Posts tagged Canada
2015 Canadian Federal Debate: energy and pipelines.

The national leaders of Canada’s political parties’ for the upcoming federal election on October 19th, 2015 finally had their first debate hosted by Maclean’s Magazine and moderated by Paul Wells, their political editor. While they touched on several topics such as the economy (Harper's government record especially), taxes, democratic reform, and Bill C-51, the most pressing issues for myself was to hear about energy and the environment for two reasons. First, climate change. As a prime minister, I want an elected leader to be concerned with climate change (that is, growing greenhouse gas emissions [GHG]) while growing the economy. I believe this means investing in other energy sources such as solar, wind, and nuclear (arguing why we need nuclear will require an entire article itself), while meeting the current energy demands Canadian lifestyles require. Here is the current trajectory of Canadian emissions.

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Canadian water myths.

Cholera breakouts, water-boiling advisories, death by E.coli, skin lesions, and more can all be caused by poor quality water. These incidents are not uncommon in many areas of the world, including Canada where quality and quantity are delineated primarily by race and geography. There are certain myths in Canadian culture regarding both the quantity and quality of the nation's water, and while many myths can be true in certain circumstances the general myths regarding Canadian water does mask many problems concerning water policies and environmental realities. My question is, how factual are these myths and what purpose do they serve in Canada?     

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Friendly fracking: Bridging fossil fuels and renewables.

‘Fracking’ has become the ‘f-word’ of the energy sector for environmentalists over the past few years. While the development of shale gas formations has been active for decades, recent innovations in horizontal drilling of rock formations and hydraulic fracturing have caused the practice to explode lately as a means of harnessing natural gas.

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What you can do to help Canada's sharks.

Sharks are some of the most diverse and enigmatic creatures that occupy the vast sea. Often we hear about shark spotting around the globe, but sharks are also in Canadian waters. Twenty-eight species of shark have been reported in Canadian waters; fourteen of which can be found in the Pacific and twenty in the Atlantic and Arctic. Although they pose very little threat to humans, many people still fear sharks and are causing their rapid decline.

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What does it mean to be a Top Environmentalist Under 25?

The Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25 season always proves to be exciting and inspirational. It's a time where we get to talk to others about who's making change for Canada's environment in the youth movement and where they're headed. We get to hear about amazing work being done from coast to coast - and we get to reward them for their accomplishments. It's the most wonderful time of the year

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