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Imagine that you’ve been given the power to solve one of Canada’s sustainability challenges in a single day. What would you choose and why?

over 1 year ago
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Sustainability_Conspiricy about 1 year ago
A big step must be made, yet it isn't even talked about... Our government continues to fail us by avoiding the number one problem in this world; Animal Agriculture. Deal with the biggest issue affecting everything on this planet, then small changes should be made, but these small changes won't build sustainability for the long run, United Nation reports are ignored but have outstanding information on the truth regarding rain forest destruction, world hunger, deforestation, ocean depletion, over consumption of water and Greenhouse gases (POLLUTION)... I could go on, but do some research and stop messing around, before it's to late to be serious about change.
Rick Veleke about 1 year ago
The greatest challenge to sustainability is the pressure a society exerts on the environment. What is missing is an ideology that rational minds and common sense agree possess the best principles for the growth of an economy and the preservation of the sanctity of the natural world. The modern practices of pollution and urban expansion, agriculture and governing are old models that cause problems now and greater problems in the future. They discourage people and destroy the foundation on which our lives depend. It has often been said that economics is not a science. Rather, it is a sophisticated language that has evolved to resolve the needs of a complex society. I would seek out David Suzuki to create a team to develop economics into a science. This would help establish standards and best practices that would enable a government to manage such a finite system. The old models, the old ways of doing things are causing all our problems. Cutting down trees and burning them so the wind can distribute nutrients over a field, plowing up fertile land to cover with pavement, industries allowed to pour toxins into the earth, the air, and the water, and a banking system that pressures those deeply involved in the struggle to survive to take measures that can be described as interpretive violence are all destroying our environment and must evolve. How? Educate farmers and implement better practices. Re-evaluate development to leave room for nature. Industry must collect all forms of pollution and discard them in the responsible way. For an Ontario government to borrow when it has half the population of California but twice its debt creates such a terrible pressure. Then the Federal Government does the same. Taxes and the cost of living push people so hard to move so fast that the highways are paved with roadkill. Government is the greatest challenge to sustainable development. How can it lead if the people do not believe in it. And Canadians don't believe in their government. After many years of poor economic performance, increasing taxes, increasing debt, even the best policies achieve mediocre results because of the abuse of human capital. People are very aware that government employees continue to get raises while everyone else goes in the opposite direction. And this is the reality around the world. As my last act in my 23rd hour of solving this problem in one day, all government employees will reduce their wages 1% per year until it meets the average Canadian's wage. When the average wage grows is when a government employee would get a raise. This reduction in financial pressure and very public display would recapture hearts and minds. It would encourage everyone to participate. A highly involved and educated populace is necessary for Democracy and Capitalism to succeed, and to succeed in everything it does. I have read so many great ideas that implementing all of them will greatly improve Canada’s situation. Thank you for creating a forum and the privilege to participate and allowing me to go mad with power for 24hrs.
Franklin Thomas about 1 year ago
A NATIONAL STRATEGY for a 100% ORGANIC FARMING AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRYCanadian farmers release massive amounts of toxic agricultural chemicals into our biosphere. These poisonous chemicals migrate into our atmosphere and have seriously polluted our streams, rivers, lakes and oceans. They are deadly to fish, birds, beneficial insects and micro-organisms. Worst of all, they have contaminated our food supply, and have built up in our bodies. Exhaustive scientific research has proven that they cause a multitude of Illnesses. A good example is glyphosate – the main ingredient in agricultural herbicides. Glyphosate chemically resembles 1 of the 22 amino acids, glycine. Thus, the human body can be tricked into accepting glyphosate in place of glycine: Pretending to be the amino acid Glycine, [glyphosate] can cross the blood-brain barrier and start interfering in our brain chemistry. It can miss-fold proteins and cause them to behave unnaturally and perform unintended tasks with potential negative effects for us. It can and does get into our bone marrow and start producing T-cells and helper cells with this rogue chemical fitted in place of glycine. It can get into our DNA and RNA and be responsible for producing potentially dangerous transgenic mutants in our offspring that will show negative effects even a few generations down the line. And once it is into our body's biology, there is no effective way for our immune system, or for man, to get rid of it and replace it, molecule by molecule, with the original glycine. Glyphosate also affects blood production by affecting heme, an iron-containing compound that forms the non-protein part of hemoglobin. Furthermore, the positives of organic farming are too numerous to mention here: 1) Production per acre of crops is greater than chemical farming, 2) Organic foods generally taste better and are more nutritious than chemically farmed crops, 3) They reverse the soil depletion and loss caused by chemical farming which is a major problem globally, 4) Organic Farming is Totally Sustainable and Forever Perpetual. 