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  • Scientists say Canada is one of many worst offenders because the world falls in need of its greenhouse-gas emission discount targets.
  • It is powerful to reside on a Canadian creator’s common wage, and issues are solely getting worse.
  • Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is asking for individuals to disregard the variety of followers they’ve and pay extra consideration to different indicators of social “success,” however will it assist remedy social media’s deep-rooted issues?
  • Carol Off, co-host of CBC Radio’s As It Occurs, displays on what drew her to the present because it celebrates 50 years on the air.
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Local weather change

The world is falling dangerously in need of its world warming discount targets and Canada is among the many worst offenders, say scientists.

A brand new research revealed at present within the journal Nature Communications finds that present emission discount efforts in Canada, Russia, China and Saudi Arabia would lead to a 5.1 C warming of the planet by the top of this century, if all different nations set equally unambitious targets.

The paper, by two Australian local weather researchers, tries to reconcile the Paris Settlement’s purpose of limiting world temperature rises to 1.5-to-2 C by 2100, with what it phrases the “self-interested bottom-up” method being taken by particular person nations.

Town of Toronto skyline is framed by energy strains, smoke stacks and storage tanks. The emission ranges of Canada’s buildings, transportation and agriculture are all effectively above the G20 common. (Frank Gunn/Canadian Press)

emission targets by means of the lens of fairness or equity, the authors discover that each one industrialized nations, and notably main oil exporters, are radically downplaying their position and accountability in local weather change, with India the one such nation near being on monitor to satisfy the two C goal.

Australia, the US and Brazil are all pursuing insurance policies that may push the planet in the direction of a four C temperature rise, whereas most European nations are producing emissions that may heat the planet by three C.

The hole between authorities pledges and their precise measures is now so extensive, that the authors say warming targets ought to be set to “aspirational ranges” of 1.1-to-1.three C to compensate for all of the fudging.

The findings echo one other report launched yesterday by the group Local weather Transparency, which says that no G20 nation is on monitor to come back anyplace close to their 2030 Paris Settlement targets. These massive economies, that are liable for 80 per cent of all greenhouse gasoline emissions, are as a substitute steering the world in the direction of no less than a three.2 C temperature rise.

Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Russia have been judged the worst performers — on monitor for emissions that may contribute to greater than four C warming.

However the group’s report card for Canada is hardly higher, citing the absence of “bold renewable power targets and insurance policies.” It says Canada’s emissions stage would contribute to world warming of between three C and four C if the remainder of the world behaved equally.

The emission depth of Canada’s buildings, transportation and agriculture are all effectively above the G20 common, and general the nation produces virtually thrice extra greenhouse gasoline per capita than the common bloc member.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks previous to signing the Paris Settlement For Local weather Change on the United Nations on April 22, 2016, in New York Metropolis. (Jemal CountessGetty Photos)

All of this comes somewhat over a month after a dire warning from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Local weather Change that the planet is warming even sooner than projected, with the 1.5 C threshold prone to be surpassed as early as 2030, significantly rising the danger of devastating droughts, wildfires, floods and meals shortages.

For individuals who marvel what world warming’s concrete penalties is likely to be, the European Union’s Joint Analysis Centre has launched its personal research on the human and financial penalties of a 2 C shift.

The report predicts a further 132,000 heat-related deaths throughout Europe yearly, in addition to widespread water shortages in southern areas and a possible doubling of the continent’s arid local weather zone. On the flip aspect, northern nations are anticipated to expertise rather more rain, with flood harm anticipated to rise from 5.three billion Euro a 12 months to 17.5 billion.

Canada was slammed in a brand new report for failing to set aggressive renewable power insurance policies. ( Sean Gallup/Getty Photos)

If there may be any vibrant spot, it comes within the type of an embarrassing math error.

Late final month, a bunch of oceanographers revealed a paper within the journal Nature that utilized a novel new technique to measure oxygen and carbon dioxide within the environment. It got here to the conclusion that the world’s seas have been absorbing 60 per cent extra warmth than had been estimated, suggesting it would already be too late to halt world warming.

