Socially Responsible Purchasing by Canada’s Federal Government

(Disponible en français : Approvisionnement socioresponsable du gouvernement du Canada) Introduction Every year, the Government of Canada spends tens of billions of dollars on procurement—that is, its purchase of goods and services. These expenses cover the needs that the federal government cannot meet with its existing employees, goods or property, and can include anything from…

Statistics For Canada’s 2018 Commercial Fisheries

(Disponible en français : Statistiques de 2018 sur les pêches commerciales au Canada) In 2018, commercial fisheries, including sea and freshwater fisheries, contributed more than $3.7 billion to Canada’s economy and employed 45,907 people. Fish and seafood processors, which include product preparation and packaging facilities, contributed more than $6.6 billion and employed 26,429 people that…

The COVID-19 Pandemic and the Environment

27 May 2020, 11:20 a.m. (Disponible en français : La pandémie de COVID-19 et l’environnement) Financial crises, pandemics, international conflicts and environmental incidents have all affected the Canadian economy in the past, sometimes resulting in major economic slowdowns. Shifts in human behaviour that might accompany such events, such as decreased travel and industrial activity, can…

Executive Summary – Climate Change: Impact and Policy Implications

(Disponible en français : Résumé – Les changements climatiques : Leurs répercussions et leur incidence sur les politiques) Unprecedented global warming has been observed in recent decades. Around the world, mean air and water temperatures have increased, amounts of snow and ice have diminished, and sea levels have risen. Canada is no exception: our mean…

Executive Summary – Nuclear Energy and Radioactive Waste Management in Canada

(Disponible en français : Résumé – L’énergie nucléaire et la gestion des déchets radioactifs au Canada) Nuclear energy is used by about 30 countries around the world, including Canada, and provides just over 10% of the world’s electricity. However, producing this energy generates radioactive waste with no foreseeable use and with a radioactive lifespan that…

Pesticide Registration in Canada

(Disponible en français : L’homologation des pesticides au Canada) Pesticides – or pest control products – are substances used to control living organisms that are considered harmful. For this reason, these substances can sometimes pose health and environmental risks. In Canada, pesticide use is subject to a registration process to mitigate those risks. How are…

Issues and Concerns Related to Digital Currencies

(Disponible en français : Enjeux et préoccupations liés aux monnaies numériques) This HillNote is the second of three on the topic of digital currencies. Part 1 of the series dealt with the taxation and regulation of digital currencies and part 3 will discuss blockchain technology and its various applications. A.      The Hype Recent media…