(January 21) The Canadian Institute for Climate Choices

The Canadian Institute for Climate Choices is a new independent national research body that brings together experts from a broad range of disciplines––including ACT’s own Deborah Harford who is on the Institute’s Expert Adaptation Panel. The Institute aims to help decision-makers and Canadians understand and evaluate the policy choices that could put Canada on a path to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and build a clean, prosperous and resilient future that benefits all Canadians.

The Institute has launched an initial report titled Charting Our Course, which takes stock of the current climate policy landscape in Canada and makes the case for how better integration among areas of expertise and conventional policy silos can contribute to a more resilient and prosperous future. 


(February 4) Show me the Money: Sustainable Municipal Project Funding Webinar

Join us in attending the next webinar in the series Show me the Money: Sustainable Municipal Project Funding on Tuesday, February 4th, 2020.

Hosted by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, this webinar will focus on available funding and grant writing and stacking tips.

The webinar will be offered in both English and French. Participants in French are invited to join from 1:00-1:45PM EST, with the English webinar following from 1:45-2:30PM EST.

To register, click here.


(January 14) BC Farm & Ranch Wildfire Preparedness Workshops

On January 14, 2020, the BC Agriculture and Food Climate Action Initiative will be hosting free workshops in locations across BC to help agricultural producers from all sectors, wildfire response and emergency personnel, and local government representatives prepare for wildfire. This workshop will teach attendees about how to respond in case of wildfire, while also ensuring the efficacy and safety of local emergency response.

The workshop is designed to enable attendees to:

1) Reduce their risk of the climate change impacts of more frequent and higher intensity wildfires.

2) Connect with government representatives responsible for wildfire and emergency planning, as well as local wildfire and emergency response personnel.

3) Learn local wildfire behaviour, threat, and history, and how to apply lessons learned to structural protection.

4) Develop customized wildfire preparedness plan that outlines what needs to occur before, during, and after a fire.

Another important element of users wildfire plans is a wildfire preparedness property map. These maps are used to provide information to emergency responders in the event of a wildfire. Attendees will have the option to ask the host to develop their base map OR to create their own base map to bring to the workshop.

To learn more about this event and register, please click here.


(December 11) Adapting Mi’kmaq Communities of Prince Edward Island to Climate Change Impacts

Prince Edward Island First Nation Communities are very vulnerable to the impacts of sea level rise, coastal erosion and changing climatic conditions with many critical infrastructure components at risk to climate related events. This webinar will discuss the key elements for adaptation for these communities, such as climate change vulnerability assessments, adaptation planning, evaluation of the costs and benefits of climate change adaptation options, emergency management planning for climate related events and risk of forest fires and drought. Other areas of discussion in this webinar include community consultations, which are an essential part of development plans and the use of technological tools to obtain relevant data such as LiDAR, aerial photo procurement, drones, CLIVE visual technology, bathymetric surveys and climate model assessment.

Presenters for this Webinar include:

Mr. Don Jardine, Senior Scientist, DE Jardine Consulting. Mr. Jardine is the senior scientist with DE Jardine Consulting and has worked in this capacity since 2009. He has worked as a project manager with the University of Prince Edward Island Climate Research Lab managing the installation of many climate monitoring stations across Prince Edward Island and has performed analysis of the climate data collected. He has been involved in conducting climate change vulnerability studies in several communities in Atlantic Canada, including First Nation communities on Prince Edward Island and has worked on a variety of climate change issues over the past 15 years.

Dr. Adam Fenech, Associate Dean of Science, School of Climate Change and Adaptation, University of Prince Edward Island. Dr. Fenech has worked extensively in the area of climate change since the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change First Assessment Report in 1988. He has edited 8 books on climate change, most recently on Global Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainability in the Middle East. Dr. Fenech has worked for Harvard University researching the history of the science/policy interfaces of climate change. He has represented Canada at international climate negotiating sessions; written climate policy speeches for Canadian Environment Ministers; and authored Canadian reports on climate change to the United Nations.

