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The politics of climate change.

Canadians are in an election campaign that will stretch out another four weeks. We're also in a climate emergency. Our government said so following a recent report that shows Canada is warming at twice the global average. As I closely...
A recent Angus Reid poll (in August) shows that climate change and the environment are amongst the top issues facing voters in Canada's upcoming federal election. And this September as students return to school and climate strikes resume across...
Climate change is rising to the very top of the political agenda both in Canada and the United States as each country enters its next election cycle—Canada in October 2019 and the US in November 2020. Starting in October,...
We elect politicians to provide leadership on important issues. And specifically, we expect them to lead during emergencies. While I recognize that politics are about the art of compromise—trying to get the best results possible under difficult circumstances—politicians can no...
In a desperate attempt to justify his government's approval of the Trans Mountain (TMX) expansion, Prime Minister Trudeau was so bold as to greenwash TMX profits as a necessary piece of Canada's transition to a clean energy future. Trudeau's...
Canada’s Parliament has passed a “non-binding” motion declaring a climate emergency. By doing so, our Members of Parliament recognize that “climate change is a real and urgent crisis driven by human activity.” The motion is intended to “declare that...
It’s a poorly guarded secret that “climate change” and “global warming” are not the best phrases to engage the public on climate. The phrases are overused, worn out with overexposure. The same applies to Canada’s climate plan: the Pan...
 "Greta Thunberg speaks for and to all of us," writes Warren Bell in his opinion piece in The National Observer.  Greta speaks with a clarity and a force that reaches very deep inside each of us. Her message cannot...
With five months to go before the next federal election, Canada’s political parties are competing for climate credibility, seemingly engaged in a battle to show they care more about the environment, reports The National Observer. This is a climate...
This post consists of excerpts from Greta Thunberg's recent speech to the UK Houses of Parliament along with the video of the event. Greta does not dance around the climate thing. She bluntly asks the Members of Parliament "Did...