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What do you see as Canada's most pressing sustainability challenges?

about 1 year ago
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Holaly 9 months ago
Canada, along with many other developed countries are contributing to environmental degradation on a grand scale. If we make changes to how we (humans) eat than we could no longer say that agriculture is the biggest greenhouse gas emitter on the planet. Truth is, meat dairy and eggs are bad for our health and the planet. Methane from livestock is more damaging than carbon and takes up huge amounts of space, pollutes water systems, and is unethical when you think of the animal's well-being. Cowspiracy, Earthlings, and the Food Revolution Network are great examples of resources to learn the truths of the global food systems.As a global society we have 3 million + people starving and thousands more people who are obese. Death on 2 extremes of a scale and we do not have to look further from our own plates. GMOs, mono-cultures, and ignorance of natural, seasonal products have created a large gap between who we (humans) were generations ago and how the earth naturally provides for all life.The time will come soon when "victory gardens" will be a way of life again, but for right now we must take a close look at what products are shoved down our throats through media, large scale grocery, and the government. Why is there so many milk and egg commercials, sometimes followed my pharmaceutical commercials but we never see one ad for broccoli of kale. Ever see a commercial for local wild rice or lentils? NOPE
Franklin Thomas 9 months ago
DEVELOPING CANADA'S WATER-TO-HYDROGEN FUEL 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjqkHhWUKOU&feature=youtu.be http://pureenergysystems.com/news/2011/05/08/9501829_Fred_Wells_Version_VII_Hydroxy_Generator_Concept_Truck/ New water-powered 5000 watt back-up generator manufactured in Canada: http://www.gdstechnologies.ca/index.html (It will not be long before they make a megawatt generator.) Motorbike runs on water: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=8&v=jV8rpumumxo Powerful zero-emissions trucks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGnL3XtUyAc&list=PL0D607AA294980CD6&index=17 Here is a neat high tech fuel cell that makes electricity from hydrogen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKICW1eOLAU http://www.hydrogenics.com/technology-resources/hydrogen-technology/fuel-cells "Off the Shelf" Home Fuel Cell by Panasonic - Awesome: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMAj2MqUkzU&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9Xwp6BLnQw&feature=related Check out this awesome Honda hydrogen fuel cell electrical car: http://automobiles.honda.com/fcx-clarity/ The General Motors Hydrogen Vehicle: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Obs2tAq57j8&feature=related 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): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrxfMz2eDME http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Rb_rDkwGnU http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJ3juM6vHwg Go to YouTube and Google and search the keywords, ‘Hydrogen Highway’ and see all the nations that have already started: ie: http://www.hydrogencarsnow.com/norway-hynor-project.htm Hydrogen economies promise a sustainable future of unlimited wealth. New urban economic models based upon leisure time will be needed: http://www.astralstar.com/borealis_b.html 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: http://www.astralstar.com/peacefoundation.html
belindali 9 months ago
As more and more people move to the cities, and urbanization increases, we need to create livable cities, not just for humans but for everything in the ecosystem. Besides the obvious importance of active and public transportation, as well as resource and energy efficient housing, we need to consider how goods flow in and out of our cities. For example, our food is travelling more and more distances as farmland is getting converted to subdivisions, which increases reliance on large-scale commercial farms that are far away, or imports (as well as the associated greenhouse gases from spoilage, waste, and transportation). Similarly, as real estate prices rise, we don't have the ability to manufacture or process as many goods in cities, again pushing these industries (and associated jobs) further away or outsourcing to other countries. As a resource-rich country, we do have the ability to increase local production and consumption of goods in our cities, which not only helps us environmentally, but also socially (with jobs), and economically (by supporting local businesses and keeping money within our own communities).
John Delbert Hamilton 9 months ago
Before Indigenous peoples, caretakers of Mother Earth, can give their full attention to federal government initiatives, they need a level playing field, a Canada filled with equal opportunity. For me specifically:1. A Nation to Nation negotiation process with my Federal Government and my Métis Nation establishing a federal claims process that recognizes Métis self-government and resolves outstanding claims, including land claims. Restoration !2. Métis Nation and Non-Status Indians given access to all programs and benefits that are available to First Nations and Inuit people.3. 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. 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”. 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.
