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A top concern for Canadian employees is their mental well being

Increasingly, we are seeing studies that show well being at work is good for business, it’s good for the economy, and most of all, it’s good for people – employees, managers, and owners.

Vincenzo Morello, Radio Canada International »

According to a survey by Morneau Shepell, 77 per cent of Canadians would take a lower salary in favour of better mental health support.

The results of the survey said that many factors could be contributing to the mental stress of Canadian workers. Factors like financial stress, and workplace culture. Forty-two per cent of employees said that they struggle more with finances than their peers with the same income.

Another contributing factor to this phenomenon is that 45 per cent of Canadians surveyed believed that the mental demands of their job have increased over the last two years.

Allen said that in last years survey, 60 per cent of employees said that the workplace had a positive influence on their mental health, while another 25 per cent said it was harmful.

Read the whole article at CBC’s RCI »

Sweden’s central bank divested from Alberta and reinvested in BC

Geoff Dembicki, writing for TheTyee.ca »

When Sweden’s central bank announced it would sell off Alberta government bonds because of the province’s high carbon emissions, the reaction from Alberta’s political leaders was swift and defensive.

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The bank was concerned with Alberta’s total emissions, and by that measure the province is doing terribly. Its oil sands alone did more damage to the climate last year than the entire economy of B.C., and Alberta’s per capita carbon emissions of 62.4 tonnes dwarf those of the U.S. (15.53 tonnes) or even Saudi Arabia (16.85 tonnes).

Heidi Elmér, the head of Riksbank’s markets department, explained that bond issuers like Alberta are no longer a good fit for an international financial institution that’s trying to become more sustainable. Divesting from Alberta and reinvesting in bonds from lower-emitting provinces like B.C. hasn’t hurt the bank’s performance, she said. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Read the whole article at TheTyee.ca »

Airborne particles of metal contaminants from Alberta’s oil sands are carried over long distances and affect weather patterns in the surrounding regions

Also, the World Health Organization has singled out pollution as a culprit in eight million premature deaths every year around the world.

Levon Sevunts »

The scientists also found that the snow in the Athabaskan oil sands regions of northern Alberta contains up 100 times more nano-sized particles of metal contaminants such as chromium, nickel, copper than snow samples taken from downtown Montreal, indicating that air pollution is much greater close to the oil sands.

“Fresh snow is a snapshot of atmospheric processes,” Ariya told Radio Canada International. “The snow absorbs the hard metal particles and embeds it and this allows us to see things that we might not be able to see otherwise.”

The results of the study presented in the scientific journal Environmental Pollution are of concern since both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have identified nanoparticle pollution as a major challenge in climate change, Ariya said.

Read the whole article at Radio Canada International »

Ontario right-wing government has already spent $231 million to scrap green energy projects

It’s astonishing how much money Ontario’s Conservative government is will to spend on not fighting climate change.

Mike Crawley »

Provincial documents show the Ford government spent more than $230 million to cancel renewable energy projects that included a partially-built wind farm in a cabinet minister’s riding.

The spending was revealed Tuesday in question period by the opposition NDP, who accused the Ford government of throwing away money on scrapping energy projects as the Liberal government did earlier in the decade.

The province’s public accounts for 2018-19 show spending of $231 million by the Ministry of Energy on unexplained “other transactions.”

Read the whole article at CBC »

10% of new passenger vehicle sold in British Columbia are Zero Emission Vehicles, well above the national average of 3.5%

Karin Larsen »

New numbers released by Electric Mobility Canada show that a full 10 per cent of all new passenger vehicles sold in the province fall into the the ZEV category, well above the national average of 3.5 per cent. Quebec is the next closest province at seven per cent.

Al Cormier, founding president of Electric Mobility Canada, said B.C.’s unique combination of incentive programs, policies and legislation around ZEVs has been effective.

“All that has provided incentives and encouragements to buyers of vehicles in B.C., to researchers, to companies. So generally there are great conditions to promote electric vehicle sales and it’s working,” said Cormier.

Read the whole article at CBC »

15 Canadian youth sue federal government over climate change

The youth, from seven provinces and the Northwest Territories, are being represented by Arvay Finlay LLP and Tollefson Law Corporation, and partner with the Pacific Centre for Environmental Law and Litigation, and the David Suzuki Foundation.

