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Canada must wind down and ultimately phase out the vast majority of oil, gas and coal production in the next 30 years to meet our domestic and international climate goals, CCPA Senior Researcher Hadrian Mertins-Kirkwood writes in a submission to the federal government's consultation on just transition legislation.  The regulatory phase-out of coal-powered electricity generation in Canada provides a very clear model for how this can and should be done, he writes. Once a clear deadline is set, firms and workers can begin to plan for the transition into new industries.
A version of this article was printed by the Winnipeg Free Press September 21, 2021 If there was ever a time for the Manitoba government to call on the Clean Environment Commission (CEC) to review independently the veracity and validity of the information contained in an Environment Act Proposal (EAP) for a proponent’s development project, this would indeed be the moment to do so.
The pandemic has once again exposed how unsustainable and inequitable the current food system is. In April of 2020, for example, while millions of Canadians faced financial insecurity and food insecurity, the Dairy Farmers of Ontario—the provincial organization that sets milk production quotas—began ordering farmers to dump their "surplus" milk. News agencies across North America reported the surpluses of dairy, eggs and produce caused by the closures of hotels and restaurants being dumped, crushed and otherwise destroyed.
Dans le cadre de son plan global de durabilité, le gouvernement fédéral s’est engagé à « écologiser » le gouvernement, c’est-à-dire à réduire les émissions de gaz à effet de serre générées par ses propres opérations, incluant ce qui a trait à ses biens immobiliers, à ses parcs de véhicules et à ses approvisionnements.
As part of its broader sustainability plans the federal government has committed to “greening” government—reducing greenhouse gas emissions from its own operations, which includes real property (buildings), fleets (vehicles) and public procurement.
Ottawa must tackle obstacles to achieving net-zero government emissions: report Study provides critical analysis of federal Greening Government Strategy OTTAWA—A new report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) outlines the hurdles that must be overcome in order for the federal Greening Government Strategy to achieve net-zero by 2050, following a recent uptick in federal government emissions. 
What The Frack Manitoba (WTFMB) sent a 12-page letter in May, with supporting evidence, to the Federal Minister of the Environment and Climate Change and to the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada, the agency responsible for administering the federal Impact Assessment Act.
VANCOUVER – Thousands of non-domestic groundwater users across BC risk losing their historic water rights if they fail to apply for licences before a fast-approaching deadline, warn two former senior provincial government employees.
First published in the Winnipeg Free Press May 19, 2021
VANCOUVER — A union representing forest industry workers and environmental organizations are demanding that the provincial government halt any approvals of new wood pellet mills in BC pending an independent review into the industry’s escalating logging activities. 

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