In the coming days, Canada will see heightened activity in the nation’s ongoing gender identity politics debate. The “1 Million March 4 Children” protest against how gender identity is taught in schools, is set to occur on Wednesday, with synchronized events in more than 50 cities countrywide. Two days later, separate Toronto rally will spotlight two figures prominent in the gender-critical movement: Chris Elston, colloquially known as “Billboard Chris” for his distinctive method of protesting against childhood medical transition, and Josh Alexander, a Renfrew, Ontario student who was expelled earlier this year after objecting in class to his school’s transgender washroom policy.
See the photos chosen by The Hill’s photo editor, Greg Nash, of some of the events that shaped and influenced politics in 2019.
A runner passes overfilled trash cans at the Washington Monument during the partial government shutdown on Jan. 2. (Greg Nash/The Hill)
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezBiden picks up endorsement from California Democrat Cárdenas Ocasio-Cortez: Trump ‘is afraid of strong women, of Latino women’ Sanders rolls out over 300 California endorsements MORE (D-N.Y.) greets Rep. Joseph Neguse’s (D-Colo.) daughter, Natalie, during the first day of the 116th session of Congress on Jan. 3. (Greg Nash/The Hill)
President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump lashes out at Pelosi on Christmas, decries ‘scam impeachment’ Christmas Day passes in North Korea with no sign of ‘gift’ to US Prosecutors: Avenatti was M in debt during Nike extortion MORE presents fast food to reporters and photographers that will be served to the Clemson Tigers in celebration of their national championship at the White House on Jan. 14. (Chris Kleponis/Pool/Getty Images)
Post-it notes of encouragement are seen on the placard outside Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-N.Y.) office on Jan. 17. (Greg Nash/The Hill)
Supporters of onetime Trump adviser Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneTrump says he hasn’t thought about pardoning Roger Stone The Hill’s 12:30 Report — Presented by UANI — House panel debates terms for impeachment vote Ex-Trump campaign official Gates sentenced to 45 days in jail MORE showed up on Jan. 29 at the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse in Washington, D.C., where Stone pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a ‘failure’ Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE‘s probe into Russia’s election interference. (Stefani Reynolds/The Hill)
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) speaks with reporters at a press conference at the governor’s mansion on Feb. 2 in Richmond as he denies allegations that he is pictured in a yearbook photo wearing racist attire. (Alex Edelman/Getty Images)
Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump lashes out at Pelosi on Christmas, decries ‘scam impeachment’ Trump’s tweets became more negative during impeachment, finds USA Today Karl Rove argues Clinton’s impeachment was ‘dignified’ MORE (D-Calif.) motions to her caucus as President Trump gives his State of the Union address on Feb. 5. (Stefani Reynolds/The Hill)
President Trump’s onetime lawyer Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenWill the Supreme Court protect the rule of law, or Donald Trump? Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen asks judge to reduce sentence Trump request for Ukrainian ‘favor’ tops notable quote list MORE tears up during closing statements before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Feb. 27. (Greg Nash/The Hill)
A protester dressed as a swamp creature is seen during the confirmation hearing of Interior secretary nominee David Bernhardt on March 28. (Greg Nash/The Hill)
Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsMcCarthy recommends Collins, Ratcliffe, Jordan to represent Trump in Senate impeachment trial House votes to impeach Trump ‘Irregardless’ trends on Twitter after Collins impeachment speech MORE (R-Ga.) holds up water bottles to counter House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerImpeachment’s historic moment boils down to ‘rooting for laundry’ Impeachment just confirms Trump’s leadership 2019 was a historic year for marijuana law reform — here’s why MORE‘s (D-N.Y.) point comparing former special counsel Robert Mueller’s report to Ken Starr’s report during a markup to issue subpoenas to five former Trump administration officials on April 3. (Greg Nash/The Hill)
