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SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

Explaining labour relations in the global fishing industry

Explaining labour relations in the global fishing industry

Over the past five years a series of scandals concerning slave-like working conditions on fishing vessels have provoked global efforts to improve working conditions for fishery workers.  Yet initiatives that seek to improve working conditions are hampered by a lack of empirical evidence and explanatory analysis of the dynamics that lead to such unacceptable working

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The Problem with Honey Bees

The Problem with Honey Bees

They’re important for agriculture, but they’re not so good for the environment “Beekeeping is for people; it's not a conservation practice,” says Sheila Colla, an assistant professor and conservation biologist at Toronto’s York University, Canada. “People mistakenly think keeping honey bees, or helping honey bees, is somehow helping the native bees, which are at risk

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York researchers find Canadians lack knowledge about bees

York researchers find Canadians lack knowledge about bees

How well do you know your bees? York University researchers have found bee knowledge in Canada lacking with about half of those surveyed thinking honey bees are wild and native to Canada. They’re not. They were brought over from Europe and are managed by beekeepers like other farm animals, such as dairy cattle for example,

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Canada announces single-use plastic ban in effect as early as 2021

Canada announces single-use plastic ban in effect as early as 2021

Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change Jonathan Wilkinson announced on  October 7 that Canada will be banning many single-use plastics by 2021, as a means of achieving the country’s goal of producing zero plastic waste by 2030. Among the soon-to-be banned items are: plastic straws, plastic cutlery, plastic grocery bags, six-pack rings for beverages, stir sticks,

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Mobilizing sustainable energy research in the age of populism and COVID-19

Mobilizing sustainable energy research in the age of populism and COVID-19

Principal Investigator: Mark Winfield Funding: SSHRC Connections Grant. Term: 2020-2022. The project provides opportunities and platforms for researchers and practitioners to make connections between findings arising through different research projects and aids in setting future research agendas, including the impact of COVID-19 on low-carbon energy transitions. The subjects addressed through these projects have included energy

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Work at Sea: Explaining Labour Relations in the Global Fishing Industry

Work at Sea: Explaining Labour Relations in the Global Fishing Industry

Principal Investigator: Peter Vandergeest/Co-Investigator: Philip Kelly. Funding: SSHRC Insight Grant. Term: 2019-2024. The research sets out to examine marine fisheries work, focusing on fisheries based out of Thailand and Taiwan that have been identified as having large numbers of migrant workers and instances of labour abuse. In particular, it aims to understand labour issues as

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We’ve already used up the Earth’s supply of resources for this year

We’ve already used up the Earth’s supply of resources for this year

By Marc Montgomery | english@rcinet.ca You probably never noticed, but last week we used up all the resources that can be renewed annually by the Earth. That means we’re now spending more than we earn environmentally, so to speak. Last Saturday was Earth Overshoot Day, or as they put it on the website, it’s the date “when humanity’s

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The pandemic as a portal to food sovereignty

The pandemic as a portal to food sovereignty

The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the fragilities and inequities within the globalized industrial food system: ecosystem collapse through deforestation, loss of animal habitat, monocultural production, long supply chains dependent on fossil fuel based transportation, loss of access to land through trade agreements, lack of state support for small producers, forced migration and farm labour

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Here's why oil train derailments and pipeline spills keep happening

Here's why oil train derailments and pipeline spills keep happening

In the midst of global upheaval, recent oil spills in Canada have received little attention. These spills occurred as governments, both federal and provincial -- notably Alberta and Ontario (which later reversed the suspension) -- suspended environmental regulations for the oil and gas sector, mirroring suspensions in the U.S.  But the recent Saskatchewan train derailments and Trans Mountain pipeline spill point at how dangerous

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Evaluating low carbon technologies and best practices

Evaluating low carbon technologies and best practices

The project demonstrated the greenhouse gas and electricity use savings of a range of low carbon heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) technologies in the multi-unit residential building (MURB) sector. It involved a qualitative study identifying barriers presented to the use of these technologies as well as strategies for mitigating them. Performance monitoring of the technologies

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