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Entries Tagged as 'Environment, resources & sustainability'

How Canada’s WTO “victory” on food labelling undermines BC’s local food efforts

February 3rd, 2016 · · 1 Comment · Economy, Environment, resources & sustainability

In December Canada once again made international headlines by defeating the Americans at the World Trade Organization, and, paradoxically, made it harder to promote and protect British Columbia’s agrifood sector.  After a seven-year dispute, the United States was forced to repeal legislation requiring country of origin labelling (COOL) for muscle cuts of beef and pork. The […]

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Admitting a post-Paris truth: BC’s LNG pipe dream is over

December 28th, 2015 · · 2 Comments · Climate change & energy policy, Environment, resources & sustainability

Since the signing of the new climate treaty in Paris earlier this month, there’s been plenty of debate as to whether the new global agreement is a turning point or merely more hollow promises. The answer, as the CCPA’s Marc Lee has written, will be revealed in how governments and markets react. In particular, the […]

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Real test of Paris climate agreement will be how markets and regulators react

December 13th, 2015 · · 1 Comment · Climate change & energy policy, Environment, resources & sustainability

So did we save the planet? From the outset, this was never about “saving the planet.” Our spinning hunk of rock has been around billions of years and will continue to support diverse life forms long past the time humans roam it. The question is whether we have a planet that can support human life […]

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BC’s climate action masquerade

November 29th, 2015 · · 2 Comments · Climate change & energy policy, Environment, resources & sustainability

When BC Premier Christy Clark arrives at the Paris climate conference, as part of a reinvigorated Canadian delegation under PM Trudeau, the world will hear bold statements about BC’s climate leadership. BC has received much praise since its 2008 introduction of a carbon tax (under previous Premier Gordon Campbell), and for its legislated greenhouse gas […]

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Want to create good, sustainable jobs for Canada? Try co-ops.

November 26th, 2015 · · Comments Off on Want to create good, sustainable jobs for Canada? Try co-ops. · Employment & labour, Environment, resources & sustainability

In the coming months and years, the new federal government will make important decisions about jobs: how we create them, protect them and make them more sustainable. Many Canadians believe there’s a trade-off to be made between employment and environmental sustainability. But that doesn’t have to be the case — particularly if we look at […]

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Five LNG whoppers

November 12th, 2015 · · 3 Comments · Climate change & energy policy, Environment, resources & sustainability

British Columbians have heard many “too good to be true” claims about the benefits the province will receive by launching a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export industry. The CCPA-BC’s LNG Reality Check series has been examining these claims, and what we have uncovered is a pattern of misinformation about LNG – coming primarily from the […]

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We need a “war-time” approach to tackling the climate challenge

November 10th, 2015 · · 2 Comments · Climate change & energy policy, Economy, Environment, resources & sustainability

“So far as it is possible, Canada’s effort in this war must be a planned and concerted national effort… In order to have the tremendous quantities of supplies available at the right time, and in the right place, it is imperative that the economic life of Canada be reorganized, but not disorganized. The economic forces […]

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A petro state, a fracking frenzy and one woman’s battle for justice: Andrew Nikiforuk’s latest should be required reading for MLAs

October 14th, 2015 · · Comments Off on A petro state, a fracking frenzy and one woman’s battle for justice: Andrew Nikiforuk’s latest should be required reading for MLAs · Climate change & energy policy, Environment, resources & sustainability, First Nations & Aboriginal, Women

Andrew Nikiforuk’s new book, Slick Water: Fracking and One Insider’s Stand Against the World’s Most Powerful Industry, captures like never before how fossil fuel companies must do more and more to coax oil and gas from the ground. And how that each time more effort is made, the social and environmental costs mount.

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Fraser Institute vastly overstates impact of regulatory delays in developing a BC LNG industry

September 22nd, 2015 · · Comments Off on Fraser Institute vastly overstates impact of regulatory delays in developing a BC LNG industry · Climate change & energy policy, Environment, resources & sustainability

Today’s report from the Fraser Institute, LNG Exports from British Columbia: The Cost of Regulatory Delay, states that “revenue losses from regulatory delays imposed upon the BC LNG export market would be on the order of $17–23 billion (US) per year.” This, they say, is equivalent to 9.5% of 2014 BC GDP. A closer examination […]

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Leaping into a new carbon-free economy

September 17th, 2015 · · Comments Off on Leaping into a new carbon-free economy · Climate change & energy policy, Economy, Election commentary, Environment, resources & sustainability

Tuesday Sept. 15 saw the release of an exciting new document – The Leap Manifesto: A Call for a Canada Based on Caring for the Earth and One Another. In essence, the manifesto is a positive vision for Canada. It calls upon the next government to move Canada off fossil fuels quickly, insisting that baby […]

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