Canada Environment

Harper's Audit-the-Enemy Strategy Fulfills Nixon's Dream

DeSmog Canada | Posted 09.24.2013 | Canada
DeSmog Canada

Last week it was revealed that Prime Minister Stephen Harper's office created an "enemy list" to include in briefing books for newly appointed Cabinet members. Pundits were quick to point out that US President Richard Nixon also had such a list of enemies that his office maintained.

Can We Save Clayoquot Sound?

Jens Wieting | Posted 09.07.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Jens Wieting

Clayoquot Sound has become known around the world as a test area for conservation and for economic activities that don't undermine the environment. Yet little progress has been made in securing legislated protection for Clayoquot's ancient forests and in advancing the title, rights and community aspirations of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations of the area.

Canadian Children are Being Born Pre-polluted

Maggie MacDonald | Posted 08.28.2013 | Canada Impact
Maggie MacDonald

We cannot see with the naked eye that Canadian children are born pre-polluted, but our latest results demonstrate just that. Our new report shows that even in the mothers' womb, the developing fetus is exposed to a slew of dangerous chemicals -- chemicals that might have health effects like cancer, lower IQ or thyroid problems later in life.

We're Oil Barrelling Towards Catastrophe

Hannah McKinnon | Posted 08.28.2013 | Canada
Hannah McKinnon

It's difficult to imagine what it looks like to dig the current 1.5-million barrels of tar sands out of the Boreal Forest each day. So what would it look like if industry gets its way to dig up 5.2-million barrels a day by 2030? We've crunched the numbers and it's not looking pretty.

Renewable Energy's Next Frontier: Remote Communities

Ron Seftel | Posted 08.20.2013 | Canada
Ron Seftel

Canada has nearly 300 remote communities and off-grid sites. Close to 200,000 Canadians call these communities home and many rely on diesel powered electric generators to keep the lights on and drinking water flowing. While these systems are reliable, diesel generators are expensive to run. Enter: better renewable energy systems.

Dairy Farmers: The Original Environmentalists

Richard Doyle | Posted 08.14.2013 | Canada
Richard Doyle

Farmers love to say they are the first environmentalists. We have good base of strong practices on the farm in regards to environmental protection. Over the past several decades, dairy farmers have focused on increasing the production per cow, instead of multiplying the number of cows.

Why United Airlines is Losing Its Best Customers

Kevin Grandia | Posted 08.11.2013 | Canada
Kevin Grandia

Some of United Airline's most valuable and loyal customers are calling out the company today over its prolonged fight to stop new regulations aimed at reducing global climate pollution emissions from the airline industry. And it just so happens that these customers have a fair amount of clout.

It's World Environment Day and Canada's Not Doing so Hot

Rick J. Smith | Posted 08.05.2013 | Canada Politics
Rick J. Smith

Today is World Environment Day, an appropriate moment to reflect on the state of our nation's journey towards sustainability. In a nutshell, we're not doing so hot. Measured against other OECD nations, Canada continues to rank near the bottom of the barrel for environmental protection.

Passing the Pipeline Would Be Harper's Political Suicide

Kevin Grandia | Posted 08.02.2013 | Canada Politics
Kevin Grandia

British Columbians would not take kindly to an Alberta pro-tar sands Prime Minister ramrodding through a decision to approve the Northern Gateway Pipeline in the face of opposition from so many different constituencies. In my personal opinion, it would be political suicide.

Natural Gas Trucking: A Made-in-B.C. Success Story

Grant Hankins | Posted 07.31.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Grant Hankins

Economically and environmentally, natural gas makes sense as a fuel choice for transportation. A new waste or recycling collection truck powered by natural gas costs approximately 15 per cent more than a conventional diesel powered truck, but as natural gas has historically cost less than diesel, we expect a quick return on this investment.

Don't Dump Iron -- Dump Rogue Climate Schemes

L. Jim Thomas | Posted 07.24.2013 | Canada
L. Jim Thomas

The press release had a pretty stark headline: "Haida Announce Termination of Russ George." George was the guy who persuaded the small impoverished indigenous community of Old Massett on Haida Gwaii to part with over $2.5-million. He did so under the pretense that dumping iron in the ocean to stimulate a plankton bloom would net lucrative profits in the carbon credit market. Losing the rogue geoengineer may be good for optics, but it is a meaningless step unless the Haida also jettison his junk visions to manipulate the oceans and climate.

The Commons Don't Have To Be So Tragic

DeSmog Canada | Posted 07.24.2013 | Canada
DeSmog Canada

In essence, Hardin's "Tragedy of the Commons" thesis argues that the pursuit of self-interest in an open-access commons leads to ruin. Thus while people know that depleting a common resource can hinder societal wellbeing, without control and oversight, they will inevitably deplete it. I respectfully disagree.

Franke James and the Art of Activism

Kevin Grandia | Posted 07.22.2013 | Canada Politics
Kevin Grandia

In 2011, Canadian artist Franke James set out on a solo European art exhibit spanning 20 countries. But what happened instead, prompted an Amnesty International campaigner in Croatia to declare it a "sad day for Canadian democracy."

