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Could Carbon Majors be made to pay for climate damage? Given this week's crash in the price of oil, I am re-posting my article about how faltering financial returns can help cost the oil industry its social license, and how governments and courts may then force it to pay for its pollution.

Canada’s murky bailout deal for oil and gas will cost us all. The COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with low oil prices, have created extraordinarily hard times in oil producing provinces such as Alberta, and unemployment not seen since the Great Depression. Quite properly, the federal government has promised to help. But it is shameful that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is using your tax dollars to bail out the oil and gas exploration and production industry, perhaps the wealthiest and most polluting industry in human history. For details, see my op ed in the National Observer.

Ford Fallout: “I’m dreading the day my grandchildren look at me and ask, ‘Why did you let this happen to us?’” Published in Toronto Life.

Living Underwater is a beautiful, thoughtful on-line zine of Jewish essays and art about coping with the #ClimateCrisis. Yes, it includes my article about what we can learn about the #ClimateCrisis from the ancient story of Pharaoh and the 10 plagues.

Court tobacco decision may set precedent for cases against fossil fuel companies.

10 principles for the transition to a green economy. Given the climate emergency, can Canadians overcome the political obstacles to dramatically reducing our dependence on fossil fuels?

Corporate boards: climate disclosure and climate liability. Canadian companies aren’t doing much about the climate crisis. Are they ignoring the science? The regulators? Or the risk of liability?

No, Ontario hasn’t already done enough. A reader writes: "Is everyone as confused as I am?Is it true that Ontario is doing better than the 'rest of Canada' since 2005? Emissions down 22%?"

Why I support climate emergency declarations. This letter expressed my strong support for the proposed climate emergency declaration by the City of Greater Sudbury. (Soon afterwards, the City did adopt the declaration).