lorax 10 months ago
Our sustainability challenges remain challenges in part because we are trying to address them using the wrong model. The first step in solving a problem is to define the problem correctly.The "three pillars" model of sustainability implies that environment, society, and economy are independent and of equal importance. A better model would see these as nested, society within the environment, and the economy within society. This has been well expressed graphically (see the Living Planet Report 2014 for an example) but other common expressions of the concept include "the economy is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the environment", "you can have an environment without an economy, but you can't have an economy without the environment", "you can't eat money" or, my personal favourite, "dead men make no profit." Having a model that treats society and the economy as outside the environment leads to attempts to balance conflicts instead of resolving underlying issues. We compound that error by using inappropriate economic metrics. Presumably, our overall goal as a society is the greatest good for the greatest number, but our economic indicators generally treat all dollars as equally good. Yet we know that the benefit created by a thousand dollars is much higher for a person who has few resources compared to one who is already rich. If we remain trapped in old ways of conceptualizing, we will continue to make old mistakes. Instead, we should focus on the goal - well-being, now and in the future - and make decisions (environmental, social and economic) with that in mind. Economic decisions, in particular, should not be made with the goal of improving indicators, but of improving well-being. Reducing the use of personal vehicles, for example, may have economic costs due to reduced demand and reduced spending on infrastructure and health care. With attention to the larger socio-environmental context, however, it is easy to see how it could contribute to well-being.
Kryger 10 months ago
Removing the UN from all Canadian interests.
bwoodman 10 months ago
Finding ways to benefit from climate change. Canada stands in a position to benefit in some ways from global warming trends. Not enough discussion happens on the positive outcomes and how we can take advantage of these.
Sandra Owens 10 months ago
It is imperative that the agriculture and agrifood sectors be brought into the process. The trends towards larger scale farms, increasing distances between facilities and much more are moving away from both climate and SD goals. So much to be said, I hope others will support in asking for a revamp of what is now referred to as sustainable agriculture policy by the responsible department. There is opportunity to take huge leaps forward as this dimension of our economy has apparently avoided much scrutiny or has enjoyed protection from having to modernise its policies. Time to act. The topic should be included as one of the main themes in this Strategy. Thank you.
celesdavar 10 months ago
Make Canada a Leader in Sustainable and Responsible TourismTourism is one of the best examples of economic development in Canada. Why? Because it is revenue positive. That is, when compared to education, health care, transportation, or the military, tourism is not dependent on public taxpayer resources very much. For specific initiatives, infrastructure spending, or marketing, tax dollars are used. However, it's time for a re-think and re-shaping of tourism in Canada to reflect an alignment of tourism at all cost, with tourism that exemplifies sustainability and reduces the impacts of its emissions as an industry. (Note: Expect resistance from the hotel sector, the cruise sector, and the airlines.) If tourism emissions globally were a country, it would be the fifth largest emitting country on the planet. (verbal communication with Dr. Daniel Scott) Therefore, everything about travel has to change. People are not going to stop travelling. But, the infrastructure and energy use associated with travel and tourism must change.The Key Action:Engage the tourism industry in Canada (at all levels) to shape and develop an action plan to make Canada the leading northern hemispheric nation that demonstrates sustainable tourism in action. In urban environments, in rural settings, in hotels, in transportation, in our parks, we must align the efforts to grow tourism with a simultaneous reduction in emissions. This can be done through several ways:1. Develop incentives to hotels, inns, B&Bs, resorts to install rooftop wind and solar to generate electricity, and retrofit their operations to reduce their heating and cooling requirements. 2. Develop indicators to measure over time of how tourism impacts emissions, and how that can be measured to demonstrate a reduction in emissions.3. Ensure that any tourism capital infrastructure projects initiated by the federal government have the following criteria for evaluation of funding requests - How does the project demonstrate use of renewable energy? How does the project demonstrate sustainability? How does the project reduce carbon emissions? How does the project reduce its carbon footprint in a 5 year, 10 year time frame?4. Make our national parks leading examples of sustainable tourism in action. Ensure that national park business plans focus on maximizing sustainability. Ensure that tourism concessions and licensed operators operate in ways that exemplify sustainability.5. Engage with some of the best people in Canada who understand and have expertise in this area of tourism to help drive this action plan quickly:- Dr. Daniel Scott, University of Waterloo https://uwaterloo.ca/geography-environmental-management/people-profiles/daniel-scott- Rachel Dodds, http://www.sustainabletourism.net/about/bio/The Gros Morne Institute for Sustainable Tourism www.gmist.ca- Tourism operators all across this country who are already operating sustainably (e.g. Northern Edge Algonquin (https://www.northernedgealgonquin.ca)New report just highlighted the dramatic impact that Climate Change is having on World Heritage Sites...Tomorrow is here. http://whc.unesco.org/en/activities/883/ Finally, a really good analysis from Anna Pollock about making sure that tourism stays sustainable, and some of the reasons why. These are some of the key elements to build into a national strategy on sustainable tourism:https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/eggs-tourism-goose-starting-crack-anna-pollock?trk=eml-b2_content_ecosystem_digest-network_publishes-31-null&midToken=AQHj2PwtwZyKLg&fromEmail=fromEmail&ut=3XEDaontUwzTg1Additional References:Definition of Sustainable Tourism http://sdt.unwto.org/content/about-us-5Responsible Tourism: http://www.responsibletravel.com/copy/responsible-tourismSustainable Tourism: http://www.sustainabletourism.net/sustainable-tourism/
Alllen 10 months ago
Huh I typed a response here and it seems to have been lost. What a waste of my time!!!!
