New advocacy group joins push for green recovery from COVID-19's economic shock

By Aaron Wherry, CBC News, May 19, 2020

Official plans for an economic recovery package in Canada — green or otherwise — are still in their infancy.

There is likely to come a time when governments will use stimulus spending to boost their wounded economies. But nearly all of the federal government's attention is still consumed by the profound challenges of containing a contagious disease and reopening communities amid an ongoing health threat.

(...)Bruce Lourie, the environmentalist and author who is now president of the Ivey Foundation, which helped organize the group, told CBC News the impetus was twofold: both to make sure the government didn't take its eye off the ball and invest in the "wrong kinds" of areas for the future, and to continue advancing work the foundation had already begun before the pandemic.

The task force's report will add to a growing supply of green-focused analysis. The Canada Green Building Council released a set of recommendations last week and a coalition of clean energy experts and operators has also written to the prime minister with suggestions.

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