Happening this week: Senate debate on climate bill
I'm back from my little sojourn in Turkey, and I'm very excited for the month of June - with the G20 coming to the city of Toronto, and with it, a gathering of scholars and activists on all sorts of issues including climate change, it should make for an interesting month.
For those more interested in the legislative side of things, the Government of Canada website has posted transcripts (as the normally do) on the Senate debates, in which they are currently discussing Bill C-311, the Climate Change Accountability Act (see June 1). A copy of the bill is posted online here. The bill passed in the House of Commons in early May, and is now in its second reading in the Senate chamber. Among other things discussed on June 2, it was brought up that climate change should be an important G8/G20 issue later this month.
My favourite quote from Senator Grant Mitchell, amongst some other points he brought up:
"I want to make the case that we can agree on this, and that it is important that we agree on this. We have this chance to actually agree to do the right thing and to support this measure — I can hardly believe I am saying this — and to see the government gets some credit for doing the right thing on this very important environmental file."