Archive for May, 2011

Groundwater safe from fracs

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

The technicalities of shale gas may interest some of you as much as the drying of latex paint or the growth of Kentucky blue grass. Certainly the U.S. customs official looked bemused when he asked why I was travelling, and I answered “shale gas conference”. That said, the amount of gas now believed producible from [...]

They haven’t “met their humility”

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Alf Apps was Student Union president at the University of Western Ontario at the turn of the 1980′s. It was well known that he was a big big-L Liberal, but this would not have hurt him – it was a good time to be a Liberal. Pierre Trudeau was just beginning his disastrous last term. [...]

Hold the mustard, and the Nader

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

“That doesn’t pass the mustard” – Duff Conacher, interviewed by Dave Rutherford, CHQR 770 Hot dog! This is the fortuitous combination of “pass muster” and “cut the mustard”, turning stern verbiage into a request for condiments. ¬†Excellent! Mr. Conacher, late of Democracy Watch, was overheard by friend of the blog Mark K. having a discussion [...]

Decades in the making

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

It’s beginning to sink in.¬† And it is for real. Conservatives have won an historic mandate, one which seemed mostly out of reach for most of the last five years. What makes it harder to believe is the fact that the time line goes back a lot more than five years. Well, for some of [...]