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What Canada's coal phase-out means

November 28, 2016 | Leave a comment
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By Steve Kux, Climate Change & Energy Policy Analyst

On November 21, 2016 the federal government announced a plan to speed up the shift off coal, Canada's dirtiest power source. Under the new regulations, Canada will be free of conventional coal-fired electricity by 2030.
This is a major win for public health, the environment and the economy. The David Suzuki Foundation's climate team has been working on this issue for more than a decade.
This success would not have been possible without the tens of thousands of people who sent letters to the government through our "Say no to coal in Canada" online action. Thank you! We delivered an anti-coal letter to Parliament Hill, representing almost 35,000 people in Canada, on the day of the government's announcement.

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Trump, climate and us: A letter to those who won't give up

November 9, 2016 | Leave a comment

By Karel Mayrand, Director General, Quebec and Atlantic Canada

Like me, you likely woke up before sunrise this morning, opening your eyes in the dark to confirmation that the nightmare is real.
 
Like you, last night I felt sick to my stomach. I felt a strong sense of anxiety for my sleeping children, who also went to bed anxious. What future will we be leaving them?

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Ontario-Quebec electricity deal a breakthrough for renewables expansion

November 1, 2016 | Leave a comment
Photo: Ontario-Quebec electricity deal a breakthrough for renewables expansion

By Gideon Forman, Climate Change and Transportation Policy Analyst

In February, the David Suzuki Foundation, Équiterre and the Ontario Clean Air Alliance urged the federal government to facilitate greater electricity trade between Ontario and Quebec. We particularly wanted Ontario to purchase more of its eastern neighbour's abundant water-generated power.

In June, we made a similar request to Ontario's then energy minister, Bob Chiarelli, noting Quebec hydro power could complement Ontario's variable wind and solar generation and replace some of its nuclear baseload power.

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Tell Canada to stop supporting Big Oil

October 28, 2016
We won't be able to realize the potential of Canada's renewable energy and clean technology industries unless we stop supporting and investing in new fossil fuel infrastructure.

SPEAKING POINTS

  • Tell them who you are (that you live in their riding) and a bit about yourself (you are a mother, concerned citizen, scientist, immigrant, Indigenous person, voter, etc.).
  • Express your feelings regarding the approval of Kinder Morgan pipeline despite the opposition from 22 municipalities, 59 First Nations & 210,000 petition signers.
  • Kinder Morgan would lead to a seven-fold increase in tankers traffic, the almost certain extinction of the endangered southern resident orcas and blow our chances to meet our climate targets.
  • Share why climate change concerns you (impacts from increased extreme weather, air quality, sea level rise, extinctions, climate refugees).
  • Let them know that we won't be able to realize the potential of Canada's renewable energy and clean technology industries unless we stop supporting and investing in new fossil fuel infrastructure.
  • Ask them for a commitment to work in Parliament to stop all fossil fuel subsidies and against any new oil and gas infrastructure projects like pipelines (including Kinder Morgan, Energy East, Line 3 and Northern Gateway).
  • Leave them your name and phone number and ask them to reply to confirm whether they will commit to fighting for this bold climate action.

TIPS FOR THE CALL

  • Use a headset or hands-free — This will give you both hands to take notes about what was said.
  • Be polite but firm — MPs are our elected representatives. They will likely be happy to hear from engaged constituents. Be polite and direct. Make sure to ask for a response.

If you have any problems using the tool, please contact: climateaction@davidsuzuki.org

Click to call your MP to ask for investment in transit

September 19, 2016
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