Canada Environment

Raven Coal's Defeat Is A Step Toward Sustainability

Torrance Coste | Posted 04.11.2016 | Canada Impact
Torrance Coste

The proponents of Raven Coal failed because of their short-sightedness. A risky, 16-year coal mine project is unsustainable in every sense of the word and Central Vancouver Island rightfully rejected this model of long-term pain for short-term gain. So what does this mean, and where do we go from here?

A Lesson For Today From My Least Favourite Class In High School

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 04.06.2016 | Canada Living
Carl Duivenvoorden

When I was in high school, my least favourite class was English. It wasn't my teacher's fault; it was just that, somehow, the lessons of ancient literature did not resonate with my teenage mind. But I've come to appreciate the relevance of the life truths buried within those classic writings we were obliged to study years ago.

In Syria's Shadow, Millions Suffer In Forgotten Conflicts

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 03.31.2016 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

The conflict in Syria remains the deadliest in the world today, with almost 70,000 killed since the start of 2015. However, it's not the only war costing thousands of lives. Entering its second year, Yemen's civil war has seen more than 8,000 civilian casualties.

How Men Can Get The Perfect Shave

Candice Batista | Posted 03.29.2016 | Canada Style
Candice Batista

A man's skin is very different from a woman's, in most cases it's oiler, the pores are larger and it's more sensitive due to the daily shaving routine, I've rounded up my top tips (with product recommendations) for the perfect shave.

Trump Turned 'Scotland's Amazon' Into A Golf Course

Capt. Trevor Greene | Posted 03.28.2016 | Canada Business
Capt. Trevor Greene

In March 2013, the Scottish government gave the green light to its most controversial wind project proposal. It wasn't controversial because it was near an environmentally sensitive area so unique that it has been called "Scotland's Amazon," but for its proximity to Trump International Golf Links.

5 Record-Smashing Renewable Energy Projects To Inspire Canada

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 03.23.2016 | Canada Business
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Renewable energy offers unparalleled opportunities for nations around the globe to dream big. Investments in wind, solar, water and biomass energy can reduce national climate footprints while simultaneously creating jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities.

Workspaces Of The Future: 5 Points Of Inspiration

Andrea Goertz | Posted 03.10.2016 | Canada Business
Andrea Goertz

Just like a home is a reflection of its owner, an office is a company's signature on the street. Businesses need to connect with communities by presenting beautiful architectural spaces that not only attract but also engage the public.

Change Is In The Air

David Suzuki | Posted 03.09.2016 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

When Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated in June 1914, no one thought, "Uh-oh, World War I is starting..." We only recognize the significance of events in the context of history. I recently had a day like any other except it made me wonder if we're on the verge of historical change.

Wall Says Sask. Will Play 'Constructive Role' In Climate Talks

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.03.2016 | Canada Alberta

"We'll have a good day.''

5 Ways To Store Food Without Plastic

Meghan Telpner | Posted 02.24.2016 | Canada Living
Meghan Telpner

Plastic wrap, plastic storage containers and plastic baggies of every shape and size line the shelves in our grocery stores -- in some cases, plastic food storage can take up half an aisle! I swear, plastic food containers are a scourge to our society. We can do better than plastic. Much better.

Canadians Can Stop Being The World's Worst Waste Generators

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 02.12.2016 | Canada Impact
Carl Duivenvoorden

Zero waste? Okay, maybe that's a stretch. But being the worst waste generators on the planet? Surely, fellow Canadians, that's a title we need to shake -- so let's get started.

It's Time For Ontario To Protect The North French River

Anna Baggio | Posted 02.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Anna Baggio

Moose Cree has spent years using their laws to keep the river safe from resource development. But Ontario has yet to reciprocate and still keeps the watershed open for industrial activities such as mining under provincial laws. This is a recipe for conflict. Moose Cree's efforts to safeguard this river date back to 2002 when the community informed then MNR Minister Jerry Ouellette of the need for permanent protection. The minister rejected that request. The community persevered. Over the next 14 years they would face down mining and forestry companies.

Unions Should Oppose Advertisements And Cars

Yves Engler | Posted 02.05.2016 | Canada Business
Yves Engler

At their finest labour unions are class conscious organizations that check the corporate elite's influence over public policy. But, even the best Canadian unions have largely failed to provide an alternative vision to the existing system and challenge the power of big business over important areas of our lives.

B.C. Must Take Action Now To Remain A Climate Leader

Stephen Hui | Posted 02.01.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Stephen Hui

Although B.C.'s emissions initially fell under the Climate Action Plan, they have been creeping up in the past few years and are projected to continue rising without stronger climate policies. It's now clear the province is on track to miss its legislated targets for reducing carbon pollution.

