As Close As We’ll Get [new link May ’16] feels like waving the white flag, but it is an important website, and a project at the UofR. It’s also the closest we’ll get to an admission from the Sask Party government that climate change is real, and is a grave threat to our people (and every living thing today).

Wind power

Speaking of this, has anyone heard a peep from the Office of Climate Change, touted by the Ministry of Environment about two years ago? I haven’t, but I did give a call to the Climate Change branch of Environment, and they said they are it, the office set up in the wake of the legislation for the Office of Climate Change.

It’s profoundly sad that the government’s response to criticism is to admit that they’ve never even had people working on a problem that the David Suzuki Foundation says would be problematic if the roles were eliminated. (Canadian Press also confuses the words “consumption” with “conservation”, making it impossible to know if it’s the reporter, or Duncan who looks more foolish.)

Check the date on this release, it’s 2 years old, but popped up in my social media somewhere in the past week.

News Release – June 1, 2010

People who want to find out about the impacts of climate change in Saskatchewan and information on adaptation actions can visit a new website at

Warmer and drier conditions resulting from climate change could have significant consequences for our communities and economy. This new website was developed by the Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative (PARC) at the University of Regina in partnership with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment, through the Go Green Fund. It is Saskatchewan’s climate change impacts and adaptation information centre.

Anyone interested in what the climate future of Saskatchewan holds should visit this website. Information is provided both for specific locations (such as Saskatoon or Cypress Hills) and for specific themes (such as agriculture, energy or biodiversity). For users with detailed needs, the website provides links to further information. It includes a self-assessment tool for users to evaluate their vulnerability to climate change.

The new website puts Saskatchewan among the leaders nationally in providing information on the impacts of climate change. Over the last ten years, as a partnership of the federal and three prairie provincial governments, PARC has undertaken and organized many major research projects about past, ongoing and future climate change in the prairie provinces. These projects have advanced the knowledge of climate change impacts in Saskatchewan. summarizes the key elements of what is now known about climate change in Saskatchewan in an accessible, non-technical manner. represents an important component of the Government of Saskatchewan’s commitment to provide clear, authoritative, scientific information about climate change impacts and adaptation options in our province. is also an example of the University of Regina’s motto: “As one who serves”.

PARC will further manage and develop the site jointly with the Ministry of Environment. Please visit


Office of Climate Change gets a plug in this undated PDF. Are they having a noticeable impact? Can you list something they’ve done to reduce air pollution?

3 responses to “As Close As We’ll Get

  1. Harper certainly got rid of our Canadians scientists. The world knows there are very realistic weather extremes, even as we speak. Harper is very aware of the global warming too. He did not want one scientist, to say one adverse word about the dirty tar sands. For Harper, his greed trumps common sense every time.

    The dirty tar sands are, an evil abomination on the face of Canada. The tar sands are the great shame of Canada. This is the filthiest oil on the planet, going to the most polluted country in the world. In Chinese cities, people are wearing respirators and face masks. The smog so thick there are many days when, they can’t even see oncoming traffic.

    It’s as they say. Man is the most destructive animal on earth, and the most stupid one at that.

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