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Little appetite in the U.S. business community for border tariff, says Jim Carr

Mar 30 2017 — Margo McDiarmid — Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr says there appears to be little appetite in the U.S. for a new border adjustment tax on Canadian goods. Carr has been in Washington since Tuesday meeting with U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt. He’s also met with other U.S. legislators, industry leaders […]

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Trudeau to get energy and environment award at Houston energy conference

Mar 9 2017 — Margo McDiarmid — One of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s well-worn talking points is that building the economy and protecting the environment must go hand in hand. Tonight, at an international energy conference in Houston, he will receive an award for taking that position. “We recognize that Prime Minister Trudeau has taken a very clear position in terms of […]

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Growing fears that a Trump presidency would scrap Paris climate deal

Nov 4 2016 — Margo McDiarmid — The Paris climate agreement officially comes into force today, but the celebrations in the climate community are muted amid fears that the election of a climate change skeptic as U.S. president could sink the deal. While the global climate change treaty is now legally in place — obliging the world to bring in measures starting […]

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Economic benefits of LNG project outweighed ‘significant adverse’ effects, cabinet decided

Oct 7 2016 — Margo McDiarmid — The federal cabinet knew there would be “significant adverse environmental effects” from the Pacific NorthWest LNG pipeline but approved it anyway, believing economic benefits of the project justified the decision, according to Privy Council documents. The orders are the written public record of cabinet decisions made behind closed doors. They show in clear terms what […]

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Environment ministers meet while Ottawa issues ultimatum on carbon pricing

Oct 3 2016 — Margo McDiarmid — Canada’s environment ministers will meet today to hash out a plan on carbon pricing, only weeks before the prime minister convenes a meeting with the premiers to finalize a national climate strategy. The federal, provincial and territorial ministers will strive toward a consensus on a new framework on climate change, even while some provinces are […]

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U.S., Mexico to source 50% of electricity from clean energy by 2025

Jun 27 2016 — Margo McDiarmid — The United States and Mexico will announce that 50 per cent of their electricity will come from clean power sources by 2025 at the Three Amigos summit in Ottawa this week. Sources told CBC News the announcement will underscore the emphasis the three North American leaders will place on using the already integrated economic relationship […]

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Safety of cosmetics and consumer products need more oversight, watchdog says

May 31 2016 — Margo McDiarmid — A new report by the federal environmental watchdog says Health Canada isn’t doing enough to protect Canadians from hazardous chemicals in household and cosmetic products. Julie Gelfand released her spring report Tuesday highlighting a number of gaps in the federal Consumer Product Safety Program that is supposed detect and assess risks to human health from […]

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Paris Agreement on climate change arrives in Canada’s House of Commons

May 7 2016 — Margo McDiarmid — If the opposition parties want to debate the Paris Agreement on climate change, they now have their chance. Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna tabled the United Nations treaty in the House of Commons Friday. When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signed it in New York on April 22, he said the agreement would […]

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Catherine McKenna praises Alberta, says Leap Manifesto ‘not helpful’

Apr 21 2016 — Margo McDiarmid — Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says the Leap Manifesto that so divided the NDP at its Edmonton convention is not “helpful” in the current fractious national debate over economy and the environment. “I know it was quite divisive within the NDP,” McKenna told CBC News in an exclusive interview. “We do believe that the environment and […]