Despite many benefits, Canada’s new Greener Homes Grant Program misses a critical opportunity to address the preventable lung cancer risk from the well-established fact that tightening a building envelope during energy retrofits can increase radon indoors. Multiple environment- and health-focused groups have sent an open letter to Natural Resources Minister Seamus O'Regan seeking change.
CELA is pleased that today’s federal budget contains ambitious targets and new programs to fight climate change and protect biodiversity, while considering impacts on vulnerable communities and workers. These are all important building blocks for a Green and Just Recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Citizen and environmental groups urge the federal government not to fund polluting nuclear technologies in the upcoming budget, and to instead invest in truly clean and renewable energy solutions across the country.
Une coalition de citoyens et de groupes environnementaux demande que le gouvernement canadien exclue les technologies nucléaires polluantes de son prochain budget. « Mieux vaut investir dans les énergies vraiment propres et renouvelables », disent-ils.
CELA Executive Director and Senior Counsel Theresa McClenaghan urges Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland to ensure Canada's forthcoming COVID recovery budget invests in a green and just recovery.
The next federal budget must eliminate the injustices of vulnerable communities being disproportionately impacted by both the social and economic consequences of the pandemic and by pollution, climate change, and resource extraction.