John Delbert Hamilton 10 months ago
Challenge:Opportunity for low income people and seniors to have a better, healthier life.First Nations, Métis Nation, Inuit, Non-Status Indians and all Indigenous peoples especially Elders and seniors to have an equal opportunity for a better and healthier life.A healthy people gives rise to a healthier environment, community and nation.First Nations, Métis Nation, Inuit, Non-Status Indians and all Indigenous peoples especially Elders and seniors are excluded from appropriate health care. http://healthcouncilcanada.blogspot.ca/2013/11/something-more-must-be-done-to-address.html, http://healthcouncilcanada.blogspot.ca/2013/11/supporting-metis-seniors-and-families.html, Solution: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.Guaranteed minimum income for all low income people and especially for Elders and seniors.
Peter 10 months ago
I hit the submit button too fast with my last submission. So, further to my last submission this.Accomplishing the monumental change spoken of in my last submission, changes, big changes will have to be made. Jane Jacobs gives us a vision of what is possible. Battery technology is already developed to the state that the vision of an electric powered environment is possible. Therefore infrastructure to service manufacturing, charging, and further developing the new power source will be required, ESSO, SHELL, IRVING, PETRO CANADA, and the like, will have to change everything about their business models, and they are not likely to want to do that. Cities will have to change and adapt planning, financing, and engineering in the new reality. Growing pains will be felt everywhere. The learning curve will be the steepest in many generations and they will not be voluntary. This will happen because climate change is happening and is upon us now and we must correct that portion of the change we know we both have caused and we know we can now do something about. Time is of the essence. To make a good start at tackling the fossil fuel problem a carbon tax, world wide, would be an excellent and quickly effective means to this end. Resistance to a tax on carbon is and will be immense If carbon pollution costs significant money and reduction of carbon pollution costs no money, or even turns profitable, it's obvious what will happen. It is also obvious what will happen to investment in the current fossil based infrastructure. Most investment we make now in today's obsolete fossil based infrastructure is money down the drain. However, with forward looking leadership, that same money could be invested now in the future, rather than in the past that is rapidly leaving us. I look forward with anticipation to the new energy order coming to our world. I am also willing to support sensible changes to that end in the form of taxes.
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robe 10 months ago
My question is where does this electricity come from? All fine and good to talk of an electric future, but no one wants nuclear generating plants, nor do they want to dam rivers. The Site C dam in BC is a prime example. Even wind power has it's opposition as it can be very loud. Solar takes up a great deal of room and has a limited life span. The sun has to shine and the wind has to blow, not to mention the storage requirements when neither of these events occur. The world continues to burn a great deal of coal per my missive below. Coal, as we know is one of the greatest contributors to the GHG problem. The sooner this can be addressed the better all will be. As technology advances some of these short comings will be resolved but this will be a slow process.The fact remains that the energy contained in a litre of diesel or gasoline cannot be easily duplicated with today's technology. A battery powered freight truck or farm tractor is not practical at this time as the amount and weight of the batteries required would render the equipment too heavy to be of any real use.People do tend to have a rather simplistic view of the rational and logical complications involved in some of these problems.Case in point is the use of Bio Fuels and Ethanol. The net result is the cost of basic food stuffs like corn and cooking oil rise to meet the demand of fuel use. The unintended consequence of this price rise is people in third word countries have an increasingly difficult time to afford to feed themselves while people in the the west feel all warm and fuzzy as they cruise around in their soya bean oil powered car.
