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Positive Energy

18 EpisodesProduced by ISSP uOttawaWebsite

How can we tackle polarization over energy and environmental issues in Canada? Discussions with energy leaders, academic researchers and senior decision-makers from industry, government, Indigenous communities, local communities and environmental organizations.Host: Brendan Frank

18 Episodes | 2019 - 2021

Mike Cleland and Monica Gattinger on Regulatory Design

November 10th, 2021

20:10

The concepts of regulatory independence and effectiveness are under tremendous pressure. In recent decades, energy-decision makers have had to …

Andrew Pickford on Final Investment Decisions

October 6th, 2021

18:46

Over the last forty years, proposals for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) projects have appeared around the globe, with mixed success. Most never obtain adequate funding or permits, but some proceed to a final investment …

Ian T.D. Thomson on Regulatory Independence

September 1st, 2021

17:04

Energy regulators have been vital to public policy for over a century, both as hubs of technical expertise and as deliberative bodies capable …

Patricia Larkin on Regulatory Innovation

July 22nd, 2021

19:14

Canada’s energy regulators are operating in increasingly dynamic contexts that do not lend themselves to a stable and predictable regulatory …

Polling Canada: Nik Nanos on climate action and public confidence

April 16th, 2021

14:28

How has COVID-19 affected Canadians' attitudes towards climate action? The sense of urgency appears to be trending up. Nik Nanos returns to the …

Duane Bratt on the past, present and future of energy federalism

March 15th, 2021

19:13

Energy and environmental policy cover both provincial and federal jurisdiction, which makes it fertile ground for conflict. In particular, the onset …

Monica Gattinger on the roles and responsibilities of energy decision-makers

February 8th, 2021

15:49

What are the respective roles and responsibilities between policymakers, regulators, the courts, municipalities and Indigenous governments when it …

The Australian Energy and Climate Experience: A Discussion with Andrew Pickford

May 13th, 2020

40:01

Positive Energy research affiliate Andrew Pickford joins Ian T.D. Thomson to discuss Australian experiences of energy issues, federalism and policy …

What is "Transition"? Dr. Marisa Beck on the Two Realities of Energy and Environmental Leaders

April 22nd, 2020

30:10

Ian T. D. Thomson talks with Dr. Marisa Beck, Research Director at the University of Ottawa's Institute for Science, Society and Policy and Positive …

Polling Canada: Stephen Bird and Erick Lachapelle on Polarization over Energy and Environment in Canada (Part 2)

March 3rd, 2020

27:38

Ian T. D. Thomson talks with Positive Energy Faculty Affiliates Professor Stephen Bird of Clarkson University and Professor Erick Lachapelle of the …

Polling Canada: Stephen Bird and Erick Lachapelle on Polarization over Energy and Environment in Canada (Part 1)

March 2nd, 2020

21:58

Ian T. D. Thomson talks with Positive Energy Faculty Affiliates Professor Stephen Bird of Clarkson University and Professor Erick Lachapelle of the …

Addressing Polarization over Energy and Climate: Duane Bratt on Alberta's Climate Leadership Plan (Part 2)

February 11th, 2020

23:30

Ian T. D. Thomson continues his interview with Positive Energy Research Team member Duane Bratt, Professor and Chair of the Department of Economics, …

Addressing Polarization over Energy and Climate: Duane Bratt on Alberta's Climate Leadership Plan (Part 1)

February 10th, 2020

27:53

Ian T. D. Thomson interviews Positive Energy Research Team member Duane Bratt, Professor and Chair of the Department of Economics, Justice, and …

Polling Canada: Nik Nanos talks Public and Expert Opinion on Energy and Climate

January 23rd, 2020

42:02

Ian T. D. Thomson interviews Nik Nanos, Chair and CEO of Nanos Research and Chair of Positive Energy's Advisory Council. Mr. Nanos discusses two …

Go Big or Go Home: The Future of Canadian Energy—with Monica Gattinger, Mike Cleland, Chris Henderson, Shannon Joseph, Tonja Leach and Shawn McCarthy.

December 13th, 2019

1:25:27

Earlier this month, Positive Energy hosted a debate to examine and address polarization in Canadian politics, in particular its effects on energy …

Polling Canada: Nik Nanos Presents Canadians’ Opinions on Energy and Environment

December 3rd, 2019

42:33

Today on the program, Nik Nanos’ keynote address from Positive Energy’s October 7th Conference is highlighted. Entitled “DIVIDED? Polarization and …

What's in a word? Michael Cleland on Canada's energy vocabulary

October 31st, 2019

30:58

Ian T. D. Thomson talks with Michael Cleland, Senior Fellow, Positive Energy, uOttawa, about his latest article for Energy Regulation Quarterly. Mr. …

Monica Gattinger on polarization in an age of climate change

September 24th, 2019

34:55

Welcome to the new Positive Energy podcast. 

In our debut episode, Ian T.D. Thomson talks with Professor Monica Gattinger, Chair of Positive Energy …

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