Christopher Majka - Politics, Public Policy & Advocacy

Christopher Majka
photo: Lois Siegel

I maintain an interest and involvement in a variety of issues related to politics, electoral reform, public policy, environment, biodiversity, and arts and culture policy. Below are links to a variety of articles, guest editorial, op-ed articles, and letters to the editor that I have written on these topics. Questions or comments? Please send me an [email].

[Public Policy]  [Politics and Electoral Reform]  [Climate Change, Environment, & Natural Resources]  [Energy Policy]  [Forestry & Forest Pests]  [Arts & Culture] 

Public Policy

Taxpayers Deserve Better
Chronicle Herald, November 30, 2012
Convention Centre: Auditory Results
The Coast, November 29, 2012
Halifax International Security Forum: Syria - there must be some way out of here, November 22, 2012
Halifax International Security Forum: The new international normal, November 17, 2012
Today I remember my father, November 11, 2012
Islam, Iran and women: Moving from medievalism to modernity, October 6, 2012
Charmaine Borg versus James Moore: Irresistible force meets immovable object, September 13, 2012
Well-being in Canada: Are we satisfied?, August 28, 2012
Military subversion: Adventurism, seduction, and transformation on the front lines, August 2, 2012
An idiot's persistence: Asinine adventures of the Harper Conservatives, July 24, 2012
Convention Centre delirium: Politics, economics, development and hallucinations, July 20, 2012
Dumb as dirt: Bethune, Mao, Anders and the new McCarthyism, July 16, 2012
Fifty nine cents: An open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, June 28, 2012
Abuse of process: Bill C-38 and the Harper agenda, June 5, 2012
Escalator to the bottom: Quebec students refuse the ride, May 24, 2012
The Crime Omnibus Bill: What is to be done?
Behind the Numbers, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, March 18, 2012
The Crime Omnibus Bill: What is to be done?
Facebook, March 13, 2012
Open letter to Canadian Senators on Bill C-10, the federal crime omnibus legislation
Facebook, February 29, 2012
Crime Omnibus Bill - Say no!
Facebook, December 10, 2011
Hall Dalrymple Out
The Coast, December 8, 2011
Crossed a line
The Chronicle Herald, December 7, 2011
An Inconvenient Occupation
Behind the Numbers, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, November 16, 2011
Legislate Sanity
The Coast, November 10, 2011
Occupy ... the world
The Chronicle Herald, October 20, 2011
MP Megan Lelsie reads my letter opposing the attempt to legislate an end to the lockout of postal workers
Hansard, 41st Parliament, 1st Session, June 23, 2011
Convention centre: Time to press reset
The Chronicle Herald, April 23, 2011
Convention Centre in Nova Scotia: Economic Wellspring or Bottomless Pit?
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, December 13, 2010
Conventional Wisdom: Corporate Welfare
The Coast, October 14, 2010
Centre smells rank
The Chronicle Herald, October 9, 2010
Gun Registry Flip-Flops
Mid-North Monitor, October 6, 2010
The Gun Registry: Lessons Learned
Facebook, October 5, 2010.
Sign of things to come?
The Chronicle Herald, September 12, 2010.
NSCAN's Open Letter to Tony Clement and Stephen Harper
Facebook, July 26, 2010
Case for lack of balance
The Chronicle Herald, May 26, 2010
Assults on civil society
The Chronicle Herald, March 7, 2010
Report filled with speculation
The Chronicle Herald, August 21, 2009