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Peter 10 months ago
Where will the electricity come from? My hope is that it comes from sources you've mentioned. i.e. solar, wind, water and to an extent nuclear. Yes, each has it's draw backs but solar, in particular,is getting cheaper and more efficient as we speak. Storage of electricity is also getting cheaper and more efficient. Tesla's power wall is an example of what's possible now and this will improve with time (and not a lot of time as things are going). Everything we do or build has a life span. There's no perpetual motion yet.I don't mean to be flippant but the NIMBY thing is a complaint for many things - half way houses, womens' shelters, highways, prisons, pig farms - you get my point. Mega projects of any kind face this hurtle.Hydro power has been good for years but has critics. I'd be one of them. As solar and wind take up a lot of space so do hydro electric installations and nuclear plants. Scaring the aesthetics of the landscape is one thing we do well. e.g. housing, factories, highways, clear cutting. pipelines, open pit mining. I don't see an alternative to some of these. If we learn to use our earth more productively in a sustainable manner we and generations to come will be better off. Coal is a problem. China is tackling it but with another fossil fuel - natural gas - that is far less harmful but not a perfect solution for sure. The US isn't doing what it could and should to reign in their use of coal. They have a political mountain to get over to do so and that slows the process exponentially.Technology is indeed resolving problems and with more speed than either the business or scientific community thought possible just ten years ago. Moore's Law seems to be working in the energy space now. Batteries will be lighter and more powerful very soon. Fuel cells are used now for applications such as transit buses, train engines, emergency power generators and more. They too reduce, but don't eliminate, our footprint. Progress is being made on several fronts. Finally.The transition to electric power has and will not be painless. We will advance quickly from battery powered drills, whipper snippers, blowers, tooth brushes, etc. We already have lawn mowers - push and ride on-available in the retail market. We know showrooms with EVs is only months away. Heavy electric equipment isn't far behind. Bio Fuels and Ethanol has been an idea that has not worked out for scientific reasons and the very reasons you site.There will still be costs in building an electrically based energy planet. During that transition all peoples in the world will obtain higher standards of living. Information of all kinds will be disseminated more efficiently and more widely when electricity is available cheaply to every corner of the earth. Even that has a down side. Bad and/or dangerous information can get to people who will use it badly. Nobel knew that when he invented dynamite. I don't want a soya bean powered car but if I had the bucks I'd sure like to have a Tesla S or Tesla X to cruise around in. :)
marcsantos 10 months ago
Good Evening. Thank you for creating this website and request feedback from Canadians on how to address this challenge.I've been researching this issues for over 3 decades. During that time I have found thousands of different solutions to this problem from brilliant people all over the world.I respect the complex nature of this issues as it related to the economy and the various regional concerns. One thing is very clear and that is the burning of greenhouse gas emitting fuels must end.It is my hope those industries affected can be repurposed to reduce the negative impacts of the transition.Having said that there is one very obvious solution that meets and exceeds all of your stated requirements."Seawater" it is the most abundant greenhouse gas free fuel on the planet. It is readily available for use. It is extremely clean & safe to use.All of our existing combustion engine technology is capable of burning it with small modifications. Most important, many other options exist which do not require burning it at all to power all our energy requirements.One benefit to burning seawater is the byproduct. Freshwater H20 in the form of water vapor.I would purpose that Canada should start manufacturing "seawater powered turbine generators" for electricity production & export to global markets targeting the developing world to help them leap frog over the greenhouse gas emitting fuels. Secondary benefit is freshwater production / conversion.Third benefit would be to help reduce the impacts of sea level rising by converting the seawater into freshwater.Forth benefit : Existing combustion engines can be used to Hydrogen as a replacement fuel similar to propane thereby reducing the impact to the existing economy as much as possible. Service stations, mechanics, etcFinally, This is not rocket science. People are already doing with worldwide. The real economic benefit here for Canada is doing it better than everyone else. We can do this.This technology would be outstanding for northern communities as they can utilize both seawater, fresh water & snow to power their homes 365 days per year.This would help Canada better utilizing its land and claim that territory by occupying it more effectively.Below is a number of videos outlining said technology and some additional more advanced electron based uses of seawater.I hope this has been helpful in any small way & would be happy to provide additional links or reference material if required.Regards,Marc Santoshttps://youtu.be/59iuelCL0MQ?t=7m49s
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marcsantos 10 months ago
marcsantos 10 months ago
