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Alberta is at risk of losing its standing as Canada’s go-to destination for renewable energy investment, as continuing uncertainty after its seven-month project moratorium collides with other provinces’ growing embrace of technologies like solar, wind, and battery storage.

‘Banana Republic’ Alberta Risks Losing Its Lead in Renewable Energy Development

Alberta is at risk of losing its standing as Canada’s go-to destination for renewable energy investment, as continuing uncertainty after its seven-month project moratorium collides with other provinces’ growing embrace of technologies like solar, wind, and battery storage.

Ontario Energy Minister Todd Smith is setting a “dangerous precedent” with legislation that overrides a decision by the Ontario Energy Board (OEB), say legal and environmental experts.

‘Unprecedented’ Bill to Overrule Ontario Gas Regulator Alarms Experts

Ontario Energy Minister Todd Smith is setting a “dangerous precedent” with legislation that overrides a decision by the Ontario Energy Board (OEB), say legal and environmental experts.

Nova Scotia’s electric utility will lose control over who gets access to the power grid under a change the government says is needed to help the province reach its energy goals, including to stop using coal by 2030.

NS to Set Up Independent Grid Operator to Boost Competition, Spur Transition Off Coal

Nova Scotia’s electric utility will lose control over who gets access to the power grid under a change the government says is needed to help the province reach its energy goals, including to stop using coal by 2030.

Canada’s Minister of Energy and Natural Resources John Wilkinson has announced C$50 million in federal funding to expand the Bruce Power nuclear facility in Ontario, where the provincial government is “betting big” on nuclear energy.

Canada Contributes $50M to Ontario’s Bruce Nuclear Plant Expansion

Canada’s Minister of Energy and Natural Resources John Wilkinson has announced C$50 million in federal funding to expand the Bruce Power nuclear facility in Ontario, where the provincial government is “betting big” on nuclear energy.

The federal Crown corporation building the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion now says the project's final cost will come in at about C$34 billion, 10% higher than its May, 2023 estimate of $30.9 billion, and more than six times above the original project price of $5.4 billion in 2013.

Trans Mountain Price Tag Jumps to $34B as Market Prospects Dim

The federal Crown corporation building the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion now says the project’s final cost will come in at about C$34 billion, 10% higher than its May, 2023 estimate of $30.9 billion, and more than six times above the original project price of $5.4 billion in 2013.

Canada’s plans for permanent transit funding could help double ridership on mass transit and reduce transport emission by 65 million tonnes by 2035—but only if the investment materializes, and comes with the right policies, finds a new report by Équiterre and Environmental Defence Canada.

Cities Need Targeted Funding to Double Transit Ridership, Cut Emission by 65 Mt

Canada’s plans for permanent transit funding could help double ridership on mass transit and reduce transport emission by 65 million tonnes by 2035—but only if the investment materializes, and comes with the right policies, finds a new report by Équiterre and Environmental Defence Canada.

As Victoria, British Columbia, commits to removing obstacles to green roof installations and Somerville, Massachusetts mandates their inclusion in new buildings, a Seoul case study underscores the positive social and environmental outcomes of such policy changes.

Green Roofs Deliver Critical Protection From ‘Severe Urban Heating’

As Victoria, British Columbia, commits to removing obstacles to green roof installations and Somerville, Massachusetts mandates their inclusion in new buildings, a Seoul case study underscores the positive social and environmental outcomes of such policy changes.

While some Canadian pension funds “made helpful but modest tweaks” to their climate policies in 2023, even the leaders in the field lagged behind international peers in their efforts to build climate urgency into their investment choices and exclude fossil fuels from their portfolios, a watchdog group reports this morning.

Pension Report Card Flags CPPIB’s ‘Ideological Commitment’ to Fossil Fuel Investment

While some Canadian pension funds “made helpful but modest tweaks” to their climate policies in 2023, even the leaders in the field lagged behind international peers in their efforts to build climate urgency into their investment choices and exclude fossil fuels from their portfolios, a watchdog group reports this morning.

Winter cycling is on the rise in Whitehorse, Saskatoon, and Montreal, fueled by robust camaraderie, a shared determination to exchange best practices, and the delight of navigating winter landscapes on two wheels.

Smart Street Design Makes Winter Cycling an Easy Choice

Winter cycling is on the rise in Whitehorse, Saskatoon, and Montreal, fueled by robust camaraderie, a shared determination to exchange best practices, and the delight of navigating winter landscapes on two wheels.

Facing allegations that its branding mantras like

Lululemon Consults With PR Titan Amid Greenwashing Allegations

Facing allegations that its branding mantras like “Be Human. Be Well. Be Planet” may indeed be false, athleisure giant Lululemon has enlisted the services of Edelman, a public relations firm known for its roster of high-profile fossil fuel clients.

The push for hydrogen could increase near-term global warming by half compared to directly burning fossil fuels for the same purpose unless its proponents fully account for climate pollution at every stage of production and in the fuel itself, concludes a new paper this week in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.

‘Blue’ Hydrogen Could Produce 50% More Warming than Burning Fossil Fuels

The push for hydrogen could increase near-term global warming by half compared to directly burning fossil fuels for the same purpose unless its proponents fully account for climate pollution at every stage of production and in the fuel itself, concludes a new paper this week in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.

A dozen environment groups and labour organizations are pleading with the Liberal government to end a political stalemate over its forthcoming sustainable jobs bill.

Pick Up the Pace on Sustainable Jobs Act, Groups Urge Ottawa

A dozen environment groups and labour organizations are pleading with the Liberal government to end a political stalemate over its forthcoming sustainable jobs bill.

Canada will have to install hundreds of thousands more heat pumps over the next three years than current sales trends indicate to get on track to decarbonize home heating and cooling by 2050, a webinar audience heard Thursday afternoon.

Canada Needs More Heat Pumps, But Shift to Electricity is Already Happening

Canada will have to install hundreds of thousands more heat pumps over the next three years than current sales trends indicate to get on track to decarbonize home heating and cooling by 2050, a webinar audience heard Thursday afternoon.

Canadians can tend to be divided on many issues, which will make for a lively year or more in the run-up to provincial and federal elections. But when it comes to climate, there is enough common ground for communicators to mobilize voters across different demographics and segments of interest, a recent national survey has discovered.

Climate Consensus Unifies Diverse Canadian Groups, Survey Finds

Canadians can tend to be divided on many issues, which will make for a lively year or more in the run-up to provincial and federal elections. But when it comes to climate, there is enough common ground for communicators to mobilize voters across different demographics and segments of interest, a recent national survey has discovered.

Despite industry perceptions, increasing consumer interest in distributed energy resources is not a

‘New Culture’ Will Help Utilities Unlock Power of Distributed Energy, Experts Say

Despite industry perceptions, increasing consumer interest in distributed energy resources is not a “death spiral” for utilities, experts have found. But to make best use of DERs, grids need better visibility on what goes on behind the meter.

A new development in Ottawa-Gatineau is capturing waste heat from a nearby paper factory for heating, using a district energy system that also channels chilled Ottawa River water to cool buildings in the summer.

Ottawa-Area Buildings Harness Heat from Nearby Paper Plant

A new development in Ottawa-Gatineau is capturing waste heat from a nearby paper factory for heating, using a district energy system that also channels chilled Ottawa River water to cool buildings in the summer.

Rooftop solar could—technically, and with lots of caveats—supply 100% of the electricity consumed in Canada’s residential buildings, and nearly half of what commercial and industrial buildings need, concludes a new technical report from CanmetENERGY.

Rooftop Solar Could Meet 100% of Electricity Needs in Canadian Homes—Technically

Rooftop solar could—technically, and with lots of caveats—supply 100% of the electricity consumed in Canada’s residential buildings, and nearly half of what commercial and industrial buildings need, concludes a new technical report from CanmetENERGY.

Experts are tackling the battery safety—at a stress-testing lab in Ottawa, and on an interagency panel in New York State that is redefining fire codes to curb potential safety hazards.

Ottawa Lab ‘Abuses Batteries’ to Test Safety as NY Fire Codes Evolve

Experts are tackling the battery safety—at a stress-testing lab in Ottawa, and on an interagency panel in New York State that is redefining fire codes to curb potential safety hazards.

The federal government is getting mixed reviews for proposing major regulatory changes that offer up more flexibility for power producers to burn natural gas and embrace carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, but contain no specifics on how the revisions would affect greenhouse gas emissions.

Ottawa Offers Grids More Flexibility to Burn Natural Gas, Use CCS

The federal government is getting mixed reviews for proposing major regulatory changes that offer up more flexibility for power producers to burn natural gas and embrace carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, but contain no specifics on how the revisions would affect greenhouse gas emissions.

The Canadian oil sands industry’s plans for a C$16.5-billion carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) megaproject in Alberta would likely be “scuppered” without continuing financial support from taxpayers, analysts at the Wood Mackenzie energy consultancy conclude in a report issued last week.

Alberta CCS Project Could Be ‘Scuppered’ without Permanent Subsidies, Industry Analysts Warn

The Canadian oil sands industry’s plans for a C$16.5-billion carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) megaproject in Alberta would likely be “scuppered” without continuing financial support from taxpayers, analysts at the Wood Mackenzie energy consultancy conclude in a report issued last week.

The federal government is setting out to rebrand its carbon tax rebate and minimize if not reverse a “profound” political liability, as polling shines a light on poor communication that undercut the policy’s popularity leading into the next federal election.

Ottawa Faces ‘Profound’ Political Impacts after Carbon Tax Messaging Falls Flat

The federal government is setting out to rebrand its carbon tax rebate and minimize if not reverse a “profound” political liability, as polling shines a light on poor communication that undercut the policy’s popularity leading into the next federal election.

The Manitoba government has dismissed the CEO of provincial utility Manitoba Hydro, Jay Grewal, two weeks after she warned the province could need new sources of electricity by 2029 or 2030 and indicated she planned to obtain the capacity from private wind developers.

Manitoba Fires Hydro CEO, Looks to Public Power to Meet Looming Shortfall

The Manitoba government has dismissed the CEO of provincial utility Manitoba Hydro, Jay Grewal, two weeks after she warned the province could need new sources of electricity by 2029 or 2030 and indicated she planned to obtain the capacity from private wind developers.

The global tug-of-war between Welsh steelworkers desperate to preserve their jobs and their India-based employer gunning to decarbonize while protecting profits, holds insights for others seeking a fair transition out of emissions-intensive industry—including workers at Canadian steel mills on a similar trajectory.

UK Steel Closures Show Risky Path to Decarbonizing Heavy Industry

The global tug-of-war between Welsh steelworkers desperate to preserve their jobs and their India-based employer gunning to decarbonize while protecting profits, holds insights for others seeking a fair transition out of emissions-intensive industry—including workers at Canadian steel mills on a similar trajectory.

Canada’s federal and provincial governments are pushing ahead with investments in wood biomass amid a larger shift to clean energy, but scientists warn the environmental costs outweigh the benefits.

Canada’s Wood Biomass Expansion Raises Environmental Flags

Canada’s federal and provincial governments are pushing ahead with investments in wood biomass amid a larger shift to clean energy, but scientists warn the environmental costs outweigh the benefits.

Natural Resources Canada is winding down its wildly popular Greener Homes energy efficiency grants, promising a new fund that is tailor-made for low- and moderate-income households and hoping to dodge the “massive fallout” that one energy advisor predicted for the work force that delivers the program.

UPDATE: Federal Budget to Include Revamped Greener Homes Grant

Natural Resources Canada is winding down its wildly popular Greener Homes energy efficiency grants, promising a new fund that is tailor-made for low- and moderate-income households and hoping to dodge the “massive fallout” that one energy advisor predicted for the work force that delivers the program.

The heavy industry sector is diverse, hard to decarbonize, and expected to be a key driver of a net-zero economy, writes Ross Linden-Fraser of the Canadian Climate Institute.

Explainer: Each Heavy Industry Has Its Own Path to Cutting Emissions

The heavy industry sector is diverse, hard to decarbonize, and expected to be a key driver of a net-zero economy, writes Ross Linden-Fraser of the Canadian Climate Institute.

The federal government will still fund local, provincial, and territorial governments for roadway maintenance, but will no longer help pay for “large” highway expansion megaprojects like Quebec City’s controversial Third Link, Environment and Climate Minister Steven Guilbeault said Wednesday, as he sought to quell a firestorm triggered by his remarks to a transportation conference earlier in the week.

Ottawa Will Fund Roadway Maintenance, Not ‘Large’ New Highway Projects, Guilbeault Says

The federal government will still fund local, provincial, and territorial governments for roadway maintenance, but will no longer help pay for “large” highway expansion megaprojects like Quebec City’s controversial Third Link, Environment and Climate Minister Steven Guilbeault said Wednesday, as he sought to quell a firestorm triggered by his remarks to a transportation conference earlier in the week.

A hidden-gem organization in Edmonton is helping small towns and municipalities in Alberta get the funding and technical assistance they need to implement money-saving, emissions-slashing climate action.

Support Centre Helps Alberta Towns Save Millions, Cut Emissions

A hidden-gem organization in Edmonton is helping small towns and municipalities in Alberta get the funding and technical assistance they need to implement money-saving, emissions-slashing climate action.

While several Ontario municipalities are equipped with climate plans, less than half of them publish reports on their progress, prompting researchers at the University of Waterloo to suggest that accountability and transparency can be improved through regulation.

Ontario Municipalities Lag on Climate Reporting, Finds Study

While several Ontario municipalities are equipped with climate plans, less than half of them publish reports on their progress, prompting researchers at the University of Waterloo to suggest that accountability and transparency can be improved through regulation.

A Canadian regulator’s pathway to net-zero is overly optimistic about slow-to-scale technologies, even as reliance on fossil fuels continues, finds a new report—but a course correction is possible through substantial policy upgrades that focus on reducing emissions and energy demand.

Canadian Regulator’s Net-Zero Plans Rife with ‘Optimistic Assumptions,’ Analysis Finds

A Canadian regulator’s pathway to net-zero is overly optimistic about slow-to-scale technologies, even as reliance on fossil fuels continues, finds a new report—but a course correction is possible through substantial policy upgrades that focus on reducing emissions and energy demand.

A climate-focused training program for construction industry professionals will be rolling out to more than 200 union training centres across the country over the next few months, Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU) announced last week, just as another union leader called for rapid passage of the federal Sustainable Jobs Act.

Building Trades Launch Training Program to ‘Connect the Big Green Dots’

A climate-focused training program for construction industry professionals will be rolling out to more than 200 union training centres across the country over the next few months, Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU) announced last week, just as another union leader called for rapid passage of the federal Sustainable Jobs Act.

Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) has signed up more than 100,000 households in six months for an electricity demand management program that is now Canada’s biggest virtual power plant, and North America’s fastest-growing.

100,000 Ontario Households Form Canada’s Biggest Virtual Power Plant

Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) has signed up more than 100,000 households in six months for an electricity demand management program that is now Canada’s biggest virtual power plant, and North America’s fastest-growing.

Canada has moved to the top of the list in an annual ranking of countries’ preparedness to build out their supply chains for lithium-ion battery manufacturing.

Canada Tops Global Ranking of Lithium-Ion Supply Chains

Canada has moved to the top of the list in an annual ranking of countries’ preparedness to build out their supply chains for lithium-ion battery manufacturing.

A program funding EV charging access across Canada is accepting applications until the last week of February—after a successful year of sponsoring 100% of the costs to install chargers in underserved communities.

Program Covers Full Cost of EV Charging Stations to Boost Access Across Canada

A program funding EV charging access across Canada is accepting applications until the last week of February—after a successful year of sponsoring 100% of the costs to install chargers in underserved communities.

Three citizens' groups are asking the Federal Court to review the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC)'s regulatory approval of what one expert calls a “glorified landfill” to permanently store a million tonnes of radioactive and other toxic waste just one kilometre from the Ottawa River.

BREAKING: Citizens’ Groups Ask Court to Stop ‘Glorified Landfill’ for Radioactive Waste

Three citizens’ groups are asking the Federal Court to review the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC)’s regulatory approval of what one expert calls a “glorified landfill” to permanently store a million tonnes of radioactive and other toxic waste just one kilometre from the Ottawa River.

Weak regulations, low demand, and a lack of skilled labour are blocking service providers along Canada’s deep retrofit supply chain from scaling up operations to make homes safer, more climate resilient, and more affordable to heat, says a recent report by Pembina Institute.

Canada’s Deep Retrofit Supply Chain Needs Help, Analysis Finds

Weak regulations, low demand, and a lack of skilled labour are blocking service providers along Canada’s deep retrofit supply chain from scaling up operations to make homes safer, more climate resilient, and more affordable to heat, says a recent report by Pembina Institute.

A C$1.8-billion budget gap is dragging down the City of Toronto’s plan to bring community-wide climate pollution to net-zero by 2040.

Big Budget Gap Has Toronto Falling Short on 2040 Climate Targets

A C$1.8-billion budget gap is dragging down the City of Toronto’s plan to bring community-wide climate pollution to net-zero by 2040.

Paris residents have voted to triple parking fees for SUVs—nine months after the Montreal borough of Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie began tying parking pass prices to the mass of the parked vehicle.

Paris Triples Parking Fees for ‘Bulky, Polluting’ SUVs

Paris residents have voted to triple parking fees for SUVs—nine months after the Montreal borough of Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie began tying parking pass prices to the mass of the parked vehicle.

Residents of a Montreal borough whose lack of tree cover produces an increasingly dangerous heat island effect in summer, are taking matters into their own hands with an initiative to say ciao to concrete.

Montreal Borough Launches Competition To Boost Green Cover

Residents of a Montreal borough whose lack of tree cover produces an increasingly dangerous heat island effect in summer, are taking matters into their own hands with an initiative to say ciao to concrete.