Rep. Steve CohenStephen (Steve) Ira CohenGabbard under fire for ‘present’ vote on impeachment Gabbard votes ‘present’ on impeaching Trump Overnight Defense: Mattis downplays Afghanistan papers | ‘We probably weren’t that good at’ nation building | Judiciary panel approves two impeachment articles | Stage set for House vote next week MORE (D-Tenn.) eats chicken prior to a House Judiciary Committee hearing to discuss former special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on May 3. (Greg Nash/The Hill)
Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrMcCabe accuses Trump officials of withholding evidence in lawsuit over firing Trump says he hasn’t thought about pardoning Roger Stone Pornography consumption: The overlooked public health crisis MORE jokes with outgoing Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinRosenstein, Sessions discussed firing Comey in late 2016 or early 2017: FBI notes Justice Dept releases another round of summaries from Mueller probe Judge rules former WH counsel McGahn must testify under subpoena MORE during a farewell ceremony at the Department of Justice on May 9. (Greg Nash/The Hill)
Democratic presidential candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenLawyer for Giuliani associate to step down, citing client’s financial ‘hardship’ Buttigieg surrogate: Impeachment is ‘literally a Washington story’ Presidential candidates should talk about animals MORE throws his jacket to an aide before addressing supporters during his kickoff rally in Philadelphia on May 18. (Greg Nash/The Hill)
Retired NYPD detective Luis Alvarez gets a standing ovation as he testifies before the House Judiciary Committee, advocating for the reauthorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund on June 11. (Aaron Schwartz/The Hill)
Former White House communications director Hope HicksHope Charlotte Hicks2019 in Photos: 35 pictures in politics Justice Dept releases another round of summaries from Mueller probe Former White House official won’t testify, lawyer says MORE is seen during a break in questioning by the House Judiciary Committee on June 19. (Aaron Schwartz/The Hill)
A flyover is seen during the “Salute to America” celebration at the Lincoln Memorial on July 4. (Aaron Schwartz/The Hill)
A child’s drawing from an immigration detention center is seen during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on July 12 to discuss President Trump’s family separation policy and alleged mistreatment of children in custody. (Greg Nash/The Hill)
Reps. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibTlaib to Republicans: ‘Your boy called Ukraine and bribed them’ McCarthy says impeachment ‘has discredited the United States House of Representatives’ Hillicon Valley: House panel unveils draft of privacy bill | Senate committee approves bill to sanction Russia | Dems ask HUD to review use of facial recognition | Uber settles sexual harassment charges for .4M MORE (D-Mich.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyHillicon Valley: House panel unveils draft of privacy bill | Senate committee approves bill to sanction Russia | Dems ask HUD to review use of facial recognition | Uber settles sexual harassment charges for .4M Democratic lawmakers call for HUD review of facial recognition in federal housing Ilhan Omar responds to ‘Conservative Squad’: ‘Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery’ MORE (D-Mass.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOmar calls on US to investigate Turkey over possible war crimes in Syria Sanders surges ahead of Iowa caucuses Ilhan Omar responds to ‘Conservative Squad’: ‘Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery’ MORE (D-Minn.) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) hold a press conference on July 15 to condemn President Trump’s recent tweets. (Greg Nash/The Hill)
Former special counsel Robert Mueller is sworn in before testifying to the House Judiciary Committee about his report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election on July 24. (Greg Nash/The Hill)
President Trump arrives to make remarks in front of a doctored presidential seal projected at the conservative Turning Point USA’s Teen Student Action Summit in Washington, D.C., on July 25. (Chris Kleponis/Pool/UPI Photo)
