Barry Saxifrage
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Nov. 15, 2023

Canada still has eight years to achieve our 2030 climate target. But rising emissions over the last two years look like they've already pushed it out of reach. That’s because we are now at a point where each wasted year makes the remaining task overwhelmingly larger.

Have we already run out the clock on climate hope in Canada? Take a look at these five charts and decide for yourself.

The rising cost of delay

My first chart shows the rapidly steepening path to Canada’s 2030 climate target.

Nick Seebruch
Canadian Labour Congress President Bea Bruske at Thursday's press conference announcing the anti-scab legislation. Credit: CPAC

Nov. 9, 2023

A longtime priority of the labour movement took an important step towards becoming a reality on Thursday.

On Thursday, November 9 after months of negotiations and promises, the Liberals introduced anti-scab legislation into the House of Commons.

“Today is about keeping parties focused on the table and providing more stability and certainty to the economy,” said Liberal Labour Minister Seamus O’Regan at a press conference on Thursday morning.

Natasha Bulowski
Bloc Québécois MP Monique Pauzé before a federal committee meeting on Sept. 28, 2023. Photo by Natasha Bulowski

Nov. 10, 2023

Canada’s environment commissioner said it is not clear how the oil and gas sector will achieve the greenhouse gas emission reductions prescribed under the federal government’s climate plan, and called for more transparency around the modelling.

Natasha Bulowski
Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre's non-binding motion to exempt all forms of home heating from the carbon price was defeated on Nov. 6, 2023. File photo by Alex Tétreault

Nov. 7, 2023

Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre’s symbolic motion calling for more carbon tax carveouts was defeated, but this won’t end the polarizing debate that centres on equity.

For the most part, opposition politicians and provincial governments have focused their attention on pushing for more carbon price carveouts, calling the Liberals’ three-year exemption on heating oil unfair to the rest of Canadians.

Amanda Follett Hosgood
Pro-Palestine demonstrators protest in front of Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland’s office in Toronto on Oct. 30. Photo by Christopher Katsarov, the Canadian Press.

Nov. 7, 2023

A founding member of Independent Jewish Voices on Zionism, antisemitism and the need for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. A Tyee Q&A.

It’s been one month since violence erupted in the Middle East.

Wilderness Committee
Another massive LNG plant on the West Coast?

Nov. 6, 2023

Ksi Lisims LNG is a proposal in Nisga’a territory to liquefy almost as much gas as LNG Canada. Although the proponent wants to use hydroelectricity to do so, that will only happen if BC Hydro — and its ratepayers — build it a brand new transmission line. Even then, the fracking required to fill it will make the facility among the province’s worst polluters.

John Woodside
Illustration by Ata Ojani/Canada's National Observer

Nov. 3, 2023

Nuclear proliferation experts are warning that 50 years of policy designed to limit the spread of nuclear weapons is unravelling as governments invest in certain small modular reactors that could be misused to build bombs.

The concerns are aimed at Moltex, a Saint John, N.B., nuclear startup building small modular reactors (SMRs) that will be powered with spent fuel from CANDU reactors. To make the fuel, Moltex plans to separate plutonium from uranium in CANDU waste and use the extracted plutonium to power new SMRs.


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