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Electric Cars Will Be Cheaper Than Gas Models But Canada Lags in EV Policy

Electric Cars Will Be Cheaper Than Gas Models But Canada Lags in EV Policy

By Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press

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In this Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017 photo a car is connected to a charging station for electric vehicles in Hamburg, Germany. A Canadian energy think tank says the world is less than a decade away from the tipping point at which electric cars will cost the same as conventional gas-powered vehicles. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Daniel Bockwoldt/dpa via AP, File)

OTTAWA – A Canadian energy think tank says the world is less than a decade away from the tipping point at which electric cars will cost the same as conventional gas-powered vehicles.

But in a report released Thursday, Clean Energy Canada says this country is lagging on the government polices that elsewhere are helping spur consumers to adopt the new technology despite reservations about everything from price to reliability to the distance they can travel on a single charge.

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Winnipeg Solar Energy Company Nominated for National Award

Winnipeg Solar Energy Company Nominated for National Award

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The Winnipeg company responsible for installing new solar panels at FortWhyte Alive is up for a national award. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

A Winnipeg company specializing in solar energy is competing for a national award for their recent efforts at FortWhyte Alive.

Sycamore Energy is nominated for solar developer of the year at the Canadian Solar Industries Game Changer Awards.

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The Winners and Losers of Manitoba’s Climate and Green Plan

The Winners and Losers of Manitoba’s Climate and Green Plan

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, Neepawa Banner & Press

Solar Panels - Wind Farm

NEEPAWA, Man. — A provincial carbon tax is coming and for better and worse, it will have an impact on rural Manitobans. While we know how much we will pay and when, one big question remains — what will happen to the projected $260 million the province is expecting to collect annually? Right now, Manitobans can have their say, but it won’t last long.

One of the major benefits of the Made in Manitoba climate and green plan, announced about a month ago, is that it allows that money to spent according to Manitoba’s priorities, not those of Ottawa. In announcing the plan, Premier Brian Pallister said that it wouldn’t just be dumped into general revenue, it would be spent in ways that help Manitoba achieve the initiatives sent forward in the plan. To that end, a survey is currently available asking Manitobans how they would like to see the money used.

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Change is Coming, Whether You Want a Carbon Tax or Not: Jackman-Atkinson

Change is Coming, Whether You Want a Carbon Tax or Not: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

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NEEPAWA, Man. — We can’t deny it any longer, a carbon tax is coming. We knew it was inevitable; after all, about 85 percent of Canadians already pay a carbon tax of some kind.

At the end of last month, the Manitoba government announced a new climate and green plan, which includes a carbon tax, as mandated by the federal government. While Manitoba had held out signing the federal agreement, an independent legal opinion sought last summer concluded that in the absence of a provincial plan, the feds could impose their plan on the province.

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Winnipeg School Named Greenest in Canada

Winnipeg School Named Greenest in Canada

By Sarah Klein

Amber Trails School
Amber Trails Community School (WOLFROM ENGINEERING)

Winnipeg’s Amber Trails Community School has been named the greenest in the country by the Canada Green Building Council.

The 78,000-square-foot school is one of the most recent additions to the Seven Oaks School Division.

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Litter Rates Decrease as More Manitobans Recycling Beverage Containers

Litter Rates Decrease as More Manitobans Recycling Beverage Containers

Recycle EverywhereWINNIPEG — Litter rates for empty beverage containers are decreasing across Manitoba as more people toss them into the recycle bin instead of the landfill.

New numbers from the Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association (CBCRA) and its Recycle Everywhere program show both Winnipeg and Brandon deceased their litter rates by 74 and 87 percent, respectively, in 2017.

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Manitoba, Saskatchewan Could Lose Millions from Ottawa’s $2B Carbon Fund

Manitoba, Saskatchewan Could Lose Millions from Ottawa’s $2B Carbon Fund

By Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press

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Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna walks to a news conference in the Foyer of the House of Commons in Ottawa, Thursday June 15, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

OTTAWA – Manitoba and Saskatchewan have been given until the end of December to sign on to the federal government’s national climate change agreement to avoid losing out on millions of dollars to help cut emissions.

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna unveiled details Thursday of the Trudeau government’s promised $2-billion Low Carbon Economy Fund, to be spent in two streams over the next five years.

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Hazardous Conditions Caused by Climate Change Put Arctic Research Study on Ice

Hazardous Conditions Caused by Climate Change Put Arctic Research Study on Ice

By John Cotter, The Canadian Press

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The port of La Scie, N.L. is shown in a handout photo taken from the CCGS Amundsen helicopter on June 8, 2017. An Arctic climate change study has been cancelled because warming temperatures have filled the sea off northern Newfoundland with hazardous ice. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-David Barber)

An Arctic climate change study has been cancelled because warming temperatures have filled the sea off northern Newfoundland with hazardous ice up to eight metres thick.

Instead of cruising north with a team of scientists, the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Amundsen has been busy freeing fishing boats and helping other ships surrounded in ice that usually doesn’t travel so far south at this time of year.

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