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How Ottawa’s program for retrofitting homes showed what’s missing from Canadian climate policy

In the News   |   April 8, 2021

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Something was missing when the federal government announced funding to help Canadians retrofit their homes as part of its fall economic statement late last year. Promised grants of up to $5,000 per household, at a... read more

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Do the economy and the climate have to be in conflict?

Lesson Plans   |   April 6, 2021

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This article explains how, behind the confrontational posturing between Alberta and the Federal government, there are negotiations between the two that would address Alberta’s concern for the health of its oil industry and Ottawa’s focus... read more

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Canada’s carbon tax is constitutional, Supreme Court rules

In the News   |   March 25, 2021

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The federal government has the right to impose minimum carbon-pricing standards on the provinces, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled March 25 in upholding the centrepiece of the Liberals’ climate change plan. In a 6-3... read more

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Alberta’s work with Ottawa on industrial emissions can bridge gap between economic concerns and climate goals

In the News   |   March 13, 2021

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The battle against Canada’s consumer carbon tax is the cornerstone of Jason Kenney’s political personality. In his early days as Premier, he vividly described the tax as “a dead-weight cost that punishes hard-working people for... read more

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Alberta seeks billions in federal funding for carbon capture projects

In the News   |   March 8, 2021

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Alberta is asking Ottawa to commit to $30-billion in spending or tax incentives over the next decade to spur the building of large-scale industrial carbon capture projects. The provincial government says for Canada to meet... read more

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At last: working with the U.S. on climate change

Lesson Plans   |   March 5, 2021

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This article outlines some of the climate change issues that are of common interest to both countries and how the relationship between them will affect those interests. In a related article on January 22, Under... read more

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In the race to clean dirty industries, these new technologies give hope for a low-carbon future

In the News   |   March 1, 2021

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Of all the commodities that build and power civilization, only two – oil and coal – are set for output declines in the next decades as global warming threatens to turn Earth into planetary toast.... read more

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Trudeau, Biden pledge to create continental alliance to tackle climate change

In the News   |   February 24, 2021

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Justin Trudeau and Joe Biden will unveil more aggressive targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions within the next two months as they forge a North American alliance to battle climate change. And Mr. Biden is... read more

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‘We’ve had five years and they’ve had four weeks’: Canada’s Environment Minister seeks common ground with U.S.

In the News   |   February 12, 2021

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Canada and the United States are taking the first, tentative steps toward a more continental approach to fighting climate change. In an interview after his first call with President Joe Biden’s top climate adviser, Gina... read more

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Dirty vs. clean energy; the arguments

Lesson Plans   |   February 5, 2021

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This article points out that, unlike in other areas of the economy, lost energy jobs are not likely to return as the result of “a structural change in global energy”. It goes on to explain... read more

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Under Biden, America will be a leader in the climate fight – and that changes everything

In the News   |   January 22, 2021

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For the first time, a holder of the world’s most powerful elected office is treating climate change as the existential challenge that it is. Joe Biden will not have an easy time rapidly transitioning the... read more

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Pretending that energy jobs will come back is only making things worse

In the News   |   January 18, 2021

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Jim Stanford is an economist and the director of the Centre for Future Work in Vancouver and author of a new report for Environmental Defence, Employment Transitions and the Phase-Out of Fossil Fuels. Like most... read more

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Climate commitments: will these steps work?

Lesson Plans   |   January 8, 2021

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This article examines the government’s recent proposals to address the challenge of meeting its Paris Agreement commitments.... read more

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Liberals pitch $15-billion in new spending, hike carbon tax to pass 2030 emissions goals

In the News   |   December 14, 2020

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The federal government plans to triple its carbon tax and spend more than $15-billion to pass Canada’s 2030 greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets. The long-awaited update to Ottawa’s climate change plan was released by Prime... read more

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Quebec’s electrifying challenge to Canada

Lesson Plans   |   December 4, 2020

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This article examines Quebec’s stated position of banning gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035 and the implications that statement has for the rest of Canada.... read more

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