Natural Resources Canada is winding down its wildly popular Greener Homes energy efficiency grants, promising a new fund that is tailor-made for low- and moderate-income households and hoping to dodge the “massive fallout” that one energy advisor predicted for the work force that delivers the program.

‘Massive Fallout’ Feared as Ottawa Winds Down Greener Homes Grant Program

Natural Resources Canada is winding down its wildly popular Greener Homes energy efficiency grants, promising a new fund that is tailor-made for low- and moderate-income households and hoping to dodge the “massive fallout” that one energy advisor predicted for the work force that delivers the program.

Canada “has only begun to scratch the surface of its vast and untapped wind and solar energy resources,” and provinces will need to pick up the pace if the country hopes to meet its climate and energy targets, the Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA) concludes this week in its annual industry data release.

Provinces’ Renewables Growth Just ‘Scratches the Surface’ in 2023: CanREA

Canada “has only begun to scratch the surface of its vast and untapped wind and solar energy resources,” and provinces will need to pick up the pace if the country hopes to meet its climate and energy targets, the Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA) concludes this week in its annual industry data release.

A new study shows that produce from urban agriculture has six times the carbon footprint of conventional farms when emissions are linked to food alone—but the calculation changes when the social benefits of urban growing are factored into a more holistic assessment.

Urban Farming Shows Higher Carbon Footprint than Conventional Agriculture

A new study shows that produce from urban agriculture has six times the carbon footprint of conventional farms when emissions are linked to food alone—but the calculation changes when the social benefits of urban growing are factored into a more holistic assessment.

Ontario Power Generation is moving ahead with a plan to extend the life of the aging Pickering Nuclear Generating Station by decades, as the province tries to secure more electricity supply in the face of increasing demand.

Ontario Pushes Ahead with Pickering Nuclear Rebuild, Won’t Quote Project Cost

Ontario Power Generation is moving ahead with a plan to extend the life of the aging Pickering Nuclear Generating Station by decades, as the province tries to secure more electricity supply in the face of increasing demand.

The Canada Energy Regulator (CER) has approved the use of smaller pipe in a section of Trans Mountain Corporation’s pipeline to Canada’s West Coast, reversing its earlier refusal on safety grounds after the company warned that completion would be delayed by two years if its request was denied.

UPDATE: Trans Mountain Delays Pipeline Opening from First to Second Quarter

The Canada Energy Regulator (CER) has approved the use of smaller pipe in a section of Trans Mountain Corporation’s pipeline to Canada’s West Coast, reversing its earlier refusal on safety grounds after the company warned that completion would be delayed by two years if its request was denied.

Canadian power utilities will have to get better at sharing resources if the country is to meet its emission reduction and energy transition targets, according to a recent news analysis.

‘Astonishing’ Lack of Interties Blocks Canada’s Climate Goals

Canadian power utilities will have to get better at sharing resources if the country is to meet its emission reduction and energy transition targets, according to a recent news analysis.

An Ontario Energy Board decision on who pays for gas infrastructure in new developments has sparked a legal skirmish—and prompted the province's energy minister to launch a mission aimed at reversing it.

Ontario Minister, Enbridge Fight to Overturn Regulator’s Ruling on New Gas Installations

An Ontario Energy Board decision on who pays for gas infrastructure in new developments has sparked a legal skirmish—and prompted the province’s energy minister to launch a mission aimed at reversing it.

Amid a sprint to boost wind capacity, Hydro-Québec has selected Kingsley Falls, Quebec-based Boralex to deliver two new projects totalling 365 megawatts.

Two Boralex Projects Add 365 MW To Quebec’s Wind Tally

Amid a sprint to boost wind capacity, Hydro-Québec has selected Kingsley Falls, Quebec-based Boralex to deliver two new projects totalling 365 megawatts.

Two hydropower-rich provinces are being forced to import power from other jurisdictions due to severe drought in Western Canada.

Drought Forces B.C., Manitoba to Import Power

Two hydropower-rich provinces are being forced to import power from other jurisdictions due to severe drought in Western Canada.

Behind-the-meter solar could meet up to 3.7% of Canada’s electricity demand, save money for power utilities, reduce home energy use, and create more than 80,000 jobs in 2050, but only with better financing and supportive policies, concludes a first-ever national market assessment produced last year.

Behind-the-Meter Solar Could Create 80,000 Jobs by 2050

Behind-the-meter solar could meet up to 3.7% of Canada’s electricity demand, save money for power utilities, reduce home energy use, and create more than 80,000 jobs in 2050, but only with better financing and supportive policies, concludes a first-ever national market assessment produced last year.

The Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) and the Bank of Montreal have quietly formed a partnership aimed at financing energy retrofits in mid-sized residential and commercial buildings.

CIB, Bank of Montreal Plan $100M Fund for Commercial Building Retrofits

The Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) and the Bank of Montreal have quietly formed a partnership aimed at financing energy retrofits in mid-sized residential and commercial buildings.

An official review finds that communication failures were a primary cause of problems during the emergency response after six communities in the Northwest Territories faced historic flooding during the spring of 2021.

Review Flags Communication Gaps in NWT Emergency Flood Response

An official review finds that communication failures were a primary cause of problems during the emergency response after six communities in the Northwest Territories faced historic flooding during the spring of 2021.

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Alberta Water Agency Cuts Access for Fracking as Prairie Drought Continues

A water management agency in Alberta is cutting off access for oil and gas fracking operations as the province prepares for another summer of severe drought and a University of Saskatchewan water scientist raises serious concerns about groundwater levels.

One of Canada’s leading private charitable foundations has cleansed 99% of its investment portfolio of oil, gas, and coal assets, less than two years after pledging to do so.

McConnell Reports Investment Portfolio is 99% Fossil-Free

One of Canada’s leading private charitable foundations has cleansed 99% of its investment portfolio of oil, gas, and coal assets, less than two years after pledging to do so.

The pension fund that manages retirement savings for more than 21 million Canadians allowed US$100 million of those funds to be invested in industries now under the microscope after the Biden White House announced it would apply a climate test to liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports, a research and advocacy group says.

Canada Pension Plan Pours $100M into Fracking, LNG, as Biden Puts Industry Under Microscope

The pension fund that manages retirement savings for more than 21 million Canadians allowed US$100 million of those funds to be invested in industries now under the microscope after the Biden White House announced it would apply a climate test to liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports, a research and advocacy group says.

Beyond the immediate horrors unfolding in Gaza as the world watches, the mounting tragedy raises sobering questions for the global fight to protect our warming planet, writes climate communicator and organizer Kate McMahon.

Crisis in Palestine a Wakeup Call for Climate Leadership: McMahon

Beyond the immediate horrors unfolding in Gaza as the world watches, the mounting tragedy raises sobering questions for the global fight to protect our warming planet, writes climate communicator and organizer Kate McMahon.

Two Canadian provinces unveiled major moves last week to increase their supplies of renewable electricity, largely to serve skyrocketing demand from industry, while a third took criticism for an upcoming renewables procurement that won’t shift its reliance on natural gas peaker plants and nuclear generation.

B.C., Quebec Unveil Major Clean Power Expansions While Ontario Lags

Two Canadian provinces unveiled major moves last week to increase their supplies of renewable electricity, largely to serve skyrocketing demand from industry, while a third took criticism for an upcoming renewables procurement that won’t shift its reliance on natural gas peaker plants and nuclear generation.

Last week’s cold snap brought North America its lowest temperatures so far this winter, precipitating a flurry of reports about electric vehicle batteries failing in the cold—but EV drivers in some of Canada’s frostiest parts have their own story to tell.

EVs Endure Canada’s Deep Freeze Despite Cold Snap, Infrastructure Hurdles

Last week’s cold snap brought North America its lowest temperatures so far this winter, precipitating a flurry of reports about electric vehicle batteries failing in the cold—but EV drivers in some of Canada’s frostiest parts have their own story to tell.

Alberta's oilsands are releasing potentially hazardous compounds into the atmosphere at rates dozens of times higher than official estimates, newly published research suggests.

Oilsands Release Up to 63x More Pollution than Industry Reports, New Study Finds

Alberta’s oilsands are releasing potentially hazardous compounds into the atmosphere at rates dozens of times higher than official estimates, newly published research suggests.

Iyuhána Solar LP has been selected to build a 100-megawatt solar facility, Saskatchewan’s biggest ever, near the city of Estevan, provincial utility SaskPower announced yesterday.

SaskPower Announces 100-MW Solar Plant Near Estevan

Iyuhána Solar LP has been selected to build a 100-megawatt solar facility, Saskatchewan’s biggest ever, near the city of Estevan, provincial utility SaskPower announced yesterday.

After a series of electricity grid alerts in Alberta during the deep freeze earlier this month made headlines across the country, experts say power systems all across North America are increasingly at risk of being overloaded during severe weather.

Every Canadian Grid is Vulnerable to Extreme Weather: Industry CEO

After a series of electricity grid alerts in Alberta during the deep freeze earlier this month made headlines across the country, experts say power systems all across North America are increasingly at risk of being overloaded during severe weather.

Swedish battery manufacturer Northvolt AB is facing legal action and complaining about what it calls “sabotage” after the company began clearing trees for its C$7-billion manufacturing plant in Saint-Basile-le-Grand, east of Montreal.

Northvolt Faces Court Action, Sabotage at Quebec Battery Plant

Swedish battery manufacturer Northvolt AB is facing legal action and complaining about what it calls “sabotage” after the company began clearing trees for its C$7-billion manufacturing plant in Saint-Basile-le-Grand, east of Montreal.

A Quebec man who posted conspiracy theories online that forest fires were being deliberately set by the government has pleaded guilty to starting a series of fires himself that forced hundreds of people from their homes.

Conspiracy Theorist Who Accused Gov’t of Setting Wildfires Pleads Guilty… to Setting Wildfires

A Quebec man who posted conspiracy theories online that forest fires were being deliberately set by the government has pleaded guilty to starting a series of fires himself that forced hundreds of people from their homes.

Introducing car-free streets near Ottawa’s schools could reduce congestion, increase active transportation for students and guardians, and support community building, finds a new report, but the idea will only succeed with proper funding and execution.

Car-Free ‘School Streets’ Could Boost Health, Safety for Ottawa Students

Introducing car-free streets near Ottawa’s schools could reduce congestion, increase active transportation for students and guardians, and support community building, finds a new report, but the idea will only succeed with proper funding and execution.

Researchers at Carleton University in Ottawa are working to prototype an innovative, solar-driven heat storage system that could one day free remote communities in Northern Canada from reliance on costly and toxic diesel.

Solar-Driven Heating System Could Replace Diesel in Northern Communities

Researchers at Carleton University in Ottawa are working to prototype an innovative, solar-driven heat storage system that could one day free remote communities in Northern Canada from reliance on costly and toxic diesel.

A township south of Ottawa is experimenting with on-demand transit for its population of nearly 20,000.

Ontario Township Tries Out On-Demand Transit

A township south of Ottawa is experimenting with on-demand transit for its population of nearly 20,000.

A regulator’s pledge to plan for a “more ominous scenario” when faced with possible business risk—but not climate risk—has climate finance experts calling on Superintendent of Financial Institutions Peter Routledge to set higher expectations for Canada’s banks and pension plans.

Prepare for the Worst, Bank Regulator Says, But Not on Climate Risk

A regulator’s pledge to plan for a “more ominous scenario” when faced with possible business risk—but not climate risk—has climate finance experts calling on Superintendent of Financial Institutions Peter Routledge to set higher expectations for Canada’s banks and pension plans.

Ksi Lisims LNG, an Indigenous-owned floating gas liquefaction facility proposed in British Columbia, has secured a 20-year deal to sell some of its product to colossal fossil Shell, even as global LNG markets wither.

B.C. First Nation’s Big LNG Deal Could Face Weak Market Conditions

Ksi Lisims LNG, an Indigenous-owned floating gas liquefaction facility proposed in British Columbia, has secured a 20-year deal to sell some of its product to colossal fossil Shell, even as global LNG markets wither.

Internal documents from the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) suggest the province’s environmental liability for hundreds of thousands of oil and gas wells could be nearly triple the figure the agency announced earlier this week.

Alberta’s $33B Estimate for Oil Well Liability is 3x Too Low

Internal documents from the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) suggest the province’s environmental liability for hundreds of thousands of oil and gas wells could be nearly triple the figure the agency announced earlier this week.

Two gas-fired power plants going offline and a winter deep freeze were enough to trigger an emergency alert on the Alberta power grid last Friday and Saturday, prompting at least two provincial premiers to blame the shortfall on the wind and solar generation that eventually helped bring some relief to the system.

Alberta Premier Blames Renewables After Cold Snap, Idled Gas Plants Trigger Grid Emergency

Two gas-fired power plants going offline and a winter deep freeze were enough to trigger an emergency alert on the Alberta power grid last Friday and Saturday, prompting at least two provincial premiers to blame the shortfall on the wind and solar generation that eventually helped bring some relief to the system.

Unequal funding and gaps in Canada’s support for zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure are creating challenges for drivers in remote and rural areas while undermining the country’s efforts to meet climate targets.

EV Infrastructure Falls Behind in Rural, Northern Communities

Unequal funding and gaps in Canada’s support for zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure are creating challenges for drivers in remote and rural areas while undermining the country’s efforts to meet climate targets.

Cities are increasingly using heat from wastewater as an energy source, seizing the opportunity to cut emissions and expenses.

Vancouver Homes Draw Clean Heat From Sewer Pipes

Cities are increasingly using heat from wastewater as an energy source, seizing the opportunity to cut emissions and expenses.

With Canada coming out of a second year in a row when insured losses from severe weather and natural catastrophes exceeded C$3 billion, an insurance industry representative says 1.5 million households can no longer get affordable coverage for one of the most common weather and climate risks.

1.5M Households Can’t Get Affordable Flood Insurance as Severe Weather Losses Exceed $3B

With Canada coming out of a second year in a row when insured losses from severe weather and natural catastrophes exceeded C$3 billion, an insurance industry representative says 1.5 million households can no longer get affordable coverage for one of the most common weather and climate risks.

Climate change made December’s hyper-warm weather across Canada at least twice as likely, concludes a new rapid analysis released this morning.

Climate Change Made Canada’s Hyper-Warm December Twice as Likely

Climate change made December’s hyper-warm weather across Canada at least twice as likely, concludes a new rapid analysis released this morning.

What if there were a way for cities and towns across Canada to instantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve mobility, cut the number of stop signs dotting our streets, while improving safety?

Here’s How Cities Can ‘Instantly’ Cut GHGs, Improve Mobility and Road Safety

What if there were a way for cities and towns across Canada to instantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve mobility, cut the number of stop signs dotting our streets, while improving safety?

Ongoing efforts to reconnect Montrealers with their waterfront have received a significant boost, with the federal government announcing C$282 million towards repurposing the Bonaventure Expressway as a tree-lined urban boulevard for pedestrians and cyclists.

Montreal Expressway to Be Transformed into Pedestrian Haven

Ongoing efforts to reconnect Montrealers with their waterfront have received a significant boost, with the federal government announcing C$282 million towards repurposing the Bonaventure Expressway as a tree-lined urban boulevard for pedestrians and cyclists.

Winter has finally arrived for many Canadians, but dipping temperatures are no guarantee that conditions will be cold enough in the North to support the essential ice roads and bridges that serve remote communities there.

Some Northern Communities Left Isolated as Ice Roads Fail to Form

Winter has finally arrived for many Canadians, but dipping temperatures are no guarantee that conditions will be cold enough in the North to support the essential ice roads and bridges that serve remote communities there.

Canadian cities and towns seeing their budgets increasingly battered by historic fires, flooding, heat, and ice storms are warning they can't absorb rising costs without federal and provincial support.

Scores of Canadian Cities Face Budget Squeeze from Storms, Fires, Heatwaves

Canadian cities and towns seeing their budgets increasingly battered by historic fires, flooding, heat, and ice storms are warning they can’t absorb rising costs without federal and provincial support.

Canada’s transition to clean electricity is under intense scrutiny, and the centrepiece of the debate is the federal government’s proposed Clean Electricity Regulations published in August, 2023.

‘Pragmatic Changes’ Can Help Clean Electricity Regulations Succeed

Canada’s transition to clean electricity is under intense scrutiny, and the centrepiece of the debate is the federal government’s proposed Clean Electricity Regulations published in August, 2023.

Enbridge Gas is reopening its application for a 13-kilometre, C$123.7-million pipeline replacement project in Ottawa after the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) refused the project in May, 2022, even as the city moves ahead with plans to drastically reduce future demand for the natural gas the utility wants to sell.

Enbridge Gas Reopens Quest for Ottawa-Area Pipeline Replacement

Enbridge Gas is reopening its application for a 13-kilometre, C$123.7-million pipeline replacement project in Ottawa after the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) refused the project in May, 2022, even as the city moves ahead with plans to drastically reduce future demand for the natural gas the utility wants to sell.

As unprecedented drought in British Columbia diminishes hydropower output, utilities are urging their customers to reduce their electricity use this winter, even as they raise rates to cover the cost of importing power from outside the province.

B.C. Imports Power, Boosts Rates Amid ‘Extraordinary’ Year of Drought

As unprecedented drought in British Columbia diminishes hydropower output, utilities are urging their customers to reduce their electricity use this winter, even as they raise rates to cover the cost of importing power from outside the province.

The Canadian government’s “wartime effort” to speed up new home construction must incorporate net-zero or passive house building standards that “tackle both housing affordability and climate change in an integrated way,” Affordability Action Council members Cherise Burda and Brendan Haley write in an op ed published late last month in the Globe and Mail.

