CanWEA’s President finally speaks some truth

(October 14, 2019) For those who may have missed it, CanWEA just held their annual conference in Calgary for the 2nd year in a row. They published some interesting stuff, including the announcement that they’re planning to merge with CanSIA. That’s right. CanWEA and CanSIA, probably the two most expensive sources of unreliable electricity in Canada.

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Michigan’s GDP and jobs grow—with a $4.5 billion subsidy (and growing) from Ontario ratepayers

(October 6, 2019) How was Michigan able to maintain rate increases below inflation while Ontario’s increases were well above? As it turns out, Michigan is a large purchaser of Ontario’s surplus electricity generation.

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September 30, 2019 – just another high-cost electricity day in Ontario

(October 2, 2019) If every day was like September 30, 2019, Ontario ratepayers would be paying $2.7 billion for power consumed elsewhere, while operators of FIT generators would be stuffing money in their bank accounts.

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Ford government floundering on electricity portfolio

(October 2, 2019) The IESO’s monthly market report for August broke several records and none of them were to the benefit of Ontario ratepayers.

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The last straw and the pipeline

(April 9, 2019) Governments have often made decisions based on impulse rather than reason. A classic example is the fallacy of “the last straw”. Legal expert Andrew Roman looks at pipeline-related issues and environmental decision-making.

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Bill C-69: Why retain the worst mistake of the 2012 Act?

(April 7, 2019) “Good ideas that are badly implemented don’t make good laws. Without major amendments it is unlikely that there will be any new pipeline or electricity transmission proposals under C-69.” Read legal expert Andrew Roman’s hard-hitting and thoughtful presentation to the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources conducting hearings on the Trudeau government’s Bill C-69, which proposes to fundamentally change the way resource projects are reviewed and approved.

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It’s your decision …

(March 11, 2019) The Prime Minister‘s real message was: “You can either do what I want or you can do what you want. The decision is yours.” Third in a series on the SNC-Lavalin controversy by Andrew Roman.

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Rumours of death: The panic over SNC-Lavalin

(February 25, 2019) Did the Prime Minister’s Office panic over SNC-Lavalin’s story of impeding doom? Or did they have real numbers showing the future effects of a criminal prosecution? Second in a series by Andrew Roman.

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Lawrence Solomon: Trump’s new climate committee could welcome the world’s smartest global-warming skeptics

(March 1, 2019) Make way for the scientific misfits and incompetents the press has castigated for putting the planet in peril by questioning climate change.

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The Prime Minister and the Attorney General

(February 19, 2019) The recent controversy between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould over the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin has been front-page news for days. Was this a casual conversation or improper interference with the administration of justice? This blog post by former lawyer Andrew Roman discusses the issues from a legal standpoint. The bottom line: there is no law prohibiting either of them from speaking publicly about their conversation.

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