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Environment department says Canadians must work harder to battle climate change

The report follows a Parliamentary Budget Office warning a 62¢ per litre carbon tax on gasoline is needed to meet emissions targets.

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Canada is not doing enough to battle climate change and needs to pick up the pace, says the Environment department.

Blacklock’s Reporter notes the report follows a Parliamentary Budget Office warning a 62¢ per litre carbon tax on gasoline is needed to meet emissions targets.

“The National Issues Report is a stark reminder that Canadians are already feeling the effects of climate change,” Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said in a statement.

Wilkinson said the “cost of damages from these events is also rising,” but did not calculate costs of all federal climate change programs.

The 734-page report estimated $5 billion a year is needed annually “over the next fifty years” just to climate-proof municipal roads, bridges and sewers. The report also cited Insurance Bureau of Canada data that losses due to fires and flooding have increased.

“Between 1983 and 2007 annual losses averaged around $400 million,” said the report.

“In contrast, over the most recent decade losses have averaged about $1.9 billion per year. The largest insured loss in a single year on record was $5.3 billion in 2016 with the wildfire in Fort McMurray and the surrounding area resulting in insurance payouts totaling $3.9 billion.”

Researchers did not estimate what level of carbon tax would be required to lower greenhouse gas emissions. The Budget Office in its June 23 report estimated a charge of $261 per tonne is required. It’s more than five times the original price cap of $50 per tonne set by Parliament under the 2018 Greenhouse Gas Polluting Pricing Act.

The higher $261 charge is equivalent to an extra 41 cents per litre of propane, 52 cents per cubic metre of natural gas, 62 cents for gasoline, 68 cents for aviation fuel and 73 cents more for diesel. Wilkinson on April 22 said cabinet would not increase the carbon tax to rates forecast in the Budget Office forecast.

“There is abundant research indicating current efforts to adapt are insufficient in the face of rapidly accumulating social and economic losses from current and future climate change impacts,” said Tuesday’s report.

“The research also demonstrates the window for taking action to reduce increasingly severe impacts is rapidly closing.

“Future climate change costs for Canada will be high. Adaptation actions will typically entail an upfront investment that yields a stream of benefits that do not occur in the same year as the investment.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Proudly_Free

    July 1, 2021 at 2:16 pm

    First of all, in reply to Cosmo’s stats, we are also now throwing 100s of billions of petroleum product masks (face diapers) into the ocean to add to all the rest of the ocean waste.

    Second, I think what Wilkinson really means is that the Liberals aren’t doing enough to tax Canadians in order to have any shot at all of paying down even the interest on our skyrocketing national debt and deficit. 62c/litre carbon tax. That explains why the price at the pumps in BC might shoot up to $2 despite oil only selling for $74 per barrel.

  2. Left Coast

    June 30, 2021 at 11:00 am

    Bjorn Lomborg is president of the Copenhagen Consensus and visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

    His new book is “False Alarm.”

    https://www.msn.com/en-ca/money/topstories/bjorn-lomborg-as-we-begin-our-global-climb-out-of-the-coronavirus-depression-we-shouldnt-start-by-letting-bad-green-deals-make-us-poorer/ar-BB16xpcw?ocid=NL_ENCA_A1_20200708_6_2

  3. Left Coast

    June 30, 2021 at 10:41 am

    Oil is not a “fossil fuel”, but was deemed an organic substance back in 1894 when Rockefeller met with the worlds organic chemists – he wanted a way to ensure that his Standard Oil Company could raise the price of his product as necessary by claiming it was going to someday run out. Yes, that has been their tactic for 126 years now, and people still fall for it!!!
    The second most common liquid on Earth is oil, after water. It is produced as a byproduct of geological heat and pressure in the crust – just as the hydrocarbon atmospheres of other planets and moons. How many dinosaurs died on some of Jupiter’s moons? None. Yet they have methane atmosphere. Please, feel free to research abiotic petroleum before you claim I’m crazy.
    There has never been a fossil recovered from greater than 10,000 feet below the surface. Oil wells average depth is 30,000 feet.
    The greatest “greenhouse gas” is water vapor, but the left can’t tax evaporation of the oceans.

    The biggest LIE of the last century . . .

  4. Left Coast

    June 30, 2021 at 9:55 am

    The largest polluters on the Planet are China & India . . .

    The massive plastic mat floating in the Pacific comes from 3 regions . . .
    China, India & Africa . . .

    Every year the Paris Klimate Insanity sends Billion of $$ from the Western Democracies to China . . . China could soon be the Biggest Economy on the Planet . . . we are doing this because of the Klimate? This is way past insanity . . .

