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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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Russia’s war on Ukraine reminds us of an important lens through which to consider Canada’s energy policies responding to climate change. 
This is the first instalment in a series of excerpts from Gordon Laxer's new report, "Posing as Canadian: How Big Foreign Oil captures energy and climate policy" — co-published by the Council of Canadians, CCPA BC, and CCPA SaskatchewanAlberta’s recent public inquiry into “anti-Alberta energy campaigns” targeted a molehill and missed the Rockies.
Ottawa – A new report by the Council of Canadians and the BC and Saskatchewan offices of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives exposes the far-reaching power of large multinational foreign oil companies in shaping climate and energy policy in Canada.
The oil and gas industry is a marginal player in BC’s overall economy, yet has far-reaching environmental impacts, is inconsistent with global climate action, and undermines First Nations’ rights and title. And yet, since BC started to implement climate action targets and policies in 2007, gas production has doubled.
Two of Canada’s biggest public pension plans could lead the way toward a global transition to a greener, more sustainable economy, but their commitments to climate action may be more talk than walk. The Canada Pension Plan and the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec say they are serious about tackling climate change, however, they continue to bank on fossil fuels, this Corporate Mapping Project report shows.