On­tario has cred­i­ble plan

Tillsonburg News - - OPINION - — Post­media News Syl­vain charleboiS

emis­sion re­duc­tion tar­gets.

(a united na­tions’ re­port this week said canada is fail­ing to meet the emis­sion cuts Trudeau agreed to in the 2015 paris cli­mate ac­cord.)

but it doesn’t mat­ter if on­tario reaches those tar­gets, which are only achiev­able be­cause the pre­vi­ous lib­eral pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment — at hor­ren­dous pub­lic ex­pense — elim­i­nated the use of coal to gen­er­ate elec­tric­ity.

and it wouldn’t mat­ter if Trudeau met canada’s tar­gets, which he won’t.

First, on­tario’s emis­sions are only 0.4 per cent of global emis­sions and canada’s, 1.6 per cent. We’re bit play­ers and while canada’s emis­sions have dropped slightly in re­cent years, global emis­sions are still ris­ing.

sec­ond, the un now says to avert cat­a­strophic global warm­ing, canada and the rest of the world will have to do three to five times as much to re­duce emis­sions as they agreed to in the paris ac­cord in 2015.

That’s im­pos­si­ble — although that doesn’t mean we don’t ad­dress cli­mate is­sues.

but the real story here is the cli­mate de­bate is no longer about the en­vi­ron­ment. it’s about money — who’s go­ing to pay for this new tax Trudeau is im­pos­ing on in­dus­trial emis­sions?

and we al­ready know who that will be — us.

some cana­di­ans de­test go­ing to the gro­cery store while en­joy dis­cov­er­ing new prod­ucts or new flavours. but most cana­di­ans would agree on one thing. Wait­ing in line to pay for your items is the sin­gle most frus­trat­ing part of gro­cery shop­ping,

For decades, the most mis­man­aged part of the gro­cery ex­pe­ri­ence has al­ways been leav­ing the store.

To avoid get­ting stuck in line wait­ing to pay for their items, cana­di­ans will opt for the of­ten dys­func­tional self­check­out ma­chines. poorly de­signed self-check­out lanes have been a source of frus­tra­tion ever since the tech­nol­ogy first ap­peared in cana­dian stores in 2000. some­thing al­ways goes wrong, which then re­quires an em­ployee with a por­ta­ble scan­ner to come to the res­cue. The ex­pe­ri­ence is, most of­ten, em­bar­rass­ing and an­noy­ing. but, de­spite all the flaws, cana­di­ans still are us­ing self-check­outs. ac­cord­ing to a re­cent sur­vey by dal­housie uni­ver­sity, 66 per cent of us have used self­check­out lanes at some point, and 11 per cent use them con­sis­tently.

gro­cers have had a love-hate re­la­tion­ship with tech­nol­ogy for decades. most feel tech­nol­ogy gets in the way of con­nect­ing with cus­tomers in­side the store. it has long been be­lieved that the only way to build cus­tomer loy­alty and in­crease foot traffic is to in­ter­act with vis­it­ing cus­tomers, as much pos­si­ble. but the time pres­sures of our mod­ern life­style and our con­stant quest for con­ve­nience have not only forced gro­cers to think

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