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Dearest reader,

We want you to be one of the first to know about some exciting changes coming up at DeSmog Canada.

As one of our regular readers, you are a crucial part of our success. Thanks to you, we’ve become more than we ever could have imagined when we launched our website five years ago.

Back in 2013, we started out with just one full-time reporter/editor. Never did we imagine that we’d become one of the most-read independent news websites in Canada.

If you’d told us back then that we’d make a video that would be viewed by nearly two million people, we probably wouldn’t have believed you. If you’d have told us then that our in-depth journalism would be cited in the New York Times, we’d have choked on our tea. And if you’d have told us then that hundreds of Canadians would donate each month to support our journalism, we’d have blushed and accused you of wishful thinking.

You, our readers, have expanded our horizons of what is possible. And for that, we are grateful beyond words.

It’s clear that now more than ever, Canadians are hungry for journalism that looks beneath the surface.

Eight months ago, we asked our readers to weigh in on our future through a survey. We heard resoundingly that you wanted us to grow and to reach more Canadians. Many of you expressed concern about how well our current name represents what we do.

We moved forward swiftly with this knowledge and started the hunt for a new name. We knew we needed something evocative, something iconically Canadian and something that taps into Canadians’ shared love of nature and the outdoors.

We are so happy to announce that we have found a new name that delivers on all of these fronts. We’ll be introducing it to the world in the coming days, alongside a brand-new website that will drastically improve the reader experience.

We are so thankful to you for being on this journey with us and we can’t wait to serve even more Canadians.

Stay tuned over the next week for the new name and website. In the meantime, here is some of our coverage from this week.

Sincerely,

Emma Gilchrist and Carol Linnitt, on behalf of the DeSmog Canada team

We Spoke to Consultants Forced to Alter Their Work to Benefit Industry on How to Fix Canada’s Broken Environmental Laws

By Jimmy Thomson

Strict rules for scientific integrity could provide a backstop for professionals who are being pressured to alter their recommendations to benefit a project.

That could be about to change, as the federal government introduces a new Impact Assessment Act to replace Canada’s controversial and much-maligned Environmental Assessment Act.

A large majority of Canadians want the new Act to include stricter rules around the inclusion of science, according to a new study released Monday in the journal Facets. Read more.

‘It’s Very Misleading’: Energy Experts Critique Canada’s Rosy Carbon Pricing Report

By James Wilt

Earlier this week, the federal government published a bombshell report on carbon pricing, predicting that a nationwide price of $50 per tonne by 2022 will cut emissions by 80 to 90 million tonnes of carbon pollution.

That’s equivalent to shutting down up to 23 coal-fired power plants or taking as many as 26 million cars off the road. In other words, a pretty big deal for the climate.

The stunning news spread quickly in online circles, shared by renown energy economists, clean energy experts and pollsters. Read more. Surprise! New name, new look, but same newsletter signup link! Copyright © DeSmog Canada, All rights reserved.
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