Workers come together to organize against Harper's harmful EI changes.
The National Union understands that there is a complex web of connections between the natural and human environment. We strive to make these links while working to protect our finite Earth.
The National Union has identified Climate Change as a priority issue. Action must be taken, but with an understanding of a variety of interconnected issues, ranging from emissions to human rights; from jobs to taxes; from the power of corporations to the empowerment of communities. Whatever action we take as a society must be informed and coordinated.
Collaboration as a member of the Climate Action Network-Canada (CAN) allows the union to be a part of a national matrix that connects to an international movement developing and implementing strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
"Earth Day provides an opportunity for each one of us to think about what we can do in our daily lives to reduce our impact on the planet," said James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
World Water Day is a designated United Nations day to recognize the common life sustaining resource that is our fresh water.
Alternative Federal Budget plan tackles Canadians' real concerns.
Canada's poor performance on income inequality, poverty and environment is very troubling, says NUPGE
A new report by the Conference Board of Canada says Canada is falling short in addressing these critical issues.
National Union wants Harper government to join with its European counterparts in implementing an FTT.
World Economic Forum releases pessimistic report. The report sees severe income disparity and Climate Change as among top three greatest risks to world economy.
Chief Spence’s action has helped to galvanize a movement called Idle No More, which arose as a result of the federal government’s recent omnibus Bill C-45.
The actions of the Minister of Foreign Affairs are out of step with the tradition of diplomacy that Canadians have been so proud of. The belligerent bully is not the persona that I want my country to adopt on the world stage.
Events around Hurricane Sandy highlight the importance of government and the public sector. Both in trying prevent these extreme occurrences and in responding to them when they happen.
"Austerity measures will exacerbate the economic challenges we face and create undue hardship on many of our province’s most vulnerable citizens,” says Walker.
“Dalton McGuinty has tossed his so-called ‘green agenda’ into the trash can,” said Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
Are you greening your office? It's never too late to start, especially now that HSAA/NUPGE is providing the incentive!
“There are many ongoing discussions on very promising sources of funds, like a financial transaction tax, which is also called the Robin Hood Tax,” Karen Orenstein, Friends of the Earth.
“This report amounts to an admission that the B.C. government’s forest policies have failed,” says BCGEU President Darryl Walker.
The B.C. government's Economic Benefits of British Columbia’s Provincial Parks study reveals a huge economic return from government investment in B.C.’s parks system.
Stand up for democracy by joining the June 13 protest agains tthe Conservative's budget bill.
The transportation sector accounts for 40 per cent of B.C. climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions.
On June 4, NUPGE is joining with faith groups, trade unions, associations, businesses, First Nations, environment groups, human rights groups, pro democracy groups and seniors, across the country, to say: Silence is Not an Option.
Thousands join together to protest the federal budget by darkening their websites on June 4.
The federal government has hidden important changes to environmental and pipeline policy inside the omnibus budget bill.
This week Harper's Natural Resources Minister, Joe Oliver announced that new legislation to splinter the current environmental review process will be tabled very soon. Maybe it will be just in time for Earth Day!
The list of strikes against the environment is significant in this budget.
World Water Day is a designated United Nations day to recognize the common life sustaining resource that is our fresh water.
Create your own workplace "bottled water free" zone and "back the tap!"
A decade of cuts, deregulation, reorganization leaves shell of ministry.
There are potentially billions in savings that could help save Ontario's environment.
With Italy, France and Germany already in support, the UK is now the only centre-right Government amongst Europe's five biggest economies not to back the tax.
Quebec minister of natural resources and wildlife remains silent about government support for the Jeffrey asbestos mine.
"Refusing to do our fair share to combat climate change is an abdication of our responsibility as a member of the international community. It's to Canada's shame that the Harper government has chosen to abandon the most vulnerable states to devastating climate impacts", says National Union President, James Clancy.
Scientists and environmental groups have warned the delay to 2020 puts the planet, and people at great risk of irreversible damage from rising temperatures.
"The democratic process means involving people in setting the direction that our laws take,” said West Coast Environmental Law Association’s Josh Paterson. “In order to develop environmental legislation that will actually be effective, you need everybody at the table. This process doesn’t come close."
"We’re here to clean up the oil so that we put people’s interests before those of polluters,” explained Gabrielle Arkett, a member of the Clean-up Crew.