Ottawa’s Standardized Designs Must Deliver ‘Ultra-Efficient’, Resilient Homes, Analysts Say

The Canadian government’s “wartime effort” to speed up new home construction must incorporate net-zero or passive house building standards that “tackle both housing affordability and climate change in an integrated way,” Affordability Action Council members Cherise Burda and Brendan Haley write in an op ed published late last month in the Globe and Mail.

Energy cost savings, massive job creation, and energy security and sovereignty are among the motivations behind the overwhelming support for energy efficiency efforts in Indigenous communities, but the barriers to that work are often daunting, according to an exhaustive report released last month by Indigenous Clean Energy Social Enterprise (ICE).

Indigenous Communities Detail Community Support, Major Obstacles for Energy Efficiency Projects

Energy cost savings, massive job creation, and energy security and sovereignty are among the motivations behind the overwhelming support for energy efficiency efforts in Indigenous communities, but the barriers to that work are often daunting, according to an exhaustive report released last month by Indigenous Clean Energy Social Enterprise (ICE).

Typically weighing in at just one gram, the diminutive western chorus frog could prove a mighty impediment to Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s plans for Highway 413 if a federal impact assessment of the project holds sway.

Tiny Amphibian May Stall Ontario’s $8B Plan for Highway 413

Typically weighing in at just one gram, the diminutive western chorus frog could prove a mighty impediment to Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s plans for Highway 413 if a federal impact assessment of the project holds sway.

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Oil Companies Delay Emission Cuts Pending Results of Next Federal Election

With the 2025 federal election threatening to topple Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government, some oil and gas companies are delaying emissions reductions until they know the fate of the sector’s emissions cap.

The federal Crown corporation building the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in British Columbia has announced plans to begin filling the line in March or May, even as it warns that a pending regulatory decision could delay the construction project by up to 30 months.

Trans Mountain Aims to Fill Pipeline by May Despite Pending Regulatory Decision

The federal Crown corporation building the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in British Columbia has announced plans to begin filling the line in March or May, even as it warns that a pending regulatory decision could delay the construction project by up to 30 months.

Near the end of 2023, the government published its second nuclear fantasy of the year. The December statement declares that Canada will work with other countries to “advance a global aspirational goal of tripling nuclear energy capacity from 2020 by 2050.”

O’Donnell and Ramana: ‘PR Fairy Dust’ Has Canada Tripling Nuclear Capacity by 2050

Near the end of 2023, the government published its second nuclear fantasy of the year. The December statement declares that Canada will work with other countries to “advance a global aspirational goal of tripling nuclear energy capacity from 2020 by 2050.”

A new study casts doubt on Canada’s claims of sustainable forest management and sparks concerns about the future of its boreal forests, just as industry eyes its potential as a resource for affordable housing development.

‘Shocking’ Study Finds Logging Devastates Canada’s Boreal Forests

A new study casts doubt on Canada’s claims of sustainable forest management and sparks concerns about the future of its boreal forests, just as industry eyes its potential as a resource for affordable housing development.

Turbines at Prince Edward Island’s Hermanville wind farm may be at “high risk of imminent failure,” after two 56-metre blades snapped off one of the structures during high winds last month.

PEI Wind Farm Needs Major Repairs after Two Turbine Blades Snap Off

Turbines at Prince Edward Island’s Hermanville wind farm may be at “high risk of imminent failure,” after two 56-metre blades snapped off one of the structures during high winds last month.

After spending most of last year doling out big bucks for massive new electric vehicle battery plants, Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne says Canada is reaching the limits of its abundant renewable energy capacity, and making more electricity is going to be key to keeping the wins coming.

Canada Needs More Clean Power to Deliver on Green Industrial Strategy, Champagne Warns

After spending most of last year doling out big bucks for massive new electric vehicle battery plants, Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne says Canada is reaching the limits of its abundant renewable energy capacity, and making more electricity is going to be key to keeping the wins coming.

June 20, 2023: Global fossil fuel demand falls steeply, Canadian oil and gas producers are in for a major price squeeze, electricity use more than doubles to become the “cornerstone” of the country’s energy system, and oil sands producers face higher transition costs in the net-zero by 2050 scenarios released in mid-June by the Canada Energy Regulator (CER).

Steep Fall for Oil and Gas, Tough Times for Oil Sands as Canada Energy Regulator Mapped Net-Zero Future

June 20, 2023: Global fossil fuel demand falls steeply, Canadian oil and gas producers are in for a major price squeeze, electricity use more than doubles to become the “cornerstone” of the country’s energy system, and oil sands producers face higher transition costs in the net-zero by 2050 scenarios released in mid-June by the Canada Energy Regulator (CER).

December 18, 2023: The Alberta and Saskatchewan governments are isolating their provinces and their populations from a shift off fossil fuels that was already under way before this year’s UN climate negotiations, and will be accelerated by the final COP28 declaration, says Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault.

Alberta, Sask. Governments Isolate Themselves as Off-Fossil Transition Begins: Guilbeault

December 18, 2023: The Alberta and Saskatchewan governments are isolating their provinces and their populations from a shift off fossil fuels that was already under way before this year’s UN climate negotiations, and will be accelerated by the final COP28 declaration, says Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault.

October 24, 2023: A veteran U.S. energy consultant and attorney accused the nascent carbon capture and storage (CCS) industry of hypocrisy, after an industry report in October warned the technology won’t be able to meet the 2035 decarbonization goals in Canada’s draft Clean Electricity Regulations—even though they’re much the same targets Canadian CCS proponents first promised nearly a decade ago.

‘This Blows My Mind’, Critic Said, after CCS Centre Admitted It Won’t Meet 2035 Deadline

October 24, 2023: A veteran U.S. energy consultant and attorney accused the nascent carbon capture and storage (CCS) industry of hypocrisy, after an industry report in October warned the technology won’t be able to meet the 2035 decarbonization goals in Canada’s draft Clean Electricity Regulations—even though they’re much the same targets Canadian CCS proponents first promised nearly a decade ago.

March 14, 2023: The cost of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion mushroomed to C$30.9 billion in mid-March, prompting a surprised fossil energy analyst to admit that taxpayers will have to pick up a very large tab as a result.

$30.9B Price Tag Makes Trans Mountain Pipeline a ‘Catastrophic Boondoggle’

March 14, 2023: The cost of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion mushroomed to C$30.9 billion in mid-March, prompting a surprised fossil energy analyst to admit that taxpayers will have to pick up a very large tab as a result.

July 4, 2023: After a decade of touting the Trans Mountain pipeline as the solution to their economic woes, Canadian oil producers expressed “growing disappointment with the highly-anticipated project” as they looked ahead to rising costs to ship their product, Bloomberg News reported, in an early July story that is continuing into the new year.

Oil Producers ‘Disappointed’ as Trans Mountain Pipeline Nears Completion

July 4, 2023: After a decade of touting the Trans Mountain pipeline as the solution to their economic woes, Canadian oil producers expressed “growing disappointment with the highly-anticipated project” as they looked ahead to rising costs to ship their product, Bloomberg News reported, in an early July story that is continuing into the new year.

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Fossil Companies Face $50B Lawsuit Over 2021 Heat Dome Deaths

June 25, 2023: A county government in Oregon is suing more than a dozen fossil fuel companies for the costs it incurred in a 2021 heat emergency that killed at least 69 of its residents, in a move that could help prepare the ground for similar legal action in Canada.

July 7, 2023: Weeks after Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) triumphantly unveiled the biggest battery storage procurement in Canadian history, persistent questions remain about how much of that storage capacity will be powered by high-emitting natural gas, The Energy Mix reported in a mid-summer exclusive.

Big Batteries Likely Powered by High-Emitting Gas Under Ontario Grid Plan

July 7, 2023: Weeks after Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) triumphantly unveiled the biggest battery storage procurement in Canadian history, persistent questions remain about how much of that storage capacity will be powered by high-emitting natural gas, The Energy Mix reported in a mid-summer exclusive.

November 10, 2023: Falling prices of critical minerals will lead to a 40% drop in the cost of batteries for electric vehicles by 2025, with big implications for the pace of global EV adoption, Goldman Sachs Research reported in November.

EV Battery Prices to Fall 40% by 2025, Goldman Sachs Predicts

November 10, 2023: Falling prices of critical minerals will lead to a 40% drop in the cost of batteries for electric vehicles by 2025, with big implications for the pace of global EV adoption, Goldman Sachs Research reported in November.

May 7, 2023: Sweden's early shift from fossil-fueled heating to electric heat pumps suggests a carrot-and-stick approach of incentives and regulation could help Canadians achieve the lowered costs and 95% drop in building heating emissions that Swedes have enjoyed since the 1990s.

95% LOWER EMISSIONS: Sweden’s Shift to Heat Pumps Holds Lessons for Canada

May 7, 2023: Sweden’s early shift from fossil-fueled heating to electric heat pumps suggests a carrot-and-stick approach of incentives and regulation could help Canadians achieve the lowered costs and 95% drop in building heating emissions that Swedes have enjoyed since the 1990s.

October 26, 2023: The federal government sweetened its incentives for lower-income households in Atlantic Canada that replace oil furnaces with heat pumps, while suspending the federal carbon price on home heating oil for three years to give people time to make the switch.

Ottawa Boosted Atlantic Heat Pump Incentive, Suspended Carbon Tax on Home Heating Oil

October 26, 2023: The federal government sweetened its incentives for lower-income households in Atlantic Canada that replace oil furnaces with heat pumps, while suspending the federal carbon price on home heating oil for three years to give people time to make the switch.

August 3, 2023: Alberta put a booming renewable energy industry at risk and set a double standard in the way it treats renewable and fossil fuel development, clean energy groups said in early August, after the province slapped a seven-month moratorium on new solar and wind projects over a megawatt in size.

Alberta Slapped 7-Month Moratorium on Solar and Wind, Put Booming Industry at Risk

August 3, 2023: Alberta put a booming renewable energy industry at risk and set a double standard in the way it treats renewable and fossil fuel development, clean energy groups said in early August, after the province slapped a seven-month moratorium on new solar and wind projects over a megawatt in size.

November 10, 2023: The abrupt failure of the leading small modular nuclear reactor (SMR) project in the United States shone a light on public subsidies that might keep similar technology under development in Canada, even if it’s prone to the same cost overruns that scuttled NuScale Power Corporation’s Carbon Free Power Project (CFPP) in Utah.

Failed U.S. Nuclear Project Raised Cost Concerns for Canadian SMR Development

November 10, 2023: The abrupt failure of the leading small modular nuclear reactor (SMR) project in the United States shone a light on public subsidies that might keep similar technology under development in Canada, even if it’s prone to the same cost overruns that scuttled NuScale Power Corporation’s Carbon Free Power Project (CFPP) in Utah.

May 29, 2023: Thick plumes of heavy smoke filled the Halifax sky in late May as an out-of-control wildfire in a suburban community quickly spread, engulfing multiple homes and forcing the evacuation of local residents.

Out-of-Control Wildfire Burned Homes, Forced Evacuations Outside Halifax

May 29, 2023: Thick plumes of heavy smoke filled the Halifax sky in late May as an out-of-control wildfire in a suburban community quickly spread, engulfing multiple homes and forcing the evacuation of local residents.

February 22, 2023: Edmonton and Toronto's bid to become “15-minute cities” faced pushback from fringe groups—putting them alongside Oxford, England, in a battle against climate denial, COVID-19 misinformation, and hard-right extremism.

Fringe Conspiracy Theories Target 15-Minute City Push in Edmonton, Toronto

February 22, 2023: Edmonton and Toronto’s bid to become “15-minute cities” faced pushback from fringe groups—putting them alongside Oxford, England, in a battle against climate denial, COVID-19 misinformation, and hard-right extremism.

June 27, 2023: The Royal Bank of Canada faced international criticism for its continuing investments in coal mining and power generation, enabled by an October, 2020 policy that contains “two giant loopholes” for investments that many other financial institutions are turning away from.

RBC Scorched for ‘Giant Loopholes’ in Coal Investment Policy

June 27, 2023: The Royal Bank of Canada faced international criticism for its continuing investments in coal mining and power generation, enabled by an October, 2020 policy that contains “two giant loopholes” for investments that many other financial institutions are turning away from.

January 23, 2023: Denmark’s biggest bank declared an end to fossil fuel financing, after concluding that 99.9% of its carbon footprint came from financed emissions.

Danske Bank Quits New Fossil Fuel Financing

January 23, 2023: Denmark’s biggest bank declared an end to fossil fuel financing, after concluding that 99.9% of its carbon footprint came from financed emissions.

April 30, 2023: A mobile app is bringing transit on demand to a regional county municipality in west Quebec that has spent years looking for better, more convenient mobility to and from the Ottawa-Gatineau area nearby.

‘Too Good to be True’: Mobile App Brings On-Demand Transit to Quebec Communities

April 30, 2023: A mobile app is bringing transit on demand to a regional county municipality in west Quebec that has spent years looking for better, more convenient mobility to and from the Ottawa-Gatineau area nearby.

The company building the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is warning the project's completion could be delayed by two years if the Canada Energy Regulator does not allow a previously rejected request for a pipeline variance.

Trans Mountain Warns Regulator of ‘Catastrophic’ Two-Year Delay

The company building the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is warning the project’s completion could be delayed by two years if the Canada Energy Regulator does not allow a previously rejected request for a pipeline variance.

The Alberta and Saskatchewan governments are isolating their provinces and their populations from a shift off fossil fuels that was already under way before this year’s UN climate negotiations, and will be accelerated by the final COP28 declaration, says Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault.

Alberta, Sask. Governments Isolate Themselves as Off-Fossil Transition Begins: Guilbeault

The Alberta and Saskatchewan governments are isolating their provinces and their populations from a shift off fossil fuels that was already under way before this year’s UN climate negotiations, and will be accelerated by the final COP28 declaration, says Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault.

A constitutional challenge pitting 15 Canadian youth against federal climate change policy has new life, following a court of appeals ruling yesterday reversing a previous decision that the case should not go to trial.

Appeals Court Allows Youth Lawsuit Against Canadian Climate Policy

A constitutional challenge pitting 15 Canadian youth against federal climate change policy has new life, following a court of appeals ruling yesterday reversing a previous decision that the case should not go to trial.

Following many months of grassroots effort, a group of Ontario seniors determined to elicit greater transparency from Premier Doug Ford’s government have successfully pulled five long-delayed provincial documents on climate change adaptation into public domain.

Ontario Seniors Wrest Critical Climate Adaption Files from Ford Government

Following many months of grassroots effort, a group of Ontario seniors determined to elicit greater transparency from Premier Doug Ford’s government have successfully pulled five long-delayed provincial documents on climate change adaptation into public domain.

After slogging its way through a controversial plan to get new gas-fired power plants online, Ontario is stepping back into renewable energy procurement with calls for 5,000 megawatts of new non-emitting wind, solar, hydropower, or bioenergy capacity over the next decade, the province’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) announced this week.

Ontario Plans Procurements for 5,000 MW of Renewables

After slogging its way through a controversial plan to get new gas-fired power plants online, Ontario is stepping back into renewable energy procurement with calls for 5,000 megawatts of new non-emitting wind, solar, hydropower, or bioenergy capacity over the next decade, the province’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) announced this week.

Alberta’s moratorium last summer on new renewable energy projects was just supposed to be a pause, a breather for an overburdened regulator and concerned public to catch up with an industry growing beyond expectations.

Crucial ‘Stumble’ on Renewables Moratorium Could Cost Alberta ‘Forever’

Alberta’s moratorium last summer on new renewable energy projects was just supposed to be a pause, a breather for an overburdened regulator and concerned public to catch up with an industry growing beyond expectations.

As Alberta’s seven-month renewables moratorium nears its expiration in February, experts are hoping the agriculture and energy sectors can come together for agrivoltaics—with effective provincial regulation navigating competing land use priorities.

Agrivoltaics Can Win Alberta’s Land Use Competition, Experts Suggest

As Alberta’s seven-month renewables moratorium nears its expiration in February, experts are hoping the agriculture and energy sectors can come together for agrivoltaics—with effective provincial regulation navigating competing land use priorities.

Doctors in Canada are using billboard campaigns and a newly-published toolkit to warn policy-makers and the public about the health hazards of burning fossil fuels, as well as the deceptive tactics Big Oil uses to dodge these issues and delay change.

Doctors’ Billboards in Ottawa Condemn Fossil Industry for Causing ‘Health Emergency’

Doctors in Canada are using billboard campaigns and a newly-published toolkit to warn policy-makers and the public about the health hazards of burning fossil fuels, as well as the deceptive tactics Big Oil uses to dodge these issues and delay change.

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Is the LNG Industry Gaslighting the Path to Net-Zero?

As Canada grapples with the oil and gas industry’s methane emissions, dreams of LNG-fuelled prosperity rest on a shaky foundation of questionable assumptions, Shawn McCarthy writes for Corporate Knights.

The town council in Halton Hills, Ontario has voted 9-2 to turn down a proposal to build a new 265-MW gas plant on the site of the existing Halton Hills Generating Station.

Halton Hills Rejects Ontario Gas Plant Proposal

The town council in Halton Hills, Ontario has voted 9-2 to turn down a proposal to build a new 265-MW gas plant on the site of the existing Halton Hills Generating Station.

World Energy GH2 faces a delay in selling product from its Newfoundland and Labrador wind-hydrogen project until European buyers develop the new infrastructure they'll need for the fuel, the company has announced.

Delays Spark Concern, Skepticism about Canada’s Green Hydrogen Future

World Energy GH2 faces a delay in selling product from its Newfoundland and Labrador wind-hydrogen project until European buyers develop the new infrastructure they’ll need for the fuel, the company has announced.

Canada could scale up its behind-the-meter solar market 20- to 40-fold and end up with rooftop or onsite panels on one-third of the country’s homes by mid-century, concludes a first-ever national market assessment commissioned by the Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA).

