Canada Environment

Setting The Record Straight On Ontario's Green Energy Plan

Keith Brooks | Posted 05.03.2016 | Canada Politics
Keith Brooks

Ontario is taking a comprehensive approach to cutting emissions, which is a good thing. While some folks may love to hate the Green Energy and Green Economy Act, the reality is that it's the reason Ontario is Canada's clean technology leader. And the coal phase out was the right move, too, which is why it's being emulated by Alberta, why Ontario hit its 2014 GHG emissions target, why our air is now smog-free, and why people like me, who care about the environment and our kids' future, can breathe more easily.

Canada Needs To Recognize The Right To Breathe Clean Air

Ecojustice | Posted 05.03.2016 | Canada Politics
Ecojustice

Whether included in an existing law such as the Canadian Environmental Protection Act or by way of a new statute, national and enforceable air pollution standards would be a step towards a more equitable society, in which disadvantaged communities aren't left bearing more than their fair share of the national environmental health burden.

Don't Pretend The Pipeline Debate Is Only About Energy

Alan Ramón Ward | Posted 05.02.2016 | Canada Politics
Alan Ramón Ward

It sometimes sounds as though pipeline proponents are the true environmentalists among us. Commentary in favour of the pipelines has followed suit with generous explanations of our current needs and the realities of energy consumption. They ask: are opponents of the pipelines in denial about our current reliance on fossil fuels? And if these bleeding hearts do admit that we do need fossil fuels to power our country, are they comfortable importing Saudi oil forever? I believe that such questions willfully miss the point.

Justin Trudeau Must Come Clean About Carbon Emissions

Nick Fillmore | Posted 04.28.2016 | Canada Politics
Nick Fillmore

By not telling Canadians the truth about the government's almost certain inability to control future carbon emissions, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is guilty of downplaying the greatest issue ever to face the country and the world -- an issue that will have dire consequences for our children and grandchildren.

Will Politicians Or Experts Win Ontario's Cap-And-Trade Battle?

Youri Chassin | Posted 04.27.2016 | Canada Politics
Youri Chassin

Sometimes, if not most of the time, a policy sounds really good on paper. But once implemented, it does not work as intended and produces poor results. Experts then say: "Politicians didn't enact it properly, it wasn't exactly what we recommended." But once a policy has been adopted, don't try to get rid of it even if its effect is not what was promised.

Put Children First In The Fight Against Climate Change

David Morley | Posted 04.22.2016 | Canada Impact
David Morley

any of the countries that are the most susceptible to the effects of climate change are also the ones that have the highest number of children as a share of their overall population. Curbing greenhouse gas emissions therefore isn't just about improving the air we breathe. It's about so much more.

A Sustainability Game For Earth Day

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 04.22.2016 | Canada Living
Carl Duivenvoorden

If you missed International Games Day -- held each November to promote fun, camaraderie and learning through the playing of games of all types -- don't despair. Here's a simple way to combine the fun and learning of International Games Day with the sustainability focus of Earth Day.

The Case For Impending Ecological Doom Is Thin

Mathieu Bédard | Posted 04.22.2016 | Canada Living
Mathieu Bédard

When it comes to climate change, Bailey doesn't think we're doomed. He does think that the balance of the scientific evidence indicates that man-made global warming likely poses a significant problem for humanity, but he believes that human ingenuity can most likely solve that problem well before the end of the century.

Earth Day: Planting A Tree Is An Investment In Our Future

Michael Rosen | Posted 04.25.2016 | Canada Impact
Michael Rosen

Planting trees is one way Canadians can take positive action today to help the communities of tomorrow. That's why we have launched the third annual Tree Canada 10,000 Tree Challenge, encouraging individuals and corporations to make donations to increase our communities' canopies in honor of Earth Day.

Let's Stop Making Earth Day About Us

Laura Bridgeman | Posted 04.22.2016 | Canada Living
Laura Bridgeman

To help us accomplish this evolution, we ought to look to those who helped ignite the environmental movement in the first place -- the whales. Their troubled past shows us how we have erred, and their continued friendly overtures towards our kind offers valuable insights into how we might shape the future differently.

Sea Lion Deaths Are Not Okay

Jeremy Dunn | Posted 04.21.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Jeremy Dunn

The population of California sea lions has been on a steady climb since the end of commercial hunting in the 1970's, and are now estimated to number around 240,000. Climate change is adding to the challenge and has played havoc with the sea lions' natural food supply, resulting in the death and stranding of thousands of sea lions and pups along the entire Pacific Coast.

Go Meatless On Earth Day For A Healthier Planet

Gabriel Wildgen | Posted 04.21.2016 | Canada Impact
Gabriel Wildgen

Every second of every day, over 2,400 land animals are killed for food. To add insult to injury, animal agriculture is one of the most significant contributors to climate change.

Report Gives Canada 'D' For Environmental Performance

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.21.2016 | Canada

Canada's greenhouse gas emissions are among the highest of the peer countries.

How Eco-Minded Airports Are Keeping Up With Global Travel

Hillary Marshall | Posted 04.20.2016 | Canada Travel
Hillary Marshall

The world of global travel is changing. It's becoming more accessible and affordable; some might even say it's a necessity. Experts predict that air travel will double by the mid-2030s. It's boosting our economies, creating access to opportunities in local, national and international markets, and fueling adventure like never before. But it's also impacting our planet.

Rudayna Bahubeshi: Non-Profit World Domination

Caitie Drewery | Posted 04.12.2016 | Canada Business
Caitie Drewery

Young people are inheriting this world and we need to have a place at the table in discussing its future. We need systems that work for us, not just the generations before us. Policy makers, politicians, and other influencers have not generally reflected age diversity (or any diversity, let's be real).

Does National Unity Have To Be A Casualty Of Canada's Energy Debate?

DeSmog Canada | Posted 04.12.2016 | Canada Politics
DeSmog Canada

In a recent panel discussion, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna assured Albertans that the Liberal government would not risk damaging "national unity" by acting quickly on climate change. For some, her comment begs the question: when exactly will the Liberals be ready to start acting on their emissions reductions targets?

Seals And Sea Lions Pay The Price For B.C. Salmon Farming

Jeff Matthews | Posted 04.11.2016 | Canada Impact
Jeff Matthews

"Marine mammal interactions" (a.k.a. deaths) are a well-known and inevitable consequence of open-pen salmon farming. It's hard not to see how putting large numbers of slow-moving, artificially fattened fish directly into the habitat of hungry sea lions is flawed by design.

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.