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Goaltender Kaeden Dowel, of the Claresholm Atom Thunder hockey team, steers aside the puck in a home game against Lethbridge on Sunday, Jan. 8. For full minor hockey coverage over the past week, please see page 11 and 12. Photo by Rob Vogt

 
 

 

 
Local businesses, municipalities comment on carbon levy

By Lawrence Gleason

Local Press Writer

 
The provincial carbon levy that came into effect Jan. 1 affects purchases of all fossil fuels that produce greenhouse gas emissions when combusted. Both transportation and heating fuels are affected by the carbon levy of $20 per tonne this year. The carbon levy rises to $30 per tonne next year, 2018, also beginning Jan. 1. 
This year’s carbon levy adds 4.5 cents per each litre of gasoline and 5.3 cents to each litre of diesel and a similar increase for natural gas and propane. 
John Stewart, co-owner of Watt and Stewart Commodities Incorporated of Claresholm, in business since 1988, runs about 170 trucks plus pilot vehicles, delivering freight all over North America, from Yellowknife to Newfoundland to Florida, and employing about 150 people. 
“Will it affect us? Yes, and we will have to pass along the cost of the increase,” said Stewart, adding his company already belongs to SmartWay, a voluntary North American-wide transportation industry organization, dedicated to saving fuel and reducing transportation’s environmental impact. 
 
 

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