Toronto Star and Tides Canada part­ner to probe en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues

Toronto Star - - BUSINESS -

The Toronto Star has part­nered with the Tides Canada Foun­da­tion to cre­ate a four-month re­porter po­si­tion ded­i­cated to ex­am­in­ing the link be­tween eco­nom­ics and the en­vi­ron­ment.

Lead­ing up to the United Na­tions Con­fer­ence on Cli­mate Change in Paris, which be­gins in Novem­ber, the po­si­tion will al­low for re­port­ing about cli­mate change and the eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties and chal­lenges that Cana­dian in­dus­tries, busi­nesses and in­sti­tu­tions face to­day and down the road — and how this will af­fect the pock­ets of con­sumers.

The Tides Canada Foun­da­tion is a na­tional char­ity ded­i­cated to con­nect­ing and em­pow­er­ing peo­ple and ini­tia­tives that tackle so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal chal­lenges, and although they will be fund­ing the posi- tion, the Star will be main­tain­ing full ed­i­to­rial con­trol.

“Tides Canada is sup­port­ing this part­ner­ship to in­crease public aware­ness and di­a­logue around the im­pacts of cli­mate change on Canada’s econ­omy and com­mu­ni­ties,” said Ross McMil­lan, pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Tides Canada.

As a coun­try de­pen­dent on and de­fined by its nat­u­ral re­sources, Canada is al­ready feel­ing the im­pacts of cli­mate change, from ac­cel­er­ated melt­ing in the far north to the shift­ing of grow­ing sea­sons to the emer­gence of new dis­eases and in­va­sive species, and how Canada re­sponds to this global threat and nav­i­gates the world­wide tran­si­tion to a low-car­bon econ­omy will af­fect the well-be­ing and pros­per­ity of Cana­di­ans for gen­er­a­tions to come.

This is the sec­ond time the Star has cre­ated a news­room po­si­tion funded by a char­i­ta­ble foun­da­tion. In Oc­to­ber 2014, the pa­per es­tab­lished a one-year work and wealth beat in part­ner­ship with the Atkin­son Foun­da­tion, which was founded by Star pub­lisher Joseph Atkin­son in 1942.

Sara Mojtehedzadeh, a for­mer BBC World Ser­vice jour­nal­ist, was hired for the role and then per­ma­nently by the Star af­ter the con­clu­sion of the pro­ject.

The new cli­mate and econ­omy beat will be held by Tyler Hamil­ton, who is re­turn­ing to the Star af­ter serv­ing as editor-in-chief of the sus­tain­abil­ity themed busi­ness mag­a­zine Cor­po­rate Knights. Be­tween 2000 and 2010, Hamil­ton was a tech­nol­ogy and energy re­porter with the Star’s busi­ness sec­tion.

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