National Newswatch

Parliament’s climate debate is stuck in the past

Sep 29 2022 — Aaron Wherry — Evidence of the cost of climate change is scattered across Atlantic Canada: downed trees, eroded shorelines and bits and pieces of what used to be houses and wharves. A report released on Wednesday by the Canadian Climate Institute put the full extent of the problem into cold, hard numbers — reduced GDP, lost jobs, lower […]

Climate crisis will make road and transit maintenance very expensive: Ontario watchdog

Sep 22 2022 — — As Doug Ford looks to break ground on new highways, Ontario’s financial watchdog is warning that extreme climate events will drive basic maintenance costs on transportation infrastructure drastically higher. In a new report out today, the Financial Accountability Office projects that extreme rainfall, heat and freeze-thaw cycles caused by the warming of the planet will […]

Keeping up with the Bidens — Canada needs to up its climate change game

Sep 19 2022 — Navdeep Bains — My grandparents were born in what is now Pakistan. Today, catastrophic flooding has displaced millions there, and caused widespread calamity. In July there were record heat waves and raging wildfires across Europe. Britain closed schools and transportation was scaled back as airport runways and train tracks became unusable. The worst drought in decades is spreading […]

Clarity emerges on federal role in biggest-ever Nova Scotia wind procurement

Sep 18 2022 — Paul Withers — A minor question at the Nova Scotia Power rate hearing this week has revealed the role the federal government played in helping secure the award of the province’s largest-ever wind procurement to five First Nations-owned proponents. Regulator Roland Deveau assumed $125 million in funding for Nova Scotia wind projects announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau […]

Green electricity transition could top $2B: Nova Scotia Power

Sep 15 2022 — Paul Withers — Nova Scotia Power says the cost of closing its coal plants and transitioning to a greener electricity grid will likely cost more than $2 billion this decade, but how much of that will fall on ratepayers is not yet clear. The estimate emerged Wednesday at the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (UARB) hearing on […]

More in Canada and U.S. Feel Climate Change is Major Crisis

Sep 14 2022 — — Most Canadians and Americans are willing to pay higher taxes in order to adequately address global warming. The concerns of residents of Canada and the United States about global warming have increased over the past two years, a new two-country Research Co. poll has found. In the online survey of representative national samples, 68% of […]

Feds can tackle affordability and climate change at the same time, says Steven Guilbeault

Sep 14 2022 — — As affordability woes dominate the national political conversation, the Liberal environment minister says climate change is linked to cost-of-living concerns and will remain high on the federal government’s agenda. Although climate issues are “probably not as much at the forefront as they’ve been … it’s still an area of concern for many, many Canadians,” federal […]

Can Charles be Climate King?

Sep 10 2022 — — On the first of November last year, Britain’s King Charles III, as he is now called, addressed a who’s-who of world leaders gathered in Glasgow for the COP26 climate conference. Speaking in the event’s cavernous main hall, the septuagenarian royal warned his audience to summon a “war-like footing” to tackle the “existential threat” of climate […]

Critics say Ontario moving too slowly on old oil and gas wells

Sep 9 2022 — — The Ontario government is in the “early stages” of developing a strategy to deal with old oil and gas wells in the wake of recent disasters, including an explosion last summer that decimated downtown Wheatley and injured 20 people. Natural Resources spokesperson Anita Tamrazi said via email that the ministry will work with other governments, […]