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 […]

Transit and Tax Credits: A Lesson in Preparing Your Audience

Jonathan Kates  Immediately following the release of Budget 2017, I found myself caught up in a whirlwind of opposing viewpoints thanks to the Liberal government’s discontinuation of the Public Transit Tax Credit (PTTC). Normally, I would welcome such discussion, but in this case, it quickly became apparent that members were sorting themselves into two groups. […]

Disrespect Existence; Expect Resistance: A Discussion on Trump’s Green America, Canada’s Climate Potential, and Environmental Racism

Anna-Kay Russell Ever since the Paris Agreement was signed on October 5, 2016, there have been many conferences, workshops and panel discussions devoted on the topic of environmental action and the role that governments play. Most recently, the Environmental Governance Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, in partnership with the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, […]

Conservative Politicians: Climate Change Laggards?

Taylor Crane Rodrigues  Donald Trump, tweeter-in-chief, has openly claimed for years that global warming is a hoax created by the Chinese “to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.” Canadian Member of Parliament (MP) and Conservative leadership candidate Brad Trost received cheers and applause at a recent leadership debate when he said, “I don’t believe climate change is […]

On Catherine McKenna and the Pressure to Compromise

Jonathan Kates Last week, as interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose grilled the Liberal government in the House of Commons on their yet-to-be announced decision regarding the Pacific Northwest LNG project in British Columbia, Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna was giving Ambrose her answer over 5,000 kilometres away. In Richmond, B.C., with Natural Resources […]

SPPG Welcomes Peter Loewen as New Director

                                Photo: Milan Ilnyckyj, http://www.sindark.com Alexa Greig On May 20, following a year-long international search, faculty, staff, alumni, and students welcomed the news of the appointment of a new Director at the School of Public Policy and Governance, University of […]