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It’s not too late to make Canada a world biodiversity champion with conservation finance

By Diane-Laure Arjaliès      

Through the design of innovative financial instruments blending public and private actors, natural habitats can be funded in a way that accommodates both the ecological and economic needs of a specific region.

If Canada chose to invest today in nature-based climate solutions, such as restoring wetlands or building ecosystem corridors, the country could become one of the most resilient economies and societies on the planet when the biodiversity crisis hits in the next decade, writes Diane-Laure Arjaliès. Photograph courtesy of Pexels

If you believe COVID-19 was a costly calamity and climate change a global disaster, just wait for the biodiversity crisis set to be in full motion 10 to 15 years from now. We are actually entering the sixth period of mass extinction since the Earth was formed. Between 1970 and 2016, more than 68 per cent of the mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and fish on earth disappeared and more than 85 per cent of wetlands were lost. More than 10,000 species become extinct each year, a rate that is estimated to be between 1,000 and 10,000 times higher than the natural extinction rate. The biodiversity loss puts the survival of the planet and its inhabitants at risk. Healthy ecosystems are more likely to survive disasters, and greater species diversity tends to ensure sustainability for all life forms—humans and animals alike.

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NDP caucus retreat brings renewed focus on health care and cost-of-living concerns ahead of House return

News|By Matthew Horwood 3:59 PM ET
NDP MPs say last week's retreat was a chance to speak about issues impacting Canadians the most and to 'amplify' their voices when the House of Commons sits again.

Liberal leadership speculation a distraction, Trudeau should shut it down firmly, say Liberal MPs, political insiders, and pollsters

News|By Abbas Rana
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House sitting ‘make or break’ for O’Toole’s leadership, say Conservatives

News|By Abbas Rana
Conservative caucus members opposed to leader Erin O’Toole have to decide if their political enemy is Prime Minister Justin Trudeau or O’Toole, says pollster Nik Nanos.

‘I can feel the level of anxiety in people’s voices’: Zoom fatigue, stressed-out constituents and threats, the lives of parliamentarians through the pandemic

MPs say they've experienced rising threats to their personal safety and increased difficulty connecting with their constituents during the pandemic.

Supply chain crisis and federal budget occupy agriculture sector in busy December

Three of the top six most active advocacy groups in December represented the agricultural sector.

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News|By Abbas Rana
In a regional caucus meeting Thursday evening, Saskatchewan MPs voted overwhelmingly in support of Senator Denise Batters' staying in the Saskatchewan caucus.

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Alexa McDonough and the cost of blazing trails

Feature|By Chelsea Nash
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Ottawa on the hook for $4-billion tied to abandoned mines’ cleanup in the North

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