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MPPGA Professor Rashid Sumaila, Director of the Fisheries Economics Research Unit at UBC Fisheries Centre, argues that reducing poachers’ access to insurance might be one way to combat illegal fishing. Furthermore, he estimates that losing their insurance would cause perhaps 40 percent of the ships that regularly fish illegally to stop doing so.
According to Professor George Hoberg, Canada has so far relied on uncoordinated provincial climate initiatives, such as a carbon tax in BC, a ban on coal in Ontario, and regulatory instruments in Alberta, to meet its global commitments. Now, Hoberg argues, there is a need for new, bold policies to close the gap and meet Canada’s 2030 target.
MPPGA Professor Julian Dierkes discusses the current Canadian international assistance review. Dierkes argues that expertise about the mining sector exists in many different parts of Canadian society, which is why it is logical to turn to assistance focused on mining in recognition of the contribution that such expertise can make in this sector.
MPPGA Co-Director Yves Tiberghien was featured on the CBC Early Edition at the 2:09:31 mark about the UK’s EU referendum. Professor Tiberghien discussed the referendum results that led to the UK leaving the EU. He also talks about the legal, political, and even environmental changes that will possibly take place in the following years.
MPPGA Professor Julian Dierkes discusses Mongolia’s upcoming parliamentary elections and the possible staggering defeat for the ruling Democratic Party, which had led successive governments over the past four years. Rather than offering a compelling vision for Mongolia’s future, the DP’s strategy, as argued by Dierkes, has focused on reconfiguring the entire election system, creating more problems.
In this Globe and Mail piece, MPPGA Co-Director Yves Tiberghien discusses the Canadian debate on China that has been focused on the battle between necessary trade and fundamental human and environmental rights. Tiberghien argues that Canada cannot only talk to like-minded advanced democracies, but also has to actively engage with other key global players, such as China.