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Climate Change: Implications for Canadian Marine Fisheries and Aquaculture

Climate change is increasingly challenging the sustainability of Canada’s $3.5-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 complicated by uncertainties about its impact. This makes it even more difficult for managers and policy makers – on…

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Market (dis)Connection in Canada’s Oil and Natural Gas Sectors

Mathieu Frigon & Mohamed Zakzouk Library of Parliament To be profitable, energy resources must be transported economically under favourable market conditions. Recent shifts in the trade dynamics of Canada’s oil and gas sectors shed light on the critical link between transportation infrastructure and market access. OIL: Increasing western production needs access to world markets A substantial…

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Assessing Canada’s Environmental Performance

Penny Becklumb Tim Williams Resources and Environment Section The health of Canadians and their social and economic well-being are highly dependent on the quality of their environment. One way to assess environmental quality is to use indicators that convey complex information as easily understood measures. The Canadian Environmental Sustainability Indicators initiative, or CESI, is the…

The Arctic Council Under Canada’s Chairmanship

Thai Nguyen Economics, Resources and International Affairs Division As Canada’s 2013–2015 chairmanship of the Arctic Council comes to an end, the country hands that role over to the United States at the biennial Arctic Council ministerial meeting on 24–25 April 2015 in the Nunavut capital of Iqualuit. Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq, Canada’s minister responsible for the…

Update: Water Pollution from Microplastic Beads in Consumer Products

Jed Chong Economics, Resources and International Affairs Division Since the publication of the HillNote on water pollution from microplastic beads in consumer products, Parliamentary initiatives have been introduced by both the federal government and the provincial government in Ontario. On 24 March 2015, Parliament unanimously passed a motion calling on the federal government to add…

Water Pollution From Microplastic Beads In Consumer Products: Public And Private Sector Response

Jed Chong Economics, Resources and International Affairs Division Plastic has long been a known contaminant in the world’s oceans. Of particular concern are the smaller pieces of plastic – those less than 5 mm – that can cause harm to fish and other wildlife. These so-called “microplastics” are generally the result of the degradation of larger…