6 lessons for climate action from Canada’s COVID-19 response

The coronavirus pandemic is an unprecedented public health crisis that demands immediate and decisive action. Governments around the world are taking extraordinary measures to contain the virus to avoid the dire consequences of an uncontrolled COVID-19 outbreak. Those measures, extraordinary as they are, hold important lessons for the other, bigger…
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Teck decision opens the door to renewed conversation about transition

The decision by Vancouver-based Teck Resources, announced on Sunday, to withdraw its application for the Frontier oil sands mine was both unexpected and foreseeable. Unexpected because the decision about whether or not the project would move forward had been framed solely as a federal government judgment, rather than being determined…
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Final report of the Just Transition Task Force raises questions for Budget 2019

The much-anticipated final report of Canada’s Just Transition Task Force was released on Monday. The task force was announced in late 2017 and spent the past year studying the potential impacts of the national phase-out of coal-powered electricity generation for coal workers and their communities. The new report—and its 10…
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Federal carbon tax rebate a pragmatic solution to political impasse

  In a move designed to win over voters and frustrate conservative critics, the federal government announced today a policy of universal tax rebates to offset the imposition of carbon pricing in Ontario, Manitoba, New Brunswick and Saskatchewan. The policy isn’t perfect from the perspective of either climate action or social…
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Ontario’s cap-and-trade cancellation to leave $3 billion fiscal hole

The Ford government’s cancellation of Ontario’s cap-and-trade system will leave a $3 billion hole in the province’s books, according to a new report from Ontario’s Financial Accountability Officer (FAO), while simultaneously gutting programs designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Yet the high-profile abdication of the province’s flagship environmental policy won’t…
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