On Thursday, May 16, 2019, the former Environmental Commissioner of Ontario Dr. Dianne Saxe was the guest speaker at the Environment North AGM. The title of her presentation was:
Climate Changes Everything
Over 100 people attended her excellent (yet sobering) presentation which was cohosted by Environment North, Lakehead University Office of Sustainability and EarthCare Thunder Bay.
Here are links to the presentation:
Available soon... a copy (pdf) of the slides
Click here for a video of the event taken by Net News Ledger Thunder Bay
Click here to listen to the interview with Dr. Dianne Saxe on CBC Superior Morning (six minutes)
Click here to read the Chronicle Journal "Accountability ensures gov't puts environment work ahead of games" article by Graham Saunders
Saskatchewan's case against the Federal carbon tax was heard on Feb 13 and 14, 2019
In order to honour global commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions the federal is imposing a carbon tax (which according to the recent Nobel Prize winner in economics, William Nordhous, is the most effective and efficient way of achieving results) on provinces without an adequate carbon pricing plan.
The Ontario and Saskatchewan provincial governnments are planning to prevent the federal government from implementing this carbon tax.
Ecojustice is representing both the David Suzuki Foundation and the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation and they wish to ensure the federal government maintains jurisdiction over greenhouse gas reduction.
For the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal Decision click here (it is long...)
To read an analysis of the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal decision published in the Globe and Mail click here
For more details visit the Ecojustice case site click here
How can Canada expand the oil and gas sector and meet international GHG reduction commitments? Seems impossible.
Graph below is from page 23 of the summary report of Canada's Energy Outlook - scroll down for link.
CANADA'S ENERGY OUTLOOK: CURRENT REALITIES AND IMPLICATIONS FOR A CARBON-CONSTRAINED FUTURE, released in May 2018 by the Parkland Institue, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Corporate Mapping Project.
This report "serves as a definitive guide to Canada’s current energy realities and their implications for a sustainable future. It takes a detailed look at Canadian energy consumption, renewable and non-renewable energy supply, the state of Canada’s resources and revenues, and what it all means for emissions-reduction planning."
Chapter 4 "Emissions reduction targets and implications for an energy strategy" is of particular interest!