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Canada has the worst climate change record in the industrialized world

This is embarrassing. Canada is dead last among industrialized nations in a new climate change performance index. “Canada still shows no intention on moving forward with climate policy and therefore remains the worst performer of all industrialized countries,” says the report released by Germanwatch, a sustainable development advocacy group. The index takes into account a variety of […]

October 28, 2014

This is embarrassing.

Canada is dead last among industrialized nations in a new climate change performance index.

“Canada still shows no intention on moving forward with climate policy and therefore remains the worst performer of all industrialized countries,” says the report released by Germanwatch, a sustainable development advocacy group.

The index takes into account a variety of indicators related to greenhouse gas emissions, development of emissions, climate policy, renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Canada particularly stands out when comparing its low scores on emissions, renewable energy investments and climate policies.

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This shouldn’t come as much surprise to Canadians.

Back in June, when U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced plans for historic reductions in carbon emissions, Stephen Harper reversed his long-standing wait-and-see what the Americans do position on emissions, shifting to a new line that he had actually solved the problem two years ago.

That, of course, isn’t true. Earlier this month, an audit conducted by the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development found the federal government’s policies to reduce emissions has only gotten us 7% of the way to meeting Canada’s Copenhagen Accord targets.

On the other hand, we’re dealing with a government that believes increased fossil fuel use has a correlation with improved air and water quality.

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Bank of Canada just gave us “the-dog-has-died talk” about manufacturing sector

Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz has some really bad news to share about the Canadian manufacturing sector. Or, as the Globe and Mail’s Economy Lab editor David Parkinson puts it, “Poloz has just sat Canadians down and given us a national the-dog-has-died talk.” In a statement that was slated to be delivered last week with […]

October 27, 2014

Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz has some really bad news to share about the Canadian manufacturing sector.

Or, as the Globe and Mail’s Economy Lab editor David Parkinson puts it, “Poloz has just sat Canadians down and given us a national the-dog-has-died talk.”

In a statement that was slated to be delivered last week with the release of the bank’s quarterly Monetary Policy Report (the event was cancelled following the shooting at the…