Randy Angus, Director, Integrated Resource Management, Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI. Randy has worked with the two First Nations of PEI for over 13 years on resource management matters. Recognition that climate change has the potential to impact communities and resources has lead to him working on climate change issues for the last 9 years.

Wednesday December 11, 2019 2:00pm – 3:00pm EST.  To register, click here:


(December 3) Launch of En-Roads Climate Solution Simulator

En-ROADS is a ground-breaking online climate simulator which provides users with an opportunity to explore pathways to address the global climate crisis, foster meaningful conversations, and precipitate change. The En-ROADS simulator, over ten years in the making, has been co-developed with system dynamics modelers and joint efforts from teams at the Climate Interactive and MIT Sustainability Initiative.

With En-ROADS users can explore dynamics in global energy supply, land-use, transportation, carbon removal, and more, to learn unique insights on how these driving forces—and the policies which dictate their behaviour—affect a variety of climate impacts, from temperature change to sea level rise.

Register for a launch webinars to see a demonstration of this powerful tool and the ways it can be used.

To sign up for a launch webinar, click here. 

To explore the En-ROADS simulator, click here. 


(December 6) An Introduction to Climate Information for Decision Making: Pilot Presentation Webinar

Registration is now open for the Introduction to Climate Information for Decision Making Pilot Presentation Webinar.

This webinar will introduce participants to a new PowerPoint presentation that will be available in February 2020 for public use.

This presentation is being developed as part of a collaboration between the Canadian Centre for Climate Service (CCCS), Ouranos, and the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC). The intent of this slide deck is to provide a baseline model of information about climate change and its important in decision making. These slides are intended to be a starting point from which practitioners can continue to build capacity.

The main presenter is Kari Tyler, the user engagement and training specialist at PCIC in Victoria, BC. Kari has a masters degree in Adult Education and Community Development from the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. She brings extensive experience working in climate change adaptation and resilience to her role at PCIC.

With assistance from:

  • Elaine Barrow joined CCCS at Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) earlier this year, and is involved in the development of ClimateData.ca, as well as in developing and delivering training materials to help decision makers understand how to use climate information.
  • Stephanie Austin joined CCCS at ECCC as a Policy Advisor in 2017, where she works on training and knowledge translation. She was previously a project lead with the Tracking Adaptation to Climate Change Consortium (TRAC3) at McGill University and Wageningen University (the Netherlands).

To register for what is sure to be a fascinating webinar, click here.


(November 25) Defenders of Wildlife is Hiring a Climate Adaptation Policy Analyst

Defenders of Wildlife is hiring a Climate Adaptation Policy Analyst! This professional-level position will contribute to Defenders of Wildlife’s strategic goal of ensuring effective climate change policies and practices to conserve wildlife, with a focus on animals and plants listed under the Endangered Species Act, key species and focal landscapes. The incumbent will engage with federal departments and agencies to advance wildlife adaptation science and strategies in national forests plans, national wildlife refuge comprehensive conservation plans, resource management plans, and other public planning processes for projects with major habitat impacts. The Policy Analyst for Climate Change Adaptation will also collaborate with Defenders’ Field Conservation offices to develop and implement state, tribal, and regional strategies for habitat conservation and connectivity that are critical to climate adaptation, and integrate efforts with Defenders’ other policy program priorities led by our Government Relations, Conservation Law, Communications and other departments.

Essential duties include:

  • Engage in public land and natural resources management and similar conservation planning processes.
  • Advocate to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service to ensure that the threat of climate change is weighed appropriately in listing, management and recovery planning for endangered and threatened species.
  • Identify and promote the best available scientific information on climate change and wildlife adaptation to federal, state, tribal and local governments to incorporate that information in climate adaptation planning, policies and strategies.
  • Analyze and draft technical comments in response to proposed regulatory changes, administrative policy proposals and project-level actions affecting wildlife and habitat climate change adaptation.
  • Analyze proposed legislation, and work with Defenders’ Government Relations staff and partners to educate Congressional offices on climate change adaptation for wildlife and habitats. Assist in identifying legislative champions and coordinating messaging and outreach to federal legislators and their staff to advance a progressive climate and conservation agenda for wildlife.
  • Closely coordinate engagement on climate adaptation and wildlife conservation issues with relevant Field Conservation offices and other key staff.
  • Research, write, and/or edit materials on climate change and wildlife, educate and mobilize Defenders’ members and activists, and communicate to diverse audiences Defenders’ position on proposed policy and legislative initiatives, including but not limited to reports, website content, blogs, factsheets, testimony and other publications.
  • Represent Defenders in public meetings, hearings, news media, conferences, coalitions, and in general communications with public officials, legislators, the media, Defenders’ membership, donors, and the public to further Defenders’ departmental and organizational objectives.
  • Work with Development staff to raise operating funds for Defenders’ Landscape Conservation department.
  • Perform all other related duties as assigned.

