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In Toronto, Wet’suwet’en Chief Madeek (Jeff Brown) protests Royal Bank of Canada’s funding of the Coastal GasLink Pipeline and other fossil fuel investments. | Photo by Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP

Canada’s RBC Tops List of Banks Financing the Climate Crisis

April 13, 2023 – By Jonathan Hahn – Sierra Magazine

Fossil fuel companies use loopholes to get billions in financing, according to “Banking on Climate Chaos”
Canada’s biggest lender, the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), has a “Climate Commitments” splash page on its website that features pictures of children walking in nature and windmills spinning in the distance. 

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The fine print on our ‘final warning’

You probably followed some of the news about the big climate science report approved by the world’s governments on Monday. The coverage was alarming enough — “final warning” was a common headline — but if you read the report itself, you will have run across a curious concept called “overshoot.”

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Canada’s Energy Citizens trumpets a red-blooded version of Canadian petro-nationalism that portrays Canadian identity as inextricably linked to oil.

Investigation needed into foreign election meddling

Foreign-owned corporations are exempt from Elections Act if they list their headquarters in Canada.

March 6, 2023 – Toronto Star – By Gordon Laxer Contributor

Powerful, non-government foreign entities, including foreign-influenced corporations, regularly intervene in our elections. Their meddling is more effective than China’s because they hire Canadian managers, gaily wave the Maple Leaf and seem Canadian. They know how to sway voters better than China’s operatives.
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‘It’s inequality that kills’: Naomi Klein on the future of climate justice

Madeleine de Trenqualye interviews Naomi Klein for the Guardian – Naomi Klein’s first book on the climate crisis, This Changes Everything, was published almost a decade ago. She was one of the organisers and authors of Canada’s Leap manifesto, a blueprint for a rapid and justice-based transition off fossil fuels. In 2021, she joined the University of British Columbia as professor of climate justice in the Department of Geography and co-director of Canada’s first Centre for Climate Justice.

 “On the Outside Looking In

If you have never read’s  Bill McKibben’s The Crucial Years blog, we recommend this one, “On the Outside Looking In” published in September, 2022. You can subscribe for free if you like his writing. McKibben is a wonderful activist and writer whose perspective will give you a positive outlook on the future.

Here’s another one just published Feb 17, 2023 – Halfway to a Happy Ending – The climate denier is gone at the World Bank; now we need a climate champion.

In The Writing Burrow

Margaret Atwood – Jan 22,2023

Will Douglas claim riches and power by seizing the Magic Greenbelt, only to lose his Superpowers? Thrills! Action! Amateur drawing!

Yes, kids, it’s Comix Time! The backstory: Our Hero, Douglas (admonished previously in these pages, more than once, scroll down) wishes to claim the Magic Greenbelt as his, all his.

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Visions of fusion danced in our heads

Chris Hatch, Zero Carbon

,,,An astounding number of holy grails were found this week in the headlines and commentary of the world’s news media. It was hard to miss the appetite for salvation, and it was served with a side of absolution.


“… the self-centered, short-sighted and ‘make money at all costs’ actions of our Provincial government are cause for immediate concern. Deep concern.”

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