Politics and Electoral Reform

Postcards from the 2012 by-elections, November 27, 2012
Ballistic steal: Armoured Harper in India, November 6, 2012
What's wrong with Rand: Objection to Objectivism, September 24, 2012
Voter suppression revealed: The stealth attack on Canadian democracy, September 20, 2012
Hurricane Leslie: We're going to be all right, September 12, 2012
Canadian political calculus: Zero-sum or win-win?, June 27, 2012
13 Heroes Day of Action Against Bill C-38
Facebook, June 14, 2012.
The NDP leadership race by the numbers, March 28, 2012
Why I'm supporting Nathan Cullen
Facebook, March 23, 2012
Vox Populi: The NDP Leadership Contest
Project Democracy, March 22, 2012
The case for NDP, Liberal, Green Cooperation?
Editorial: Project Democracy, February 23, 2012.
Get fraud out of Parliament
Facebook, March 11, 2012
Racknine Robocalls: Voter suppression a stain on Canadian democracy
Facebook, February 24, 2012
Do Canadians want political cooperation?
Editorial: Project Democracy, February 5, 2012.
Leaning Left: Harping
The Coast, January 19, 2012
Voters, polling, and Canadian democracy: where have all the flowers gone?
Editorial: Project Democracy, June 28, 2011
Let's try for a rational approach
Moncton Times & Transcript, August 9, 2011
Let's cheer: Quebecois are supporting a nationalist party
Vancouver Sun, August 6, 2011
Lack of political leadership, bad electoral system preventing public policy changes
The Hill Times, August 23, 2010
We're with you, Jack
The Chronicle Herald, July 28, 2011
Standing with Jack: Family from Coast to Coast
Facebook, July 27, 2011
Fifty-eight hours
Facebook, June 27, 2011
One Month Later: Lessons for Canadian Democracy
Facebook, June 3, 2011
Project Democracy: 2011 Electoral Analysis - Part 1
Final Report: Project Democracy, May 31, 2011.
What to do about those 6,201 frustrations
Facebook, May 5, 2011.
Political frustration: In 2011 the electoral pot boils over
Editorial: Project Democracy, April 26, 2011
Pundits Guide to Elections: red herrings, errors, and misinformation
Facebook, April 25, 2011
Project Democracy - the 2011 election game changer
Facebook, April 11, 2011
A debate not worth having
The Chronicle Herald, March 31, 2011
All viewpoints deserve place at cabinet table
The Chronicle Herald, January 27, 2011
Who's influencing whom?
The Chronicle Herald, June 6, 2009
No bearing on character
The Chronicle Herald, April 11, 2009
Liberal leader Ignatieff can't have it both ways
The Hill Times, February 26, 2009
Social democratic debut
The Chronicle Herald, February 26, 2009
Prime Minister Harper will have to face music sooner or later
The Hill Times, December 8, 2008
Traditional voting system out of tune with the times
The Chronicle Herald, November 5, 2008

Climate Change, Environment, & Natural Resources

Foreign aid and natural resources: Allies or enemies? - Part 6, November 28, 2012
Superpower or Supermarket? The folly of foreign investment - Part 5, November 9, 2012
Resource capitulation: FIPPA, fibs, and Canadian sellouts - Part 4, November 2, 2012
Carbon attacks: The Harper Conservatives and the Canadian resource economy - Part 3, October 30, 2012
Raw deal: The Canadian resource economy - Part 2, October 18, 2012
Failing grades: The Canadian resource economy - Part 1, October 16, 2012
Passing gas: Peter Kent and Canada's bogus GHG emission targets, August 13, 2012
Passing gas: Peter Kent and Canada's bogus GHG emission targets
New Brunswick Media Co-op, August 13, 2012
Loaded dice in the climate change casino, August 11, 2012
Loaded dice in the climate change casino
New Brunswick Media Co-op, August 12, 2012
In the valley of the shadow of peak oil, July 5, 2012
In the valley of the shadow of peak oil
Ecology Global Network, September 4, 2012
Empty rhetoric, empty oceans: Will Rio +20 change the tide?, June 22, 2012
Acid bath: Evil twin of climate change, June 20, 2012
Acid bath: Evil twin of climate change
Ecology Global Network, August 6, 2012
Pestilence, famine and climate change: Horsemen of the Apocalypse, June 12, 2012
Thermometer rising: Ice, methane, and climate change
Ecology Global Network, June 14, 2012
Thermometer rising: Ice, methane, and climate change, May 16, 2012
Head in the Sand, Tar in Every Orifice: Climate Change Policy in Canada, May 10, 2012
Head in the Sand, Tar in Every Orifice: Climate Change Policy in Canada
Ecology Global Network, June 7, 2012
Quiet Spring: Fifty years since Rachel Carson
Ecology Global Network, April 30, 2012
Quiet Spring: Fifty years since Rachel Carson, April 25, 2012
Where is Canadian Leadership on climate change?
Facebook, December 13, 2011
Too much slash and burn
Toronto Star, August 6, 2011
Creating Change: What to do when the sky is falling
Facebook, August 5, 2010
Climate Change Accountability Act
Facebook, April 14, 2010
Climate Change and Parliamentary Democracy: both on the rocks?
The Hill Times, October 27, 2009
Disgraceful record
The Chronicle Herald, December 16, 2008
Poor climate change record
Toronto Star, December 16, 2008
Canada's disgraceful climate change record on display
Vancouver Sun, December 13, 2008
Mysterious East. March/April 1971: 21-22.

