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More ‘work to do’ to mobilize Canadians on climate change action: Trudeau

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OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledged Thursday that he has more work to do to sell Canadians on further actions to fight climate change, pointing to new premiers elected on vows to fight his government’s agenda.

Trudeau addressed the issue at the annual general meeting of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation, where he took part in a one-on-one conversation in front of union representatives.

The prime minister said it’s clear from public-opinion polls that most Canadians are concerned about the environment and want measures to protect it.

But that desire isn’t always reflected in their votes, he said, when voters “turn around and elect climate-denying provincial premiers right across the country from the Rockies to the Bay of Fundy.”

That’s why “there is work to do in bringing Canadians to a place of understanding” that fighting climate change is part of creating a better future for children and a better economy, Trudeau said.

Starting last summer, Canadians elected new right-leaning governments in Ontario, New Brunswick, Quebec, Alberta and Prince Edward Island. The provincial Liberals in Newfoundland and Labrador retained power, but lost their majority government.

Those provincial governments, particularly Premier Doug Ford in Ontario and Premier Jason Kenney in Alberta, have challenged the federal carbon tax and scrapped significant provincial climate change measures.

“And the danger that will happen is if, after getting Conservative governments across the province, suddenly we have a Conservative government in Ottawa that completely flips around and starts taking us back on the progress we’ve made,” Trudeau said.

“And I know very few Canadians want that.”

In a statement, Conservative environment critic Ed Fast said climate change was a “real and pressing threat,” but the government’s plan was more about taxes than the environment, and would not help the country hit its emissions targets.

“All it does is make life harder and more unaffordable for Canadians by increasing the price of gasoline and home heating costs,” Fast said.

The Conservative climate plan emphasizes the global aspect of climate change and would save more money for Canadians, he added.

Trudeau reiterated his government’s commitment to combating climate change, citing the federal price on carbon, a coming ban on single-use plastics as early as 2021 and the Liberals’ ocean protection plan.

He said there is “lots more to do” after this fall’s election without providing specifics. Instead, he highlighted the importance of “bringing Canadians along” to build a consensus on further climate action.

Christian Paas-Lang, The Canadian Press


Alberta

Are Americans to blame for all this animosity between environmentalists and supporters of Canada’s oil and gas industries?

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As Canada’s election campaign heats up, so does the debate over energy and the environment.   Instead of talking about how Canada can export both energy and environmental technology related to energy, federal leaders like Elizabeth May and Jagmeet Singh are promoting a growing chasm between energy and the environment.  Both would refuse to complete the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion.  For his part, Prime Minister Trudeau is promising a substantial overhaul of energy production to make the nation a “net-zero” producer of Carbon Dioxide by the year 2050.   Meanwhile Jason Kenney and hundreds of thousands of Western Canadians are convinced oil and gas production, including Alberta’s Oil Sands are a great solution for both the world’s energy and environmental concerns.  But communicating this message to Canadians and people around the world has been an uphill battle.

In the midst of the growing anger and mistrust a new documentary has been produced about the work of Vivian Krause.  Krause spent years gathering evidence of a secret campaign funded by American groups to provoke exactly this type of battle in Canada.   The film is called “Over a Barrel” and the following description and trailer come from the website overabarreldoc.com.  The film is screening in Edmonton and Calgary in early October.

Over a Barrel is a short political documentary about the work of Vivian Krause, and evidence she discovered showing U.S foundations are funding activism against the Canadian oil and gas industry. The supposed goal of this “Tar Sands Campaign”, funded by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and other U.S. charitable foundations, is to fight pipeline approvals in Canada and stop Canadian oil from reaching overseas markets. We focus on the negative consequences this has had on the Alberta economy, First Nations communities and the rising threat of western separatism.

UPCOMING SCREENINGS

October 5, 2019

Edmonton

Metro Cinema @ 3:30pm

October 7, 2019

Calgary

Globe Cinema @ 7:30pm

October 8, 2019

Calgary

Plaza Theatre @ 7:00PM

 

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Homes by 3Leafs showcases the first single family, shipping container home built in Calgary.

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Homes by 3Leafs showcases the first single family, shipping container home built in Calgary. The Alberta based company is changing how homes are constructed by transforming recycled steel containers into high performance, energy efficient homes with net zero capabilities.

September 19, 2019, Calgary, AB ​Homes by 3Leafs gave media an exclusive inside look into the sleek, elegant modern two-storey home made from four recycled shipping containers. The home is nestled in the eco-friendly community, Echohaven, in northwest Calgary.

Som Sourachit, C.E.O. of Homes by 3Leafs describes this moment as pivotal. “Our high performance, energy efficient houses reduce waste in landfills by repurposing steel shipping containers into dream homes. The houses have net zero capabilities and are the new blueprint for how we should build while protecting our environment. “

It’s estimated there are millions of shipping containers piling up in landfills worldwide. The repurposed containers make the perfect envelope for a home, and reduce the heavy reliance on trees used for construction. The steel means shipping container homes are sturdier and will last for generations with fewer repairs than traditional stick builds over time.

The homeowner, Jaime Turner, added “This is a teaching moment for my young daughter. We wanted to build a legacy for her. This is our forever home and we know because it’s made of steel it will last for generations, and an added bonus is, we are being good to our environment!”

Homes by 3Leafs is proud to be leading the way in new home construction. Currently, 6 building projects are underway.

About Homes by 3Leafs

Homes by 3Leafs is a global company based in Edmonton and is comprised of a team of architects, construction experts, designers, and engineers with years of experience developing stunning homes. By using shipping containers to build, Homes by 3Leafs is committed to saving the environment. Thousands of containers pile up in landfills unused while forests can’t be cut down fast enough to support the robust construction industry. The company leads the way with cutting edge technology and new innovations to help the world build beautiful sustainable homes to last hundreds of years.

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