Carbon Tax vs Fee and Dividend

Carbon Tax vs Fee and Dividend

On Monday August 17th, WSIC explored the topic of carbon pricing and the benefits and risks to Canadians associated with these measures.  With Federal elections fast approaching, the environment is an increasingly important subject being tackled, and one with a broad impact.  WSIC was pleased to host two qualified speakers to go through the issues:  Brian Foody, CEO of Iogen – a leader in developing technology making clean burning, renewable biofuels from agricultural residues and organic waste – and Yannick Trottier, co-founder of Spectral Applied …

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The Energy From Waste debate needs to be had

The Energy From Waste debate needs to be had

As cities grow and demands on our time increase, invariably, we opt for convenience when available. This applies to waste and usually means an increase in single use disposable items such as prepared food containers, packaged chemical cleaning solutions and other such functional products. Most of our materials can’t be recycled and a great deal ends up in the great Pacific garbage patch as shipping containers fall off ships with our plastic “recycling” bound for China. Many countries in the world have already led the …

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Canada’s Role on the World Stage

Canada’s Role on the World Stage

Canada’s role on the world stage was the topic of discussion on January 26 at The Pilot Tavern. We heard from Dr. Alan Chapnick, Associate Professor at the Canadian Forces College, and Paul Kirkconnell, Managing Direct at The Kirchner Group as they covered a broad set of topics on the issue of the evening.

Both Dr. Chapnick and Mr. Kirkconnell delivered succinct summaries of their views. Alan summarized his thoughts saying that on a macro level there has been no major change in Canada’s foreign policies, though …

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Canada as an Arctic Nation

Canada as an Arctic Nation

On November 17th, WSIC hosted our final event for the 2014 calendar year. Our guest speaker for the evening was Professor Franklyn Griffiths, Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto, who led an engaging discussion on the topic of Canada’s Future as an Artic Nation.

With the Harper government emphasizing Canada’s sovereignty over areas in the Artic, the question we need to ask is what rights we have as a country over this region, and what impact the environment plays in enforcing these rights in the …

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Profitably Sustainable – By Michael

Profitably Sustainable – By Michael

Sustainability or going green is economically beneficial.  It is not just about saving whales and polar bears. There exists huge business opportunities.  Jim Harris, former leader of the federal Green party, thinks going green can be economically beneficial.  For him it’s not just about saving the planet it can save businesses.  Energy efficiency creates many times more jobs than the existing ways of doing business.  Typically, those companies that realize and implement sustainability programs first are those that survive and thrive.  When the price of …

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Food Labelling – Summary by Chris E

Last Monday’s WSIC meeting focused on something near and dear to all our hearts—and even nearer to our stomachs:

Food.

What’s really in the food we eat? And why do Canadians, living in one of the most well regulated countries in the world, still feel the need to ask this? WSIC’s guest speaker, Ken Whitehurst, executive director of the Consumer Council of Canada, had some opinions about that, and so did our audience.

“Do you see any positive movement toward better labeling of genetically modified foods?” asked one …

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