West Virgina

The Aral Sea. The Gulf of Mexico. Fukushima. Chernobyl. The Niger Delta.

Stop me if you've heard this one before because I got a million of 'em.

I guess my question really boils down to this: When will it be enough? Before or after we reach the critical tipping point where loss of biodiversity guarantees the impoverishment of your children? Their children? What is an acceptable level of devastation? What is the acceptable tradeoff? $1 billion in GDP per extinct species? $500 million? Ten bucks?

Or is it all good as long as it is NIMBY? The problem with that approach is that it only works for a short time until they're done with somewhere else and they come looking for your community. By then it is far too late as there won't be anyone left to stand with you.

Attawapiskat and Fort Chipewyan are what Chris Hedges would describe as "sacrifice zones". These are areas where the environment and human communities have been destroyed by corporate profit. Resources are extracted, but the negative "externalities", and the indifference to the plight of neighbouring communities, remain.

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Harper’s unrecognisable Canada
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper suppresses realities instead of taking proactive measures.

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  1. Luciferius Legion
    Luciferius Legion says:

    He sets precedent for the next power monger who gets the job by showing he can fill up an offshore account and do what he wants.

  2. Chris George
    Chris George says:

    +Luciferius Legion At this point he spends most of his day cursing Pierre Trudeau for delivering the Charter.

  3. Luciferius Legion
    Luciferius Legion says:

    I still blame him for this distinct society clause and bilingualism crap when we have more chinese speaking people in Scarborough than people who only speak french in all of Canada. The world looks down on Quebec trying to wreck the country on our dime.

  4. Chris George
    Chris George says:

    Trudeau was no saint. But he fought hard for the Charter and from the perspective of 30 years and looking ahead at the next 30, he has done more for the actual people who live in this country than most can appreciate.

    Without the Charter, Harper would have us already in the perfect fascist oligarchy that Canada was designed to be. I am sure his peers in NZ, AUS and the US are pissed at him for his bungling of the First Nations issue. It is this same bungling that has begun the process of waking up Canadians who can see through the colonialist bullshit.

  5. Chris George
    Chris George says:


    An example of why the Charter is important.

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