However one other researcher identified a basic error of their calculations, and they’re now working up a correction. The brand new calculations are anticipated to indicate that the oceans are warming at a fee nearer to what the IPCC had already decided.

The truth that it was a local weather science critic who found the error will not make it any simpler to steer deniers that the Earth is certainly in imminent hazard.

Nonetheless, it does imply that the emission discount targets will not must be radically revised upwards, putting an as-yet-unattained purpose even additional out of attain.

Writing for ardour, however seldom massive revenue

It is powerful to reside on a Canadian creator’s common wage, and issues are solely getting worse, writes reporter Deana Sumanac-Johnson.

The story of an impoverished author, pouring espresso or scrubbing flooring to make ends meet, is among the most pervasive stereotypes of the literary world.

The story typically has the identical, triumphant ending: a single mother on welfare writes the story of a boy wizard that wins over readers all over the world (J.Okay. Rowling), or a loner who works as a janitor writes a scary novel a few bullied teenage lady with telekinetic powers and turns into probably the most well-liked writers on the planet (Stephen King).

Now, think about if J.Okay. Rowling was nonetheless in want of economic help three Harry Potters in.

That appears to be the fact for a lot of mid-career Canadian writers — and that features profitable ones who’ve gained main prizes and scored offers with main publishers, however nonetheless want a full-time job to outlive.

Tales like this are nuanced and sophisticated, however they’re vital to inform, partially as a result of they stumble on one of many nice taboos amongst artists: speaking about cash.

Charles Foran, for instance, whose 11 books earned him the Order of Canada, till just lately supported himself by means of a full-time job that had nothing to do with writing.

Charles Foran is the Toronto-based creator of a number of books, together with Mordecai, an award-winning biography of Mordecai Richler. (James Lahey)

Two years in the past, he wrote an essay wherein he outlined his powerful monetary scenario (making about $ 20,000 a 12 months from his writing), regardless of having written a preferred and award-winning biography of Mordecai Richler. The essay was the discuss of the city amongst writers.

“These have been conversations that have been being had in personal, over cheap alcohol, in less-than-fancy bars, however they are not typically had on the web page. So I assumed, it is time to kind of be a grown up right here about this, and converse frankly,” Foran instructed me in an interview.

Our piece on The Nationwide tonight seems at why Canadian writers are poorer now than they have been previously (spoiler alert: e-books have little to do with it, however academic copying does).

We additionally have a look at why a wholesome literary tradition, comprised of writers from all walks of life, is crucial to all Canadians — not simply to the tuxedoed set you see on the literary award galas. (P.S.: Most of these tuxes are borrowed anyway…)

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A extra significant Twitter?

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is asking for individuals to disregard the variety of followers they’ve and pay extra consideration to different indicators of social “success.” Tonight’s Pop Panel will give attention to whether or not it’ll do something to repair the social media big’s issues, producer Tarannum Kamlani writes.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was on a appeal offensive in India this week, assembly with all types of individuals, together with the Prime Minister and Bollywood super-mega-star Shah Rukh Khan.  

Throughout a fireplace chat in New Delhi on Monday, Dorsey appeared to specific remorse for a function that arguably made Twitter right into a social media juggernaut: the follower rely.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey addresses college students throughout a city corridor on the Indian Institute of Know-how (IIT) in New Delhi, India, on Nov. 12. (Anushree Fadnavi/Reuters)

In keeping with, Dorsey defined that it appeared like an important thought when he and Twitter’s fellow co-founders have been beginning out — checklist your variety of followers and have it stand out by making the sort a bit larger than the remainder of the textual content on the web page: “We didn’t actually suppose a lot about it and moved on to the subsequent downside to unravel. What that has accomplished is we put all of the emphasis, not desiring to, on that variety of how many individuals observe me. So if that quantity is massive and daring, what do individuals need to do with it? They need to make it go up.”

Dorsey added that quite than specializing in followers, he thinks the extra vital numbers are issues like what number of “significant conversations you are having on the platform. What number of occasions do you obtain a reply?”

