So much for the suburban answer to high house prices in the city.

Costly homes in Toronto have driven so many buyers to the suburbs that bidding wars are becoming common and prices are soaring. But that's only part of the affordability challenge of moving outside the urban centre.


Commuting, whether by car or public transportation, is also an issue.

Sam Gindin
A worker-owned factory in Argentina. The Working World / Flickr

[Webpage editor: Yes, ecosocialists need to take up the issues about the state and the party that are raised in this sympathetic critique of the limits to workers' ownership and cooperatives.]


Anna Fahey

[Finds less acceptance in Canada than US that climate change is anthropogenic]




Ontario has chosen the companies that will build the next round of renewable energy projects in the province, in a competitive-bidding process that will see wind and solar power generated at much lower prices than in the past.

Eleven companies will be offered 16 contracts to build five new wind projects, seven solar projects and four hydroelectric projects, for a total of 455 megawatts of new power capacity, Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) said Thursday.

Shawn McCarthy
Mody Torres of Select Energy Services monitors water tanks at a Hess fracking site near Williston, North Dakota (ANDREW CULLEN/REUTERS)


The federal government will impose regulations to cut methane emissions in the oil and gas industry by as much as 45 per cent as part of a bilateral climate deal announced Thursday during Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s official visit to Washington.

Ross Marowits

People need to get their heads around the idea that fossil fuels are "probably dead," the CEO of Canadian Pacific Railway said Wednesday.

"I’m not maybe as green as I should be but I happen to think the climate is changing (and) they’re not going to fool me anymore," Hunter Harrison told a J.P. Morgan transportation conference in New York.

The veteran rail executive said the transition to alternative fuels will be long, but new investments in traditional energy sources will dry up because of environmental hurdles.

Claudia Cattaneo

CALGARY • Malaysia’s Petronas is frustrated that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s climate-change priorities are introducing new uncertainty for its proposed $36 billion Pacific NorthWest LNG project in northern British Columbia and has threatened to walk away if it doesn’t get federal approval by March 31, according to a source close to the project.

Companies are wiggling out of money-losing contracts to buy electricity from coal-fired power plants in Alberta as a result of the province’s new climate change policies, leaving a provincial agency to honour the agreements

David Suzuki

[Webpage editor note: In addition to the point below that cap and trade has not realy reduced emissions, this policy also functions to distract from other measures that are needed to unambiguously reduce carbon extraction and use. See this popular analysis of cap and trade:  ]


Canada’s first ministers are meeting today to discuss climate change. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his top cabinet ministers are sitting down in Vancouver with the premiers of all provinces and territories.

On the eve of his meetings with the premiers, Trudeau on Wednesday delivered a keynote address to the Globe 2016 summit in Vancouver on clean energy and sustainability.
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Elizabeth McSheffrey

The Daily Planet's Ziya Tong grills Justin Trudeau on sustainable energy development in Canada at the 2016 Globe Series launch in Vancouver, B.C. on Wed. March 2, 2016. Photo by Elizabeth McSheffrey

Steadfast in his commitment to getting Canadian oil to market, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said putting pipelines in the ground will pay for the country's transition to a greener future.


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