British Columbia

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People walk along the shore of Alouette Lake amid drought conditions on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

June 23, 2023

The British Columbia government is urging people to save water, saying the forecast predicts drought across much of the province this summer.

A statement from the Forests Ministry says recent rains have provided some relief in parts of B.C., but it hasn't been enough to make up the deficit.

B.C.'s drought map shows much of the northeastern corner of the province is at drought level four on the five-level scale, meaning conditions are extremely dry, with communities and ecosystems likely to experience adverse impacts.

Cloe Logan
Efficiency Canada just released a paper that makes policy suggestions on how Canada could lead the way by marrying rental protections with energy-efficiency programs. Photo by Mika Baumeister / Unsplash

June 23rd 2023

In Canada, most federal energy-efficiency programs target homeowners: the Canadian Greener Homes grant, for example, offers $125 to $5,000 to install heat pumps, swap out insulation and more.

Primary Author: Mitchell Beer
European Space Agency/Flickr

June 22, 2023

A county government in Oregon is suing more than a dozen fossil fuel companies for the costs it incurred in a 2021 heat emergency that killed at least 69 of its residents, in a move that could help prepare the ground for similar legal action in Canada.

Isaac Phan Nay
Roland Willson co-authored a policy forum asking policymakers to braid Indigenous rights into endangered species laws. Photo submitted by Roland Willson

June 15, 2023

When Ally Menzies was a child, her father made yearly moose-hunting trips to Riding Mountain National Park, about 200 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg.

Moose was a familiar part of her family’s diet, said Menzies, a wildlife conservation researcher at the University of Guelph and a member of the Manitoba Métis Federation. But when she became a teenager, the moose population started to decline. First Nations and Métis people found it more and more difficult to harvest moose in the area.

Canada-Wide Peace and Justice Network (CWPJN)
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Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland said last year that no more public money would go toward the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. Photo by Natasha Bulowski / Canada's National Observer

June 2, 2023

The federal government is once again putting taxpayer dollars on the line to prop up the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion (TMX).

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Construction crew works on pipe during construction on the Trans Mountain Pipleline expansion project at Bridal Falls, between Hope and Chilliack in the Fraser Valley. PHOTO BY TRANS MOUNTAIN CORP.

Jun 1, 2023

Costs jumped 44 per cent in March

The Trans Mountain pipeline received additional support from the Canadian government after the cost to expand the controversial Alberta-to-British Columbia oil conduit jumped 44 per cent in March.

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The government announced that it would invest $19.5-million in charging stations for medium and heavy-duty vehicles.davidfillion/E+/Getty Images

May 30, 2023

B.C. government providing $30-million to help address the technology gap in the hard-to-decarbonize commercial transportation sector

The B.C. government’s increased support to help the commercial-vehicle sector reach its goal to eliminate emissions by the end of the decade is welcome, but it won’t solve the key obstacle, says the president of the BC Trucking Association.


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