Sunday, July 19, 2015

Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.

- Matthew Brown and Matt Volz report on the latest oil train derailment in North Dakota. Justin Giovannetti discusses how fracking is leading to regular earthquakes in previously-stable parts of Alberta - which looks doubly dangerous given the presence of pipelines in the affected area. Garret Ellison examines Enbridge's blithe disregard for the safety of 60-year-old pipelines which it wants to keep operating indefinitely. And Chris Mooney comments on the link between climate change and wildfires.

- All of which leads nicely to Tzeporah Berman's point that we need to start a real discussion of how to transition away from our addiction to oil.

- Julia Belluz interviews Amy Kapczynski about the TPP's impact on drug prices - which includes entrenching restrictions on the development of generic alternatives which even the U.S. wants to reverse in its domestic policy. And the Star's editorial board makes the case for a national pharmacare plan to tilt the balance in favour of citizens and the public purse.

- Wayne Kondro reports that the Cons' own hand-picked panel of health experts confirmed the need for federal leadership in health care - even in the face of direct pressure from the PMO to say otherwise.

- Finally, Jeremy Nuttall discusses the Cons' relationship with the media. (Though I'm not sure there's much more to it than simple projection on each side: the Cons believing the media to be every bit as biased as themselves, the media being surprised the Cons don't share any interest in talking about facts rather than spewing propaganda.) And Michael Harris follows up on #CPCJesus by comparing the Cons to their supposed inspiration.

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