FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Globe and Mail:Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and her British counterpart, Claire Perry, will launch an international alliance to phase out coal-fired electricity at the Bonn climate summit this week, signalling a sharp contrast to U.S. President Donald Trump’s promotion of coal as an important global energy source.Ms. McKenna will take the stage at the annual United Nations climate summit to showcase Canada’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, including a national carbon pricing plan and federal-provincial moves to shut down traditional coal-fired power by 2030.The United States, meanwhile, will use its platform at Bonn to highlight the Trump administration’s support for coal and other fossil fuels. At a Monday event, U.S. officials will join industry representatives at a panel discussion on “the role of cleaner and more efficient fossil fuels and nuclear power in climate mitigation.”U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry is proposing an American-led alliance that would encourage developing countries to invest in more efficient coal plants. In contrast, Ms. McKenna and Ms. Perry will tout their countries’ plans to phase out coal-fired power as a model for the world and will aim to rally international investors to finance lower-carbon options rather than coal.Since concluding a federal-provincial climate deal last December, Ottawa has announced a ream of planned policies to reduce GHG emissions, but it has yet to introduce the legislation or regulations to implement them, while the bulk of planned spending won’t come for another year or two.In a fall report, federal Environmental Commissioner Julie Gelfand said the government must speed up the implementation of its plan.The Liberals face criticism from two sides. New Democratic Party MP Linda Duncan says the Liberals are not moving fast enough, noting the 2017 budget indicated major spending on critical emission-reduction programs won’t begin until 2018-19.Conservative Party MP Ed Fast argues the Liberals are piling on climate-related costs, including carbon taxes, at the risk of the country’s industrial competitiveness. He said Canada cannot get too far out of line with its major trading partners such as the United States, particularly at a time when Mr. Trump is pursuing a pro-business agenda.The Trudeau government achieved a major victory just a year into its mandate by securing provincial and territorial agreement on the Pan-Canadian Framework on climate change, which commits all governments to undertake a broad range of policies – including carbon pricing – to bring down emissions.Ms. McKenna insisted her government is not slackening the pace but taking a reasonable time to consult with industry and environmental experts on legislation and regulations, while working with provinces and territories on priorities for spending that will have the greatest impact on emissions.“We are absolutely on track to meet our 2030 commitments,” she said. “We have a plan … and there’s a whole variety of measures we need to be taking. We also aren’t doing this alone; we’re working with provinces and territories.”She pointed to federal investment in transit, including up to $1-billion over several years for Ottawa’s light rail transit system, a project which she said would result in the largest GHG reduction in the city’s history.Carbon pricing legislation will be introduced early in the new year and will require all provinces to meet a minimum federal standard or see Ottawa implement its own carbon tax in their jurisdiction. The federal plan to reduce methane emissions in the oil and gas industry is due to be released soon, even as Alberta is expected to release its own draft regulations in the coming days.More: Canada, Britain to tout coal phase-out as U.S. champions fossil fuels In Coal Phase-Outs, Canada and U.K. Part With U.S.
Lady Bulldogs Break 4 School Records.Bring back swimmers in all 11 events for Sectional Finals.Two relay records were broken as we well as the oldest record at BHS (50 freestyle) by Taylor Villani and the 100 freestyle (Villani). The top 8 finishers qualified for the championship finals on Saturday 9th-16th finishers qualify for the consolation finals.200 Medley Relay-5th 2:04.52 NEW SCHOOL RECORD (Daulton, Gutzwiller, M Poltrack, Villani); old record 2:06.02 2011 A Cox, E Hankel, H Hall, Kelley .200 Freestyle: El Weiler-15th 2:21.41 .200 IM-Gutzwiller-9th 2:27.90.50 free: Villani-9th 25.97 NEW SCHOOL RECORD (old record 26.13 Schuerman ‘03/Villani ‘14) .100 fly: M Poltrack-13th 1:09.74 , Cox 16th 1:11.78.100 free: Villani-6th 56.70 NEW SCHOOL RECORD, Daulton-14th.1:01.59, El Weiler-16th 1:03.73.500 free: M Poltrack-14th 6:17.45 .200 free relay-5th 1:51.17 NEW SCHOOL RECORD (Villani, Daulton, Gutzwiller, Hall); old record 1:51.22 ’08 Pomeroy, Heckman, R. Hankel, Dunlevy).100 back Daulton-10th 1:10.10.100 breast Gutzwiller-9th 1:17.46, Brewer-14th 1:23.57.400 free relay-8th 4:21.53 (El Weiler, M Poltrack, Hall, Em Weiler).Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach T. J. Greene.
Tony Blair says John Downey should not have received an OTR lettterFORMER British Prime Minister Tony Blair told MPs today that Donegal fisherman John Downey should not have got a letter saying he was no longer wanted by police.Mr Blair faced a tough two hours of grilling by MPs in London after previously refused to be questioned. He repeatedly told the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee said that there was “no secret deal” over letters to on-the-run IRA members.And he said he feared the worst about the IRA if he did not sort the OTR issue once and for all.The letters to so-called on-the-runs (OTRs) came to light in February last year when the trial of Donegal Sinn Fein member John Downey collapsed at the Old Bailey courthouse in London.The trial judge dismissed the charges he faced over the 1982 Hyde Park bombings after it emerged he had received a letter from the British Government to say he was not wanted by police in the North or in mainland Britain.It sparked political fury with claims the British Government had struck a “secret deal” with Sinn Fein over the OTRs in a quid pro quo for IRA decommissioning and support for the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).Mr Blair admitted today that Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams was pushing him to resolve the issue, as convicted prisoners had been let out of jail on licence under the Good Friday Agreement.And Mr Blair accepted that he “grew to like Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness” during the peace talks process.Mr Blair told the Committee about the scheme: “This was not a private arrangement. There was no secret. There was no deal.”On the Downey case, he told MPs: “The Downey case was a mistake…but I don’t think the process was wrong or unlawful. The scheme evolved over time.He accepted that the letters had caused “a lack of trust between parties”.But he added: “There was no secret deal.“We were trying to make sure there were no more victims; it was difficult and on a knife edge throughout.“If I said I was not going to deal with OTR, I would have had a serious consequence on our hands.”Unionist MP Sylvia Hermon said political parties, like the Ulster Unionist Party, Social and Democratic Labour Party (SDLP) and the Progressive Unionist Party were unaware of the OTR administrative scheme.She asked Tony Blair: “Did you tell the late David Ervine (former PUP leader) about this scheme?”He replied: “I didn’t tell him about the scheme but he knew about the OTRS. No I didn’t. tell and I accept it completely.”SH: “The letters were kept secret from people, like UUP leader David Trimble, the late David Ervine , the SDLP’s Alasdair MCDonnell. Why was that?”TB: “They weren’t kept secret. The process was not a secret”.SH: “The first two letters were issued from Downing Street by your chief of staff Jonathan Powell. Why were they kept secret? Sinn Fein always like to brag about the concessions they got from the British Government. They didn’t brag about this So Why were they kept secret for 14 years?TB: It was not kept secret.SH: At his trial John Downey relied on that letter in his abuse of process was mounted and it was won. The letters were key to this whole scheme. You wrote to Gerry Adams to say you would expedite the scheme.TB: I accept the (John) Downey letter was a mistake. But wee were fighting to keep the peace process alive for the next decade.”JOHN DOWNEY SHOULD NOT HAVE RECEIVED OTR LETTER, SAYS EX-PM TONY BLAIR was last modified: January 13th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BRITISH MPSJohn DowneyJOHN DOWNEY SHOULD HAVE NOT GOT OTR LETTERSAYS EX-PM TONY BLAIR