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To prevent disasters like Lac-Mégantic, private interests cannot be allowed to affect regulations

Jun 1 2022 — Bruce Campbell — On July 6, 2013, the fourth deadliest railway disaster in Canadian history took place. A train hauling 72 tankers filled with crude oil derailed in Lac-Mégantic, Que., killing 47 people. The roots of the Lac-Mégantic rail disaster can be traced to a combination of corporate negligence and regulatory failure. It is what spurred the publication […]

Is the ‘Freedom Convoy’ a sign of inequality-fuelled escalation of violent class conflict?

Mar 7 2022 — Bruce Campbell — In remission for now, the “Freedom Convoy,” led by a small group of well-funded, seditionist and far-right activists, tapped into the grievances of a much larger segment of the population that is resentful of government policies—measures which have triggered anxiety about their ability to earn a living and their future. EKOS pollster Frank Graves and […]

Climate crisis and extreme wealth inequality: Joined at the hip

Aug 31 2021 — Bruce Campbell — In an August 2021 report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded the Paris Agreement climate targets could soon be out of reach without immediate and massive greenhouse gas emission reductions this decade. António Guterres, the UN Secretary General, warned the report “is a code red for humanity.” The climate crisis and unprecedented wealth inequality […]

The corporate-government power relationship: Capture and complicity

May 18 2021 — Bruce Campbell — For more than four decades the economic paradigm that prioritized private market-led policy has been embraced by corporate, academic, bureaucratic and political elites. The paradigm enlisted a variety of well-known policy tools, including inflation control, deregulation, privatization, austerity, balanced budgets and globalization. The corporate-government power relationship that underlies this paradigm is one of capture and […]

Earth Day 2021: Canada’s latest budget falls dangerously short on climate action

Apr 22 2021 — Bruce Campbell — Canada’s latest federal budget did little to tackle climate action or income inequality, two problems with strong ties. Alberta’s Bow Lake is seen in this photo. Josh Woroniecki/Unsplash Bruce Campbell, York University, Canada The 724-page federal budget made vital spending commitments to extend supports to Canadians as the pandemic shock waves continue. It also made […]

The upcoming federal budget: The stakes could not be higher

Apr 12 2021 — Bruce Campbell — April 19 will mark the first Liberal government budget since it was re-elected in 2019—and the first since the coronavirus pandemic struck. Budgets are about choices. Given the monumental challenges going forward and the consequences of not facing them head-on, this budget will have only one precedent: wartime budgets during World War II. The budget […]

The Auditor General’s 2021 Report on Rail Safety: Another Groundhog Day

Mar 1 2021 — Bruce Campbell — Last Thursday [February 25] the Auditor General [AG] released a series of reports, including the lack of government supports to ensure safe drinking water for indigenous communities, and mismanagement of the government’s shipbuilding plan. Receiving much less attention was its report on rail safety, the first since the 2013 Lac-Mégantic rail disaster, which claimed 47 […]

5 ways Norway leads and Canada lags on climate action

Feb 9 2021 — Bruce Campbell — As major oil and gas producers and exporters, Norway and Canada share a particular responsibility for confronting the planet’s existential climate threat. However, their different political, economic and cultural features have resulted in major differences in their climate policy track records. Overall, Norway is a leader on climate change performance and Canada is a laggard. […]

5 ways Norway leads and Canada lags on climate action

Feb 9 2021 — Bruce Campbell — Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg greets Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the G7 leaders summit in La Malbaie, Que., in June 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang Bruce Campbell, York University, Canada As major oil and gas producers and exporters, Norway and Canada share a particular responsibility for confronting the planet’s existential climate threat. However, their […]