How Canada measures up in the Doughnut

The University of Leeds has put together a visual reference for how well each country is fairing using the Doughnut Economics model. This website has been designed to let you compare the environmental and social performance of nations relative to a “safe and just” development space. The purpose is to foster a public discussion about …

Oil Transport needs a new method

This past week the BC government announced a limit to the amount of diluent allowed in the pipelines transporting Alberta’s heavy oil to the west coast. This has put additional strain on the already fragile Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. With financing in jeopardy and additional regulatory hurdles, this project faces the very real …

Transition to Green Industries

Answering the question “What is the Green Parties transition plan to move Alberta towards being more Green from an industry stand point? ” from a concerned Albertan. To answer your question, in summary, there are many steps that we would take in transitioning our energy industry to a cleaner one. The first would be to stop …

Let’s Talk Mental Health Care

Today is Bell Canada’s Let’s Talk initiative. Removing the stigma attached to mental health issues is the first step but many more steps need to be taken for these issues to be successfully treated. The Green Party of Alberta has put into policy the following actions towards providing the best mental health services for our citizens; …

Wealth, Food Security and the Doughnut Economy

In a week that included the Women’s March, the Davos conference, the issue of feeding our current and future population and the news that “It’s Boom times for Billionaires” I feel the need to connect the dots. This week a report from Oxfam was published that stated; “…82 percent of the global wealth produced last …

Recycling in Alberta

January 18, 2018 Government of Alberta Minister of Environment and Parks Dear Ms. Shannon Phillips, I am writing to you today to discuss our recycling model in Alberta. As you are aware, the Chinese government will no longer accept our materials which will necessitate a serious change in how we handle our current recyclables. I …

European Union’s Circular Economy

I have been studying on line the European Union’s Circular Economy strategy which is designed to create much more value and much less waste out of the resources we use.  It is a very ambitious system with, supposedly, increasing targets for waste prevention, reuse and recycling and has had evidence of some success in various …