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Tapping the Potential of the Silent Majority: The Role of Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs in Building Resilient, Low-carbon Communities

Tuesday, 26 July 2016
publication
Although government is tasked with responding to climate change and other sustainability problems, it is often the private sector that has the innovative approaches and technical skills needed to design effective responses. This policy brief proposes that Canada seek to engage small business in finding collaborative and creative solutions to achieve reductions and develop a more transformative approach to sustainability.

Three Amigos Summit: North American Leaders To Preach Co-Operation In Light Of Brexit

Sunday, 26 June 2016
article
Mike Blanchfield & Alexander Panetta
North American leaders meeting in Ottawa this week are being confronted with the seismic economic ripples caused by Britain's decision to leave the European Union.

The power of the people in the fight against climate change

Friday, 17 June 2016
article
Lawyer Juan Castro Gil speaks with CIGI Senior Fellow Roger Cox about his Urgenda victory and his uphill battle in Spain to ensure that the government reimburse promised rates to photovoltaic producers.

Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan: A Springboard to Meeting Canada’s Paris Goals

Friday, 10 June 2016
blog
Damilola S. Olawuyi , Sue Vern Tan
By introducing a broad range of direct and indirect incentives for the public to adopt low-carbon lifestyles, Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan shifts discussions on climate change from threat to opportunity.

Sustainability Codes of Conduct in Green Banking | Inside the Issues 6.12

Wednesday, 8 June 2016
video
In this episode of Inside the Issues Olaf Weber, CIGI Senior Fellow joins Andrew Thompson to discuss Sustainability Codes of Conduct in the Green Banking Sector.

L’Oléoduc Énergie Est ne doit pas être construit

Wednesday, 8 June 2016
article
Carl Renaud
L’ex-économiste en chef de la Banque CIBC, Jeff Rubin, soutient que l’Oléoduc Énergie Est ne doit pas être construit. M. Rubbin, aujourd’hui auteur et conférencier, estime que le projet de TransCanada n’est pas viable économiquement.

Low Oil Prices, Climate Commitments Make Pipelines Economic Losers: Expert

Tuesday, 7 June 2016
article
Andrew Nikiforuk
Politicians who advocate for more bitumen pipelines and LNG exports are making a “have your cake and eat it too argument” because there is no way Canada can meet its climate change commitments under such a scenario says David Hughes, one of the nation's top energy experts.

The G20's "Development" Agenda: Fundamental, Not a Sidebar

Tuesday, 7 June 2016
publication
This policy brief outlines concrete proposals for addressing three critical issues – climate change, the Internet and sovereign debt — where the G20 could address gaps in governance among selected international institutions.

Implementing the Paris Agreement: The Relevance of Human Rights to Climate Action

Monday, 6 June 2016
publication
The objectives of this meeting were to discuss how domestic and international implementation of Canada’s commitments under the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement might implicate human rights, and to consider how CIGI’s International Law Research Program could contribute to developing guidance for government decision makers on how to integrate human rights analysis into climate-related policy making.

Closing the Gap between Canadian Emissions Targets and Performance: The Role of a National Carbon Tax

Tuesday, 31 May 2016
publication
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced his intention of forging a national climate change strategy with the provinces to reduce carbon dioxide emissions to at least 30 percent below their 2005 levels by 2030. Yet without a national standard for emissions pricing, and a federal mechanism to enforce it, the country has been left with a hodgepodge of highly disparate provincial emissions regulations that put Canada in no better position to achieve current emissions targets than it was to meet past targets. The federal government needs to assume a leadership role by establishing a national carbon tax that can be harmonized with existing provincial pricing mechanisms to achieve national emissions reduction targets.
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