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersButtigieg surrogate: Impeachment is ‘literally a Washington story’ Michael Moore: Sanders can beat Trump in 2020 Buttigieg campaign introduces contest for lowest donation MORE (I-Vt.) and his wife, Jane O’Meara Sanders, are surrounded by staff, security and journalists as they walk along the midway at the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 11 in Des Moines. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren in Christmas tweet slams CBP for treatment of detainees Buttigieg surrogate: Impeachment is ‘literally a Washington story’ Buttigieg campaign introduces contest for lowest donation MORE (D-Mass.) speaks to supporters at a house party in Hampton Falls, N.H., on Sept. 2. (Greg Nash/The Hill)
House Democrats talk to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) on Sept. 11 after a moment of silence for victims of the 2001 attacks. (Greg Nash/The Hill)
Climate activist Greta Thunberg participates in a youth climate protest on the Ellipse of the White House on Friday, Sept. 13. (Aaron Schwartz/The Hill)
Rep. Ted LieuTed W. Lieu2019 in Photos: 35 pictures in politics Democratic senators tweet photos of pile of House-passed bills ‘dead on Mitch McConnell’s desk’ Overnight Defense: Mattis downplays Afghanistan papers | ‘We probably weren’t that good at’ nation building | Judiciary panel approves two impeachment articles | Stage set for House vote next week MORE (D-Calif.) pauses his social media filming as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyMcConnell flexes reelection muscle with B gift for Kentucky McCarthy recommends Collins, Ratcliffe, Jordan to represent Trump in Senate impeachment trial Sunday shows preview: 2020 race heats up as impeachment moves to Senate MORE (R-Calif.) and Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseA solemn impeachment day on Capitol Hill House votes to impeach Trump Overnight Defense: House poised for historic vote to impeach Trump | Fifth official leaves Pentagon in a week | Otto Warmbier’s parents praise North Korea sanctions bill MORE (R-La.) walk past to make a statement about the impeachment inquiry on Sept. 24. (Greg Nash/The Hill)
President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky are seen during a photo-op in New York City at the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 25. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) high-fives entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangButtigieg campaign introduces contest for lowest donation Yang asks ‘Where’s Tulsi?’ after video of Democratic candidates leaves her out Democratic strategist: Impeachment is ‘moral obligation’ MORE during the CNN/New York Times Democratic presidential debate at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, on Oct. 15. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
Rep. Alex MooneyAlexander (Alex) Xavier Mooney2019 in Photos: 35 pictures in politics Ocasio-Cortez calls out GOP lawmakers asking to be arrested, citing privilege Ocasio-Cortez, Mooney spar on Twitter over closed-door impeachment hearings MORE (R-W.Va.) walks into a sensitive compartmented information facility, where Republicans were holding a protest during a closed-door impeachment inquiry hearing, with his phone on Oct. 23. (Greg Nash/The Hill)
Maya Rockeymoore Cummings pauses during a ceremony in Statuary Hall for her late husband, Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsOvernight Defense: House poised for historic vote to impeach Trump | Fifth official leaves Pentagon in a week | Otto Warmbier’s parents praise North Korea sanctions bill Pelosi opens impeachment debate: ‘Today we are here to defend the Democracy for the people’ Pelosi announces Porter, Haaland will sit on Oversight panel MORE (D-Md.), before he lies in state outside the House Chamber on Oct. 24. (Greg Nash/The Hill)
President Trump reacts to Washington Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat as he welcomes the 2019 World Series champions to the White House on Nov. 4. (Kevin Dietsch/UPI Photo)
U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon SondlandGordon SondlandSchumer demands sensitive documents for impeachment trial Republicans eschew any credible case against impeachment Conservative group hits White House with billboard ads: ‘What is Trump hiding?’ MORE arrives to give testimony before the House Intelligence Committee during an impeachment inquiry hearing on Nov. 20. (Greg Nash/The Hill)
President Trump holds his notes while speaking to the media before departing from the White House on Nov. 20.
