How badly does the world need oil? Introducing the Fossil Fuel Dependence Index

The production and consumption of oil, gas and coal has been one of the primary drivers of global growth and development for more than a century. Unfortunately—and ironically—those same fuels are now the greatest threat to our future wellbeing and prosperity. Fossil fuels are the main source of human-made greenhouse…
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Climate policy report card: how does your province measure up?

While governments in Canada are increasingly taking climate issues seriously, efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change in Canada remain all over the map. Some governments are taking meaningful steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) and build low-carbon economies, while others double down on environmentally-destructive resource extraction and…
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PBO lukewarm on CETA in new impact assessment

A new study from the Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer confirms the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) offers only modest benefits for Canada and may come with significant costs. The PBO impact assessment acknowledges its limitations. Firstly, if you’re concerned about labour, the environment, domestic sovereignty, government…
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Canada-EU trade deal will result in job losses, lower wages, and worse inequality

In Europe this weekend over 100,000 people are expected to protest the proposed Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). They are the latest in a series of massive, anti-free trade actions, including a 150,000-strong demonstration in Berlin last October. Earlier this month, German activists launched a constitutional challenge against…
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How a Russian mining company used a Canadian investment treaty to sue Venezuela for $1.5 billion

Rusoro Mining declared victory yesterday in its four-year legal battle with the government of Venezuela over the nationalization of the gold industry in 2011. The company was awarded US$1.2 billion ($1.5B) by the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). The dispute began in 2011, when then-president…
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Ontario’s new climate plan needs bigger sticks, more carrots

This week, the Ontario government released its five-year Climate Change Action Plan, which includes 28 initiatives designed to gradually electrify the transportation system, improve building efficiency, and ultimately reduce Ontario’s emissions of greenhouse gases. The plan has been met with praise from think tanks, environmental groups and news organizations who…
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