Eric Doherty
Photo: Crews work on highway resurfacing in B.C., 2019. (B.C. Department of Transportation / Flickr)

APRIL 21, 2021

Federal government must follow U.S. shift away from highway expansion

With all eyes on President Biden’s Earth Day climate summit Thursday, it’s important to understand how his $2-trillion infrastructure plan proposes an unprecedented shift in federal spending away from highway expansion and toward public transit. The ripples from this historic shift in the land of urban freeways are already starting to be felt in Canada and around the world.

Mark Beeching, president, Amalgamated Transit Union local 1724
A HandyDART vehicle.

Apr 8, 2021

Union president speaks out about changes to HandyDART system


TransLink is proposing an onerous and intimidating interview process to decide if seniors and people with disabilities are disabled enough to ride HandyDART - resurrecting painful ideas with questionable motives.

Free Transit Toronto
Public Transit

March 31, 2021

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is developing a 5-year fare policy review and plan, along with a 10-year “collection” outlook, both to be included in a policy framework by the end of 2021. A relevant TTC document claims that:

Eric Doherty
Aerial view of a biofuel crop harvested in Kahului, Maui, Hawaii, on March 5, 2018. Photo by Forest and Kim Starr/Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 3.0 US)

January 5th 2021

On Dec. 16, the B.C. government released the CleanBC 2020 Climate Change Accountability Report, which revealed that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transportation, the single biggest source in B.C., have risen by 23 per cent since 2007, and six per cent in 2018 alone.

Sponsored by Socialist Project, Free Transit Toronto, and Centre for Social Justice.

[Editor: While this is mainly about Toronto the discussion is also quite relevant to other parts of Canada.]

January 3, 2021

Paris Marx
 Air Canada Plane - Photo via Roderick Eime.

Dec. 14, 2020

Neoliberal transport policies have failed Canadians, but the pandemic provides us with the perfect opportunity to rethink our priorities.

The recent news of Air Canada having received $492 million from the government’s wage subsidy at the same time as they were denying many customers refunds on their flights has caused a new wave of anger at the national carrier.

Jeff Lewis
TODD KOROL / REUTERS Suncor Energy president and CEO Mark Little speaks at the TD Securities Calgary Energy Conference in Calgary, July 9, 2019.


Alberta's bitumen can be used to produce carbon fibre for electric vehicles, Little points out.

TORONTO (Reuters) ― The shift to electric vehicles and other low-carbon technologies could disrupt crude oil demand on a similar scale to the coronavirus pandemic, Suncor Energy Inc.’s chief executive said on Monday.


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