The Saskatchewan government's goals to advance carbon capture and storage and renewable energy require a well-designed price on carbon emissions to be fully achievable. In his speech today, Premier Brad Wall identified both carbon pricing and innovation as two of the three approaches — along with adaptation — that governments can take to address climate change. It is important to acknowledge, however, that all three of these approaches are critical for an effective climate change strategy. Deploying clean technologies without putting a price on carbon pollution is like trying to start a canola farm without planting seeds.
The world's leading economic experts have concluded that it is critical to set a price on carbon emissions through a carbon tax or a regulatory cap to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as this economic signal will spur development and diffusion of clean energy and energy-efficiency technologies to replace polluting ones. A strong price on carbon emissions through a cap-and-trade system or a carbon tax incentive is needed to make Saskatchewan's plans to deploy clean, renewable energy technologies a reality. Putting a price on carbon pollution is an essential foundation for an effective climate change strategy.
Premier Wall is absolutely correct in his assessment of innovation and renewable energy being critical to global action on climate change. But a price on carbon pollution, rather than standing in the way of these technologies, is the key to unlock their potential. Properly applied, a price on carbon will cut Saskatchewan's carbon emissions, clean and diversify its energy sector and put thousands of residents to work in reliable jobs in the renewable energy industry — one of the fastest-growing industries in the world, and one that is far less volatile than commodity-based energy markets.
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VANCOUVER — More than 90 per cent of British Columbians oppose the province's annual grizzly bear trophy hunt. A new toolkit released today by the David Suzuki Foundation and University of Victoria's Environmental Law Centre will help the public participate in government decisions regarding the hunt. It provides information on how hunting decisions are made by government bureaucrats, such as the release of grizzly hunting tags and quotas and a calendar highlighting dates when these decisions are made so the public can intervene in an effective and timely way.
"The B.C. government manages the grizzly bear hunt behind closed doors and without oversight. We developed this toolkit to change that and to help concerned citizens better understand how the government runs the trophy hunt and how they can help stop it," said the David Suzuki Foundation's director for Ontario and Northern Canada and grizzly bear policy expert, Faisal Moola.
Independent bear biologists continue to express concerns that too many grizzly bears are being killed in the province and that the government is not doing enough to reduce mortality. The toolkit outlines how people can help by pressuring the B.C. government to reduce the number of hunting tags issued to trophy hunters and to close areas to trophy hunting. Government records show that 289 grizzly bears were killed in 2015, including in the Great Bear Rainforest, which was officially designated part of the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy Network by Prince William on a recent visit to the pristine region.
First Nations banned trophy hunting in the Great Bear Rainforest out of concern for the species. "It's not a part of our culture to kill an animal for sport and hang it on a wall," said Jessie Housty, a councillor with the Heiltsuk Nation. "When we go hunting it's for sustenance purposes, not trophy hunting," she added.
Environmental Law Centre legal director Calvin Sandborn said involving the public in government decisions is critical if we are to succeed in protecting wildlife. "First Nations and the public have information, expertise and wisdom that can enrich government decisions. Government needs to hear — and heed — British Columbians who want to restrict the trophy hunt. This toolkit will make that possible," Sandborn said.
B.C.'s auditor general is currently reviewing the grizzly bear hunt and other government policies related to grizzlies.
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Faisal Moola, David Suzuki Foundation
Theresa Beer, David Suzuki Foundation
Calvin Sandborn, UVic Environmental Law Centre
MARKHAM, ON — October 4, 2016 - Monarch butterflies and pollinators now have another new home in Markham. Mayor Frank Scarpitti, Council Members, David Suzuki Foundation and students from St. Patrick's Elementary School officially opened Canada's first municipal milkweed nursery at Milne Dam Conservation Park. The nursery will provide a habitat and vital food source for monarch butterfly caterpillars for years to come.
The Mayor invited the public including local students to see the 800 common milkweed plants that were planted in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation this past May. The nursery will grow seeds to plant more milkweed across the City and be a home to support the monarch butterflies' annual return from Mexico. The milkweed is the only plant that monarch butterfly caterpillars eat from and is a critical plant to support the species' declining population.
"I am proud to report that the creation of this nursery is the first of its kind hosted and supported by a municipality in Canada," said Mayor Frank Scarpitti. "The City of Markham is creating habitat space and vital food source for monarch butterflies and other important pollinators to help them thrive."
"Monarch butterflies need our help now more than ever, and the City of Markham is leading the way," said Jode Roberts, Manager of the David Suzuki Foundation's Got Milkweed and Homegrown National Park projects. "In addition to establishing the milkweed nursery, Markham's commitment to create more space for pollinators has brought the city to the forefront of one of the most exciting conservation efforts in North America."
The milkweed nursery furthers the City's commitment to provide spaces for pollinators like monarchs. Butterflies, together with bees, birds, beetles, and other pollinating animals help to support up to 75 per cent of world's food crops. As pollinator and butterfly populations decrease, so does the production of much of our food.
The opening of the milkweed nursery is part of a series of actions, endorsed by Markham Council when the City declared itself as Canada's first monarch-friendly city. Since the declaration in April 2016, the City has established one of two pollinator-friendly spaces, held workshops under the Markham Homegrown program and distributed milkweed seeds at a number of community events across the City. Markham will continue to create more naturalized spaces in parks, community centres and areas suitable for pollinators, as well as engaging residents by encouraging them to plant milkweed seeds this fall.
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About Markham: Markham, a municipality with 350,000 residents centrally located in the Greater Toronto area, is home to over 400 corporate head offices and more than 1,100 high tech and life science companies. Founded in the 1790s, today Markham is Canada's most diverse community, enjoys a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy. Markham has received the Excellence Canada Gold Award for Organizational Quality & Healthy Workplace, and multiple heritage and environmental awards.
About David Suzuki Foundation: David Suzuki Foundation is a Canadian non-profit environmental organization dedicated to finding solutions through science-based research, public engagement and policy work.
VANCOUVER - Today's announcement that the federal government will introduce a national carbon price beginning in 2018 marks the beginning of a much needed national climate action strategy. While the majority of Canada's economy is already subject to some form of carbon pricing, this move by the federal government will ensure provinces and territories move forward together.
VANCOUVER — After delays and continuing debate about the best sewage-treatment option for Victoria, the Capital Regional District agreed yesterday to proceed with a revised design for construction of a sewage-treatment plant at McLoughlin Point in Esquimalt.
"We support the decision to move ahead. It has been a decade since the provincial government ordered the CRD to build sewage-treatment facilities," said John Werring, senior science and policy adviser with the David Suzuki Foundation. "With this decision to proceed, it's time to stop talking and polluting and start building." The waste water treatment plant will provide tertiary, which includes high level filtering, sewage treatment by 2020.
The CRD was ordered in 2006 to have a sewage-treatment plant running by this year. Following years of public consultation and technical input, the CRD was on its way to meeting that goal with a plan to build a secondary treatment plant at McLoughlin Point. By 2014, the process was derailed by organized opponents who argued that sewage treatment was unnecessary, and the plan and consultation inadequate.
"We're hopeful that yesterday's decision will put this issue to rest in the region. Moving ahead with a sewage-treatment plan backed by strong science is not only the right thing to do, it is essential," Werring said. "Dumping raw sewage into the ocean is simply unacceptable for any forward-thinking community."
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John Werring, Senior Science and Policy Adviser, David Suzuki Foundation