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Canada’s Climate Change Goals Need a Roadmap for Action

July 14, 2016

Photo of  Louis Thériault
Vice-President
Public Policy

The Canadian government and many provincial governments have taken important steps toward addressing climate change through the implementation of policies such as carbon pricing. The next, even harder steps—environmental, as well as economic and social—are still to come. To even come close to ...

Hold Your Breath: Canada’s Emission of Air Pollutants Remains High

April 29, 2016

Brent DowDall
Senior Manager, Research and Business Development
Forecasting and Analysis
                                                                      
James Knowles James Knowles
Research Associate

Canada is often seen—globally and at home—as a pristine natural setting, where the air is fresh and clear. While a powerful national motif, it obscures the reality that Canada puts a lot ...

The Path Forward on Climate Change

April 12, 2016

Sheila Rao
Manager, How Canada Performs Program
Forecasting and Analysis

In the many years that we have been examining environmental performance under How Canada Performs, Canada has been a laggard, with fair to good performances on a few measures, but weak performances on most, and a poor ...

Seeing Green: Budget 2016

March 31, 2016

Allison Robins Allison Robins
Research Associate
Energy, Environment and Transportation Policy

In the lead-up to the 2015 federal election, Justin Trudeau campaigned to turn Canada into a green powerhouse. During his predecessor’s time in office, Canada became known as an environmental laggard that failed to make meaningful progress in reducing ...

First Ministers’ Conference: First Steps, Hard Choices

March 09, 2016

Photo of Alison Redford Alison Redford
Executive Director
Canadian Transition Energy Initiative

Important Signals

As the premiers gathered in Vancouver last Thursday to discuss climate change and to consider proposals put forward by the federal government, the challenges Canada faces in arriving at a political agreement on climate change policy are coming ...

Infrastructure Spending: Does It Matter Where It Comes From?

March 01, 2016

Bruce Leslie Bruce Leslie
Executive Director, Western Office
The Conference Board of Canada

Most economists, at least those that I have been around recently and particularly those in Western Canada, are bullish on the idea of increased spending by the public sector to help counter the very painful impact of the ...

Engaging on a Low-Carbon Future

February 26, 2016

Alison Redford Alison Redford
Executive Director
Canadian Transition Energy Initiative

While it seems like a long time ago, it has been a little over 60 days since more than 38,000 people gathered in Paris for the COP21 climate summit. During the first week of the summit, I participated in my capacity as the executive ...

The Path Forward on Climate Change

February 03, 2016

Sheila Rao
Manager, How Canada Performs Program
Forecasting and Analysis

In the many years that we have been examining environmental performance under How Canada Performs, Canada has been a laggard, with fair to good performances on a few measures, but weak performances on most, and a poor ...

COP21: Changes in Attitudes

December 15, 2015

Photo of Alison Redford Alison Redford
Executive Director
Canadian Transition Energy Initiative

The final COP21 agreement announced in Paris sets out ambitious targets that will put the world on a different course. That is, however, if the agreements are implemented. But the biggest change coming out of Paris is attitudinal—after years of ...

COP21—Theory Versus Practice

December 11, 2015

Photo of Alison Redford Alison Redford
Executive Director
Canadian Transition Energy Initiative

At COP21, tremendous progress is being made amid a lot of enthusiasm; but upon returning home, participants will have to wrestle with the challenge of getting governments and industry players to work together to implement change. Simple in theory, but ...

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