Canada

This evening, the following motion was passed at the University of Ottawa: The board should ask the finance and treasury committee to do the following: Develop a strategy to shift Ottawa fossil fuel related investments towards investments and enterprises, especially those in Canada, involved in creating and selling technologies of the future, including renewable energy […]

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TVO’s Big Ideas convened an interesting panel discussion on leadership with a variety of public intellectuals. This is from 2009, and it’s interesting to note that Klein isn’t the one emphasizing climate change in this conversation.

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There were large expanses of the globe where spying, or even a pretence of it, seemed an unproductive activity because they were strategically irrelevant. When a question was raised in London about running some double agents out of Canada, the responsible MI5 officer — Cyril Mills, of the well-known British circus-owning family — demurred. Even […]

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U of T: the President and the Governing Council U of T President Meric Gertler’s decision to reject fossil fuel divestment in favour of ESG screening was formally presented to the Governing Council today. UofT350.org held a rally outside, and Gertler’s remarks were followed both by questions from governors and a five minute presentation from […]

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Following up on their public criticism of President Gertler’s decision in The Varsity, eight out of eleven members of the ad hoc committee published a letter in The Globe and Mail: Quoting from our report: “The committee recognizes that fossil fuels will remain indispensable and a contributor to social welfare for many years.” We did […]

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The Varsity published a front page article about fossil fuel divestment, written by Devika Desai and including an interview with President Gertler.

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Jenny Ritter’s “A History of Happiness” is one of my all-time-favourite folk songs.

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Responding to an earlier interview with U of T President Meric Gertler (in which the host was impressively spirited and well-informed while pushing back), UofT350.org media representative Amanda Harvey-Sanchez was on CBC’s As It Happens today. She highlights a key point about how the proposed ESG approach is less effective than divestment: it will be […]

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Land acknowledgements — in which people recognize the traditional territory of indigenous peoples on which they are assembled — are an important part of decolonization and indigenous reconciliation. This year, I included one in my handout for tutorial students. There is not, however, a definitive recognition for downtown Toronto or the U of T area. […]

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Back in December, an expert committee appointed by President Gertler recommended divestment from fossil fuel companies based on a range of criteria. Today, that approach was rejected by President Gertler, who proposed instead a vague eventual screening of investments based on “environmental, social, and governance” factors. Toronto350.org has a press release, and is working on […]

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