Michelle Gamage
The Liberals pledge to cut carbon emissions — but they spent $4.5 billion to ensure a pipeline expansion went ahead. Photo via Trans Mountain.

If federal parties are serious about taking on climate change, they need to stop giving money to the oil and gas industry, according to two climate experts.

Seth Klein
A helicopter drops a bucket of water on the Chuckegg Creek wildfire west of High Level, Alta., on May 25, 2019. Photo by Chris Schwarz, Government of Alberta / Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

September 9th 2021

Why you should take Mark Jaccard’s platform ratings with a hunk of salt

If there is some good news in this election it is that, finally, every leader and party feels compelled to run on what they hope will be viewed as a credible climate plan, and each of the major parties appears to be presenting a somewhat stronger climate plan than just two years ago.

John Woodside
The cost of the Trans Mountain expansion project continues to soar, but by how much exactly is still not clear, according to a new report from West Coast Environmental Law. Photo via TMX / Facebook

September 9th 2021

The costs of the Trans Mountain expansion project continue to soar, but with the company behind it increasingly opaque since Ottawa bought the pipeline, it’s difficult to say by how much, according to a new report from West Coast Environmental Law (WCEL).

Primary Author: Mitchell Beer @mitchellbeer
 Indigenous protest - Rob87438/Wikimedia Commons

Sept. 2, 2021

Blockades, lobbying, media campaigns, and other forms of advocacy grounded in Indigenous rights have stopped or delayed nearly 1.6 billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year, or nearly 25% of the combined emissions of the United States and Canada, the Indigenous Environmental Network and Oil Change International conclude in a blockbuster report issued Wednesday.

Charlie Smith
Vancouver Granville NDP candidate Anjali Appadurai and Vancouver Quadra Green candidate Devyani Singh would each bring a deep understanding of climate issues, as well as tremendous passion for action, to Ottawa.

August 21st, 2021 

If you're reading this article, it's because you're interested in federal politics. I'm guessing that the headline captured your attention.

I'll elaborate on this headline deeper in the piece. But first, I'm going to set the table with a quick synopsis of the contradiction between Canada's energy policy and climate policy.

Olivia Ebertz
“I had to go 100 miles north up just to get my subsistence needs,” said Herman Hootch. CREDIT OLIVIA EBERTZ / KYUK

Aug. 13, 2021

This has been the worst salmon fishing season on record for the Yukon River. King salmon, a regional favorite, have returned in low numbers for years, but now a typically stable species, chum salmon, has also collapsed. Subsistence fishing on the lower Yukon River for both species is closed, and residents who usually depend heavily on the fish are pivoting towards other ways to get meat. 

Justin Ling
Erin O’Toole makes a transportation announcement at a trucking company while campaigning in Winnipeg, on Aug. 20, 2021 (Ryan Remiorz/CP)

This shows some disturbing smarts on the part of Conservative policy makers. Some workers are going to fall for it.

  • Gene McGuckin

Aug. 31, 2021

The policies put forth by the Conservatives are serious, sensible and pro-worker. They're also impressive when put next to the anemic NDP platform.

“It may surprise you to hear a Conservative bemoan the decline of private sector union membership,” Erin O’Toole told captains of industry last year.

The Energy Mix
 Woman shopping for food - U.S. Department of Agriculture/Flickr

Aug. 29, 2021

Recent studies measuring potential health and environmental benefits from strategic dietary changes have found that modest shifts in consumption patterns can significantly reduce the global footprint of food production.

Russ Francis
Out of control: A growing area of high-hazard clearcuts and plantations are fuelling BC's raging forest infernos

WHILE FAMILY AND FRIENDS of the 569 British Columbians who died in June as a direct result of runaway global heating were still grieving, the provincial government was quietly approving the initial project plan for another huge fossil fuel facility. 


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