Breakfast on the Hill

On October 18th, 364 days after the 2015 federal election, GreenPAC was proud to host its first ever Breakfast on the Hill: a networking event that connected our endorsed MPs with sustainable business leaders, GreenPAC supporters, international dignitaries, and like-minded environmentalists. It was a full house! Over 120 people filed into the Parliamentary Restaurant to share their vision of a greener Canada.

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Feminism’s Next Battleground: The Environment

“DYK [did you know]: The threat of #climatechange is not gender neutral? Women are more vulnerable to the effects of climate change than men.”

That was the tweet by Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of the  Environment and Climate Change, on May 14th, 2016, that unleashed a storm of internet mockery and insults.

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Green Infrastructure: An Opportunity for Canada to Save Ecosystems and Dollars

Imagine being able to offer Canadians an inexpensive and proven way to clean water, reduce flooding and store water for drought.  And for good measure, throw in habitat for native pollinators, species-at-risk, waterfowl and other sorts of wildlife.  And to help with climate change, sequester and store carbon, and help reduce the impacts of more frequent and severe weather events. 

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Jarvis to Bloor – A Cycling Advocate’s Reflection

With a significant portion of greenhouse gas emissions coming from transportation, cycling can play an important role in addressing emissions reduction targets and combatting climate change.

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Solar Innovation In Israel : Making use of the desert sun

In the utmost arid climate, with temperatures rising well above 40 degrees and with its surroundings comprised of solely sand and the Jordanian border, lies Kibbutz Ketura in the southern Negev desert. The Israeli desert maybe not be the first place that comes to mind when someone says “environmental leadership” or “solar innovation”, especially when cheap natural gas exploration off the Israeli coast is making headlines. However, the region is home to Israel’s largest solar fields, and soon to be the world’s largest solar tower. This region is drawing both on the strength of the desert sun, and the sustainable style of living characteristic to the communes found in the area.

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Water service agreements: Another possible solution to the contamination crisis

From Aamjiwnaag in Canada’s ultra-polluted “Chemical Valley” to Neskantaga, a First Nation on its 22nd year of a boil water advisory, environmental injustice and legal discrimination are intersecting at an issue that plagues First Nations across the country: contaminated water.

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Meet GreenPAC's Summer Students

It is finally summer in the city -- the days are long, the Toronto Island ferries are always packed, children are out of school, and many post-secondary students have made the shift from the classroom to the office for summer internships and a taste of the real world. Here at the GreenPAC office, we are very excited to welcome three students onto our team for the summer.

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Entering in the realm of uncertainty: What Brexit means for the environment

Uncertainty [uhn-sur-tn-tee] -- the state of being uncertain; unpredictability. It’s the word best used to describe Britain’s political and economic status following last Friday’s referendum to leave the European Union.

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Governments Won’t Get the Right Energy Answers by Asking the Wrong Questions

A presentation in Ottawa earlier this month by pioneering U.S. energy economist Daniel Yergin was all the proof you’ll ever need that you won’t get the right answers about energy and carbon by asking the wrong questions. Yergin is hard to criticize. He’s a Pulitzer-winning author and vice-chair of IHS, one of the handful of research, modelling, and analysis firms the fossil industry counts on to monitor today’s energy markets and anticipate tomorrow’s. 

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"Real change happens when there is a consensus across the political spectrum," a chat with Michael Chong

GreenPAC chatted with Michael Chong about his connection to nature, and why he thinks it’s important to be an environmental leader.

When did you first discover your connection with the natural environment?

There were two moments where I really felt the importance of preserving and conserving our natural environment.

        I grew up and still live in a rural farming community an hour and a half northwest of Toronto in Wellington County, in a landscape dominated by farms. My mother was Dutch and we spent time in the Netherlands as a child. I saw how well they used their limited farmland, compared to Canada, where much of our farmland and wild spaces were being eaten up by urban sprawl. It helped me realize the importance of farmland protection.  I saw the way we were paving over farmland in southern ontario, and I realized we could approach this challenge differently.

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