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How can we tackle polarization over energy and environmental issues in Canada? Discussions with energy leaders, academic researchers and senior decision-makers from industry, government, Indigenous communities, local communities and environmental organizations.

Host: Ian T.D. Thomson
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Polling Canada: Stephen Bird and Erick Lachapelle on Polarization over Energy and Environment in Canada (Part 2)

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The Australian Energy and Climate Experience: A Discussion with Andrew Pickford
Positive Energy research affiliate Andrew Pickford joins Ian T.D. Thomson to discuss Australian experiences of energy issues, federalism and policy debates. He examines similarities and differences between Australia and Canada and how these qualities influence our respective debates, particularly as they relate to the outlook for liquified natural gas. Andrew Pickford is a Strategic Analyst working between Australia and North America in the areas of strategy, economic analysis and energy with a range of private and public organizations. He is a Senior Fellow at both the International Strategic Studies Association and the University of Alberta's China Institute, and an Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia, where he is completing his Ph.D. For more information about Positive Energy, please visit our website.
40:01
May 13, 2020
What is "Transition"? Dr. Marisa Beck on the Two Realities of Energy and Environmental Leaders
Ian T. D. Thomson talks with Dr. Marisa Beck, Research Director at the University of Ottawa's Institute for Science, Society and Policy and Positive Energy. The discussion spotlights her latest report for Positive Energy, “What is ‘Transition’? The Two Realities of Energy and Environmental Leaders in Canada”. The paper examines how energy and environmental leaders use and interpret the term “transition”, and observes that differences in their views over how to address climate change constitute two separate “realities”. For more information on the report, please visit the Positive Energy website.
30:10
April 22, 2020
Polling Canada: Stephen Bird and Erick Lachapelle on Polarization over Energy and Environment in Canada (Part 2)
Ian T. D. Thomson talks with Positive Energy Faculty Affiliates Professor Stephen Bird of Clarkson University and Professor Erick Lachapelle of the Université de Montréal. Their latest survey report, co-authored with Dr. Monica Gattinger, examines the extent of polarization over energy and environmental issues in Canada. This includes distinguishing between polarized and fragmented opinion on key topics like the national carbon tax, pipelines and energy transition. The survey assesses attitudes towards energy and environment across several demographic groupings, including political affiliation, region and age. For more information on Positive Energy's public opinion survey research, please visit the Positive Energy website.
27:38
March 3, 2020
Polling Canada: Stephen Bird and Erick Lachapelle on Polarization over Energy and Environment in Canada (Part 1)
Ian T. D. Thomson talks with Positive Energy Faculty Affiliates Professor Stephen Bird of Clarkson University and Professor Erick Lachapelle of the Université de Montréal. Their latest survey report, co-authored with Dr. Monica Gattinger, examines the extent of polarization over energy and environmental issues in Canada. This includes distinguishing between polarized and fragmented opinion on key topics like the national carbon tax, pipelines and energy transition. The survey assesses attitudes towards energy and environment across several demographic groupings, including political affiliation, region and age. For more information on Positive Energy's public opinion survey research, please visit the Positive Energy website.
21:58
March 2, 2020
Addressing Polarization over Energy and Climate: Duane Bratt on Alberta's Climate Leadership Plan (Part 2)
Ian T. D. Thomson continues his interview with Positive Energy Research Team member Duane Bratt, Professor and Chair of the Department of Economics, Justice, and Policy Studies at Mount Royal University. Dr. Bratt discusses the legacy of Alberta's Climate Leadership Plan (CLP), including its ongoing influence on federal climate policies. Positive Energy will publish Dr. Bratt’s case study in the coming weeks as part of its ‘What Works’ case study series exploring various efforts to address polarization over energy and climate.
