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Sept. 5, 2014 Fast Cities: Comparing transit across Canada New report analyzes rapid transit investment in Canada’s five largest cities
Toronto has fallen behind Canada’s other major cities in terms of rapid transit infrastructure, according to a report reviewing the state of transit investment in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary and Ottawa.
Feb. 6, 2014 Energy East: new report assesses pipeline's climate impact Proposed west-to-east pipeline would have major environmental ramifications
The proposed Energy East pipeline would enable a significant increase in Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to the first public estimate of the west-to-east pipeline’s upstream climate impact.
Dec. 2, 2013 Homebuyers priced out of prime locations in GTA Lack of single-family homes in established neighbourhoods key regional factor driving up GTA home prices: new report
Home prices in the Greater Toronto Area continue to rise, in part because of the limited supply of single-family homes in established neighbourhoods, according to Priced Out, a new report researched and written by the Pembina Institute and co-published by RBC.
Dec. 2, 2013 Pembina reacts to Ontario's new long-term energy plan Province wisely invests in conservation and takes cautious approach to nuclear
Tim Weis, director of renewable energy and efficiency policy at the Pembina Institute, comments on Ontario’s new long-term energy plan.
Sept. 19, 2013 Pembina Ontario director among Canada's 2014 Clean50 leaders
Cherise Burda, Ontario policy director of the Pembina Institute, has been named to Canada's 2014 Clean50 list, which recognizes Canadian leaders advancing sustainability and clean capitalism.
Sept. 10, 2013 Green energy more affordable than nuclear Ontario government urged to review nuclear commitments in upcoming energy plan
Ontario’s next long-term energy plan would better serve electricity ratepayers if it did not include new nuclear reactors, says a new report from the Pembina Institute and Greenpeace.
May 27, 2013 Pembina reacts to Metrolinx investment strategy
Cherise Burda, Ontario policy director at the Pembina Institute, comments on the the transit investment strategy announced by Metrolinx.
May 2, 2013 Pembina reacts to release of 2013 Ontario budget
Cherise Burda, Ontario policy director at the Pembina Institute, comments on the release of the 2013 Ontario provincial budget.
April 24, 2013 Commuters turning to zombies throughout Toronto region: video Experts fear congestion could lead to full-scale “gridlockalypse”
Video footage released today by the Pembina Institute suggests there are zombies commuting in the greater Toronto region. The video shows the zombies waiting for the bus for up to 45 minutes in communities underserved by transit, while others appear to be trapped in gridlock on the region’s congested highways.
March 18, 2013 Pembina reacts to the Toronto Region Board of Trade's funding recommendations for the Big Move regional transit plan
Cherise Burda, Ontario policy director at the Pembina Institute, comments on the release of the Toronto Region Board of Trade’s funding recommendations for Metrolinx’s the Big Move regional transit plan.
Tim Weis, director of renewable energy and efficiency policy at the Pembina Institute, responds to Ontario’s announcement that it will phase out its existing coal plants by 2013, one year earlier than expected.
Nov. 21, 2012 Environmental groups, First Nations join in opposition to omnibus Bill C-45 Massive bill before Parliament further undermines Canadian democracy and environment, groups say in open letter
First Nations and environmental, recreation and grassroots groups supported by more than half a million Canadians today issued an open letter opposing the federal government’s controversial second omnibus bill, C-45, as the proposed legislation enters final rounds of debate in Parliament this week.
A comprehensive study released today outlines key policies that would help improve the livability of Ontario’s communities and reduce sprawl and traffic congestion.
July 16, 2012 Location Matters: Redefining living in the suburbs and the city RBC/Pembina Institute study shows affordability and easy access to transit, work and services are a high priority in GTA neighbourhoods
The majority of Greater Toronto Area residents would prefer to live in a walkable and transit-accessible neighbourhood in the suburbs or the city that would better suit their day-to-day life, according to an RBC-Pembina Institute study.
This week the Pembina Institute is bringing Heidi Eijgel, an Alberta landowner with close to a decade of experience living next to wind turbines, on a speaking tour in Southern Ontario.
May 30, 2012 New report presents solutions to manage economic downsides of oilsands development Pembina Institute analysis identifies significant challenges for the Canadian economy if impacts of the oilsands boom are left unaddressed
In the Shadow of the Boom: How oilsands development is reshaping Canada’s economy reviews the extent to which oilsands production and exports are affecting Canada’s economy, and explores the longer-term economic implications of increased reliance on oilsands expansion to support economic growth and generate public revenue.
April 21, 2012 New study finds Toronto-area drivers would pay to expand rapid transit and beat gridlock
Drivers in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) are willing to pay for alternatives to commuting on congested roads five days a week, according to a new transportation study released by the Pembina Institute.
The study includes a survey of drivers in the GTA who face a daily commute of at least 30 minutes each way. The detailed online survey, conducted by Environics, found strong support among drivers for alternatives to the daily commute, such as expanding rapid transit to suburban communities.
The Pembina Institute comments on Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver’s announcement that the federal government will weaken environmental oversight of resource development projects.
Oct. 20, 2011 Meeting of the minds planned to decongest Toronto region
A coalition of academics, decision makers, community action groups and city planners is preparing for one of the largest public forums on transportation in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), designed to engage citizens and stakeholders on new solutions to address debilitating transportation problems.