For more information about those position including qualifications, expectations, and salary visit the Defenders of Wildlife website. 


(November 22) Introducing the Climate Change Adaptation Fundamentals Course for Professional Development

The Inspiring Climate Action: BC Professionals’ Adaptation Network project has released their first professional development course offering. Climate Change Adaptation Fundamentals will run for four weeks and will be facilitated by Dr. Stewart Cohen, a contributing scientist to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Designed for members of Professional Associations across BC, this course will equip participants with the knowledge to

  • Explain the core concepts of climate science
  • Distinguish between weather, climate variability and climate change
  • Describe current climate trends, regional impacts and the role of adaptation
  • Analyze different regional climate change scenarios, impacts, and opportunities for adaptation and mitigation
  • Develop a high-level plan for integrating climate change adaptation into practice.

This is a four week online course offered through Royal Roads University. The start date is February 3, 2020. To learn more about this course, or to register, click here.


(November 21) Livable Cities Forum Highlights and Presentations Posted

Highlights from this years Livable Cities Forum hosted co-hosted by ACT, ICLEI, SHIFT Collaborative, and the City of Victoria on October 28-30 have now been posted.

Some of the highlights of this year’s event include:

  • Over 350 North American delegates gathered to be a part of the conversation on building community resilience. More than 83 local and regional governments were represented! View our highlight reel to learn about key Forum takeaways, which included the need to apply an equity, health & well-being lens when responding to the climate emergency in our communities.
  • Over 100 speakers, practitioners, and community resilience leaders shared their experience and knowledge with delegates through an array of interactive workshops, plenaries, and local study tours. Our speakers broke down silos through innovative, captivating sessions that wove together three Forum themes: the climate change and health nexus, the role of infrastructure in building better neighbourhoods, and low carbon resilience.
  • The development of the Victoria Call to Action: Hosted by ICLEI Canada and the City of Victoria, the Leadership & Legacy session brought together 50+ Mayors and Councillors from across North America for a day-long dialogue on building social resilience, community belonging and inclusion. The elected officials took part in workshops and dialogue on topics such as building neighbourhood resilience, and applying a well-being lens for local budgeting and decision-making. The day culminated with elected officials finalizing a collective Call to Action for local leaders to advance work on the health, well-being and social cohesion aspects of climate resilience.

To read the full forum highlights and view this years presentations, click here.



(November 22) Seminar on Sea Level Rise: Dr. Jeremy Fyke

Join SFU’s Geography Department for a seminar on Sea Level Rise Projections with Coupled Global Ice-Sheet/Earth Systems Models. The seminar will be on Friday November 22, from 11-12 in RCB 6136.

Sea level rise from ice sheets depends closely on interactions between ice sheets and the surrounding Earth system. These interaction determine how forcings to the climate system (such as from anthropogenic climate influences) translate to ice sheet change, which in turn impacts the surrounding environment and forms the basis for important, yet poorly understood feedback loops.

In his talk, Dr. Fyke with describe the current state of knowledge of ice sheet/earth system interactions and feedbacks and describe emerging coupled ice sheet/earth system models, which will ultimately be used for sea level rise projections in support of global climate risk and adaptation actions.

Dr. Fyke is a Climate Specialist and Group Manager at Associated Engineering. He has 15 years of experience in climate science and applied climate services. He has a background in global Earth system model development, evaluation, and use, with an interest in coupling ice sheet models in Earth system models for sea level rise projections.