The feedback appeared to echo some unsolicited recommendation he acquired a few months in the past from none aside from Kanye West, who referred to as out Dorsey, Fb’s Mark Zuckerberg and others over the best way their platforms play up follower counts:

Is Twitter’s slide right into a endless sport of constructing an even bigger checklist of followers — by any means crucial — liable for its popularity as a discussion board for harassment, public shaming and pretend information?

Can social media actually ever be a spot for “significant conversations” — notably Twitter,with its 140- to 280-character limits?

Our Pop Panelists this week will hash all of it out, together with a have a look at Forky (the most recent character within the the Toy Story franchise, a spork coping with an existential disaster), and a tribute to the late Stan Lee.

Andrew Chang hosts the Pop Panel this week. Becoming a member of him in The Nationwide’s studio are Donnovan Bennett, host and author at Sportsnet, in addition to freelance author and digital strategist Bee Quammie, and Chatelaine senior author Sarah Boesveld.  

I hope you will be part of us!

– Tarannum Kamlani

  • WATCH: The Pop Panel tonight on The Nationwide on CBC Tv and streamed on-line

As It Occurs turns 50

Carol Off, co-host of CBC Radio’s As It Occurs, displays on what drew her to the present because it celebrates 50 years on the air.

A half-century in the past, a unusual nationwide radio program hit the airwaves with the premise of being a call-out present as a substitute of a call-in one.

Over 5 many years, its producers have dialled or punched the telephone numbers of tens of 1000’s of individuals, persuading them to come back on the air to inform their tales.

Barbara Frum, left, and the As It Occurs workers at CBC’s Jarvis Avenue studios in Toronto in 1984. (CBC)

As It Occurs  rapidly grew to become a must-listen-to present that entertained and enlightened Canadians whereas they cooked dinner, washed the dishes and acquired youngsters prepared for mattress. It was the present that saved individuals sitting within the driveway, unable to depart the automobile throughout a narrative of woe or marvel; a narrative that made you cry our howl with laughter; a narrative you knew everybody could be speaking in regards to the subsequent day.

For a lot of, the long-lasting theme music was the sound in your own home as dad acquired house from work or as you bought within the automobile to go to hockey apply. Or the sound that meant your mother would quickly inform you to shush so she may hear a voice coming from South Africa or Berlin, El Salvador or Saskatoon.

That theme grew to become the sound their very own youngsters and grandkids heard.

It was, and is, the sound of Canada.

I first got here throughout As It Occurs once I was a scholar, listening to AM radio, uninterested in pop music and on the lookout for one thing else. As I spun the dial (sure, we had dials again then), I got here throughout one thing I had by no means heard earlier than: The voice of a lady speaking to individuals in such a fascinating manner.

She was asking onerous questions of politicians, humorous questions of cabbage farmers, skeptical questions of individuals in energy. She was cheeky and irreverent and her title was Barbara Frum.

She had a sidekick, some man with a droll voice and a refined sense of irony — Alan Maitland.

From then on, I used to be hooked.

As It Occurs co-host Carol Off goes over some notes for a present in her workplace at CBC in Toronto. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

If somebody had instructed me then that sooner or later I’d go to reside on Mars, I’d have shrugged and mentioned, “Completely believable.” But when somebody had instructed me I’d sooner or later sit within the place of that lady and ask these onerous, amused, skeptical questions, I’d have mentioned “You are out of your thoughts.”

Over the previous 12 years of co-hosting the present, with Jeff Douglas doing an admirable job within the position of Alan Maitland, I’ve considered Barbara quite a bit. I met her solely as soon as, when she was host of The Journal. However once I’m stumped for find out how to proceed with an interview, I ask myself, what would Barbara do now?

I channel my internal Frum. And know that I’ll fortunately by no means reside on Mars.

  • WATCH: The story of As It Occurs‘ 50-year celebration tonight on The Nationwide on CBC Tv and streamed on-line

A number of phrases on … 

Michael Jackson’s younger Alberta inheritor.

Quote of the second

“I believe there is a lesson we find out about simply following by means of with what you mentioned you are going to do.”

Dana Meise of Sherwood Park, Alta., on his 10-year challenge to hike all 21,000 kilometres of the Trans Canada path, which he accomplished in Tuktoyaktuk, NWT this week.  

