The Failure of Our National Discourse

If you’re like me and believe that Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline from Alberta’s oil sands to the BC coast will never come to fruition (and I’m clearly not alone in thinking this to be the case), then you have to ask yourself the question: what’s next for Canada’s energy debate? Northern Gateway is trending because[…]

The Absudity of the Pipeline Debate

“The real risk is not regulatory rejection but regulatory approval, undermined by subsequent legal challenges and the absence of ‘social license’ to operate,” Jim Prentice, (then) CIBC executive and former Harper environment minister, on the reality of National Energy Board approval for Northern Gateway. In the greatest non-shock of recent political history, the National Energy[…]

A brief history as to why Northern Gateway is (still) dead

Whether you love Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline from Alberta’s oil sands to the British Columbia coast or hate it, it’s hard to argue that this pipeline will come to fruition in its current incarnation. Between a disastrous public relations campaign (who Photoshop’s out entire islands from an animation depicting the proposed oil tanker route[…]

Reflections from the Campaign: Q&A Part One

My good friend, colleague and mentor Charles Tsai – founder of Social Creatives and current innovation-driver at Ashoka Canada – is not just a great leader in his own right, but also a brilliant journalist, with a knack for asking great questions. Over the years, Charles has pushed me to reflect on the Spirit Bear[…]