Canada is awarded first place Fossil of the Day for proposing ‘eventual solutions’ for ‘urgent problems’
“At this year's climate negotiations, Canada is standing on guard for the tar sands. It's shameful and irresponsible that our country negotiates in the interests polluters instead of people,” said Matthew Chisolm at the press briefing.
‘Emerging and developing countries need to stop “wielding the historical guilty card” and asking for a free pass on emissions reductions just because in the past, industrialized countries had more emissions than the rest of the world’ - Minister of Environment, Peter Kent
Questions arise over the Harper government's true intentions at the Kyoto Protocol negotiations in Durban since the Canadian government is set to withdraw from the process next year.
Climate impacts like floods, heat waves, damaging storms and diseases like West Nile Virus have recently been shown to have a huge health care cost.
Leading Canadian organizations are concerned that the proposed regulations, if not strengthened, will deliver only a 3 per cent improvement towards meeting Canada’s 2020 emissions target, and according to Environment Canada will have a “negligible impact” on non-polluting electricity generation.
The Canadian Environmental Network (RCEN) received notice last week that it would not receive $547,000 in core funding that the government had previously said it intended to provide.
Critics of genetically modified animals barred from Summit on the Future of Animal Agriculture.
"With the controversy over tar sands building in the U.S. and Europe, the world is watching Canada. The federal government can’t continue to say one thing abroad and do nothing at home," warns Gillian McEachern, program manager of Climate and Energy for Environmental Defence.
"Acts of civil disobedience have a tried and true history of propelling societies towards change. NUPGE stands behind the protestors in the call to halt this mega pipeline," said James Clancy, National President, National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE).
NUPGE National President James Clancy participates in innovative international Robin Hood Tax campaign video launch and encourages you to join, too.
Ontario's Green Energy and Economy Act has catalyzed a massive increase in the amount of renewable energy coming online while building a clean energy industry in this province.
European campaigners for Robin Hood Tax are optimistic but see next eight weeks as crucial ones for the campaign.
24 Hours of Climate Reality is a worldwide event to broadcast the reality of the climate crisis. It includes 24 presenters in 24 time zones in 13 languages with 1 message.
Campaign focuses on recent Freedom of Information documents that reveal in startling detail the impact of budget cuts.
Canada will not ‘lead the world in clean electricity generation,’ as Minister Kent states in the release, without doing much much more.
Ottawa is abandoning federal inspection of meat produced for local citizens in BC, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
While the Harper government has rejected the proposal in the past it is hoped that their position will change as a result of the growing international support.
Help save B.C. parks.
Maxim Power Corp. receives final approval for a new coal fired plant and effectively a 45-year free pass to pollute.
With this newest initiative in the nation-wide push-back against the bottled water industry, Manitoba becomes the 2nd province to implement a similar policy, following in the footsteps of Nova Scotia.
Climate change impacts across Canada are become more apparent all the time. Studies are emerging warning us of imminent threats to our safety and well-being.
First Place Fossil is awarded to Canada. Guess what sector is Canada’s fastest-growing source of greenhouse gas emissions? That would be the tar sands, where emissions from digging up dirty oil have close to tripled since 1990.
Lake Winnipeg is in the spotlight as we head into Rivers to Oceans Week. It's time to recognize the global importance of Canada's fresh water systems.
“So it’s very disappointing to see Environment Canada publish a 500-page report that leaves out these (Greenhouse gas emissisions critical numbers — especially when last year’s edition included them.” - Clare Demerse, Pembina Institute.
“By supporting research on the lake, this contribution will help determine what needs to be done to make Lake Winnipeg healthy again.” - Lois Wales, president, MGEU.
Does Harper's plan for emissions reduction include a permanent recession or a state of stunted manufacturing?
Earth Day celebrates and promotes the "power of one" with personal acts of environmental wisdom and lifestyle changes.
According to Global Compass Group, the lobby firm hired by Koch Industries to represent its interests, it will focus on issues ranging from taxation policy, energy and resource and economic development.
The provincial crown corporation was able to reduce the debt owing on its wind farms by $10 million, said the PEI Minister of Environment, Energy and Forestry.
NUPGE endorses Earth Hour for the forth consecutive year. Last year, in Canada alone, more than 10 million people, in more than 288 cities, turned off their lights!
