Future of Climate Adaption & Sustainability

Sustainable change for fisheries…

The seafood industry in Canada generates approximately $5.16 billion in economic activity and 25,000 full-time job opportunities, and yet only recently has the country began to incorporate the Advancing the Quality and Understanding of American Aquaculture (AQUAA) Act into production. This act was originally aimed to increase the United States’ involvement and production of healthy, sustainable, and affordable seafood, and is now influencing the development of the industry here in Canada. There is still a lot to learn in terms of introducing positive practices into this sect of work for Canadians, but there are already predicted enhancement in sustainable development by following recommended procedures. Read more >>

Alternative fuel, additional jobs vacancies…

With the hopes to create more sustainable energy sources, Tammy Heisel of CTV notes that Forge Hydrocarbons and IGPC Ethanol Inc. support the region’s economy and supply chain by creating renewable and clean energy alternatives while creating jobs in rural communities. The funding going towards the wellbeing and sustainable development of rural Ontario will create and inspire positive change, while encouraging economic development across rural communities in Canada. Read more >>

Rethinking energy supplies…

Though there are desirable comforts when residing within rural communities, it is not news that there are discrepancies regarding access to essential in comparison to urban hubs. Since March of this year, it has become a significant point of interest that rural citizens do in fact face a lot of different obstacles based on remote location, and inequitable distribution of necessities: one of which being renewable energy. While most small communities are forced into diesel-dependant resources, communities in Canada’s north have recently adopted biomass heating or combined heat and power (CHP) technologies. Read more on the benefits of these changes here!

Targeting, Tattooing, & Investment…

With closer evaluation into the realm of environmental sustainability and development, John Cook has noted an interesting avenue of innovation. While assessing some of the environmental funding corporations throughout Canada and the United States, he has identified that there are many discrepancies in funding allocation. We are in a time where consideration for the future of our environment has never been more prominent, and in his recent article has shared some of his thoughts on combining taxation to a very popular consumer trend – tattooing – in order to revamp research for the future of the environment. Read more >>

Economy & environmental development…

Due to the happenstance of the 2019-2020 pandemic, it is clear that there must be substantial efforts put into policy reform in almost every sect of political ongoings. With hopes to enhance both the Canadian economy and the environment, there has been increased recommendations to incorporate and prioritize environmental considerations during this time of structural change across the provinces and territories. Recently an article was released by Canadian Commission for UNESCO and UNESCO Chair on Community Sustainability: From Local to Global which discussed what should be considered moving forward, where efforts should be placed for environmental sustainability, and what we can expect from these changes should they be successfully implemented. Read more >>

Nature Based Climate Solutions…

The European Union is proving more and more often as a source of inspiration for the way Canadian policy designers are moving forward and adapting to the tremendous loss that was experienced due to the COVID-19 outbreaks. What has been under immense consideration is the introduction of more nature-based climate solutions. With consideration to the true losses faced in both the forestry and agricultural industries, many are calling to question how the businesses can use this transitional time to incorporate more environmentally beneficial practices into the economy. Read more >>

Inspiration from the EU…

European countries are now beginning to rebuild what has been lost with the effects of the COVID-19 virus, where as in Canada we are only now beginning to reduce the social distancing measures, and visit the ideas of reopening the economy to it’s full potential. This in mind, it is important to understand the true value of recommendations made by countries that faced the effects much earlier in the year. In this Adrian Hiel article, many recommendations on how to reopen and restructure communities with consideration to climate change research and regulations in mind for the future are highlighted. Read more >>

Canadian investments in climate change research…

With the Maritimes at a particular vulnerability when it comes to climate change and environmental adaptions the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) are taking steps to enhance research development and facilities for the future. $18.5 million has been put towards the development of a new research centre that will aid in masters research being put forth for Canada and environments at significant risk due to climate change. Read more >>

Eco-system services…

Strengthening interdisciplinary relations is crucial when it comes to agriculture and agro-business design. The Rural Routes podcast has recently released a brief segment discussing the need to build on these relations, highlighting the necessity of these structures moving forward. Environmental sustainability is crucial in many facets of Canadian development, and must be recognized as such. Listen in!

Agro-forestry systems…

On this episode of the Rural Routes to Climate Solutions our host discusses the importance of incorporating trees into agricultural benefits of alley cropping. These alternative strategies to farming are not new advents to agro-businesses, however, Noel St. Jean of Agroforestry and Woodlot Extension Society of Alberta (AWES) reinforces the importance of these unconventional measures. This segment in particular not only addresses the need to “branch out” into varying agricultural structures, but also highlights additional episodes that can enhance your knowledge on the sciences surrounding agroforestry. Listen in!

Animal habits impacting fisheries…

The COVID-19 pandemic has completely changed the ways in which organizations and industries are conducting work, and many claim this isn’t the worst thing. The sighting of two North Atlantic right whales in Canadian waters over the weekend has triggered fishery closures in Atlantic Canada designed to protect the endangered marine mammals from potentially deadly entanglements in fishing gear. These new initiatives regarding the temporary closure of mass fisheries will be affecting the St. Lawrence region, the Bay of Fundy, and critical habitats in the Roseway and Grand Manan Basins until late 2020. Read more >>

GreenStone Sustainability

There are many ways to aid in sustainable development and city planning; the Green Stone manufacturers in particular have been working to promote implementing environmentally friendly designs into all buildings and architecture. With benefits such as reduced overhead, and high quality design, this company provides services at the most premium quality for both private home owners and developers. Read more >>

Listen in for climate sustainability…

Rural Roots to Climate Solutions is a rural podcast that discusses a variety of technologies and practices that are sustainable for agricultural businesses. A recent segment focused on the work of Dr. Tracy Misiewicz regarding the science behind Soil Carbon Re-Intro, and how this technique in agriculture aids in environmental health. Listen in here!

