Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Electric Mobility Canada Unveils Its Recommendations To Accelerate The Deployment Of Electric Vehicles In Canada

MONTREAL, Quebec - March 23, 2016 Canada News Wire Telbec - Currently, there are close to 18,500 electric vehicles (EVs) on the road in Canada, 5 years after they were introduced to market. Still, Canada has half the number of EVs per inhabitant compared with the United States. For Electric Mobility Canada (EMC), it is time to establish a strong national policy to bring EVs from an early adopter's market to a mass market in Canada. This is the conclusion of the National Roadmap for Accelerating the Deployment of Electric Vehicles in Canada, released this week by EMC, the only national not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of electric mobility in Canada.
"EMC is ready to take an active role in the implementation of electric transportation in Canada," said Catherine Kargas, Chair of EMC. "We are committed to rigorously monitoring broad scope fields such as autonomous vehicles, and on ongoing projects such as electric school buses and taxis in order to accelerate this energy efficient form of transportation."
Recommended Measures
The report recommends high-priority strategies and concrete actions to increase the share of EVs in Canada. To reach all Canadians, the first measure is to raise public awareness for EVs by implementing a National Resource Centre and aTest Driving program, in conjunction with a National Awareness Campaign
The second measure would include federal financial incentives to EV buyers to increase their return on investment by at least 1.5 years and make a significant impact on EV adoption, as observed in the US. Incentives should also be offered to employers to support workplace charging as the second most important location for charging, after home charging.
Finally, the purchase and installation of 150 direct current fast charging (DCFC) stations is recommended to complete a national EV highway. Government exemplarity and the evolution of building codes are also part of the recommendations.
In addition, with an increasing number of EVs in car sharing fleets, there is a need to test a newly developed business model within a municipality, and to extrapolate key elements and findings to other Canadian cities. 
EMC recommends a national industry-academic consortium dedicated to EV research, development and innovation. For public transit, the sharing of results from electric bus demonstration projects, and the adequacy of these buses on transit routes will help determine the required projects needed for a concrete action plan.
"These recommendations are complementary to ongoing actions initiated in part by the private sector, utilities, EV drivers associations and governments", said Chantal Guimont, President & CEO of EMC. "They represent an important lever to put in place in order to work closely with all actors in the EV field."
EVs are 4 to 6 times cheaper to operate and result in reduced greenhouse gases, especially when "fuelled" by Canadian electricity from clean sources. They also contribute to stimulating a green economy and represent a ready and available solution to Canada's emerging energy and environmental issues. 
EMC recognizes the clear direction of a clean growing economy as a pillar of the 2016 Budget.  The allocated investment to EVs and alternative transportation fuel infrastructure of $62.5M over the next two years is welcomed and was one of the priority measures recommended by EMC in its Roadmap, as investment in charging infrastructure is essential for increasing the adoption of EVs. Expanding tax support for clean-energy eligible EV charging and electrical energy storage is also positive. The budget presents an increased allocation of funds for research in clean and sustainable technology.
EMC intends to work collaboratively and intensify discussions with all relevant stakeholders to ensure the funding of actions recommended in its Roadmap. There is an obvious synergy between a clean growing economy associated with transportation electrification, the objectives of the Low Carbon Fund and the innovative green municipal projects, investments in public transit. EMC looks forward to working with the Federal Government to ensure that these synergies translate into an acceleration of EV deployment in Canada.
This report has been prepared under the direction of EMC and developed in consultation with EMC members and various stakeholders, with the financial support of Natural Resources Canada.
For details and more information, please visit https://emc-mec.ca/activities/ev-roadmap/.
About Electric Mobility Canada
Founded in 2006, Electric Mobility Canada is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of electric mobility. With more than 130 members that include infrastructure, technology and electricity providers, EV manufacturers, fleets, municipalities, universities and public transporters, and EV owners associations. EMC is co-hosting the International Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS29) in Montreal in June 19-22, 2016.
SOURCE mobilité électrique Canada

Saturday, April 4, 2015

6 Easy Spring Vegetables You Can Start Now


...from TreeHugger. com   Living / Lawn & Garden
March 24, 2014 by: Derek Markham
While many standard garden vegetables can not be planted outside or started from seed until the soil is fully warmed and the threat of frost is past, a variety of other cool season spring crops can be started right now, giving you a jump start on the gardening season and putting food on your plate long before the summer vegetables come in.
Depending on your local weather patterns and climate, cool season vegetables can be planted either directly in the soil with no cover, directly in the soil underneath a row cover or low tunnel, or in pots and trays in a sunny window or porch.
Planting under row covers or a low tunnel will not only help to warm the soil quicker, but will also protect seedlings from frosts (although a hard freeze, or a long stretch of really cold weather may still be able to kill plants under row covers).
Planting in pots and trays that can be moved outside into the sun on warm days, and brought inside at night, is one surefire way to beat the frost (as long as you remember to bring them inside), and can be a great way to start an early spring garden long before the soil outside is ready to plant. Container gardening is also a good way to start growing some of your own food on windowsills, balconies, or decks, even if you don't have an outside garden plot....read the full article at TreeHugger.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Nova Bus to deliver 55 Nova LFS buses to the Toronto Transit Commission


