A real Canadian emergency, why some homes will soon be 'uninsurable', and another EV to get excited about


Calling it a plan does not make it so

There was certainly no shortage of news this week. After months of speculation, the Conservative Party of Canada finally released its climate plan, A Real Plan for the Environment. The problem is, it’s not really a real plan. We’re left to wonder how much pollution it would cut, how close it would take us toward our pollution reduction target, and how much it would cost.

Despite being lauded by party leader Andrew Scheer as “the most comprehensive environment plan ever put forward by any opposition party in Canadian history,” it has been criticized by many as being (rather like the Arctic) full of hot air. 

As a CBC article writes, “There are many words in it. Some of them are in large fonts. Others are in italics. But unfortunately, none of them explain at any point how much the federal Conservatives hope to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.” Editors at the Globe and Mail, the Star and Maclean’s all had similar reactions. It’s clear that the Conservative plan would fail to deliver what Canadians expect: less pollution and more opportunity as the world shifts to clean energy.

Canada’s climate emergency

Canada has taken a symbolic step forward by declaring a climate emergency, becoming the third country in the world to do so. It follows similar declarations from cities across Canada including Vancouver, Ottawa, Halifax, Kingston, Sudbury and, most recently, Sarnia. Our take? It draws an important line in the sand: in an emergency, we debate how to do more faster, rather than backsliding on action already in place.

Going the distance with EVs

If you’re looking for an up-to-date summary of EV policy in Canada, and how to get more electric vehicles on the road, then give our new op-ed in the National Observer a click. With the International Energy Agency predicting there will be 130 million EVs on the road by 2030, investing in electric vehicles is a smart move.

Meeting the targets

CBC has teamed up with Navius Research to create this jazzy piece that provides a great visual representation of how different policies help us meet our emissions targets. Good if you want to better understand the emissions gap minus the wonky details. 


With the frequency and severity of floods on the up, the implications for home insurance are an increasing concern for Canadians like Mike Matto, who has been told his insurance will only cover one more flood. Yet more reminders of the increasing costs of climate inaction.

New York, New York

New York has become the latest member of the zero-emission goals club after it passed an act that will see the fourth most populous state in the U.S. create a “net-zero carbon economy” by 2050. It’s the first state to make such a commitment—let’s hope more follow its lead.

Climate change in the courts

The fight against climate change is starting to look like a courtroom drama. This week, the Albertan government launched its legal challenge over the federally imposed carbon tax. Meanwhile youth in Quebec are mounting a very different legal challenge, stating the government has deprived an entire generation of the right to a healthy environment. 

Another EV to choose from

The list of EV-less automakers grows ever shorter, with Mazda the latest to announce it will introduce its first battery electric car in 2020. It appears that even the most electric-skeptic manufacturers are now embracing the impending electrification. 

12 charts for your reading pleasure

If you like a nice chart to ease you into the week, this one’s for you: “The global transition to clean energy, explained in 12 charts.” It has some interesting takeaways, including the “need to look past the sparkly good news in the electricity sector and bear down on heating and transportation, where most of the energy is being consumed.”

The week in ice melt

Climate change continues to wreak havoc in the coldest parts of our planet. Permafrost in the Canadian Arctic is melting 70 years earlier than expected, while satellite data have revealed that glacial melting in the Himalayas has doubled since the late 20th century.

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