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty did not directly refer the environment or climate change in his budget speech. “Canadians understand that the interests of the economy and environment are interlinked, why doesn’t the Canadian government?” says Dorothy McDougall from KAIROS.
The Harper government has quietly tabled a plan to cut spending on food safety!
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) has taken the pledge and will not offer bottled water at its meetings or events where tap water is available.
"Canadians continue to believe , in very high numbers, that climate change is a significant issue. They want to see federal leadership on the issue in terms of a policy regime that will set the course for Canada." - Alex Wood, Sustainable Prosperity.
Doctored documents call into question the integrity of the entire decision-making processes within the Department of International Cooperation.
Canada pressures EU to take a u-turn on Europe's clean fuel law.
The report shows that provincial policies account for about half of the total government action.
'There is a clear disconnect between the B.C. government's sunny forestry rhetoric and the real experience of the people.'
Priority recommendations addressing tax subsidies could save well over $800 million annually.
Brussels, Belgium (21 January 2011) - EU Member State representatives today adopted the European Commission’s draft Regulation banning the use of credits from industrial gas projects in the E
"All new approvals should be halted until the shortcomings are addressed and independent monitoring systems and environmental limits are put in place," says Simon Dyer of the Pembina Institute, in response to the report.
Listen to CBC's Quirks and Quarks related podcast above.
Firefighters say the fires in beetle-killed trees burn so hot it's like dealing with a forest of kiln-dried lumber. Dumping water and retardant on the flames doesn't work very well.
Environment Canada has quietly released its climate report for 2010, confirming that it was the hottest year on Canadian record books.
British shareholders, NGOs and campaigners have expressed increasing concern over the involvement of UK banks and oil companies in the highly polluting extraction of "dirty oil" from the Tar Sands.
With contributing authors from the academic and labour market spheres, this report reveals that climate and labour market policies are still operating as two solitudes in Canada.
"If you’re hoping for a “harmonized” Canadian equivalent to this (U.S. climate action) effort, prepare to be disappointed," says Clare Demerse, Pembina Institute.
'It proves that we're totally right when we ask for a moratorium.' - André Belisle.
Agreement on 'Just Transition' hailed as a breakthrough worth celebrating for the moment.
'Years of budget cuts and reorganization has severely eroded the government's ability to manage B.C.'s public forests.' - Darryl Walker.
Back again as Canada's environment minister, John Baird wins an unprecedented three Fossil of the Day awards on the first day of UN climate talks in Cancun.
'We urge the government of British Columbia to act swiftly on this unanimous recommendation.' - Darryl Walker.
'Without a change of course by their government, they can expect more of the same - generosity for the oil patch, discipline for citizens.' - Parkland Institute.
“Climate change remains an overriding priority for all our futures; we cannot afford to let pessimism prevail”, said Sharan Burrow, the General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).
'The fossil fuel economy is transforming rapidly into a ‘bio-economy'. - Jim Thomas of ETC Group.
Letter blasts Harper government for killing Bill C-300, a law that would have held Canadian mining companies accountable for human rights and environmental abuses abroad.
New report says Ottawa and Alberta are conspiring to kill climate change initiatives in other countries
The report documents extensive evidence of federal and Alberta government lobbying efforts against clean energy policies proposed in the United States, Europe and the state of California.
'Stephen Harper has done what he always promised never to do – use unelected officials to counter the will of Parliament and the Canadian public.' - Graham Saul.
Unanimous vote by Metro Vancouver Environment and Energy Committee welcomed by BCGEU and COPE.
Government cites concerns over potential danger to water supplies and the rights of landowners.
Union says province's fresh water supply may be threatened by natural gas 'fracking' agreement with Toronto energy drilling companies.
Parliament's defeat this week of a private member's bill to improve corporate accountability by Canadian mining companies operating in developing countries is a huge step backward for human rights and for Canada on the international scene.
The United Nations on Monday began major negotiations to protect biodiversity and combat losses in animal and plant species that underpin livelihoods and economies.
Twelve environmental groups are calling on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to save Fish Lake, BC, home to 80,000 rainbow trout and sacred to the Tsilhqot’in First Nations. The groups are urging the federal government to heed the findings of its environmental assessment review panel and reject a proposed gold and copper mine that would destroy Fish Lake.
