Canada Environment

Budgeting By Stealth

John McKay | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Politics
John McKay

Surplus budgeting is a worthy goal; however, the means by which the Government gets there has to be transparent. Increasing El premiums beyond sustainment and reducing eligibility is not transparent. Sale of undisclosed assets is not transparent. Lapsing budgets by stealth is not transparent.

December Is a Time to Review the Status of Canada's Endangered Species

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 02.18.2014 | Canada Impact
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

For those of us who are interested in the field of conservation biology, this time of year prompts us to be more thoughtful about lists of a different kind: the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada ceremoniously completes a review of (in overly simplified terms) Canada's endangered species list at the end of each year.

It's Time to Turn Away From the God of Economic Growth

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Carl Duivenvoorden

But there's a particular god our planet has been worshipping since WWII, and there are many reasons to suggest it's time for a serious rethink. The god is "growth", specifically economic growth and the way we measure it: GDP (Gross Domestic Product).

Dear James Moore, How Is Feeding the Neighbour's Kids a Bad Thing?

Carol Ann Sokoloff | Posted 02.17.2014 | Canada Politics
Carol Ann Sokoloff

When cabinet minister James Moore recently laughed about how it was not his or the government's job to feed his neighbour's children, the country rightly responded with outrage. I have always believed that if we took the well-being of children as our highest value we would begin to make decisions that improve our communities and our planet. We would stop wars (with their devastating effects on children), stop wasting finite resources and start considering long-term effects of our actions including our treatment of the environment.

This Holiday Season, Deck the Halls Without the Toxics

Jen Mayville | Posted 02.15.2014 | Canada Living
Jen Mayville

The holiday season is upon us. While you're getting into the festive spirit by hanging up decorations or buying gifts for loved ones, there is chance that something not-so-festive could sneak into your home: toxic chemicals. Some of these chemicals have links to cancer, obesity, asthma, and a slew of other health problems.

How Climate Change Could Affect Your Pension

Kevin Grandia | Posted 02.10.2014 | Canada Business
Kevin Grandia

Is your pension fund or insurance company a leader or laggard when it comes to avoiding risky bets on the future impacts of climate change? A new survey finds that major Canadian institutional investors are not adequately taking into account the long term financial risks of climate impacts.

Stop Smearing Canada's Environmental Record

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 02.09.2014 | Canada Politics
Kenneth P. Green

Like Mr. Mulcair, Dr. Jaccard has gone down to Washington to try to shame Canada into walking away from a prospective source of prosperity and employment for the people of Canada. He does his country no service tossing around overheated rhetoric which only arms Canada's competitors and critics against her best interests.

Canada's Environment Minister Is All Talking Points, No Action

Megan Leslie | Posted 02.03.2014 | Canada Politics
Megan Leslie

What became apparent over the duration of the House of Commons Environment Committee meeting was that Minister Leona Aglukkaq's grasp of her file is very limited. Her responses were vague and evasive, and left my NDP colleagues and I as much in the dark on her priorities when she left as we'd been before she came. Here are a few highlights -- or lowlights, as the case may be.

What People (and Provinces) Can Do With Excess Energy

Carlo Montemagno | Posted 02.03.2014 | Canada Alberta
Carlo Montemagno

I've got a lot of energy. Be it at work or at home, I don't like to miss a beat. It's this energy that fuels my passion for research and helps keep the pedals spinning on my bike during the commute to work.

Canadians Have the Right to Live in a Healthy Environment

David Suzuki | Posted 02.03.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

Canada is blessed with some of the last vestiges of pristine nature on Earth -- unbroken forests, coastlines and prairies, thousands of rivers, streams and lakes, open skies, abundant fresh air. We are also defined by our Constitution. Our Constitution's Charter of Rights and Freedoms gives us freedom of expression, equal protection from discrimination and the right to life, liberty and security of the person. But it doesn't mention the environment. How can we fully enjoy our freedoms without the right to live in a healthy environment?

Why You Should Stay Festive and Frugal This Holiday Season

Tamara Griffiths | Posted 02.01.2014 | Canada Impact
Tamara Griffiths

Is it possible for the average person on a budget to have fun at Christmas and do a bit less damage to the planet? Going without gifts may seem a hardship but instead of buying presents we too can focus our festivities on people's interactions, on having fun together, or new experiences.

Ex-Harper Appointee: Canada A 'Rogue State' On Environment

CP | Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.01.2014 | Canada Politics

WASHINGTON - A former Harper government appointee used a keynote speech at a Washington event Monday to trample Canadian authorities' message on oil p...

Why is the Country I Love Spying On Me?

Caitlyn Vernon | Posted 01.27.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Caitlyn Vernon

Last week, I found out that my government is spying on me, Canada ranked worst in the developed world for response to climate change, Canadians rose up against pipeline proposals all across the country, and the media reported precious little of any of it. What happened to the Canada we know and love? Where is the country that holds its head high in the world, a respected leader on human rights and environmental issues?

