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Cinq gestes à poser pour réduire son empreinte carbone

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1. Arrêter d’investir dans les compagnies polluantes

Lorsqu’elles placent leur argent, de plus en plus de personnes prennent la décision d’éviter les entreprises peu respectueuses de l’environnement.

Un nombre croissant de fonds communs offrent la possibilité de choisir des placements « responsables », qui non seulement excluent les firmes exploitant les combustibles fossiles, mais qui encouragent plutôt celles qui oeuvrent dans le domaine de l’énergie renouvelable.

La demande est en augmentation, selon l’Association pour l’investissement responsable (AIR), qui fait état d’une croissance de 41,6 % de ces investissements entre 2016 et 2018.

L’investissement responsable représente désormais 50,6 % de l’ensemble des actifs sous gestion canadiens, en hausse par rapport à 37,8 % deux ans plus tôt.

Une autre façon d’agir dans ce domaine est de faire pression sur les grands fonds d’investissement, tels que les caisses de retraite, afin qu’ils se désengagent du secteur des énergies fossiles.

Un pas qui n’a pas encore été fait par la Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, un des plus importants investisseurs institutionnels au pays, qui détient toujours des milliards de dollars dans le pétrole, le gaz et le charbon.

2. Réfléchir avant d’acheter en ligne

Les achats en ligne ne cessent d’augmenter. Selon les données du CEFRIO, 58 % des Québécois ont effectué au moins un achat sur Internet en 2017, une donnée plutôt stable depuis quelques années.

Une situation qui se reflète dans les bons résultats de Postes Canada, dont le secteur de la livraison des colis est en augmentation constante depuis 2011.

Un facteur de Postes Canada manipule un colisUn facteur de Postes Canada manipule un colis Photo : Radio-Canada / Martin Thibault

En ce qui concerne l’impact environnemental de ces achats, il n’est pas évident de faire la part des choses.

« Si on pense, par exemple, aux livres numériques, c’est positif », croit Caroline Boivin, professeure en marketing et cofondatrice de l’Observatoire de la consommation responsable à l’Université de Sherbrooke, dans la mesure où il n’y a pas de déplacement et qu’on n’utilise plus de papier.

Par contre, quand on achète des objets qu’on se fait livrer à la maison, c’est plus problématique.

Même si elles permettent d’éviter un déplacement au centre commercial, ces livraisons impliquent une augmentation du transport par camion, d’autant plus que les colis commandés en ligne sont parfois renvoyés pour être échangés (provoquant des allers-retours) ou livrés de manière étalée.

Enfin, les objets vendus en ligne sont très souvent suremballés et créent des montagnes de déchets.

Pour diminuer leur empreinte carbone, les cyberacheteurs peuvent s’assurer de demander des envois groupés et un emballage réduit et ne pas renvoyer ce qu’ils ont commandé.

3. Lutter contre l’obsolescence des produits électroniques et des électroménagers

Trop souvent, quand un appareil ne fonctionne plus, on a le réflexe d’en acheter un nouveau, sans même essayer de réparer le produit défectueux. Des dizaines de milliers de frigos, télés et téléphones portables finissent ainsi dans les dépotoirs alors qu’ils n’ont pas encore terminé leur durée de vie utile, rappelle Camille Raynauld-Gagné, d’Équiterre.

Des vieux électroménagersDes vieux électroménagers Photo : Radio-Canada

Selon une enquête d’Équiterre, seuls 26 % des Québécois font arranger leurs appareils électroniques endommagés. C’est encore moins dans le cas des électroménagers, soit 19 %.

« Peu de gens font appel à la réparation, affirme Mme Raynauld-Gagné. Il y a le mythe que ça va coûter moins cher d’acheter un nouvel appareil. Mais a-t-on pensé aux coûts environnementaux? »

Grâce aux tutoriels en ligne, aux forums ou aux réparathons, il est pourtant possible de prolonger la durée de vie des appareils plutôt que de succomber aux sirènes du consumérisme. Dans bien des cas, on remplace des machines encore fonctionnelles tout simplement parce qu’elles ne sont plus au goût du jour.

On n’est plus à l’heure du traitement des déchets, on est à l’heure de la prévention.

Camille Raynauld-Gagné, porte-parole d’Équiterre

4. Diminuer notre consommation de viande

Plusieurs études l’affirment : la façon la plus efficace de réduire notre empreinte écologique est de manger moins de viande de boeuf.

De la viande de bœuf crue sur une planche à découper.De la viande de bœuf Photo : iStock

L’élevage de bétail destiné à la consommation contribue à hauteur de 20 % aux émissions de gaz à effet de serre, en plus d’être une source majeure de pollution des cours d’eau.

Selon les calculs des chercheurs de l’organisation GRAIN, les émissions de GES des cinq plus grandes entreprises de transformation de viande et de produits laitiers sont supérieures à celle d’une pétrolière comme Exxon.

« Réduire sa consommation de viande rouge, c’est à la portée de tous et ça peut faire une différence », soutient Caroline Boivin, professeure en marketing et cofondatrice de l’Observatoire de la consommation responsable à l’Université de Sherbrooke.