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Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) lashes out at a reporter after he questioned whether she hated President Trump at the conclusion of her weekly press conference on Dec. 5. (Greg Nash/The Hill)
A Republican aide for the House Judiciary Committee puts a sign up before a markup of H.R. 755, articles of impeachment against President Trump, on Dec. 12. (Greg Nash/The Hill)
The House votes on the second article of impeachment against President Trump on Dec. 18. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post/Pool)
Julia Malott: Nope, parents are not ‘fascists’ for being skeptical of gender politics
As parents’ voices grow louder, there’s a perception in the progressive left that all of these emerging movements are rooted and inspired by “far-right” extremism. Many in leftist circles suggest that parental rights advocacy is a dog-whistle: a veiled attempt to advance anti-transgender policies. A recently leaked video from an Ontario Federation of Labour meeting offers a glimpse into how some of the province’s most influential union members perceive these protests. As one member notably stated during the meeting: “The fascists are organizing in the streets … . This is far more than a far-right transphobic protest. They’re fundamentally racist, they’re fundamentally anti-union, they are fundamentally transphobic, and it’s just a matter of time before they come for us.”
It’s a grave mistake to deride the parental collective pushing back against the status-quo as fascist sympathizers motivated by transgender hate. A glance past such alarmist rhetoric reveals that — while a fringe group of hate has always existed — the concerns many parents are championing are much more moderate than a “far-right” moniker suggests.
For many parents, the core issue at hand is preserving their agency and autonomy over the ideological content of their children’s education. They want transparency about what is being taught, the option to excuse their child from content they believe doesn’t align with their values, and the discretion to determine age-appropriateness for activities, such as certain reading material or events like drag queen performances at schools. Perhaps least surprisingly, parents want to be involved in the key decisions of their own child undergoing a social transition in the classroom.
The matter of social transition behind parents’ backs in particular is so condemning of their role in upbringing that it has thrust the entire gamut of gender identity matters into the national spotlight, revealing just how out of balance transgender accommodation has become. The manner in which the left has responded — by doubling down in their rhetoric and deriding parents as militant zealots, has played powerfully into the rapid growth of this grassroots movement.
Many parents, even amid those who will stand in protest, have little desire to limit other families’ decisions regarding gender teachings and expression for their children. They realize that their objective of ensuring their own parental autonomy is intertwined with safeguarding those same freedoms for other families as well.
So where do we go from here? What might a balanced approach to parental rights look like within the nuanced landscape of gender identity politics? Fortunately, we need not start from scratch; history offers us a model for the coexistence of diverse ideologies within our educational institutions. Look no further than religion.
Amid religious diversity, we teach acceptance. Students are taught to make space for varied faith expression among their peers, whether through clothing or other customs, and with a strong desire to maintain neutral, religious symbols are not adorned by the institution. The lesson for students is to embrace and include, even where personal beliefs diverge; Meanwhile, the guiding principle for the institution is to avoid actions that display favouritism toward any specific religious doctrine.
Such a solution could address a significant portion of the concerns fuelling the rising parental unrest. Moderate parents would applaud such an education system, and this would still be inclusive of transgender students. But in order for this to be realized, the two factions moving ever further apart will first need to come to the table and talk. Given the recent rhetoric from progressive quarters, the prospect of this dialogue anytime soon appears distant.
Ex-diplomat says Poland asked him to keep tabs on Alberta politician
A month after Global Affairs Canada told CBC News it was looking into claims that the Polish government asked one of its diplomats in Canada to gather information on a former Alberta cabinet minister, the dismissed consul general at the centre of the affair says he still hasn’t heard from the department on the matter.
Andrzej Mańkowski told CBC News the only official he has heard from is a B.C. bureaucrat who asked him to return his diplomatic licence plates and identification.
“[Officials with Global Affairs] haven’t tried talking to me,” he said.
Mańkowski showed CBC News a copy of a letter dated Aug. 31 he received from B.C.’s Chief of Protocol for Intergovernmental Relations Lucy Lobmeier asking him to turn in his identity card and to return his diplomatic plates “within 30 days of this letter.” She also thanked him for his service.
Mańkowski alleges he was dismissed from his post in late July after he refused to carry out orders from the Polish government to gather information about Thomas Lukaszuk, a former deputy premier of Alberta who often provides commentary to CBC News about the province’s politics.
