Climate change expert sees ‘brighter, smarter’ future for planet

Tom Pedersen, executive director of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions at the University of Victoria in B.C., plugs in his electric car in Victoria. PHOTO: MATT KELLEY

Tom Pedersen, executive director of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions at the University of Victoria in B.C., plugs in his electric car in Victoria.
PHOTO: MATT KELLEY

Published: May 1, 2014

VANCOUVER — Tom Pedersen sounds almost upbeat about climate change, putting a positive spin on the decidedly gloomy subject.

“You must never lose hope,” says Pedersen, executive director of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions at the University of Victoria in B.C., who foresees a  “brighter, smarter” future for the planet. Continue reading

Investigation launched into ‘muzzling’ of scientists by Harper government

Canada's information commissioner Suzanne Legault ~ Postmedia News

Canada’s information commissioner Suzanne Legault ~ Postmedia News

01/04/13 _ The federal information commissioner’s office is launching a sweeping investigation into complaints that the Harper government has been ”muzzling” and restricting access to scientists.

Seven federal departments and agencies, from Environment Canada to the National Research Council of Canada, have been told Suzanne Legault’s office plans to act on complaints about “the systematic efforts by the Government of Canada to obstruct the right of the media — and through them, the Canadian public — to timely access to government scientists.”

“A notice of our intention to investigate and a summary of complaint has been sent” to the seven departments, Emily McCarthy, assistant information commissioner, says in a March 27 letter to Calvin Sandborn, legal director of the Environmental Law Centre at the University of Victoria. Continue reading