Canada Energy

Hearing The Voices Of Citizens In Alberta

Donna Kennedy-Glans | Posted 02.01.2016 | Canada Alberta
Donna Kennedy-Glans

When it comes to climate change and energy choices, many people think they know what it is that Albertans think and what Albertans want. I wasn't so sure that we had actually heard from the citizens of Alberta, and a group of others agreed. This past September, we launched a short-term initiative called ViewpointsAB to find out.

Addressing Common Wind Energy Myths

David Dodge | Posted 01.27.2016 | Canada Business
David Dodge

With the advent of new technology comes a cavalcade of fears and concerns surrounding that same technology. Wind turbines have been blamed for all sorts of health problems, ranging from sleep deprivation to cancer and yes, even death. One person, Dr. Nina Pierpont, even went so far as to coin a term for these diverse effects, "Wind Turbine Syndrome." But is there any truth to the hysteria? Let's find out.

Insulation 101: One Builder's Secret Blueprint For A Net-Zero Home

David Dodge | Posted 01.20.2016 | Canada Living
David Dodge

The era of net-zero homes is upon us. These super-efficient homes use rooftop solar energy production and smaller, electric powered heating systems such as air source heat pumps to produce as much energy as they consume. That's some sexy technology, but it only gets us halfway to net-zero. The real secret is insulation.

A Commitment To Building Energy Efficient Homes In B.C.

David Dodge | Posted 01.12.2016 | Canada British Columbia
David Dodge

Carl Lauren's company Tyee Custom Homes builds about 12 homes a year and about six of those are in Kimberley. Lauren says making homes energy efficient today is important because homes are going to last 50 years or more. The better the home, the more energy saved, and those lower emissions are going to be way into the future.

2015 Was A Breakthrough Year For Green Energy

David Dodge | Posted 01.06.2016 | Canada British Columbia
David Dodge

Renewable energy is transitioning from a few keen farmers and municipalities to provincial and perhaps even national scale initiatives. This is good news for climate change and emissions reductions, but it also represents investment in new jobs and industries with plenty of future potential.

Sustainable Habits To Help You Find Energy And Purpose In 2016

Jessica Holmes | Posted 12.29.2015 | Canada Living
Jessica Holmes

By the time we're in our thirties we've subconsciously conditioned ourselves to have automatic responses to stress: "I'm too tired," "I can't help myself," or "things never work out for me." These myths can lower the bar and prolong a rut you may find yourself in, making meh the new normal.

The End Of Fossil Fuels Is Near - Let's Speed Its Coming

Mike Hudema | Posted 12.14.2015 | Canada Impact
Mike Hudema

As the dust settles on COP21 we know that while historic steps have been taken, the demands of justice are still unfulfilled. Together we are challenging the fossil fuel system, we are ushering in the era of solutions, and we are moving the political yardsticks of what it possible. While our political leaders walk, our movements run.

We Are Entering The Sustainable Energy Age

Development Unplugged | Posted 12.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Development Unplugged

Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals have such a grand, evocative ring, and they include a goal on energy, a huge concern for everyone's future. So what does the goal ask for -- and can we meet it?

Renewable Energy Jobs Are On The Rise

Dylan Thompson | Posted 12.17.2015 | Canada Business
Dylan Thompson

By any metric, the renewable energy sector is a growth industry. By the end of 2014 there were 7.7 million jobs in the renewable energy industry world wide, up 18 per cent over the year before. This according to the International Renewable Energy Agency. And that doesn't include large hydro.

The Day The World Spoke: #ClimateMarch

Mike Hudema | Posted 11.30.2015 | Canada Impact
Mike Hudema

All around the world people took to the streets to help give the earth a voice. From Mumbai to Australia, London to Berlin, Ottawa to Vancouver millions danced, sang, and marched to push our world's elected leaders, currently in Paris for COP21, to increase their ambition, listen to the science and the voices of those most impacted, and lead the world out of climate chaos.

Rachel Notley Has Staged A Masterwork Of Political Imagery

Sean Mallen | Posted 11.30.2015 | Canada Alberta
Sean Mallen

Rachel Notley's challenge has been to reassure the fiercely skeptical Alberta business elites that were horrified to wake up last May to discover the NDP had risen to power. With the economy already hammered by plummeting oil prices, they feared that the New Democrats would inflict further damage through a climate change plan that would drive up costs and cripple the oil sands. But business leaders in the Alberta can read the financial press as well as the rest of us and now seem to be buying Rachel Notley's view that they better try to be part of the solution.

3 Things Successful Leaders Do To Bring Out The Best In People

Marco Pasqua | Posted 11.19.2015 | Canada Business
Marco Pasqua

Many of today's biggest leaders and influential people credit mentors and their teachings as the main source behind their success. The following are three of the techniques that work for me and have my own unique spin on how to incorporate them into your daily life.

