I tend to agree with David, I see the article as benign, it observes some inescapable facts, and as Koen observes, the material seems to be cut and paste.
Canada I think is an odd case, a hybrid country in many ways. Often very good people, generous and community minded, but also a history of the most cutting edge capitalism and technology aimed at resource extraction and profiteering.
In my observation you have to distinguish between the Canadian people and what corporations dwelling here do. More generally that applies all over the world. Canada happens to be situated where there are many resources corporations want to extract, and lots of energy is available to do so, farming being no small part of corporate profit making.
We have also entirely bought into the “American dream” of suburbia McMansions and personal motoring, which seemed like such a sensible choice in the days past of $20 a barrel oil that we supposed would never run out.
David makes a good point, that despite the widely spread centers of population, it seems to me that most of the personal activity is within those urban centers, the population power consumption is probably similar to many countries, but automobile use is excessive.
I subscribe to the notion of peak oil, so it’s not hard for me to question the future of suburbia and personal motoring. But regardless, rail has always been a far superior transport system, public trolley cars beat the pants off of buses, and nowadays could be driven automatically, commuter trains beat the heck out of highways full of personal vehicles, train cars are literally 100 times more efficient than semi transport. So just on the basis of efficiency I believe our north American culture could do with a rewrite.
I don’t see flying for casual amusement as an individual right. The environmental and resource cost is just too high. Consider that half of the world’s population couldn’t afford the price of the airport tax to save a child’s life. Only so much to go around, and better goals to fulfill first. IMHO.