Canada Environment

City Leaders Need The Courage To Build Sustainable Urban Centres

Tobi Nussbaum | Posted 10.21.2016 | Canada Politics
Tobi Nussbaum

The first is coping with the inexorable trend towards urbanization. By 2036, over 60 per cent of the world's population will reside in cities. The burgeoning number of urban dwellers worldwide will put pressure on city governments in areas ranging from housing to services, infrastructure to transportation.

Canadians Must Rethink 'Normal' To Tackle Climate Change

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 10.14.2016 | Canada Impact
Carl Duivenvoorden

Maybe the lifestyle we've come to know as "normal" really isn't normal -- or sustainable -- after all. It may feel normal because it's all we've known, but, examined rationally in a larger context, it seems more like the fast lane to resource depletion and environmental ruin.

Canada Must Take Global Opportunity To End HFC Pollution

Catherine McKenna | Posted 10.14.2016 | Canada Politics
Catherine McKenna

Bold action to phase out HFCs could bring remarkable results. In Paris last year, leaders dared to set a goal of limiting global warming to below two degress Celsius. If we act in Kigali and phase out HFCs, scientists believe we could avoid 0.5 degrees Celsius of warming by the end of the century.

10 Things I Learned During My 25 Years Working In Sustainability

Mel Wilson | Posted 10.11.2016 | Canada
Mel Wilson

You know, I just realized I have been working in the Sustainability field (first environment, then environment and health & safety and now corporate s...

Trump's Russian Connections Explain His Climate Change Denial

Amy-Rose Lane | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Amy-Rose Lane

Secretary Clinton landed many zingers during the first debate, but perhaps the most memorable exchange came when she raised the omnipresent issue of Trump's refusal to hand over his taxes. There's a clear, insidious answer. Trump has repeatedly cast himself as an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Canada Must Place More Value On Its Urban Forests

Michael Rosen | Posted 09.26.2016 | Canada Impact
Michael Rosen

Canada is significantly behind other G7 countries in the value we place on urban forests, especially the U.S., where management of urban forests falls under the responsibility of an individual equivalent to a Canadian deputy minister.

These Alberta Students Want Schools To Become Models Of Sustainability

David Dodge | Posted 09.16.2016 | Canada Alberta
David Dodge

The students did their own research, they invited resource experts to give presentations and then a delegation of 10 students locked themselves in a room for a weekend with some graduate students from the University of Alberta to boil inputs from 3,000 students down into a sophisticated set of recommendations for change.

Praying For Creation

Karri Munn-Venn | Posted 09.01.2016 | Canada
Karri Munn-Venn

In a 1989 letter, the late Dimitrios I, the leader of Eastern Orthodox Church, urged the global church to make September 1 a day "when prayers and sup...

GMO Propaganda Has No Place In Your Child's Classroom

Rachel Parent | Posted 08.29.2016 | Canada Parents
Rachel Parent

Informed insight and open minds are key to education, but there are forces in modern society that seek to create narrow, one-dimensional mindsets and thinking. And this affects us all, including educators. For example, extremely well-funded PR machines are working behind the scenes with agritech/chemical companies and food manufacturers to develop effective techniques, educational material and TV advertising to get kids hooked on harmful food and to misrepresent certain issues.

Food Waste Is A Disgrace Canadians Have The Power To Fix

Genevieve Zingg | Posted 08.22.2016 | Canada Impact
Genevieve Zingg

In May 2015, the French government did something incredible: the National Assembly unanimously passed a law forcing large supermarkets to donate unsold food to charities. That's how the #WhatAWaste campaign -- a grassroots effort to pressure Canada's political leaders to follow France's example -- was born.

Environmentally Sustainable Companies You Should Know About

Posted 08.15.2016 | Canada Business

We've partnered with new 2017 Ford Fusion to list five companies that understand that sustainable living and money-making can go hand-in-hand.

How Do We Solve Canada's $31-Billion Food Waste Problem?

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 08.10.2016 | Canada Living
Ontario Association of Food Banks

Looking at the food system in Canada is a study in contrasts. On one hand, one in eight Canadian families struggle to put food on the table, and over 800,000 people visit a food bank each month. On the other hand, we waste $31 billion in food each year, or a third of what we produce. How can a country with so much abundance also have such great need? As with any problem that is so enormous in scale, the reasons are complex, the impacts are wide-ranging, and the solutions are far from easy.

How To Keep Your Cool With Eco-Offenders

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 08.04.2016 | Canada Living
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Drought shaming became a popular pastime in California last summer after restrictions, campaigns and written notices failed to curb water usage among residents during a prolonged drought. Here are a few environmentally bad habits we've all observed (perhaps even been guilty of) and tips on how to step in.

