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Will Trudeau Protect Canada’s Environment?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMCanada’s new government faces tough challenges. They were elected on a wave of frustration with the previous regime’s petro-politics. Understandably, the oil and gas industry was “very concerned.” Up until now, corporate concerns have taken a priority over the welfare and desires of ordinary Canadians. Yesterday, the government announced a comprehensive review of environmental and regulatory processes. Will Trudeau protect Canada’s environment?

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What Does Canada’s New Budget Say About The Environment?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThe environmental community has been watching Justin Trudeau’s Liberals closely, to see how they live up to their promise to give Canada a low carbon, climate resistant economy. The new government’s performance at COP 21 was nothing less than stellar. While the Federal government’s meeting with the province’s in Vancouver failed to achieve much beyond an agreement that carbon will be priced, the herd is now moving. News from the  environmental assessment front is less encouraging: the National energy Board’s flawed Trans Mountain Pipline Expansion hearings are continuing and Catherine McKenna appears to have just rubber stamped the Woodfibre LNG project. So what does Canada’s new Budget say about the environment?
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COP 21 reached An Agreement

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1COP 21 reached an agreement. Fossil fuel usage will be phased out by 2050. The international community will adopt a goal of keeping the global temperature rise at 1.5 degrees, but does not yet have the pledges that will make this possible. According to Adam Scott of Environmental Defence, in Paris, the current pledges will only limit the  rise to 3 degrees.

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BC says NO to “Canadian Energy Strategy”

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1According to the Globe and Mail, Canadian Premiers are about to sign an agreement that would fast track pipeline projects. The 34-page-report describes how to deal with the opposition  Energy East, Kinder Morgan, Northern Gateway and Keystone XL faced from  environmental groups and First Nations.  It suggests that red tape be cut down, so decisions can be quicker. If the initial responses from community leaders an indication, BC says NO to “Canadian Energy Strategy”.
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