Last week it was seven activists who staged a sit-in protest in the Calgary office of federal Environment Minister Jim Prentice, and today another seven are occupying the office of Finance Minister Jim Flaherty in Whitby, Ontario. There are two ways to think about this. One, likely the government’s thinking, is that these protests will soon go away. The other, and what I believe, is that these protests are just the beginning. Fact is a growing number of Canadians are concerned about climate change and the inaction of their federal government, which continues to stick to “intensity targets” when it talks about an emissions-reduction plan. As we head next week into the Copenhagen talks, Prime Minister Harper is going to face some scathing criticism from nations that see Canada as an embarrassing laggard on the international scene.