Dear Leo, Are You Saving The World With SUVs, Private Jets And Yachts?

Cody Battershill | Posted 07.28.2016 | Canada Alberta
Cody Battershill

This is not complicated, Leo, so keep up. Do you and your entourage really need an over-sized, gas-guzzling and polluting SUV to get you to your over-sized, jet-fuel-guzzling and polluting chopper to get you to your over-sized, jet-fuel-guzzling and polluting private jet? Not really. You know how I know that?

Restoring Fort McMurray's Urban Forest Our Greatest Challenge Yet

Michael Rosen | Posted 07.21.2016 | Canada Impact
Michael Rosen

I still wasn't fully prepared for what I experienced during my visit last week. I'm a professional forester and I've seen my fair share of forest fires up close. Still, the vastness of this fire and extent of damage in an urban area was sad, sobering and more than a little eerie.

Free Trade Does Not 'Trump' The Environment

Mathieu Bédard | Posted 07.18.2016 | Canada Politics
Mathieu Bédard

Monday was the first day of the Republican Convention where Donald Trump will be confirmed as the party's nominee for November's presidential election. On Thursday, when he delivers his keynote speech, he will likely repeat his tirade against free trade agreements, which has become his trademark.

TransCanada Silence On Climate Speaks Volumes In Pipeline Debate

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 07.08.2016 | Canada Impact
Carl Duivenvoorden

I think I'm reasonably well versed in issues surrounding the Energy East Pipeline, both economic and environmental. But I am struck by how, in any official TransCanada communications about environmental implications of the project, climate change is never mentioned.

Aboriginal Input On Pipelines Is Key To Better Relations: Study

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.06.2016 | Canada Business

The government is reviewing the environmental assessment process amid protests over pipelines.

Your Fave Makeup Could Be Harming The Environment

Emily Lyons | Posted 06.30.2016 | Canada Style
Emily Lyons

As a teenager, I felt all giddy whenever I got new makeup -- I couldn't wait to try the newest cosmetic brands and make my friends a tad envious. Of course, I didn't know it then, but every time I washed the makeup off my face, I was participating in a vast system of global environmental pollution.

We Shouldn't Be Filling Up Our Landfills With Clothing

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 06.23.2016 | Canada Living
Craig and Marc Kielburger

A staggering 85 per cent of our collective apparel ends up in a landfill -- that's over 10.5 million tons of clothing, according to the popular second-hand store Value Village. In a single year, Canada produces enough textile waste -- clothing and other goods like upholstery -- to create a mountain three times the size of Toronto's Rogers Centre stadium. Reduce, reuse and recycle has become the mantra of socially conscious consumers. Now we need to extend that philosophy to our old accoutrements.

Insects: The Latest World-Changing Food Trend

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 06.20.2016 | Canada Living
Craig and Marc Kielburger

From Asia to South America, insects have long appeared on the menu in many cultures. But what's truly epic about the edible bug trend is its potential to not only provide a healthy source of food, but also boost incomes among people in developing countries who could never afford chicken or beef from a grocery store.

End Logging In One Of Vancouver Island's Last Old-Growth Forests

Torrance Coste | Posted 06.17.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Torrance Coste

Listening to the destruction of some of the last old-growth rainforest on Vancouver Island is tough, but it's not as frustrating as watching our electing officials turn their backs on this problem, as well as on citizens, local governments and business groups who want it addressed.

Canada's Far North Just Scored Two Major Conservation Wins

David R. Miller | Posted 06.16.2016 | Canada Impact
David R. Miller

Shell Canada has relinquished 30 oil and gas exploration permits that were the subject of a lawsuit launched by WWF-Canada. Now, after decades of struggle, nothing stands in the way of finally creating a National Marine Conservation Area in Lancaster Sound, with all the significant protection measures that includes.

Cap-And-Trade Keeps Poor Ontarians Trapped In Energy Poverty

Megan Hooft | Posted 06.14.2016 | Canada Impact
 Megan Hooft

Details of the Ontario government's Climate Action Plan are out and the reviews are mixed. While the business sector will no doubt grumble about the cap-and-trade system in place to keep the province's climate program on track, it seems that the big losers will inevitably be people living in poverty.

Environment Canada's Kinder Morgan Review Comes Up Short

Ecojustice | Posted 06.10.2016 | Canada British Columbia

The review fails to match up to Trudeau's promises for bold action on climate change. Instead, the draft review relies on assumptions that minimize Canada's contribution to global emissions and encourages it to avoid accountability for emissions related to oil and gas projects.