National Newswatch

Budget 2021: Investing in clean energy is the right call

Apr 23 2021 — — It’s easy enough to imagine what the energy transition will look like in your city or neighbourhood: electric cars and buses rolling through the streets, more people walking and biking, solar panels covering every roof, perhaps a spinning wind turbine or two cresting a hill on the horizon.

Canada’s Big Five missing from new net-zero banking alliance

Apr 22 2021 — Carl Meyer — Vancouver credit union Vancity was the only Canadian financial institution to join Wednesday’s launch of a new global banking coalition for net-zero emissions. None of Canada’s big five banks were founding signatories of the UN-convened Net-Zero Banking Alliance (NZBA) that promised April 21 to align investment portfolios with science-based climate targets starting in 2030.

Climate action can save lives — it’s time to go big

Apr 22 2021 — — Discussions and plans of action around climate change are too rarely informed by the devastating health impacts of a rapidly warming planet. But if we truly seek to build a society that is resilient and prepared for public health challenges, we must apply hard-won lessons from one health emergency to our management of the next.

Canada’s new climate change target will exceed 40% cut in emissions: Radio-Canada sources

Apr 21 2021 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will take advantage of Joe Biden’s climate summit on Thursday to unveil Canada’s new, more ambitious climate target. Radio-Canada has learned that Trudeau will not announce a specific figure but rather a range for greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets. According to information obtained by Radio-Canada, the new Canadian goal is […]

Will Trudeau’s wager on carbon capture help or hurt the environment?

Apr 21 2021 — Carl Meyer — When the Boundary Dam coal plant in Saskatchewan opened the world’s first commercial-scale carbon capture and storage operation in 2014, it was supposed to save a million tonnes of carbon pollution each year. Instead, seven years later, the $1.35-billion project — the recipient of hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding — has captured […]

Budget 2021 steps up Canada’s assault on climate change

Apr 21 2021 — Max Fawcett — In politics, as in life, you should be careful what you wish for. In a Monday morning tweet, Conservative Party of Canada Leader Erin O’Toole complained the governing Liberals “offer no solutions.” This was not a particularly wise thing to say in advance of a budget that everyone expected would be one of the most […]

China’s Solar Dominance Presents Biden With an Ugly Dilemma

Apr 21 2021 — — President Biden has repeatedly pledged to work with China on issues like climate change while challenging Beijing on human rights and unfair trade practices. But those goals are now coming into conflict in the global solar sector, presenting the Biden administration with a tough choice as it looks to expand the use of solar power […]

How the Trudeau government plans to meet its climate goals

Apr 19 2021 — — The federal Liberals have set an ambitious new target for Canada to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions as part of a sweeping set of big-ticket budget measures aimed at fighting climate change while giving Canada’s pandemic-hit economy a green lift. In her budget speech, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland said Canada’s new goal is to reduce […]

How the four main federal parties’ climate plans stack up

Apr 16 2021 — Carl Meyer — Infused throughout the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling that Parliament acted constitutionally when it passed the Liberal government’s carbon pricing law is the logic that the provinces are incapable of fully acting on the climate crisis themselves. The provinces could not be relied on to set minimum standards to cut carbon pollution, even if they […]