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…

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Climate Change: Implications for Canadian Marine Fisheries and Aquaculture

(Disponible en français : Changements climatiques : impacts sur les pêches maritimes et l’aquaculture canadiennes) Note: This publication was updated in June, 2017: Update – 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…

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

(Disponible en français : (In)accessibilité du pétrole et du gaz canadiens aux marchés) 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…