One of the most important issues in the 2019 election was Canada’s energy future. There was intense debate on issues such as carbon taxes, pipeline siting and the balance between environmental concerns and the economic benefits associated with fossil fuel development. These issues were especially important in western Canada, characterized by strongly differing opinions between the Prairies and British Columbia.
Public Artist, Education Consultant
and art for social justice advocate
It’s been over a year since Dr. Monica Gattinger invited me to join the Positive Energy Team, within the Institute for Science, Society and Policy, at the University of Ottawa. As the team’s art consultant, I’ve learned a lot and contributed a little; my personal growth as an artist and as a thinker has grown exponentially. I’m thankful.
It’s no secret that debates over Canada’s energy and climate future are divisive and contentious — if not outright polarized. There is no common vision for the country’s energy future in an age of climate change. Could COVID-19 change that?
Author: Stephen Bird, Monica Gattinger, Erick Lachapelle
Research team Positive Energy, uOttawa
(Originally appeared on Policy Options, on January 8, 2020)
It is common to say that Canada’s energy and climate debate is polarized. Carbon taxes, pipelines, Indigenous consent — the debate is crowded with complicated subjects that attract strong views. But just how polarized is public opinion on these issues?
Vice President of Government Relations
Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)
On December 2, Positive Energy hosted a debate at the Château Laurier, titled Go Big or Go Home? The Future of Canadian Energy. Will Canada’s energy future will be dominated by large-scale, centralized systems, or more locally-led, democratized systems? We have adapted the opening remarks of each debater for this four-part blog series.
Associate Vice-President, Research, Promotion and Development Martine Lagacé announces the nomination of Monica Gattinger as Chair of the University of Ottawa Press Editorial Board, for a three-year mandate. Professor Gattinger, who has been a member of the Editorial Board since 2012, succeeds Robert Major, who had been Chair since 2011.