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Can Canada have an effective climate action policy without a carbon tax?

Can Canada have an effective climate action policy without a carbon tax?

Carbon taxes may be unsustainable tools as political and price realities begin to sink in — and they aren’t the only policy option at politicians’ disposal.
Cap on plastic production remains contentious as Ottawa set to host treaty talks

Cap on plastic production remains contentious as Ottawa set to host treaty talks

OTTAWA — Negotiators from 176 countries will gather in downtown Ottawa this week for the fourth round of talks to create a global treaty to eliminate plastic waste in less than 20 years.
Opinion: The next phase of CleanBC can reshape the green economy

Opinion: The next phase of CleanBC can reshape the green economy

What's next for British Columbia's ambitious climate journey?
'No immediate risk' from 2.5-million-litre effluent spill from B.C. fibreboard plant

'No immediate risk' from 2.5-million-litre effluent spill from B.C. fibreboard plant

QUESNEL, B.C. — British Columbia's Environment Ministry says a 2.5-million-litre effluent spill from a fibreboard factory in Quesnel doesn't pose any immediate risk to public safety.
B.C. snowpack lowest in 50 years

B.C. snowpack lowest in 50 years

The snowpack is averaging 63 per cent of normal across the province as of April 1 — the lowest average since 1970. The data comes as the Ottawa warns of a potentially devastating wildfire season.
B.C. doesn't know where all its groundwater is going. Experts worry as drought looms

B.C. doesn't know where all its groundwater is going. Experts worry as drought looms

VANCOUVER — Growing up on a ranch in the Columbia River Valley, water has always been part of Kat Hartwig's life, and over the years, she's noticed changes.
Province orders Union Bay ship-breaking company to stop release of pollution

Province orders Union Bay ship-breaking company to stop release of pollution

The Environment Ministry has also ordered Deep Water Recovery to take steps to monitor and report discharges from the site, or face penalties up to $300,000 in fines and six months of jail time
Canadian wildfires 'entirely' drove surge in global tree loss in 2023, study says

Canadian wildfires 'entirely' drove surge in global tree loss in 2023, study says

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — A global forest study says Canadian wildfires last year were "entirely" to blame for a worldwide surge in tree losses.
Federal review of forestry sector emissions falling short, environmental groups warn

Federal review of forestry sector emissions falling short, environmental groups warn

A federal review of Canada's forestry sector emissions needs to go much further than currently proposed or it could jeopardize its credibility, nearly a dozen environmental groups said as they ramped up pressure over what they claim is the sector's u
Time for Ottawa to protect Canadians from 'forever chemicals,' toxics experts say

Time for Ottawa to protect Canadians from 'forever chemicals,' toxics experts say

OTTAWA — Nearly a year after Health Canada issued a draft recommendation to designate an entire class of chemicals as toxic, environmental experts say it's time to actually do something about it.