Opening the Government of Canada’s budget papers last week felt strangely celebratory. Budget day happened to fall on my birthday, and one of the policies I care about most is getting public procurement right. So it felt like unwrapping a gift when I read Ottawa’s new procurement plans, which will help spark clean energy innovation….

Amidst the flurry of headlines about the 2017 federal budget, Ontario held its first cap and trade auction last week. While it will take a few more weeks for the results to be calculated and posted, let’s review why Ontario decided to price carbon pollution in the first place, and why it’s the right choice….

Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled his second budget last week, and we saw a lot to like in its pages. The headline we took from this year’s edition is that Ottawa is not backing off on climate action. Those who hoped to see Ottawa slow down in the face of Donald Trump’s backward-looking agenda will…

In a new report released this morning, the Fraser Institute paints a simplistic portrait of Ontario’s coal phaseout—the single largest greenhouse gas reduction initiative in North America to date. Evaluating the coal phaseout solely on the basis of particulate matter and air quality misses the bigger picture—that burning coal for energy contributes to climate change…

The true measure of any climate plan can be boiled down to one question: how well does it reduce carbon pollution? Apply this test to the B.C. Climate Leadership Plan, which involved more than 15 months of consultation before its August release, and the answer is clear: the plan fails. Recently, Clean Energy Canada worked…

The 150-year history of Confederation is but a speck of time compared to the lifespan of planet earth. Birthdays are a good time to look back, but an even better time to look forward. As Canadians, we sometimes downplay what we have accomplished and underestimate what we can do next. But let’s step outside our…

Electricity is a big deal in Ontario. Whether driven by public outcry over rising rates or the propensity of politicians to respond, you can’t turn a corner—let alone the pages of a newspaper—without hearing something about electricity. So perhaps it’s not surprising that Ontario Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault spoke Monday at what the Empire Club…

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