Climate Change and Municipal Zoning Policy

Climate Change and Municipal Zoning Policy

Approximately four years ago Toronto approved construction of an apartment building on a large property in a residential area provided the apartments were occupied by seniors; the building could include a place of worship and community spaces – necessary to override restrictions in the zoning by law. A developer acquired the property and sought permission … Read more…

Climate Change: the Need for Optimism

Climate Change: the Need for Optimism

Not so long ago, the US and China were regarded as obstacles to the reduction of GHG emissions that are the principal cause of climate change. Yet these two countries very recently ratified the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, which requires a country-by-country reduction in emissions needed to avoid global warming to a degree that … Read more…

A clear book on a Difficult Subject

Arguments  against Global Warming  are made by a wide spectrum of critics from Skeptics to Denialists.  There are probably fewer Skeptics than Denialists, but they have a greater influence on public opinion as they present their skepticism in reasonable scientific terms.   Denialists are strident, self-interested and unconcerned by obvious errors in their conclusions. . I … Read more…

Let’s get moving on the “Canada Energy Plan”

Let’s get moving on the “Canada Energy Plan”

Gillian Steward’s op-ed on Albertan politics in the Toronto Star  (Wildrose attack on Wynne  backfires) makes Wildrose politicians sound like guests at a mad hatter tea party.  But her reference to a grudge held by Albertans towards Ontario because of the “long-gone and much-despised National Energy Program (NEP)” makes it sound as though the whole … Read more…