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

Pathway to Climate Leadership is Paved with Solar, Not Tarsands

Mike Hudema | Posted 07.08.2015 | Canada Alberta
Mike Hudema

Alberta can't have it both ways. You can't double down on one of the nations largest sources of carbon emissions and still be a leader on the climate. Climate leaders listen to science and reduce emissions - they don't accelerate them.

How Ontario Is Leading Energy Storage in Canada

David Dodge | Posted 06.22.2015 | Canada Business
David Dodge

There are not many entrepreneurs who can command a room like Elon Musk. When he stepped onto a stage in May to unveil the Powerwall the audience oohed and ahhed and dutifully pre-ordered more than 38,000 of Tesla's new home battery systems.

Shale Gas Opponents Are Committed to the Unrealizable Goal of Zero Risk

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 06.10.2015 | Canada Business
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

Opposition to shale gas development has been fueled by fears that fracking could adversely affect our drinking water resources. A just-released study from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should help douse such fears. The exhaustive, 998-page report "did not find evidence that these mechanisms have led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources in the United States."

Now Is the Time for Canada to Transition Away From Fossil Fuels

Mike Hudema | Posted 06.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Mike Hudema

The G7 committed to eliminating the use of the fossil fuels by the end of the century. Canada and Alberta should be leading the transition, taking advantage of our tremendous solar and wind resources and supporting workers and communities in the process.

Quebec Is Being Deprived of the Benefits of Shale Gas Development

Youri Chassin | Posted 06.01.2015 | Canada Business
Youri Chassin

Largely overlooked in the shale gas debate that has taken place in Quebec in recent years between industry proponents and environmentalist groups were the farmers who might have benefited from having natural gas wells on their land.

We Should Transport as Much Oil as We Can by Pipeline

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 05.27.2015 | Canada Business
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

Just about every aspect of our lives involves a certain amount of risk, of course. It's all about risk management. And indeed, despite the occasional high-profile accident like last week's spill in California, pipelines in general remain very safe. One realistic alternative to transporting Canadian oil by pipeline is transporting that same oil by train or by truck. Yet both of these methods of transport are less safe than pipelines. Logically, then, we should transport as much oil as we can by pipe, and as little as possible by rail or road.

Sorry B.C., You're not a Climate Change Leader

Jens Wieting | Posted 05.20.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jens Wieting

It's great to hear that the B.C.government has begun work on a new climate action plan has begun. But this plan needs to be grounded in an honest assessment of our success to date, not wishful thinking.

Quebec Should Ditch Wind Power Subsidies and Go for Oil

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 06.28.2015 | Canada Business
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

Hydro-Québec indirectly subsidizes the wind power sector to the tune of $695 million a year, which amounts to some $200 per Quebec household to produce a tiny fraction of the province's energy. With an estimated 40 billion barrels of oil, developing this resource would provide a minimum of $160 million a year in royalties for the Quebec treasury over 30 years.

Renewable Energy Sources Mean Higher Electricity Bills

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 06.27.2015 | Canada Business
Kenneth P. Green

In the debate over how electricity should be provided, we often hear lofty and optimistic projections. But if national and international experiences can teach us anything, it's that so far, more renewable generation leads to one thing -- higher prices.

Saving Energy Is a Much More Profitable Business Than You Think

David Dodge | Posted 06.27.2015 | Canada Business
David Dodge

Energy consultants have been helping companies reduce operator error, identifying energy wasting systems and proposing energy efficient retrofits for a while now. But what is new is the next generation of energy efficiency companies who are using super smart meters and big data to identify, measure and wrestle energy sucking systems to submission.

This Earth Day, Harper's Silence Was Deafening

Mike Hudema | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada Politics
Mike Hudema

There was no Earth Day speech. No urgent call to action. No outlining of the threats we face or the way in which we were going to work together to meet them. There wasn't even an Earth Day tweet -- just silence. It was a very stark reminder of his priorities. U.S. President Barack Obama's speech noted that we are already experiencing the impacts of climate change. The fact that 2014 was the hottest year ever recorded, that droughts, storms, and wildfires are increasing all over the planet in both frequency and intensity, and how climate change is already adversely affecting the air our children breathe.

Our Sense of Entitlement Could Be the Biggest Barrier To Solving Climate Change

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 06.21.2015 | Canada Politics
Carl Duivenvoorden

When former federal cabinet minister David Dingwall was questioned about a generous buyout package he received in 2006, his oft-quoted reply was, "I am entitled to my entitlements." It caused much outrage. But as the biblical expression goes, let whoever is without sin cast the first stone, because perhaps we're all a bit guilty of entitlement.

Try This Simple Trick to Get More Energy

Mandy King | Posted 08.27.2015 | Canada Living
Mandy King

A factor that can often be overlooked when dealing with the determinants of one's energy levels is routine. Do you have one? Do you go to bed at the same time most nights? Do you wake up at a similar time each morning? Do you eat your meals around the same time each day?

Want to Be Healthy? Take the "Captain Obvious" Approach

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 06.15.2015 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

You don't have to spend tonnes of money on cleansing programs, protein powders or the latest miracle food to achieve your health and wellness goals. I am not saying don't eat gogi berries (or this month's equivalent miracle food). I am just saying that you don't need to spend oodles of money or follow a restrictive "diet," you just need to get back to basics.

Raw Dead Fish and Canada's Energy Policy

Paul Barter | Posted 05.29.2015 | Canada Business
Paul Barter

The new TransCanada pipeline isn't about getting energy east -- it's about getting crude oil east. When discussing the environmental impact of oil sands development, stop using the benign sounding "tailings ponds" when we're actually talking about "toxic sludge." Ducks aren't killed when they land in ponds.

Oil-Train Derailments in Canada Expose Folly of Anti-Pipeline Movement

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 05.13.2015 | Canada Business
Kenneth P. Green

Four recent oil-train derailments--two in the United States and two in Canada accompanied by yet another drive-by rhetorical smear of the Keystone XL pipeline by U.S. President Barack Obama--have re-invigorated the debate over how Canadians and Americans transport oil.

Obama's Remarks About Keystone XL Need Some Corrections

Cody Battershill | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada Alberta
Cody Battershill

First, Keystone XL does NOT "bypass the United States," as the President claimed it did in the earlier statement. A consultants report from IHS Energy found in February that "Canadian crude making its way to the USGC (the US Gulf Coast) will likely be refined there, and most of the refined products are likely to be consumed in the United States."