Canada

07/04/22
Author: 
Sonali Kolhatkar
Housing For People Not Profit

Editor: This article is of course relevant to Canada although it specifically talks of the situation in the US.

April 7, 2022  

Is housing a human right? Or is it a privilege affordable only to those who have made it under our unfair system of market capitalism?

06/04/22
Author: 
Cloe Logan
People who spend six per cent or more of household income on energy use — two times more than the average household — are considered to be experiencing energy poverty. Photo by TomTookIt via Pexels

Apr. 5, 2022

One in five Canadians lives in energy poverty, meaning they spend a disproportionately high percentage of their income on home energy bills.

Despite the numbers, federal support for energy poverty is lacking, said Abhilash Kantamneni, a research associate at Efficiency Canada, which released a report Thursday looking at the state of energy poverty programs across the country.

06/04/22
Author: 
John Woodside
The financial sector receives little mention in Canada's new roadmap for climate action, but banks and other financial institutions must take steps to align with the country's emissions reduction goals, experts say. File photo by Alex Tétreault

Apr. 6, 2022

Canada’s recently published emissions reduction plan provides a roadmap for how Ottawa plans to hit its 2030 climate targets, but critics say until the financial sector is aligned with climate goals, the government's plans are “derelict.”

Climate advocacy group Environmental Defence’s climate finance manager Julie Segal says Canada appears excited about the benefits of sustainable finance but doesn’t appreciate the risks from continued fossil fuel investments.

05/04/22
Author: 
Natasha Bulowski
An offshore drilling rig rises above the water off the coast of Norway. If approved, Bay du Nord would become Canada’s first deepwater drilling project. Photo by Jan-Rune Smenes Reite / Pexels

Apr. 5, 2022

To avoid the worst impacts of the climate crisis, the world’s greenhouse gas emissions need to start falling before 2025, which requires a swift move away from fossil fuels and increased investments in renewables, a new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says.

05/04/22
Author: 
Kenneth Chan
SkyTrain Expo Line (Shutterstock)

Apr. 4, 2022

To avoid major cuts in service levels, the federal and provincial governments jointly announced today they will be providing TransLink with an additional $176 million in pandemic-time operating subsidy funding.

An additional $28 million will also be provided to BC Transit.

05/04/22
Author: 
Tiffany Crawford

Mar. 31, 2022

Sierra Club B.C., represented by environmental law charity Ecojustice, alleges the provincial government has not provided plans to achieve emissions targets past 2030.

A B.C. environmental group is suing the B.C. government alleging it has failed to provide a detailed plan to meet its own climate change targets.

31/03/22
Author: 
Natasha Bulowski
A new report reveals billions of public dollars already spent on carbon capture technology are only reducing 0.05 per cent of Canada's annual emissions. Photo by JuniperPhoton / Unsplash

Mar. 30, 2022

Canada’s new climate plan is banking on carbon capture to cut nearly 13 per cent of the oil and gas sector’s projected greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. But a new report reveals billions of public dollars already spent on the technology aren’t yielding substantial reductions.

29/03/22
Author: 
Sam Wainwright
The challenge for the left is to solidarise with the Ukrainian and Russian people demanding an end to the war, while challenging the federal government's hypocrisy and militarism. Photo: Mathias PR/Pexels

As Canada’s flag-waving government (with no criticisms from their new NDP supporters) cheers for war and plans a HUGE increase in military spending, the real problems of climate disruption, healthcare failings, and shrinking purchasing power (among others)  go unaddressed. This Australian piece lays out a clear description/analysis of what the NATO/Russia/Ukraine tragedy is all about

  • Gene McGuckin

Mar. 16, 2022

28/03/22
Author: 
Seth Klein
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (left) and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh. Photos by Alex Tétreault

Mar. 28, 2022

Last Tuesday, we awoke to news the federal Liberals and NDP had entered into a “supply-and-confidence agreement” (SACA). The agreement would see them collaborate on a shared policy agenda, and so long as the terms of the SACA are honoured, the NDP will pass the Liberals’ next four budgets and support other confidence motions, allowing the Liberals to maintain government until June 2025.

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