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Use value, exchange value, and the carbon tax

There are a number of climate related stories unfolding now around the world: a heatwave in Europe that, to take one example, broke France’s national heat record 13 times in a single day, with the new record being 45.9 degrees celsius; arctic sea ice having a terrible year; the floods in the Midwest USA continuing to impede both the planting ...

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Big Bright Jupiter

On any clear night, look to the southern portion of the sky after sunset and you will come across a bright object. This is not a star but the planet Jupiter. Of the eight major planets in our solar system, Jupiter is literally the “king”. This fifth planet from the sun is so large; eleven earths can line up across ...

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Climate change is national emergency, so let’s build the TMX!

I could almost hear some of you saying after my last article, “Really? Collaboration, decency, respect and love? After all these articles, that bullshit is all you have to offer?” I spoke about decency and respect, because all societies and civilizations are built on a set of explicit and implicit rules for formal interaction, which often seem inauthentic, but which ...

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Global Emissions – The Prisoner’s Dilemma

My last article ended on a gloomy note, warning that we may already be too late to avoid catastrophic climate change. It is difficult to find a space in which we can see our situation clearly. While we might not respond if we think that we are doomed, we might not respond adequately if we underestimate the severity of what ...

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There is no way back

This is the third and final article in my series of three principles for thinking about climate change (you can find links to the previous two at the bottom of this article). I have deliberately made these articles as simple as possible. There is no shortage of incredible content (including powerful visuals) available on the internet provided by climate scientists ...

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Climate science is not uncertain

In my previous article, I talked about the need to think broadly across space and time in order to comprehend climate change. Before I continue with my second principle for thinking about climate change, it is important to make something clear. As I hope will become apparent throughout my articles, the severity of the challenge we are facing is far ...

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The growing threat of climate change – Wawa is changing

Earlier this year Wawa-News published a letter of mine on the subject of pipelines, the economy and climate change. My letter was intended to make the case that as we try to create vibrant local, regional and national economies we cannot ignore the growing threat of climate change. I referred to declines in Lake Superior ice cover, even knowing that ...

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Telescopes and Binoculars

Telescopes have come a long way since its invention in 1608. The simple refracting telescope consisted of two small lenses located at each end of a long tube. This `spyglass` was a great tool to magnify approaching enemy ships from a distance.   Galileo Galilei heard of this new instrument and in 1609 constructed his own without seeing the original. ...

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Our Moon

  Stargazing is a wonderful and peaceful past time that anyone can enjoy. From planets to star clusters, galaxies to nebulae, the night sky is a treasure chest of celestial delights. Although astronomy and star gazing are traditionally done in the dark countryside, our glorious moon can be enjoyed from the city as well. The moon was created about 50,000 ...

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The Sun – Our Life Giving Star

My passion for the night sky began at the tender age of 8 with an elementary school library book entitled “Stars”. I learned from that fateful day that the Sun is a typical star in the night sky and one of 200 billion stars of our Milky Way Galaxy. But not all stars are the same. They come in an ...

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Clinics & Back to School

Most of us have by now taken down our Christmas trees, packed away the decorations and polished off any remaining Christmas baking left in the cookie tins. Hopefully, too, you have stored away a host of wonderful memories of time spent with family and friends. And now, it is up to all of us to fan the embers of warmth ...

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Plan for Magical Total Lunar Eclipse – January 20th

  A total lunar eclipse is a magical event to witness and our next chance comes on the night of January 20/21 with all of North America having a ring side seat for the entire show. An eclipse is a result of the perfect lineup of the sun, earth and moon. This does not occur every month as our moon ...

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Close Approach of Mars

Jun 22, 2018 @ 11:04   Hands down the biggest celestial event of the year will take place on the night of July 27 – the closest approach of Mars since 2003. The red planet is now seen rising in the south-east at midnight local time and will continue rising a bit earlier each night until the big night when ...

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The annual Geminid meteor shower

Dec 5, 2017 @ 08:08 Another great celestial event is poised to light up the night sky. The annual Geminid meteor shower will peak on the night of December 13 into the morning of the 14th. As Earth crosses the debris field of asteroid 3200 Phaethon we will enjoy a predicted rate of 120 meteors seen per hour or one ...

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Picture of the Day – Joe Roberts ‘Push for Change’

Nov 23, 2017 @ 18:52 Joe Roberts ‘Push for Change’ was presented with a 150th Anniversary Medal. OPP Commissioner Hawkes tweeted, “Great pleasure to present #OPP community safety partner Joe Roberts @pushforchange with @SenateCA 150th Anniversary Medal for his commitment to #endyouthhomelessness by walking 9000+ km across #Canada with 335 of 452 events in #Ontario. #SenCA150″

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