Protecting the Earth Is the Least We Can Do

David R. Miller | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Impact
David R. Miller

Individual conservation successes are important, but together they point to the need for a much bigger global conversation about how we can meet human needs while sustaining healthy ecosystems and protecting our last precious wild places. In the end, our gift to the earth can be nothing less.

The Environment's Worst Enemy? Energy Companies AND Environmentalists

David McLaughlin | Posted 01.24.2014 | Canada Politics
David McLaughlin

In my first week in 2007 as the newly-minted President and CEO of the former National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy, I sat for breakfast in Toronto with a leading environmental advocate. I asked why he and his ilk were so stridently opposed to the then-new Conservative government's environmental policies. He allowed that despite good work being done on chemicals and toxics and waste issues, the government was simply not doing enough about climate change. Action here was required to get credit there. This was my first introduction to the powerful political elixir of social licence.

Why Germs Are Better Environmentalists Than You

Jason Tetro | Posted 01.24.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

While we only recycle a quarter of our human-made waste, germs recycle almost everything cellular. This week, a group of researchers from different corners of the globe discovered that bacteria can even recycle genetic material (DNA), making them the ultimate environmental champions.

Why Should Canada Have a Seat at the Climate Change Table?

Megan Leslie | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Megan Leslie

Why should the rest of the world take the Conservative government seriously at the annual UN Climate Change Conference in Warsaw or next year in Lima or in Paris in 2015? We've been regularly shamed by the international community, receiving the ignominious "Fossil of the Year" title five years in a row. As it stands now, their actions on everything from emissions regulations to climate finance aren't living up to the standards of the international community, or the standards that Canadians deserve.

Harper "Couldn't Care Less" About the Environment

John McKay | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
John McKay

The report from the Commissioner for the Environment goes on and on through painful chapter after painful chapter cataloguing, in great detail, highlighting failure after failure by the Harper government to address everything from biological diversity and the conservation of migratory birds to Recovery Planning for Species at Risk and Ecological integrity of National Parks.

Reality Check: The B.C. LNG Hyperbole

Andrew Weaver | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Andrew Weaver

In what has to be one of the most bizarre and misleading press releases I have ever seen, the B.C. government issued a report in reference to the province's Montney Formation, that claimed: "this potential [natural gas] supply can support development and LNG export operations for more than 150 years". Let's take a closer look at this 150 year number.

Don't Let Your Kids Suffer From "Nature Deficit Disorder"

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 11.06.2013 | Canada Impact
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

The absence of nature in early years has been linked to a loss of emotional and physical well-being, impaired social skills, poor memory and declining academic performance, to name a few. My son will turn six years old next month. How will I help him find his special places, like my cedar forests?

Who Can We Trust to Discuss Climate Change Seriously?

David Suzuki | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

It's sad to see so much of our media and governance in such a sorry state that we can't even expect rational discussion of critical issues such as climate change and energy policy. The science is clear that it is real and that we are a major contributor, mainly through burning fossil fuels and cutting down forests.

Finding Renewable Energy is Important But Storing It is Crucial Too

Bill Radvak | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Bill Radvak

With the right technology, solar energy can be stored during the middle of the day and shifted for use whenever it is needed. In remote microgrid and island grid systems, PV energy generation combined with energy storage can become the primary source of power, relegating diesel generators to a back-up role and resulting in an energy ecosystem that is more reliable, sustainable and affordable.

What It's Like to Be a 14-Year-Old Activist

Rachel Parent | Posted 12.25.2013 | Canada Impact
Rachel Parent

Hi, my name is Rachel Parent. I'm 14 years old and just started high school in Toronto. People ask me all the time, "What's it like to be a child activist?" Well, it definitely keeps you busy. Insanely busy! But I love it! It's so much fun and you feel so good because you're doing good for the world.

Conservatives Hitting the Snooze Button on Climate Change Is a Snore

Megan Leslie | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Megan Leslie

Once again, Canada's Conservatives are bound and determined to roll right over, close their eyes and sleep through the alarm bells on climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) most recent assessment is a reminder of the urgency of addressing global warming, and the dangers of ignoring rising sea levels and increasing temperatures. In contrast, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in response that the newest report released by the IPCC is a wake-up call, and "those who deny the science or choose excuses over action are playing with fire." Our largest trading partner gets it. So where's Canada's government on this critical environmental and economic issue?

Mother Nature Is Unimpressed by PM's Speech from the Throne

John McKay | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
John McKay

Mother Nature seems to be a little out of sorts these days. In excruciating detail, the IPCC documents her unhappiness with anthropogenic (a.k.a. man-made) activity. She is even giving some early warnings directly to the PM and his Minister of the Environment. Mother Nature is not impressed and neither are Canadians.