Climate Change

Natasha Bulowski
Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre's non-binding motion to exempt all forms of home heating from the carbon price was defeated on Nov. 6, 2023. File photo by Alex Tétreault

Nov. 7, 2023

Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre’s symbolic motion calling for more carbon tax carveouts was defeated, but this won’t end the polarizing debate that centres on equity.

For the most part, opposition politicians and provincial governments have focused their attention on pushing for more carbon price carveouts, calling the Liberals’ three-year exemption on heating oil unfair to the rest of Canadians.

Wilderness Committee
Another massive LNG plant on the West Coast?

Nov. 6, 2023

Ksi Lisims LNG is a proposal in Nisga’a territory to liquefy almost as much gas as LNG Canada. Although the proponent wants to use hydroelectricity to do so, that will only happen if BC Hydro — and its ratepayers — build it a brand new transmission line. Even then, the fracking required to fill it will make the facility among the province’s worst polluters.

John Woodside
Illustration by Ata Ojani/Canada's National Observer

Nov. 3, 2023

Nuclear proliferation experts are warning that 50 years of policy designed to limit the spread of nuclear weapons is unravelling as governments invest in certain small modular reactors that could be misused to build bombs.

The concerns are aimed at Moltex, a Saint John, N.B., nuclear startup building small modular reactors (SMRs) that will be powered with spent fuel from CANDU reactors. To make the fuel, Moltex plans to separate plutonium from uranium in CANDU waste and use the extracted plutonium to power new SMRs.

John Woodside
Mark Carney speaks at the Fall 2023 Net-Zero Leadership Summit in Ottawa on Oct. 31, 2023. Photo via Carney/X(Twitter)

Nov. 2, 2023

It’s estimated that the Canadian economy could take a $5.5-trillion hit by the end of the century due to climate change, according to a white paper from Independent Sen. Rosa Galvez’s office published this week as sustainable finance experts and policymakers descended on Ottawa for a high-level conference Wednesday.

George Monbiot
‘Rishi Sunak now seems to have discovered his purpose: trashing the planet on behalf of corporate power.’ Photograph: Peter Nicholls/AP

Oct. 31, 2023

When Rishi Sunak granted 27 new North Sea licences this week, he wasn’t thinking about the survival of the living world

Can you see it yet? The Earth systems horizon – the point at which our planetary systems tip into a new equilibrium, hostile to most lifeforms? I think we can. The sudden acceleration of environmental crises we have seen this year, coupled with the strategic uselessness of powerful governments, rushes us towards the point of no return.

 Sam Gindin

October 29, 2023  • 

“There’s something happening here
But what it is ain’t exactly clear.”

– “For What It’s Worth,” Buffalo Springfield.

BC Climate Emergency Campaign
Where do BC cabinet ministers stand on the defining climate question of our time?

Go to the link here to find the answers:

And if you think anyone is listed in the wrong category, or if you have intel on a minister listed in the "unknown" category, please reach out the BC Climate Emergency Campaign Coordinator at


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