“Taxpayers expect the government to live up to their responsibility to protect the public interest and safety,” says Darryl Walker, president of the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU/NUPGE).
Pembina Institute's Response to Environment Canada's announcement on international climate financing contribution — Oct. 5, 2010
'It was essential to bring labour and environmental groups together.' - Darryl Walker.
New 'media rules' so restrictive scientists can't talk about floods that happened 13,000 years ago.
As of today, anyone visiting www.faststartfinance.org can track billions of dollars in climate finance.
The obvious question facing communities today is how to adjust to extreme weather in ways that will cause the least amount of destruction. A number of communities have, in recent years, launched action plans to investigate their vulnerabilities and to brainstorm solutions. “Every community has its own Achilles heel,” says Cullen, author of a new book "The Weather of the Future".
Small levy on international currency transactions would generate an estimated $35 billion annually.
Canada is not the only Arctic coastal state to become more engaged in Arctic policy over the past few years.
Scientists are raising the alarm that warming and rising acidity of oceans is spelling ecological upheaval for marine ecosystems.
'The auditor general’s findings are entirely consistent with what our members have been saying for years.' - Byron Goerz, BCGEU.
Years of cuts have put Canada's federal national weather agency 'on the road to junior partner status.'
Organized by union and environmental groups from across British Columbia.
But all governments need to do more, says an analysis by the David Suzuki Foundation and Climate Action Network Canada.
"We didn't release our analysis immediately because, frankly, we were a little bit shocked by the conclusions," Matthew Bramley of the Pembina Institute commented.
"The creation of this institutional capacity is a prerequisite to the kind of provincial collaboration and leadership that Canadians need," Climate Action Network executive director Graham Saul said in a statement.
Praise for initiative by three major provinces masks lack of action by Conservatives at the national level.
Citizens are being urged to sign an open letter to Alberta Environment Minister Rob Renner.
'These types of changes are very stressful for workers but fortunately this isn't the end of the road for affected members.' - Darryl Walker.
By working together, Ontario and Quebec can reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of their electricity systems while also keeping rates in check for businesses and consumers.
July 17th marks the Climate Change Impacts Day for both Taiwan and Ukraine.
'CPP's investment in the tar sands involves pensioners in a toxic legacy when they should be able to rely on an ethical, sustainable retirement plan.'
It takes only 181 days for the average Canadian to produce as much greenhouse gases as the average Singaporean will produce over the course of the entire year.
Prime Minister Harper hearing from the wrong advisors on fossil fuel subsidies and financial taxes
NUPGE president James Clancy and OPSEU president Warren (Smokey) Thomas lead large contingent in peaceful protest through downtown Toronto.
On June 24th, 2010 Unions from all over the world adopted an ambitious resolution on climate change.
“We can rebalance society and limit markets. Organizations around the world are finding new and exciting ways to describe the world’s worth.”
'We need a real hands-on approach to banking supervision and to excessive bankers' pay, and to shielding commercial and retail banking from irresponsible shadow banking and speculation.' - ITUC.
Twenty-two Canadians died as a result of the listeriosis crisis caused by Maple Leaf Foods in Toronto.
Britain's David Cameron tells Harper that the UK and 'many other countries' will oppose Canada's decision to support big banks and international financial institutions.
'At a minimum, we ask that no exemptions from regulations be awarded to BP or any oil and gas company.' - James Clancy.'
Thousands expected to raise their voices for a Financial Transactions Tax both in the streets and online.
Liberal Senator Grant Mitchell sponsors MP Bruce Hyer’s landmark Bill C-311
The Climate Change Accountability Act requires that the Canadian government implement regulations and policies to attain a long-term target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.
A truly grassroots movement, where local actions move global solutions forward.
NUPGE president James Clancy says Canada should support and advance the idea of a global tax on financial institutions at G8 and G20 meetings at Huntsville in June.
Passage of Liberal motion crushes Conservative obstruction and clears the way for a third reading vote on Bill C-311.
'We urge [Michael Ignatieff] and all the Liberal MPs to vote for this bill and pressure the Conservatives to make real plans that make Canada an environmental leader once again.' - James Clancy.
Enthusiasm from Europe spreads to Canada in advance of G20 meetings planned for Toronto in June.
The announcement does not apply to freight trucks — a significant omission when freight emissions have nearly doubled since 1990.
