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China Faces Buyer's Remorse In Canada's Oil Patch

China Faces Buyer's Remorse In Canada's Oil Patch

Commented Aug 20, 2014 at 11:38:37 in Canada Business

“If divestment campaigns are successful, stock prices in the industry will continue to fall :)”
Beijing To Ban All Coal Use By 2020

Beijing To Ban All Coal Use By 2020

Commented Aug 6, 2014 at 08:08:11 in Canada Business

“Exactly!”
Beijing To Ban All Coal Use By 2020

Beijing To Ban All Coal Use By 2020

Commented Aug 5, 2014 at 10:19:12 in Canada Business

“"The central government recently listed environmental protection as one of the top criteria by which leaders will be judged."

Maybe the narrative we're told about China (that they are the devil incarnate when it comes to destroying the Earth) isn't all accurate. Come on Canadians, time for us too to list environmental protection as one of the top criteria by which to judge our leaders. Economy versus environment is a false choice.”

Jebus Lives on Aug 5, 2014 at 17:57:43

“"Economy versus environment is a false choice."

Saying something doesn't make it true. If you think environmental controls are free I want some of what you're smoking!

Here's some data for you:
http://www.eia.gov/forecasts/aeo/electricity_generation.cfm

This tells us that a solar power plant is 40% more expensive than a coal power plant - it's also noteworthy that solar has a massive upfront cost.

If we used magic to switch to solar power overnight, the cost of power would increase by 40%. Increasing the cost of power by 40% would increase the cost of all the goods and services you consume. Increaseing the costs of all the goods and services you consume means you can not afford as many goods an services. Consuming less goods and services equals a reduced quality of living.

It is with 100% certainty economy vs environment.

The real problem are people like you who delude themselves in to believing that we can transition to green power with no economic impact. If you want to go green now, be prepared to make some sacrifices to get there.

.. the alternative is to wait until the green technologies have improved, and are cost effective. (This is what will actually happen by the way - You heard it here first!)”

Mr Woo on Aug 5, 2014 at 17:52:58

“That will require a change in government. The current government has absolutely no intention of placing 'the environment' in any kind of priority. The only concern regarding the environment that the current government has is how to get around the regulations designed to protect it. And that is all.”

moungsing on Aug 5, 2014 at 11:24:16

“Agree”
Conservative Government Renews Ad Campaign Promoting Oilsands

Conservative Government Renews Ad Campaign Promoting Oilsands

Commented Aug 2, 2014 at 08:49:25 in Canada Politics

“Sure makes me enthusiastic to pay my taxes.”
How Marijuana Could Be A Losing Issue For Harper

How Marijuana Could Be A Losing Issue For Harper

Commented Jul 30, 2014 at 11:01:16 in Canada Politics

“Alcohol can't make these health benefit claims, yet it's socially okay to drink. Maybe we should all be consuming marijuana for preventative health benefits.

http://mic.com/articles/84675/10-surprising-health-benefits-of-medical-marijuana
Trudeau Liberals Widen Lead Over Conservatives, Poll Suggests

Trudeau Liberals Widen Lead Over Conservatives, Poll Suggests

Commented Jul 26, 2014 at 16:47:07 in Canada Politics

“Despite being a proponent of the Keystone Pipeline, I'll vote for him too if he makes a firm commitment to revise our electoral system. Preferential ballots are what I'd like to see. I'd also like to see us follow the lead of the Norwegian parliament. Their chamber is circular. The elected from each constituency sit together, not with their party. It makes for a more consensual debate. I guess I'm a dreamer!”
Green Party Talks 2015 Federal Election Strategy As Convention Begins

Green Party Talks 2015 Federal Election Strategy As Convention Begins

Commented Jul 20, 2014 at 11:16:58 in Canada Politics

“Really? Sorry, I have to disagree, and I hope you will consider my take on this. Sounds to me like you haven't scratched beneath the biased corporate media portrayed surface to see what the Greens are really about. I may be biased but as well as being recognized as the hardest working MP, I consider Liz May to be the most intelligent, honest and self-sacrificing government representative as well. And every Green candidate I've come across has also impressed me greatly. Moreover, despite being portrayed as a one-issue party, one look at their platforms and policies would illustrate the inaccuracy of that viewpoint. She is fighting a heroic uphill battle, not for herself, but for all of us, and I admire her for it.”

Steve Karmazenuk on Jul 20, 2014 at 11:34:27

“Oh my God you're actually using the "Biased Corporate Media" conspiracy and at the same time assuming yourself free and above propaganda?

The fact is Elizabeth May is one politician. A single back-bencher whose party doesn't even have official Parliamentary Status (Kind of like when the old Progressive Conservatives were reduced to Jean Charest and those other two guys) and someone who has neither any political clout or any real weight beyond the handful of constituents who voted for her.

