In last week’s report I referenced the closure of the Kelowna International Airport (YLW) to international flights and asked:
“Do you support the Kelowna Airport being re-opened to International flights as have been many other airports in Canada?"
I would like to thank all of those who took the time to respond and can state the responses were both overwhelming and almost unanimous in support of international flights returning to YLW.
Fortunately, we had some excellent news this week as Transport Canada announced eight more Canadian airports, including YLW, will, as of Nov. 30, again be open to international arrivals and departures.
The list also includes airports in St. John’s, Hamilton, Waterloo, Regina, Saskatoon, Abbotsford and Victoria.
I would like to sincerely thank all of those who worked in support of this announcement.
On the topic of international travel, currently more than 39,000 delegates are registered to attend the ongoing 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, making it the largest attended COP climate conference in history.
Blacklock’s, a journalism organization out of Ottawa, reports the official Canadian delegation at the COP26 conference is 277 delegates, 30 Environment Canada staff, 17 press aides, a videographer and a speechwriter for the prime minister and four CBC reporters.
In the interests of full disclosure, members of the Opposition are also at the conference.I am attending on behalf of the official Opposition as the environment and climate critic. The leader of the NDP, Jagmeet Singh, Bloc Quebecois MP Kristina Michaud and Green Party MP's Elizabeth May and Mike Morrice are also here.
Several government ministers, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, are also attending this conference and the prime minister has made several announcements of behalf of Canada.
One of the more noteworthy announcements was a promise that Canada will impose a hard cap on emissions from the oil and gas sector. At the moment, the exact details of the announcement are unknown, however, the goal is to get emissions to net zero by 2050 within this Canadian industry.
One of the challenges is that other countries that produce oil and gas are not following Canada in setting emissions caps, nor are they setting a “price on pollution” when it comes to oil and gas. A further complication is that different regions of Canada use oil and gas imported from those countries, such as Saudi Arabia and the United States.
That leads to my question for this week:
How do you think the government should deal with oil and gas imports from other countries that are not subject to these same types of policies?
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