Provincial Environment Minister Rod Phillips is set to discuss Ontario’s new climate change plan with his federal counterpart today. The plan was unveiled last week and replaces the cap-and-trade system brought in by the previous Liberal regime and does not put a price on carbon. The new plan will use taxpayer dollars to spur private investment in clean technologies and create performance standards for large emitters. Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has urged Ontario to enact a carbon pricing plan, a federal requirement that Premier Doug Ford has consistently pushed back on.
The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is trying to determine who placed two dogs inside a garbage dumpster in Ottawa last month. The animal welfare agency says one of the pit bull-type dogs estimated to be about one year old was found dead in the dumpster on November 22nd while the other — also about a year old — was taken to a veterinary hospital in very poor condition and is recovering in foster care. The O-S-P-C-A says it’s trying to determine who owned the dogs and whether there is a connection between the incident and the discovery a week and a half earlier of two other emaciated dogs in similar appearance and body condition found running at large. One of those dogs had to be euthanized while the other is currently recovering in foster care.
Quebec’s new government has tabled legislation to impose the strictest cannabis controls in the country. The C-A-Q campaigned on the promise to increase the legal age for consuming recreational pot — and followed through with a bill that
would boost the minimum age from 18 to 21 and outlaw consumption in all public places, including parks and streets. Junior health minister Lionel Carmant says he worries about the effects of cannabis on the still-developing brains of young adults,
citing studies showing pot can cause damage to brain neurons until age 25.