The ultimate leg of Dana Meise’s journey was powerful. He suffered frostbite, took a nasty fall and his tent was shredded by ravens. (Gabriela Panza-Beltrandi/CBC)

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As we speak in historical past

Nov. 16, 1993: Glendon’s big perogy

How do you set a small Alberta city on the map? With an Eight-metre-high steel-and-fiberglass perogy, after all. Johnnie Doonanco, the native mayor and college bus driver, got here up with the thought (and an accompanying dumpling-themed parody music that he will not cease singing on this On the Street Once more clip). The one downside was that no-one knew what the large white lump was imagined to be — till he added a fork.

The mayor of Glendon, Alta. took an emblem of the city’s Ukrainian heritage, and caught a fork in it. 6:11

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Toronto police have ramped up patrols after a menace was made in opposition to a Catholic boys’ personal college that is on the centre of a sexual assault investigation.

Police didn’t disclose any details about the character of the menace.

Officers have been stationed throughout St. Michael’s School Faculty on Thursday, at some point after information broke about what the college’s principal calls “two very critical incidents.”

The college despatched a letter to folks saying it has requested Toronto law enforcement officials safe the power for the “foreseeable future.”

“The security and safety of our college students is of the utmost significance to us and stays our high precedence,” the letter states.

Police additionally mentioned Thursday the celebrated personal college didn’t notify them in regards to the alleged sexual assault of a scholar on campus. As a substitute, the drive launched an investigation into the alleged incident on Wednesday after officers have been contacted by the media.

Police urge college students with video of incident to delete it

St. Michael’s School mentioned Wednesday it “promptly carried out an inner investigation, together with assembly individually with the scholars concerned and their mother and father.

“Because of this, swift and decisive disciplinary motion has taken place, together with expulsions,” the college mentioned in an announcement. 

In an e mail despatched to folks on Wednesday, principal Greg Reeves mentioned the college knowledgeable police on Monday of “two very critical incidents” that not too long ago occurred on campus.

Const. Caroline de Kloet, nevertheless, says the college solely contacted police to hunt recommendation on methods to take care of one incident that didn’t contain allegations of sexual assault.

De Kloet says police provided recommendation to the college and no additional motion was “taken or acquired.”

The college didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

Native media say college students have reported seeing a graphic video of the assault, which was shared on social media and later eliminated. 

Investigators mentioned Wednesday they imagine a video of the alleged assault is circulating, and warned it qualifies as youngster pornography. 

“The video should be deleted instantly and can’t be shared with anybody,” police spokesperson Meaghan Grey mentioned in an announcement.

Calgary voters have despatched politicians a transparent message: They need no a part of the town’s beleaguered bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics.

The vote shouldn’t be binding, however ought to go away these on Calgary metropolis council little doubt. Main as much as this plebiscite, bid organizers had hoped for a Sure vote someplace within the mid-50s, nearer to 60 per cent help if issues went properly.

They did not come shut. The outcomes had been decisive: 132,832 for Calgary internet hosting (43.6 per cent) and 171,750 towards (56.four per cent). The official outcome will probably be made out there at three p.m. MT on Friday, with outcomes by using posted Thursday at midday.

After asking voters for steerage, Calgary’s council will probably formally halt the town’s bidding course of at a gathering on Monday.

The No aspect gained with 56.four per cent of the vote, a complete of 304,774 folks solid ballots throughout the town. three:43

When Calgary initially introduced plans to pursue the 2026 Winter Olympics, all of it appeared so good. Calgary would recapture the Olympic spirit and pleasure that enveloped and boosted the town when it hosted the 1988 Winter Video games.

However for a lot of, this bid by no means felt like 1988. Regardless of the magical feeling was 30 years in the past, it by no means captured voters. And now, Calgary’s nascent Olympic bid has lastly lurched to an unceremonious finish.

So, what occurred?

These behind Calgary 2026 did loads of issues proper. They engaged and mobilized a cross-section of supportive voices. They tried to showcase the Video games as alternative to revitalize and refurbish the bodily legacy of 1988. Organizers additionally pointed to a profitable bid as a wanted financial lifeline for a metropolis whose financial system has been crippled by falling oil costs.