5.) Some countries have already set national strategies to achieve 100 % organic farming. Be sure to Google: “global organic agriculture” The Peace Environmental Research Foundation:
Franklin Thomas about 1 year ago
A STRATEGY for a NATIONAL WATER-TO-HYDROGEN BASED ECONOMYUnderstand that (chemically) when any compound is ignited and burned – no matter whether it is wood, paper, gasoline, propane, methane, paraffin, etc, it is the hydrogen in the compound that burns – NOT the carbon carrier (burning carbon-based compounds form toxic pollutants). Igniting HHO (burning HHO gas) releases a large amount of explosive plasma energy. A burning HHO flame will quickly reach temperatures above 6000 C and easily melt all metals including tungsten – releasing only pure water as an emission – TOTALLY ZERO POLLUTION !! Producing Hydrogen On-Demand from Water (producing Hydrogen immediately prior to utilizing it – without having to store it in a container or pressure vessel) makes it a very safe and versatile fuel. All sources of water can be utilized, even water from humidity. New methods of splitting the H2O molecule are much more energy efficient than using the old, expensive platinum anodes and cathodes. Now we are “energizing” the water molecule inside inexpensive stainless-steel “reactors”, with Resonance Frequency Voltage which energize the hydrogen atoms so that they “push” themselves apart, and free themselves from the bonding “force” of the larger Oxygen atom. These “free-floating” (HHO) Hydrogen and Oxygen atoms will remain apart as a gas until they are “ignited” by a spark or flame – resulting in the release of a large amount of energy, and the combining of the Hydrogen and Oxygen atoms BACK into pure water. The following are some good links on HHO R&D: Their truck runs 100% on water - not on gasoline: Amazing, they drove over 3,000 miles totally on water as fuel: New water-powered 5000 watt back-up generator manufactured in Canada: (It will not be long before they make a megawatt generator.) Motorbike runs on water: Powerful zero-emissions trucks: Here is a neat high tech fuel cell that makes electricity from hydrogen: "Off the Shelf" Home Fuel Cell by Panasonic - Awesome: Check out this awesome Honda hydrogen fuel cell electrical car: The General Motors Hydrogen Vehicle: Check out these three total water-powered car prototypes in action – 78 to 123 km / liter of water (water holds 3 times more hydrogen per liter than gasoline): Go to YouTube and Google and search the keywords, ‘Hydrogen Highway’ and see all the nations that have already started: ie: Hydrogen economies promise a sustainable future of unlimited wealth. New urban economic models based upon leisure time will be needed: Summary: The New Golden Age of Hydrogen Power On-Demand has arrived!! Imagine heating and powering your home from only water! If there is no water line to the home, the water can be de-humidified from the air. Every home or neighborhood will produce its own utilities. Imagine: No more utility bills!! Fill up your vehicle from your garden hose – essentially free fuel!! No more waiting in lines at gas stations – in fact, no more gas stations. Think of all the other urban clutter that will “go the way of the steam engine”, such as, power transmission lines and poles, petroleum storage facilities, petroleum gas pipe lines, oil wells, oil refineries, tar sands mining, oil super tankers, deep sea drilling, and more. Electric engines use very little oil for lubrication which can be sourced from refining hemp. No more toxic oil dripping from vehicles all over our parking lots and streets and washing into our rivers. No More Vehicular Air Pollution! We can now make all of our plastics from vegetable-based sources of carbon. Think of how clean air will improve our health! BEST OF ALL WE ENTER A NEW AGE OF UNLIMITED, ZERO-POLLUTION, TOTALLY SUSTAINABLE, FOREVER RENEWABLE ENERGY. The Peace Environmental Research Centre Foundation:
Franklin Thomas about 1 year ago
IT IS TIME FOR FOR CANADA TO BUILD A NEW WORLD EXPOSITION TOTALLY SUSTAINABLE CITY !!Transforming our Human Habitat into a livable, workable, and sustainable, Urban Ecology is the greatest challenge facing Mankind today; and the Inevitable Evolution and Destiny of the Global Science of Urban Man. It is time for Canada to demonstrate to the World its ingenuity and leadership as it enters into a New Age of Urban Ecological Sustainability!! We propose that the Government of Canada present an URBAN DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM as defined in the NATIONAL PLANS OF ACTION at the HABITAT II - Second United Nations Conference on Human Settlements; and that it initiate a World Exposition and Demonstration Project, such as, for example, our BOREALIS CITY Program: BOREALIS will become a permanent World Centre dedicated to the Advancement of