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Canada wins three 'Fossil of the Day' awards in Cancun

Canada won first, second, and third place in a 'Fossil of the Day' mock award ceremony in Cancun on Tuesday.

The awards were given by environmental groups to the country they believe has done the most to disrupt and undermine negotiations at the UN climate conference.

Canada's first place award was granted for killing the Climate Change Accountability Act.

The second place was awarded for Federal efforts to gut climate change programs, including attacks on clean fuels policies in other countries, cuts to funding for Canada's climate science foundation, and the elimination of energy efficiency upgrades for homeowners.

And the third place award was given for "the country making the least constructive contribution to the negotiations."

The Fossil of the Day Award is given by a loose coalition of more than 400 non-governmental organizations.

At last year's climate conference in Copenhagen, Canada won the Fossil of the Year prize for "two years of delay, obstruction and total inaction", according to organizers. It was the third year in the row Canada was named Fossil of the Year.

Similarly, the Vancouver-based Wilderness Committee issued a statement on Tuesday criticising B.C. Minister for Climate John Yap's boasting about B.C. as a carbon shift role model.

"Minister Yap is seriously misrepresenting B.C.’s record on climate change," Ben West, campaigner for the Wilderness Committee, said in a statement.

"Our government's rhetoric has been lovely, but the truth of our climate agenda is much uglier, when you look at the billions being spent on highway construction and the ongoing subsidies to the oil and gas sector -- this while public transit is under-funded,” West said.

Monte Paulsen reports on carbon shift for The Tyee.

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