23:30
February 11, 2020
Addressing Polarization over Energy and Climate: Duane Bratt on Alberta's Climate Leadership Plan (Part 1)
Ian T. D. Thomson interviews Positive Energy Research Team member Duane Bratt, Professor and Chair of the Department of Economics, Justice, and Policy Studies at Mount Royal University. Dr. Bratt discusses the history of the Alberta Climate Leadership Plan (CLP): an ambitious policy program developed by the previous NDP government to address climate change in the oil and gas-rich province. Positive Energy will publish Dr. Bratt’s case study in the coming weeks as part of its ‘What Works’ case study series exploring various efforts to address polarization over energy and climate.
27:53
February 10, 2020
Polling Canada: Nik Nanos talks Public and Expert Opinion on Energy and Climate
Ian T. D. Thomson interviews Nik Nanos, Chair and CEO of Nanos Research and Chair of Positive Energy's Advisory Council. Mr. Nanos discusses two opinion surveys developed by Nanos Research in collaboration with Positive Energy. One survey examines Canadian public opinion on climate and energy issues; the other explores expert opinion on the topics.
42:02
January 23, 2020
Go Big or Go Home: The Future of Canadian Energy—with Monica Gattinger, Mike Cleland, Chris Henderson, Shannon Joseph, Tonja Leach and Shawn McCarthy.
Earlier this month, Positive Energy hosted a debate to examine and address polarization in Canadian politics, in particular its effects on energy decision-making. The question: Can Canada better meet its future energy, environmental, social and economic needs with large projects and system-wide approaches, or local projects and community approaches? The debate featured four experts with diverse and extensive experience on energy issues across Canada. Arguing for large projects and system-wide approaches were Mike Cleland, Senior Fellow with Positive Energy, and Shannon Joseph, Vice President of Government Relations for the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. Arguing for local projects and community approaches were Chris Henderson, President of Lumos Energy, and Tonja Leach, Executive Director of Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow (QUEST). The debate was moderated by Shawn McCarthy, a journalist and Senior Counsel at Sussex Strategies. For more information on the December debate, please visit the Positive Energy website.
1:25:27
December 13, 2019
Polling Canada: Nik Nanos Presents Canadians’ Opinions on Energy and Environment
Today on the program, Nik Nanos’ keynote address from Positive Energy’s October 7th Conference is highlighted. Entitled “DIVIDED? Polarization and Canada’s Energy Future in an Age of Climate Change”, The conference convened senior leaders from business, government, Indigenous communities, civil society and the academy to examine and address polarization in Canadian politics, in particular its effects on energy decision-making. Nik Nanos is the Chair and CEO of Nanos Research as well as Chair of the University of Ottawa’s Positive Energy Initiative. In his keynote, Mr. Nanos highlighted new survey research. This survey work - now available on Positive Energy’s website - examined public opinion as well as energy expert opinion on Canada’s energy and climate policies. Video recordings of the keynote and of the other discussions from the conference, are available on ISSP UOttawa’s YouTube Channel.
42:33
December 3, 2019
What's in a word? Michael Cleland on Canada's energy vocabulary
Ian T. D. Thomson talks with Michael Cleland, Senior Fellow, Positive Energy, uOttawa, about his latest article for Energy Regulation Quarterly. Mr. Cleland discusses Canada’s climate change history, the importance of vocabulary used in Canada’s energy debate, and the evolving role of institutions in climate and energy policy.  Read Mr. Cleland's piece, co-authored with Positive Energy Chair Monica Gattinger
30:58
October 31, 2019
Monica Gattinger on polarization in an age of climate change
Welcome to the new Positive Energy podcast.  In our debut episode, Ian T.D. Thomson talks with Professor Monica Gattinger, Chair of Positive Energy and Director of the Institute for Science, Society and Policy, University of Ottawa, about why Canada’s dialogue around energy and climate issues has become polarized—and what we can do about it. For more on Positive Energy's new report,  Canada’s Energy Future in an Age of Climate Change,  please visit the Positive Energy website.
34:55
September 24, 2019