Taking Stock of Canada’s International Commitments to Reduce GHG Emissions

By Clare MacDonald Introduction This explainer will delve into the international organizations involved in measuring and reporting worldwide commitments to slowing climate change. It will also examine the Government of Canada’s biggest climate-related commitments over the years and explain how Canada tracks and articulates its climate emissions and commitments on the global scale. Environment and […]

Canada's Single Use Plastic Ban

Unpacking Equity is a collaboration between the Public Policy and Governance Review and the Equity, Diversity and Public Policy Initiative (EDPP) at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. This series aims to explain equity-related policy issues and break down complicated topics involving equity, diversity and inclusion. Policy professionals can gain a better […]

Charged Up: The Benefits and Costs of Sourcing Energy – January 25th, 2019

Good morning subscribers!   The rise of renewable energy sources has been linked to a decrease in carbon emissions and an increase in jobs, which is good for economic growth and environmental sustainability. However, to ensure that the transition towards renewable energy sources is both effective and equitable there are many key considerations that must […]

Protecting the Environment and Fighting Climate Change – December 7th, 2018

Good morning subscribers! The recent release of Ontario’s Environment Plan has sparked several conversations on environmental issues such as climate change, pollution, and land conservation. These issues are often complex since they involve various key factors that affect both Canada’s economy and the well-being of the population. Today’s Brief includes a variety of articles that reflect […]

Ontario’s Environment Plan: An Abdication of Responsibility

By Megan Mattes On November 29th, 2018, Environment Minister Rod Phillips announced the Ontario government’s long-awaited Environment Plan. Not a climate plan, mind you – an Environment Plan. A weak substitute for the now-cancelled Cap and Trade Act, the new plan contains four sections: protecting air, lakes and rivers; addressing climate change; reducing litter and […]