Humankind by first demonstrating a community/village in balance with Nature. Guided by the philosophy that totally sustainable and advanced technological development can occur with a near zero negative impact on our natural ecology. These technologies now exist around the Earth - they just need to be brought together in one place and integrated: IMAGINE the economic benefits such a project would bring to Canada! Considering that Tourism will be the largest Industry on Earth, think of the millions of people who would pilgrimage to view its workings, to license its many discoveries and Patents, and to enroll in its courses. We could invite nations to finance and build their own unique Community Clusters, drawing some of the finest minds in the world to Canada. Think of the sustainable jobs that it will create. Think of the Interest and Excitement! Think of its Advertising Potential! An ideal location would be west of Edmonton towards the Super Natural Banff/Jasper National Parks? Imagine the Future - a Future that we are all uniquely empowered to pioneer: BOREALIS could not be a "pill" for all our planet's ills; but instead, an example of what we are trying to eventually achieve. It will be a beacon light, showing the World humankind's future New Millennium. It will be an effort worthy of Canadians and the Human Race; and make us a world leader in the Science of Humankind. Pioneers in Urban-Ecological Sustainability: The Peace Environmental Research Centre Foundation:
belindali over 1 year ago
I would choose a making a circular, regenerative economy. We have the capability of closing material, energy, water, and nutrient loops. What's stopping us is that our economy relies on extraction of non-renewable resources and is held in an infinite growth model. One of the main root causes of not being sustainable is that we aren't respecting the limits to growth. We should put a value on the "intangibles" like environmental and human health, quality of life, equality, and resilience to climate change to form a check and balance against unsustainable short term gains. Sustainability means going for the long game, not short term returns like stock prices in the next quarter or winning the next election at the cost of the environment.
celesdavar over 1 year ago
Could I suggest the following to address/solve one of Canada's sustainability challenges that has not been identified as a FSDS goal or target? If tourism was a country, it would have the fifth largest carbon footprint as a nation. The challenge is that tourism is a positive, net revenue generating sector that employs over 600,00 people and generates $78.8 billion in total economic activity ( However, I would like to make the case that we are not developing Canada as a nation nor as a global leader in Sustainable Tourism. While there are some examples (, the reality is that tourism has a very high carbon footprint in Canada. Capital investments in tourism infrastructure rarely integrate renewable energy, use of local materials, energy conservation standards, and reduced carbon footprints as fundamental design criteria. The travel trade does not have principles of practice and operating procedures to deliver tourism activities, tours, travel, and travel packages predicated around environmental sustainability. Destination Canada (Canada's premiere marketing crown corporation) marketing Canada to the world has very little in its website or marketing offer that positions sustainability tourism practices. Solution: Because Canada has a very active and thriving tourism industry that is currently not aligned with any principles or practices of Sustainable Tourism, nor aligned with any national climate change goals, I suggest that this become a target: Sustainable Tourism under one of the five articulated Goals of the FSDS. As to which Minister should be responsible, it should be the Minister of Small Business and Tourism.The Opportunity: The United Nations declares 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development If tourism were a country, internationally, it would have the fifth highest carbon footprint as a nation. Not surprising given that a large part of travel involves automobile and air travel transportation. However, as we adjust to the implications of rising global temperatures, rising sea levels, shifting national strategies into renewable energy, and adapting to the impact of severe weather, we need to address in Canada what our strategy will be to become better aligned with the practicalities of Sustainable Tourism.“The declaration by the UN of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development is a unique opportunity to advance the contribution of the tourism sector to the three pillars of sustainability – economic, social and environmental, while raising awareness of the true dimensions of a sector which is often undervalued” said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai. “As the lead UN agency for this initiative, UNWTO is very much looking forward to proceeding with the organization and implementation of the International Year, in collaboration with Governments, relevant organizations of the UN system, other international and regional organizations and all other relevant stakeholders”, he added.The decision to adopt 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development comes at a particularly important moment as the international community embraces the new Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), approved by the UN General