Breaking Down The 2016 Budget (496)

LOTS of important news this week! We do our best to fly through some very important topics. Before we get to the budget itself, we discuss some Canadian news items with some direct correlation to the budget including more amazing work by Mike De Souza and the National Observer looking into the dysfunction of the National Energy Board with regards to energy projects in Canada.

Bad morale rocked Canada’s pipeline watchdog, then came murder
By rejecting $1bn for a pipeline, a First Nation has put Trudeau’s climate plan on trial
Christy Clark taps ex-Fraser Institute director to create BC’s climate change plan
Squamish Woodfibre LNG project gets federal environmental approval

In the second section, the long lost and sorely missed Kevin Farmer jumps in to the mix, and Stefan Hostetter both take Emmay Mah’s lead discussing the just announced 2016 Federal Canadian Budget. Lot’s to say here, but not much to add for the notes. However, for background info (and a VERY different look at the issue from the mainstream media, glad we exist eh?) here are some mainstream media links along with some alternative media reviews on the new budget for extra info.

Alternative Media Links:
Trudeau’s promises of ‘renewed relationship’ with First Nations evaporated with Liberal budget
Budget 2016 on Pipelines, Green Infrastructure Spending and Climate
Budget turns left but doesn’t step on the gas: think tank

Mainstream Media Links:
Budget 2016: Breaking down the numbers
Budget 2016: How budget could affect Canadian communities
Federal budget 2016

In the final live section, Kevin Farmer (one of the original co-hosts, since retired for new listeners) takes control and gives one of his trademark, funny, poignant and razor sharp rants… mostly poking holes in Justin Trudeau’s new oil filled climate policy. Not sure I can do this justice in the notes, so just enjoy live.

In the bonus show, Sabina is off this week so Stefan steps in to host. We decided at the last min that we’d said more or less everything we wanted to say (that was important) about the other news and the budget, so we take a slight pause in our regular programming to discuss some of the other very topical non-environment news this week that is top-of-mind for many Canadian’s right now. Due to tackling 3 big news stories, we run super over time close to 25 min so I hope you can power through because along with everyone else, Stefan really makes some great points at the end of the show. The topics are: the Brussels attack, #BlackLivesMatter protests in Toronto, and the Jian Ghomeshi trial.


Please join us on April 22nd from 6pm to 9pm at 720 Bathurst – Centre for Social Innovation – Annex for a beverage and a chat to meet and hang out with the Green Majority team, past and present and other listeners to celebrate our 500th episode!You can get your very modestly priced tickets here.

We pretty much never get to all the news we find each week, see what else we flagged as important eco-news and VOTE for things you think we should come back to with VOTE FOR THE NEWSclick here.

This Weeks Music:
The Guess Who “Guns Guns Guns”Lighthouse “Sunny Days”

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