Catching up with Ontario’s Green Future

thegreenpages.ca network caught up with Jack Gibbons, Chair, Ontario Clean Air Alliance. What is Ontario’s Green Future and how did it come about? Ontario’s Green Future is the vision of the Ontario Clean Air Alliance.  We are working to ensure that 100% of Ontario’s need for grid-supplied electricity can be provided by renewable energy by…

Event Galvanizes Opposition to Enbridge Tar Sands Pipeline

From the Office of the Wet’suwet’en: NEWS RELEASE (Moricetown, BC) – Community opposition to the proposed Enbridge pipeline is growing. Over 200 people from communities along the pipeline route gathered Saturday in Moricetown, BC to discuss the impacts of the proposed mega-project. The 1170-kilometre Enbridge pipeline would carry oil from the Alberta tar sands to…

Earth Day Energy Showcase in Waterloo Region

WATERLOO — Local area residents will be able to learn about rebates and resources to make their homes more energy efficient at a special community event on Earth Day, April 22. The Earth Day Energy Showcase, hosted by the University of Waterloo and the Residential Energy Efficiency Project (REEP), will highlight energy-savings information and services…

B.C.’s Bioenergy Strategy

Media release from Sustainable Development Technology Canada: February 14, 2009 – The $25-million provincially funded BC Bioenergy Network is awarding almost $5 million in funding to two biomass pilot projects. “These pilot projects will help to further strengthen British Columbia’s environmental leadership, long-term competitiveness and electricity self-sufficiency,” said Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Minister Blair…

Atlantic Canada Sustainability Initiative (ACSI)

The following is a release from the Atlantic Canada Sustainability Initiative (ACSI), a collaborative project designed to build capacity and momentum around sustainability in Atlantic Canada: The development of ACSI was sparked by an international conference called “Rethinking Development” hosted in Antigonish, NS in June 2005 by Genuine Progress Index (GPI) Atlantic. Following this conference,…

Panel established to review proposed Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Generation Project

Canada’s Environment Minister Jim Prentice and Newfoundland and Labrador’s Minister of Environment and Conservation Charlene Johnson, along with Dave Denine, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, announced today the establishment of a five-member Joint Review Panel for the proposed Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Generation Project, located near Happy Valley-Goose Bay in Labrador.

Environmental groups join to endorse ‘green’ actions for big economic benefits

Press release from Environmental Defence: Toronto – Thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in investments could be leveraged by taking action on a suite of environmental initiatives, say 24 of Ontario’s leading environmental organizations. Whether it is unlocking the province’s tremendous green power potential, safeguarding some of the planet’s largest fresh water supplies or…

Saskatchewan’s Environmental Technology Sector Continues to Grow

Saskatoon – An alternative energy technology has been approved for Go Green funding through the Ministry of Environment. Titan Clean Energy Projects Corporation of Saskatoon will use $160,250 of Green Technology Commercialization Grant funding to help in bringing its biomass briquetting technology to market.

Saving Ontario’s Rural Communities from Energy “Grid Lock” – Green Energy Act

Ontario’s Green Energy Act Launched June 2, 2008 – Frustration is growing in parts of rural Ontario where farmers, municipalities, First Nations, community power projects and locally owned green energy projects are unable to fully contribute to Ontario’s green electricity future. The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA), with leading trade associations, manufacturers, environmental groups, First…

Smart grid needed for green power

The province’s power authority has agreed to buy electricity from 262 newly built or proposed renewable energy projects that together will add more than 1,000 megawatts of capacity to the Ontario grid. A lion’s share of this energy will come from wind and solar farms taking part in the province’s standard offer program, which pays…

Ontario to approve Great Lakes wind power

Ontario is preparing to lift a controversial moratorium on the development of offshore wind projects in the Great Lakes that has been in place for nearly 14 months, the Toronto Star has learned. A Ministry of Natural Resources official says the department is “getting ready” to make an announcement and that new minister Donna Cansfield…

Alberta crude may be too dirty, U.S. law says

Alberta’s oil sands are taking a hit from new U.S. energy legislation passed last month that has an unusual wrinkle suggesting that Canadian crude might be too dirty for the U.S. government. The legislation won’t allow any U.S. federal agencies to buy vehicle fuel derived from non-conventional sources unless the life cycle of its greenhouse-gas…

Stelmach Goes to Washington; Controversial Kearl Tar Sands Project Goes to Court

While Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach is in Washington this week seeking to assure Americans that there are no environmental problems associated with dirty tar sands development, Canadian environmental organizations are going to court tomorrow to challenge a massive tar sands operation north of Fort McMurray, Alberta. Imperial Oil’s proposed Kearl Tar Sands project includes an…

Toronto Community Housing leads green push

The Humber Blvd. building seems an unlikely headquarters for Toronto’s fight against climate change. The 14-storey highrise near Weston Road and St. Clair Ave. looks like just another rundown Toronto Community Housing dwelling – dirty brown brick, smeared glass doors and rusty garbage bin slumped by the entrance. But step inside the lobby, and the…

Countdown to Earth Hour

Frustrated by Canada’s stalling as the climate change negotiations head into their final hours in Bali? Then join a movement to let political leaders know you are worried about global warming and willing to do your part. Turn off your lights and electrical appliances for one hour one evening in March. It’s called Earth Hour…

Sault Ste. Marie Set to Become a Solar City

Sault Ste Marie is poised to become home to one of Ontario’s largest solar farms, thanks to the latest contracts signed under the province’s Standard Offer Program. Already a significant solar project comprised of two 10 MW phases when announced in September, plans for the Sault project now include six phases that would contribute 60…