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Sep 17, 2021
A week before the Canadian federal election was called, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change dropped a report that the head of the United Nations described as a “code red for humanity” and a “death knell” for fossil fuels.
But for many Canadians the catastrophic realities of climate change were already clear.
This summer, British Columbia was hit with a deadly record-breaking heat wave followed by a wildfire season where infernos tore through large swathes of the province. Blazes scorched the Prairies and northern Ontario too, prompting widespread evacuations.
The smoke even made it to the nation’s capital, blanketing the seat of federal power in a thick grey haze.