Canadian Rooftop Solar Could Grow 20- to 40-Fold by 2050, CanREA Study Finds

Canada could scale up its behind-the-meter solar market 20- to 40-fold and end up with rooftop or onsite panels on one-third of the country’s homes by mid-century, concludes a first-ever national market assessment commissioned by the Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA).

As investors increasingly push for executive pay to be tied to climate targets, real progress depends on using the right metrics to track performance, says the Canadian Climate Institute (CCI).

More Canadian Companies Link Executive Pay to Climate Performance

As investors increasingly push for executive pay to be tied to climate targets, real progress depends on using the right metrics to track performance, says the Canadian Climate Institute (CCI).

Canada is on track to meet its interim emissions reduction goals for 2026 and getting closer to hitting its 2030 target, according to a federal modelling report released last week, while the COP28 climate summit in Dubai was in full swing.

Canada On Track to Meet 2026 Emissions Target, Federal Report Concludes

Canada is on track to meet its interim emissions reduction goals for 2026 and getting closer to hitting its 2030 target, according to a federal modelling report released last week, while the COP28 climate summit in Dubai was in full swing.

The warmest autumn on record in northern Canada is giving way to abnormal and dangerous winter heat and drought—along with much uncertainty—as El Niño continues to make its presence felt, five months into its onset.

El Niño Brings ‘Weird’ Warm Fall to Parts of Northern Canada

The warmest autumn on record in northern Canada is giving way to abnormal and dangerous winter heat and drought—along with much uncertainty—as El Niño continues to make its presence felt, five months into its onset.

With the world now committed to a transition off fossil fuels, Alberta needs an open public inquiry into how the province ensures oilsands producers can pay to clean up after themselves, says a report released Wednesday by a group of university researchers.

Alberta Communities Will Pick Up the Tab if Oilsands Cleanup Fund Falls Short, Academics Warn

With the world now committed to a transition off fossil fuels, Alberta needs an open public inquiry into how the province ensures oilsands producers can pay to clean up after themselves, says a report released Wednesday by a group of university researchers.

UN climate negotiations seemed certain to go into overtime Tuesday morning after the COP28 secretariat published a draft decision text that left out any clear timeline for phasing out fossil fuels and was dismissed as “unacceptable”, “incoherent”, “grossly insufficient”, and a “slap in the face” by angry, frustrated, and increasingly sleep-deprived delegates.

COP28 BETRAYAL: ‘We Will Not Sign Our Own Death Warrant’, Delegate Says, After Al Jaber Circulates ‘Unacceptable’ Declaration

UN climate negotiations seemed certain to go into overtime Tuesday morning after the COP28 secretariat published a draft decision text that left out any clear timeline for phasing out fossil fuels and was dismissed as “unacceptable”, “incoherent”, “grossly insufficient”, and a “slap in the face” by angry, frustrated, and increasingly sleep-deprived delegates.

After surviving a House of Commons filibuster by the Opposition Conservatives, Canada’s green transition jobs bill has made its way back to the House of Commons for another vote.

Sustainable Jobs Bill Inches Along Its Legislative Journey

After surviving a House of Commons filibuster by the Opposition Conservatives, Canada’s green transition jobs bill has made its way back to the House of Commons for another vote.

Recent media reports suggesting that the majority of Canadian women “support the production and growth of Canadian oil and gas” to make life more affordable do not reflect the results of a wealth of opinion research over the last two years.

Surveys Show Women Connecting the Dots on Climate Policy, Affordable Energy

Recent media reports suggesting that the majority of Canadian women “support the production and growth of Canadian oil and gas” to make life more affordable do not reflect the results of a wealth of opinion research over the last two years.

Canadian politicians are being accused of placing partisan interests ahead of the needs of hundreds of thousands of farmers awaiting the passage of Bill C-234, which aims to exempt fuels used in certain agricultural activities from the federal government’s signature carbon pricing policy.

Canadian Farmers Await Fate of Bill C-234 Amid Carbon Tax Strife

Canadian politicians are being accused of placing partisan interests ahead of the needs of hundreds of thousands of farmers awaiting the passage of Bill C-234, which aims to exempt fuels used in certain agricultural activities from the federal government’s signature carbon pricing policy.

COP28 President Sultan Al Jaber was pushing for a reference to fossil fuels in the final conference declaration, and an Arabic tradition of dialogue had government ministers “getting real about what matters”, as United Nations climate negotiations in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) entered their second-last day.

Negotiators ‘Getting Real About What Matters’ as COP28 Enters Final 48 Hours

COP28 President Sultan Al Jaber was pushing for a reference to fossil fuels in the final conference declaration, and an Arabic tradition of dialogue had government ministers “getting real about what matters”, as United Nations climate negotiations in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) entered their second-last day.

Canada's oil and gas industry will have to cut emissions by more than one-third within seven years or buy offset credits under a new federal policy.

Fossils Must Cut Emissions 35% by 2030 as Ottawa Unveils New Cap-and-Trade Rule

Canada’s oil and gas industry will have to cut emissions by more than one-third within seven years or buy offset credits under a new federal policy.

Transit Cape Breton is set to buy the first six of 44 electric buses that will help it hit its net-zero by 2030 target, thanks to C$54 million invested jointly by the federal and provincial governments and the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM).

$54M Buys Cape Breton Its First Set of e-Buses

Transit Cape Breton is set to buy the first six of 44 electric buses that will help it hit its net-zero by 2030 target, thanks to C$54 million invested jointly by the federal and provincial governments and the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM).

Without a rapid phaseout of fossil fuels, one in 12 hospitals worldwide run the risk of total or partial shutdown from extreme weather events by 2100, with North American facilities facing the greatest risk increase of 430% above 2020 levels, a new physical climate risk analysis finds.

One in 12 Hospitals Risk Shutdown by 2100 Due to Climate Hazards, Analysis Shows

Without a rapid phaseout of fossil fuels, one in 12 hospitals worldwide run the risk of total or partial shutdown from extreme weather events by 2100, with North American facilities facing the greatest risk increase of 430% above 2020 levels, a new physical climate risk analysis finds.

Canada’s annual climate emissions inventory won’t count smoke from a record year of wildfires, but it will list forests as carbon sinks—despite concerns that global heating has made them drier, more flammable, and increasingly, a source of emissions.

Climate Analyst Urges Balanced Reporting of Canada’s Wildfire Emissions

Canada’s annual climate emissions inventory won’t count smoke from a record year of wildfires, but it will list forests as carbon sinks—despite concerns that global heating has made them drier, more flammable, and increasingly, a source of emissions.

The science is clear—the 1.5°C target is only achievable if we stop burning fossil fuels. The political reality is also clear—we’re only going to do so if we stop drilling and mining them out of the ground in the first place. Finally, the practical reality is clear—we’re only going to stop this extraction if we do so in a manner that is very widely accepted as fair.

Fossil Fuel Phaseout Must Only Be Done Fairly: Athanasiou

The science is clear—the 1.5°C target is only achievable if we stop burning fossil fuels. The political reality is also clear—we’re only going to do so if we stop drilling and mining them out of the ground in the first place. Finally, the practical reality is clear—we’re only going to stop this extraction if we do so in a manner that is very widely accepted as fair.

Alberta took home a coveted Fossil of the Day award, Quebec became co-president of the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance, and the Saskatchewan government faced a blistering hometown parody of its $764,000 COP28 pavilion as the first week of make-or-break climate negotiations in Dubai drew to a close.

ALBERTA FIRST! Province Wins Fossil of the Day Award at UN Climate Conference

Alberta took home a coveted Fossil of the Day award, Quebec became co-president of the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance, and the Saskatchewan government faced a blistering hometown parody of its $764,000 COP28 pavilion as the first week of make-or-break climate negotiations in Dubai drew to a close.

A coalition of environmental and community groups is applauding a decision by the Nova Scotia and federal governments to deny a C$1.5-million bid to relaunch oil and gas exploration in the waters off the province.

‘Really Wise Decision’ as Ottawa, Nova Scotia Turn Down Offshore Oil Proposal

A coalition of environmental and community groups is applauding a decision by the Nova Scotia and federal governments to deny a C$1.5-million bid to relaunch oil and gas exploration in the waters off the province.

Canada became the first country to promise a 75% reduction in oil and gas industry methane emissions during the COP28 climate summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates earlier today.

Canada to Mandate 75% Cut in Fossil Industry Methane by 2030

Canada became the first country to promise a 75% reduction in oil and gas industry methane emissions during the COP28 climate summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates earlier today.

The Canada Energy Regulator has approved preliminary interim tolls that would see oil companies pay nearly twice as much to ship crude on the expanded Trans Mountain pipeline as what was estimated in 2017.

Interim Toll Allows Trans Mountain to Double Fee to Fossil Producers

The Canada Energy Regulator has approved preliminary interim tolls that would see oil companies pay nearly twice as much to ship crude on the expanded Trans Mountain pipeline as what was estimated in 2017.

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Low Funding, Fewer Deep Retrofits Limit Gains from Canada Greener Homes Program

A survey of building retrofits under the Canada Greener Homes program says funding limits are holding homeowners back from more extensive energy efficiency improvements, just as national polling shows an overwhelming majority of Canadians looking for relief on their home heating bills.

By standing before the Calgary Chamber of Commerce and pledging our national pension fund’s continued support for the Alberta oil and gas industry, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) CEO John Graham predictably told Alberta Premier Danielle Smith and her Big Oil allies exactly what they wanted to hear.

Canada Pension Plan ‘Flunks the Test’ by Cheerleading Alberta Fossils: DeRochie

By standing before the Calgary Chamber of Commerce and pledging our national pension fund’s continued support for the Alberta oil and gas industry, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) CEO John Graham predictably told Alberta Premier Danielle Smith and her Big Oil allies exactly what they wanted to hear.

Canadian climate hawks unveiled a stylish, new “emissions cap” and Alberta Premier Danielle Smith drew some serious attention over the weekend as watchdog groups began shining a harsh light on fossil industry influence at this year’s United Nations climate summit, COP28, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Fossil Lobbyists Join Canada’s COP Delegation as Climate Hawks Unveil Their Own Emissions ‘Cap’

Canadian climate hawks unveiled a stylish, new “emissions cap” and Alberta Premier Danielle Smith drew some serious attention over the weekend as watchdog groups began shining a harsh light on fossil industry influence at this year’s United Nations climate summit, COP28, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

More than 100 countries signed a global clean energy pledge, COP28 organizers touted an ambitious but voluntary methane reduction promise by oil and gas companies, and fossil fuel phaseout language faced steady opposition on the third day of United Nations climate talks in Dubai.

Renewables Pledge, Voluntary Methane Controls Lead Major Announcements at COP28

More than 100 countries signed a global clean energy pledge, COP28 organizers touted an ambitious but voluntary methane reduction promise by oil and gas companies, and fossil fuel phaseout language faced steady opposition on the third day of United Nations climate talks in Dubai.

Alberta Premier Danielle Smith’s wielding of her province’s Sovereignty Act to fight the 2035 net-zero provisions in federal Clean Electricity Regulations is “a bunch of political theatre,” a legal expert says, while clean energy advocates express concern that the “unnecessary” move could thwart clean energy investment in the province.

Alberta’s Sovereignty Act a ‘Bunch of Political Theatre’, Legal Experts Say

Alberta Premier Danielle Smith’s wielding of her province’s Sovereignty Act to fight the 2035 net-zero provisions in federal Clean Electricity Regulations is “a bunch of political theatre,” a legal expert says, while clean energy advocates express concern that the “unnecessary” move could thwart clean energy investment in the province.

The Canadian government is stepping back from a pledge that taxpayer subsidies won’t support carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) projects that help fossil producers extract more oil from older, depleted wells.

Ottawa Pivots to Subsidize CCUS Projects that Use Captured CO2 to Extract More Oil

The Canadian government is stepping back from a pledge that taxpayer subsidies won’t support carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) projects that help fossil producers extract more oil from older, depleted wells.

The Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) is on a path to net-zero emissions after launching a 4.86-megawatt solar farm that will power 1,200 homes and prevent 4,700 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year.

Alberta Métis Solar Farm Delivers 4.86 MW, Builds ‘Sovereignty and Self-Sufficiency’

The Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) is on a path to net-zero emissions after launching a 4.86-megawatt solar farm that will power 1,200 homes and prevent 4,700 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year.

Tech giant Amazon is investing in its first Canadian wind farm.

Amazon Invests in 495-MW Alberta Wind Farm

Tech giant Amazon is investing in its first Canadian wind farm.

Poor planning, funding shortages, and plans to build new critical mineral mines are imperilling Yukon’s plan to reduce emissions 45% by 2030, even as the territory’s climate leadership council maps out a pathway to success.

Yukon Falls Short on Renewables after Climate Council Maps Decarbonization Path

Poor planning, funding shortages, and plans to build new critical mineral mines are imperilling Yukon’s plan to reduce emissions 45% by 2030, even as the territory’s climate leadership council maps out a pathway to success.

As Toronto celebrates a big win for transit funding and British Columbia pushes ahead towards greenlighting density near transit, the City of Ottawa is being urged to up its transit game, while Edmonton struggles with its electric bus fleet.

Toronto Lands Transit Funding as Ottawa Council ‘Ties Hands’ with Budget Deficits

As Toronto celebrates a big win for transit funding and British Columbia pushes ahead towards greenlighting density near transit, the City of Ottawa is being urged to up its transit game, while Edmonton struggles with its electric bus fleet.

Northwest Territories communities along the Mackenzie River are facing massive supply chain problems as climate change steadily dries up one of the country’s mightiest waterways.

Dried Up ‘River Highway’ Spells Trouble for Mackenzie Valley Communities

Northwest Territories communities along the Mackenzie River are facing massive supply chain problems as climate change steadily dries up one of the country’s mightiest waterways.

The District of Squamish in British Columbia has voted 5-2 to support the Sue Big Oil campaign, a class action lawsuit seeking to hold fossil companies accountable for their fair share of local climate damages.

Squamish Council Supports Lawsuit Against Big Oil

The District of Squamish in British Columbia has voted 5-2 to support the Sue Big Oil campaign, a class action lawsuit seeking to hold fossil companies accountable for their fair share of local climate damages.

Canada is one of nearly 30 countries that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) may have tried to target for oil and gas trade deals when they met with COP28 President-Designate Sultan al Jaber in the lead-up to UN climate negotiations that open this week in Dubai, according to a news exposé published Monday morning.

UAE Briefing Targets Canada for LNG Deals During COP28 Climate Discussions

Canada is one of nearly 30 countries that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) may have tried to target for oil and gas trade deals when they met with COP28 President-Designate Sultan al Jaber in the lead-up to UN climate negotiations that open this week in Dubai, according to a news exposé published Monday morning.

The Canadian government's allocation of C$7 billion to carbon contracts for difference in this fall’s fiscal update will promote a stable environment for companies looking to invest in a low-carbon future, policy experts say.

Canada Commits $7B to Carbon Contracts For Difference

The Canadian government’s allocation of C$7 billion to carbon contracts for difference in this fall’s fiscal update will promote a stable environment for companies looking to invest in a low-carbon future, policy experts say.

The window is closing on the federal government to deliver on its promise to introduce a strong carbon emissions cap for the oil and gas sector, Canada’s most polluting sector.

Canada Needs a Big Climate Win, Tied to Affordability

The window is closing on the federal government to deliver on its promise to introduce a strong carbon emissions cap for the oil and gas sector, Canada’s most polluting sector.

Leading mining companies are looking to offload their coal assets amid the global push for decarbonization, while one industry group tries to rebrand itself green.

Coal Giants Teck, Glencore Plan Exit as Trade Group Pitches Ludicrous Clean Rebrand

Leading mining companies are looking to offload their coal assets amid the global push for decarbonization, while one industry group tries to rebrand itself green.

Emissions of a potent greenhouse gas from Alberta's fossil industry are underestimated by nearly 50%, according to a new study from one of Canada's premier climate labs.

Alberta Fossils Undercount Methane by 50% as Ottawa Touts New Rules

Emissions of a potent greenhouse gas from Alberta’s fossil industry are underestimated by nearly 50%, according to a new study from one of Canada’s premier climate labs.

A spill of surface runoff from a containment pond at Suncor Energy's Fort Hills oilsands site may have spanned more than a year, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has announced, far more and for far longer than the company originally revealed.

Suncor Reports Another Spill After AER Declines to Rethink Fort Hill Expansion

A spill of surface runoff from a containment pond at Suncor Energy’s Fort Hills oilsands site may have spanned more than a year, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has announced, far more and for far longer than the company originally revealed.

The Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) will have to reduce its climate pollution by an ambitious 9% per year to meet its 2030 climate targets, after the latest annual inventory of the region’s emissions showed an 8% increase in 2022—alongside a stunning 56% rise from gas-fired electricity over two years.

GTHA Emissions Rise 8%, Gas Plant Pollution Up 56% in Two Years, Despite Clean, Affordable Alternatives

The Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) will have to reduce its climate pollution by an ambitious 9% per year to meet its 2030 climate targets, after the latest annual inventory of the region’s emissions showed an 8% increase in 2022—alongside a stunning 56% rise from gas-fired electricity over two years.

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Seismologists to Probe Earthquake Risks of Carbon Injection

A seismology researcher at the Geological Survey of Canada has received a C$1.5 million grant to determine how to mitigate the risks of earthquakes caused by the process of injecting liquified carbon dioxide for storage underground during carbon capture and storage (CCS).

End-of-life recovery, reuse, and recycling of electric vehicle batteries could help reduce demand for newly-extracted critical minerals, but depend on energy-intensive processes that produce their own hazardous emissions and waste streams, the. York University’s Mark Winfield cautions in a recent post for Policy Options.

