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

Climate Action Incentive in Ontario

If you’ve started to file your income tax in Ontario you’ve probably already come across this treat – the calculation of your Climate Action Incentive which will result in money back from the Canadian Government either in reduced tax payment or an increased refund. As you can see in the extract from Step 1 of … Read more

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

Can Climate Change EVER be affordable?

Pay now or our grandchildren will pay later!  That was the message in our Blog entitled “Global Warming Choice”. This blog was a response to Premier Rob Ford’s announcement that repeal of Ontario Legislation  on climate change ” would make life more affordable in Ontario”. The important question is: if no effective action is taken … Read more

The failure of Ontario’s new climate strategy

 Many economists and other experts assure us that carbon taxes are a good thing.  But, to paraphrase Margaret Wente, canny politicians (e.g. PMs Stephen Harper, Canada and Tony Abbott ,Australia) know some things economists are unable to factor into their analysis:–   viz that  a lot of people don’t like carbon taxes, and will punish governments … Read more

Masquerade!

It took a lawsuit to force the Ontario Government to recognize that the Environmental Bill of Rights gives Ontario citizens a right to be consulted before the Government takes steps e.g. to “ditch” environmental legislation (Cap and Trade),  reverse policies (withdraw from the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change) and eliminate agencies (such as … Read more

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