CityNews: OPG, Hydro One create Ivy electric vehicle charging network

by News Staff and The Canadian Press – Posted Feb 14, 2020 10:14 am EST – Last Updated Feb 14, 2020 at 11:31 am EST

A car is charged at a charge station for electric vehicles on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on May 1, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

TORONTO — Two of Ontario’s biggest utilities have formed a new company to create a province-wide fast-charger network for electric vehicles.

The Ivy Charging Network is scheduled to have 160 Level-3 fast-chargers at its 73 locations throughout southern, eastern and western Ontario.

The Ivy is a limited partnership owned equally by the government-owned Ontario Power Generation and Hydro One Ltd., a publicly-traded former Crown corporation that owns the province’s largest electric grid.

They say the Ivy network will be an unregulated business that can provide a new revenue stream for both companies without affecting Ontario electricity rates.

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CBC: Does Canada have a ‘moral and legal obligation’ to allow climate migrants?

Recent UN ruling on asylum seekers said governments must take climate crisis into account

Adam Jacobson · CBC News · Posted: Feb 02, 2020 4:00 AM ET | Last Updated: February 2

Two boys stand next to their tents at a displacement camp for people affected by intense flooding in Beledweyne, Somalia. (Luis Tato/AFP/Getty Images)

A landmark ruling by the United Nations that could pave the way for future climate migrants may force the Canadian government to rethink its conditions around refugees and asylum seekers. 

On Jan. 20, the UN Human Rights Committee stated governments must now take into account the climate crisis when considering the deportation of asylum seekers.

Currently, there are no specific provisions for people seeking asylum on the grounds of climate change under Canadian immigration and refugee law.

The non-binding UN ruling involves Ioane Teitiota, from the Pacific nation of Kiribati, who brought a case against New Zealand in 2016 after authorities there denied his claim of asylum as a climate refugee.

The UN committee upheld New Zealand’s decision to deport Teitiota, saying he did not face an immediate risk if returned. But it agreed that environmental degradation and climate change are some of the most pressing threats to the right to life.

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CBC: Seven more Alberta firefighters sent to fight Australia’s fires

‘I think the call for help is something that resonates with a lot of Alberta firefighters’

Emily Rendell-Watson · CBC News · Posted: Jan 04, 2020 9:14 PM MT | Last Updated: January 4

Specialists in air attack, fire behaviour and operations are among the Albertans who will join the teams already on the ground in Australia. (Manuel Carrillos Avalos/CBC)

Seven more firefighters from Alberta Wildfire left on Saturday to help battle the intense fires in Australia. 

By Monday, 34 Alberta firefighters will have been deployed since Dec. 3.

“I definitely feel proud to represent Alberta and Canada,” said Rob Anderson, a wildfire air attack officer with Alberta Wildfire. “All I can do is rely on my past training and experience and be confident that I can do the job.” 

Anderson, who is headed to New South Wales for 38 days, is no stranger to large blazes. He worked on the Fort McMurray fire in 2016 and the Slave Lake fire in 2011, coordinating airspace and water bombing the flames. 

“I know they’re going through a tough time so I’m just going to do my best to have some empathy,” said Anderson. 

As of Saturday, 23 people have died and more than five million hectares have burned due to the widespread fires.

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CBC: As wildfires grow, so too does anger at Australia PM’s handling of crisis

Scott Morrison criticized for slow response, previous remarks on climate change

The Associated Press · Posted: Jan 05, 2020 3:36 PM ET | Last Updated: January 5

A firefighting helicopter is seen behind Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison during his visit to HMAS Albatross in Nowra, New South Wales, Australia, on Sunday. (Lukas Coch/Pool/via Reuters)

Cooling temperatures and calmer winds brought some relief Sunday to Australian communities raked by wildfires, but the heat stayed on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to accept responsibility for the crisis and take action.

“There has been a lot of blame being thrown around,” Morrison said at a news conference. “And now is the time to focus on the response that is being made. … Blame doesn’t help anybody at this time and over-analysis of these things is not a productive exercise.”

Morrison announced Saturday that he would dispatch 3,000 army, navy and air force reservists to help battle the fires. He also committed $20 million Australian ($18 million Cdn) to lease fire-fighting aircraft from overseas.

But the moves did little to tamp down the criticism that he had been slow to act, even as he has downplayed the need for his government to address climate change, which experts say played a key role in supercharging the blazes.

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