Decision follows massive 'people power' protest by citizens across New Brunswick. Updated.
NUPGE is endorsing Earth Hour for the third consecutive year. Last year, in Canada alone, more than 10 million people, in more than 288 cities, turned off their lights!
2010 theme recognizes that population and industrial growth are adding new sources of pollution and increased demand for clean water around the world.
New report details government actions that undermine research into the science of climate change
By far the largest demonstration yet against the sale of NB Power assets to Hydro Quebec.
The National Union of Public and General Employees joins the Polaris Institute, the Canadian Federation of Students and the Sierra Youth Coalition in drawing attention to the environmental and social justice impact of corporate water.
NUPGE supports Earth Hour, this March 27th, 2010, in an effort to raise awareness around climate change and energy consumption.
BCGEU working to ensure placement for impacted members.
“Nowhere is a commitment to principled policy, backed by action, needed more than in addressing climate change” ... a quote taken from yesterday’s Throne speech, yet climate change is mentioned 3 times in the 450-page budget document. This speaks volumes.
After over four years in power, Stephen Harper’s government has yet to produce a comprehensive climate change plan of any kind.
British-based campaign says a charge of just 1/20th of 1% on financial transactions not involving the public would raise an estimated £250 billion ($400 billion Cdn) a year.
With 2010 being the International Year of Biodiversity, maintaining and expanding protected areas needs to be recognized as a powerful tool against climate change and should be a component of national and sub-national climate change strategies.
Report estimate that if only 10 per cent of the permafrost melted, this could lead to the release of an additional 80 parts per million of carbon dioxide equivalent into the atmosphere. This would equate to about 0.7 degrees Celsius of global warming.
Coalition fighting proposed $3.2 billion sale will bring together an array of experts at Options Summit Feb. 22 in Fredericton. - Updated
York professor, Carla Lipsig-Mummé receives $1 million from SSHRC, to study work in a warming world.
Negative record on the environment and climate change has damaged Canada's image on the global stage.
Editorial by Dale Marshall, David Suzuki Foundation (Wednesday, Feb.3, 2010)
Canada, a top ten global polluter, already with the weakest target in the industrialized world, weakened its target even further.
Controversial deal would dump assets for far less than they are worth while giving up control of future energy policy.
'The people of New Brunswick are looking for a ruling on the ownership of NB Power and whether the premier of the province of New Brunswick has exceeded his jurisdiction.'
“The Canadian government has been consistently out of step with the majority in parliament, the Canadian public and provincial governments.'
Irving-owned newspapers blasted for failing to inform citizens adequately about the sale which will mean huge benefits for the Irving family.
Coalition of New Brunswickers - NB Power Not for Sale will hold a news conference today.
'Public health professionals undertake important work, including disease prevention, health promotion and community protection.' - Elisabeth Ballermann, HSAA president.
Settlement achieved after one day of conciliation assistance.
Ordinary citizens gathered in the cold at the New Brunswick legislature this week to deliver a blunt message against the planned sale of the province's power utility to Quebec.
'The gradual elimination of jobs means proper resource management will not occur.' - Darryl Walker.
More than 540 animal and plant species are at risk in Canada.
This short video explores the "devil in the details" when it comes to the tool of cap-and-trade to combat climate change.
'Our image and reputation have taken a beating thanks to the Harper government's foot-dragging and stubborn refusal to change its weak emission-reduction targets.' - James Clancy.
Leaked cabinet documents show government plan for massive increase in oil and gas emissions by 2020
Canada has come under significant international criticism on climate change. The Canadian government’s primary and most persuasive reply is that the country will “match U.S. efforts.”
Over three hundred events have been registered in cities and towns across Canada with large national rallies planned in Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa and Montreal.
“It’s extremely disappointing that Canada and other developed countries, including the members of the European Union, New Zealand and Australia, are cheating on their targets and proposing to sweep increased emissions from logging under the rug so they don’t have to account for them,” says Chris Henschel, a CPAWS senior conservation manager and international expert on the UN negotiations on Land Use and Forestry.
Paper from Alberta’s Parkland Institute and the CCPA see a business model based on maximizing profit and share value creates significant environmental, social, economic, and political problems for Canada.
Canada wins for an unwillingness to negotiate at negotiations
"We're seeing no movement on the part of our politicians and yet pretty well all of the science that's come out since about 2007 has indicated that climate change is moving faster than we thought," said David Schindler, a professor of ecology at the University of Alberta.
