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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 […]

The fiscal update falls short in facing climate change and income inequality

Dec 6 2020 — Bruce Campbell — Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland gets a fist bump from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after delivering the 2020 fiscal update in the House of Commons on Nov. 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick Bruce Campbell, York University, Canada The federal Liberal government came to office five years ago promising “real change,” including action on the climate […]

Corporate obstructionism endangers meaningful climate action — and the stakes couldn’t be higher

Dec 3 2020 — Bruce Campbell — With COVID-19 cases soaring in Canada and abroad, the immediacy of the pandemic is understandably sidelining public attention on the climate crisis barrelling down the tracks — with catastrophic effects if not reversed over the next 10 years. The federal government introduced Bill C-12 on Nov. 19, mandating carbon-reduction accountability from governments on the path […]