Common Sense Canadian


    Liberal pals plundering BC Hydro for tens of Billions

    The BC Liberal Government is helping its pals plunder BC Hydro for tens of billions of dollars. Using little-publicized data, Norm Farrell details this massive theft of taxpayer money.

    Craig Pettitt of Valhalla Wilderness Society in the Incomappleux Valley (Image: Damien Gillis)

    Fate of BC’s ancient forests is a question of “values”

    On the launch of his new documentary, "Primeval: Enter the Incomappleux", filmmaker Damien Gillis reflects on the experience, noting that facts, figures, stumpage fees and jobs only tell part of the story of BC's increasingly r...

    Bankers Hall in Calgary (Bernard Spragg, NZ / Flickr CC Licence)

    Book Review: Beyond Banksters – Resisting the New Feudalism

    Rafe Mair offers praise for Joyce Nelson's new book, "Beyond Banksters: Resisting the New Feudalism" - a clear-eyed explanation of a complex financial system and the modern protest movements challenging the elites who control it.

    Solar installation class (Haggerston Community College/Flickr CC licence)

    90% of world’s new electricity coming from renewables: Welcome to the end of the fossil fuel era

    90% the world's new electricity now comes from renewables. China is shuttering 1,000 coal plants and global emissions are on the decline. The end is nigh for the fossil fuel era…so why hasn’t Canada gotten the memo?

    The NDP's only shot at winning in BC: Embrace the NEW ECONOMY

    The NDP’s only shot at winning in BC: Embrace the NEW ECONOMY

    The NDP has one slim chance of winning the next BC election: Embracing the "New Economy" - creating healthy, sustainable jobs vs. the Liberals' old, bankrupt ideas of LNG and big dams.

    Pipelines to Nowhere- Energy East, Kinder Morgan make no sense amid global green energy boom, tanking oil market

    Pipelines to Nowhere: Energy East, Kinder Morgan make no sense amid global green energy boom, tanking oil market

    With the longterm decline of fossil fuel markets, Canada should abandon old-economy pipeline projects like Energy East and Kinder Morgan and focus on the booming green economy, argues Will Dubitsky.

    Photo: Stephen Harper/Flickr cc licence

    The Harper Conservative economic disaster

    From gross fiscal mismanagement to betting everything on the Alberta tar sands, Doug Carrick digs into the Harper Conservatives' economic disaster.

    Enbridge tank farm at "Refinery Row" in Sherwood Park, Alberta (Damien Gillis)

    Canadian oil industry slashes production forecast by 1.1 million barrels/day due to price slump

    With $50 oil, the Canadian industry is slashing its production forecast by 1.1 million barrels/day.


    Has fracking peaked?

    Declines in production, drilling rigs and jobs at the major US shale oil plays suggest the fracking boom may be drawing to a close.

    A tar sands operation in Fort McMurray, Alberta (photo: Chris Krüg)

    IMF study: Fossil fuel industry gets $5.3 TRILLION in public subsidies a year

    The fossil fuel sector gets a whopping $5.3 TRILLION a year in public subsidies, says a new report from the IMF.