “How The Household Appliances of Capitalism Use You”

An Attempt at an Honest Settler Perspective and Fair Reconciliation

Having a day to honour the people who were here before any European settlers is long overdue.  I grew up in Canada learning so little about the people who settlers found here some 500 years ago, that an honest description of what I knew has to be an admission I was totally ignorant. Let’s beContinue reading “An Attempt at an Honest Settler Perspective and Fair Reconciliation”

Let’s Not Burn Our Forests for Heating

As the map clearly shows, supplying Northern Pulp and Bowater Mersey has been a destructive process for our forests.   We have clear cut far too much of our 12 million acres of our forests to supply a low value product – pulp wood.   Since the closure of the mills, some are advocating use of theContinue reading “Let’s Not Burn Our Forests for Heating”