“It’s clear that Polish diplomacy during Communist times, the main responsibility was to collect information, to gather information on some Polish representatives abroad,” Mańkowski said, adding he felt as if the request was a throwback to that time.
“The analogy’s extremely evident.”
Last month, Global Affairs Canada said it was taking the allegations seriously.
Spying allegations ‘out of this world’: ambassador
In August, Lukaszuk said he believed he had been targeted by Poland’s department of foreign affairs over his activism against a controversial Polish pastor, Father Tadeusz Rydzyk, who has private radio and television stations in Poland.
Rydzyk, who has ties to the Polish government, has been criticized for delivering sermons featuring homophobic and anti-Semitic views and for preaching against the European Union.
Lukaszuk also shared what he said were encrypted messages Polish government officials sent to Mańkowski asking him over the course of a year to prepare notes on the former Alberta politician.
CBC News has not independently verified these messages were official government communications. Mańkowski did not dispute their veracity in his interview.
“Asking for my opinion about Lukaszuk was just a kind of trap, was just a political test of my loyalty,” he said.
Poland’s Ambassador to Canada Witold Dzielski called the allegation “totally absurd.”
“The idea of Polish diplomacy spying on a former provincial politician … it’s really out of this world,” Dzielski said.
He said he has never met Lukaszuk and did not know of his previous career in politics before Lukaszuk emailed him about an unrelated consular matter long before the reports about Mańkowski came out.
Dzielski said that if the notes cited by Lukaszuk are real, they were leaked illegally because they would constitute private diplomatic communications.
The affair has captured attention in Polish media, where the story first broke.
In July, Polish opposition politicians cited the messages released by Lukaszuk when they asked Piotr Wawrzyk, a secretary of state in the government’s foreign affairs department, whether Mańkowski was dismissed because he refused to spy on Lukaszuk.
In reply, Wawrzyk said the government could recall a diplomat who refused to carry out an assignment.
Wawrzyk, who was also a deputy foreign minister, has since been fired himself over an unrelated matter both local media outlets and Reuters have linked to a clandestine scheme awarding migrants visas in exchange for cash.
On Saturday, The Associated Press noted he had been hospitalized following an apparent sucide attempt.
“The minister, Wawrzyk, was laid off because of a totally different subject,” Dzielski said.
He pointed out that those documents were cited by opposition politicians in the context of a heated election campaign.
Dzielski� also said it’s normal for diplomats to be asked to gather information on notable members of diaspora communities.
‘A very marginal conversation’
“We are working very closely with them,” he said. “It is obvious and natural, and it is an element of diplomatic workshops, that we provide and we build ourselves opinions about the quality of cooperation with particular actors.”
He said Global Affairs has spoken to him about the allegations. “We had a very marginal conversation on this which reflects the level of seriousness of this topic,” he said.
A NATO member, Poland has worked closely with Canada to help out its neighbour Ukraine ever since Russia launched its full-scale invasion last year.
Asked for comment, Global Affairs said in a media statement it “continues to work closely with security and intelligence community partners to assess the situation and identify next steps as appropriate.”
The department said last month it had contacted Lukaszuk and that it took the responsibility of protecting Canadians from “transnational repression” very seriously.
Put politics aside to solve housing crisis, or your kids might never own a home: Raitt
The Current20:05Putting politics aside to tackle the housing crisis
Political leaders of all stripes must find a way to work together to solve the housing and climate crises impacting Canadians, says former Conservative MP Lisa Raitt.
“Toronto is the best example. NDP mayor, provincial premier who’s Conservative, federal Liberal who’s the prime minister,” said Raitt, co-lead of the new non-governmental Task Force for Housing and Climate, which launched Tuesday.
“And if they don’t figure this out, one voter is going to punish them all.”
