Canada Environment

Why the TPP Doesn't Spell Doom for the Environment

Blair King | Posted 10.06.2015 | Canada Politics
Blair King

From an environmental perspective, trade agreements have both positive and negative aspects. They have the negative effect of slowing down the development of unilateral environmental regulations, but they have a positive effect by forcing environmental laggards to catch up with the pack.

Neil Young Calls Canada's Leadership 'Backwards'

The Huffington Post Canada | Jessica Chin | Posted 10.06.2015 | Canada Politics

"It’s tragic.”

The 10 Best Universities for 'Hippies' and 'Hipsters' | Posted 10.02.2015 | Canada Living

Do you rock skinny jeans and dark-rimmed glasses on a near-daily basis? Or are you someone who's passionate about the environment and sustainability? If so, you're probably interested in what Canadian universities are doing to foster and support these sub-cultures.

Every day, I Discover a New Reason to Vote out Harper

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 10.02.2015 | Canada Politics
Carl Duivenvoorden

I am a reluctant activist. I don't like rocking the boat. But when our federal election was called in August, it occurred to me that the entries in my blog might be worth sharing. So I'm posting 78 of them to a Facebook page, 78 Days, 78 Reasons. It's my hope they'll help reasonable Canadians, particularly young people and small c-conservatives, see that we deserve better.

Why a Popular Pope Is Willing to Be Unpopular

John Izzo | Posted 10.01.2015 | Canada Living
John Izzo

The visit of Pope Francis to the United States and his unprecedented address to the U.S. Congress and the United Nations in the same week is making headlines everywhere and ruffling some feathers too. Around the world people of all faiths simply love this guy and maybe what we love about him most is that unlike most leaders, he is willing to challenge us even if we don't like the message.

Northern Gateway Opponents Are Finally Getting Their Day in Court

Ecojustice | Posted 10.01.2015 | Canada Impact

Eighteen lawsuits, including ones brought by our clients, have been filed and consolidated in to one mega-hearing that begins in Vancouver on Thursday. In the courtroom, Enbridge and the federal government will be up against steadfast, unwavering opposition from a diverse set of interest that includes First Nations communities, environmental groups and organized labour

It's Time for a Tough Conversation About Economic Growth

Peter Victor | Posted 09.30.2015 | Canada Business
Peter Victor

As an economist who has focused on environmental challenges, I've long recognized that in my field it often takes a major crisis before cherished but unsatisfactory theories finally give way to new thinking. So it is with how economists think about growth and the environment. The tragic irony is that all this growth in the past few decades has done little to improve happiness in the 'developed' world. Meanwhile, their growing economies consume the ecological space desperately needed by poorer countries where growth still promises real gains in well-being.

Why Canada's Forests Matter

Dan Kraus | Posted 09.25.2015 | Canada Impact
Dan Kraus

Canadians steward not just about nine per cent of all the world's forests, but a whopping 25 per cent of the planet's most intact and pristine forests. Despite everything forests provide to Canada, our collective stewardship of this quintessential Canadian landscape may be falling behind. Canada is one of only a few developed countries continuing to lose forest.

Canada Needs a National Urban Forest Strategy

Michael Rosen | Posted 09.23.2015 | Canada Impact
Michael Rosen

Considering the environment never receives much discussion around election time, it should come as no surprise that the topic of urban tree cover is buried deep in the forest of political discourse, under a layer of heavy brush. However, I believe a big part of our national identity is tied to the environment, and our leaders should strive to improve the health of our communities and the Canadians who live in them.

UN Climate Change Agreement Must Address Corporate Right to Sue Countries

Maude Barlow | Posted 09.23.2015 | Canada Impact
Maude Barlow

Countries pledging to take serious action on climate change are also party to, or are aggressively negotiating, trade and investment deals that contain a mechanism that gives large corporations the right to challenge any changes to the current rules under which they operate -- be they environmental, health or human rights -- that negatively affect corporations' bottom line. ISDS essentially grants corporations equal status to governments in these negotiations and privatizes the dispute settlement system between nations.

What the UN's New Sustainable Development Plan Means for Canada

Development Unplugged | Posted 09.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Development Unplugged

Over the next 15 years, the international community will be guided by 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) integrating the three broad pillars of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental well-being. Universal in nature, this means the SDGs will go beyond guiding the international cooperation efforts of high-income countries and emerging economies, to encouraging Canada to determine how it will address its own sustainable development challenges domestically.

Progressive Canadian Voters Support Changes to Trade Deals

Sujata Dey | Posted 09.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Sujata Dey

I believe that Canadians, especially progressive Canadians, want to move beyond partisan rhetoric with an independent analysis of the Canada-Europe trade deal. We want an honest assessment from the Parliamentary Budget Officer of what we're gaining and what we're giving up.

