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Climate change conversation reaching an inflection point

By Gwynne Dyer      

We are entering a period where big political and behavioural changes are possible, and we need to take maximum advantage of it.

The BC Wildfire Service, pictured responding on July 20 to the Tremont Creek wildfire, located approximately southeast of Ashcroft. We’re there at last: the heat waves and the storms of this northern hemisphere summer have been so far beyond the usual that the donkeys are finally getting the message, writes Gwynne Dyer. Photograph courtesy of Twitter via BC Wildfire Service

LONDON, U.K.—Zeitgeist is a slippery word. At best it’s just a fancy German way of saying “the spirit of the times;” at worst it is only pretentious noise. So maybe we should say “inflection point” instead. I think we are passing through an inflection point.

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Government-run diversity challenge ‘hypocritical’ until public service meets private sector targets: experts

News|By Alice Chen
The 50-30 Challenge asks Canadian companies to voluntarily 'commit to achieving gender parity and significant representation of other underrepresented groups,' but there are no baked-in accountability measures.

Facial recognition technology ‘fundamentally undemocratic,’ says Angus as critics wary of political use

News|By Alice Chen
Of the four recognized parties in the House, the Liberals are the only ones confirmed to be using these algorithms, with the NDP saying that they don’t use it, and no response from the Conservatives or the Bloc.

Senate art restoration project offers insight into painters’ original vision

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Five portraits normally housed in Centre Block have been restored to their original lustre. 'It requires an understanding of our history and how artists work. It is also very scientific,' says Sen. Patricia Bovey. 

Canada pushes for government to be formed in Lebanon as humanitarian crisis mounts

News|By Neil Moss
'Not any government will give hope and will make reforms,' says Liberal MP Fayçal El-Khoury, as the Canadian government is urging Lebanon to swiftly form a government.

‘I want to get to work’: first female AFN Chief Archibald outlines priorities following election

News|By Matt Horwood
Roseanne Archibald says she will be pushing for a post-pandemic recovery plan for Indigenous communities, as well as a criminal investigation into residential schools.

On a day of firsts and in a scaled-back installation ceremony, Mary Simon becomes Canada’s 30th and first Indigenous Governor General: ‘I’ve always viewed Canada as a metaphor for family’

Mary Simon promises to breathe new life into the Office of the Governor General and to help lead Canadians on the road to reconciliation.

‘Far too much control’: Liberal MP Easter pleas for less PMO control, more ministerial responsibility

The former solicitor general said cabinet ministers aren't always held accountable when things go wrong in their departments anymore. 'That’s how things go astray in governments or departments.'

Stakes are high for three federal party leaders in next election but O’Toole ‘under the most pressure,’ say politicos

News|By Abbas Rana
Even if Justin Trudeau is not able to win a majority in the next election, the prime minister will make his own decision about his future as there's no one in the caucus who will challenge his leadership, say pollsters.

Record-breaking lobbying in June as election buzz, end of sitting drive activity

Lobbyists filed 2,398 communication reports in the federal registry last month, pushing activity up nine per cent compared to June 2020.
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