How keen are Canadians for climate action in these extraordinarily trying times? New survey results from the University of Ottawa’s Positive Energy program and Nanos Research suggest that enthusiasm may be on the rise, despite the unprecedented fiscal, economic, and health situation.
As we look forward to the speech from the throne, there is no shortage of ideas to help with the rebuild. Research from Positive Energy on the Just Transition Task Force for Canadian Coal Power Workers and Communities can offer lessons for leaders as they shift their focus to longer-term supports for workers and industries reshaped by COVID-19. The research examined aspects of the task force’s activities that could help depolarize Canada’s climate and energy dialogue.
There’s a school of thought that, when it comes to fighting climate change, the notions of a greener future and strong economic growth are irreconcilable. These are the people who insist you can’t have your cake and eat it, too. Others insist you can have it all, and that it’s indeed possible – if not paramount – to have both a healthy planet and a healthy economy.
On March 18 and 19, 2021 the 4th Annual First Nations Major Projects Coalition Industry Engagement Event will host the Indigenous Sustainable Investment Conference. The uOttawa Positive Energy is a supporting partner of the event.
Featuring Keynote Speaker's Mark Carney, Vice Chair of Brookfield Asset Management and Head of ESG, and Chief Terry Paul, Membertou First Nation. the two-day virtual event will bring together Indigenous communities from across Canada with government and project finance sectors for focused expert discussions.
On Wednesday, October 28 2020, Positive Energy hosted a virtual workshop to examine regulatory independence and effectiveness in Canada. The workshop convened over 25 senior and emerging energy leaders to discuss how various actors and decision-makers in the Canadian energy system understand regulatory independence and its evolution over time.
On Monday, December 2 2019, Positive Energy hosted a debate at the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa, to examine and address polarization in Canadian politics, in particular its effects on energy decision-making.
What is Canadians' appetite for climate action in the context of COVID-19? A new round of survey work from Positive Energy and Nanos Research suggests that a majority of Canadians say this is a good rather than a bad time to be ambitious about climate change even if there are costs to the economy. Opinions are polarized on the issue, however, so decision-makers will need to understand how to navigate polarization to successfully chart Canada’s energy future.
This new discussion paper, authored by Positive Energy Executive-in-Residence Mike Cleland and Research Associate Ian T.D. Thomson, with Positive Energy Chair Professor Monica Gattinger, builds on Positive Energy's ongoing research and engagement concerning public authorities by taking a granular look at the concept of regulatory independence.