Wind power association pursues partnership with solar, other technologies | The president of the Canadian Wind Energy Association says the industry has proven that wind can compete on price with other sources of electrical pow

Wind power association pursues partnership with solar, other technologies

Wind power association pursues partnership with solar, other technologies

Wind power association pursues partnership with solar, other technologies

Wind power association pursues partnership with solar, other technologies

Wind power association pursues partnership with solar, other technologies

Wind power association pursues partnership with solar, other technologies
Wind power association pursues partnership with solar, other technologies
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CALGARY -- The president of the Canadian Wind Energy Association says the industry has proven that wind can compete on price with other sources of electrical power but now it must prove it can be just as reliable.

Addressing the opening session of the 35th CanWEA annual wind energy conference and exhibition in Calgary, Robert Hornung said that is why next year's conference will switch to a new format in which wind, solar, storage and other renewable technologies will get equal billing.

He says it's also why members of CanWEA and the Canadian Solar Industries Association will vote in late November on a motion to merge the two organizations, thus promoting the benefits of wind, which tends to generate most of its power at night, and solar, which works only during the day.

Electricity analyst Kathleen Spees, a principal with The Brattle Group, says the wind energy sector has had setbacks recently with the cancelling of programs designed to guarantee rates for renewable power projects by new governments in both Alberta and Ontario.

But she says she's optimistic about the medium- and long-term outlook for renewables because electrification in Canada is the only "known, feasible, cost-effective path" that will allow the country to meet its goal to drastically cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

She says that level of electrification will likely mean doubling the country's electrical capacity.

"The shape of the future will be anything but circular -- instead it will be triangular, with wind energy, solar energy and energy storage each making up one of the three sides," said Rochelle Pancoast, chair of the CanWEA board, in a speech.

"This reflects the fact that integrated, complementary and multi-technology approaches will drive the successful delivery of clean and reliable energy solutions going forward."

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 8, 2019.

Innu Nation challenges agreement between Ottawa, NunatuKavut Community Council

Innu Nation challenges agreement between Ottawa, NunatuKavut Community Council

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. -- The Innu Nation is taking legal action against a memorandum of understanding between Canada and the NunatuKavut Community Council, arguing it will harm the Nation's constitutional land rights in Labrador.

The agreement setting guidelines for self-determination talks between the two governments was signed on Sept. 5.

Formed as the Labrador Metis Association in the early 1980s, the NunatuKavut Community Council describes itself as representing approximately 6,000 Inuit people in southern and central Labrador.

In a statement issued Tuesday, the Innu Nation -- which represents approximately 2,200 Innu people, most of them in Labrador -- says it has applied to the Federal Court to cancel the memorandum of understanding.

The Innu Nation claims says the deal could affect or delay its own claim in Labrador, which has not been finalized.

It also argues the Council has claimed lands that overlap with the Innu land claim area, that Canada did not do its due diligence before signing the agreement and that NunatuKavut does not fit the criteria of a political organization "capable of holding Aboriginal rights" under the Constitution.

NunatuKavut Community Council President Todd Russell responded to the Innu claim in a statement Tuesday, condemning it as "inflammatory and misleading."

Russell said there's bound to be overlap between the two land claims, and that could be an opportunity for co-operation rather than division.

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Diab, who fought terrorism allegations, finally gets new citizenship certificate

Diab, who fought terrorism allegations, finally gets new citizenship certificate

OTTAWA - Sociology professor Hassan Diab has received a copy of his Canadian citizenship certificate a week after launching a court fight to get it.

The Lebanon-born academic had waited 15 months for a replacement copy with no explanation from the federal government, prompting him to head to Federal Court.

Diab's original certificate was seized when the RCMP arrested him in 2008 in response to a request from French authorities, who suspected his involvement in the 1980 bombing of a Paris synagogue.

Diab has always professed innocence, but he was extradited to France where he spent three years in jail.

In January last year, French judges dismissed the allegations against Diab and ordered his immediate release, but his citizenship certificate was not returned.

Ayesha Kumararatne, Diab's lawyer, says while she is pleased Ottawa did the right thing in issuing a new certificate, she is disappointed it took court action to get a response.

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