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Canada’s Climate Change Goals Need a Roadmap for Action

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  • Louis Theriault
| Jul 14, 2016
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.

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

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  • James Knowles
  • Brent Dowdall
| Apr 29, 2016
Canada is often seen—globally and at home—as a pristine natural setting, where the air is fresh and clear. On a per capita basis, Canada is one of the biggest air polluters among developed economies.

The Path Forward on Climate Change

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  • Sheila Rao
| Apr 12, 2016
Climate change is now being recognized globally as a threat that requires immediate action and is tied to energy consumption and GHG levels. It is no secret that Canada has a poor record when it comes to climate change. But are we finally making strides in the right direction?

Seeing Green: Budget 2016

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  • Allison Robins
| Mar 31, 2016
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 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Now that the Liberal government has tabled its first budget, it appears that they have transformed many of their campaign promises into policy actions.

First Ministers’ Conference: First Steps, Hard Choices

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  • Alison Redford
| Mar 09, 2016
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 into focus.

Infrastructure Spending: Does It Matter Where It Comes From?

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  • Bruce Leslie
| Mar 01, 2016
Most economists are bullish on the idea of increased spending by the public sector to help counter the very painful impact of the drop in activity from the resource-based economy. By spending billions on much-needed public infrastructure projects, we both prepare ourselves to be more productive when we return to better times and smooth out the bottom by boosting employment in tough times.

Engaging on a Low-Carbon Future

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  • Alison Redford
| Feb 26, 2016
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.

The Path Forward on Climate Change

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  • Sheila Rao
| Feb 03, 2016
Climate change is now being recognized globally as a threat that requires immediate action and is tied to energy consumption and GHG levels. It is no secret that Canada has a poor record when it comes to climate change. But are we finally making strides in the right direction?

COP21: Changes in Attitudes

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  • Alison Redford
| Dec 15, 2015
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 debate about whether climate change was real, and if it was, whether it was naturally occurring or man-made, the skepticism been swept away.

COP21—Theory Versus Practice

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  • Alison Redford
| Dec 11, 2015
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 difficult to put into practice.

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