A Human Rights Approach to Climate Change: What Is the State of the Law in Canada?

(Disponible en français : Les changements climatiques du point de vue des droits de la personne : que dit le droit canadien?) Human rights-based cases challenging governments for insufficient action on climate change are on the rise worldwide. More than 20 cases spanning six continents are being argued in domestic courts and regional tribunals. Many have…

Joint Action to Reduce Methane Emissions: Canada and the United States

(Disponible en français : Mesure conjointe pour la réduction des émissions de méthane : Le Canada et les États‑Unis) Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a well-known greenhouse gas. However, according to Environment and Climate Change Canada, methane’s impact as a warming agent is estimated to be 86 times greater over a 20-year period and 34 times…

Canada’s Seal Harvest

(Disponible en français : La chasse au phoque au Canada) In Canada, the seal harvest is managed by the federal government as a fishery and not, as is commonly believed, by provincial/territorial governments as a hunting activity. The Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard is granted this authority through legislation, including the…

Update – Climate Change: Implications for Canadian Marine Fisheries and Aquaculture

(Disponible en français : Mise à jour – Changements climatiques : impacts sur les pêches et l’aquaculture canadiennes en mer) Climate change is increasingly challenging the sustainability of Canada’s $4.2-billion marine fisheries and aquaculture, two industries of particular economic and social importance to communities on all three coasts. The challenges of dealing with climate change are…

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Is the Trans-Pacific Partnership Balanced for Canada’s Agricultural and Agri-Food Industry?

(Disponible en français : Le Partenariat transpacifique est-il équilibré pour le secteur agricole et agroalimentaire canadien?) On 5 November 2015, the Government of New Zealand released the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP brings together 12 countries,[1] including Canada; in 2013 they accounted for over 35% [2] of the world’s gross domestic product. In…

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The Declining Monarch Butterfly Population: Government Responses

(Disponible en français : Le déclin de la population de monarques : réponses gouvernementales) Note: This publication was updated in May, 2017: Update – The Monarch Butterfly: An Icon Endangered Many environmental issues in North America require continent-wide cooperation. Managing the monarch butterfly, the only butterfly known to make a two-way migration like birds do,…