Carbon Pricing – Made in Canada

The Ontario government has cancelled the previous government’s carbon pricing program, cap and trade. As a result Ontario will become subject to the backstop measures of the Pan Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. That plan includes a price on carbon pollution with rebates to individuals. But, our provincial government intends to fight … Read more

Canada and Switzerland: a climate comparison.

Grandparents in numerous countries (Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Belgium, France, The United States, the United Kingdom and others) are concerned about the impact  that global warming will have on their grandchildren. They have formed organizations to investigate the risks, monitor the response of politicians, keep the public informed as to the continuing increase in world temperatures … Read more

Wild Fires: 2016, 2017 and 2018! Have we seen the worst?

In 2016 a forest fire ravaged Fort McMurray. In 2017 smoke from a record number of BC forest fires triggered an air quality advisory of record length In 2018 a new record number of forest fires (emphasis added) overwhelmed BC’s current infrastructure for fighting fires. These 2018 fires, which in many instances remain out of … Read more

Climate Commissioner highlights Canada’s failings

At the beginning of the year 4RG met with Chaun Chen, M.P. for Scarborough East to review issues relating to climate change. We discussed the failure of successive Canadian Governments to eliminate subsidies of fossil fuels. Chen wrote us advising that the Liberal Government would: “ . . . direct the Department of Finance to … Read more

COP 23: WILL THE UNITED STATES BE AT THE TABLE?

Representatives of the members of the Arctic Council agreed on a draft statement covering the May 17 meeting of Council. Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland  noted the significance of the United States agreeing to the Council’s statement that supported the Paris agreement on climate change. After the draft text was circulated to the US Government, Rex Tillerson, the … Read more

Stay the Course!!

Today’s (March 8) Globe and Mail Headline in the Business Section reads: “Ottawa to stay course on climate: minister.”  Ironically, Canada’s actual climate course is not sufficient to meet its long term commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Less than a year ago Canada signed the Paris Accord, accepting its targets for reduced emissions. For … Read more