Monthly Archives: June 2011


Wild Weather Hammers Home Case for Green Jobs

By Charley Beresford Read this story on The Tyee at:  https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2011/06/06/CaseForGreenJobs/   Recent spring flooding across Canada, and the carnage wrought by tornadoes in the American Midwest, are terrifying reminders of the potential implications of climate change. Let’s face it, Mother Nature is mad as hell, and she’s not going to take it anymore. These dramatic READ MORE


Poll: BC residents support using carbon tax to fund health care and education

Most British Columbians support carbon taxes, according to a recent poll by the Pembina Institute. The poll found that 69 per cent of respondents supported applying the carbon tax to all sources of greenhouse gas pollution, and 56 per cent supported using the tax revenue for health care and education. Click  here  for the Pembina Institute’s press READ MORE


Report on BC’s green industry predicts huge growth for 2011

According to a new repor t published by KPMG, that assesses the current value of BC’s green industry and directions it may go, BC’s green economy sector is forecasted to be $2.5 billion in 2011, a 57 percent increase compared to 2008. In contrast to the service sector, green jobs pay decent salaries. The average salary for READ MORE


Climate change leading to mass extinction of marine life

A dramatic loss of marine life is happening at a rapid rate due to acidification of the oceans. At a gathering in Oxford, oceanographers called for urgent action –  reduction in fishing, measures to stop pollution and cut greenhouse gas emissions and the establishment of conservation areas. Without action, scientists predict entire ecosystems could disappear READ MORE


Pickering Ontario on the verge of implementing “fair wage” policy

On June 13th city councilors voted to recommend a “fair wage” policy for contracts over S1 million. Workers affected by this policy would likely be those in the construction trades. The policy is supported by Terry Dorgan, an agent of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 894, who believes the policy “promotes safety on READ MORE


Home CETA: A hot topic at gathering of municipal leaders

At the recent FCM (Federation of Canadian Municipalities) annual conference, nearly two thirds of municipal delegates voted to make CETA (The Canadian European Trade Agreement) a topic of debate. Although trade negotiations are not typically a part of FCM discussions, the parameters of CETA directly impact the ability of local governments to protect local procurement READ MORE


New resource guide essential reading for local officials considering P3 projects

“P3s are complicated and politically contentious. They shift the role governments play in the delivery of public services and infrastructure,” says Charley Beresford, Columbia Institute’s Executive Director. “On balance, our research shows that P3’s do not support the public interest.” columbiap3_eng_v8-webpdf.pdf


CETA

Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union Canada has been negotiating a new trade agreement with the European Union, an agreement that could hurt local governments. The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) could take away your municipalities’ right to have buy local & buy Canadian policies, increase your administrative READ MORE


Manitoba experiment proves mental and physical health improve with guaranteed income

From 1974-1978, residents of a small Manitoba town received a guaranteed income. The income was enough to make sure the town’s 13,000 residents never dropped below the poverty line. It was part of an experiment called MINCOME and was intended to help assess the value of Canada’s social security system. The experiment was shelved in READ MORE


Hope for reducing greenhouse gas emissions

Despite a lack of action from senior governments, several Canadian municipalities are looking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Halifax and Vancouver are both launching pilot projects that will allow homeowners to retrofit homes with energy efficient appliances, insulation, doors and windows, and heating systems without paying the costs up front. Low interest loans are being READ MORE


CETA: A hot topic at gathering of municipal leaders

At the recent FCM (Federation of Canadian Municipalities) annual conference, nearly two thirds of municipal delegates voted to make CETA (The Canadian European Trade Agreement) a topic of debate. Although trade negotiations are not typically a part of FCM discussions, the parameters of CETA directly impact the ability of local governments to protect local procurement READ MORE


Energy efficiency home retrofits slow climate change and save canadians thousands on energy bills: Report

A new study – This Green House – Building Fast Action on Climate Change and Green Jobs by the Columbia Institute – reveals that modest investments in energy conservation in homes can save homeowners thousands of dollars, and dramatically and rapidly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Canada. 


Leading Change presentations

LEADING CHANGE IN CHALLENGING TIMES. THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR PARTICIPANTS! WE ENJOYED ANOTHER INSPIRING FORUM!  THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR PARTICIPANTS!  WE ENJOYED ANOTHER INSPIRING FORUM! In these challenging times, when the outlook for progressive public policy feels daunting, we invite you to join other Mayors, Councillors and School Trustees to share ideas, READ MORE


Wild Weather Hammers Home Case for Green Jobs

Columbia Institute Executive Director, Charley Beresford, argues last month’s intensive floods, tornadoes and hurricanes should serve as reminder that we can’t wait any longer to start actively reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and energy use. A report released by the Columbia Institute, This Green House: Building Fast Action on Climate Change examines the role Canadian READ MORE


Resiliency: Cool Ideas for Locally Elected Leaders

Resiliency: Cool Ideas for Locally Elected Leaders is the fifth volume in the Going for Green Leadership Series. Inspired by conversations at our Centre for Civic Governance forums, Resiliency highlights the bold and creative ways in which leaders and communities are responding to the major environmental challenges of our time. Note: Download individual articles by READ MORE