    Our idiot Crime Minister is worried about Gorebull Warming yet spending Billions on Ice Breakers?

    Enviro-Canada recently reported that last winter the Arctic Ice was 27% above NORMSAL.
    Didn’t Al Gore say the Arctic would be Ice Free by 2012?
    We have been SCAMMED by this Gorebull Warming Myth for over 30 years now . . .

  5. Left Coast

    June 30, 2021 at 9:49 am

    “The 734-page report estimated $5 billion a year is needed annually “over the next fifty years” just to climate-proof municipal roads, bridges and sewers. ” ? ? ?

    This is completely friggin INSANE ! ! !

    Gorebull Warming burned down Ft McMurray . . . more complete nonsense.

    The FACT is . . . every 20 WEEKS, China increases their Emissions by MORE THAN CANADA’s ANNUAL Emissions. Anything further we do is IRRELEVANT!

    China will keep Increasing Emissions till 2030 . . .

    Then the CCP Controll UN will declare that China has met the UN Targets.
    And the Western Democracies will ALL be BANKRUPT.

    Our Crime Minister and the idiot Wilkinson are working for the CCP !

  6. Sunrae

    June 30, 2021 at 9:16 am

    First question, What is the Environment department referred to in this article??

  7. Dennis

    June 30, 2021 at 8:48 am

    JOC, you are 100% correct. All I can say is “Glad I’m old”. The sheeples are in for a rude awakening.

  8. Joc2257

    June 30, 2021 at 7:26 am

    I do agree with a lot of what Cosmo Kramer has to say other than the Great Pacific Island. Read the book by Greenpeace founder and enviro advocate Dr. Patrick Moore, Fake Invisible Catastrophes and Threats of Doom, It’s an eye opening, well written book as to what the environmentalists for money are preaching and all the falsehoods that they are screaming about.
    To Baron not Baron comment, communism is sweeping the western world, unfortunately it will have to show its true ugliness before this new generation will believe that they were wrong to support the Trudeau, Biden and the rest of it’s followers what communism/socialism/fascism are really like. All these “isms” are all the same, they destroy freedoms and civil liberties of the masses for the benefit of the few, just like the fiefdoms of old, “you’ll own nothing and be happy”

  9. Claudette Leece

    June 30, 2021 at 5:35 am

    This will just be another excuse for the crazy greenies to suck more money out of the taxpayers. Guess BC failed carbon tax experiment showed them nothing. Well thank an eastener for voting in this failed experiment called Liberals. They should all be happy filling their cars with Trudeau expensive gas, paid for by Alberta’s handout to the east

  10. Cosmo Kramer

    June 29, 2021 at 2:42 pm

    Why do they even have an environment minister? The correct title should be carbon minister. They have 0% concern for the environment. Here are a few environmental facts:

    * The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is an island of floating plastic and trash in the Pacific Ocean and is estimated to be larger then the United States.

    * 14 billion pounds of garbage is estimated to be dumped in the oceans each year.

    * Over 1 million birds and 100 million mammals die yearly from pollution.

    * Indoor air pollution is 200%-500% more toxic than outdoors.

    * Over 80% of the waste in India is dumped directly into the Ganges River.

    * Over 1 billion people do not have access to clean drinking water, with an average of 5,000 people dying from polluted water daily. The situation is particularly problematic on Canadian Indian reservations.

    * One hundred billion plastic bags are thrown away according to the Worldwatch Institute, with less than 1% finding their way into a recycle bin. Estimates show that around 1 billion birds and mammals die each year because of eating plastic.

    The list goes on. Pollution is not a concern for the Canadian government.

    Climate change has nothing to do with pollution. It is a scam designed to usher in a carbon tax, with this tax money flowing to those politicians and multinational corporations that are in control. It has absolutely nothing to do with science, and everything to do with an enormous transfer of wealth through a fake tax dressed up as savior for the planet. They have taken pollution, which is a real thing, and hijacked the negative properties of it for Climate Change to use, which is not a real thing.

    — Taken from “The Controlled Demolition of the American Empire” by Berwick and Robinson.

  11. Baron Not Baron

    June 29, 2021 at 1:59 pm

    Hey Commies, I have already been cold, hungry, without electricity, walking by foot bc there was no gasoline/transportation in communist Romania. I don’t intend to live that again in communist Canada.

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Kenney says leadership review now would be ‘grossly irresponsible’

When asked at a Tuesday press conference by the Toronto Star about the Mullan letter, Kenney responded there has been opposition to his health care policy “since Day 1.”

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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney last night rejected any calls for an immediate leadership review of him as “grossly irresponsible.”

Kenney has been under withering attacks for his handling of the COVID-19 crisis in Alberta, which led to the “resignation” Tuesday of Health Minister Tyler Shandro.

