This past month, several members of Alliance 2030 attended UN’s High-Level Political Forum to attend the presentation of the Government of Canada’s Voluntary National Review of their progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. Check out our coverage of the event and discover how Canada is doing, and stay tuned for a blog post on our experience.

We’ve also curated a long list of articles covering issues that relate to various successes and challenges related to the SDGs from elsewhere on the internet — enjoy!

Posts from Alliance 2030

Where Canada stands: Boil advisories
Despite Canada’s relatively universal access to clean water, there are still groups that are left behind: rural and Indigenous communities, and natural ecosystems. This post is an excerpt from BCCIC’s shadow report: Where Canada Stands – Vol II.

Measuring up: How does Canada compare on sustainable development?
BCCIC’s Deborah Glaser finds that Canada shows well in gender equality, climate change and creating better employment opportunities for Indigenous people, but that it is regressing in areas such as food insecurity and access to clean water for Indigenous communities.

Youth storm the High-Level Political Forum
The largest youth delegation at the UN event came from BCCIC brought a valuable perspective: Leave no one behind, focus on systems and make sure countries are accountable for their commitments. This piece written by Kaila Borrelli, Ariel Mishkin, and Noni Nabors.

How are we doing on the SDGs? Details on Canada’s upcoming Voluntary National Review
What is Canada’s Voluntary National Review? What is the High Level Political Forum and why is it relevant? This piece by Alliance 2030 provides useful background.

External links

The Trans-Mountain deal unpacked — what you need to know
CBC News’ Brennan MacDonald and Vassy Kapelos delve into the purchase agreement.

Julia Sánchez, formerly of CCIC, to run for NDP in Tom Mulcair’s Outremont seat
Alliance 2030 would like to send our great thanks and appreciation to Julia for all her fantastic work with CCIC and her contributions to our network.

Inside the impossible work of Canada’s biggest Indigenous police force
For Nishnawbe-Aski police officers, the work can be extreme, dangerous and devastating. But historic change is coming. By Kyle Edwards at MacLean’s.

New #MeToo ROM exhibit tackles sexual misconduct in the art world
The display opens as museum also exhibits photos from artist accused of sexual abuse. Article from Nigel Hunt, Stephanie Skenderis of CBC News.

Massive Ontario forest fire sparked by wind farm construction during extreme fire ban, workers allege
The fire started on Henvey Inlet First Nation and has now consumed more than 5,600 hectares of land.

‘Worse than oil’: Sask. farmers say Husky downplaying damage from salt water leak
A patch for dying trees and vegetation is growing as salt soaks through to deeper layers of soil. Article by Alicia Bridges of CBC News.

How a carbon tax will affect Canadians is difficult to predict
If Saskatchewan and Ontario are unsuccessful in convincing the courts that the federal government has no right to impose a carbon tax on provinces, then every jurisdiction in Canada could have some kind of carbon pricing scheme implemented in the near future. Article from CBC News.

When Your Government Wants to Remove Sex From Sex-Ed
Doug Ford has wasted no time undoing the program begun under the Ontario Liberals. By Lauren McKeon at The Walrus.

Connecting charities to the Sustainable Development Goals
This piece at Imagine Canada by Melody MacLean, JP Nikota and Geneviève Vallerand elaborates on how charities can engage with the SDGs — specifically, through Alliance 2030.

Canada’s microbead ban has officially begun
In an effort to reduce plastic pollution in water systems, Canada has banned microplastics in toiletries. Story from The Weather Network.

A bridge between Indigenous knowledge and NASA
A Waterloo researcher will use geospatial data and Indigenous knowledge systems to reduce climate change vulnerability for First Nations communities. From Heather Bean at the University of Waterloo.