Will Generation Z Give Us Superheroes for the Planet?

David Suzuki | Posted 09.16.2015 | Canada Parents
David Suzuki

A growing body of research confirms the health benefits of getting outside. Kids who spend time in nature every day are healthier, happier, more creative, less stressed and more alert than those who don't. As parents, grandparents, caregivers and educators, it's our responsibility to raise kids with healthy nature habits.

People Power Is Forcing Climate Change on the Election Trail

Cameron Fenton | Posted 09.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Cameron Fenton

In the midst of this early election storm, people across Canada started crashing campaign events of all the major political party leaders. Over the past seven weeks, the sight of community groups interrupting party leaders to demand answers on climate has become commonplace. People, and not just activists, across Canada and around the world understand that action on climate change means leaving fossil fuels in the ground. What we need now is for politicians to demonstrate that they understand this, and as we enter the second half of this election campaign we need people power to push them to make it happen.

How One Island Found a Clever Way to Solve Its Environmental Crisis

Robert Osborne | Posted 09.10.2015 | Canada Impact
Robert Osborne

Lionfish may be one of the most truly beautiful creatures you'll encounter when you're scuba diving or snorkelling in tropical water. There's nothing wrong with lionfish where they're indigenous -- the Indian and Pacific Ocean. But about 20 years ago a few started to appear in the Caribbean.

Obama Disses Politicians Who Think Climate Change Is A 'Joke'

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann lum | Posted 09.02.2015 | Canada Politics

Waitaminute. Was that a swipe at Canada?

It's Time for Canadian Doctors to Divest in Fossil Fuels

Claudel Petrin-Desrosiers | Posted 08.30.2015 | Canada Impact
Claudel Petrin-Desrosiers

In line with the hippocratic oath, we physicians-in-training make a formal request to our colleagues and mentors, we call upon the Canadian Medical Association, MD Financial, the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada to divest from fossil fuels.

British Columbia's North Coast Needs Our Protection

WWF-Canada | Posted 08.31.2015 | Canada Impact

Canada is a treasure trove of rivers, lakes and wetlands supporting countless communities, economies and species. With freshwater species experiencing the greatest rate of decline in what is being referred to as the sixth great extinction, Canada must step up efforts to improve watershed health for people and animals. For a prime example of our freshwater health and wealth, we need to look no further than the Skeena watershed on the northwest coast of British Columbia.

This Pivotal Lawsuit Will Decide the Future of Yukon's Peel Watershed

Dianne Saxe | Posted 08.25.2015 | Canada Business
Dianne Saxe

Last week, the Yukon Court of Appeal heard arguments about the future of the massive Peel River watershed, and about the meaning and application of modern aboriginal treaties. Will this land be mostly protected from development, as the planning commission decided after extensive aboriginal consultation? Or will it mostly be used for resource extraction, as the Yukon government wants? So soon after the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, will First Nations interests again be sacrificed for the economic gain of others?

Green Leader Pins Harper On Environmental, Economic Record

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.07.2015 | Canada Politics

"We're in a recession under your watch for the second time."

River Assessment Shows We Need to Protect Our Freshwater

WWF-Canada | Posted 08.10.2015 | Canada Impact

WWF-Canada's new national freshwater threats assessment (FTA) found the St. John - St. Croix watershed to experience a "high" level of threats, a score that is in line with most of the other watersheds in the developed areas of the country.

Canada Must Put a Price on Carbon Emissions

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 08.10.2015 | Canada Impact
Carl Duivenvoorden

Whenever I meet a Hummer, tension rises in my chest, unkind thoughts develop in my head and my hands tighten and tremble, as if they want to signal something. I've long wondered why that happens, and I think I've finally figured it out. It has something to do with a song, economics and the courteous way to walk your dog.

New Photos Reveal Damage Done by Ring of Fire Mineral Exploration

Anna Baggio | Posted 07.07.2015 | Canada Impact
Anna Baggio

Exploration is a necessary part of the mining cycle but it is not benign. Lots of people talk about the potential for mining the Ring of Fire in northern Ontario but how many people have an idea of the environmental footprint of ongoing exploration today?

Real Change for Canada's Environment and Economy

John McKay | Posted 07.03.2015 | Canada Politics
John McKay

Canadians no longer need to make the false choice between the environment and the economy. On Monday in Vancouver, Justin Trudeau unveiled a detailed plan for real change that will create jobs, grow the economy and protect the environment.

Are the Great Lakes Really Full of Toxic Soup?

Robert Osborne | Posted 06.30.2015 | Canada Politics
Robert Osborne

You wouldn't believe the looks of disbelief that we get. When my dive buddy Chris and I decide to spend a morning in Humber Bay, people are apt to ask whether we're serious about swimming in that part of Lake Ontario. One person questioned our sanity.