The case, La Rose et. al. v. Her Majesty the Queen, alleges the federal government is violating their rights to life, liberty and security of person under section seven of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Jeff Tollefson, writing for Nature »

Fifteen people aged between 10 and 19 filed the lawsuit in federal court, arguing that climate change will impinge on their right to “life, liberty and security”. The lawsuit also argues that climate change will interfere with basic equality rights, given that the most severe effects of climate change will be borne by future generations.

“Basically, what we’re arguing is that the courts must hold this generation to account for harms that are being done to the next,” says Chris Tollefson, co-counsel for the plaintiffs and a specialist in environmental law at the University of Victoria in Canada.

Ira Reinhart-Smith, a 15-year-old plaintiff from Caledonia, Canada, says that he got involved with climate activism — including the Fridays for Future school-strike movement — last year. “This lawsuit is helping me express my anger and my fear,” he says. “My generation and generations to come are going to be exposed to things that the world has never been exposed to before.”

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More at » Toronto Star, CBC, Maple Ridge News, Newsweek

Canadian election results open a window for a universal drug plan

Allison Martell, writing for Reuters »

The Liberals won the most seats in the election but fell short of a majority, which means Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will need the support of rivals like the left-leaning New Democratic Party (NDP) to govern. Both the Liberals and NDP have promised a new national drug plan.

Canada is the only developed country with a universal health care system that does not cover prescription drugs for all, though a patchwork of provincial programs support the elderly and people with low income or very high drug costs. Most Canadians rely on employer-funded drug plans.

Steve Morgan, a University of British Columbia health economist and leading advocate for a universal drug plan, or pharmacare, said the election results created a “window of opportunity” to change the system.

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New Google tool helps cities like Saskatoon battle the effects of climate change

CBC News »

City of Saskatoon officials hope new software designed by Google will provide more information in the city’s battle against climate change.

The software tool, Environmental Insights Explorer, combines information from Google Maps with existing information about greenhouse gas emissions to paint a picture of a city’s environmental footprint.

“Any time where we can carry out a discussion with the community around climate change and generate discussion, I think it’s extremely valuable,” said Jeanna South, the city’s director of sustainability.

More » Google Canada Blog

By analyzing Google’s comprehensive global mapping data together with greenhouse gas (GHG) emission factors, EIE estimates city-scale building and transportation carbon emissions data with the option to drill down into more specific data, such as the distances travelled by mode (automobiles, public transit, biking etc) or the percentage of emissions generated by residential or non-residential buildings.

Resource » Environmental Insights Explorer

Norway’s largest pension fund KLP exits Canadian oil sands companies

Reuters »

KLP, Norway’s largest pension fund, will no longer invest in companies deriving their income from oil sands, and recently sold stocks and bonds in such firms worth about $58 million, it said on Monday.

Oil sands have been a focal point of environmental groups’ global efforts to stifle energy production from fossil fuels, saying they take an especially large toll on the environment.

KLP’s decision affects five companies, which were added to its exclusion list: Canada’s Cenovus Energy, Suncor Energy, Husky Energy and Exxon-controlled Imperial Oil, as well as Russia’s Tatneft PAO.

The fund, which manages over $81 billion in assets, said its new policy was to exclude companies with more than 5% of their revenue derived from the oil sands business, similar to its rule on coal.

Canada’s North is warming much faster than the global average » What it’s like living in a place that is warming three times faster than the rest of the world

Wildfires, mudslides, and an influx of wolves » Paul Josie, 33-years-old, from Old Crow, Yukon, the most northwestern community in Canada, tells us what it’s like living in a place that has declared a climate emergency.

Paul Josie; as told to Jackie Hong, on Vice »

I remember growing up, they would take me out in October, and we would set nets and fish the coho salmon under the ice. Now, we’re looking at December and it’s not even safe to go on the ice in some places. We are learning to travel on the land again as opposed to using the knowledge that was passed on to us from our elders on which way to go, which time of year to go.

Even just this year, we had -4 C in February when usually temperatures are at least -30 C or -40 C. I was dog-sledding in February and it was warm enough to just mush in a sweater.

In March, we had rain. We usually don’t see rain until June. A few years ago we actually had thunder and lightning at the end of May, which we’ve never seen before, where the storms were so powerful.

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