Unsuitable occasion on the improper time

However as this course of developed, so too did an opposition that grew extra mobilized and vocal as choice day approached. With far much less cash at their disposal than the skilled bid committee, an online of critics seem to have successfully delivered their message that this was the improper occasion on the improper time for Calgary.

And from an out of doors perspective, past the boosterism of these related to the Olympic motion, there by no means appeared to be an amazing quantity of real pleasure amongst on a regular basis Calgarians.

Maybe that would have been overcome. Many of the considerations surrounding this bid centred on who would pay for the Video games. However voters both did not like or could not perceive the numbers they got. Even on the ground of Calgary metropolis council, main as much as this vote, there was confusion about precisely how a lot every degree of presidency would offer.

Voters had been promised this info earlier than being requested to determine whether or not they needed an Olympics.

“What’s the quantity we are able to take to the residents of the town of Calgary?” Coun. Jeremy Farkas requested.

Judging by the outcomes, the 11th-hour funding settlement by metropolis, Alberta authorities and Ottawa, weeks earlier than this vote, offered Calgarians little readability or confidence.

Previous Olympic failures loomed giant

This bid additionally undeniably fell sufferer to the disagreeable baggage weighing down the Olympic motion. The cynical narrative is acquainted by now. Cities spend billions greater than initially proposed to host a two-week occasion that leaves little long-term optimistic financial influence.

Robert Livingstone operates the web site and has adopted this course of intently. He says persons are more and more clever about previous Olympic failures.

“It is so ingrained and other people understand that the Olympic tradition is corrupt, typically actual corruption in some circumstances. They’ve seen this massive construct and the overspend.”

Livingstone factors out the Worldwide Olympic Committee has taken steps to mitigate this notion amongst Calgary voters.

Previously, the IOC has not often interacted or visited with potential host cities. However with fewer cities lining as much as host the Olympics, the IOC has resorted to actively promoting the Video games. Its representatives visited Calgary quite a few instances in latest months, attending city halls and doing rounds of media interviews.

Livingstone additionally says the IOC, as a part of its Agenda 2020, has taken steps to make the Video games simpler to bid on and cheaper to host. For instance, in previous Video games, the IOC often insisted on new buildings, typically with little long-term sensible use for host cities. However Calgary’s bid targeted on the IOC-supported thought of principally refurbishing outdated services as a substitute of constructing new ones.

Agenda 2020 by no means resonated in Calgary

The lean bid mannequin may go to counter the Olympic bid narrative, Livingstone says, however it might have really made a possible bid much less engaging for Calgary voters.

“I believe Agenda 2020 is a complete disconnect in Calgary,” Livingstone says. “Agenda 2020 did not make sense as a result of in Calgary, they need the venues. They would not cease speaking in regards to the NHL enviornment and the way they had been going to get at it and the rail hyperlink to the airport. However due to Agenda 2020, it was left off [and] not included.”

So what now for the 2026 Winter Olympics — the Video games that no one appears to need?

When this course of started, there have been eight hopeful cities. Solely two stay: Stockholm, and a joint Italian bid. And each of these bids face vital inner political hurdles.

Livingstone thinks there could possibly be one other host lurking within the background.

“I actually suppose that the IOC is hoping that Stockholm and Italy simply go away after which they will work with Salt Lake Metropolis.”

The American metropolis, like Calgary, additionally has an Olympic legacy, having hosted the Video games in 2002. Livingstone says the distinction in Utah is a real enthusiasm to do it once more.

“As they are saying themselves, they will get this carried out tomorrow [with] 89 per cent public help. They’ve the Utah governor already signing off on it. They did a feasibility examine, and actually they may host the Video games subsequent yr.”

For a lot of in Calgary, evidently’s simply nice.

Calgary, together with the remainder of the nation, will undoubtedly benefit from the 2026 Winter Olympics wherever they ultimately land.

We’ll proceed to have fun medals and Canadian achievement, content material to let any individual else foot the invoice.