Canada Needs Strong Regime for End-of-Life Battery Management

End-of-life recovery, reuse, and recycling of electric vehicle batteries could help reduce demand for newly-extracted critical minerals, but depend on energy-intensive processes that produce their own hazardous emissions and waste streams, the. York University’s Mark Winfield cautions in a recent post for Policy Options.

The “grossly exaggerated if not outright false” messaging in the Alberta government’s C$8-million “Tell the Feds” ad campaign is just “a thinly disguised attempt to enlist ordinary Canadians in Alberta’s unyielding service to the fossil fuel industry,” University of Calgary law professor Martin Olszynski writes in an opinion piece for the Globe and Mail.

UCalgary Law Prof Scorches Alberta’s ‘Freeze in the Dark’ Ad Campaign

The “grossly exaggerated if not outright false” messaging in the Alberta government’s C$8-million “Tell the Feds” ad campaign is just “a thinly disguised attempt to enlist ordinary Canadians in Alberta’s unyielding service to the fossil fuel industry,” University of Calgary law professor Martin Olszynski writes in an opinion piece for the Globe and Mail.

In response to Canada's concurrent affordable housing and climate crises, policy experts and community leaders are uniting in a newly-established council to develop

Connect Climate Action to Affordable Housing, New Council Urges

In response to Canada’s concurrent affordable housing and climate crises, policy experts and community leaders are uniting in a newly-established council to develop “all-in” solutions that give Canadians better access to basic necessities.

While the Canadian and some provincial governments pitch incentives for private developers in a bid to ease the country’s affordable housing crisis, Quebec is devoting $1.8 billion in federal and provincial dollars to public housing, co-ops, and non-profits.

Quebec Stands Its Ground, Leads Other Provinces with $1.8B for Non-Market Housing

While the Canadian and some provincial governments pitch incentives for private developers in a bid to ease the country’s affordable housing crisis, Quebec is devoting $1.8 billion in federal and provincial dollars to public housing, co-ops, and non-profits.

As the City of Ottawa awaits a provincial greenlight to build two high rises looming over its iconic Central Experimental Farm (CEF), the facility’s crop scientists are voicing concerns that the towers will cast a shadow over sensitive food research crucial to an overheating world.

Ottawa’s Intensification Push Could Overshadow Critical Crop Research

As the City of Ottawa awaits a provincial greenlight to build two high rises looming over its iconic Central Experimental Farm (CEF), the facility’s crop scientists are voicing concerns that the towers will cast a shadow over sensitive food research crucial to an overheating world.

On the eve of a landmark Senate committee hearing on Sen. Rosa Galvez’ Climate-Aligned Finance Act, Bill S-243, one of Canada’s leading climate finance experts says it’s time for federal politicians and regulators to pick up the pace on a crucial piece of the climate transition puzzle.

Time to Align Finance Sector with Net-Zero Targets, Landmark Senate Hearing Shows

On the eve of a landmark Senate committee hearing on Sen. Rosa Galvez’ Climate-Aligned Finance Act, Bill S-243, one of Canada’s leading climate finance experts says it’s time for federal politicians and regulators to pick up the pace on a crucial piece of the climate transition puzzle.

Nurses and other health practitioners in Ontario are dismissing their pension plan’s climate investment strategy as

Ontario Health Workers Push Pension Fund to Divest Fossil Fuels by 2025

Nurses and other health practitioners in Ontario are dismissing their pension plan’s climate investment strategy as “greenwashing nonsense” and urging the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) to defend public health by dumping its C$1.6 billion in fossil fuel holdings.

Canada’s mandate for 100% zero-emission vehicle sales by 2035 will have a big impact on automakers and consumers, a panel of experts recently agreed—but some divergent perspectives emerged on the merits and drawbacks of the mandate.

Strong Climate Policy Backs Canada’s ZEV Transition, Experts Say

Canada’s mandate for 100% zero-emission vehicle sales by 2035 will have a big impact on automakers and consumers, a panel of experts recently agreed—but some divergent perspectives emerged on the merits and drawbacks of the mandate.

Sen. Rosa Galvez’ Climate-Aligned Finance Act, Bill S-243, will receive a hearing before the Senate Banking, Commerce, and Economy Committee Wednesday afternoon, the committee announced this morning.

BREAKING: Climate-Aligned Finance Act Goes to Senate Committee Wednesday

Sen. Rosa Galvez’ Climate-Aligned Finance Act, Bill S-243, will receive a hearing before the Senate Banking, Commerce, and Economy Committee Wednesday afternoon, the committee announced this morning.

Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) is asking for more time and flexibility to implement the federal government’s proposed Clean Electricity Regulations (CER), in a submission that analysts say downplays the province’s renewable energy potential but is still a model for the way other jurisdictions could respond to the new rules.

Ontario Asks for More Time, Flexibility on Clean Electricity Regs

Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) is asking for more time and flexibility to implement the federal government’s proposed Clean Electricity Regulations (CER), in a submission that analysts say downplays the province’s renewable energy potential but is still a model for the way other jurisdictions could respond to the new rules.

Aggressive policy at all levels of government can help Canada avoid 100 megatonnes of carbon emissions per year while building the 5.8 million new units that will be needed to solve the housing crisis, concludes an analysis released this week by the Task Force for Housing & Climate.

Strong Policy Can Slash Emissions as Canada Tackles Housing Affordability

Aggressive policy at all levels of government can help Canada avoid 100 megatonnes of carbon emissions per year while building the 5.8 million new units that will be needed to solve the housing crisis, concludes an analysis released this week by the Task Force for Housing & Climate.

Canada has all the technological tools it needs to decarbonize its building sector, but daunting challenges remain at the system level, said a panel of experts at a recent climate conference held in Ottawa.

Boost Building Efficiency to Meet Climate Goals, Experts Urge Canada

Canada has all the technological tools it needs to decarbonize its building sector, but daunting challenges remain at the system level, said a panel of experts at a recent climate conference held in Ottawa.

Canada’s first community-wide smart grid system is in the spotlight after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attended the C$34-million facility’s official launch in Sault Ste. Marie last Friday.

Trudeau Applauds Canada’s First City-Wide Smart Grid

Canada’s first community-wide smart grid system is in the spotlight after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attended the C$34-million facility’s official launch in Sault Ste. Marie last Friday.

One of Quebec's youngest mayors announced last week she will be stepping down, suffering the effects of burnout from handling last summer’s historic wildfire season in her northern community.

Chapais, Quebec Mayor Resigns After Leading Town Through Wildfire Crisis

One of Quebec’s youngest mayors announced last week she will be stepping down, suffering the effects of burnout from handling last summer’s historic wildfire season in her northern community.

A plan is now in place to create the kind of detailed flood plain maps that some of Nova Scotia's emergency managers said they lacked when torrential flooding hit their communities in July.

New NS Flood Plain Maps May Miss Storm Severity that Killed 4 Last Summer

A plan is now in place to create the kind of detailed flood plain maps that some of Nova Scotia’s emergency managers said they lacked when torrential flooding hit their communities in July.

A trio of writers in Halifax is accusing Alberta Premier Danielle Smith’s government of misinformation over its “freezing in the dark” propaganda campaign, just as two energy analysts declare one of Smith’s favourite fossil fuels, natural gas, a “dying commodity”.

NS Writers Scorch Alberta Govt ‘Snake Oil’ While Analysts Cite Gas as ‘Dying Commodity’

A trio of writers in Halifax is accusing Alberta Premier Danielle Smith’s government of misinformation over its “freezing in the dark” propaganda campaign, just as two energy analysts declare one of Smith’s favourite fossil fuels, natural gas, a “dying commodity”.

Regional impacts of the low-carbon transition, as well as the overall pace of change and the scope of Ottawa’s investments in carbon capture and storage (CCS), emerged as key discussion points at a meeting of the Senate Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee earlier this month.

Senators Probe Pace of Energy Transition as Official Defends Controls on Fossil Emissions

Regional impacts of the low-carbon transition, as well as the overall pace of change and the scope of Ottawa’s investments in carbon capture and storage (CCS), emerged as key discussion points at a meeting of the Senate Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee earlier this month.

Falling prices of critical minerals will lead to a 40% drop in the cost of batteries for electric vehicles by 2025, with big implications for the pace of global EV adoption, says Goldman Sachs Research.

EV Battery Prices to Fall 40% by 2025, Goldman Sachs Predicts

Falling prices of critical minerals will lead to a 40% drop in the cost of batteries for electric vehicles by 2025, with big implications for the pace of global EV adoption, says Goldman Sachs Research.

The federal government has failed to properly communicate the affordability and job benefits of its emissions reduction plans, but carbon pricing is still a key piece of the puzzle as Ottawa moves from broad strategy to the nitty gritty of implementation, two key cabinet ministers said yesterday, during a moderated discussion at the Canadian Climate Institute annual conference in Ottawa.

Ottawa Must Tell a Better Story on Climate Plan, Address ‘Nitty Gritty’ of Implementation, Ministers Say

The federal government has failed to properly communicate the affordability and job benefits of its emissions reduction plans, but carbon pricing is still a key piece of the puzzle as Ottawa moves from broad strategy to the nitty gritty of implementation, two key cabinet ministers said yesterday, during a moderated discussion at the Canadian Climate Institute annual conference in Ottawa.

The abrupt failure of the leading small modular nuclear reactor (SMR) project in the United States is shining a light on public subsidies that might keep similar technology under development in Canada, even if it’s prone to the same cost overruns that scuttled NuScale Power Corporation’s Carbon Free Power Project (CFPP) in Utah.

Failed U.S. Nuclear Project Raises Cost Concerns for Canadian SMR Development

The abrupt failure of the leading small modular nuclear reactor (SMR) project in the United States is shining a light on public subsidies that might keep similar technology under development in Canada, even if it’s prone to the same cost overruns that scuttled NuScale Power Corporation’s Carbon Free Power Project (CFPP) in Utah.

Ontario is teeming with potential as a renewables market, while Southern Alberta will shine as a solar “hotbed,” says a solar project expert from PCL Solar, which in 2023 secured C$1.4 billion worth of new contracts across Canada, the United States, and Australia.

Solar Developer Names Ontario, Alberta as Top Renewables Hotspots

Ontario is teeming with potential as a renewables market, while Southern Alberta will shine as a solar “hotbed,” says a solar project expert from PCL Solar, which in 2023 secured C$1.4 billion worth of new contracts across Canada, the United States, and Australia.

Hoping to increase mobility for residents while eliminating transit emissions and slashing energy costs, a transit company in rural Quebec is switching its entire fleet to electric buses.

Rural Quebec Community to Electrify its Entire Bus Fleet

Hoping to increase mobility for residents while eliminating transit emissions and slashing energy costs, a transit company in rural Quebec is switching its entire fleet to electric buses.

Alberta communities ought to be beneficiaries of a nearly C$300-million renewable energy windfall the provincial government has received, with the funds used to expand the industry and help low-income people pay power bills, says the province’s NDP Opposition.

Let Communities, Ratepayers Gain from $282M Renewables Windfall, Alberta NDP Says

Alberta communities ought to be beneficiaries of a nearly C$300-million renewable energy windfall the provincial government has received, with the funds used to expand the industry and help low-income people pay power bills, says the province’s NDP Opposition.

A new resource helps cash-strapped municipalities build a business case for climate adaptation spending by appraising the greater cost of “doing nothing,” providing a practical budgeting tool for Canadian communities that increasingly face losses from climate-driven disasters.

‘Cost of Doing Nothing’ Toolbox Helps Cities Justify Climate Investments

A new resource helps cash-strapped municipalities build a business case for climate adaptation spending by appraising the greater cost of “doing nothing,” providing a practical budgeting tool for Canadian communities that increasingly face losses from climate-driven disasters.

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Blame Fossil Profits, Not Carbon Tax, for ‘Skyrocketing’ Prices: McKenna

As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s political adversaries frame a tax exemption for home heating oil as evidence that his climate policies clash with affordability, blame is diverted away from the fossil fuel companies who are the real culprits behind escalating prices, says Canada’s former environment and climate minister, Catherine McKenna.

With the federal government laying plans for a new loan guarantee program to help Indigenous groups invest in major natural resource projects, the discussion appears to have sidestepped clean energy options that already account for more than 600 projects in communities across the country.

Ottawa Mulls Loan Guarantees for Indigenous Resource Projects, Sidesteps Clean Energy Options

With the federal government laying plans for a new loan guarantee program to help Indigenous groups invest in major natural resource projects, the discussion appears to have sidestepped clean energy options that already account for more than 600 projects in communities across the country.

Hydro-Québec is getting credit for opening a conversation about the province’s energy future, but not for presenting the most affordable path to net-zero emissions, as experts dig into the details of the 2035 action plan the provincial utility released last week.

Mixed Reviews for Quebec Net-Zero Plan as Experts Cite Demand Reduction Challenges

Hydro-Québec is getting credit for opening a conversation about the province’s energy future, but not for presenting the most affordable path to net-zero emissions, as experts dig into the details of the 2035 action plan the provincial utility released last week.

Hydro-Québec will invest C$155 to $185 billion by 2035 and install 8,000 to 9,000 megawatts of new grid capacity, including 3,800 to 4,200 MW of new hydroelectric generation, under a new action plan released Thursday that pledges a decarbonized grid and a reliable, affordable power supply.

Up to $185B in Investment, 8 to 9 GW of New Capacity as Hydro-Québec Unveils 2035 Plan

Hydro-Québec will invest C$155 to $185 billion by 2035 and install 8,000 to 9,000 megawatts of new grid capacity, including 3,800 to 4,200 MW of new hydroelectric generation, under a new action plan released Thursday that pledges a decarbonized grid and a reliable, affordable power supply.

The offshore wind industry in the U.S. is running into severe headwinds due to rising construction costs and supply chain issues, just as a new report digs into Eastern Canada’s potential to capitalize on the technology.

Report Spotlights ‘Game-Changing’ Offshore Wind Potential in Canada as U.S. Projects Flail

The offshore wind industry in the U.S. is running into severe headwinds due to rising construction costs and supply chain issues, just as a new report digs into Eastern Canada’s potential to capitalize on the technology.

Saskatchewan’s natural gas utility could face hefty fines for not remitting the carbon tax to the federal government, and its executives may also face jail for failing to do so, federal legislation says.

Sask. Gas Utility Could Face Fines, Jail Time in Carbon Tax Dispute

Saskatchewan’s natural gas utility could face hefty fines for not remitting the carbon tax to the federal government, and its executives may also face jail for failing to do so, federal legislation says.

Two years after commissioning a smart microgrid in Lac-Mégantic, the town in Quebec’s Estrie region whose downtown was incinerated a decade ago by a runaway oil train, the federal government and Hydro-Québec are investing another C$3.7 million to make the project a model for other communities.

Lac-Mégantic Microgrid to Become Model for Local Communities

Two years after commissioning a smart microgrid in Lac-Mégantic, the town in Quebec’s Estrie region whose downtown was incinerated a decade ago by a runaway oil train, the federal government and Hydro-Québec are investing another C$3.7 million to make the project a model for other communities.

Canadians have “notable knowledge gaps” about the cost and performance of electric vehicles, which may be holding them back from making that first EV purchase, concludes a survey commissioned by Electric Mobility Canada (EMC).

‘Notable Knowledge Gaps’ Have Canadians Overlooking EV Benefits: Survey

Canadians have “notable knowledge gaps” about the cost and performance of electric vehicles, which may be holding them back from making that first EV purchase, concludes a survey commissioned by Electric Mobility Canada (EMC).

From cities like Ottawa and Calgary to a multi-agency initiative in the United States, the work-from-home trend combined with a deep affordable housing crisis has policy-makers looking at how to convert empty office space into apartments.

Converting Offices to Affordable Housing Could Boost Transit, Cut Emissions

From cities like Ottawa and Calgary to a multi-agency initiative in the United States, the work-from-home trend combined with a deep affordable housing crisis has policy-makers looking at how to convert empty office space into apartments.

City councillors in Kingston, Ontario, have voted in favour of “blanket municipal support” for new electricity projects, with an amendment to withhold that the support from any projects that use fossil fuels.

Kingston Excludes Gas from ‘Blanket Support’ for New Electricity Projects

City councillors in Kingston, Ontario, have voted in favour of “blanket municipal support” for new electricity projects, with an amendment to withhold that the support from any projects that use fossil fuels.

The C$2.9-million retrofit of a community centre in Pictou County, Nova Scotia, is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy use by 34%, save $356,000 in annual operating costs, and embody the centre's dedication to all-round well-being.

Pictou, NS Community Centre Expects $350K Annual Saving from Building Retrofit

The C$2.9-million retrofit of a community centre in Pictou County, Nova Scotia, is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy use by 34%, save $356,000 in annual operating costs, and embody the centre’s dedication to all-round well-being.

The Newfoundland and Labrador government has asked the company vying to build one of the country's first large-scale green hydrogen plants to provide more information about the project's impacts on the environment.

Nfld. Wants Closer Look at Local Impacts Before Approving Green Hydrogen Project

The Newfoundland and Labrador government has asked the company vying to build one of the country’s first large-scale green hydrogen plants to provide more information about the project’s impacts on the environment.

After a temporary but still dramatic climbdown on its signature carbon pricing policy, the Trudeau government is taking heat from multiple directions, with carbon pricing opponents demanding further concessions but other voices calling on Ottawa to double down on energy efficiency as the surest route to lower heating bills for the households in greatest need of relief.

Federal Carbon Price Draws Fire as Calls Build for Low-Income Energy Efficiency Plan

After a temporary but still dramatic climbdown on its signature carbon pricing policy, the Trudeau government is taking heat from multiple directions, with carbon pricing opponents demanding further concessions but other voices calling on Ottawa to double down on energy efficiency as the surest route to lower heating bills for the households in greatest need of relief.