ST-EUSTACHE, QuebecJune 11, 2014 /Canada NewsWire/ - Nova Bus has secured an order valued at $32.6 million for 55 buses to the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), the largest transit authority in Canada. Delivery of the first of the 40-foot diesel buses, including a pilot bus, will begin in 2015.
"We are very proud to maintain our partnership and trusting relationship with the Toronto Transit Commission," saidJean-Pierre Baracat, President of Nova Bus. "This new contract follows an order for Nova LFS Artic buses placed in 2012. We are excited to continue with this next step and look forward to provide the City of Toronto with proven 40-foot buses, tailored to their needs."
Once again, Nova Bus demonstrated its competitiveness and showed it is the company that best meets the public transit needs of the Greater Toronto Area. This new order consolidates Nova Bus position as the leading transit bus manufacturer in Canada and strengthens its presence in Ontario.
The vehicles will be entirely assembled in Canada at the company's main plant in St-Eustache, Quebec and will include a high level of Canadian content. Nova Bus and the Volvo Group count on more than 65 component manufacturers and suppliers in Ontario, with millions of dollars in spending each year in the Greater Toronto Area.
The TTC evaluation criteria for the purchase included a proven vehicle with a long history of reliability, a high degree of Canadian content, and a mandatory requirement for a stainless steel structure that is unique to Nova Bus among Canadian bus manufacturers. TTC's vehicles will also include a specially designed driver's barrier. This safety feature heavy duty design is made from sturdy steel and includes an upper glazing section made of tempered glass.
About Nova Bus
Nova Bus is a leading world-class manufacturer of sustainable transit solutions in North America. Its portfolio includes electric-hybrid, natural gas and bus rapid transit (BRT) vehicles. Driven by its Electro Mobility strategy, Nova Bus is stepping forward in terms of the electrification of transit bus drivelines to reduce energy consumption and emissions. Nova Bus is part of the Volvo Group. For more information regarding Nova Bus products and services, please visit www.novabus.com.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

The value of garbage: greater waste diversion would boost Ontario's economy

More recycling, composting and re-using of waste could support thousands of jobs
OTTAWA, Ontario May 29, 2014 /Canada NewsWire/ - Less than a quarter of the garbage produced in Ontario is currently diverted from disposal sites through practices such as recycling, composting, and reusing waste material. A Conference Board of Canada report, released today, estimates that diverting significantly more waste would increase employment and economic activity in the province, while reducing Ontario's dependency on U.S. landfills in Michigan and New York State.
While 47 per cent of residential waste was diverted, only 11 per cent of non-residential waste—produced by the industrial, commercial, and institutional sector—avoided disposal. Non-residential waste accounted for nearly two-thirds of the total amount sent for disposal.
HIGHLIGHTS

     While almost half of residential waste in the province is recycled, composted or reused, only 11 per cent of non-residential waste is diverted.
     Studies indicate that increased waste diversion is a significant economic opportunity for Ontario.
     If and when Ontario's rate of waste diversion reaches 60 per cent, it would support almost 13,000 jobs and add about $1.5 billion to provincial gross domestic product. 
     Greater waste diversion in Ontario could reduce dependency on U.S. landfills and replace exported jobs with waste diversion jobs in the province.
"Diversion is an increasingly important aspect of solid waste management. Increasing diversion supports a significant number of jobs and economic growth. Furthermore, diversion would support new jobs in Ontario instead of exporting them to U.S. states," said Vijay Gill, Director, Policy Research, and co-author of Opportunities for Ontario's Waste: Economic Impacts of Waste Diversion Programs in North America. "Waste diversion also has the obvious benefits of preserving much-needed landfill capacity."
The research reviews economic impact studies of waste diversion in jurisdictions across North America. The findings from several studies are applied to Ontario, in order to estimate the possible effects of increased waste diversion.
These studies suggest that increasing waste diversion from its current 23 per cent to 60 per cent would — once the 60 per cent-rate is reached (and maintained) — support the equivalent of an additional 12,700 direct and indirect full-time jobs, and add $1.5 billion to provincial gross domestic product. For every 1,000 tonnes of waste diverted, at least two jobs are supported.
The Ontario government has a stated goal of diverting 60 per cent of the waste collected in the province into recycling, reuse and composting.
The research was financially supported by the Ontario Waste Management Association.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Defend our Climate, Defend our Communities National Day of Action

