I am sure many Tidechange.ca readers get emailed newsletters from West Coast Environmental Law, WCEL,—as I do. However for those who do not this month’s newsletter has fascinating information on the realities of the recent hype from Elections Canada about it being illegal to say anything about the reality of climate change because some party might be denying climate change and thus your speaking out could reduce the chances of the climate change denier party getting elected.

Now this is interesting, absurd and humorous. As WCEL points out, what if some party’s platform claimed that 5 +5=20? Would all those stating that 5 + 5 =10 be in violation of the election act—including schools using math texts asserting that 5+5=10?

Yikes there are no scientific doubts about the reality of climate change. I don’t think even the Conservatives deny the scientific validity of climate change. They just don’t want to do anything meaningful about it. (Though I could not spend $500 advertize that during the election period without registering with Elections Canada.)

So the key point to note from the WCEL newsletter is: “While charities should certainly avoid any actions or communications that might be taken as endorsing or opposing a particular party during the election period, charities may 100% talk about climate change and the need for climate action.”

WCEL research establishes clearly that talking/publishing about climate science cannot be considered “partisan” unless a person or group is referencing a party or individual candidate by name.

Individuals and groups should/must “avoid any actions or communications that might be taken as endorsing or opposing a particular party… charities may 100% talk about climate change and the need for climate action.

This seems like a great time to do a placard waving demonstration across the Comox Valley saying versions of  “Climate Change is real and it will destroy our children’s world—act now!”

 

Norm Reynolds