Green Party Leader Elizabeth May’s outburst at the recent Parliamentary Press Gallery dinner came as a shock to many, since it seemed so inconsistent with her usually very engaging, even pixyish public demeanour.
It may have been less surprising to anyone who has followed her career since her campaign 40 years ago against spruce budworm spraying in Nova Scotia forests.
Remember the snail darter? This was the previously unknown and unloved fish species that environmentalists rallied around in Oregon almost 30 years ago to protest a proposed dam.
Often, it seems, environmentalists opposing large scale development of whatever kind prefer, perhaps for strategic or PR reasons, to emphasize the protection of other species or habitat.
The release of the report by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on aboriginal residential schools has engendered much anguished discussion, especially its use of the term cultural genocide.
Two brief, recent, seemingly casual admissions by provincial Finance Minister Diana Whalen appear especially revealing.
Three deaths, one quite fresh, one somewhat recent, and one 30 years ago, all of which merit discussion today.
Sometime CBC Radio personality Orest Ulan died a couple of weeks ago. Few seemed to notice.
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