Thousands across the country stepping up against Pipelines, dirty oil and climate change
CANADAMay 10, 2014 /Canada NewsWire/ - Thousands across the country are stepping up to help create a better future and defend our communities against pipelines, dirty oil projects and runaway climate change. Close to 100 events are taking place from coast to coast as part of the Defend our Climate, Defend Our Communities - National Day of Action.
"From Enbridge's proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline to Keystone XL, Kinder Morgan, Line 9 and Energy East to ongoing tar sands expansion, there are many decisions looming on pipelines and extreme energy projects all across the country", says Eriel Deranger of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nations.  "If built, these projects will allow the continued polluting of water, threaten communities and treaty rights, and accelerate climate change with significant impacts on all regions across Canada."
"This government has shut climate out of the conversation. Canadians can't talk about it in the environmental assessments of pipelines, mines, or insitu projects. The Prime Minister has silenced scientists and closed the national round table on environment and economy," says Jamie Biggar from Leadnow.ca. "People are stepping up across Canada to talk with each other and call for a clean, just, and fair climate strategy."
Close to 100 grassroots groups including First Nations, youth, and concerned Canadians from all walks of life, are organizing and participating in events such as walks, rallies and concerts as part of the Defend Our Climate, Defend our Communities - National Day of Action.
"There is a diverse movement of people across the country working together to defend our climate and our communities by pushing for a shift to a just, safe and clean energy future," says Alain Brunel of Association québécoise de lutte contre la pollution atmosphérique in Montreal. "Together, we are calling on all politicians to commit to cap extreme energy, reduce climate pollution and transition off fossil fuels for good."
"Kenora citizens are adding their voice to the national call to defend our climate and communities, especially now that we are at risk from the proposed Energy East pipeline" says Teika Newton of the Transition Initiative Kenora, referring to TransCanada's plans to retrofit a pipeline that runs through the town to carry tar sands oil. "This pipeline would put our town, our water, and our climate at risk."
There are numerous coal, fracking and tar sands development projects being pushed by government and industry inCanada including 6 pipelines: Energy East, Line 9, and the Great Lakes pipelines cross most of Canada'spopulation's drinking water on their way to the East Coast; Kinder Morgan and Enbridge Northern Gateway will dramatically increase oil tanker traffic on British Columbia's coast, and Keystone XL runs from Saskatchewanthrough the heartland of the US. Not only do they carry heavy highly corrosive bitumen mixed with toxic chemicals that will have devastating health and environmental impacts in the event of a spill, they are projects that lock us into a fossil fuel dependent, dead-end economy while enabling tar sands growth that will destabilize our planet's climate.
The Canadian Day of Action will be followed by a US Day of Action on May 17.
For more information visit our website: http://www.defendourclimate.ca
For a complete listing of events visit: http://www.defendourclimate.ca/events/

Friday, May 2, 2014

U of G Professors Lent Expertise to Panel, Report on Shale Gas Extraction

GUELPH, Ontario May 1, 2014 - University of Guelph News Release - A 16-member expert panel that included two University of Guelph professors released a report today on the environmental and health impacts of shale gas extraction in Canada.
The report from the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) concludes that monitoring, management and oversight is critical for responsible shale gas development. It also offers insights about public engagement and trust.
Beth Parker, a U of G Engineering Professor and holder of an NSERC Industrial Research Chair in fractured rock contaminant hydrology, and John Cherry, a U of G Adjunct Engineering Professor and groundwater specialist, served as water experts on the panel. Cherry also served as panel Chair.
The panel was assembled by CCA following a request by Environment Canada. The group spent two years assessing potential environmental impacts of exploration, extraction and development of Canada’s shale gas resources.
“This report indicates the need for research concerning many aspects of shale gas development, including groundwater and surface water protection,” said Parker, who is the director of the G360 Centre for Applied Groundwater Research on the Guelph campus. U of G has recently initiated shale gas research in collaboration with other Canadian Universities, she added.
The G360 fractured rock field facility is becoming one of the most advanced facilities for studying sedimentary bedrock aquifers in North America. Parker leads field research projects in Canada, the United States and Brazil in examining the migration and fate of contaminants in groundwater and their remediation, which is especially relevant to shale gas.
Cherry studies groundwater monitoring systems and ground flow system tracers. He is the director of G360’s University Consortium and is a professor emeritus from the University of Waterloo.
Today’s report discusses potential environmental impacts associated with well integrity; groundwater and surface water; greenhouse gas emissions; land impacts and seismic events; and human health. The report addresses the importance of baseline and ongoing monitoring, and the need for research and data-gathering.
Shale gas is leading an energy boom with profound economic, environmental and social impacts across much of North America. As the world’s third-largest producer and fourth-largest exporter of natural gas -- and with vast shale gas resources of its own -- Canada has a major stake in this new source of energy, the report said.
“A one-size-fits-all approach will not work to address the various potential environmental impacts that may exist across Canada’s diverse regions,” said CCA president Elizabeth Dowdeswell.
The CCA is an independent, not-for-profit organization that supports independent and evidence-based expert assessments to inform public policy development. Assessments are conducted by multidisciplinary panels of experts from across Canada and abroad who volunteer their time.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