NBUPPE says urgent action is needed to stop the controversial deal before it is finalized in March 2010. Updated
Put global health at the centre of UN climate summit
'This country's government is now behaving with all the sophistication of a chimpanzee's tea party.... the astonishing spectacle of a beautiful, cultured nation turning itself into a corrupt petro-state.'
On November 10, 2009 the Municipal Council of London Ontario signed an emergency resolution urging the federal government of Canada to take action on climate change. Citizens in municipalities across Canada have been mobilizing for urgent action on the climate change crisis.
Members of Parliament vote in favor of more ambitious action at the United Nations Climate Summit
'Let's not stand on the sidelines while the few who will benefit greatly from this deal give away our crown jewel.' - Susie Proulx Daigle.
Environment Minister Jim Prentice issues the challenge
The elements of a strong deal are still on the table. But, Canada must change its tune if a fair, ambitious, and legally binding agreement can be reached at the UN climate summit in Copenhagen in December.
What do the November UN climate meetings bode for the Copenhagen summit?
Plug-ins and battery-powered vehicles will get special carpool, parking and recharging perks.
Federal Environment Minister Jim Prentice no longer plans to unveil an outline for regulations for Canada’s greenhouse gas pollution before December’s UN climate summit in Copenhagen.
On October 21, Conservative and Liberal MPs joined forces to delay passage of Bill C-311, the Copenhagen Climate Bill.
Among developed nations, Canada will now stand alone in Copenhagen blocking global progress.
'It means that they're not really interested in the perspectives of Canadian environmental groups and faith-based groups and labour unions and indigenous organizations and youth groups on this issue.'
At the UN climate negotiations in Bangkok Canada wins the first place Fossil of the Day award
'To matter, Canada has to actually punch above its weight, not just say it does. The U.S. can just show up and be listened to. So can China. Canada has to do much more.'
Environment Minister Jim Prentice represents Canada while Harper skips out to pay a courtesy call on New York Mayor Bloomberg
KYOTOplus is a mere 13 MP endorsements away from a majority in parliament
Harper government gives Canada an international black eye by refusing to name a Canadian representative to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
Ben Powless, a Mohawk youth and a student at Carleton University, has just returned from Panama and the International Indian Treaty Council. His brief report for NUPGE is included below.
Nova Scotia is one of the first provinces to impose regulated caps on greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions from power generation facilities.
Comprehensive new report outlines risks of poorly managed oil sands development and proposes a new approach
Meetings this week in Regina are critical leading into global UN climate conference at Copenhagen in December.
A week for provincial climate action during the Council of the Federation as Canada's Premiers discuss climate, energy, and trade.
Recognizing climate threshold one thing - action is quite another.
A new report states the lack of a clear leader among the ranked nations and while Germany has slightly improved, countries such as Canada and Russia have completely failed the test.
The best way to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is not to put them there in the first place.
Tri-national Statement Responds to Industry Pledge to Commercialize GE Wheat
40% cut to park ranger staff shows lack of environmental commitment.
'I'm concerned about what this may foreshadow for other parts of the public service after the election. - BCGEU president Darryl Walker.'
The latest emissions calculations are now in for 2007 and Canada has exceed their Kyoto target by 34.2%. By 2012 Canada has committed to meet a Kyoto target of 556.5 Mt of greenhouse gas emissions, but since 1990 has risen steadily topping 747 Mt in 2007.
To draw attention to the Bonn meetings in June, the Climate Action Network - Canada is turning up the heat on the KYOTOPlus campaign.
Green jobs are good jobs. Green jobs benefit the environment. Green jobs will prepare Canada for a strong economic future.
Cool Comforts: Bargaining for our survival is available through the National Union office.
'Three of four parties paid attention to all the recent science, the growing international consensus and the clear call by Canadians for bold action on climate change.'
The Climate Change Accountability Act (C-311), a private member's bill tabled by NDP MP Bruce Hyer, will be voted on at second reading in House of Commons this afternoon. This groundbreaking bill would set national climate targets that allow Canada to play a responsible part in the global effort to tackle climate change.
Earth Hour is quickly approaching - on Saturday, March 28th at 8:30 pm, millions of Canadians will turn out their lights to support the largest global public demonstration on climate change! What are you doing that night?
