Climate & Clean Energy archives

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  • Photo: Put an end to oil subsidies with a letter to the editor

    Put an end to oil subsidies with a letter to the editor

    March 22, 2017

    The 2017 federal budget reduces some of the subsidies to the fossil fuel industry but still allocates hundreds of millions of dollars to the industry. More »

  • Photo: What we can do to connect people, schools and the community to address climate change

    What we can do to connect people, schools and the community to address climate change

    March 1, 2017

    Bob Spencer is proud of the 72-kilowatt solar array on an elementary school in Toronto's Beach neighbourhood. "It was a world speed record," he jokes. "They created the array in just 22 days." Spencer, a former school trustee and founder of the grassroots energy co-op commissioned to install the solar panels, explains, "It was built between August 11 and September 2, 2016." More »

  • Photo: Municipal vehicle tax could fund transit, benefit all city-dwellers

    Municipal vehicle tax could fund transit, benefit all city-dwellers

    February 17, 2017

    Now that road tolls are out, at least for the foreseeable future, how can Toronto pay for public transit that is vital to our climate goals and congestion relief? More »

  • Photo: Ontario's first community wind farm powers almost 7,000 homes

    Ontario's first community wind farm powers almost 7,000 homes

    February 2, 2017

    Miranda Fuller looks over the 10 turbines on Gunn's Hill Wind Farm in southern Ontario's Oxford County, a lush region of farmland and small cities between London and Kitchener. "They're magical!" she says. More »

  • Photo: U.S. approves Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. Tell Canada to say

    U.S. approves Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. Tell Canada to say "No way!"

    January 24, 2017

    U.S. President Trump's decision to approve the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines was met with support by our federal government, particularly from Natural Resource Minister Jim Carr who said that it would be very positive for Canada and the deepening of the relationship across the border on the energy file. More »

  • Photo: Barack Obama, Climate-Optimist-in-Chief

    Barack Obama, Climate-Optimist-in-Chief

    January 19, 2017

    The most exhilarating aspect of Barack Obama's recent article in the prestigious journal Science, "The irreversible momentum of clean energy", is the deep optimism it embodies. Published on January 9 — just a week-and-a-half before the end of his presidency — it provides consoling words to a world greatly in need of consolation. More »

  • Photo: Walking the talk: Putting the sun to work on Canada's Prairies

    Walking the talk: Putting the sun to work on Canada's Prairies

    January 18, 2017

    Sun shines on the Prairie provinces more often than anywhere else in Canada. That's what inspired retired University of Saskatchewan professor Lynn Oliphant to start taking advantage of this untapped resource. More »

  • Photo: Breaking down Canada's long-awaited climate action plan

    Breaking down Canada's long-awaited climate action plan

    December 14, 2016

    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. More »

  • Photo: David Isaac: A leader in First Nations solar energy

    David Isaac: A leader in First Nations solar energy

    December 14, 2016

    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. More »

  • Photo: What Canada's coal phase-out means

    What Canada's coal phase-out means

    November 28, 2016

    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. More »

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