Extinction Rebellion Toronto will stage a die-in during Climate Strike Week at Kensington Market, and we invite the public to join us in our performance. Improv training will be provided.
Please join Oil Change International for a webinar presented by Alex Doukas to learn more about the current state of play on Canada's fossil fuel subsidies and to discuss ways to move the public discussion from "should we get rid of these subsidies?" to "how should we get rid of these subsidies?"
The International Institute for Sustainable Development's Global Subsidies Initiative may also present during part of the program; they have worked extensively on fossil fuel subsidies in Canada, and in collaboration with the Overseas Development Institute and Oil Change International, authored a country study on Canada's subsidies to fossil fuel producers last year.
Meeting ID: 394 972 936
There will be opportunities for questions and discussion throughout the agenda.
1:00 to 1:10 – Introductions
1:10 to 1:30 – State of play on Canada's fossil fuel subsidies
· How big are they, and what counts as a subsidy?
· Who provides them?
· Who benefits?
1:30 to 1:45 – Messaging on Canada's fossil fuel subsidies
· The "social math" of Canada's subsidies
· Busting common myths about Canada's fossil fuel subsidies
· Moving forward: phasing out Canada's fossil fuel subsidies
1:45 to 2:00 – Our plans on fossil fuel subsidies in Canada
· Priority targets: which subsidies are most problematic
· Opportunities: why does Canada's subsidies matter in context?
2:00 to 2:30 – Discussion: reactions and ideas
· Next steps
Leading up to last year's federal election, the Trudeau government campaigned on a promise to start phasing out some of the biggest fossil fuel subsidies. Unfortunately, they didn't deliver in their first budget, and actually increased fossil fuel subsidies. As discussions on pricing carbon heat up across Canada, it is an important time to raise the issue of fossil fuel subsidies – which act as a negative carbon price – to ensure that the hard work of pricing carbon isn't undermined by damaging subsidies that drive greenhouse gas emissions higher.