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70% Of Canadians Want A Clean Energy Transition ASAP

By Roy L Hales

Though  Donald Trump’s election casts a long shadow on energy matters, a new poll finds that it is making little impact on public opinion north of the border. Only 17% of the respondents think Canada should follow Trump’s lead and  stick with fossil fuels. “If anything, this survey suggests that the new U.S. leader’s position actually makes Canadians more inclined to support clean energy here at home,” said Merran Smith, Executive Director, Clean Energy Canada. They perceive the future in terms of a low carbon economy and 70% of Canadians want a clean energy transition asap.

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How far has the Vancouver Declaration taken us?

By Roy L Hales

After two days of sometimes heated meetings behind closed door, Canada’s first ministers emerged with an agreement as to their overall goals for a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy.  The contentious issues, like carbon pricing mechanisms, emissions caps and oil pipelines, have been left for another First Ministers meeting in the fall. So How far has the Vancouver Declaration taken us?

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Has Canada Come Back?

By Roy L Hales

The Canadian delegation in Paris is more than 250 strong. In addition to the Prime Minister, five Premiers, representatives from the provinces and Territories whose Premiers did not attend, representatives from all the opposition parties, twenty negotiators, support staff, personal from the Canadian embassy in Paris, mayors, business people, youth leaders,  environmentalists and reporters. There has never been a Canadian delegation this large at any previous COP and the sheer size of this endeavour shows that  Canada is taking COP 21 seriously. After a decade of withdrawal from the fight against Climate Change, has Canada come back?

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Syrian Refugees By the Numbers

By Roy L Hales

President Barack Obama wants to settle 10,000 Syrian refugees in the United States by 2016. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has a much more ambitious goal, 25,000 by January 1, 2016. Both leaders are to be commended for their open heartedness, and face some opposition. Here is the situation on Syrian Refugees by the numbers.

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Will The Premiers Learn Anything In Paris?

By Roy L Hales

Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau is about to take most of our political leaders on a field trip. Elizabeth May, Thomas Mulcair, the leader of the Conservative party, and all of the nation’s premiers are invited. This will be an expensive outing. Will the premiers learn anything in Paris?

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