One Old Cell Phone in a Landfill is One Too Many

Recycle My Cell makes it easy for Canadians to do their part for Earth Day 2014
OTTAWA, Ontario April 16, 2014 /Canada NewsWire/ - Recycle My CellCanada's free cell phone recycling program, is calling on Canadians from coast to coast to recycle their old cell phones and accessories in support of Earth Day on Tuesday, April 22. Almost 582,000 devices were recovered through the Recycle My Cell program in 2013. Results from the2013 National Cell Phone Recycling Study released today show that while Canadians replace their wireless device approximately every 30 months, only 10% of survey respondents recycled their old device when they purchased a new one, with 42% putting the old device in storage.
Canadians can participate in Earth Day by visiting the bilingual Web site - www.RecycleMyCell.ca andwww.Recyclemoncell.ca - and enter their postal code to locate the 10 drop-off locations closest to them where their old wireless devices will be accepted, regardless of brand or condition. If a consumer cannot get to one of the drop-off locations in their neighborhood, the Web site offers printable postage-paid labels that can be used to mail the device back to Recycle My Cell at absolutely no cost to the consumer.
The Web site also provides information about the program, facts and figures on e-waste, FAQs and links to provincial e-waste management sites. There is also a downloadable brochure and information about how consumers can clear their device of all personal data before dropping it off for recycling.
Other notable findings from the 2013 National Cell Phone Recycling Study include:
  • Nearly half of survey respondents (49% nationally) report knowing about cell phone recycling programs.
  • Satisfaction of those who utilize the Recycle My Cell continues to be high, with 96% of respondents citing a positive experience.
"Canadians are world leaders in the way they embrace new technology, particularly when it comes to wireless devices," said Bernard Lord, President & CEO of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA). "It is also our responsibility to be world leaders in protecting our environment for generations to come. There is simply no reason that an old cell phone should ever end up in a landfill."
All of the processors involved in the Recycle My Cell program are ISO certified or verified to be operating in conformance with the requirements of the Electronics Recycling Standard (ERS), so they all have environmental management systems in place that guarantee accountability and knowledge of the environmental impacts associated with recycling.
The Recycle My Cell program also supports numerous local and national charities through the proceeds from the recycled devices.
"In recognition of Earth Day, we join in encouraging Canadians to recycle their used mobile devices which will not only help reduce the growing e-waste in Canada's landfills, but also generate much needed funds for mental health initiatives across the country," said Peter Coleridge, National CEO, Canadian Mental Health Association.
Businesses and community organizations can also support the Recycle My Cell program by hosting a drop-off location. Registration is quick and easy and all set-up materials are provided at no cost. For more information, please visit http://www.recyclemycell.ca/host-a-drop-off-location/ or contact info@recyclemycell.ca.
Recycle My Cell was created and is maintained by the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) in conjunction with cell phone carriers and handset manufacturers who have come together to raise awareness about the importance of cell phone recycling. The program's partners include: Bell, BlackBerry, Eastlink, GEEP Inc., GREENTEC, LG Electronics Canada, Inc., Lynx Mobility, MTS, Nokia, ProMobility, Rogers Communications, Samsung Electronics Canada Inc., SaskTel, Sims Recycling Solutions, Sony of Canada, Tbaytel, TELUS, Videotron, and Virgin Mobile Canada.
Canadians can contact a Recycle My Cell representative by e-mail at info@recyclemycell.ca, or call toll-free at 1-888-797-1740.
About Recycle My Cell

Recycle My Cell is Canada's national recycling program for mobile phones and accessories. The bilingual Web site -www.RecycleMyCell.ca and www.Recyclemoncell.ca - allows consumers to simply enter their postal code to locate the 10 drop-off locations closest to them where their devices will be accepted, regardless of brand or condition. The free program is run by the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA), in conjunction with cell phone carriers and handset manufacturers, who have come together to raise awareness about the importance of cell phone recycling.
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