A provincial climate summit in Calgary last week dove deep into what it will take to decarbonize the Alberta grid by 2035, while shining a light on the provincial policy gaps that are standing in the way.

Climate Summit Spotlights Disconnects in Alberta Energy Policy

A provincial climate summit in Calgary last week dove deep into what it will take to decarbonize the Alberta grid by 2035, while shining a light on the provincial policy gaps that are standing in the way.

The United Auto Workers strike in the United States is expected to end after the union struck a tentative deal with General Motors on Monday—following previous agreements with Ford and Stellantis—that could shape the future of electric vehicle production.

U.S. Auto Strike Ends with EV Worker Gains

The United Auto Workers strike in the United States is expected to end after the union struck a tentative deal with General Motors on Monday—following previous agreements with Ford and Stellantis—that could shape the future of electric vehicle production.

More than two-thirds of Canadians are unwilling to help cover the spiralling cost of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, a new survey concludes.

Canadians Want Oil Companies to Pay for TMX, Survey Finds

More than two-thirds of Canadians are unwilling to help cover the spiralling cost of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, a new survey concludes.

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) is considering allowing oil and gas companies to reduce their environmental liabilities on old well sites before the cleanup is certified complete.

Alberta Regulator May Let Fossils Reduce Liability Before Old Oil Wells Are Cleaned Up

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) is considering allowing oil and gas companies to reduce their environmental liabilities on old well sites before the cleanup is certified complete.

The federal government is sweetening its incentives for lower-income households in Atlantic Canada that replace oil furnaces with heat pumps, while suspending the federal carbon price on home heating oil for three years to give people time to make the switch.

Ottawa Boosts Atlantic Heat Pump Incentive, Suspends Carbon Tax on Home Heating Oil

The federal government is sweetening its incentives for lower-income households in Atlantic Canada that replace oil furnaces with heat pumps, while suspending the federal carbon price on home heating oil for three years to give people time to make the switch.

hey call themselves the “Dahn lab” graduates, and they're powering an unlikely, Halifax-based research hub for batteries designed to replace fossil fuels.

‘War on Climate Change’ Powers Halifax Battery Research Hub

hey call themselves the “Dahn lab” graduates, and they’re powering an unlikely, Halifax-based research hub for batteries designed to replace fossil fuels.

Focused pilot programs and supportive policies will enable Ontario to transition its fleet of more than 20,000 school buses from diesel to electric power for big environmental gains, healthier and happier school children, and substantial economic development.

‘Iconic Yellow School Bus’ Can Shield Child Health, Cut Emissions with Shift to Electric

Focused pilot programs and supportive policies will enable Ontario to transition its fleet of more than 20,000 school buses from diesel to electric power for big environmental gains, healthier and happier school children, and substantial economic development.

With water and wastewater systems accounting for at least 30% of public water consumption, and with about a quarter of all water in the built environment wasted, the role of water in the energy transition needs more attention.

District Energy Conserves Water, Cuts Emissions on Both Sides of the Great Lakes

With water and wastewater systems accounting for at least 30% of public water consumption, and with about a quarter of all water in the built environment wasted, the role of water in the energy transition needs more attention.

Montreal has introduced a ban on gas connections in smaller new buildings that will only eliminate 400 tonnes of climate pollution per year, but is meant to set the direction for bigger savings.

Montreal Gas Plan Delivers Small Savings, Aims for Bigger Momentum

Montreal has introduced a ban on gas connections in smaller new buildings that will only eliminate 400 tonnes of climate pollution per year, but is meant to set the direction for bigger savings.

A Vancouver organization with a 70-year history of delivering affordable housing for people who need it is renovating two decades-old seniors housing buildings to the Passive House energy efficiency standard, thanks in part to a C$10-million grant from the Green Municipal Fund (GMF).

Seniors Affordable Housing Retrofit Cuts Energy by 50%, Emissions by 93%

A Vancouver organization with a 70-year history of delivering affordable housing for people who need it is renovating two decades-old seniors housing buildings to the Passive House energy efficiency standard, thanks in part to a C$10-million grant from the Green Municipal Fund (GMF).

Nearly a hundred years after it was built for people seeking spiritual nourishment, a small church house near Quebec City is being transformed to help put actual food on the community table.

Old Quebec Church Reborn As Food Security Sanctuary

Nearly a hundred years after it was built for people seeking spiritual nourishment, a small church house near Quebec City is being transformed to help put actual food on the community table.

A veteran U.S. energy consultant and attorney is accusing the nascent carbon capture and storage (CCUS) industry of hypocrisy, after an industry report last week warned the technology won’t be able to meet the 2035 decarbonization goals in Canada’s draft Clean Electricity Regulations—even though they’re much the same targets Canadian CCUS proponents first promised nearly a decade ago.

‘This Blows My Mind’, Critic Says, as CCS Centre Admits It Can’t Meet 2035 Deadline

A veteran U.S. energy consultant and attorney is accusing the nascent carbon capture and storage (CCUS) industry of hypocrisy, after an industry report last week warned the technology won’t be able to meet the 2035 decarbonization goals in Canada’s draft Clean Electricity Regulations—even though they’re much the same targets Canadian CCUS proponents first promised nearly a decade ago.

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Get Serious About Cleantech Investment, Expert Urges Canada

While the United States rolls out hundreds of billions of dollars in clean energy funding through the Inflation Reduction Act, Canada’s initiatives are a mess, says climate and energy analyst Chris Bataille.

Intense disagreements over who manages and receives the money are threatening to derail a landmark agreement at last year’s COP 27 climate summit in Egypt—the decision to set up a loss and damage fund to help the world’s most vulnerable countries respond to climate impacts more severe than anyone can adapt to.

Loss and Damage Fund at Risk as Clock Winds Down to COP 28

Intense disagreements over who manages and receives the money are threatening to derail a landmark agreement at last year’s COP 27 climate summit in Egypt—the decision to set up a loss and damage fund to help the world’s most vulnerable countries respond to climate impacts more severe than anyone can adapt to.

With warmer oceans serving as fuel, Atlantic hurricanes are now more than twice as likely as before to rapidly intensify from wimpy minor hurricanes to powerful and catastrophic, a study said Thursday.

Climate Change Makes ‘Catastrophic’ Hurricanes Twice as Likely to Form

With warmer oceans serving as fuel, Atlantic hurricanes are now more than twice as likely as before to rapidly intensify from wimpy minor hurricanes to powerful and catastrophic, a study said Thursday.

Albertans need more facts and less fearmongering about the federal governments new Clean Electricity Regulations, and certainly not the “scary new marketing campaign” the provincial government has rolled out to oppose the new rules, two senior energy analysts write in an op ed for the Edmonton Journal.

Albertans Need ‘Facts, not Fearmongering’ on Ottawa’s New Clean Power Rules: Op Ed

Albertans need more facts and less fearmongering about the federal governments new Clean Electricity Regulations, and certainly not the “scary new marketing campaign” the provincial government has rolled out to oppose the new rules, two senior energy analysts write in an op ed for the Edmonton Journal.

New partnerships are taking shape between automakers, utilities, and other energy companies to tackle the power demand complexities of the shift towards electric vehicles.

Utilities, Automakers Team Up to Prepare for EV Growth

New partnerships are taking shape between automakers, utilities, and other energy companies to tackle the power demand complexities of the shift towards electric vehicles.

Residents of many Canadian provinces enjoy reasonably reliable electricity service, finds the Globe and Mail in a new analysis—but reliability differs among provinces, with services in the country’s northern territories remaining largely unexamined.

Atlantic Canada Fares Poorly in Grid Reliability Analysis

Residents of many Canadian provinces enjoy reasonably reliable electricity service, finds the Globe and Mail in a new analysis—but reliability differs among provinces, with services in the country’s northern territories remaining largely unexamined.

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Green Municipal Fund (GMF) will take a multi-solving approach to sustainability priorities in cities, while aiming to secure C$300 million in leveraged capital investments over the next three years to support its climate mitigation and adaptation solutions.

Green Municipal Fund Plots Course from ‘Project Support to Transformation’

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Green Municipal Fund (GMF) will take a multi-solving approach to sustainability priorities in cities, while aiming to secure C$300 million in leveraged capital investments over the next three years to support its climate mitigation and adaptation solutions.

Edmonton is joining a Canada-wide movement to revive downtown cores desolated by the rise of remote work, with forthcoming plans to help developers convert vacant office towers into apartments.

Edmonton Plans Incentives for Office-to-Apartment Conversions

Edmonton is joining a Canada-wide movement to revive downtown cores desolated by the rise of remote work, with forthcoming plans to help developers convert vacant office towers into apartments.

Transit-oriented development (TOD) is one of the keys to building sustainable communities where people can lead car-lite lifestyles, but treating it as a stand-alone mantra might also be a bit outdated, says Victoria city councillor Dave Thompson.

Look Beyond Transit-Oriented Development, Victoria Councillor Urges

Transit-oriented development (TOD) is one of the keys to building sustainable communities where people can lead car-lite lifestyles, but treating it as a stand-alone mantra might also be a bit outdated, says Victoria city councillor Dave Thompson.

Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante has joined a new United Nations group to involve local and regional governments in the effort to breathe new life into the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Montreal Mayor Joins UN Advisory Panel on Sustainable Development Goals

Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante has joined a new United Nations group to involve local and regional governments in the effort to breathe new life into the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Suncor Energy CEO Rich Kruger sought to defend his company’s pivot away from renewable energy, touted his own 40-year career as a fossil industry executive, and largely avoided a Member of Parliament’s questions on oil and gas companies’ liability for climate impacts in an hour-long appearance yesterday before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Natural Resources.

Suncor Boss Doubles Down on Oil’s Future, Ducks MP’s Questions on Fossil Liability

Suncor Energy CEO Rich Kruger sought to defend his company’s pivot away from renewable energy, touted his own 40-year career as a fossil industry executive, and largely avoided a Member of Parliament’s questions on oil and gas companies’ liability for climate impacts in an hour-long appearance yesterday before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Natural Resources.

The Trudeau government is assigning a new cabinet working group on regulatory efficiency, chaired by Labour and Seniors Minister Seamus O’Regan, to look at possible changes to the country’s environmental assessment process in the wake of last Friday’s Supreme Court decision on the federal Impact Assessment Act.

Oil and Gas Cap to Proceed While Feds Respond to Supreme Court IAA Ruling

The Trudeau government is assigning a new cabinet working group on regulatory efficiency, chaired by Labour and Seniors Minister Seamus O’Regan, to look at possible changes to the country’s environmental assessment process in the wake of last Friday’s Supreme Court decision on the federal Impact Assessment Act.

The news last month that U.S. President Joe Biden is launching an American Climate Corps is bringing new momentum to a similar effort in Canada, with one crucial difference—the British Columbia-based Climate Emergency Unit is calling for a national Youth Climate Corps where no young person who wants a good, green job will be turned away.

Youth Fill Out Mock Application Letters for Youth Climate Corps

The news last month that U.S. President Joe Biden is launching an American Climate Corps is bringing new momentum to a similar effort in Canada, with one crucial difference—the British Columbia-based Climate Emergency Unit is calling for a national Youth Climate Corps where no young person who wants a good, green job will be turned away.

Nova Scotia is opting for wind, solar, and battery storage over the proposed Atlantic Loop transmission megaproject as part of its plan to eliminate coal-fired electricity by 2030.

Nova Scotia Picks Wind, Solar, Storage Over Atlantic Loop

Nova Scotia is opting for wind, solar, and battery storage over the proposed Atlantic Loop transmission megaproject as part of its plan to eliminate coal-fired electricity by 2030.

A recent infusion of energy retrofit funding is promising substantial benefits for Calgary, Edmonton, and Hamilton.

Home Energy Efficiency Gets Funding Boost in Three Canadian Cities

A recent infusion of energy retrofit funding is promising substantial benefits for Calgary, Edmonton, and Hamilton.

Ontario’s biggest Passive House development opened in Windsor earlier this fall, a $39-million, 145-unit development meant to provide affordable living space to families, seniors, and others who need it.

Ontario’s Biggest Passive House Development Offers Affordable Units in Windsor

Ontario’s biggest Passive House development opened in Windsor earlier this fall, a $39-million, 145-unit development meant to provide affordable living space to families, seniors, and others who need it.

Residents of Montreal’s South Shore are asking for a provincial environmental review before Swedish battery manufacturer Northvolt AB goes ahead with a C$7-billion gigafactory investment.

Locals Demand Environmental Review for Northvolt Battery Gigafactory

Residents of Montreal’s South Shore are asking for a provincial environmental review before Swedish battery manufacturer Northvolt AB goes ahead with a C$7-billion gigafactory investment.

A federal Member of Parliament is calling for a windfall profits tax on fossil fuel companies, just as an independent analysis predicts Canadian oil extraction hitting an all-time high over the next two years with the expected start-up of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

MP Urges Windfall Profit Tax as Oil Extraction Set to Hit New Record

A federal Member of Parliament is calling for a windfall profits tax on fossil fuel companies, just as an independent analysis predicts Canadian oil extraction hitting an all-time high over the next two years with the expected start-up of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

The latest route change for the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline would threaten a sacred site—Pipsell, or Jacko Lake, near Kamloops, BC—and amount to a continuation of cultural genocide, a Secwepemc knowledge keeper says.

Trans Mountain Route Change Amounts to ‘Cultural Genocide’: Secwepemc Knowledge Keeper

The latest route change for the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline would threaten a sacred site—Pipsell, or Jacko Lake, near Kamloops, BC—and amount to a continuation of cultural genocide, a Secwepemc knowledge keeper says.

Canada needs a green and transition taxonomy to guide capital investments that support a net-zero target and keep the country competitive, write three authors from the Smart Prosperity Institute.

Canada Needs Fast Action on Green Finance Taxonomy

Canada needs a green and transition taxonomy to guide capital investments that support a net-zero target and keep the country competitive, write three authors from the Smart Prosperity Institute.

While governments lag in climate action, recent pro-climate court rulings highlight the promise of litigation against polluters and their allies—but experts warn that effective policy must follow legal victories to make a real difference.

Climate Fight Prevails in Court as Political Inertia Persists

While governments lag in climate action, recent pro-climate court rulings highlight the promise of litigation against polluters and their allies—but experts warn that effective policy must follow legal victories to make a real difference.

Canadian cities are enacting transformative policy shifts away from exclusionary zoning to embrace density and limit sprawl—by greenlighting affordable, multifamily housing and bridging amenity gaps in neighbourhoods with new shops, parks, and schools.

Canadian Cities Enact Bold Zoning Changes Amid Housing, Climate Crises

Canadian cities are enacting transformative policy shifts away from exclusionary zoning to embrace density and limit sprawl—by greenlighting affordable, multifamily housing and bridging amenity gaps in neighbourhoods with new shops, parks, and schools.

The LEED certification process for buildings has long held a solid reputation for energy efficiency performance, but news that more than 800 LEED-certified buildings in the United States are at serious flooding risk has raised doubts about the rating system’s climate credentials.

Hundreds of U.S. LEED-Certified Buildings Left Vulnerable to Flooding, Analysis Finds

The LEED certification process for buildings has long held a solid reputation for energy efficiency performance, but news that more than 800 LEED-certified buildings in the United States are at serious flooding risk has raised doubts about the rating system’s climate credentials.

Community-led renewable energy co-ops can play an essential role in getting climate pollution under control by helping Canadians actively participate in the energy transition and benefit economically, concludes a new post for Policy Options.

Scaling Up Renewable Energy Co-Operatives Can Help Energize Canada

Community-led renewable energy co-ops can play an essential role in getting climate pollution under control by helping Canadians actively participate in the energy transition and benefit economically, concludes a new post for Policy Options.

A “small but mighty” private member’s bill mandating the greenest possible building materials for federal infrastructure in Canada has passed in the House of Commons with unanimous consent, following a strategic concession to get the steel and concrete industries onside.

‘Small But Mighty’ House Bill Mandates Low-Carbon Materials in Federal Buildings

A “small but mighty” private member’s bill mandating the greenest possible building materials for federal infrastructure in Canada has passed in the House of Commons with unanimous consent, following a strategic concession to get the steel and concrete industries onside.

York University, the City of Toronto, and the Yorkdale Shopping Centre have become the first three workplaces in Canada recognized for meeting a standard of excellence in commuter services—on par with the likes of Google and Harvard University.

Three Toronto Workplaces Win Commuter Excellence Awards

York University, the City of Toronto, and the Yorkdale Shopping Centre have become the first three workplaces in Canada recognized for meeting a standard of excellence in commuter services—on par with the likes of Google and Harvard University.

Documents filed by Imperial Oil show the company and Alberta's energy regulator knew the Kearl oil sands mine was seeping tailings into groundwater years before a pool of contaminated fluid was reported on the surface, alarming area First Nations and triggering three investigations, the Canadian Press reports.

REVEALED: Imperial Oil, Alberta Regulator Knew of Toxic Seepage at Kearl Mine for Years, Kept First Nation in the Dark

Documents filed by Imperial Oil show the company and Alberta’s energy regulator knew the Kearl oil sands mine was seeping tailings into groundwater years before a pool of contaminated fluid was reported on the surface, alarming area First Nations and triggering three investigations, the Canadian Press reports.

Rising emissions from the oil and gas sector and buildings are overwhelming Canada’s efforts to get its climate pollution under control, the Canadian Climate Institute concludes, in a preliminary analysis of the country’s 2022 emissions data published late last week.

Oil and Gas, Buildings Drive 2.1% Rise in Canada’s Climate Pollution

Rising emissions from the oil and gas sector and buildings are overwhelming Canada’s efforts to get its climate pollution under control, the Canadian Climate Institute concludes, in a preliminary analysis of the country’s 2022 emissions data published late last week.

