Epic Storms on Two Coasts Have Parliament Talking Climate Action, Adaptation

This story includes details about the impacts of climate change that may be difficult for some readers. If you are feeling overwhelmed by this crisis situation here is a list of resources on how to cope with fears and feelings about the scope and pace of the climate crisis. With Canada’s East Coast grappling with […]

Fossils May Have Used Federal Pandemic Funds to Boost Production, Increase Emissions

Canada’s environment commissioner says a federal pandemic aid program for the oil and gas sector that was supposed to retain jobs and cut greenhouse gas emissions is not set up to do either of those things. “This is a program that needs a vast improvement,” commissioner Jerry DeMarco said Thursday of the Onshore Emissions Reduction […]

Groups Call for Solid Plan, Full Funding as Toronto Mulls 2040 Net-Zero Target

Toronto Mayor John Tory committed yesterday to speed up the net-zero target for Canada’s largest city by 10 years, from 2050 to 2040, prompting local climate and environment organizations to call for a coherent action plan with proper community input and full funding. The update to the city’s TransformTO strategy would make Toronto one of […]

New Brunswick Coal Plant to Close by 2030 After Guilbeault Refuses Equivalency Agreement

A leading provincial environmental group issued a happy thumbs-up Thursday after federal Environment and Climate Minister Steven Guilbeault refused an “equivalency” agreement that would have allowed the Belledune power plant in New Brunswick to continue burning coal past 2030. The federal government committed years ago to phasing out coal-fired electricity by the end of this […]

Coastal GasLink Asks Wet’suwet’en Defenders to Prove Indigenous Status after RCMP Arrests

Two journalists have been released from custody, but the Coastal GasLink pipeline company is demanding that at least two land defenders “prove” their Indigenous status, following heavily militarized RCMP raids on a blockade aimed at stopping construction of a fracked gas pipeline through unceded Wet’suwet’en territory. The raids last Friday came days after members of […]

‘Universal Basic Mobility’ Makes Transit a Solution to Road Safety Hazards

Climate change’s impacts on transportation safety and equity are pushing governments to overhaul their transit strategies as they explore options like “universal basic mobility” funding and adapting infrastructure. Extreme and changing weather patterns are exposing “how deadly America’s reliance on automotive transportation has become,” writes Grist, with collision rates rising because of more frequent inclement […]

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu Signs Fossil Divestment Ordinance

Newly-elected Boston Mayor Michelle Wu signed an ordinance Monday designed to divest the city from fossil fuels. The ordinance will prohibit the use of public funds from being invested in the stocks, securities, or other obligations of any company that derives more than 15% of its revenue from fossil fuels. The measure also extends to […]