Sustainable architecture of the future…

With increasing populations, sustainable city planning is a significant sect of study necessary moving forward. “The Orbit” was created by Ontario architects, and has been recognized as a revolutionary vision of city design that may just change the way we look at expanding housing across Canada. Read more >>

Cleanfarms of Canada…

In 2010 the Cleanfarms non-profit environmental stewardship organization was developed. The organization was created in hopes to create relationships across agri-business, and create initiatives that would aid agricultural industry workers navigate sustainable practices. With specific recognition to waste management, the organization is constantly looking to create a more sustainable world. As of this month, Cleanfarms has celebrated its ten years of work! Read more about their work and initiatives here throughout the last decade here!

Canada Goose Co.: Sustainable Production…

The Canada Goose company has been making high-quality, Canadian apparel for the past 60 years, and is continuing to enact initiatives to ensure their products are made with sustainability in mind. By reinforcing messages, and sustainable policies derived from the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), the company is ensuring they are being mindful through their production. Read more >>

COVID-19 & sustainability awareness…

“As a nation, Canada can learn from this and do a better job of being prepared for the next shocks, especially the ones we know are coming from climate change: more severe floods, droughts, heat waves and hurricanes.” Although the adaptions Canada is being forced to make are leading to tremendous stress with regard to agri-business, and the wellbeing of citizens everywhere, it is making it alarmingly apparent that we as a nation must take measures to prepare for what climate change will have in store. Jane McDonald writes about how the collective response of COVID-19 may be more than temporary action; we must be made aware of how non-sustainable infrastructure must be acknowledged in these times of stress. Read more >>

Novel Futures Corporation…

The Novel Futures Corporation assists governments, businesses and communities with adaptive planning, creating adaptive policies, and building resilience. By offering training, consulting and facilitation services to governments, Novel Futures Corporation aims to mainstream the 2030 agenda. Read more >>

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities Reports…

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is an organization offering opportune programming, training, and funding aiming to emphasize the importance of sustainable living across Canada. From green initiatives, international and inclusivity programs, and asset management, the FCM has been working to aid in Canadian infrastructure. This last February the FCM teamed up with the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) to release the Investing in Canada’s Future Report; the report itself touches on budgetary concerns with regards to both climate adaptions, and how local communities would benefit most from financial aid to enhance the current infrastructure in place. You can find the report here!

Clean Energy Growth Economy…

The Conference Board of Canada released an Impact Paper this March, 2020 discussing Canada’s Clean Energy Growth Economy. Through the assessment on different strategies that could make significant impact on sustainable production while enhancing economic growth, the Conference Board of Canada has found that there is a lot of room for improvement. Check out the report here!

Rural Spark: Ethical Swag…

Many organizations that claim support to sustainable corporations, but do not put claims into practice. In this segment of the Rural Spark Podcast, Helen Murphy talks with Tara Milburn, who built her own business through online networking that aims to support sustainable organizations. They additionally discuss how Tara was able to navigate entrepreneurship, and how her business have been thriving since it’s first launch in 2017. Listen in here!

Living Labs & sustainable community planning…

Through inclusivity between staff, students, and the community, the Living Labs program offered at the University of Manitoba focuses on giving individuals a platform to highlight issues they believe have room for improvement in regards to sustainable development, both on campus and throughout Winnipeg. Although these initiatives pertain to Winnipeg, it is this type of innovative school of thought that will allow for evolutionary change in all communities moving forward. Check out the U of M Living Labs program here!

Addressing the great problems of our world…

John Stackhouse spent close to 25 years at the Globe and Mail, first as a foreign correspondent, editor of Report on Business and then finally, Editor-in-Chief at the newspaper. Today, he’s a Senior Vice-President, office of the CEO at the Royal Bank of Canada where he advises leadership on emerging trends in the Canadian economy, with a particular focus on technological change and innovation in this age of disruption. He’s also the author of 3 books, with a fourth coming out in April. But John just returned from the “crazy, unique thing” that is Davos and so we’re going to talk about the business community, what role it’s playing positively or negatively and what role it can play in addressing the great problems of the world. More specifically, he’ll get into climate change and how we need to reframe the energy transition as an opportunity for business, and finally the case for reshaping capitalism. Tune into his podcast here!

Prairies Regional Adaption Collaborative…

The Prairies Regional Adaption Collaborative (PRAC) is an organization that focuses on promoting rural development and policy design with specific consideration to climate-adaption. A workshop was held with this topic in mind earlier this year that included members representing the federal government, the provincial government, municipalities, Indigenous and Metis organizations, industry, academia, and non-profit organizations. This meeting intended to open discussions on climate adaptation, challenges regarding plans of action, and implementation of these structures moving forward in both prairie and urban communities. Read the meeting notes >>

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