Swedish manufacturer Northvolt AB, a supplier of electric vehicle batteries to automakers Volkswagen and BMW, announced last week it will build a C$7-billion battery gigafactory near Montreal that it claims will represent the largest private investment in Quebec's history.

Quebec Lands $7B Battery Gigafactory Investment from Sweden’s Northvolt

Swedish manufacturer Northvolt AB, a supplier of electric vehicle batteries to automakers Volkswagen and BMW, announced last week it will build a C$7-billion battery gigafactory near Montreal that it claims will represent the largest private investment in Quebec’s history.

Business and community leaders are expressing shock and confusion after Mayor Ken Sim’s office abruptly announced that it is shutting down the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC), a local institution that has helped diversify and green the city’s economy since it formed in 1995.

‘Huge Loss’ for Local Green Economy as Vancouver Shutters Its Economic Commission

Business and community leaders are expressing shock and confusion after Mayor Ken Sim’s office abruptly announced that it is shutting down the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC), a local institution that has helped diversify and green the city’s economy since it formed in 1995.

Green space protection groups are gearing up for even bigger fights ahead after Premier Doug Ford’s stunning reversal and apology over plans to hand over 3,000 hectares of Ontario Greenbelt lands to a small group of politically connected developers.

Green Space Groups Gear for Bigger Fights After Ontario Reverses Greenbelt Land Grab

Green space protection groups are gearing up for even bigger fights ahead after Premier Doug Ford’s stunning reversal and apology over plans to hand over 3,000 hectares of Ontario Greenbelt lands to a small group of politically connected developers.

Rural communities in Canada are beginning to tap into electric vehicle rentals to fill a gap in local transportation options, with three townships in Renfrew County, Ontario leading the way with an upcoming pilot project.

EV Rentals to Improve Transportation Access for Ontario Townships

Rural communities in Canada are beginning to tap into electric vehicle rentals to fill a gap in local transportation options, with three townships in Renfrew County, Ontario leading the way with an upcoming pilot project.

As e-bikes and scooters take over Toronto’s bike lanes, the city urgently needs to define its micro-mobility strategy, writes columnist Andrew Phillips, explaining the public safety and social justice concerns that are at stake.

E-Bikes, Scooters Overwhelm Toronto Bike Lanes

As e-bikes and scooters take over Toronto’s bike lanes, the city urgently needs to define its micro-mobility strategy, writes columnist Andrew Phillips, explaining the public safety and social justice concerns that are at stake.

The ongoing affordability crisis has brought into sharp focus the need for fairness and justice when it comes to the economic and societal transformations required to achieve climate goals, writes Rachel Samson, vice president of research at the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP).

Put Lower-Income Households First in Line for Low-Carbon Technologies: Samson

The ongoing affordability crisis has brought into sharp focus the need for fairness and justice when it comes to the economic and societal transformations required to achieve climate goals, writes Rachel Samson, vice president of research at the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP).

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Two First Nations Groups Vie to Build Northern Ontario Power Line

Two First Nations coalitions have submitted bids to build and operate a transmission line proposed to meet growing electricity needs in northeast Ontario, with the province’s final decision expected by early 2024.

Community action is the only possible antidote to a provincial energy plan in Ontario that sidelines renewable energy in favour of costly fossil fuels, Corporate Knights Research Director Ralph Torrie told a recent webinar.

Community-Driven Solutions Can Take Back Ontario’s Electricity Future: Torrie

Community action is the only possible antidote to a provincial energy plan in Ontario that sidelines renewable energy in favour of costly fossil fuels, Corporate Knights Research Director Ralph Torrie told a recent webinar.

Canada’s apex oil and gas lobby group may rue the day it made foreign-funded political meddling a public issue, writes political economist Gordon Laxer. For good reason, China’s election interference has sparked outrage in Canada. But China’s ability to sway a broad spectrum of Canadian voters is far weaker than the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers’ (CAPP) foreign-funded political interference.

‘Apex Oil and Gas Lobby’ Undercuts Canadian Sovereignty, Laxer Tells Foreign Influence Probe

Canada’s apex oil and gas lobby group may rue the day it made foreign-funded political meddling a public issue, writes political economist Gordon Laxer. For good reason, China’s election interference has sparked outrage in Canada. But China’s ability to sway a broad spectrum of Canadian voters is far weaker than the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers’ (CAPP) foreign-funded political interference.

Ontario is abandoning plans to build a 198-megawatt gas power plant in the city of Thorold to supply peak power to the provincial grid, after local councillors voted unanimously Tuesday evening to reject the project.

Thorold Gas Peaker Plant Won’t Be Built After Unanimous City Council Vote

Ontario is abandoning plans to build a 198-megawatt gas power plant in the city of Thorold to supply peak power to the provincial grid, after local councillors voted unanimously Tuesday evening to reject the project.

Many Canadians are unsafe in their own homes, with indoor temperatures consistently exceeding the safe maximum of 26°C each summer, concludes a CBC News investigation that reveals the urgent need to cool a housing stock that wasn’t built for today’s warmer climate.

Indoor Heat Leaves Canadians Unsafe with ‘No Escape’, CBC Investigation Finds

Many Canadians are unsafe in their own homes, with indoor temperatures consistently exceeding the safe maximum of 26°C each summer, concludes a CBC News investigation that reveals the urgent need to cool a housing stock that wasn’t built for today’s warmer climate.

Urban thinkers in the United States are beginning to look to mobile homes—what Canadians call manufactured housing—as a low-carbon response to a searing affordable housing.

Manufactured Housing Could Dent the Affordable Housing Crunch with Energy-Efficient Designs

Urban thinkers in the United States are beginning to look to mobile homes—what Canadians call manufactured housing—as a low-carbon response to a searing affordable housing.

Agrivoltaics produce renewable electricity while creating a beneficial micro-climate for farm crops. In a post for The Conversation, Joshua M. Pearce raises the question: What’s not to like?

Agrivoltaics a Win-Win for Farmers, Communities, Solar Developers, and Alberta’s UCP

Agrivoltaics produce renewable electricity while creating a beneficial micro-climate for farm crops. In a post for The Conversation, Joshua M. Pearce raises the question: What’s not to like?

Recent polling is offering up mixed results on Albertans’ support for national climate initiatives, with solid majorities supporting a national oil and gas emissions cap but backing their provincial government’s crusade against federal net-zero plans.

Alberta Polling Shows Mixed Results on Emissions Cap While National Survey Links Climate and Affordability Crises

Recent polling is offering up mixed results on Albertans’ support for national climate initiatives, with solid majorities supporting a national oil and gas emissions cap but backing their provincial government’s crusade against federal net-zero plans.

Veteran energy economist and climate modeller Mark Jaccard is returning to his former job as chair and CEO of the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC), a position he previously held from 1992 to 1997.

Jaccard Appointed Chair and CEO of BC Utilities Commission

Veteran energy economist and climate modeller Mark Jaccard is returning to his former job as chair and CEO of the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC), a position he previously held from 1992 to 1997.

Extreme heat and drought, heavy precipitation, and more frequent wildfires, are in store for Ontario, according to a first-ever climate risk assessment that reads like a five-alarm fire on the need for the province to get serious about climate adaptation.

Ontario Waits 8 Months to Release Dire Climate Impact Report

Extreme heat and drought, heavy precipitation, and more frequent wildfires, are in store for Ontario, according to a first-ever climate risk assessment that reads like a five-alarm fire on the need for the province to get serious about climate adaptation.

More than seven in 10 Canadians are worried about climate change and believe it is the reason for an increase in extreme weather, a new national poll suggests.

Climate Change Worries 72% of Canadians, But Affordability is Top Concern

More than seven in 10 Canadians are worried about climate change and believe it is the reason for an increase in extreme weather, a new national poll suggests.

Canadian homes and businesses must start generating their own power with solar panels and battery storage—essentially moving part of their power generation off the grid—to help the country hit a 2050 net-zero target, suggests an authority on energy efficiency solutions.

Net-Zero Depends on Household Power Production, Energy Exec Argues

Canadian homes and businesses must start generating their own power with solar panels and battery storage—essentially moving part of their power generation off the grid—to help the country hit a 2050 net-zero target, suggests an authority on energy efficiency solutions.

Canadians need not choose between tackling affordability and the climate crisis, says the Tamarack Institute, citing several municipal initiatives that are pursuing these intertwined goals at once.

Local Action on Transit, Housing Can Combine Climate and Equity Goals

Canadians need not choose between tackling affordability and the climate crisis, says the Tamarack Institute, citing several municipal initiatives that are pursuing these intertwined goals at once.

A canary in the coal mine for the peril facing all of Earth’s glaciers, Banff National Park’s Peyto Glacier is melting faster every year, boding ill for its survival and for the communities that count on it for water.

Banff’s Peyto Glacier Melting Faster Than Expected, Scientists Say

A canary in the coal mine for the peril facing all of Earth’s glaciers, Banff National Park’s Peyto Glacier is melting faster every year, boding ill for its survival and for the communities that count on it for water.

The City of Ottawa public works department is drawing criticism for road safety ads that target pedestrians rather than drivers—particularly drivers behind the wheel of larger vehicles—with graphic images of the perils of jaywalking.

Road Safety Ads Draw Criticism for Targeting Pedestrians, Not Drivers

The City of Ottawa public works department is drawing criticism for road safety ads that target pedestrians rather than drivers—particularly drivers behind the wheel of larger vehicles—with graphic images of the perils of jaywalking.

“Canadians need to be wary” of Conservative Party leader Pierre Poilievre’s anti-climate action stance, the Globe and Mail warns in a recent editorial, while a leading national climate analyst suggests Poilievre’s failure to embrace smart environmental policy can do a lot of harm—especially to his own electoral prospects.

Poilievre Could Dial Back Canada’s Climate Gains, Globe Editorial Warns

“Canadians need to be wary” of Conservative Party leader Pierre Poilievre’s anti-climate action stance, the Globe and Mail warns in a recent editorial, while a leading national climate analyst suggests Poilievre’s failure to embrace smart environmental policy can do a lot of harm—especially to his own electoral prospects.

Three climate groups filed a false advertising complaint this week against Enbridge Gas’ claim that natural gas is the cheapest form of home heating, just as the Calgary-based utility and pipeline company doubled down on gas with a C$9.4-billion buying spree in the United States.

False Advertising Complaint Challenges Enbridge’s Claim of ‘Cheap’ Natural Gas

Three climate groups filed a false advertising complaint this week against Enbridge Gas’ claim that natural gas is the cheapest form of home heating, just as the Calgary-based utility and pipeline company doubled down on gas with a C$9.4-billion buying spree in the United States.

Electric heat pumps out-perform fossil fuel and baseboard electric heating at winter temperatures as low as -10°C, and according to some data as low as -30°C, concludes a research commentary published this week in the journal Joule.

Heat Pumps Cut Costs, Decarbonize Buildings, Even on Coldest Days

Electric heat pumps out-perform fossil fuel and baseboard electric heating at winter temperatures as low as -10°C, and according to some data as low as -30°C, concludes a research commentary published this week in the journal Joule.

Carbon capture and storage may have an important role to play in hard-to-decarbonize sectors like iron and steel, but won’t pay off for oil and gas companies without continuing government subsidies, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) concludes in an analysis released this week.

CCS Can’t Compete with Renewables, Won’t Deliver by 2030, Report Finds

Carbon capture and storage may have an important role to play in hard-to-decarbonize sectors like iron and steel, but won’t pay off for oil and gas companies without continuing government subsidies, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) concludes in an analysis released this week.

A devastating year of wildfires will double or triple Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions for 2023, a Natural Resources Canada scientist says.

Wildfire ‘Tipping Point’ Set to Double or Triple Canada’s Climate Emissions

A devastating year of wildfires will double or triple Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions for 2023, a Natural Resources Canada scientist says.

Canada's record-setting wildfire season is spurring Ottawa to consider how to tackle future fires, floods, or earthquakes, as officials warn that this year’s fires may continue into the winter.

Canada Mulls National Disaster Response as Wildfires Threaten to Burn Into the Winter

Canada’s record-setting wildfire season is spurring Ottawa to consider how to tackle future fires, floods, or earthquakes, as officials warn that this year’s fires may continue into the winter.

Some rural communities in Alberta are pushing back against the provincial government's seven-month pause on approvals of new renewable energy projects, as hundreds of letters from individuals, companies, municipalities, Indigenous communities and industry groups show a growing backlash to the measure.

‘I’ve Been Ghosted,’ Rural Mayor Says, as Alberta Towns Push Back on Renewables Moratorium

Some rural communities in Alberta are pushing back against the provincial government’s seven-month pause on approvals of new renewable energy projects, as hundreds of letters from individuals, companies, municipalities, Indigenous communities and industry groups show a growing backlash to the measure.

New documents outline a massive increase in public funding for the Canadian Energy Centre's campaign to change attitudes toward Alberta's oil and gas.

THEY’RE BACK: Alberta Energy ‘War Room’ Spends $22M on Pro-Fossil PR Campaign

New documents outline a massive increase in public funding for the Canadian Energy Centre’s campaign to change attitudes toward Alberta’s oil and gas.

Tourism is projected to make up nearly 12% of the global economy by 2033, but it is also poised to consume a troubling 40% of the world's remaining 1.5°C carbon budget by mid-century, highlighting what experts describe as “industry dishonesty” in efforts to reduce emissions in line with other sectors.

Tourism Lags on Emission Cuts as Climate Woes Besiege Destinations

Tourism is projected to make up nearly 12% of the global economy by 2033, but it is also poised to consume a troubling 40% of the world’s remaining 1.5°C carbon budget by mid-century, highlighting what experts describe as “industry dishonesty” in efforts to reduce emissions in line with other sectors.

Canada's current wildfire season is devastating evidence of the effects of climate change. But for some conspiracy theorists, the thousands of square kilometres of burnt ground isn't enough to convince them.

Fear, Falsehoods, Conspiracy Theories Ignite Over Canada’s Wildfire Season

Canada’s current wildfire season is devastating evidence of the effects of climate change. But for some conspiracy theorists, the thousands of square kilometres of burnt ground isn’t enough to convince them.

Premier Doug Ford’s decision to “re-evaluate” his government’s controversial land swaps in the Ontario Greenbelt and force each of the development sites to “stand on their own merit” will do nothing to stop a multi-billion-dollar handout to politically connected developers, one of the plan’s leading opponents said yesterday.

Greenbelt Land Grab to Continue ‘Full Steam Ahead’ after Ford Announcement, Critic Warns

Premier Doug Ford’s decision to “re-evaluate” his government’s controversial land swaps in the Ontario Greenbelt and force each of the development sites to “stand on their own merit” will do nothing to stop a multi-billion-dollar handout to politically connected developers, one of the plan’s leading opponents said yesterday.

Embracing electric school buses could rejuvenate Ontario’s struggling small and medium-sized auto manufacturing enterprises, the Pembina Institute says, in a report that urges Premier Doug Ford’s government to go full-throttle with investments in this direction.

Electrifying School Buses Will Energize Ontario’s Auto Sector: Pembina

Embracing electric school buses could rejuvenate Ontario’s struggling small and medium-sized auto manufacturing enterprises, the Pembina Institute says, in a report that urges Premier Doug Ford’s government to go full-throttle with investments in this direction.

Swayed by unrealistic advertising, far too many Canadians have bought into the idea that tank-sized sport utility vehicles (SUVs) are what they need—but what if car manufacturers were required to film their ads on actual roads, in real-life conditions?

SUV Ads Need a Reality Check, Author Urges [Petition]

Swayed by unrealistic advertising, far too many Canadians have bought into the idea that tank-sized sport utility vehicles (SUVs) are what they need—but what if car manufacturers were required to film their ads on actual roads, in real-life conditions?

Strong methane regulations are the cheapest, most effective way to reduce emissions in Canada's oil and gas industry and meet the expected targets in the federal government’s oil and gas emissions cap—all without hindering economic growth, the Canadian Climate Institute (CCI) reports.

Methane Controls Can Meet 1/3 of Canada’s Target for Oil and Gas Emission Cuts

Strong methane regulations are the cheapest, most effective way to reduce emissions in Canada’s oil and gas industry and meet the expected targets in the federal government’s oil and gas emissions cap—all without hindering economic growth, the Canadian Climate Institute (CCI) reports.

Newfoundland and Labrador has invited four companies to seek permits to develop wind-hydrogen facilities on Crown land, a move that marks another big milestone since the province lifted a 15-year wind development ban this spring—and supports its ambitions to export green fuel globally.

Newfoundland and Labrador Offers Permits for 4 Wind-Hydrogen Projects

Newfoundland and Labrador has invited four companies to seek permits to develop wind-hydrogen facilities on Crown land, a move that marks another big milestone since the province lifted a 15-year wind development ban this spring—and supports its ambitions to export green fuel globally.

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Suncor Abandoning Climate Shows Need for Oil and Gas Emissions Cap: Guilbeault

Recent statements by the CEO of a major oilsands company further the case for federal regulations to cap greenhouse gas emissions in the oil and gas sector, Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault said.

Climate-fueled wildfires in the Northwest Territories and Lāhainā, Hawai'i, have laid bare a landscape of poor land management, inadequate infrastructure, and the remnants of a colonial past—with greater devastation to come if better planning isn’t implemented.

Neglected Land, Overlooked People as Wildfires Devastate NWT, Hawai’i

Climate-fueled wildfires in the Northwest Territories and Lāhainā, Hawai’i, have laid bare a landscape of poor land management, inadequate infrastructure, and the remnants of a colonial past—with greater devastation to come if better planning isn’t implemented.

The Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion project has run into another construction-related hurdle that could delay its completion.

New Route, Engineering Glitches Could ‘Significantly’ Raise Trans Mountain Costs

The Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion project has run into another construction-related hurdle that could delay its completion.

