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Canada launches new climate data portal

Environment and Climate Change Canada / 15 August 2019

Climate change is real and it is accelerating. Climate change can also intensify extreme weather events like floods, droughts, and heatwaves. And Canadians across the country are feeling the effects of these changes through the impact it has had on their homes, businesses, and their health. That is why the Government of Canada is providing access to climate data and information that will help protect Canadians from its worst impacts.

Today, Catherine McKenna, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, announced Canada’s newest climate data portal: ClimateData.ca. This website provides engineers, public health professionals, urban planners, mayors, and anyone else doing long-term planning with user-friendly climate change information, data, resources and tools.

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Prison farms up and running again

CBC News / Amanda Pfeffer / 15 August 2019

The federal government released details Thursday about the relaunch of Canada’s prison farm program.

Cows have already returned to prisons in Joyceville and Collins Bay, Ont., which are located in and around the Kingston, Ont., area. Goats have also returned to Joycevillle, and are expected to arrive in Collins Bay in 2020.

Inmates have been involved in the work to get the farms back in order, but they have not begun actually farming.

“It’s very satisfying to see that it’s been restored,” said Dianne Dowling, a member of the national farmer’s union and a founding member of the Save our Prison Farms campaign, which fought for years to see the program restored.

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Federal incentives help small- and medium-sized businesses

Sustainable Kingston / Tess Wittmann / 31 July 2019

Small and medium business owners in Ontario have a tight timeline of opportunity to receive federal funding to improve the sustainability of operations and their bottom lines.

The Government of Canada’s newly launched Climate Action Incentive Fund: Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises Project stream, covers new sustainability projects undertaken by businesses with fewer than 500 employees. Eligible projects range from retrofitting a fleet of trucks to use biodiesel, to purchasing energy-efficient industrial equipment upgrades, to adding solar and insulation to an office building. There is $72.4 million is earmarked for Ontario.

Applications for funding are open until October 15, 2019, or until funding is exhausted.

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Premiers push Ottawa for lead on local climate change strategy

NWT News/North / Nick Pearce / 14 July 2019

“Climate change is a global threat, with immediate and long-lasting, tangible impacts on the natural environment, public health and safety, as well as on infrastructure and the economy,” they stated. The comments were released on the second day of the Council of the Federation, a meeting of premiers in Saskatoon.

“Some of the changes are so significant we see it as an important job for us to educate people in the south that their actions are having a big effect on us,” [NWT Premier Bob] McLeod said told reporters Thursday.

The premiers also said their jurisdictions required “Full credit” for reduction of emissions, and federal funding to support climate change strategies as wildfires and floods become more common.

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Global Weirding with Katharine Hayhoe: Oh Canada

Global Weirding / Season 3 Episode 10 / 20 February 2019

Canada is so far north, global warming would actually be good for it…right? After all they don’t have as much to lose as other countries. Find out more on this new episode of Global Weirding.

The link between extreme weather and climate change

Clean Energy Canada / Keri McNamara / 04 July 2019

Extreme weather attribution is a growing field of climate science, with an increasing number of studies dedicated to establishing the role that climate change plays in our changing weather patterns. It is now possible to attribute certain weather events to climate change with a reasonable degree of confidence, with one analysis suggesting 68% of all studied extreme weather events were made more likely by climate change.

While directly attributing extreme weather events to climate change is rarely possible given attribution science generally occurs after the fact, coverage of extreme weather events presents an important opportunity to educate the public about the relationship between extreme weather events and climate change, the field of attribution science, and conclusions that have been drawn regarding similar past weather events.

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