The geography of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions

PJ Partington — May 13, 2010Pembina InstituteIt's no secret that Canada's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are much higher today than they were in 1990. By 2008, the latest year with data available, Canada's emissions were 24 per cent higher than in 1990. We're often told the fault lies with our growing economy and growing population. We do, after all, have a strong economy and one of the highest rates ... [click title to continue]

Alberta emissions penalties slammed

Greenhouse gas producers paid $63M for missing carbon-reduction targetsBy Trish Audette, Alberta's biggest greenhouse-gas producers paid the provincial government about $63 million last year to cover failures to meet carbon-reduction targets. While Environment Minister Rob Renner called the 2009 results a reflection of the province's commitment to clean energy, critics said the government's ... [click title to continue]

Inuit see what’s happening to Arctic ice

By Tristan Pearce and James D. FordThe Record In the politically charged atmosphere that is climate change, new data — information that Arctic sea ice cover is nearly back to average after years of dramatic declines — has been paraded by climate skeptics as yet more evidence that climate change is a hoax. While this would appear a happy story, it is just that: a story. The National Snow and ... [click title to continue]

Canadian Delegation promoting the conclusions of Conference on Climate Change at the UN

UN Secretary General to Meet with Maude Barlow todayOTTAWA, Ontario – May 7 – Today, Council of Canadians National Chairperson Maude Barlow is part of an international social movement delegation having an historic meeting with the Secretary General of the United Nations to discuss climate justice and the rights of Mother Earth. The government of Bolivia organized the meeting of 12 delegates from ... [click title to continue]

Environmental Impact Assessments

Trevor Herriot's Grass Notes While our screens and newspapers bring us the latest news from the Gulf of Mexico showing us the mess that can come from oil extraction, we find ourselves asking about environmental guidelines and impact assessment processes. If the risks with a given development--in this case, offshore oil drilling--are high, how does the project get past the Environmental Impact Assessment? ... [click title to continue]

Canada-EU free trade would worsen climate crisis

Canada-EU free trade would worsen climate crisis, discourage environmental protection, says Indigenous Environmental Network and Council of CanadiansThe free trade agreement that Canada and the European Union are negotiating, which Prime Minister Harper is discussing today with EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, will worsen the climate crisis by locking in an unsustainable economic model ... [click title to continue]

Sovereigntists, Environmental Groups Oppose Trailbreaker

Pipeline reversal would bring 200,000 barrels daily of tar sands crude through QuebecBy Dru Oja JayThe Dominion Opposition is mounting to a planned pipeline reversal that would bring 200,000 barrels per day of tar sands bitumen through the island of Montreal and Quebec’s Eastern Townships. Environmental groups, Quebec sovereigntists and small-town mayors have been mobilizing opposition to the proposal ... [click title to continue]

Climate Scientist Sues National Post

The Guardian Andrew Weaver with the IPCC's 2007 report on which he was a lead author. Photograph: Ray SmithOne of the world's leading climate scientists has launched a libel lawsuit against a Canadian newspaper for publishing articles that he says "poison" the debate on global warming.In a case with potentially huge consequences for online publishers, lawyers acting for Andrew Weaver, a climate modeller ... [click title to continue]

May Day in Regina: Activists and socialists discuss rebuilding the left

As a follow up to the successful January 30th meeting in Regina, the Committee for Rebuilding the Left is sponsoring an educational and discussion meeting in celebration of May Day.Speakers are Greg Albo from the Socialist Project, Eriel Deranger, a tar sands and aboriginal activist, and Peter Garden, the administrator for the Actupinsask Independent Media website and owner of the Turning the Tide ... [click title to continue]