6 Eco-Friendly Inventions That Can Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 01.28.2016 | Canada Living
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Our world doesn't look much like the ones envisioned in sci-fi flicks like Star Trek or Back to the Future, let alone the latest installment of Star Wars. Kids aren't buzzing around on flying skateboards, and we aren't dueling with light sabers. But who needs movies when real-world innovations are way cooler -- especially the ones poised to radically transform humanity's eco footprint.

Adaptation Should Be A Priority For Canada's Environment Ministers

Development Unplugged | Posted 01.27.2016 | Canada Politics
Development Unplugged

With oil prices currently in free fall, the need for a national strategy to end our dependency on fossil fuels is as pressing as ever. But with average global temperatures already having risen almost 1°C above preindustrial levels, there is also a pressing need for Canada's leaders to make climate change adaptation a priority domestically and in its support for developing countries.

Energy East Has No Place In The 21st Century

Gerard Montpetit | Posted 01.25.2016 | Canada Business
Gerard Montpetit

Energy East wants to force the Canadian economy in this 19th century straight-jacket for the next 40 years. As a member of the G8, we need an economy based on know-how, renewable energies, manufacturing as well as refining our natural resources. Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre is right in rejecting TransCanada's antiquated project.

The TPP Hands Control Over Trade To The World's Wealthiest

Sujata Dey | Posted 01.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Sujata Dey

The world's top one per cent own more than 50 per cent of the world's wealth. The ability to make policy and to enforce it at the national level is essential to combat the slide towards plutocracy, under which society is controlled by the wealthiest citizens. Mr. Obama and Ms. Freeland, please listen to your own rhetoric. Pull the plug on the TPP and CETA.

2015 Marked A Turning Point For Canadian Nature Conservation

Dan Kraus | Posted 01.19.2016 | Canada Impact
Dan Kraus

After years of steady, but slow, steps in nature conservation, our collective stride seems to have lengthened in 2015. We still need to act on commitments to create more terrestrial and marine protected areas. We still have Canadian species that are at risk of disappearing. We still have parks and protected areas that need to be buffered and better connected.

Do You Want To Exploit The Planet, Or Experience It?

David Suzuki | Posted 01.13.2016 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

Is a forest a sacred grove or merely lumber and pulp? Are rivers the veins of the land or sources of power and irrigation? Is soil a community of organisms or simply dirt? Is another species our biological relative or a resource? Is our house a home or just real estate? Is this how we treat our source of survival? Until all of society understands this and then acts on that understanding, we will not be able to act fully to protect a future for ourselves.

TransCanada Must Believe In Santa Claus

Gerard Montpetit | Posted 12.23.2015 | Canada Business
Gerard Montpetit

In a press release dated Dec. 18, TransCanada announced that "support for Energy East is growing across Canada." Did I read that right, or is this merely a wish list that TransCanada has sent to Santa Claus on Christmas Eve? TC seems to believe that social acceptability is on the rise!

We Must Help Vulnerable Countries Adapt To Climate Change

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 12.18.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

When Craig visited Dadaab, Kenya, four years ago and met Ali, he witnessed hundreds of families lined along the road to the world's largest refugee camp. Most weren't fleeing violence, they were fleeing the weather. As climate change advances, disasters like the drought that ravaged East Africa in 2011 are becoming more frequent and severe.

Canada Has Restored Its Tarnished Environmental Reputation

Capt. Trevor Greene | Posted 12.16.2015 | Canada Politics
Capt. Trevor Greene

Canada fell woefully short of 2012 emissions targets and in December 2011 became the only country to pull out of Kyoto, the world's only binding climate treaty. That was in the dark decade of Stephen Harper. Prime Minister Trudeau led a younger, far more optimistic and enlightened entourage to Paris.

Real Christmas Trees Help Keep Canada's Economy Growing

Michael Rosen | Posted 12.16.2015 | Canada Business
Michael Rosen

Last year, we exported almost $30 million in fresh-cut trees to the United States and another $32.6 million in trees to the rest of the world. When combining the $60+ million that Canadians spent on real trees last year, it all adds up to a $125 million contribution to our rural economy.

Paris Agreement Marks A Global Shift For Climate Action

David Suzuki | Posted 12.16.2015 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

When our children's children look back to what we did to keep our planet livable, they may see this year's United Nations climate conference in Paris as a turning point. The 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) may have been our last chance for a meaningful agreement to shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy before ongoing damage to the world's climate becomes irreversible and devastating. Government ministers, negotiators and world leaders spent the first two weeks of December creating a guide for the next stage of humanity's action on climate change.