Scientists weren't pulling any punches as they outlined their findings before the release of their full synthesis in June 2009.
Ben Powless is Mohawk from Six Nations in Ontario. He is currently studying Human Rights, Indigenous and Environmental Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa. The National Union sponsored Ben to attend the 2009 World Social Forum in Belem, Brazil, January 24 to February 2.
NUPGE endorses an open letter to Parliament that challenges MPs to accept climate targets based on Science
Make existing 'side deals' part of treaty so they can be properly enforced, U.S. president says during visit to Ottawa.
(19 Feb. 2009) - Obama understands that the current recession presents national leaders with a unique opportunity to unleash ingenuity and develop green technologies that will renew economies and simultaneously confront climate change.
Stats Canada has just released a summary of 2007 data about households and the environment. Compared to last year the data shows an increase 'green' habits.
(Jan 23, 2009) -- 'The Harper government thinks we have to choose either a strong economy or a clean environment. This is a false choice that sells our country short. We can and must have both.'
Harper administration now ranks below Bush administration on global ridicule scale
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is calling on the federal and provincial governments to work together on a 5-point plan that would stimulate the economy and at the same time enhance Canada's social foundations and improve the environment.
Canadian arctic indigenous peoples and environmental groups launch a united call for action on climate change at United Nations negotiations.
Canadians unite to demand a real deal at UN climate negotiations in Poland. On December 7, 2008, thousands will gather in communities across Canada to call for action to stop climate chaos.
Members of Parliament must take a serious look at the sustainability of biofuels, such as ethanol and biodiesel. Setting fuel targets before the creation of sustainable production criteria jeopardizes any emission reductions from these fuels.
Labour unions at the Poznan meetings are firmly committed to emission reductions based on the science from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports.
An international coalition of labour groups calls for human rights, economic justice and science-based targets at the December 2008 UN meetings in Poznan.
'Is it smart to put so much faith in biofuels?'
By voting day this past election the KYOTOplus campaign had obtained commitments from over half of all Liberal/NDP/Bloc/Green candidates – 493 in all. The lead-up to Poznan, is a second opportunity for politicians to commit to action.
The Ontario Court of Appeal has told the Ontario government to drop its law that bans more than 100,000 agriculture workers from organizing a union and bargaining collectively because it violates labour rights that are protected by Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
'The findings of this study confirm what we've been saying all along.' - Darryl Walker
Canadian environment groups call on new parliament to cooperate and deliver. Once again Canada has a minority parliament, but it’s clear that the majority of Canadians voted for parties committed to taking stronger action on climate change.
Joe Clark, Kim Campbell, Paul Martin and John Turner put the heat on Stephen Harper
Vancouver conference promoting genetically engineered trees for fuel
Pembina Responds to Harper and Layton on Carbon Tax Comments
Media strategy will try to minimize reporting of harmful impact on the young, the elderly and aboriginals
This week provincial premiers met in Quebec City to discuss, among other things, climate change strategies.
Meetings in Japan fail to take global challenge seriously
State will try one-year experiment to cut costs of government and commuting
Impact on greenhouse gas emissions, global instability, food shortages and environmental damage must be studied, says James Clancy
As Brazilian sugar cane feeds the biofuel industry, it takes its toll on its labourers.
The Bonn session of the United Nations climate negotiations closed today with some new ideas on the table but only marginal progress towards a climate change deal,
208 fires as of June 11 – all caused by human error
Approved by Parliament over bitter opposition from the Harper government
This green social networking site develop by NBU's Peter Corbyn, is an opportunity for components to engage members with others from across Canada.
The Encyclopedia of Earth (EOE) adds a collection of reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, articles, FAQs, and links galore to their educational website.
Organized by the Ontario Power Authority, the goals of ECW include awareness raising and taking action to reduce energy consumption and pollution – particularly during electricity peak periods.
Dubious benefit in reducing greenhouse gases while exacerbating environmental and food problems
The United Nations is now investigating Canada for failing to set up a simple greenhouse gas accounting mechanism. Yesterday the United Nations announced that Canada will be formally investigated on non-compliance for failing to set up a greenhouse gas registry.
Happy Earth Day Ontario!
Media Release from the Canadian Environmental Law Association
Happy Earth Day Ontario!
