It has been over a year since the pandemic struck and governments restructured the economy and society around physical distancing. COVID has dramatically altered our day-to-day lives; it has also altered our policy priorities. In early 2020, the environment was the number one policy issue on Canadians’ minds. Four months into the pandemic, the environment had fallen behind COVID, the economy and health care.
As Canada’s 2030 greenhouse gas emissions targets creep closer, our menu of technological options will grow increasingly fixed. A new research study from Positive Energy at the University of Ottawa articulates what it might take to change that.
The Supreme Court of Canada just ruled, in a 6-3 decision, to uphold the constitutionality of the federal government’s carbon tax. While this decision must come as a relief to the Trudeau government, it will not end battles between Ottawa and provincial governments over energy-environment policy.
Featuring Keynote Speaker 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.
Positive Energy Chair Monica Gattinger was moderator/rapporteur for the workshop Net Zero 2050: Assessing the Challenge and Opportunity for Regulators and the Natural Gas Delivery Industry organized by the Canadian Gas Association, April 13 2021.
Positive Energy Chair Monica Gattinger moderated a panel on lessons learned from past nuclear waste storage projects for the Canadian Radioactive Waste Summit, organized by the Nuclear Waste Management Organization March 30-April 1 2021.
A new study from the University of Ottawa’s Positive Energy program examines the constitutional arrangements and the economic and political interests that govern Canada’s energy-environment policy. It explores its historical challenges and discusses what makes cooperation on these issues so difficult.