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Alberta: Eco-slowpoke

Posted by mhudema on July 16, 2008

http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/story.html?id=3d74435e-41cc-45d0-a587-682be30182f9

Alberta: Eco-slowpoke

Suzuki Foundation says Alberta lags in commitment to improving environment

Jason Fekete, Calgary Herald

Published: Wednesday, July 16, 2008

CALGARY – Alberta’s carbon-intensive oilsands and weak climate-change policies have made it the environmental laggard in Canada, according to a new report from David Suzuki Foundation.

The environmental think-tank released the document Wednesday morning in Quebec City, as Canada’s 13 provincial and territorial premiers gather there for the Council of the Federation conference.

It finds that most provinces – namely British Columbia, Quebec, Manitoba and Ontario – have set stronger climate-change targets than the federal government and are outperforming Ottawa on the file.

Suncor's on-site oilsands refinery near Fort McMurray

Suncor’s on-site oilsands refinery near Fort McMurray

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Ottawa and Alberta lag behind

Posted by mhudema on July 16, 2008

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080716.wclimate0716/BNStory/National/home

Ottawa far behind provinces on climate change: report

BRIAN LAGHI

Globe and Mail Update

July 16, 2008 at 1:07 PM EDT

QUEBEC — A leading environmental organization says Ottawa can take lessons from a clutch of Canadian provinces that it says are well in front of a laggard federal government on coping with climate change.

The report from the David Suzuki Foundation argues that most provinces have better climate change plans than the Stephen Harper Conservatives.

“The leadership vacuum at the federal level is being filled with action from the provinces and territories,” said Dale Marshall, the report’s author and a Suzuki Foundation policy analyst.

Top on the list was British Columbia, followed by Quebec, Manitoba and Ontario. The province with the poorest plan was Alberta.

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No Consensus on Climate Action

Posted by mhudema on July 16, 2008

Climate policy divide expected at Canada premiers’ meeting

Published by Point Carbon: 15 Jul 08 17:03 Last updated: 15 Jul 08 17:14

Carbon trading backers are expected to come head to head with those advocating carbon capture and storage technology to fight climate change when Canada’s premiers attend their annual meeting this week, market observers said.

Premiers from all 13 Canadian provinces and territories will come together 16-18 July for the premiers’ summer meeting organised by the Council of the Federation, an association formed in 2003 to foster a constructive relationship between the provinces and territories and with the federal government.

Climate change will be one of the main topics of discussion, said the federation.

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