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Over a Barrel: Supporting workers and limiting climate change in Canada’s fossil fuel transition

We bring you a special show this morning called Over a Barrel. It’s about the challenge of a just transition in Canada’s energy sector, supporting those who work in it and limiting the worst effects of climate change.

We talk to Travis Hann, a pipe fitter from Newfoundland who works in an oil patch near Fort McMurray, Alta; and Randall Benson, who used to work in the oilsands as an electrician. He now works in solar energy and helps other workers transition.

Then, we hear from Sadie Vipond, a 15-year-old climate activist from Calgary, who joins us from her first day at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow.

Plus, long-time environmentalist Tzeporah Berman discusses a bold proposal, the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty Initiative; and Chief Sustainability Officer at Suncor Energy Martha Hall Findlay argues that addressing the use of fossil fuels is only part of the solution.

In Estevan, Sask., Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce Jackie Wall discusses efforts to help the many members of her community who work in the local coal mine and two major coal-fired power stations.

And is Canadian oil and gas really ready for transition? We ask Jackie Forrest, executive director of the ARC Energy Research Institute, which provides analysis of energy trends to investors and corporate leaders; David Yager, an oil industry consultant and the author of From Miracle to Menace: Alberta, A Carbon Story; and Angela Carter, a professor of political science at the University of Waterloo who studies the economic and ecological risks of fossil fuel dependence.

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