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Breaking down Canada's long-awaited climate action plan

December 14, 2016 | Leave a comment
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By Ian Bruce, Director of Science and Policy, David Suzuki Foundation

This past year has had highs and lows for climate action.

Before Canadians head off to enjoy eggnog and holiday cheer, we wanted to provide some additional context to the federal climate action plan (the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change) released on December 9 in Ottawa.

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David Isaac: A leader in First Nations solar energy

December 14, 2016 | Leave a comment
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Credit: Thomas Giwusk Isaac-Came

By Gideon Forman, climate change policy analyst at the David Suzuki Foundation.

David Isaac, an Ottawa-born renewable energy developer whose ancestry is Mi'kmaq, tells me the English translation of his company's name, "W Dusk", is "northern lights". The moniker is appropriate.

Isaac has spent the past several years capturing sunlight with the solar power arrays he designs and builds in First Nations communities across British Columbia and Alberta. And just as the aurora borealis is intensely beautiful, Isaac works to ensure his installations are visually arresting. He recently placed 330 solar panels on a school run by the Lower Nicola Indian Band in Merritt, B.C., a three-hour drive from Vancouver. He says the building "really vibrates."

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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
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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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