Canada’s Fiscal Update Climate Highlights

Canada’s full Fiscal Update is available here, but Al Slavin has extracted the main climate related points with some commentary. The main climate actions seem to be as below. “The government proposes to provide $2.6 billion over 7 years, starting in 2020-21, to Natural Resources Canada to help homeowners improve their home energy efficiency by … Read more

Envirovote compares party platforms

EnviroVote Canada prepared this assessment of party platforms for the four major parties on 33 questions arranged in topics related to: Climate Change; Paris Agreement; Climate Change Governance; Carbon Pricing; Transportation; Infrastructure; Biodiversity; Protected Areas; Species at Risk; Plastic. Visit the EnvirVote web site to see their report and to see which organizations are behind … Read more

Envirosurvey of Major Parties

To bring forth important issues facing Canadians today – environmental protection, economic justice and human rights – organizations such as The David Suzuki Foundation, The Pembina Institute, Greenpeace, and the Canadian Environmental Law Association, sent a questionnaire representing the collective priorities of their organizations to Canada’s six main political parties in July 2019. Click on … Read more

Climate Action Network Party Survey

Climate Action Network Canada, a coalition of more than 100 organizations across the country including For Our Grandchildren, asked the five major federal parties whether they would take 5 minimum steps to protect the climate. The graphic to the right tells the story at a glance; you can read the detailed responses here. Note: the Conservative … Read more

Federal Party Climate Plans Graded

Chatelaine magazine recently published this article that also appeared in MacLean’s on Friday. Written jointly by the well known and highly respected Canadian climate scientist, Katherine Hayhoe and economist Andrew Leach, the article compares the major parties’ plans for dealing with climate change in terms of their ambition and their feasibility. You should read the … Read more

We’ve Got to Try Everything

It’s very tempting to land on and support simplistic views of how to combat climate change. This video is far from simplistic. It’s pretty academic. The presenter, Jesse Jenkins, uses economic models to ultimately conclude that while renewable solutions can get us pretty far, we need to bet on and support various base load zero … Read more

Canada’s Carbon Tax is Fair

Last Friday I visited my MPP, Dave Smith with only one question. “Why do you think that putting a price on carbon will not work”. We talked about a few other things during our meeting, but I came back to this question four times. His response every time was fundamentally that the Canadian program is … Read more

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