Les Québécois en sont très conscients : parmi les personnes interrogées dans le cadre de l’enquête du Baromètre de la consommation responsable au Québec, édition 2018, 43,7 % ont déclaré avoir diminué leur consommation de viande rouge au cours de la dernière année.

On en mange cependant encore beaucoup, soit 16,65 kg par personne par année au Canada. La moyenne mondiale est plutôt de 6,4 kg par personne.

5. Avoir moins d’enfants

Selon une étude de l’Université Lund en Suède, avoir un enfant de moins est, dans les pays développés, l’action individuelle la plus efficace que l’on peut entreprendre pour lutter contre le réchauffement climatique.

Cette mesure serait bien plus efficace que des stratégies dont les États font grandement la promotion, telles que le recyclage ou l’utilisation d’ampoules écoénergétiques.

Mais l’option de la dénatalité pour réduire notre empreinte écologique est pour le moins controversée.

« Le problème n’est pas l’être humain, mais la société dans laquelle il vit, argumentait Yves-Marie Abraham, professeur au Département de management à HEC Montréal à l’émission Médium large, le 29 octobre 2018. Ce sont les structures de cette société qui font que, quels que soient les efforts individuels qu’on va faire, effectivement notre empreinte va rester très lourde. »

C’est sur notre modèle de société et sur le mode de vie qui lui est associé qu’il faut travailler.

Yves-Marie Abraham, professeur au Département de management à HEC Montréal

En effet, l’impact d’un enfant est très variable selon le pays dans lequel il naît. Un enfant né en Chine aura le cinquième de l’impact environnemental d’un enfant nord-américain.

Les chercheurs eux-mêmes le disent : ils ne prônent pas un contrôle par l’État de la population, mais plutôt une prise de conscience des citoyens des conséquences environnementales de leurs choix reproductifs.

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Meet Canada’s youngest billionaire on 2019 Forbes ranking

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Forty-five Canadians have made Forbes magazine’s annual list of billionaires, with the youngest Canuck being 37-year-old e-commerce founder Peter Szulczewski.

With a net worth of US$1.4 billion, the Polish-Canadian entrepreneur came in at number 1,605 on the global list, but ranked 34th out of the 45 Canadians.

Shopify founder Tobi Lutke was the second-youngest Canadian on the list at 38 years old, followed by StumbleUpon’s 40-year-old Garrett Camps.

Szulczewski is a University of Waterloo alumnus and previously worked as a coder at Google before launching ContextLogic, a software company that looks at a person’s internet browsing history to predict their interests.

In 2011 Szulczewski and university friend Danny Zhang re-launched the company as Wish.

Wish is a mobile e-commerce app that connects shoppers with merchants in China that sell discounted products listed on users’ ‘wish-lists.’ The app has over 500 million users on iOS and Android platforms worldwide.

The list of Canadian billionaires is topped by media mogul David Thomson and family, with an estimated net worth of US$32.5 billion.

All Canadians in the billionaires club are listed below. Rankings are based on Forbes’ global index and all estimated net worth figures are in U.S. dollars.

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Optimum Talent and CareerJSM Are Excited to Announce the Launch of Thrive, the First Career Wellness Platform.

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TORONTO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mar 6, 2019–Automation will impact half of all Canadian jobs over the next decade. As employers are faced with transitioning employees on to new opportunities, job seekers will need a solution that combines traditional career transition support with dynamic learning opportunities to upskill or retrain for a new profession. To address this need, Optimum Talent and CareerJSM have partnered to develop a software-driven solution that makes learning a key priority during career transition.

Thrive will redefine how outplacement and career transition services are delivered in the Canadian and global marketplace. On Thrive, employers deposit dollars into individuals’ accounts, empowering transitioning employees to select the services that will be most impactful to them during their transition. Job seekers can choose traditional services such as career coaching, resume reviews, and interview preparation, and contemporary services like Skillsoft, LinkedIn Learning, mental health support, and social media training.

While Thrive officially launches this month, the career wellness platform already supports seven client organizations and 200 job seekers across Canada; and they anticipate substantial growth over the next 24 months as employers switch to new solutions that align with the changing labour market.

“Thrive represents the future of outplacement and career transition. Over the past decade, we have seen rapid changes in the job market and outplacement support has not kept pace, until now.” said Mike Bacchus, Chief Executive Officer at Optimum Talent. “The needs of our clients and job seekers have evolved. Upskilling, reskilling, flexibility, and affordability are now top priorities and Thrive addresses those priorities first and foremost.”

“CareerJSM first launched our outplacement SaaS solution in Canada in 2017, and two years later we have clients on four continents. While there is a huge geographic distance between our clients, they are all focused on how the changing labour market has made upskilling and reskilling an imperative component of an effective outplacement solution. Thrive is the answer, and we are excited to launch this global platform with our partner Optimum Talent,” said Jeffrey Doucet, Chief Executive Officer at CareerJSM.

About Optimum Talent
Optimum Talent enables organizations to achieve success through people. We collaborate with leading organizations to recruit, develop, engage, retain, and transition talent. The result for our clients is a stronger employer brand, and a team of talent with the capability to achieve their business goals.

