Julie Gelfand, Canada’s commissioner of environment and sustainable development, who tabled five audit reports last week, gave a “failing grade” to 14 government departments, including Environment Canada and Finance Canada, for their work to assess and to prepare for the risks of climate change. Only five of the 19 departments she looked at had identified the risks of climate change, which she said was unacceptable. That means the government is not able to protect the more than $66-billion in federal government assets, including bridges, roads and airports, while also providing government services when there are fires, floods and extreme weather.
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