(November 20) Salmon Matter Episode 1: the State of Salmon

Pacific salmon face tremendous challenges, and with climate change and habitat loss impacts, it can seem overwhelming. The real question most of us have is simple: how are Pacific salmon doing? The answer…. well, it’s complicated.

2019 had the lowest ever return rates for Lower Fraser Sockeye, says Jason Hwang, VP of Salmon with the Pacific Salmon Foundation. At the same time, it was the best year many can recall for the Chinook fishery, say many fishing recreationally along the southern coast. Salmon have one of the great migration stories in the world, starting in freshwater as far as the interior of B.C., then migrating the Pacific and North Pacific, and after years they’re making the journey back. At every moment along the way, Pacific salmon are fighting for survival. Jason tells the story of salmon now and what PSF is doing to help Pacific salmon on their journey and how you can help.

Watch the full video below.

By donating to https://www.psf.ca/ by December 31st, 2019, you can support PSF salmon initiatives in your community that help tackle the many challenges facing salmon today. Furthermore, thanks to a generous matching contribution by the Sitka Foundation, your donation will be matched dollar for dollar (up to $50,000) and for every $100 you donate you will receive one entry to win a signed print by local artist, Alana Hansen. Become a part of the solution, donate today: https://www.psf.ca/support/donate-online


(November 18) Fraser Basin Council Hiring Program Manager: Flood Strategies

Are you looking to advance flood resilience and sustainability in BC’s Lower Mainland and across the Province of BC? Join FBC’s dynamic environment on the leading edge of collaborative flood planning and governance. Reporting to the Senior Program Manager, this position provides program management services to support the development of a Lower Mainland Flood Management Strategy and provincial flood strategies.

For details, read the full job posting here.


(November 15) City of Victoria Call to Action

“We stand together as local government leaders, acknowledging that wherever we are in Canada we are on Indigenous land, and expressing our highest concern at the climate crisis that the world is now facing.”

The Victoria Call to Action was co-developed by elected officials at the Livable Cities Forum that ACT co-hosted in Victoria on October 28-30. The call to action calls for advancing resilience in cities across Canada in ways that feature decolonization, health, equity, and social inclusion. It calls for forward urgent action opportunistic action moving forward. The steps to achieving these actions call for a re-making of societal fabric, from energy generation to transportation.

Read the full call to action here.


(November 20) Talk on Climate Change and Building Science

Humans spend over 90% of their time indoors, so understanding how climate change is affecting the operations and adaptation of buildings is critical. Join the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium in Victoria, along with building scientist Rob Lepage in Victoria on Nov 20 at 3pm to discuss this interesting topic in more detail. 

Register for the event here.


(November 29) Can’t Face it Alone: Public Dialogue

We cannot face climate change alone. It impacts our communities, our decisions, and emotions, but leveraging our personal connections and relationships can drive solutions and innovation. Join SFU’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue on November 29 at 4:30 to discuss this topic, and learn about how climate change moves beyond the individual. 

To learn more about this event and to register, click here.


(November 21) Webinar: Living with the Rain: Adapting to Increased Future Rainfall in the Greater Vancouver Area

Climate change is expected to bring an increase in total annual precipitation as well as more intense rainfall events to the Greater Vancouver area. How can this region and others work with climate projections of future precipitation and prepare for these changes?

This webinar will give examples of how two government bodies are leading the way in this work. Andrew Ling, Senior Project Engineer, will present on the cutting-edge work that Metro Vancouver has done on Intensity-Duration-Frequency (IDF) curves that are based on future rainfall rather than historical rainfall and that will help engineers, planners and policy makers plan with more confidence in a changing climate. Melina Scholefield, Manager of Green Infrastructure Implementation, will speak to the City of Vancouver’s Rain City Strategy. This strategy aims to use rainwater as a resource rather than a waste product and has set a goal of capturing and treating 90% of the rainwater that falls in Vancouver.

The webinar is on November 21, 2019 from 9:30 – 10:45 PST. Register for the webinar here.

Page 1 of 8412345...102030...Last »