Confronting Trudeau on Climate Lies and Kinder Morgan Pipeline

On his recent town hall tour across Canada, Justin Trudeau encountered many Canadians who are indignant about his government’s support for tar sands pipelines. One of those Canadians was Clayton Thomas-Muller of

For The Real News Network, I speak to Clayton about his challenge to Trudeau at a town hall in Winnipeg to explain how Trudeau’s devotion to the tar sands industry can be reconciled with his purported commitment to the Paris climate accord.

My interview of Clayton can be seen here:

Under its New Leader Jagmeet Singh, Will Canada’s NDP Finally Call for Sanctions on Israel?

During the NDP leadership campaign, I had the opportunity to ask Jagmeet Singh, who subsequently won the NDP’s leadership contest, whether he supported sanctions on Israel. In this report for The Real News, you can listen to my conversation with Mr. Singh.

In my report, I also speak with NDP activists Genevieve Nevin and Yazan Khader about their remarkable efforts to garner support for a new NDP resolution on Israel/Palestine. That resolution calls for a ban on the importation of products made in Israel’s illegal settlements.

If adopted at next week’s NDP convention in Ottawa, it will mark the first time in Israel’s 50-year occupation of Palestinian lands that one of the three major Canadian political parties has called for sanctions on Israel. Until now, only the Green Party of Canada has called for sanctions on Israel.

My report can be seen here:

BDS Activists and Canada’s Communist Party Sue the City of Montreal for Civil Rights Violations

During Canada’s 2015 federal election, Montreal-based supporters for the BDS Movement and local candidates of the Communist Party of Canada attempted to draw attention to Steven Harper’s indifference to the suffering of the Palestinian people by erecting provocative posters in Montreal. The central and devastating image of their posters (pictured above) was a dead Palestinian boy who had been killed along with three other Palestinian boys in an Israeli missile attack on a Gaza beach in the summer of 2014.

In apparent violation of Canada’s electoral laws, the City of Montreal, whose mayor at the time was pro-Israel Denis Coderre, removed and confiscated the posters. City workers continued to remove the posters even after a lawyer for the City acknowledged in writing that the posters should not have been removed.

As a result, BDS-Quebec and Canada’s Communist Party later sued the City of Montreal for damages. The trial of that lawsuit was conducted last month (January 2018) in Quebec Superior Court in Montreal. The judge’s decision is now pending.

For The Real News, I attended the first day of the trial and, at the courthouse, I spoke with two of the plaintiffs – Bruce Katz of BDS-Quebec and Bill Sloan of the Communist Party.

My report on the trial can be seen here:

The Governments of Justin Trudeau and Rachel Notley Ignore the Scandal of Toxic ‘Tailings Ponds’

For the Real News, I speak to independent oil & gas researcher Regan Boychuk about the failure of governments in Canada to force the tar sands industry to clean up the vast toxic wasteland it has created in the once-pristine environment of northern Alberta.

My interview of Regan can be seen here:

Did Trump Screw Over Workers in the Booming U.S. Solar Industry?

Last week, Donald Trump’s administration imposed a steep 30% tariff on imported solar cells and panels, saying the move showed the United States would create more jobs in the country.

For The Real News, I discussed Trump’s solar panels tariff with Dan Whitten, the Vice-President of Communications with the Solar Energy Industries Association.

According to Mr. Whitten, not only will Trump’s solar panels tariff fail to create jobs, it will actually destroy about 23,000 jobs in the U.S. solar energy industry.

My interview of Mr. Whitten can be seen here:

The East China Sea Confronts the Largest Marine Spill of Natural Gas Condensate in History

For The Real News Network, I speak to marine biologist and oil spill specialist Dr. Richard Steiner about the biggest marine spill of condensate in the history of the fossil fuels industry.

According to Dr. Steiner, this spill in the East China Sea will expose “a productive offshore marine ecosystem” to massive quantities of “an acutely toxic chemical.” Even worse, Dr. Steiner accuses the Chinese government of failing to heed his recommendation to immediately implement a rapid environmental assessment program with water and air quality sampling, biological monitoring, and carcass collection.

My interview of Dr. Steiner can be seen here: