It’s not Easy Being Green: Germany’s energy woes are rooted in its net-zero decision to abandon nuclear

By: Nicholas Johnstone The lights have been turned off at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. In normal times, this iconic monument and tourist attraction is spectacularly lit up at night; however, it is now a dark symbol of the energy crisis that Germany and other European nations are currently facing. As of September, a number…

The GM Closure in Oshawa and the Future of the Auto Industry in Canada

by Daniel Blazekovic On November 7, 1953, production began at the Oshawa General Motors (GM) assembly plant. A century later, the Oshawa plant has become “the most decorated plant with 29 J.D. Power awards, [with] a proven track record of great quality and customer satisfaction.” On November 26, more than 65 years after GM began…

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…

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,…

Down the Cylinder: A Rundown on Canadian Pipelines

Ian T. D. Thomson Near the end of 2016, pipelines were at the top of everyone’s agenda. The Trudeau government approved two major pipeline projects in Canada— Kinder Morgan’s TransMountain and Enbridge’s Line 3. Environmental and Indigenous activists in North Dakota proclaimed victory as the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline was halted with plans…