Friday, April 21, 2017

Transit cops or free transit? : "If fare disputes is the leading reason for verbal and physical violence against operators and fare collectors, then we need to look seriously at eliminating fares from transit services. Not looking at this option is simply irresponsible. Can we provide the service free at the point of use and fund it like other free public services through progressive taxation? This question is not even being asked but now is the time to raise it."

Friday, April 14, 2017

Laval, Quebec seniors to ride buses fare-free

The Laval News: "“Taking into account that active mobility and mass transit are priorities for Laval residents, the sums announced by the Finance Minister over five years to improve the service offer, including an increase in the frequency of buses, is good news,” the mayor added.

“It will be interesting to see how the new aid package from Quebec for longstanding senior citizen owners is implemented,” he continued. “This type of program, combined with Laval’s measures, including a subsidy for at-home seniors 65 years of age and older and the free public transit for seniors, contributes to the legitimate recognition that we all owe them.”"

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Carbon Footprint of Canada's Oil Sands Is Larger Than Thought

InsideClimate News : "Tar sands crude carried by Line 67 would have a carbon footprint of 632 kilograms per barrel, the GREET model estimated. That compares to an average U.S. refinery mix of 521 kilograms per barrel of carbon dioxide emissions. The difference is 111 kilograms per barrel—21 percent dirtier, not 17 percent."

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Canada still going wrong direction with "green" PM

InsideClimate News: "The country, which continues to expand oil and gas production in Alberta's oil sands despite its stated ambitions to curtail emissions, will make little to no progress towards ambitious emissions reductions targets pledged in December 2015 under the Paris agreement. That's the conclusion of a report published earlier this month by Environment and Climate Change, a federal agency tasked with reducing Canada's greenhouse gas emissions."

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Expanding Tar Sands Will Kill Paris Targets and Climate Stability

The Tyee: "“There is no scenario in which tar sands production increases and the world achieves the Paris goals,” says the report."

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

How to get government subsidy, make a mess, take the profit, let taxpayer clean it up.

Contaminated mine 'an embarrassment to Canada', says Yukon judge - North - CBC News: ""This case stands as a painful reminder of the lasting and egregious damage that unscrupulous and unchecked profiteering can bring about in the mining sector. It is an embarrassment to Canada, Yukon and the responsible mining community," Veale's decision reads.

"It is my opinion that an account of BYG's historical activity in the Yukon should be brought to the attention of the federal and territorial taxpayers, who remain fiscally responsible for remediation efforts.""