Canadian households could cut their energy bills by $10.4 billion and reduce climate pollution from home heating by 19.6 million tonnes by 2035 by using heat pumps for cooling rather than air conditioners, a new report concludes.

Canadians Could Save $10.4B, Cut Climate Pollution by Replacing Central Air with Heat Pumps

Canadian households could cut their energy bills by $10.4 billion and reduce climate pollution from home heating by 19.6 million tonnes by 2035 by using heat pumps for cooling rather than air conditioners, a new report concludes.

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B.C. Still Failing to Protect the Most Vulnerable from Heat Waves, Advocate Says

Two years after a blistering, week-long heat dome left 619 people dead in British Columbia, a disability rights advocate says the province has made no meaningful progress to protect the most vulnerable during another record-breaking heat wave earlier this month.

An electric ridesharing start-up that plans monthly subscriptions for Canadian apartment and condominium dwellers has received a million-dollar investment from three of the country’s six Low-Carbon Communities Canada (LC3) centres.

‘Mobility as an Amenity’ Service for Apartments, Condos Nabs $1M in Community Investment

An electric ridesharing start-up that plans monthly subscriptions for Canadian apartment and condominium dwellers has received a million-dollar investment from three of the country’s six Low-Carbon Communities Canada (LC3) centres.

It’s time for decision-makers in places like Ontario to get visionary and rethink our top-down grid from the bottom up, write Ottawa Climate Action Fund Executive Director Steve Winkelman and The Energy Mix Publisher Mitchell Beer, in a post for Corporate Knights.

Put Energy Efficiency, Renewables First in Grid Transformation, Analysts Urge Ontario

It’s time for decision-makers in places like Ontario to get visionary and rethink our top-down grid from the bottom up, write Ottawa Climate Action Fund Executive Director Steve Winkelman and The Energy Mix Publisher Mitchell Beer, in a post for Corporate Knights.

Alberta’s seven-month moratorium on renewable energy development could affect up to 118 projects worth C$33 billion, putting a damper on 24,000 jobs and $263 million in revenue to 27 local municipalities, the Calgary-based Pembina Institute reported Thursday.

Alberta Renewables Moratorium Hits 118 Projects Worth $33B, Affects 24,000 Jobs

Alberta’s seven-month moratorium on renewable energy development could affect up to 118 projects worth C$33 billion, putting a damper on 24,000 jobs and $263 million in revenue to 27 local municipalities, the Calgary-based Pembina Institute reported Thursday.

The “fire-prone conditions” behind the devastating wildfires in Quebec earlier this year, and the stifling smoke they spread across much of North America, were made at least two to seven times more likely by climate change, concludes an analysis published Tuesday by the World Weather Attribution (WWA) initiative.

20% of Oil and Gas Fields Must Shut Down as Climate Change Makes Quebec Wildfires 2-7x More Likely

The “fire-prone conditions” behind the devastating wildfires in Quebec earlier this year, and the stifling smoke they spread across much of North America, were made at least two to seven times more likely by climate change, concludes an analysis published Tuesday by the World Weather Attribution (WWA) initiative.

“I’ve watched Ontario botch electricity planning for decades,” writes veteran energy modeller Ralph Torrie, research director at Corporate Knights. “We can’t afford more ill-conceived nuclear megaprojects that will be overtaken by a smarter, cheaper renewable energy system.”

Here We Go Again: Ontario’s Reckless Nuclear Gamble

“I’ve watched Ontario botch electricity planning for decades,” writes veteran energy modeller Ralph Torrie, research director at Corporate Knights. “We can’t afford more ill-conceived nuclear megaprojects that will be overtaken by a smarter, cheaper renewable energy system.”

A diverse group of 22 Canadian broadcast outlets have agreed to coordinate their climate and sustainability initiatives and “embed environmentally sustainable thinking” in their non-news programming.

22 Canadian Broadcasters Pledge ‘Sustainable Thinking’ in Programming, Operations

A diverse group of 22 Canadian broadcast outlets have agreed to coordinate their climate and sustainability initiatives and “embed environmentally sustainable thinking” in their non-news programming.

As wildfire devastation drives 35,000 from their homes across British Columbia, The Energy Mix’s Gaye Taylor writes from Nelson, B.C., about carrying on as usual—while breaking down inside—engulfed in smoke from the McDougall Creek fire raging 346 kilometres to her west in Kelowna.

Life with Smoke and Wildfire: Clear Sky Musings from Nelson, B.C.

As wildfire devastation drives 35,000 from their homes across British Columbia, The Energy Mix’s Gaye Taylor writes from Nelson, B.C., about carrying on as usual—while breaking down inside—engulfed in smoke from the McDougall Creek fire raging 346 kilometres to her west in Kelowna.

Local news reports warped back and forth between progress and peril Sunday as wildland firefighters in the Northwest Territories and British Columbia continued to battle out-of-control blazes from Yellowknife to Kelowna to B.C.’s Shuswap region.

NWT and B.C. Wildfire Update: Sunday Evening, August 20

Local news reports warped back and forth between progress and peril Sunday as wildland firefighters in the Northwest Territories and British Columbia continued to battle out-of-control blazes from Yellowknife to Kelowna to B.C.’s Shuswap region.

As the northern hemisphere grapples with relentless heat, experts warn that high temperatures are hard on the mind and body alike, while raising alarm over a new climate threat: a deadly fungus that thrives in the heat, and within the human body.

Extreme Heat Exacts Toll on Physical, Mental Health

As the northern hemisphere grapples with relentless heat, experts warn that high temperatures are hard on the mind and body alike, while raising alarm over a new climate threat: a deadly fungus that thrives in the heat, and within the human body.

With electricity grids increasingly at risk in the more frequent, severe storms and heatwaves brought on by climate change, and Hawaiian Electric the latest utility accused of being too slow to shut down power lines ahead of a devastating wildfire, electric vehicles and microgrids are emerging as go-to options to deliver the energy households need in an emergency.

EV Batteries, Microgrids Supply Neighbourhood Power When Utility Systems Fail

With electricity grids increasingly at risk in the more frequent, severe storms and heatwaves brought on by climate change, and Hawaiian Electric the latest utility accused of being too slow to shut down power lines ahead of a devastating wildfire, electric vehicles and microgrids are emerging as go-to options to deliver the energy households need in an emergency.

Ford Motor Co. and two South Korean companies have announced a new C$1.2-billion battery cathode factory in Bécancour, Quebec, supported by $644 million in loans from the federal and Quebec governments.

New Battery Cathode Plant in Bécancour, QC to Create 345 Jobs

Ford Motor Co. and two South Korean companies have announced a new C$1.2-billion battery cathode factory in Bécancour, Quebec, supported by $644 million in loans from the federal and Quebec governments.

Toronto Mayor Olivia Chow has unveiled an executive team that could lean heavily toward implementation of the city’s TransformTO climate plan—including an appointment that “could finally jolt Toronto Hydro into action on climate change,” according to one news analysis.

Saxe to Toronto Hydro Board, Perks Chairs Planning Committee as Chow Signals Climate Action

Toronto Mayor Olivia Chow has unveiled an executive team that could lean heavily toward implementation of the city’s TransformTO climate plan—including an appointment that “could finally jolt Toronto Hydro into action on climate change,” according to one news analysis.

While it may not have been “feasible” to prevent 300 million litres of untreated water from flowing into the Ottawa River during a record rainstorm earlier this month, cities are still catching up with the natural protection systems that can make a difference when engineered infrastructure is overwhelmed by severe weather.

When Storm Sewers Can’t Cope, ‘Sponge Cities’ Help Absorb the Overflow

While it may not have been “feasible” to prevent 300 million litres of untreated water from flowing into the Ottawa River during a record rainstorm earlier this month, cities are still catching up with the natural protection systems that can make a difference when engineered infrastructure is overwhelmed by severe weather.

The town of Enterprise, Northwest Territories is “90% gone”, multiple communities are under evacuation orders, Yellowknife was placed under an evacuation alert Tuesday evening, and the city’s Stanton Territorial Hospital is transferring intensive and extended care patients to the south, as wildfires in the vicinity of Great Slave Lake rage out of control.

Enterprise, NWT Burns to the Ground as Wildfires Ravage Northern Communities

The town of Enterprise, Northwest Territories is “90% gone”, multiple communities are under evacuation orders, Yellowknife was placed under an evacuation alert Tuesday evening, and the city’s Stanton Territorial Hospital is transferring intensive and extended care patients to the south, as wildfires in the vicinity of Great Slave Lake rage out of control.

The executive hired to turn around the flagging fortunes of Suncor Energy Inc. said Tuesday he believes the company has been too focused in recent years on the energy transition and must get back to an oil-centred business strategy.

Suncor Doubles Down on Oil-Centred Business Strategy

The executive hired to turn around the flagging fortunes of Suncor Energy Inc. said Tuesday he believes the company has been too focused in recent years on the energy transition and must get back to an oil-centred business strategy.

In northern Alberta, a former rig worker finds newfound pride in embracing renewables, spurred by uncertain oil industry prospects and supported by retraining opportunities.

Rigs to Renewables: One Oil Worker’s Career Transition

In northern Alberta, a former rig worker finds newfound pride in embracing renewables, spurred by uncertain oil industry prospects and supported by retraining opportunities.

A “truly unprecedented” report by Ontario Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk shows that the Doug Ford government’s “Greenbelt land grab” was never about building affordable housing on a treasured expanse that 83% of Ontarians and 76% of Progressive Conservative voters want to see protected, veteran Greenbelt advocate Burkhard Mausberg writes, in a blistering analysis piece for the Toronto Star.

Greenbelt Land Grab Wasn’t About Affordable Housing, ‘Unprecedented’ AG Report Shows

A “truly unprecedented” report by Ontario Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk shows that the Doug Ford government’s “Greenbelt land grab” was never about building affordable housing on a treasured expanse that 83% of Ontarians and 76% of Progressive Conservative voters want to see protected, veteran Greenbelt advocate Burkhard Mausberg writes, in a blistering analysis piece for the Toronto Star.

Local restoration companies are raising concerns about the condition of Ottawa’s sewer system after record rainfall last week triggered what one small business owner called a “mayhem” of flooding and damage.

Ottawa’s Record Rain Produces ‘Mayhem’ of Flooded Basements, Health Risks

Local restoration companies are raising concerns about the condition of Ottawa’s sewer system after record rainfall last week triggered what one small business owner called a “mayhem” of flooding and damage.

Delyse Sylvester, Principal of Social Currents, has spent years listening to mothers in suburban and rural communities across Canada on climate issues. In this feature interview, she talks about how a research project connected Canadians who do not directly engage with environmental messages. And why a sense of isolation is a motivation for climate communicators and other social change movements to examine more closely in an era of polarization.

#TBT Time for New Ways to Listen and Engage Outside the Climate Bubble, Sylvester Says

Delyse Sylvester, Principal of Social Currents, has spent years listening to mothers in suburban and rural communities across Canada on climate issues. In this feature interview, she talks about how a research project connected Canadians who do not directly engage with environmental messages. And why a sense of isolation is a motivation for climate communicators and other social change movements to examine more closely in an era of polarization.

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Reliable Charging Key to EV Uptake, Emission Reductions

With governments across North America looking to electric vehicles as a cornerstone of their energy and climate strategies, reliable public charging is emerging as a key decision point for drivers considering whether to trade in their gasoline-powered cars.

In pursuit of ambitious emission reduction targets, cities across Canada and the United States are offering residents and businesses low-interest loans to cover the upfront costs of energy efficiency upgrades like heat pumps, solar panels, and insulation.

Low-Interest PACE Loans Make Home Energy Retrofits a ‘No Brainer’

In pursuit of ambitious emission reduction targets, cities across Canada and the United States are offering residents and businesses low-interest loans to cover the upfront costs of energy efficiency upgrades like heat pumps, solar panels, and insulation.

Provincial utilities and private power producers will be allowed to run natural gas plants under the Clean Electricity Regulations published Thursday by Environment and Climate Minister Steven Guilbeault, but only if they can capture 95% of the climate pollution they produce.

Canada’s New Clean Power Regs Allow Gas Plants, Mandate Deep Emission Cuts

Provincial utilities and private power producers will be allowed to run natural gas plants under the Clean Electricity Regulations published Thursday by Environment and Climate Minister Steven Guilbeault, but only if they can capture 95% of the climate pollution they produce.

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Billions in Green Tax Credits Will Hinge on Provincial Buy-In on Net-Zero Grid

The federal government is to tie billions of dollars in tax credits and grants for provincial electricity projects to progress toward Ottawa’s target for an emissions-free electricity grid by 2035.

While Alberta renewable energy producers warn of billions in lost investments, and a veteran oil and gas writer suggests “political intrigue” behind the decision, Alberta Premier Danielle Smith has come up with a novel way to blame Ottawa after her government slapped a seven-month moratorium on new wind and solar projects over a megawatt in size.

Renewables to Lose Billions, Oil Writer Sees ‘Political Intrigue’ as Smith Blames Ottawa for Moratorium

While Alberta renewable energy producers warn of billions in lost investments, and a veteran oil and gas writer suggests “political intrigue” behind the decision, Alberta Premier Danielle Smith has come up with a novel way to blame Ottawa after her government slapped a seven-month moratorium on new wind and solar projects over a megawatt in size.

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One Enbridge Pipeline Breaches Minnesota Aquifer, Another Faces Closure in Michigan

A fourth aquifer breach has been confirmed in northern Minnesota stemming from a Canadian oil company’s construction of an oil pipeline replacement in the region, state officials said late last month.

Climate change is driving up insurance rates and raising questions about whether private coverage will even be available for some Canadians in the future.

Extreme Climate Risk Drives Up Canadian Insurance Rates, May Limit Future Coverage

Climate change is driving up insurance rates and raising questions about whether private coverage will even be available for some Canadians in the future.

Four years after Montreal decided to make a 2.5-kilometre stretch of a busy downtown artery car-free every summer, the transformation continues to receive rave reviews from users and local businesses.

Montreal Adds Nine More Car-Free Streets after ‘Mind Blowing’ Success

Four years after Montreal decided to make a 2.5-kilometre stretch of a busy downtown artery car-free every summer, the transformation continues to receive rave reviews from users and local businesses.

Export Development Canada extended another C$3-billion loan guarantee to the financially precarious Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in July, according to a Friday, August 4 posting on the federal credit agency’s website.

‘Catastrophic Boondoggle’ Trans Mountain Nabs Another $3B Loan Guarantee from Federal Agency

Export Development Canada extended another C$3-billion loan guarantee to the financially precarious Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in July, according to a Friday, August 4 posting on the federal credit agency’s website.

Alberta is putting a booming renewable energy industry at risk and setting a double standard in the way it treats renewable and fossil fuel development, clean energy groups said today, after the province slapped a seven-month moratorium on new solar and wind projects over a megawatt in size.

Alberta Slaps 7-Month Moratorium on Solar and Wind, Puts Booming Industry at Risk

Alberta is putting a booming renewable energy industry at risk and setting a double standard in the way it treats renewable and fossil fuel development, clean energy groups said today, after the province slapped a seven-month moratorium on new solar and wind projects over a megawatt in size.

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Big Foreign Shareholders Control Climate Policy in Canada’s Biggest Fossil Companies: Study

A small subset of predominantly foreign, corporate owners hold substantial control over Canada’s oil and gas industry, and are unlikely to push for carbon cuts unless mandated to do so, a new study concludes.

Calgary-based oil exploration company ReconAfrica says it has raised C$9.7 million to look for oil in Namibia—a week after civil society groups called on the TSX Venture Exchange (TSXV) to deny regulatory approval for the company’s new share listing.

Major Stock Exchange Urged to Rebuff ReconAfrica’s Oil Exploration Plan in Namibia

Calgary-based oil exploration company ReconAfrica says it has raised C$9.7 million to look for oil in Namibia—a week after civil society groups called on the TSX Venture Exchange (TSXV) to deny regulatory approval for the company’s new share listing.

Canada cannot meet its climate targets without ensuring that the one-third of Canadians who live in apartments and condos have access to electric vehicle charging infrastructure, says The Atmospheric Fund.

Canada’s Climate Goals Hinge On EV Charging, Advocates Say

Canada cannot meet its climate targets without ensuring that the one-third of Canadians who live in apartments and condos have access to electric vehicle charging infrastructure, says The Atmospheric Fund.

Federal clean electricity regulations are expected this fall and enjoy significant public support as a step toward a clean national electricity grid. Of all the government’s proposed climate action policies, this is the one that Canadians like most, but they still have questions and concerns about details.

Talking Policy: Electric Frames for Promoting Clean Electricity Regulations

Federal clean electricity regulations are expected this fall and enjoy significant public support as a step toward a clean national electricity grid. Of all the government’s proposed climate action policies, this is the one that Canadians like most, but they still have questions and concerns about details.

Germany has its sights set on producing vast amounts of renewable energy, and that activity is already creating more jobs than there are people to fill them, writes Iron & Earth Executive Director Luisa Da Silva. Canada is looking to add 419,000 jobs by 2050.

Germany’s Green Jobs Transition Holds Lessons for Canada

Germany has its sights set on producing vast amounts of renewable energy, and that activity is already creating more jobs than there are people to fill them, writes Iron & Earth Executive Director Luisa Da Silva. Canada is looking to add 419,000 jobs by 2050.

Inuvik, NWT is one of several places in the ice-rich Beaufort Delta where scientists are monitoring the permafrost and other environmental changes. As the Arctic warms faster than anywhere else in the world, they say permafrost degradation is having far-reaching effects.

Permafrost Research Traces Climate Impacts in NWT’s Beaufort Delta

Inuvik, NWT is one of several places in the ice-rich Beaufort Delta where scientists are monitoring the permafrost and other environmental changes. As the Arctic warms faster than anywhere else in the world, they say permafrost degradation is having far-reaching effects.