The Green Party is today what the NDP was in the 1970's. A joke. And a rather sad one, at that. At least the NDP could turn to its history and point to Tommy Douglas.”
Canadian Home Sales Report For June 2014: Six Key Reactions

Canadian Home Sales Report For June 2014: Six Key Reactions

Commented Jul 16, 2014 at 07:59:37 in Canada Business

“A huge portion of our credit based money supply comes from the housing market. A burst of this bubble will have serious consequences to our increasingly fragile economy. I fear it's a house of cards.”
TransCanada 'Gag Order' Preventing Mattawa From Talking About Pipeline Rejected

TransCanada 'Gag Order' Preventing Mattawa From Talking About Pipeline Rejected

Commented Jul 16, 2014 at 07:56:01 in Canada Business

“More proof that internet activism works. I'm wondering what the political and business leaders are currently doing to try to thwart that collective power in the future.”
Ontario Budget: Businesses Oppose Proposed Mandatory Pension Plan

Ontario Budget: Businesses Oppose Proposed Mandatory Pension Plan

Commented Jul 16, 2014 at 07:53:13 in Canada Business

“Adam Smith, the father of capitalism, emphatically stated that without income redistribution, capitalism moves inexorably toward oligarchy. We haven't had nearly enough income redistribution. Income inequality now parallels the divide that existed during the roaring '20s. Will history repeat itself, or will we finally learn?”

Jordan Lulich on Jul 21, 2014 at 08:16:04

“Our wonderful Liberal government is already increasing the taxes of the high income earners. What else do you want? If I work hard for my money why should I be taxed higher? Everyone wants something for nothing now a days. If you work hard you get more money.”

FBuchan on Jul 17, 2014 at 22:12:13

“Excellent reminder, Leslie. Sadly, history will repeat itself, because we seem incapable of learning.”
Ontario Budget: Businesses Oppose Proposed Mandatory Pension Plan

Ontario Budget: Businesses Oppose Proposed Mandatory Pension Plan

Commented Jul 16, 2014 at 07:49:34 in Canada Business

“Sarcasm, I hope.”
Ontario Budget: Businesses Oppose Proposed Mandatory Pension Plan

Ontario Budget: Businesses Oppose Proposed Mandatory Pension Plan

Commented Jul 16, 2014 at 07:49:08 in Canada Business

“Oh, blah, blah, blah. Businesses are saying exactly what we would expect them to say. No news here. But they are wrong, just like when they say that tax cuts create jobs. There is no proof anywhere of the truth in that. But on the flip side, I don't know if I would want my retirement savings to be "invested" in today's market. In my view, speculation has driven prices up and a BIG correction is in the cards.”
Ontario's Job Market Is Beginning To Look Like A Disaster

Ontario's Job Market Is Beginning To Look Like A Disaster

Commented Jul 13, 2014 at 18:39:24 in Canada Business

“Agreed. It's time that the human species reaches maturity and takes responsibility its actions. Now more than ever, we need divergent thinkers. There are endless opportunities for creating a better world than the one we currently live in. For example: http://varsava.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/building-a-better-world-taming-the-economic-monster/

skbull44 on Jul 14, 2014 at 06:57:22

“I read the article. Can't say I agree, however, on negative interest rates being any kind of panacea. In fact, such rates are unduly harsh to those on fixed incomes and savers and leads to many chasing higher yields in much riskier investments (and thus risking their savings/wealth entirely). This is basically what the central banks are wanting people to do and why interest rates have been held artificially low (negative now in Europe), to not save and to seek higher interest elsewhere (bonds, equities, etc.). Negative interest rates hurts the 99%, not the 1%.”
Trudeau 'Visited Schools To Tell Kids Pot Should Be Legal': Tory MP's Flyer

Trudeau 'Visited Schools To Tell Kids Pot Should Be Legal': Tory MP's Flyer

Commented Jun 24, 2014 at 16:27:18 in Canada Politics

“In my world, integrity matters. I hope enough people feel the same way and we send the Harper government packing in 2015.”
CBC Budget Cuts: Mansbridge, Suzuki, Others Sign Letter Against Documentary Shut-Down

CBC Budget Cuts: Mansbridge, Suzuki, Others Sign Letter Against Documentary Shut-Down

Commented Jun 24, 2014 at 16:21:37 in Canada Business

“I respectfully differ in opinion. In my mind, there are so many reasons to admire David Suzuki and pretty weak ones to dislike him. I believe he is a man who truly cares about the future of our species, as opposed to most people who only care about their own narrow interests.”