The two-part forum, Toronto Talks Mobility, kicks off with a public event the evening of November 9 at Toronto City Hall Chambers, and continues with a full day of discussion and action planning at the Artscape Wychwood Barns on November 10.
Sept. 20, 2011 New analysis compares Ontario election promises on clean energy, climate action and sustainable transportation
A detailed platform analysis released today by the Pembina Institute compares the commitments the Ontario Liberal, NDP and Progressive Conservative parties have made on a range of sustainable energy priorities.
The analysis looks at where the parties stand on issues such as investing in renewable power generation, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, creating incentives for energy conservation and expanding transit systems.
Sept. 5, 2011 Pembina reacts to Ontario Liberal Party platform
Burda, Ontario Policy Director at the Pembina Institute, comments on the release of the Ontario Liberal Party's platform.
Tim Weis, Director of Renewable Energy and Efficiency, made the following statement in response to today's announcement by Environment Minister Peter Kent regarding federal regulations for greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired electricity.
The Pembina Institute calls on the next Ontario Premier to hit the brakes on supporting Mayor Ford's 'gravy-train'
Aug. 11, 2011 Pembina reacts to Ontario NDP green energy commitments
The Pembina Institute comments on the Ontario NDP's green energy commitments made in the party's Affordable Green Choices document.
Cherise Burda, Ontario policy director for the Pembina Institute, responds to the Ontario government's announcement of support to kick-start the installation of electric car charging stations.
The Pembina Institute responds to the statement and action plan on devleoping a national energy framework released at the conclusion of the 2011 Energy and Mines Ministers' Conference in Kananaskis, Alberta.
Ed Whittingham, executive director of the Pembina Institute, will attend the open session on developing a national energy framework at the Canadian Energy and Mines Ministers' Conference in Kananaskis, Alta., and will be available to comment on the ministers' discussion and the outcome of the conference.
July 6, 2011 New study finds cancelling the Green Energy Act would have little effect on electricity prices in Ontario Modelling shows current renewable energy plans likely to have less impact on consumer electricity bills than uncertainty around future nuclear and natural gas prices
Ontario consumers would see virtually no relief from high electricity prices if the province cancelled its support for renewable energy under the Green Energy Act, according to new research released today by the Pembina Institute.
A new report explores opportunities for Ontario farmers to benefit from investments in renewable energy on their farms.
Cherise Burda, director of Ontario Energy Solutions for the Pembina Institute, responded to the Ontario government's announcement that coal-fired power production has been reduced by 90 per cent since 2003.
March 31, 2011 Pembina reacts to new Toronto transit plan Mayor’s focus on underground undercuts a good transit deal for Toronto
Cherise Burda, director of Ontario Energy Solutions for the Pembina Institute, responds to the new transit deal for Toronto announced March 31 by Mayor Ford and Premier McGuinty.
March 26, 2011 Federal election: Pembina Institute representatives available to comment Energy policy experts on call to provide analysis and commentary for media coverage of the 2011 federal election
Contact information for representatives of the Pembina Institute who will be available to comment on various issues related to energy and the environment during the 2011 federal election.
On the heels of Mayor Rob Ford's financing proposal for a subway along Sheppard Ave., the Pembina Institute today released new analysis that offers a more fiscally responsible solution, one that doesn't put Torontonians at risk of footing the bill for future debt.
Rather, Pembina presents an ideal compromise: a transit plan for Toronto that combines subway, light rail, underground and surface transit options.
Jan. 19, 2011 Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area Transit Choices New report finds much higher transportation emissions from road vs. rail
This report confirms that smog in the GTHA could be reduced significantly by moving car commuters to rail, such as LRT and subway, and freight trucks to freight trains.
Jan. 5, 2011 New analysis shows Toronto's proposed subway plan leaves commuters' best interests behind
The subway extension proposed by Toronto Mayor Rob Ford would provide less service per dollar invested than the existing light rail rapid transit plan for Toronto, says a new Pembina Institute report.
Oct. 25, 2010 Manitoba Premier and First Nations recognized for efforts to protect boreal heritage site Top executives of Canadian environmental groups to present first Environmental Leadership Award for promotion of Pimachiowin Aki World Heritage Project
The top executives of major Canadian environmental groups will present Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger and Pimachiowin Aki Corporation with the groups' inaugural Environmental Leadership Award at a reception Monday evening, in recognition of their efforts to secure UNESCO World Heritage status for the Pimachiowin Aki site.
Tim Weis, director of the Pembina Institute's renewable energy program, said the Ontario government's plans to shut down four additional units of coal power production demonstrate that replacing coal power with renewable energy sources is both practical and technically doable today.
Aug. 19, 2010 Report recommends five steps to cut Ontario's oil use, protect the environment and save money From the Gulf oil spill to the oilsands, Ontario drivers can make a difference
Bridging the Gulf highlights the connection between the choices made by commuters in Ontario, and the negative impacts of oil extraction in North America in light of the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and ongoing ecological impacts from oilsands development. It focuses exclusively on personal transportation — how Ontarians get around every day — and presents five key actions to reduce oil use based on policy changes that are already underway in the province.
Choosing to scale up green energy to replace the retiring Pickering nuclear station is more affordable for Ontarians than buying expensive replacement reactors, says a report released today by Renewable is Doable, an alliance of organizations including the Pembina Institute, the Canadian Environmental Law Association and Greenpeace. Last summer, Ontario suspended its purchase of two new replacement reactors when their cost reportedly topped $26 billion — $20 billion more than expected in 2007.
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