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Letter to the PM: Do not weaken carbon pricing measures

August 2018 Read the letter Following the release of updates to the federal carbon pricing system for the country’s largest emitters, CPJ wrote to Prime Minister Trudeau to express concern about the changes announced and to urge his government to return the output-based standards to at most 70 and 80 per cent of GHG emissions intensity...

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CPJ joins call for Ontario climate action

August 8, 2018 Read the letter CPJ joined Climate Action Network Canada and colleague organizations to call on Ontario Premier Doug for to publicly commit to achieving Ontario’s existing legislated emissions reduction goals, and; table a detailed, scientifically sound plan to meet these legislated goals as soon as possible.

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A Carbon Price that Reduces Poverty

As the summer road-trip season is upon us, gas prices are, as usual, on the rise. The public narrative in Ontario puts the blame squarely on carbon pricing. To be sure, gas prices in Ontario rose 4.3¢ (of a total of $1.35/litre) overnight when the province’s cap and trade program came into effect in January 2017. And...

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Invest in a Just Transition, Not Pipelines

In the midst of protests, politicking, and global proclamations, the Government of Canada bought the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project on May 29, 2018 for $4.5 billion. While the federal government’s action polarized Canadians, it also emphasized the need for serious reflection on how we can move forward most constructively.

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Book Review: Grass, Soil, Hope

 From the Catalyst, Summer 2018 Grass, Soil, Hope: A Journey Through Carbon Country By Courtney White Chelsea Green Publishing, 2014 Reviewed by Wayne Groot Courtney White in his book Grass, Soil, Hope does a wonderful job explaining what carbon is, and how it is a necessary building block in anything on this planet that is alive. He explains how...

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Book Review: The Patch

​ From the Catalyst, Summer 2018 The Patch: The People, Pipelines, and Politics of the Oil Sands By Chris Turner Simon & Schuster, 2017 Reviewed by Karri Munn-Venn Who knew that a 319-page book on bitumen could be so captivating? The Patch is undoubtedly the best book I have read in a long time.

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McKenna encouraged by Give it up for the Earth! campaign

McKenna encouraged by Give it up for the Earth! campaign

In 2017, as part of CPJ’s inaugural Give it up for the Earth! climate campaign, people from across the country took action to reduce their personal greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and encourage the federal government to respond boldly to the global climate crisis. This year we did it again! On July 17, a CPJ delegation...

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No faith in Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

Signing onto the David Suzuki Foundation letter asking Ottawa to reverse course on the Trans-Mountain pipeline was not any mere whim, said Citizens for Public Justice executive director Joe Gunn. The ecumenical social justice organization understands that working people who depend on the oilsands to pay their mortgages can’t be bystanders in the national debate about just...

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CPJ joins call to halt Kinder Morgan pipeline project

May 2018 Read the letter CPJ joined with friends and colleagues from community groups, environmental organizations, coastal businesses, and Indigenous networks to call on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to step away from the contentious Kinder Morgan pipeline project. The letter was signed by over 70 civil society organizations from across Canada.

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Letter to Morneau: End fossil fuel subsidies

May 2018 Read the letter CPJ wrote to Minister Morneau to urge him to stop subsidizing the fossil fuel industry starting by working with his Cabinet colleagues to develop an implementation plan and clear timelines for action. The oil and gas sector is the largest single contributor to Canada’s GHG emissions, and by extension, the main Canadian driver of climate change.

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