Environmental Regulation and Resource Development in British Columbia

This past week, Evidence for Democracy (E4D) released a report on the state of government research capacity and oversight in British Columbia. The results weren’t pretty. Government scientists feel that they don’t have enough resources to fulfill their mandates, with negative impacts on environmental regulation. Because of budget shortfalls, they increasingly rely on external professionals,…

Listening to Rachel Carson

A few weeks ago I watched a documentary on PBS about Rachel Carson. Like most people, I’d heard about her and knew she’d written Silent Spring. But (also like most people, I presume) I hadn’t actually read it, and I knew next to nothing about either any of the other books she’d written, or her…

Canada Isn’t Immune to Trump-ism

This article was re-posted on the DeSmog Canada site on Dec 5 2016. Edited Nov 28 to add income inequality info. In the days following the US election, two former Canadian ambassadors to the US had some advice for Canadians worried about the future of Canada-US relations. “Calm down,” they said. “Change the channel and…