Together, we are starting to build a Canada for the many.

He’s intentionally misleading voters about the drop in gas prices.

Doug Ford and his Conservative caucus have taken en-masse to Twitter to claim credit for lowering Ontario gas prices.

Their reasoning? Ending cap and trade lowered gas prices across the province. No other reason is cited for the change in price

Progressive ideas about inequality, the economy, and our planet which would have recently been dismissed out of hand are now part of the mainstream political discourse. The field is open, and we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to shape our future.

We created North99 to help ensure that our future is a progressive, forward-thinking one — not the one preferred by the likes of Ford and Scheer. Since its creation North99 just over 12 months ago, North99 has quickly grown to be the most engaged, and one of the largest, communities of progressive Canadians online. We have created a media ecosystem that reaches millions of Canadians with a progressive message, mobilized tens of thousands of Canadians to take action on key issues, and pressured government to enact progressive change. MORE

 

Agent of change: U of T moves forward with plan to be a sustainability leader

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A U of T presidential committee’s report on the environment, climate change and sustainability recommends, among other things, using the campus as a “living lab” for sustainability projects (photo by Nick Iwanyshyn)

The University of Toronto is moving forward with an ambitious plan to establish itself as an engine of sustainability in Canada and around the world.

In its most recent annual report, U of T’s President’s Advisory Committee on the Environment, Climate Change and Sustainability, or CECCS, laid out a comprehensive road map that incorporates sustainable ideas and practices – both environmental and social – into nearly every facet of campus life.

“Let’s turn the whole university campus into a sandbox for sustainability experimentation and testing.”

That includes building partnerships with the wider community on sustainability issues and using U of T building projects as “living labs” to try out new sustainable technologies and practices. MORE

B.C. creative sector points the way in sustainability, diversity

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Increasingly, the work uniting B.C.’s creative industries is a formalized pursuit of greater sustainability within the sector. My prediction for 2019 and beyond is that B.C.’s global reputation for creative expertise will be paralleled by a reputation for stewardship.

I believe our creative industries will lead the way across all the key pillars of sustainability – economic, environmental, social and policy. MORE

5 reasons why the oilpatch could be in for another turbulent year in 2019


Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr., centre, joins other Indigenous chiefs and elders in leading thousands of people in a march against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in Burnaby, B.C., last March. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

The plot twists continue for Canada’s most contentious energy project, the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which would send oilsands crude to the West Coast for export.

Weeks after Ottawa rescued the project by buying it from Kinder Morgan for $4.5 billion, the Federal Court of Appeal overturned the pipeline’s approval, partly on grounds the federal government failed to properly consult First Nations.

The government is redoing that work, but there are no guarantees the project will move forward. MORE

The Story of 2018 Was Climate Change

Future generations may ask why we were distracted by lesser matters.

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We experience the weather. We see it and feel it.

If you argue that climate change is causing some weather trend, a climate denier may respond by making grand claims about a recent snowfall.

And yet the weather still has one big advantage over every other argument about the urgency of climate change: We experience the weather. We see it and feel it.

It is not a complex data series in an academic study or government report. It’s not a measurement of sea level or ice depth in a place you’ve never been. It’s right in front of you. And although weather patterns do have a lot of randomness, they are indeed changing. That’s the thing about climate change: It changes the climate. MORE

 

The most exciting corporate sustainability moves of 2018

It’s been quite the year for companies–from Apple to UPS to Ikea–trying to lighten their environmental footprints.

Image result for no plasticFirst off, a lot of them said no thank to single-use plastic. This year, inspired by a push from a broad coalition of activist groups, Starbucks pledged to phase out single-use plastic straws by 2020.

Other major players like American Airlines and McDonald’s are makings similar shifts. McDonald’s and Starbucks are also teaming up to develop a compostable coffee cup.

Through a new pledge launched by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, 250 organizations, including brands like H&M, PepsiCo, and Unilever, as well as the World Economic Forum and 40 academic institutions, will work together to develop a circular economy for plastic.

The aim is to shift away from plastic when unnecessary, and ensure that all that is used is recycled. By 2025, they want all plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable, or compostable–and not end up in the oceans or landfill, where it harms environments. MORE

 

 

9 Renewable Energy Highlights of 2018

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Despite the Trump administration’s ongoing attempts to prop up coal and undermine renewables—at FERCEPA and through tariffs and the budget process—2018 should instead be remembered for the surge in momentum toward a clean energy economy. Here are nine storylines that caught my attention this past year and help illustrate the unstoppable advancement of renewable energy and other modern grid technologies. MORE

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