BRYNWOOD BUFF on Jun 24, 2014 at 16:36:59

“You have not got a clue on what my post was about!!I guess a bad education and lack of research is a clue.”
CBC Budget Cuts: Mansbridge, Suzuki, Others Sign Letter Against Documentary Shut-Down

CBC Budget Cuts: Mansbridge, Suzuki, Others Sign Letter Against Documentary Shut-Down

Commented Jun 24, 2014 at 16:15:29 in Canada Business

“These are the dark days of journalism. I fear what will happen to our so-called democracy without fearless journalists keeping us informed.”
Climate Change Will Devastate Economy, Report Backed By Billionaires Says

Climate Change Will Devastate Economy, Report Backed By Billionaires Says

Commented Jun 24, 2014 at 15:55:56 in Canada Business

“Finally, a sign of new times. Now that "credible sources" (and I mean credible to CEOs and government leaders) say that climate change will be bad for business, I'm hopeful that we'll see some significant positive action. I love that this is happening just as our "frank" fearless and foolish leader, Harper, says ""No country is going to undertake actions on climate change, no matter what they say . . . " Looks like he may be well off the mark again.”
Harper's Northern Gateway Decision Divides, But Most Canadians Say Pipeline Will Be Built: Poll

Harper's Northern Gateway Decision Divides, But Most Canadians Say Pipeline Will Be Built: Poll

Commented Jun 19, 2014 at 18:59:40 in Canada Politics

“Well, we here in Ontario know just how accurate polls are.”
Highest-Paid CEOs' Companies Perform Worse Than Industry Average: Study

Highest-Paid CEOs' Companies Perform Worse Than Industry Average: Study

Commented Jun 19, 2014 at 18:50:24 in Canada Business

“You're right. I certainly couldn't do it. I value my integrity too much. I speak from a background of varied corporate business experiences. In each case, I was exposed to highly unethical behavior in the pursuit of sales. I'm not saying that everyone was unethical, but it was definitely endorsed by management if it made the company money. Another point: Adam Smith, the father of capitalism, said that companies would rather collude than compete. We need government leaders that will regulate these organizations, not collude with them themselves.”
Ontario Election 2014: Media Union Urges Members Not To Vote For Hudak

Ontario Election 2014: Media Union Urges Members Not To Vote For Hudak

Commented Jun 10, 2014 at 07:25:54 in Canada Politics

“It can't be said enough: If you can't stomach voting for any of the parties, you can still send a strong message by declining your ballot. Imagine the media fest the day after the election if we had record turnouts, and a large number of those people declined their ballots. You just know it would send a much needed shock to the system.”
Ontario Election Polls In Final Week Of Campaign May Show Debate's Impact

Ontario Election Polls In Final Week Of Campaign May Show Debate's Impact

Commented Jun 9, 2014 at 13:27:56 in Canada Politics

“If you don't like any of the three main parties, remember that you have two valid other choices: decline your ballot or vote for the Green Party.”
Ontario Election Polls In Final Week Of Campaign May Show Debate's Impact

Ontario Election Polls In Final Week Of Campaign May Show Debate's Impact

Commented Jun 9, 2014 at 13:26:33 in Canada Politics

“The Tyee has a great article about how Conservative Federal tax cuts have predominantly benefitted the rich and service cuts due to $80 billion of lost government revenues has predominantly affected the less affluent. I have no doubt that the Hudak Conservative plan would have the same kind of impact on a society that is already too inequitable. http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2014/06/02/Canadian-Government-Revenue/?utm_source=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=020614
Canada's Non-Energy Exports Hit Record Low

Canada's Non-Energy Exports Hit Record Low

Commented Jun 6, 2014 at 15:26:56 in Canada Business

“No worries for Ontario. Who-dat is going to create 1,000,000 jobs. In other news, flying monkeys are seen in the Niagara West - Glanbrook riding.”
Ontario Election 2014: Gas Plants, Corruption, Energy Issues Dominate Debate

Ontario Election 2014: Gas Plants, Corruption, Energy Issues Dominate Debate

Commented Jun 5, 2014 at 07:25:43 in Canada Politics

“What a disappointment that was. Mind you, all the debates are great letdowns. I'm waiting for someone to really call it like it is (like Elizabeth May always does). We have cut taxes for so long that we have decimated our collective ability to shape our future. And tax cuts primarily favour the rich; they have been a contributing factor to the growing divide between the have-obscene-amounts and the have-not-nearly-enough. So I don't agree with taking the HST off the hydro bills (NDP), tax cuts for small business (NDP), more tax cuts for corporations (PC), or corporate hand-outs (Lib). I listened to the head of Dr. Oetker in an interview on CBC. He said that they would have come to London, Ontario even without the presents from the Ontario Liberals. Guess you know who I already voted for.”
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