On The Failure of Environmental Assessment

– by Dr. Ian Goudie   David Vardy has raised some major concerns aimed at the failure of democracy to ensure that the Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Project (LCHP) minimized and mitigated negative environmental impacts. In this article, I elaborate on this theme to emphasize that science is also failing us. Reflecting back to public hearings Read more about On The Failure of Environmental Assessment[…]

Environmental Conservativism: Why We Should Critically Encourage it

– by Sean J. McGrath Environmentalism is now firmly lodged on the left side of the political perspective. Associated with collectivism, the critique of neo-liberal economics and the opposition to free markets, environmentalism for many belongs alongside other signature leftist causes. People forget that environmentalism was originally a conservative policy. The father of modern conservativism, Read more about Environmental Conservativism: Why We Should Critically Encourage it[…]

Climate Change is Real

Climate Change is Real by Barry Stephenson Any adequate response to climate change must necessarily be rooted in the knowledge that climate change is real. There is much obfuscation and denial in the media, as well our economic and political institutions. These are some basic truths that we need to acknowledge–and come to terms with: Read more about Climate Change is Real[…]

The Religious Dimension of Climate Crisis

The Religious Dimension of Climate Crisis Barry Stephenson Being able to see a situation, as is it, the work of reason, is very hard work. The use of reason is hampered by all sorts of obstacles – personal, social, economic, so on. Some measure of objective realism (seeing the world as it is) is crucial Read more about The Religious Dimension of Climate Crisis[…]

Do We Really Care About Climate Change in Newfoundland and Labrador?

By Kyla Bruff Climate change is a global issue whose major actors — and factors — seem impersonal and impenetrable. Corporations, government bodies and industry influencers make our personal attempts to reduce our own individual daily burning of fossil fuels — e.g. taking Metrobus, walking to school or work when possible, etc. — seem insignificant. Our individual Read more about Do We Really Care About Climate Change in Newfoundland and Labrador?[…]

The Ongoing Muskrat Falls Debacle: How not to Develop the North

By Sean McGrath The massive hydro-electric project on the lower Churchill River in Labrador is expected to go online in 2019. Described as a “boondoggle” by policy makers and at 12.7 billion dollars–over double the anticipated budget–the Muskrat Falls project emerged into international attention in the fall of 2016 when protesters occupied the Labrador premises Read more about The Ongoing Muskrat Falls Debacle: How not to Develop the North[…]

Dr. Barry Stephenson in the Memorial University Gazette: Climate Change Demands Radical Transformation

Read Dr. Barry Stephenson’s recent op-ed for Memorial University’s Gazette:

“The crux of the matter is that climate change demands radical transformation on a collective scale at a moment in social-cultural history characterized by hyper-individualism, cynicism about social institutions and politics, and, outside of sporting events, the absence of occasions to experience broad-based group identity and solidarity.”

Sean McGrath on Muskrat Falls: Score one for democracy

Read Sean McGrath’s recent letter to The Telegram regarding a Globe and Mail article about the Muskrat Falls protests:

“In both the editorial and the press conference that preceded it from St. John’s, we were told that this is a victory for science, or even that science will henceforth decide how to proceed. It is not a victory for science at all. It is a victory for democracy. … Democracy, this time, in the form of political protest such as has never before been seen in the province.”