TIMELINE: NAFTA negotiations

On May 18, 2017, the Trump Administration submitted to U.S. Congress the notification of intent to enter into negotiations, triggering NAFTA talks. Here’s what you need to know about potential timelines for the talks. The three timeline scenarios represent various negotiation lengths. There have been some reports of the intent to finish negotiations by year’s end,

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How to enforce the oilsands emissions limit – command and control or market-based mechanisms?

On June 16th, the Oil Sands Advisory Group (OSAG) publicly released its report providing advice to the Alberta Government on implementing the oilsands emissions limit. Part of Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan, the oilsands emission limit restricts greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the oilsands sector to 100 megatonnes (MT). The report’s recommendations can be grouped broadly

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Getting from here to there, is 100 per cent renewable energy the only answer to our climate goals?

Can we meet all our energy needs with renewable sources by mid-century? The answer is most assuredly yes; anything is possible with unlimited resources. But the key question is always at what cost? Some research suggests a 100 per cent renewable future is achievable at reasonable cost. In a high-profile 2015 study, researchers led by

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WATCH | Supply Management: A win-win opportunity for reform

Today, the Canada West Foundation released Supply Management: A win-win opportunity for reform / La gestion de l’offre : Une opportunité de réforme qui ne ferait que des gagnants Report co-author Eric Dalke discusses the report, its findings and the way forward for Canada’s dairy industry. The overwhelming evidence, from all quarters, means we’re past knowing “why”

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What Ottawa’s softwood lumber aid package means for the industry

Today’s announcement of an $867 million support package from Ottawa for the softwood sector comes just one month after the U.S. imposed countervailing duties, averaging 20 per cent, on Canadian softwood lumber shipped into the U.S. The quick response from the federal government comes even before the full extent of the impact of U.S. duties

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Dairy, lumber and NAFTA: Protectionism hurts consumers on both sides of the border

For more than 20 years, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has facilitated an expansion of trade in goods and services between Canada, the United States and Mexico. That expansion, the business built upon it and US$2 billion a day in trade between Canada and the U.S. are all potentially at some risk in

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