Climate Change

Yvonne Zacharia

An economic think-tank in Victoria is projecting an 8.7-per-cent increase in greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles between the base year of 2005 and 2030 in Metro Vancouver.

This is despite an expected reduction in the average number of vehicles per person, expanded transit, robust improvements in new vehicle fuel consumption rates and more electric vehicles.

The projection is in stark contrast to the provincial goal of reducing all greenhouse gas emission by 33 per cent by 2020 and the new federal goal of 30-per-cent reduction by 2030.

Michal Rozworski

Since her common-sense quip that most of Canada’s tar sands reserves will have to stay in the ground, Linda McQuaig has been vilified by much of the political establishment and (rightfully) defended by a minority of voices in the media.


CORNER BROOK, N.L. – The general council of one of Canada’s largest churches has voted to drop fossil fuels from its investment portfolios, with advocates for the motion saying the decision is based on the Christian duty to care for the earth.

Commissioners attending the United Church of Canada’s general council in Corner Brook, N.L., voted 67 per cent in favour Tuesday to divest the industry from its treasury assets and to shift the $5.9 million from the portfolio into green renewable energy ventures.

Shawn McCarthy

New Democratic Party Leader Thomas Mulcair has essentially adopted the Obama doctrine when it comes to approving new oil sands pipelines – projects would be judged based on whether they significantly increase Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Ethan Cox
Watching Thursday’s leaders’ debate, the starting line for Canada’s longest election campaign since the 1800s, was a sobering experience for those of us familiar with the international scientific consensus on how to respond to the threat of climate change.

I say consensus, because among scientists there is no debate. Climate change is real, it is caused by us and it will cause devastating changes to our world if we don’t take decisive action.

Carol Linnett

Canada’s provincial leaders finalized the Canadian Energy Strategy Friday with a document many onlookers are criticizing as too reliant on traditional carbon-based sources of energy.

The strategy, intended to guide the integrated development of Canada’s energy resources across the provinces, places no restrictions on the release of greenhouse gas emissions and takes a proactive approach to building oil and gas pipelines.

Joanna Smith

A three-year-old tweet by Trevor Peterson is the latest instance of party nominees coming under fire for their position on Alberta’s resource development.

Toronto Centre NDP candidate Linda McQuaig has been criticized for saying that "a lot of the oilsands oil may have to stay in the ground" if Canada is to meet emissions targets.

Adam Vaughan

Severe droughts caused by global warming could have a far greater impact on some UK species of butterfly than previously thought


July 4, 2015 - Newly established WORKERS 4 THE PLANET (W4P) believes workers and our organizations—especially unions—must play a major role in stopping climate change, fighting for climate justice, and creating the necessary transition to a post-fossil-fuel economy.

CBC staff
Author and journalist Linda McQuaig, the NDP candidate for Toronto Centre, made her comments about the oilsands on CBC's Power & Politics.

Linda McQuaig, a star New Democratic Party candidate, says Alberta's oilsands may need to remain undeveloped in order for Canada to meet its climate change targets.

The NDP candidate for Toronto Centre told CBC News Network's Power & Politics there should not be a rush to extract from the oilsands without proper environmental assessments.

"A lot of the oilsands oil may have to stay in the ground if we're going to meet our climate change targets," McQuaig said.


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