A UCP caucus meeting is set for Wednesday and Kenney’s leadership is expected to be the main point of discussion.

Dozens of grassroots UCP constituency associations have joined forces to call for an early leadership review of Kenney. The party currently has one scheduled in late 2022, only six months before the next provincial election.

UCP VP of policy Joel Mullan wrote an open letter in the Western Standard Tuesday called for Kenney to go immediately.

When asked at a Tuesday press conference by the Toronto Star about the Mullan letter, Kenney responded there has been opposition to his health care policy “since Day 1.”

“My responsibility is to look at the reality — not wish it away — and take the necessary steps to protect the health care system,” Kenney said.

“Let’s deal with those things at the right time, after this crisis.”

Kenney was asked if the internal turmoil within the UCP was what led to the resignation of Shandro.

“I am focused on getting through the fourth wave of COVID, not politics,” Kenney said.

“We have to protect the health care system to prevent needless deaths — we will not allow politics to distract us.”

Kenney said he knew when he brought in the fourth wave of COVID-19 lockdowns last week and flip-flopped on his promise not to bring in vaccine passports there would be internal grumblings.

He said the COVID-19 cabinet committee has had 12 hours of “respectful” meeting time with the full UCP caucus.

Kenney pointed out the People’s Party of Canada, which ran on an anti-vaccination platform, took 8% of the vote in Alberta in the federal election.

“Let me be blunt, those people likely voted for me in the last provincial election,” Kenney said.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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Kenney said shuffle was ‘time for a fresh start’

Dr. Deena Hinshaw said 29 Albertans died in the last 24 hours from COVID-19, including people who had been doubled-vaxxed, but included many people who hadn’t received any vaccinations at all.

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Tyler Shandro wasn’t fired as health minister, he resigned, says Premier Jason Kenney.

Answering questions after Tuesday’s cabinet shuffle, Kenney said he accepted the resignation from Shandro from the health portfolio.

“Tyler’s dedication to the job has never been questioned. He brought his heart to the job,” Kenney said.

“It’s time for a fresh start.”

Kenney denied the shuffle was done to appease critics in the UCP caucus clamouring for action.

“We are focused on getting through the fourth wave of COVID-19, not politics,” said Kenney.

Kenney promoted Labour Minister Jason Copping to health and put Shandro in his old portfolio in labour.

Kenney said bringing in vaccine passports has had a dramatic effect on the number of people getting vaccinated.

A total of 23,000 people were vaccinated on Monday with 78,000 jabs being given out in the last few days.

A total of 81.4% of people have received at least one vaccine with 72.8% having two jabs.

Since they were made available on Sunday, more than two million Albertans printed out their vaccination passports, Kenney said.

He said Alberta Health Services has expanded the number of ICU beds in the province to 337.

Copping said he was honoured to be named health minister in this “pivotal time.”

He said he has three goals: to increase hospital capacities permanently, educate the unvaccinated on why they should get jabs and to prepare the hospital system for any future waves of COVID.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw said 29 Albertans had died in the last 24 hours from COVID-19, including people who had been doubled-vaxxed, but included many people who hadn’t received any vaccinations at all.

She said the province had identified 1,500 new cases in the last day from 13,600 tests for an 11.1% positivity rate.

There are 996 people in hospital as of September 21 with COVID, and 222 in ICU.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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Jean thinking about Fort Mac by-election run

On Tuesday, Jean posted a picture of himself speaking on a mic with a graphic of the riding.

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Former Wildrose leader Brian Jean is musing whether or not to run in a by-election in Fort McMurray.

On Tuesday, Jean posted a picture of himself speaking on a mike with a graphic of the riding behind him.

“There is a byelection coming soon in my old riding in Fort McMurray. Should I run?” he asks Facebook followers.

“Let me know in the comments. Sign up on my webpage for updates.”

The riding was left vacate recently when UCP MLA Laila Goodridge resigned to run for the federal Conservatives. She easily won the riding capturing 67% of the vote.

Jean was the leader of the original Wildrose and was leader of the Opposition from 2015 to 2017.

He ran for the leadership of the UCP, but lost the race to Jason Kenney.

Jean has been increasingly slamming Kenney from the sidelines over his handling of numerous issues.

He called on Kenney to resign after his infamous Sky Palace dinner.

Jean, called on Alberta Premier Jason Kenney to resign in the wake of the Sky Palace Scandal.

“FOR THE GOOD OF THE UCP, FOR THE GOOD OF ALBERTA, IT IS TIME FOR JASON KENNEY TO RESIGN,” Jean wrote in capital letters on his Facebook page.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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