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The Politics of Climate Change; A Green New Deal for Canada?

Presented by University of Toronto School of the Environment:

Location: Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy: 1 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON M5S 3K7

On the second day of this event, join scholars, activists, journalists and policy practitioners to discuss a Green New Deal for Canada. The panels will examine a variety of topics about climate change and the economy:

  1. What are the current federal and provincial climate change policies?

  2. What can Canada learn from climate policy in other countries?

  3. What can labor, business, and activists do to help speed up decarbonization?

  4. What key policies are needed?

You can register here. There is a modest charge which includes breakfast and lunch


DAY 2 - OCTOBER 3, 2019 / 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Jessica Green - Associate Professor, Political Science and School of the Environment, University of Toronto
9:30 / PANEL 1: The State of Play of Canadian Policy: Do we need a Green New Deal?

What is the current landscape of Canadian Climate Policy? How would a GND compare to the status quo?
Speakers: Matthew Hoffman, Professor, Political Science, University of Toronto; Jahangir Bhatti, Director, CleanTech, Development Bank of Canada; Isabelle Turcotte, Director, Federal Policy, Pembina Institute.
11:00 / BREAK

11:30 / PANEL 2: Transnational Approaches: A Global Green New Deal?
What are the politics and policy of GND discussions elsewhere? What can Canada learn from climate policy in other countries?
Speakers: Jonas Nahm, Assistant Professor, Energy, Resources, & Environment, Johns Hopkins University; Julian Brave Noisecat, Director, Green New Deal Strategy, Data for Progress; Paasha Mahdavi, Assistant Professor, Political Science, University of California, Santa Barbara.

1:45 / PANEL 3: Role of activists, business, labor, civil society, and First Nations
How can we build broad political support for a GND? What policies might form the basis of a coalition for a GND?
Speakers: Katherine Foster, Chief Intelligence Officer, Sustainable Digital Finance Alliance; Emmay Mah, Executive Director, Toronto Environmental Alliance; Joanna Robinson, Professor, Sociology, York University.
3:15 / BREAK

3:30 / PANEL 4: From ideas to policy
What policies are needed to implement a Green New Deal?
Speakers: Kate Aronoff, The Guardian; Christopher Wilson, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists; Melina Laboucan-Massimo, Campaign Director, Indigenous Climate Action.