There are thousands of other examples online, please ask if you would like any.Finally, I would like to acknowledge that there will be some that will be very scared of this technology.Bottomline:1) The technology exists & it is known widely2) Many people all around the world are already using it.3) This technology is publicly at an early stage of development similar to the beginning of the PC, cell phone or cable industries.4) It was not automatically adopted by industry based on fear.5) I've seen Canada miss the boat on a number of opportunities for fear-based reasons including telecom, wireless, smartphones, open-source architecture and apps. Honestly, it makes me sad & mad seeing it happen over and over again in different sectors. 6) I've got some experience in R&D. I know some only see the risks. Others will see the opportunities but not understand how to capitalize on them. $$$In my opinion, that's why we get beat internationally. We're often afraid of risk and are quick to right good ideas off.The real world humanitarian benefits of this technology is a no-brainer. The company that does this right will be the next Apple or Google.This is going to be about branding, packaging and economic model. In my opinion, Canada could host that company. We can do this well.It can help our nation grow and prosper internally in a healthy sustainable way.Solidify our energy independence capacity anywhere from coast to coast.Clean up the environment, improve air quality & reduce healthcare costs. It's perfectly in line with our old - hopefully renewed international brand. In truth, this is a $Win $Win $Win for humanity both short & long term. Therefore,Carpe Diem Canada Carpe Diem
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robe 10 months ago
Since Canada contributes less than 3% of the worlds GHG there is little we can do to affect climate change directly. What we can do is encourage countries that continue to burn large amounts of coal to generate electricity namely China, USA and India to switch to cleaner burning natural gas while these countries transition to more sustainable methods of generating electricity. This will mean selling our abundant natural gas.As far as extracting hydrogen from sea water goes, the amount of electricity required to create the equivalent amount of energy found does not make any sense from any point of view particularly when the electricity used is generated from a coal fired generating plant.The nick name Americans use for electric cars is " Coal Burners" since most of the US electricity is still generated from coal fired plants.The coal burning situation must be addressed.
marcsantos 10 months ago
My apologies for typos. Posted first comment before proofing in error.I cannot find an edit option for some reason.Oops :)
Peter 10 months ago
Our most important sustainability task in this century must certainly be environmental care. Other necessary tasks cannot be isolated from this primary task - health, transportation, food production, manufacturing, housing, education, construction,social services and more. But reliance on fossil fuels must be drastically reduced. To address this we must switch our supplier of energy from fossil fuels - oil, gas, coal, wood, and many of their derivatives - to renewable non polluting sources - wind, solar, geo-thermal, tidal etc. The effort to accommodate this huge change in energy sourcing will require huge changes in the infrastructure of our country. Transportation being the most obvious and this is upon is as you read. In a few years all transport methods will be powered, not by diesel and gasoline but by electricity - cars, trucks, buses, rail, ships and some feel even air travel. Generation of electricity must be weened from coal, oil and nuclear.
dnuttall 10 months ago
We try to solve social problems with technology, which causes us to accelerate away from being Sustainable by consuming resources faster without addressing the underlying problems. To be Sustainable, we have to be able to meet all of our needs using the resources we have in perpetuity in less than 24 hours per day per person. Which means we have to measure things - how much of our needs are met? how much time does it take to do so? and can we do so using only those resources we have available in perpetuity?.
P Panke 10 months ago
Rapid phase out of Oil Sands exploitation. This is our biggest polluter. It is not sustainable, and sustainability is at the foundation of the Sustainability initiative.
fernb5 10 months ago
Keeping in place values and traditions based on Western practices and principles that support taking care of the environment in a sustainable manner, not using GM foods and seeds that affect human life negatively and staying with natural practices in this area. Promoting health and ending poverty, as well as building global partnerships comes through education and awareness, Canada is playing and needs to continue to play a role in this at home and abroad. In the end what happens on the other side of the planet will affect Canada positively or negatively as the refugee crises has shown. Building aid for churches and local communities at home and abroad to have paid employment, education and to help end poverty is important in peace building. Helping people adapt to Canada rather than taking on laws like Sharia law is important for how the future will play out in Canada. Without education and jobs, poverty takes over and lawlesness with all that it brings with it sets in. Canada can help with leading the way on environmental change and helping countries suffering like Zimbabwe and South Africa develop their own solutions through funding, as they know what works in their unique circumstances while learning from Canada to keep the values that promote sustainability, end poverty, promote health and well being for all people including the Inuit of Canada.
DanMurphy 11 months ago
Our most pressing challenge is those "At risk TODAY". Tidal towns such as the 23 in New Brunswick needs to be preserved now. If sustainability involves addressing long term goals, it must start with immediate threats. Who owns this agenda, Infrastructure Canada or EC&C?
exilegroup 12 months ago
How do the Federal Government Departments report actual metrics and savings regarding optimizing and rationalizing their current print infrastructure? How do they report their current print ratio to the mandated 8.5:1 ratio set by the FSDS. Does the FSDS measure their reporting's? If so, how do they measure?