Media Release from the Canadian Environmental Law Association
NUPGE urges everyone to mark the occasion by advocating action on climate change
Youth and climate change activists across the country are trying to stop the government from killing the Climate Change Accountability Act, Bill C-377. Endless hours of conservative filibustering have driven the committee meetings into the wee hours.
Three federal parties participate but Prime Minister Harper and Environment Minister John Baird decline
Harper standards are 'smoke and mirrors'
120 cities and towns taking part on March 29
Friends of the Earth Canada continues with litigation to hold the Canadian government accountable for inaction on the Kyoto Protocol.
The first comprehensive national study in a decade on where and how climate change will impact Canada provides dramatic evidence of the costs of climate change and the need for urgent action, say representatives of the Climate Action Network Canada- Réseau action climat Canada.
Revitalizing our manufacturing sector, driving green building, promoting safer chemicals and realizing the economic benefits of global warming are all pieces of the just transition puzzle.
'How can we take Stephen Harper seriously.'
'The Harper government is not serious about doing anything significant to ensure a clean and green future for Canadians.'
Join an international movement and raise awareness about global warming
The missing piece to confronting climate change
Preferential treatment for corporations, says BCGEU
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is pleased to support the 'Story of Stuff' project. It's message ties into NUPGE's long standing work on globalization and the environment.
Governments in Canada need to closely examine the growing number of scientific warnings about the benefits of biofuels.
The following is the text of Ian Angus’s keynote speech at 'Smells Like Green Spirit,' a conference sponsored by the University of British Columbia Student Environment Centre, on January 19, 2008.
Letter to first ministers outlines five key areas where crucial action is needed
NUPGE wants Ottawa to focus on five major areas
Lax environmental scrutiny for project that will spew three million tonnes of greenhouse gases every year
'Opportunity to get involved in the most important issue of our day'
National round table concludes that long-term economic costs will not be significant
The KYOTOplus pledge is part of a national global warming petition campaign launched on Parliament Hill by a broad collective of environmental and public interest organizations.
Global pressure forced Canada to join other nations in signing 'roadmap' at Bali
OPSEU says report echoes concerns it has expressed on many occasions
John Baird sides with the U.S., Japan and Russia to block progress at climate change talks
A Just Transition looks at the transition to a low-carbon economy
After years of lobbying, the British Columbia Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU/NUPGE) has won full benefits for seasonal auxiliary workers employed by B.C.'s forest and range protection branch. The change takes effect with the 2008 fire season.
Further distancing itself from the Kyoto Protocol, Canada has joined the Asia-Pacific Partnership, an organization condemned by critics for its soft approach to the environmental crisis.
West Coast Environmental Law, assisted by the British Columbia Government and Service Employees' Union, has released a damning report on the provincial environment. It documents a dramatic reduction in enforcement and compliance under the Campbell Liberal government.
Friends of Earth Canada taking Harper government to Federal Court
Push for nuclear power could lead Canada to import massive amounts of waste.
CAW delegates, this August 2007, unanimously endorsed the policy paper 'Climate Change and Our Jobs: Finding the Right Balance'. This endorsement announces a full commitment from the CAW to the fight against climate change.
58% initial return rate reported but new initiative is not as green as many citizens think
Tropics and mid-tropics becoming dryer as precipitation increases in mid-latitude areas
The National Union endorses Friends of the Earth and Sierra Legal's court challenge of the Conservative government's inaction on climate change. With the real possibility of not meeting Kyoto targets, Canadians risk failure on the international stage and meeting our environmental responsibilities.
User fees make up greater percentage of the parks budget in Ontario than in any other province
Peter Corbyn urges NUPGE Components and members to take action
The G-8 club of industrialized countries comes to a general agreement to cut their emissions 50% by 2050, compared to 1990 levels. The US insists China and India come on-board for the successor agreement to Kyoto.
'Pleased to take action on an issue which involves all of us.'
'There’s something seriously wrong with this picture.' - Warren (Smokey) Thomas
'Calling this plan a strategy is actually giving it far too much credit. It's a sham, and a complete abdication of our international commitment.' - David Suzuki – April 27, 2007
Rallies in Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal
90% likelihood greenhouse gases are responsible for changes associated with global warming
Most provinces still failing on global warming - need for federal government to lead
40% decrease in enforcement targets for illegal hunters, anglers and netters