With origins dating back over 40 years, Optimum Talent has grown to over 260 colleagues operating in 13 offices from coast to coast. We provide expertise in Executive Search and Recruitment Solutions, Leadership Assessment and Development, and Career Transition and Outplacement.

About CareerJSM
Founded in 2014, CareerJSM is a global software company specializing in job-search management software. CareerJSM is used by over 80,000 professionals and enterprise clients in eight countries worldwide.

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Halo Labs Awarded Annual Cannabis Manufacturing License by California, among the First to Implement Track and Trace (METRC)

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CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. & TORONTO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mar 5, 2019–Halo Labs Inc (“Halo” or the “Company”) (NEO: HALO, OTC: AGEEF, Germany: A9KN) is pleased to announce that the Company has 1 of only 52 annual state licenses issued to date and is one of the first operators in California to fully implement California’s Cannabis Track-and-Trace (CCTT) system.

Most California cannabis industry operators continues to struggle with stricter licensing requirements adopted by state lawmakers and regulators in recent months. In California there are over 10,000 temporary cannabis businesses licenses set to expire in 2019 with as many as 6,200 set to expire by April 2019. Currently, the state has no provisions in place for extending those expiring licences and many operators face the prospect of major business disruptions before they receive their annual licenses. Halo has dedicated the resources to stay ahead of the regulations, and as a result has already obtained its non-temporary annual state and local cannabis licenses and has fully implemented CCTT via the METRC software suite.

The CCTT system is used statewide to record the inventory and movement of legal cannabis products through the commercial supply chain, and prevent both the entry of cannabis from the illicit market into the regulated market, and the diversion of lawfully produced cannabis into illicit markets. Temporary licensees are not allowed to access the METRC system, while annual licensees are required to have employees complete comprehensive training before being permitted to use the METRC-CCTT system.

Kiran Sidhu, CEO commented: “Our teams’ expertise of operating in highly regulated states the past three years has enabled us to stay ahead of the curve in California and be both one of few fully permitted operators in the state and one of the first companies to implement METRC. “

ABOUT HALO LABS

Halo is a cannabis extraction company that develops and manufactures quality cannabis oils and concentrates, which are the fastest growing segments in the cannabis industry. Halo has expertise in all major cannabis manufacturing processes, leveraging proprietary processes and products, and has produced over 3.0M grams of oils and concentrates since inception. The forward-thinking company is led by a strong management team with deep industry knowledge and blue-chip experience. The Company is currently operating in California, Nevada and Oregon, and expects to begin operating in southern Africa through a strategic partnership in the Kingdom of Lesotho. With a consumer-centric focus, Halo will continue to market innovative branded and private label products across multiple product categories.

For further information regarding Halo, see Halo’s disclosure documents on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Information and Statements

This press release contains certain “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation and may also contain statements that may constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking information and forward-looking statements are not representative of historical facts or information or current condition, but instead represent only Halo’s beliefs regarding future events, plans or objectives, many of which, by their nature, are inherently uncertain and outside of Halo’s control. Generally, such forward-looking information or forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “plans”, “expects” or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “estimates”, “forecasts”, “intends”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, or “believes”, or variations of such words and phrases or may contain statements that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will be taken”, “will continue”, “will occur” or “will be achieved”. The forward-looking information and forward-looking statements contained herein may include, but is not limited to, information concerning the Company’s second facility in Cathedral City, the future prospects of the Company, the production capacity of the Company’s current facility in Cathedral City, the Company’s prospects for future partnerships with Canadian and European entities and the expected timing of the launch of DabTabsin various markets.

By identifying such information and statements in this manner, Halo is alerting the reader that such information and statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of Halo to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such information and statements. In addition, in connection with the forward-looking information and forward-looking statements contained in this press release, Halo has made certain assumptions.

Among others, the key factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking information and statements are the following: adverse changes in applicable laws; adverse changes to suppliers and other third parties with which the Company does business, changes in general economic, business and political conditions, including changes in the financial markets and the other risks disclosed in the most recent management information circular (including the documents incorporated by reference therein). Should one or more of these risks, uncertainties or other factors materialize, or should assumptions underlying the forward-looking information or statements prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described herein as intended, planned, anticipated, believed, estimated or expected.

Although Halo believes that the assumptions and factors used in preparing, and the expectations contained in, the forward-looking information and statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on such information and statements, and no assurance or guarantee can be given that such forward-looking information and statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such information and statements. Key assumptions used herein are that the development of the Company’s second facility in Cathedral City will not be subject to any unexpected costs or delays, that the current facility in Cathedral City will be able to operate at full capacity, that the Company’s discussions with potential partners, both domestic and international, will progress as expected and that the launch of the DabTabproduct line will not be subject to any unexpected costs or delays. The forward-looking information and forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date of this press release, and Halo does not undertake to update any forward-looking information and/or forward-looking statements that are contained or referenced herein, except in accordance with applicable securities laws. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking information and statements attributable to Halo or persons acting on its behalf is expressly qualified in its entirety by this notice.

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CONTACT: Halo Labs

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SOURCE: Halo Labs Inc.

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