Green and growing

My story about being a Green politician in Canada, and why it was the best thing I ever did.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Slashing at the Environmental Assessment Agency

The government has decided that one of its priorities is NOT making sure that new businesses and projects are safe. Remember the $11 Billion that during the election they said they would have to cut to balance the budget, but they wouldn't say where they would cut? This is why they wouldn't say. And this is only 0.1% of the amount they will have to cut to make sure they can give corporations their tax cuts.

From the article:

"The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is looking at a 43.1 per cent cut in spending, dropping from $30 million in 2011-12 to $17.1 million in 2012-13, according to the agency's planning documents."

Who else in this country is going to prevent businesses from polluting and contributing to an increasingly toxic playground for our kids?

And who will we hold accountable for this decision?

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

An interesting perspective on what's going wrong

The link above is to an article published in the Toronto Star written by Kai Nagata, who recently resigned as the CTV Bureau Chief in Quebec. It is not a story about how bad CTV is, or CBC, Nagata's previous employer. It is a story about news, and how the news business is not serving us the way it should. It is an excellent read.