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BC’s forests are in crisis. The sharp increase in wood pellet exports to Japan is fueling the loss of BC primary forests. The indicators of unsustainable demand are evident, and without proper reforms, we are looking at lasting and devastating consequences for BC forests and the collapse of the ecosystems they sustain.
VANCOUVER — Canada faces daunting—but not insurmountable—challenges to meet its net-zero commitments, but government policies and incentives must match the severity of the issue in order to drastically reduce emissions to address climate change, a new Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, BC Office report shows.
Despite the formidable challenges ahead, Canada’s path to net-zero is achievable with a clear, actionable plan that recognizes the scale of the undertaking and the limitations of potential solutions. This report underscores the need for a comprehensive strategy with practical, scalable solutions and a robust policy framework that will steer Canada toward a sustainable, net-zero future by 2050. Key conclusions and recommendations include:
Farewell from Shannon Daub How to meet Canada’s 2030 climate targets Fires & migrant farmworkers COVID-19’s growing toll on hospitals and public health Assessing the new protections for platform workers BC can afford more investments in social and environmental priorities Donor spotlight: Kirsten Krismer The CCPA-BC’s 2023 gala
BC’s carbon crossroads: The Energy Action Framework takes the wrong path Taxing land wealth for the public good: Provincial policy options Here’s how BC should protect app-based workers British Columbia’s regulation of dikes full of leaks and in need of overhaul Landmark health care case spotlights problems of a profit-centred system Some important updates from our team at CCPA-BC 2023 Gideon Rosenbluth Memorial Lecture with Ha-Joon Chang Save the date for our annual in-person gala: Nov. 23, 2023
The Convoy that took over Ottawa for a month last year just met outside Winnipeg this past weekend. While the right to protest is an essential part of our democracy, it is important to look critically at this movement that has harboured white supremacist, libertarian and in some cases even fascist beliefs.  These ideas have originated most recently in the USA, but have a long and odious history elsewhere in the world.
Fossil fuels are a central problem in our economy, and Canadian climate policy is only slowly catching up. Carbon pricing and efficiency standards won’t get us to net zero by 2050, and corporate tax incentives and consumer subsidies won’t move industry there soon enough either. So, what alternate solutions can we turn to? In Bet Big: A citizen’s guide to green industrial policy in Canada, CCPA Senior Researcher Hadrian Mertins-Kirkwood and co-author Noah Kathen focus on four actions the federal government should take today to create a green industrial sector in Canada.
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