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Tue, 2007-12-18 22:30Kevin Grandia
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FaceBook Group: Environment is My Voting Issue in Canada

If you're on Facebook, please take a moment to add your name to our latest project called: “The Environment is My Voting Issue in Canada.”

For over a year and half, polls have identified the environment as the # 1 concern for Canadians.  

Using social media tools like Facebook we can send a message to the Government of Canada that their performance on environmental issues will be judged at the ballot box.

Tue, 2007-12-18 12:34Emily Murgatroyd
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Inaction on Global Warming Sees Canadian Tory Government Bleeding In Polls

A new Angus Reid poll out today shows that the Stephen Harper Tory government continues to slump in popularity, and much of the blame lands squarely on their continued bumbling over the issue of global warming.

The Tory government is limping along with a paltry 33 per cent of Canadians supporting their party compared with 36.3 per cent on election day and the party's high of 39 per cent in March of this year.

The environment remains the highest-ranked issue for voters.

Fri, 2007-12-14 17:58Richard Littlemore
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Europe Blinks; U.S., Canada Win Lame Bali Compromise

Honoring the the will of the lowest common denominator - the worst polluters and most resistant policy makers in the world - 191 countries negotiating global greenhouse emission limits in Bali have come to a “compromise” that doesn't mention actual limits.
Thu, 2007-12-13 14:21Richard Littlemore
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Prairie Sun Setting on Tory Climate Policies

The Winnipeg Sun, not generally a bastion of prairie liberalism, has penned this remarkably articulate editorial speculating that Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's internationally embarrassing global warming position could be the issue that drives his party from power.

Or, he could just change his position ….

Mon, 2007-12-10 21:29Emily Murgatroyd
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Job Security Unstable? Renewable Energy is Looking for Employees.

Author Jeff Goodell's quote, “[a] full-blown push for clean energy could unleash a jobs bonanza that would make what happened in Silicon Valley in the 1990s look like a bake sale,” rings true when you look at yesterday's job report published by the UN.

The report found that solving global warming has resulted in world wide employment gains.


Mon, 2007-12-10 11:43Richard Littlemore
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Bali: Canada Puts Energy Before Environment in Delegation

Canada's governing Conservative party, which clings to power with a slim minority in Parliament, banished its usual traveling partners - the political opposition and Canadian environmental organizations - from its Bali delegation, choosing instead to bring along executives from one of the largest Canadian-owned energy firms, Encana.

Fri, 2007-12-07 16:42Emily Murgatroyd
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A New DeSmog Investigation: Operation ecoTRUTH

This is the first in a DeSmogBlog exclusive investigative series we're calling, “Operation ecoTRUTH.”

One of the Canadian government's banner climate change funds could easily go toward subsidies that actually make the problem worse - and officials in Prime Minister Stephen Harper's administration would neither know, nor care.

Canada's Auditor General, Sheila Fraser, recently reported to the government's Public Accounts Committee that she is investigating concerns about the Conservative government's $1.5-billion Eco-Trust for Clean Air and Climate Change.

Fri, 2007-12-07 15:21Mitchell Anderson
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Carbon Prohibition Hurts PM Harper's Backyard Distillery

If you owned a distillery, you would probably not be in favor of prohibition.
 
So it is little wonder why Harper is apposed to binding emission targets at the UN climate negotiations in Bali.
 
Harper’s adopted province of Alberta is home to the second largest oil reserves in the world, and the good times are just starting to roll…
Fri, 2007-12-07 07:15Ross Gelbspan
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IPCC Chief Calls Canada a Climate "Opportunist"

Canada is being “opportunistic” in its stance on carbon emissions reductions, the head of the Nobel Prize-winning IPCC said Thursday.

Canada has said emissions reductions targets should apply to all major emitters, including China and India, although past negotiations have agreed that industrialised countries bear greater responsibility for climate change.

“It is really an opportunistic position that they are taking,” said Rajendra K. Pachauri,. “This particular government has been a government of skeptics. They do not want to do anything on climate change,” Pachauri said.

Wed, 2007-12-05 14:38Kevin Grandia
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A Climactic Scandal? Harper Government Cannot Account for $1.5 billion in Climate Change Funds

Yesterday at a meeting of the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development, Canada's Minister of the Environment waffled about heavily and refused to provide a full accounting of the government's $1.519 billion Canada Eco Trust Fund for Clean Air and Climate Change.

This follows on criticism two weeks ago of the Eco Trust by the government's Auditor General, Sheila Fraser, who stated:

We are deeply concerned about very large transfers being made purportedly for certain purposes. But when you look at the actual agreements there are absolutely no conditions requiring the recipient to use the moneys for the purposes being announced.”

Lacking the oversight guaranteeing that monies provided to the provinces will be spent appropriately is bad enough, but even worse it appears the government cannot even account for monies spent to date.

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