Canada

Canada’s oil industry — on the verge of a breaking point?

From tumbling oil prices to leaky pipelines, Canada’s oil industry is looking bleaker by the day. Increasingly concerned with the volatility of the commodity, global investors pulled $200 billion worth of investments from the oil an...

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Alberta pipeline leaked for two weeks before officials caught on

Last week’s pipeline rupture in northern Alberta reportedly spilled oil for over two weeks before actually being identified and contained, according to recent reports. Nexen Energy officials were determined that the pipeline had fai...

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Major pipeline leak in Alberta looms over national energy talks in Canada

While Premiers mulled over a national energy strategy this week, a Nexen Energy pipeline burst in Alberta. Reportedly the biggest pipeline leak in the province’s history, 31 500 barrels of emulsion — a mixture of bitumen, wate...

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Subnational leaders run their own show with Pan-American climate agreement

Leaders from North and South America brought their regions one step closer to an “equitable, low carbon economy” as they signed a “landmark” Pan-American climate agreement today. Representatives from Brazil, Mexico, the U.S. and Can...

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Demands for ‘a greener economy’ echo from 10,000 marchers in Canada

Thousands of marchers from all walks of life poured into Toronto streets Sunday, urging leaders to put “Jobs, Justice and the Climate” at the forefront of Canada’s political agenda. An “eclectic coalition” brought together 10,000 pe...

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Resource pack ahead of Toronto March for Jobs, Justice & the Climate

This weekend, communities across Canada are gearing up for what looks to be the latest mass call for an end to dangerous fossil fuels. Just ahead of the Pan American Economic Summit and the Climate Summit of the Americas in Toronto,...

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Alberta green lights climate plan, raises questions about more to come

Just days after provincial and territorial environment ministers met to talk climate, Alberta’s newest NDP environment minister Shannon Phillips unveiled her climate plan yesterday — which would raise carbon levies for large e...

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From the Vatican to the Americas, Canadians are stepping up for the climate

As global figures call on government leaders to act on climate, grassroots activists are stepping up to the plate in Canada. Under the leadership of First Nations artist/activist Audrey Siegl, Greenpeace vessel MY Esperanza, along w...

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Carbon reduction commitments ranked by Canadian federal party in new “climate scorecard”

As world leaders move forward towards a global climate deal this week, Canadians can now track their federal government’s climate progress with the help of a “climate scorecard”. Environmental Defence released an analysis Thur...

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Canada promotes tar sands abroad while Alberta backpedals on KXL

Ottawa is on Wall Street this week pitching unwanted tar sands by-products to investors. Federal finance minister Joe Oliver was in New York Wednesday for the Canada-US Securities Summit, “aggressively marketing” Keystone XL. Oliver...

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Alberta petro-state “dynasty” shakedown awes the nation

In a landslide win yesterday, a wave of orange swept across Alberta, breaking a 44 year habit of voting in oil-driven leadership. Winning 53 seats — nine more than needed for a majority government —  New Democratic Party...

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NRDC reports “tar sands invasion” threat to West Coast economy, environment and health

Tar sands growth in the West Coast could worsen air pollution and undermine national and international efforts to combat climate change, according to a recent report. The Natural Resource Defence Council’s (NRDC) latest analysis rev...

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Canada’s commitment to climate action scrutinized by foreign heads

While Canada’s 2015 federal budget was unveiled yesterday with no mention of climate change, foreign representatives put Canada on the spot, questioning the country’s “sincerity” in its commitment to curb climate change. During the ...

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Climate urgency signalled by some Premiers, others backpeddle on progress

Despite accusations of Ottawa’s piggybacking off provincial initiatives, Premiers paved the way for new climate policy yesterday — yet much remains to be done. Yesterday’s Quebec-hosted climate summit brought together leaders ...

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Quebec makes national history for one of the country’s largest climate marches

All eyes were on Quebec City today as more than 25,000 people from across Canada assembled for the largest climate march in the city’s 15 years, and one of the largest in the country’s history. After tracing a route through the city...

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Resource kit ahead of “biggest climate march” in Canadian history

This Saturday, thousands will gather in Quebec City for what is anticipated to be the biggest climate march in Canadian history. Merely three days ahead of interprovincial meetings on climate and energy, this mass mobilization expec...

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Critics brew a storm of backlash following Canada’s lag on climate commitments

As Canada grapples with abandonment issues from its North American counterparts on climate, the Harper administration is being criticized with a vengeance. Since news broke that Canada is the only country in North America that didn’...

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Alberta’s environmental budget takes a hit after major oil sector slump

After months of tumbling oil prices, Alberta will slash funding to environmental services in an attempt to pinch a few pennies. The province foresees 150 layoffs for Alberta Environment, as well as cuts to numerous programs, includi...

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Transition to renewables “within Canada’s reach” by 2035

A council of academics confirmed today that Canada could eradicate 80 per cent of its greenhouse gas emissions and be completely reliant on renewable energy resources by 2035. In their latest policy paper, a coalition of over 70 Can...

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Countdown to national climate march kicks off with pan-Canadian buzz

With exactly one month to go before the Act on Climate march in Quebec City, people from across the country are building momentum toward this national day of action. Supporters are taking to social media, and soon the streets, makin...

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