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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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The Centre Of Canada’s Anti-Wind Movement

As the Nation surpasses 10,000 MW of Capacity

By Roy L Hales

The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWea) recently announced that “with the commissioning of the K2 Wind Power Project in southwestern Ontario this month, Canada has now become the 7th country in the world to surpass 10,000 MW of installed wind energy capacity.” Ontario has more turbines than any other province and is also the center of Canada’s anti-wind movement.

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Two conflicting Aspects of Ontario’s Green Revolution

By Roy L Hales

Two conflicting aspects of Ontario’s Green Revolution are immediately obvious. At a time when most of Canada’s emissions are rising, Ontario’s are falling. You can see the drop in electricity sector emissions in the graph below. By 2012, all of Ontario’s emissions were 5.9% below 1990 levels and the rest of Canada’s was 18% above. Yet there is serious opposition to renewable energy. Eighty-six municipalities have declared they are not willing hosts for the continued spread of wind energy projects.

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