Canada Aims to Fully Phase Out Coal Power by 2030
Country will work with the four provinces that still burn coal to reach its goal
By Paul Vieira and Judy McKinnon

Canada plans to completely phase out traditional coal power by 2030 and will work with the country’s four remaining provinces that still burn the fossil fuel to reach the overall goal, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said Monday.

The move is the latest measure Canada is taking to meet greenhouse-gas reduction targets by 2030, and follows the earlier introduction of a nationwide carbon levy that starts in 2018. The new plan also comes amid a pledge by President-elect Donald Trump to revive the U.S. coal industry’s fortunes.

Ms. McKenna, just back from a United Nations-sponsored climate-change conference in Morocco, said coal power in Canada currently represents close to 10% of greenhouse gas emissions coming from four provinces—Alberta, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Provinces will have the option to choose between phasing out coal entirely and replacing it with lower emitting sources, or using carbon capture and storage technology, the minister said.

Data indicate the western Canadian province of Alberta is by far the biggest user of coal as a source of electricity generation, and is home to five of the six biggest coal-fueled power plants in Canada. The province’s left-leaning government has already signaled its intent to phase out coal-fired generation, also by 2030. Canada’s largest province, Ontario, phased out coal-fired electricity in 2014.

In Canada, provincial governments have jurisdiction over the generation and transmission of electricity.

Canada is the world’s 12th-largest coal producer, according to government data, and roughly three-quarters of the coal it imports originates in the U.S.

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Alaska: That sounded so Canadian.

Texas: I’m American.

New Brunswick: You’re definitely Canadian


Ontario: *whispering* One of us, one of us…


Alberta: One of us, one of us!

Nova Scotia: ONE OF US, ONE OF US!

Saskatchewan: ONE OF US, ONE OF US!

Texas: …

Quebec: I’ve been dealing with this shit since 1867. Get used to it.

maritime canada gothic

·        it has been snowing endlessly for days. you havenot seen the sky or the sun in so long. snowbanks slowly build higher andhigher and soon there will be no way to leave the house. you ran out of food yesterday.

·         every patron in the bar is wearing the same plaid shirt and the same rubber boots. when you stand up to use the washroom, each patron watches your every move. they are all smiling and talking to each other, but they look only at you.

·         it is the middle of august. the heat is unbearable, and the cicadas are giving you a headache. when you look outside, the town is covered in three feet of snow, snow that burns your hands when you touch it.

·         you decide to drive from your small town to the city half an hour away to run errands. you drive down the highway for three hours straight. there are no exits. you haven’t seen any other cars. the trees are beginning to look the same as the ones you passed by twenty minutes ago. on your right, the next exit is for the town you just left.

·         you call a taxi one night to take you home. your driver is a friendly old man wearing a ballcap, and his voice is heavy with the maritime accent. you get in the back of the cab, and your driver adjusts his mirror. in the reflection, his face is your own.

·         you’re new to this town. you enter a store you’ve never been in before, and at the counter is a woman you’ve never met. she stares at you and tells you that outsiders are not welcome here.

·         the snow is blowing so hard you can’t see the end of your street. it is simply gone, consumed by the storm. beyond that is only void.

·         your neighbours seem nice. they have a quaint house, well-cared-for gardens, and pretty flowers on their door. you have never seen them, and every window is curtained at all times. the bright and cheerful welcome mat on their porch is stained with old blood.

·         you walk up to an intersection. cars are waiting for you to cross. they were already waiting when you approached the intersection and they continue to wait after you’ve crossed. the cars have no drivers.


So, I have some pictures of my new home and I don’t post on here anymore so here’s an update: I found love in a little mountain town last year and lucky for me he was moving back home which ended up with me recently moving to the east coast! I’m an Albertan born and raised I’ve never traveled farther than Saskatchewan lol Nova Scotia is one of the most beautiful provinces I’ve ever seen. Surrounded by ocean, littered in pretty coves with lighthouses, beaches everywhere. Not to mention that Halifax (capital city) is incredibly historic! We live 30 minutes away from Melmerby Beach, best place to collect shells and rocks.

Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia.

thatcalamity replied to your post “70 centimetres. They’re now saying 70 centimetres.  That’s over two…”

maritimes, then yeah? We just got 28 in one go but we’re not costal.

Yup. Nova Scotia. The province is pretty much shut down today. :D

tbiris replied to your post “70 centimetres. They’re now saying 70 centimetres.  That’s over two…”

:( give the kiddos lots of hot chocolate after shovelling

Thankfully they won’t have much to do. Once the main road is cleared (which could be a day or two because we’re a back road) we have a neighbour we pay to plow the driveway.

northstarfan replied to your post “70 centimetres. They’re now saying 70 centimetres.  That’s over two…”

Y'all going to be OK?

Yup! We’ve got lots of food, a wood stove, and a gas generator, so whatever happens, we’re prepared. One good thing about the power though - almost no one’s out on the roads so at least no power lines will be going down because of car accidents. All we have to do is sit back and enjoy the storm.


Today in History: Confederation in Canada, July 1, 1867

By the Queen! A proclamation for uniting the Provinces of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick, into one Dominion under the name of CANADA

Top Photo: Newspaper article announcing the formation of the newly formed country, CANADA

Bottom Photo: The fathers of confederation in Canada

thecelticlegacy  asked:

Last week Kevin O'Leary boasted that (if he was PM) he is going to force Nova Scotia to allow fracking. Now I know that most folks here, myself included, wouldn't support this. But, I'm still a tad concerned. How could he possibly force a provincial government to change their laws on this? Does a Prime Minister have this kind of power?

It is a provincial responsibility to dictate whether fracking is allowed or not in the province. So technically I don’t think he could force Nova Scotia to do it.

But the Federal Government could threaten NS to comply by withholding funding such as healthcare, infrastructure, etc.

Kevin O’Leary as PM would be a frightening prospect.


The Shag Harbour UFO incident was the reported impact of an unknown large object into waters near Shag Harbour, a tiny fishing village in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia on October 4, 1967. The reports were investigated by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Canadian Coast Guard and military the Royal Canadian Navy and Royal Canadian Air Force, agencies of the Government of Canada and U.S. Committee. Shag Harbour is equivalent in stature to the Roswell UFO incident in the United States.

On the night of October 4, 1967, at about 11:20 p.m. Atlantic Daylight Time, it was reported that something had crashed into the waters of Shag Harbour. At least eleven people saw a low-flying lit object head towards the harbour. Multiple witnesses reported hearing a whistling sound,“ then a “whoosh,” and finally a loud bang. The object was never officially identified, and was therefore referred to as an unidentified flying object (UFO) in Government of Canada documents.