Assembly last September. Tourism is included as targets under three of the SDGs - SDG 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all; SDG 12: Sustainable Consumption and Production and SDG 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.SUGGESTION:1. Engage the tourism industry, first nations communities, municipalities and tourism marketing organizations in Canada to develop a national Sustainable Tourism Strategy or Sustainable Tourism Manifesto? Develop it quickly. Get it out for discussion and adopt it by the end of 2017.2. Engage Destination Canada, Canada's national crown corporation, to develop a series of initiatives with tourism operators in Canada to better serve international markets with the best of global sustainable tourism practices (low waste, local foods, low water consumption, use of renewable energy, low carbon, low emissions, and more).3. Request that all new investment by the federal government into federal infrastructure by government departments or crown corporations be accompanied by a qualifying criterion: Demonstrate how this investment will provide reduced carbon emissions, increased reliance on renewable energy, and use of local materials.4. Develop and adopt a framework to align tourism growth with environmental and cultural protection. From this framework, adopt a made-in-Canada set of leadership principles for energizing and leading in Sustainable Tourism. 5. Facilitate a national conference on Sustainable Tourism for Canadians in 2017.6. Report out to Canadians and the tourism industry in 2016 and 2017 on a regular basis. References:UN Agenda for Sustainable Development: Canada: http://en.destinationcanada.comResponsible Travel:
John Delbert Hamilton over 1 year ago
I choose: my federal government with my Métis Nation, the Métis people of our "Historic Métis Nation Homeland" and their existing governance structures, to continue with the forward momentum of their negotiations towards a level playing field for “real change”.Métis people and Non-Status Indians given access to all programs and benefits that are available to First Nations and Inuit people.First Nations, Métis Nation, Inuit, Non-Status Indians, all Indigenous peoples to receive full healthcare coverage, vision, dental, physical and psychological health care, insured and uninsured coverage.I have a dream to see my federal government working collaboratively in good faith and dialogue with all Métis people and Non-Status Indians, together, to find consensus and in doing so meet our combined highest potential implementing the rights affirmed by the court.I was fortunate to meet Harry W. Daniels in December 1993 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and I learned from Harry Daniels that there is always hope.The Métis Nation is a culturally distinct Aboriginal people.Distinct Métis communities, settlements and a distinct Aboriginal people that are part of the "Métis Nation" with existing rights protected by s. 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982.Métis, as one of the three Aboriginal peoples in Canada, recognized as such in s. 35 of the Constitution Act 1982, are likewise included in the term “Indians” in s. 91 (24), confirming that it is Parliament and the federal government which has legislative and constitutional jurisdiction as well as a fiduciary duty for Métis people.Our Métis spirit guides us to "aspire to attain our highest potential." (Our founding document, The Statement of Prime Purpose, MNO).We need to work in open constructive dialogue and respect.As I always say: "As we paddle forward together, our voyage to our highest potential is only as fast as the last canoe." Author, John D. Hamilton, Métis.This reminds me of Justin Trudeau's Eulogy for his father, where he became politically astute:“Because simple tolerance, mere tolerance, is not enough. We need genuine and deep respect for each and every human being notwithstanding their thoughts, their values, their beliefs, their origins. That’s what my father demanded of his sons and that’s what he demanded of his country.”, If something is wrong, you right it. The idea to me, is one does the right thing regardless, in the long run it will work out.Wisdom of the Elder Trudeau, passed onto his family and country. And, I remember hearing the recollection from the eulogy reported in the media and the sentiment it instilled in me.That's what I demand of my federal government, my Canada, my Métis Nation and most of all myself.Thank you, Merci beaucoup, Marsé (Michif).Sincerely and in my opinionMétis specifically,John D. Hamilton
dnuttall over 1 year ago
If Sustainability is inter-regional and inter-generational equity, then our challenges are caused by entitlement, the concept of "greed is good", and the principal of financial discount rates. To fix just one thing, I would focus on having an economy that is not reliant on growth in consumption of resources. I suspect that economy would have to focus on eliminating the obstructions within the community that prevent people from meeting their needs effectively - racism, sexism, abusive power structures, addictions, etc.- as the means to provide hope to people that tomorrow will be better than today.
Bill Bryden over 1 year ago
Making each household far more sustainable and and self-reliant via a federal geothermal heat installation program tied to massive changes in building codes regarding semi-underground houses and/or windows/wall thickness and R-value, etc and producing 80+% of their own food on site.