Just Transition Analysis

Ottawa MPs need to hear from you about a just transition

Sara Washburn | June 3, 2022
Sara Washburn is a volunteer organizer with the Council of Canadians’ Flood Parliament campaign in Ottawa. As part of the Council of Canadians’ Flood Parliament campaign, people from across the country are asking their MPs to bring our demand for just transition legislation to…

Fund transit, not highways through Greenbelt, coalition tells party leaders 

Pam Woolridge | May 25, 2022
The Keep Transit Moving coalition (KTM) today released its platform for the Ontario election, offering a bold, positive vision for the future of public transit in the province.  The coalition is urging all parties to go beyond promises of lower fares and instead adopt a robust…

MEDIA RELEASE: Federal Budget throws public transit under the bus again

Donya Ziaee | April 8, 2022
Following months of campaigning, the Keep Transit Moving coalition recently won a $750 million commitment from the federal government for transit operating funding, which was reiterated in yesterday’s federal budget. But it is far from clear whether this funding will be enough…

Let’s Have the Debate – What the NDP-Liberal Accord means for Canada

John Cartwright | March 28, 2022
The historic agreement struck between the ruling Liberals and the New Democratic Party raises many questions. It has met criticism from the right and the left, and there are many different views of what this will mean for politics and social justice. Let’s examine the details,…

Amidst violent conflict, our call for a just transition has never been more pressing

Robin Tress | March 4, 2022
This is a dark moment. Russia has invaded Ukraine in an illegal and unjustified attack that has further activated global military alliances. Here at home, recent convoys have brought violence and hate into communities in Ontario, Alberta, and elsewhere. We’re coming out of a…

Federal government silent on Trudeau's promised Just Transition Act

The Council of Canadians | February 4, 2022
We've been working with 5000+ people across the country and 27 MPs across the political spectrum to push for a Just Transition Act. On January 31st, 2022, the federal government gave this response to our petition - a response that doesn't even mention legislation. Now is the…

Win! BP and Equinor abandon last remaining offshore oil and gas leases in Nova Scotia

Robin Tress | January 19, 2022
In the final fizzle of a waning industry, both BP and Equinor have formally abandoned their remaining offshore exploration leases in Nova Scotia, leaving no active offshore oil and gas projects in the province. This is a major success for the tens of thousands of people across…

2021 Throne Speech fails the climate test

Dylan Penner | November 23, 2021
The absence of a commitment to a just transition in today’s Throne Speech is a failure of leadership. This past summer a heat dome killed hundreds. Wildfires destroyed an entire town in moments. A bomb cyclone became the biggest storm the Pacific Northwest has ever seen. Now B.…

Just transition campaign update: the waves are starting 

Robin Tress | November 15, 2021
The need for a just transition is getting clearer every day. This year has been marked by both the global pandemic, and the fires, floods, and heat waves brought on by the climate crisis. In the last two weeks we've seen government negotiators, fossil fuel lobbyists, and…

A path to get out of Code Red

John Cartwright | November 2, 2021
This op-ed first appeared in The Tyee on October 28, 2021. As world leaders prepare for the United Nations climate summit in Glasgow next month, our survival demands their commitment to a rapid, just transition to a sustainable, decarbonized economy. It’s easy to feel…

Climate Emergency: Nova Scotia’s Environmental Goals and Climate Change Reduction Act

Pam Woolridge | October 29, 2021
Mi’kma’ki (Nova Scotia) – On Wednesday, October 27, Nova Scotia’s Environment Minister, the Honourable Tim Halman, tabled Bill No. 57: Environmental Goals and Climate Change Reduction Act. This much-anticipated bill (EGCCRA) is intended to guide Nova Scotia in its response to…

Justin Trudeau, prime greenwasher

Dylan Penner | October 29, 2021
This piece originally appeared in the 2021 issue of Canadian Perspectives, the Council of Canadians' annual magazine. To read other featured articles from the issue, click here. While Trudeau's Liberal government has repeatedly promised an "ambitious green agenda," its real…