Energy Policy

Energy dominates Council of the Federation meetings, November 26, 2012
Short circuit Liberal leader's power proposals
The Chronicle Herald, August 22, 2012
Berlin wallet: Merkel invests, Harper divests, August 19, 2012
Canada's energy future: Wise strategy or rapacious sellout?, July 27, 2012
The turning tide: Canadians and our energy future, July 27, 2012
Stuffing Solar City where the sun don't shine?
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, July 9, 2012
Stuffing Solar City where the sun don't shine?
Halifax Media Co-op, July 9, 2012
Fast Facts: Power to the People?
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, June 14, 2012
Dutch disease denial: Inflation, politics and tar, May 31, 2012
Submission to the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline Project Review Panel
Facebook, January 18, 2012

Forestry & Forest Pests

Sugar Shack Bugs
The Island Magazine 68: 16-21, December 2010.
Beetles, forests, and climate change: Exchanging old mistakes for new?
Behind the Numbers, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, April 25, 2012
Worrisome beetle found in New Brunswick - BSLB advances: citizens are no further ahead
Rural Delivery 36(7) [January/February, 2012]: 49-52.
Worrisome beetle found in New Brunswick
Atlantic Forestry Review, November 2011, pp. 34.
The brown spruce longhorn beetle in Cape Breton: the good, the bad and the ugly
Victoria Standard, November 2, 2009
Beetlemania: Reader's Corner
The Chronicle Herald, October 21, 2009
Is the Brown Spruce Longhorn Beetle the threat its made out to be?
CBC Radio, Maritime Noon, October 17, 2009
Please Remain Calm
The Globe and Mail, October 17, 2009
A pest of trees or just of taxpayers? Mystery surrounds the Brown spruce longhorn beetle.
Atlantic Forestry Review, March 2009, pp. 19.
Pest or not? The Brown spruce longhorn beetle.
Atlantic Forestry Review, Guest editorial, January 2009, pp. 7.
The Brown Spruce Longhorn Beetle: Is it a problem?
Shunpiking Magazine, March 2007
Beetlemania or invading borers?
The National Post, July 11, 2000

Arts and Culture Policy

New Nova Scotia arts council established: Arts Nova Scotia
The Coast, December 1, 2011
Stephen Harper's attack on the arts: does arts funding lead to terrorism?
Facebook, June 29, 2011
Arts Nova Scotia: Do it right
The Chronicle Herald, May 21, 2011
Nova Scotia Cultural Action Network congratulates government on progressive arts & culture initiatives
Facebook, February 15, 2011
Levels of Provincial Cultural Funding
Facebook, April 13, 2010
Nova Scotia 2010-11 Culture Division budget
Facebook, April 13, 2010
Dance Story in sharp step
The Coast, February 26, 2009
Arts do matter, but do reporters have to get it wrong every time?
ArtsNova Bulletin, October 13, 2008
Unifying force
The Chronicle Herald, October 1, 2008

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