YorkU's EUC and SEI present 'Corporate Rules and Big Energy'

On May 11, 2022, York University's Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change and the Sustainable Energy Initiative presented 'Corporate Rules and Big Energy', a launch event for EUC Adjunct Professor Bruce Campbell’s new book 'Corporate Rules: The Real World of Business Regulation in Canada' (James Lorimer & Co 2022).

The panel of contributing authors discussed environmental, health and safety regulation of Big Energy in Canada, looking at the cases of federal Climate Change and Energy Policy, the Alberta Oil Industry and the Tar Sands, and Nuclear Energy. SEI Co-Chair and contributing author (Institutionalizing Regulatory Capture as Regulatory Practice) Professor Mark Winfield moderated.

Nuclear Energy Panel Discussion

With the climate crisis as pressing and prevalent as it is today, the debate on nuclear energy finds itself in the spotlight more so than ever before. With the recent COP26 calling for the accelerated phase-out of coal and reaching net zero by the middle of the century, many question whether this would be achievable without nuclear power. In fact, nuclear and wind provided 76% of the energy in Glasgow during the conference. And yet, there are still many who are opposed to nuclear power, let alone the emphasis on nuclear in a bid to replace fossil fuels. Those in opposition, many of whom can attest to lived experiences, reference threats to people, the environment, and the overall safety of the use of nuclear energy.

Can Ontario ditch natural gas to generate electricity? No, says IESO, but it's complicated

Markham interviews Prof. Mark Winfield, professor of environmental studies, York University, about the new study from Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator, “Decarbonization and Ontario’s Electricity System Assessing the impacts of phasing out natural gas generation by 2030.”

Liberals made big climate promises during the election campaign, but can they deliver?

Markham interviews Prof. Mark Winfield, York University, about his oped, "Canada’s federal election made big strides for climate and the environment."

Huge increase forecast to Ontario GHGs from power generation

Markham interviews Prof. Winfield of York University.

Ontario launches review of gas-fired power as nuclear plants prepare to go offline

Markham interviews Prof. Mark Winfield of York University about the Ontario independent system operator's recently announced review of the role of natural gas plants in the provincial electricity system.

Ford government inexplicably repealing Ontario policy prioritizing renewable energy

Markham Hislop interviews Dr. Mark Winfield of York University about the April 15 notice on the Environmental Registry of Ontario describing the modification of three provincial acts promoting renewable energy development.

Why do Ontario cities (including Toronto) want to stop using natural gas for generating electricity?
March 16, 2021

Journalist Markham Hislop interviews leading energy experts from around the world about the energy transition and climate change.

Markham interviews Prof. Mark Winfield, an expert in sustainable energy and environmental policy, about last week's motion from Toronto City Council to call for the end to using natural gas, which makes up only 3% of Ontario power generation.