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    Elizabeth May (photo: Laurel L. Russwurm/Flickr) and Rafe Mair

    Elizabeth May, Rafe Mair debate Israel, BDS and Green Party’s future

    Elizabeth May and Rafe Mair's revealing exchange, debating Israel, the BDS movement and the resolution that threatens the future of the Green Party over its leader's potential departure.


    Outgoing NDP Leader Tom Mulcair at the party's 2016 convention in Edmonton (USW/Flickr)

    Rafe: What it would take for the NDP to start winning

    Rafe Mair has a few ideas for the perennially losing NDP to start winning elections - beginning with some soul searching on the party's devotion to big labour bosses (not their worker members).



    Federal Green Leader Elizabeth May with Provincial Leader Andrew Weaver (Green party/facebook)

    Rafe: Elizabeth May and the Greens should double down on BC

    Rafe Mair has a little fun with a wild idea: If Elizabeth May took over the BC Green Party, she'd have an outside shot of beating the Liberals and NDP in next year's election.


    Liberal MP Pamela Goldsmith-Jones (Flickr/CreativeMornings Vancouver/Matthew Smith)

    Rafe: MP’s Woodfibre LNG meetings to focus on climate…what about fish, tanker and health risks?

    Liberal MP Pamela Goldsmith-Jones is holding a series of public meetings into Woodfibre LNG's climate impacts - but what about local fish, tanker and health risks, asks Rafe Mair.



    Rafe- Old Left vs. Right divide no longer applies to environment

    Rafe: Old “Left” vs. “Right” divide no longer applies to environment

    The old divide between "left" and "right" no longer applies to the environment, says Rafe Mair, as even traditionally conservative voters are now paying attention to things like climate and water. Politicians who fail to grasp ...


    Reductio ad absurdum- Why we environmentalists are missing the boat with sham hearings, technical arguments

    Reductio ad absurdum: Why we environmentalists are missing the boat with sham hearings, technical arguments

    Technical arguments and sham hearings on the merits and risks of pipelines and tankers miss the point, argues Rafe Mair.



    Rafe- Premier Clark right for opposing Trudeau's Senate plans - but she's going about it the wrong way

    Rafe: Premier Clark right for opposing Trudeau’s Senate plans – but she’s going about it the wrong way

    BC Premier Christy Clark is right to oppose Justin Trudeau's "idiotic" plans for the Senate, says Rafe Mair, but she's going about it the wrong way.


    Justin Trudeau following his election victory (Flickr CC licence - John Tavares)

    When the honeymoon ends with PM Trudeau

    Canada's honeymoon with Justin Trudeau will end soon enough, says Rafe Mair, as he will be tested by challenges like how to deliver on climate promises with pressure coming from all sides.



    Rafe- Not all immigrants created equal in Canada...and that needs to change

    Rafe: Not all immigrants created equal in Canada…and that needs to change

    Rafe Mair reexamines Canada's history of immigration and asks why not all immigrants are created equal.


    Rafe Mair on Bill C-24 finding out you're a second-class citizen

    Rafe Mair: A senior citizen’s perspective on the federal election and where we go from here

    With the benefit of age and perhaps a bit of wisdom, Rafe Mair reflects on our recent federal election and where we go from here as a country.