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Zero Carbon Building Standard

Canada Green Building Council / May 2017

The Canadian green building sector has been active – for decades – in finding ways to limit harmful impacts from the built environment. While many of these efforts have been voluntary, an increasing number of governments across the country have recognized the potential of the building sector to fight climate change and have set more specific targets. To meet the COP21 goal of keeping global average temperature increases well below 2ºC, green building organizations around the world are supporting the objective of eliminating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with the operation of new buildings by 2030, and eliminating the GHG emissions from all buildings by 2050.

To meet those targets, bold new approaches are required to drive innovation. For its part, the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) has created a new zero carbon standard for assessing the carbon performance of commercial, institutional, and multi-family buildings in Canada. The CaGBC Zero Carbon Building Standard is a unique, made-in-Canada solution to achieving our climate change commitments, providing a path for both new and existing buildings to reach zero carbon.

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Trudeau: Canada must brace for more storm devastation

CBC News / Kathleen Harris / 11 May 2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says officials at all levels of government must develop a plan to “rebuild better” as Canada braces for more frequent floods and fires related to climate change.

Trudeau spoke to reporters Thursday morning after touring the Gatineau, Que., flood zones by helicopter with Premier Philippe Couillard.

Trudeau said a “tremendous” cleanup is ahead as the water levels recede.

Going forward, officials must also develop a rebuilding strategy that makes communities more resistant and resilient to extreme weather events.

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Opportunities for clean-tech firms in procurement strategy

Globe & Mail / Shawn McCarthy / 03 May 2017

The federal government is determined to incorporate clean-tech technologies in its overall procurement strategy, promising to award extra points for bidders who include such innovation in their proposals.

Ottawa spends $23-billion annually on procurement and is working on a series of measures to enhance participation of the clean-tech sector, including a set-aside for small- and medium-size businesses and bonus points for using innovative technologies, Arianne Reza, assistant deputy minister for public services and procurement Canada, said on Wednesday.

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Ottawa gets it right on funding for disaster mitigation

Globe & Mail / Don Forgeron / 30 April 2017

Lost in all the talk and analysis of the most recent federal budget was a landmark investment of $2-billion for disaster mitigation funding – the largest infusion of dollars dedicated to disaster mitigation in Canada’s history. The investment is designed to reduce the almost $9-billion spent by the federal government in unbudgeted disaster relief expenditures from 2005 projected through 2020.

Many commentators completely missed the significance of this investment.

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Methane gas delay a ‘real blow’ to Canada’s targets

The Star / Alex Ballingall / 21 April 2017

The Liberal government’s decision to delay its new methane gas regulations by three years is being attacked by environmental activists as a blow to Canada’s climate commitments and a possible capitulation to the oil industry.

Dale Marshall, national program manager with Environmental Defence, told the Star that curbing methane gas is one of the easiest ways to reduce emissions that cause climate change. The fact that the government is putting off action on this low-hanging fruit in the climate fight demonstrates a “total” lack of leadership, Marshall said.

“This is really discouraging, because this is the easy stuff. It’s the only thing that’s targeting the oil and gas industry, and they’re backing off on it,” he said, arguing that the move suggests Ottawa was swayed by industry stakeholders to put off the regulations.

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To the Ends of the Earth

TVO / 23 January 2017

Narrated by Emma Thompson, this documentary examines the rise of extreme energy extraction in Canada and its impact on the environment, economy and local communities. The fossil fuel industry’s intensive hunt for unconventional non-renewables, including Arctic drilling and shale gas fracking, also gives rise to a formidable array of scientists, authors and activists who envision a post-growth economic future premised on co-operation, social justice and ecological stewardship.

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