Climate & Clean Energy archives

  • Photo: Ontario-Quebec electricity deal a breakthrough for renewables expansion

    Ontario-Quebec electricity deal a breakthrough for renewables expansion

    November 1, 2016

    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... More »

  • Photo: Tell Canada to stop supporting Big Oil

    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. (function(n,e,w,m,o,d){m=n.createElement(e);m.async=1;m.src=w; o=n.getElementsByTagName(e)[0];o.parentNode.insertBefore(m,o); })(document,'script','//engage.newmode.net/embed/4/236.js');... More »

  • Photo: Click to call your MP to ask for investment in transit

    Click to call your MP to ask for investment in transit

    September 19, 2016

    In many places in Canada, improving transit is one of the best ways to improve quality of life, address affordability in our cities and tackle climate change and air quality issues. Using this simple tool, you can call your MP to ask them to support much needed investment in transit. More »

  • Photo: Is Ontario's surplus electricity a problem?

    Is Ontario's surplus electricity a problem?

    September 1, 2016

    Supply and demand in an electricity system must always be the same. When you produce too much, you have to figure out how to curtail production or export the excess. In Ontario we often curtail nuclear from the Bruce plant. To do this, we simply send the heat from the nuclear reactor into Lake Huron, but we don't save any nuclear fuel. More »

  • Photo: Ontario's Oxford County a renewable energy pioneer

    Ontario's Oxford County a renewable energy pioneer

    August 22, 2016

    In June 2015, Oxford (which is between Hamilton and London) passed a motion committing itself to 100 per cent renewable energy for electricity, heating and transportation by 2050. It's the first municipality in Ontario to make this promise. (Oxford won't ban fossil fuels but any used will be offset by renewables, resulting in net-zero carbon emissions.) More »

  • Photo: David Suzuki Foundation's Olympics campaign lives on in Rio

    David Suzuki Foundation's Olympics campaign lives on in Rio

    August 16, 2016

    Last night, while watching the Rio 2016 Olympics, I was reminded that the David Suzuki Foundation's work can sometimes have unexpected ripple effects. A case in point: DSF's 2010 Olympics campaign, and how it's influenced subsequent Olympics, large companies and even governments. More »

  • Photo: Green Timiskaming and SolarShare turn marginal land into power

    Green Timiskaming and SolarShare turn marginal land into power

    August 11, 2016

    Investing in community-owned solar power "really pays off." So says Ambrose Raftis, board chair of Green Timiskaming, a renewable energy co-op north of Sudbury near the Quebec border.... More »

  • Photo: Bloor Bike Lane is reason to celebrate

    Bloor Bike Lane is reason to celebrate

    August 4, 2016

    Construction of bike lanes on Toronto's Bloor street got underway this week — the fulfillment of a decades-long wish by citizens hoping to address global warming and air pollution, reduce congestion and boost physical fitness. More »

  • Photo: David Suzuki Foundation input on Ontario's Long-Term Energy Plan

    David Suzuki Foundation input on Ontario's Long-Term Energy Plan

    June 8, 2016

    As part of our ongoing efforts to work for positive climate action, the David Suzuki Foundation regularly provides input into government policies. The following was submitted to Ontario's Minister of... More »

  • Photo: Ontario acknowledges climate urgency

    Ontario acknowledges climate urgency

    May 25, 2016

    In a recent Globe and Mail article, columnist Jeffrey Simpson attacked Ontario's climate plan, writing that it will be complicated and inflexible and will rely "on government to force-feed change." Putting aside the fact that the authorized version of the plan has not even been released yet — all we have at this point is a leaked document obtained by the Globe — the criticisms seem unfair. While some aspects of the plan are problematic, much of it appears highly beneficial. More »