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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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  • Israel’s Netanyahu takes over defence job as coalition falters (Reuters)
  • 7 UN peacekeepers killed in combat towards rebels in DRC Ebola zone (Al Jazeera)
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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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Swiss funding financial institution UBS has deemed Toronto and Vancouver to have among the many world’s greatest housing bubbles, with mispricing that is much more pronounced than it’s in costly cities like Paris and San Francisco.

In an annual report revealed Thursday, the Swiss financial institution checked out 20 cities all over the world which can be thought of to be monetary centres, native metropolises which can be hubs for his or her regional economies. The listing consists of acquainted names similar to Tokyo, New York, Sydney, Singapore and others, and for essentially the most half, all of the cities on the listing share one factor in widespread — the price of residing is greater there than it’s in different close by locations.

Some cities have been worse for renters and others introduced explicit challenges for foreigners. By way of general housing costs being way over they need to be based mostly on fundamentals, the financial institution singled out six cities for having worse housing bubbles than anyplace else:

  • Hong Kong. 
  • Munich.
  • Toronto. 
  • Vancouver.
  • London.
  • Amsterdam.

Utilizing information about native salaries, housing costs, rental markets, mortgage debt and different metrics, the financial institution checked out 20 of the greatest housing markets and gave every metropolis a rating. A rating beneath –1.5 is taken into account to be a depressed market, whereas a rating in a variety of between –1.5 to –zero.5 is taken into account undervalued. Pretty valued to UBS is between –zero.5 and zero.5, whereas overvalued is as much as 1.5. Something above 1.5 is taken into account to be a bubble, which the financial institution defines as ” a considerable and sustained mispricing of an asset, the existence of which can’t be proved except it bursts.”

Vancouver scored a 1.92. Toronto was even greater, at 1.95.

That is not as unhealthy as Hong Kong, which topped the listing with a rating of two.03. However each Canadian cities are solidly within the vary the place the financial institution considers them to be among the many most overvalued housing markets on this planet.

Over the previous 5 years, UBS says housing markets on this planet’s greatest cities have gone up on common by about 35 per cent. Vancouver has gone up by twice that. Toronto is up by 50 per cent.

The financial institution says a brand new overseas consumers tax applied in 2017 “proved futile in braking its increase” in Vancouver as after a quick pause, town’s housing market has continued to rise. By the financial institution’s calculations, the sale worth for a 675-square-foot residence close to downtown would value a extremely expert service employee 9 years in wage to afford. And even that assumption is predicated on the unattainable premise that they might spend 100 per cent of their earnings on their dwelling.

Not all of the cities UBS analyzed have been deemed to have overpriced housing. (Scott Galley/CBC)

A current slowdown in Toronto has made town marginally extra inexpensive for prosperous folks. However a 675-square-foot residence in downtown Toronto would value a extremely expert service employee greater than six years in wage to afford.

“Value dynamics have slowed significantly and its index rating declined considerably from final yr’s,” the financial institution mentioned.

The financial institution additionally mentioned “rising charges, stricter market laws or an financial downturn may flip the lights out on the get together given the excessive valuations and strained affordability.”

Excessive costs for housing have trickled down into the rental market, too, however even then there’s ominoud clouds on the horizon.

Based mostly on the financial institution’s calculations, anybody shopping for housing in Toronto as an funding property must hire it out for 25 years to interrupt even, based mostly on present charges. In Vancouver, it will take even longer — as much as 34 years.

“Buyers anticipate being compensated with capital features for overly low rental yields,” UBS mentioned. “If such hopes don’t materialize and expectations deteriorate, owners in markets with excessive price-to-rent multiples are more likely to endure important capital losses.”

Elated French followers burst out of bars and into the streets of Montreal on Sunday, dancing and singing as they celebrated their soccer workforce’s victory over Croatia within the World Cup ultimate.

In Toronto, ecstatic followers paraded downtown, cheering and waving French flags.

Scores of soccer fanatics watched the sport in bars, parks and residing rooms throughout Canada, rapt as France beat Croatia Four-2.

In Montreal, residence to almost 57,000 French nationals, a two-storey-tall French flag lined the entrance of bar l’Barouf within the Plateau-Mont Royal neighbourhood, the place followers waved flags, honked horns and cheered on their workforce with calls of “Allez Les Bleus” as police tried to maintain the elated crowd from spilling onto the road.

Exuberant France soccer followers have a good time in Montreal on Sunday. (Peter McCabe/Canadian Press)

The bar was so packed all through the sport that Montrealer Henri Gigandet needed to accept the occasional glimpse of the TV whereas following the cheers, jeers and groans of the group. Nonetheless, he stated it was value it. 

“It is the ambiance, the vivre de joie and every little thing,” he stated.

Soccer followers in Montreal have a good time France’s World Cup victory. (Canadian Press)

Although he is not a French citizen, he stated the occasion meant one thing to him as a francophone, as he stood on a nook waving a pink, white and blue flag meant to represent the unity of French audio system throughout Canada.

“It is our roots,” he stated.

‘Thanks for second place’

Initially, the group was equally jubilant in Croatian Parish Park in Mississauga, Ont., with some setting off sparklers and pink flares as their workforce scored its first objective a half hour into the sport.

However after France’s third objective, the red-and-white clad followers had been much less talkative, watching the sport in close to silence. By their opponent’s fourth objective, a number of individuals began to slowly trickle out of the park.

Croatia followers watch with bated breath in Mississauga’s Croatian Parish Park. (CBC)

When the sport was over and actuality started to set in, the quiet turned to tempered celebration.

“Thanks for second place, that is a giant, massive place for us,” Joe Kozlovicjosip cheered.

And 19-year-old Dario Jezerinac stated he and his pals deliberate to get together all day and all evening within the park.

Hordes of soccer followers packed Croatian Parish Park in Mississauga. (Greg Ross/CBC)

“I am not going to mattress,” he stated beneath the early-afternoon solar.

“[I’m] tremendous pleased with the boys, I could not ask for something higher,” he added. “Everybody doubted us however we got here to the finals and performed out hearts out.”

Regardless of the loss, it was a giant day for Croatia followers. This was the primary time Croatia has made it to a World Cup ultimate. (CBC)