Canada falls short of its 2020 climate change commitment Publish Date: 09-DEC-2014 08:46 AM Canada remains well short of meeting its international 2020 climate change commitment, Environment Canada reported Monday, even if the economy tanks and global oil and gas prices remain on the skids. Even under the worst-case scenario, the 2014 Emissions Report says Canada would still fail to cut greenhouse gases 17 per cent below 2005 levels by 2020 — as Canada committed to do under the Copenhagen accord.
Shifting Sands: How Energy is Shaping Canada’s Foreign Policy Publish Date: 09-DEC-2014 08:41 AM The recent rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline project in November by the United States Senate is only the latest chapter of an ongoing saga reflecting a dramatic shift in Canada’s foreign relations in recent years. The Canadian government has been engaging in an aggressive public relations campaign for its booming oil and gas industry. The strategy includes prominent marketing and behind-the-scenes lobbying in close partnership with oil industry executives. Prime Minister Stephen Harper, first elected in 2006, has long maintained his goal was to make Canada an energy superpower. But he has also changed the country’s role and policies in international climate change efforts as a means to achieve that goal.
Letter: Scientific literacy under attack in Quebec and Canada Publish Date: 02-DEC-2014 10:21 AM There’s a billboard on Highway 40 disfiguring the Montreal landscape by claiming that “The sun is the main driver of climate change.” This duplicity undermines the scientific education and awareness that we have been building for decades. It is all the more vicious since by their very name, “Friends of Science” — the Albertan organization that believes human behaviour is not responsible for climate change — usurps the credibility of science in order to misinform the public.
L'ACS lance une campagne de sociofinancement pour dénoncer la désinformation scientifique (French) Publish Date: 27-NOV-2014 08:36 AM En réaction aux panneaux climatosceptiques affichés sur l’autoroute 40 par l’organisme albertain Friends of Science, l’ACS lance une campagne contre la désinformation et l’imposture scientifique. L’Association répliquera en installant trois panneaux sur les autoroutes 40 et 440, dans la région montréalaise, rétablissant les faits sur les changements climatiques.
Les ennemis de la science (French) Publish Date: 26-NOV-2014 08:28 AM Cette pancarte sur l’autoroute 40 défigure le paysage montréalais en affichant que « Le soleil est le principal facteur du changement climatique ». Cette imposture scientifique mine une éducation et une sensibilisation scientifiques que nous bâtissons depuis plusieurs décennies. Elle est d’autant plus vicieuse que ses auteurs, Friends of Science, un organisme climatosceptique albertain, usurpent la crédibilité de la science pour désinformer la population.
Compressions : les chercheurs privés de données essentielles sur le climat Publish Date: 16-NOV-2014 02:12 PM La réduction des investissements fédéraux dans la recherche sur les changements climatiques prive les chercheurs qui y oeuvrent toujours de données essentielles. Interrogé sur les effets des compressions du gouvernement conservateur dans le domaine de la science climatique, le directeur général du consortium Ouranos, Alain Bourque, a noté que les chercheurs peinent désormais à trouver les données requises pour analyser l'évolution des changements climatiques.
Friends Of Science Tackle Tax Status Of The Alberta Wilderness Association Publish Date: 13-NOV-2014 01:37 PM A group that doesn't believe carbon dioxide emissions cause global warming has taken aim at a prominent Alberta environmental group's charitable status. The Calgary-based Friends of Science has asked its supporters to write the Canada Revenue Agency about the activities of the Alberta Wilderness Association. "We think there are some questions that should be asked of the CRA," Friends spokeswoman Michelle Stirling said Thursday. The Friends object to the association's refusal to print a rebuttal to an article critical of the group in the Alberta Wilderness newsletter. The article referred to a billboard the Friends rented in Calgary that said the sun is the cause of climate change, not rising greenhouse gas emissions.
Wobbling on Climate Change Publish Date: 11-NOV-2014 09:58 AM I’m a climate scientist and a former astronaut. Not surprisingly, I have a deep respect for well-tested theories and facts. In the climate debate, these things have a way of getting blurred in political discussions.
Canada and B.C unprepared for climate-based migration Publish Date: 05-NOV-2014 09:29 AM A new study co-authored by Simon Fraser University researchers recommends that the federal government create a new immigration class of "climate migrants" to help address the mounting global human displacement associated with climate change. In Preparing BC for Climate Migration, the authors also recommend Canada implement immigration targets and programs to ensure the country absorbs its fair share of those migrants.
Republicans, Meet Science Publish Date: 04-NOV-2014 09:25 AM Just days before the midterm elections, we got the latest alarm: The globe is heating up like a griddle, and we’re just lolling here like eggs. This happened on Sunday, when a United Nations panel issued what The Times called its “starkest warning yet.” But while the report made headlines, it didn’t make the campaign. Like other big issues being shelved for some later, scarier day, climate change wasn’t high on the agenda, especially for Republicans.
Climate damages litigation could cost Canadian oil & gas companies billions: study Publish Date: 09-OCT-2014 12:32 PM Canadian oil and gas companies could be liable for billions of dollars of damages for their contribution to climate change, according a study released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) and West Coast Environmental Law (West Coast) that analyzes scenarios in which the legal landscape concerning climate damages litigation could suddenly and dramatically change.
Climat : le Canada et le Québec déçoivent (French) Publish Date: 06-OCT-2014 11:59 AM Au moment où il entame une visite au Canada, Nicolas Hulot, ambassadeur des questions climatiques du président français François Hollande, critique sévèrement les partisans des énergies fossiles, qui ne font selon lui qu’aggraver des bouleversements climatiques déjà bien réels.
Scientists rail against imposed ignorance: Goar Publish Date: 02-OCT-2014 11:18 AM A year ago, a handful of Toronto scientists decided they could no longer watch helplessly as the government of Canada systematically stifled information on everything from climate change to drug safety. They formed a collective called Scientists for the Right to Know. This week, they held a public forum at the Munk School of Global Affairs. It was called Imposed Ignorance, a panel discussion highlighting what Canadians are losing and why it matters.
CFIA Consultations and Canadian Food Safety (PDF)
Publish Date: 19-DEC-2014 02:44 AM
As part of the 2014 CFIA Consultations, the Professional Institute of The Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) has submitted a detailed analysis of each of the following proposals:
Scientists Rally in Support of Federal Research
Publish Date: 27-NOV-2014 11:16 AM
On the morning of October 22, researchers and science staff from Natural Resources Canada, Agriculture & Agri-food Canada and the Department of National Defence demonstrated in Québec city at the entrance of Université Laval in support of research in the federal government.
The Canada First Research Excellence Fund seems to be the Harper government’s response to fierce criticism about its science policies. It was announced with much fanfare last week (although it had appeared in the spring budget) by Prime Minister Stephen Harper as an unprecedented investment to strengthen Canada’s position in the world of science. But it came on the heels of an uproar in the scientific community over the imminent shuttering of a world-class science facility at the University of Ottawa, highlighting precisely what many critics believe is wrong with the Conservatives’ approach to science.
Irrités par les interventions du gouvernement Harper, les scientifiques fédéraux ont concocté un répulsif inusité: des clauses à insérer dans leur convention collective. Reste à voir si le remède sera homologué.