The new task force is concerned with accelerating the construction of new homes, while ensuring that’s done in a sustainable way. In a press release, the group of former city mayors, planners, developers, economists and affordable housing advocates said it intends to convene until April 2024 to develop policy recommendations. The work is supported by the Clean Economy Fund, a charitable foundation.
Raitt held several senior cabinet posts under former prime minister Stephen Harper. But as co-lead of the task force, Raitt said she won’t engage in the political partisanship that she thinks “poisons the well” around these issues.
“Part of the reason why we’re coming together as the task force is to have a real pragmatic and practical conversation about these issues instead of weaponizing it into a political arena, and finger pointing back and forth,” she told The Current’s Matt Galloway.
Canada needs to build an extra 3.5 million new units by the end of the decade, over and above what’s already in the works, according to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. A report this week showed rental costs have increased 9.6 per cent from Aug. 2022 to 2023, to an average now of $2,117 a month.
This week, the federal government announced it would cut the federal goods and services tax (GST) from the construction of new rental apartments, in an effort to spur new development. The Liberal government also pledged $74 million to build thousands of homes in London, Ont., — the first in what it hopes will be a series of agreements to accelerate housing construction.
Speaking in London on Wednesday, Housing Minister Sean Fraser called on municipalities to “legalize housing,” urging them to remove “sluggish permit-approval processes” and zoning obstacles if they expect federal investment in housing construction.
Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre criticized the government’s plans as not going far enough, while pointing out it echoes some of his party’s proposals. He’s proposed measures that tie federal funding to the number of housing starts. Funding would be withheld from cities that fail to increase the number of homes built by 15 per cent, while cities that pass that threshold would receive bonuses.
Poilievre’s proposals also include a “NIMBY” fine on municipalities that block construction because of opposition from local residents, and the sale of 15 per cent of federally owned buildings so the land can be used to build affordable homes.
Don Iveson, former mayor of Edmonton and co-lead of the task force, said he understands why partisan politics can creep into the debate — but Canadians expect more.
He said the task force intends “to help all orders of government” understand what’s needed to tackle these problems from an economic, technical and planning perspective.
“We’re not going to be able to solve the housing crisis [by] building housing the way we built it for the last several generations,” said said Iveson, who was mayor of Edmonton from 2013 to 2021.
Your kids need a place to live: Raitt
Iveson said the challenge of scaling up housing construction will require some new ways of thinking.
That might mean a greater emphasis on automation and building houses from components prefabricated off-site, which he described as “essentially a more factory approach” that could also reduce construction costs.
Raitt said the task force will examine where houses are built, and in what kind of density, to ensure scaling up can “get the most bang for the buck.”
That might mean Canadians might need to have difficult conversations, including whether to build multi-storey buildings instead of single-family homes.
Raitt said older Canadians who already own their own homes might not like the idea of taller buildings going up around them, but they should speak to their kids about it.
“They don’t care if it’s going to be four, six storeys in a residential neighbourhood. They just want a place that they know that they can purchase,” she said.
“Talk about whether or not our kids are going to have a place to live, let alone rent, let alone own, let alone a house in the communities where they were brought up, because right now it’s not looking so good.”
Counting the cost of climate change
When it comes to climate change and sustainability, the task force’s goals come down to a “very simple equation,” Raitt said.
“Whatever we’re building now is going to be here in 2050. So if it’s going to be part of the calculation of our net-zero aspirations, whatever they’re going to be,” she said.
She said the task force will work to formulate ways to build housing that take emissions into account, but don’t include prohibitive costs that slow down the rate of construction.
“It’s going to be a little bit more costly to build with climate indications built in … but you’ve got to make sure that there’s policies surrounding that to make sure it still makes it affordable,” she said.
Iveson said wildfires, floods, heat domes and extreme weather events are already disrupting the economy, as well as posing huge financial burdens for the Canadians caught up in them.
“Climate change is already costing us a fortune,” he told Galloway.
Building without those climate considerations “maybe seems affordable in the short term, but it’s false economy when it comes to the real costs ahead of us,” he said.
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