Indigenous Nation Blocks TransCanada Pipeline with New Checkpoint

When TransCanada attempts to deliver a Canadian court injunction against a decade-old Wet’suwet’en checkpoint, they run into a second checkpoint instead. The Wet’suwet’en people have never signed treaties with Canada or sold their lands, a fact confirmed by Canada’s Supreme Court in 1997 in a landmark case known as Delgamuukw.


B.C. MP looks to Quebec and PEI for electoral reform after referendum rebuff

NDP MP Nathan Cullen rises in the House of Commons in Ottawa on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017.

Voters in British Columbia have given a decisive rebuff to electoral reform, but while the idea seems dead in that province, the prospect for new voting systems in Canada has not completely disappeared.

Quebec Premier François Legault campaigned on electoral reform before taking office last year. Electoral reform is also on the table in Prince Edward Island, where a referendum on the issue is scheduled to take place with the next provincial election in the fall of 2019.

“If electoral reform has a pulse anywhere, it’s in Quebec,” Shachi Kurl, executive director of the Angus Reid Institute, said in an interview. MORE

Why we need to fix Canada’s new measure of poverty

The government’s new tool for measuring poverty is flawed, failing to acknowledge such key factors as child care fees and actual housing costs.

The measurement of poverty is finally set to change, and the impacts — and consequences — are serious. With the release of Canada’s first poverty reduction strategy in August 2018, the federal government has dedicated itself to creating the country’s first official poverty line, based on the MBM [the market basket measure]. The MBM will be balanced with a “dashboard” of other indicators of poverty that will be used to track and measure the progress of the strategy in meeting its reduction targets. Until January 31, Statistics Canada is conducting online and in person consultations to strengthen the MBM.

Without child care in the MBM basket, our national picture of poverty does not include a basic need that for many households is second only to rent as the highest expense

However, there are serious gaps in the MBM. If we don’t fix them, it will be more of a barrier for people living in poverty than a tool to help them. Our focus as a country should be on our human rights obligations to create an environment in which people have an adequate standard of living. The current design of the MBM is less than helpful as Canada strives to fulfill these obligations. MORE

Canada’s Climate Hypocrisy Peaked in 2018

Collage by Below2C, Climate Politics in Canada

Canada’s behaviour at COP conferences is not the problem. We behave as a good climate leader should. We play that role quite well. But “what matters most is what everyone does when they leave Katowice and go home,” said Catherine Abreu, executive director of Climate Action Network Canada. It’s what we do when we’re not at the conferences that matters.

Back home Canada continues to undercut its own climate action plan by its shameful promotion of fossil fuel expansion. A report released at the conference by Environmental Defence and Stand Earth shows that emissions will continue to rise, making it virtually impossible for Canada to meet its current Paris targets let alone the more ambitious targets promised by McKenna for 2020. The report exposes that intensive lobbying from the oil sector means about 80% of those emissions will be exempt from the federal carbon price. MORE

2018 | The Year in Climate Change

How Much Hotter Is Your Hometown Than When You Were Born?


See how days at or above 90 degrees Fahrenheit have changed in your lifetime and how much hotter it could get. MORE

Major Climate Report Describes a Strong Risk of Crisis as Early as 2040

U.S. Climate Report Warns of Damaged Environment and Shrinking Economy