But to block out my moniker, not to mention butcher the caption, well, it leaves me a bit steamed.
Editorial Cartoon by Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Thursday September 1, 2016
Protests disrupt Energy East pipeline hearings in Montreal
Protesters disrupted the first day of the National Energy Board hearings for the proposed Energy Eat pipeline in Montreal.
Montreal mayor Denis Coderre was the first speaker but before he could start a protester charged at the commissioners.
Security stopped him but others joined in and the NEB was forced to cancel Monday’s hearing.
“We’ll keep in touch to see if we can come tomorrow but again I think the NEB, as I said last Friday, should rethink the way this thing is happening right now,” says Coderre.
Coderre is against the pipeline and believes the NEB commissioners may have been unfairly influenced.
Others like those in New Brunswick, whose refining business would boom, are for the pipeline.
Mount Royal University political scientist Duane Bratt says the pipeline will likely go depending on whether your region is in or out of the oil business.
“Some people are saying look we support the pipeline just build it somewhere else. You also have groups who say we don’t want any pipeline built anywhere because we want to shut down the oil sands.”
However, the hearings aren’t political in nature, they are fact-finding because Parliament will make the ultimate decision.
Mps will have to weigh the economic benefits of building and operating a 4,500 kilometre pipeline funneling domestic crude to domestic refineries rather than buying and selling oil to and from foreigners and if it’s worth the environmental risk. (CTV News)
L E T T E R S
Sept 9, 2016, Letter to the Editor (Hamilton Spectator) RE: Editorial cartoon (Sept. 1)
How about a sustainability cartoon?
In answer to MacKay’s cartoon last Thursday criticizing the no-sayers (no to pipelines, no to tar sands, etc.), here are some things I say yes to: a stable climate, a stable food supply, stable sea levels, clean air, clean water, renewable energy, a low-carbon economy.
Could we have a cartoon promoting these values instead? Most of which will not be achieved if we keep building pipelines.
Dave Carson, Dundas
Editorial Cartoon by Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Wednesday August 31, 2016
Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown now says he was unaware of letter promising to scrap sex-ed curriculum
Ontario’s Progressive Conservative leader says he didn’t know that a letter was being distributed with his name on it saying he would scrap the Liberal government’s sex-ed curriculum.
The letter bearing Patrick Brown’s electronic signature was sent out last week in the east Toronto riding of Scarborough-Rouge River days before voters head to the polls Thursday in a byelection.
Brown says he doesn’t want to throw anyone in the campaign team “under the bus,” but he only saw the letter after it went out and after media reports about it emerged Friday.
He now says he wants to correct the record because he will not scrap the Liberal sex-ed curriculum if he is premier after the 2018 provincial election.
Brown says that there is “significant opposition” to the curriculum in Scarborough-Rouge River and that his position will likely cost his party votes there.
The curriculum was updated last year, for the first time since 1998, but some parents complained that the government didn’t consult them enough and others were angered by mentions of same-sex relationships, gender identities and masturbation. (Source: National Post)
Editorial Cartoon by Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Tuesday August 30, 2016
Trudeau leaves on first official visit to China
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has left for his first official visit to China, with both countries expressing hope they can improve their economic connection.
Trudeau, who is accompanied by his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau and daughter Ella-Grace Margaret Trudeau, said last week that he hopes the visit will be a reset in the relationship between the two countries.
Trudeau will be kept busy, with a host of business-related meetings during stops in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.
He’ll also attend the G20 leaders’ summit in Hangzhou.
The Chinese government moved last week to take the sting out of a potential irritant during the visit, the issue of human rights.
China’s ambassador to Canada said in an interview with The Canadian Press that his country has made progress in addressing international concerns in recent years.
Luo Zhaohui acknowledged China has a long way to go to further improve the situation.
Trudeau has said he will continue voicing Canada’s human rights concerns to China’s leadership. (Source: Toronto Star)
Editorial Cartoon by Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Saturday August 27, 2016
The burkini is an option, not oppression, say those opposed to ban
Recent attempts in France to ban the burkini have prompted protests and court challenges.
Some of those who’ve defended the body-concealing swimsuit say that while they wouldn’t wear one themselves and don’t necessarily agree with the religious associations it carries, they will defend women’s right to wear what they want.
On Friday, the top court in France overturned one town’s ban on the burkini, a ruling that is likely to set a precedent across the country.
The decision comes after several Muslim women were ordered to remove the body-covering swimwear on French beaches. Some burkini wearers were also issued fines.
Sonu Kilam is the co-founder and designer at East Essence, an online store that sells modern and traditional Islamic clothes. East Essence started to sell burkinis about six years ago, she said, after receiving requests from customers — specifically, Mormon customers — who were looking for modest active wear.
“[We] came across the burkini and thought, ‘Perfect, it will work for all our customers,'” Kilam told CBC News from Newark, Calif.
The company’s various burkini options represent about 15 per cent of its sales, she said, and it’s not only Muslim women ordering them.
Kilam recently got an email from a Canadian woman who wrote, “It’s hard for women like me who are 40 or older and don’t feel comfortable showing skin to find swimwear in Canada.”
Other burkini customers include women with skin conditions, Kilam said, and the company recently made a custom burkini for a plus-size woman who wanted something to wear for water aerobics.
There have been reports that burkini sales have increased since the controversy started, but Kilam said she hasn’t noticed any significant changes. (Source: CBC News)