Hutterite Culture's Embrace Of Solar Power Makes Perfect Sense

David Dodge | Posted 11.18.2015 | Canada Alberta
David Dodge

The Hutterites are ambitious, industrial-scale farmers. The Green Acres colony farms 20,000 acres, runs a hog and chicken operation and operates Crowfoot Plastics, a one-of-a-kind plastics recycling plant, just outside Bassano, Alberta.

You Must Remove Your Blinders To Innovate For The Future

Leor Rotchild | Posted 11.12.2015 | Canada Alberta
Leor Rotchild

Blinders are often used to keep horses racing in a straight line and free from distraction. However, some horse race experts argue that true competitors want to see what's coming. They say expanding the field of vision expands possibilities. Blinders are fine if you're doing the same thing over and over like going around a track but adapting to a new set of circumstances requires you to see the whole context.

Mayor Don Iveson On Edmonton's Energy Transition Strategy

David Dodge | Posted 11.11.2015 | Canada Alberta
David Dodge

In April 2015 Edmonton city council unanimously passed the Edmonton Community Energy Transition Strategy. Don Iveson supported the plan and he is a big believer in the capacity of local governments to get stuff done on climate change.

Climate Action Is A Win-Win Situation

Tony Kay | Posted 11.11.2015 | Canada Alberta
Tony Kay

It is perfectly possible to talk about energy and climate in the same breath. It is not a tussle between good and bad. Whether you're government, a oil major, an advocate, a journalist or an observer, it's about doing the right things, in the right way, and sooner rather than later.

Think Climate Action When You Vote

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 10.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Carl Duivenvoorden

Climate change ought to be a major issue this election, but I'm saddened to note that it has received little attention. Perhaps a quick update on both the problem and the solutions would add some helpful perspective in these final days of the campaign.

Joshua Ostroff

Our Homes Are Hurting The Environment. Here's How The Next Government Could Fix It

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 09.09.2015 | Canada Politics

From staking vampire power to funding low-income retrofits, we can stop Canadian homes from wasting electricity and leaking energy.

Cutting Black Carbon Is an Issue Even Climate Change Critics Could Support

Blair King | Posted 09.14.2015 | Canada Impact
Blair King

One aspect of the climate change debate I find particularly troubling is the extent to which CO2 has come to dominate the narrative. By limiting our discussions to CO2 we ignore the topics we can all agree upon. Today I will talk about a topic about which even the most dedicated denialists and the most excitable catastrophists should be able to agree on: black carbon.

Tips For a Healthy Back-to-School Smoothie

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 08.31.2015 | Canada Living
Sacha DeVoretz

Whether you are going back to school, back to work, or organizing the family in September, it is easy to get off track with your eating habits. Here are some top tips for a super healthy back-to-school smoothie that you can make quickly and easily.

Energy Is a Top Foreign Policy Priority

Mona Elisabeth Brother | Posted 08.12.2015 | Canada Politics
Mona Elisabeth Brother

History shows how energy and foreign policy issues have been closely intertwined. There is little doubt that this relationship will continue to strengthen in line with increased instability in the international political system. I do not need to say more than Ukraine/Russia and the Middle East to underline this point. For Norway, energy diplomacy is higher than ever on the priority scale. This recognizes that to understand and act in a rapidly changing energy world, there is a need to understand how market and foreign policy factors interact.

Environmentalists Need To Compromise To Make B.C. A Geothermal Energy Powerhouse

Blair King | Posted 08.07.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Blair King

Our most bountiful geothermal resources are situated right smack in the middle of some of our biggest and most beautiful parks.

Weathering The Oil and Gas Storm by Enhancing the CFO

Marc Joiner | Posted 07.21.2015 | Canada Alberta
Marc Joiner

Though hardly out, oil is still down -- and the same goes for Canada's high-cost producers. And though this particular bust is not altogether like the last one, a comparison to the 1980s can be helpful.

There's No Climate Leadership in a Tarsands Pipeline

Mike Hudema | Posted 07.17.2015 | Canada Alberta
Mike Hudema

Instead of talking with the country's other provincial leaders about how to speed up the transition to renewable energy, Notley met with Quebec's premier to talk about how to dig us further into the problem by green lighting the $12-billion Energy East tar sands pipeline.

Four Key Areas to Watch in Canada's Labour Market

Tom Turpin | Posted 07.10.2015 | Canada Business
Tom Turpin

As the country's leading staffing agency, we're able to identify trends shaping the world of work before they become official statistics. In analyzing our own data and combining it with anecdotal evidence from employers we work with, we've identified four key areas to watch as the year plays out.