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Kathleen 11 months ago
In FY 2013-14, the federal government achieved an average ratio of employees to printing units of 8.5:1 (compared to 4:1 in FY 2011-12). This has led to an estimated reduction of 27,500 units and supported the reduction in annual paper consumption by all FSDS departments of approximately 540 million sheets (compared to FY 2011-12). The reduction in paper consumption (plus the savings from printer cartridges) saved the government an estimated $4.5 million. Efforts by departments are still being made to continually optimize and rationalize their current print infrastructure. This is captured under FSDS Target 7.3: Sustainable Workplace Operations. However, Federal departments are no longer required to report on their average ratio of employees to printing units since it is no longer a stand-alone target under FSDS 2013-16.Detailed information about the plans and performance of federal departments and agencies respecting their FSDS commitments may be found in their Departmental Sustainable Development Strategies.
kimhunter 11 months ago
The $billions in taxpayer subsidies and liability loopholes bestowed on these unconventional fossil fuel corps should be used for the betterment of citizens and a sustainable future. eg: Gas fields in the Peruvian Rainforest seems a pariahof an investment for Canadian's CPP today. Investments, divestment and subsidies in sustainable clean energy not only creates respectable and humane jobs is proving to be most lucrative for progressive economies. Restoring Canada's basic ecological protections that were gutted by the last regime would be a good start in bringingCanada to a sustainable 21st century economy. re: BillC45, NEB, etc." Restoring our regulators to some semblance of objective scientific oversight across the board would be stellar. Just my tow cents.Concerned regards,Kim Hunter
docleslie 11 months ago
This might seem novel, but I think the most pressing sustainability challenges are ignorance and entitlement. Scientific illiteracy seems fashionable, and such willful ignorance was actively promoted by the previous government and many religions. The idea of sustainability is meaningless unless you understand what is at stake. Entitlement problems come both with individuals and companies engaged in destructive industries.
Kazma 11 months ago
The most pressing sustainability challenges is the climate change. Even though the government is taking actions to reduce CO2 emissions, some of the people aren't taking actions. The government can't just reduce the CO2 emissions by it self, but we as people have to help as a community to reduce CO2.
garlic 11 months ago
It will be a challenge to act quickly enough on climate change. Large decisive action needs to be taken immediately and all decisions need to be taken through their impact on climate. This government is taking some action but it's not big enough or quick enough to properly address this monumental problem.
chickadee 11 months ago
The divisiveness of 'us vs. them'. The federal government needs to foster collaboration and communicate so people understand that the goal is to achieve sustainability for the country as a whole. This commentary process is a good start, but I don't think it's reaching too many people.
Duane Pendergast 11 months ago
A reliable sustainable energy supply is the key to sustainable development. The fundamental importance of energy can not be overstated. My website provides information on sources from the renewables we humans long depended on to the energy we have learned to harvest from the atom in recent times. Canada was an early leader in nuclear energy and it would be a shame if future generations overlook that. More discussion is available on my website. www.computare.org
cgladu 11 months ago
At very foundational level, our measures of success as a society are highly problematic and make it difficult for people to understand the immediate value of more sustainable practices. Research has shown us, for some time now, that that economic growth is not cleanly tied to life satisfaction after a (rather low) baseline is established. Therefore, to keep presenting it as and ends and not a means is really misleading. We have to use more nuanced and relevant measures of success as a country... so that we are better able to see the very strong relationship between the environment, human health, and life satisfaction.
ejh 12 months ago
Making decisions on development that take into account the benefits accrued from ecosystem services from a fiscal perspective - under what circumstances can we afford the loss of ecosystem services and under what circumstances should other decisions be made.
jonolfert about 1 year ago
Canada needs to put more emphasis on transportation infrastructure. Mass transit, including light rail, has the backing of major environmental groups. It saves Canadians money and increases employment opportunities. The report gives some good but generic targets for Transport Canada, and mentions it as a key department several times, but more detail and focus would be good.Canada also needs to focus on water issues, partnering with municipal authorities. Communities across the Prairie provinces are stretching the limits of local watersheds, but only drawing on a fraction of the available watersheds. We need improvements in water management technology and investment in relevant infrastructure. Target 4.10 is right on the money.