Canada

14/08/21
Author: 
Nick Cunningham
Premier John Horgan (left) visits LNG Canada to assess its progress. Credit: Province of B.C. (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Aug 13, 2021

12 min. read

Several proposed LNG projects in Canada promise carbon neutrality for their gas exports. But the claims lack detail and appear mostly designed to defang opposition to the gas rush.

Under growing pressure to rein in greenhouse gas emissions, developers of liquefied natural gas (LNG) are turning to questionable claims about “carbon neutrality,” “net-zero,” or “green LNG,” in order to pass muster with governments, investors, and society, who are becoming increasingly anxious about the climate crisis. 

13/08/21
Author: 
John Woodside
At a time when climate science demands a rapid transition off fossil fuels, Ottawa approved more than $1.3 billion for oil and gas companies through the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy. Photo by Kartikay Sharma / Unsplash
August 13th 2021

At a time when climate science demands a rapid transition off fossil fuels, Ottawa approved more than $1.3 billion for oil and gas companies through the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS).

According to a January 2021 meeting note Canada’s National Observer received through a federal access-to-information request, “over $1.3B has been approved for the petroleum sector companies” as of Oct. 29, 2020 through CEWS.

13/08/21
Author: 
John Di Nino
Ensuring public transit’s survival means more than ribbon-cutting

Aug. 11, 2021

In recent weeks and months, the Liberal government has made one large transit announcement after another. It is clear that election time is on the horizon.

A lot of these announcements around new projects are welcome too for if we are going to expand our transit system, we need to have reliable capital dollars to do it. One thing has been made abundantly clear throughout this pandemic: money for projects alone is not enough. Transit systems need funding for operations too.

12/08/21
Author: 
Fiona Harvey
Animal farming is one of the activities producing methane, which has a warming potential more that 80 times that of CO2. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Aug. 6, 2021

IPCC says gas, produced by farming, shale gas and oil extraction, playing ever-greater role in overheating planet

Cutting carbon dioxide is not enough to solve the climate crisis – the world must act swiftly on another powerful greenhouse gas, methane, to halt the rise in global temperatures, experts have warned.

11/08/21
Author: 
Christopher Reynolds
New homes are built in a housing construction development in the west end of Ottawa on Thursday, May 6, 2021. Photo by: The Canadian Press/Sean Kilpatrick

Aug. 10, 2021

OTTAWA — The federal government has spent less than half of the funding earmarked for a pair of flagship housing programs as the need for affordable homes grows along with a yawning "affordability gap," says Canada's budget watchdog.

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11/08/21
Author: 
Yves Engler
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and former Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland host a gathering of foreign ministers from the Lima Group, a coalition of countries formed to “solve the Venezuela crisis.” Photo from Twitter.

Aug. 10, 2021

Latin American governments are abandoning the controversial regime change alliance. Now it’s time for Canada to follow suit

The Lima Group, a multilateral body formed in the Peruvian capital in 2017 with the goal of instigating regime change in Venezuela through a “peaceful and negotiated solution,” has been dealt a likely fatal blow that ought to elicit serious discussion about Canadian foreign policy in Latin America. Just don’t expect the media or politicians to even mention it.

10/08/21
Author: 
Nick Boisvert

[Wow!!]

Aug 09, 2021

The minister responsible for climate change and the environment said revenue generated by pipelines will help Canada transition to a low-emission future. (Jason Franson//The Canadian Press)

09/08/21
Author: 
Seth Klein
A print ad for a 1966 Jeepster Sports Convertible. Columnist Seth Klein believes it's time to ban advertisements that glamorize the very products that got us into a climate emergency. Photo by John Lloyd / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Aug. 9, 2021

Pre-pandemic, I remember sitting in a movie theatre waiting for the film to begin and being forced to watch yet another high-production car ad. I think it was a Jeep advertisement in this case, and clearly designed to appeal to young people, inviting them to conquer the great outdoors and enticing them into the company’s attractive domain. And I found myself wondering: why are ads for gas stations, gas-powered cars and trucks, and airlines not illegal?

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