Ontario's Wildlife Needs Continued Protection

David Suzuki | Posted 07.22.2013 | Canada
David Suzuki

The protection of at-risk species, once maintained so well by our government, has taken a backseat to business development. Now when habitat needs to be protected to ensure the survival of a species, government and industry often balk and backpedal. This signals a failure to understand that we depend on nature for our well-being and survival.

What Are You Doing to Stop Climate Deniers?

Nick Fillmore | Posted 07.20.2013 | Canada Impact
Nick Fillmore

The global warming deniers are at it again, and it is high time that the environmental movement launched a campaign to expose them. We may not see effective action concerning climate change until many more business executives are convinced the changes are hurting both business and society.

The Next Big Thing in Green Power: Community Ownership

Ron Seftel | Posted 07.16.2013 | Canada
Ron Seftel

Any socially transformative movement gets to a point where it needs to be fully embraced by the people it impacts. The green power movement within Canada is at just such a point. The past decade has seen an increase in the number of options available to Canadians to support renewable energy -- often associated with a premium cost to the consumer.

If We "Go With Canada," the Environment Is Doomed

Cameron Fenton | Posted 07.15.2013 | Canada Politics
Cameron Fenton

Last week the world hit a new milestone. We crossed 400 parts per million CO2 concentration in the Earth's atmosphere, 50ppm above what is considered a safe level. According to Canada's new advertising campaign website Go With Canada, our government is taking steps on environmental protection, climate action and industry monitoring. Reality paints a different picture.

The LNG Jobs Myth

Sandy Garossino | Posted 07.13.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Sandy Garossino

Natural gas, being sold as a huge job creator is actually an employment deadbeat. While natural gas contributes fully 3.2% of our total GDP, its work force is tiny, just 3,500 souls, or .15% of provincial employment. Electrical equipment manufacturers employ more people in B.C. than oil and gas. Natural gas is shipped east through pipelines, so there are no trucking or ports benefits. And most of the $6 billion in natural gas earnings don't stay in B.C., but take a direct flight across the Rockies to Calgary. Which might explain why some B.C. politicians organize fundraisers there.

Alberta Energy Regulator Gerry Protti is the Oil Patch Lobby's Golden Goose

Kevin Grandia | Posted 07.07.2013 | Canada Alberta
Kevin Grandia

Gerry Protti, Alberta's new overseer of environment and safety in the province's oilpatch, has been central to a network of oil industry front groups and lobbyists for many years and it is raising the eyebrows of more than a few people. Protti was recently named as the new head of the Alberta Energy Regulator, a new provincial agency whose mandate, is "...to provide for the efficient, safe, orderly and environmentally responsible development of energy resources in Alberta."

Biohackers Are Kickstarting Some Unregulated Experiments

L. Jim Thomas | Posted 07.10.2013 | Canada Business
L. Jim Thomas

Three biohackers from California have hijacked the Kickstarter machinery -- they have made Kickstarter the conduit for a nationwide release of untested, unregulated and unmonitored bioengineered organisms.

Why My NDP Vote Is A Green Vote

Tzeporah Berman | Posted 07.08.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Tzeporah Berman

In the past the BC NDP condemned the Liberal carbon tax policy without doing the hard work to address how an NDP government would address these challenges. Under the leadership of Adrian Dix it is now clear that an NDP government would take these issues very seriously and they have taken the time to carefully consider how the carbon tax needs to cover more greenhouse gas emissions to ensure that we not only reduce pollution but also build a stronger and more equitable economy for B.C. I'm impressed.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and the Fourth R

Ian Lifshitz | Posted 07.07.2013 | Canada Impact
Ian Lifshitz

Many of us grew up in a time when we finished with a piece of paper, crumpled it up and tossed it into a waste paper basket. Then recycling bins came along. And with it a message of reduce, reuse and recycle. Flash forward to 2013. It's time to revisit the three Rs and add a fourth -- renewable.

David Suzuki Empowers 8,000 Youth to Wake Up Canada!

Amy MacPherson | Posted 07.05.2013 | Canada Impact
Amy MacPherson

On April 25, 2013, renowned scientist Dr. David Suzuki attended the WFCU Centre to empower the crowd with his Wake Up Canada call. It's a campaign organized by the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition to support a day of action, encouraging kids to advocate for their environmental future through the very media that overlooked them this time around.

Where Is The Love In Social Struggle?

Jarrah Hodge | Posted 07.02.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Jarrah Hodge

When B.C. filmmaker Velcrow Ripper started making Occupy Love in 2009, some of his activist friends weren't sure what to make of his questions. How can the crises we're facing socially, economically and environmentally become - of all things - a love story? But as he continued to film social movements from the Arab Spring to the European Summer, Occupy Wall Street and environmental movements, he started seeing a shift, with more and more people responding: "Of course it's a love story."

Canada Is Ready For a Transformative Energy Experience

David Suzuki | Posted 07.01.2013 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

Some people think a widespread shift from fossil fuels to cleaner energy sources is not practical or even possible. And so we carry on, rushing to squeeze every last drop of oil and gas from the ground using increasingly difficult and destructive methods like fracking, deep-sea drilling and oil sands extraction, with seemingly little concern for what we'll do after we've burned it all.