National Newswatch

Canada deploys ‘multi-pronged’ lobbying to counter Trump’s EPA cuts

Sep 21 2017 — Carl Meyer — Canada has deployed a “multi-pronged” lobbying strategy against the Trump administration’s budget over concerns that proposed U.S. cuts will put a “fundamental” component of the Trudeau government’s climate change plan in jeopardy, newly-released federal briefing documents show. The records from the director of the Office of Energy Efficiency at Natural Resources Canada warn that Trump’s […]

Fossil fuel expansion crushes renewables

Sep 20 2017 — — I read lots of articles these days pointing to the rapid expansion of renewable energy as a reason to be hopeful about our unfolding climate crisis. Unfortunately, the climate doesn’t care how many solar panels and wind farms we build. What determines our climate fate is how much climate-polluting fossil fuels we decide to burn. […]

White House denies softening climate change position at Montreal meeting

Sep 16 2017 — — The Trump administration appears to be softening its opposition to the Paris Accord on climate change, an international meeting was told on Saturday in Montreal. It was an apparent shift in policy that later prompted denials from the White House. Two hours into climate change negotiations with representatives from 33 countries, European Union Commissioner for […]

Tory critic wants access to secret NAFTA texts

Sep 14 2017 — Carl Meyer — The Trudeau government is being urged to stop keeping the House of Commons in the dark about the confidential background documents it’s using to renegotiate NAFTA. Niagara West MP Dean Allison told National Observer he plans to raise the issue when the Commons returns next week. If people outside government who are involved in the […]

Who hid the electric car?

Sep 13 2017 — Carl Meyer — Picture this: you’re open to the idea of buying an electric car and have heard rebates are available. But when you go to a dealership, there are no electric cars on the showroom floor and none outside to test drive. The dealer hasn’t heard of any rebates. You leave, wondering what the fuss is all […]

Did Catherine McKenna just contradict Trudeau on climate change?

Sep 13 2017 — — Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna just made some fascinating and significant statements about climate change. The comments by the Canadian minister appear to contradict Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s arguments against talking about climate change during catastrophes. McKenna’s statements also come on the heels of some equally fascinating remarks by her American counterpart Scott […]

Feds halt probe of climate doubters

Sep 7 2017 — Carl Meyer — Canada’s independent competition watchdog says it doesn’t have enough resources to investigate false advertising by climate deniers, and is calling on the public for help. After more than a year of investigating, the Competition Bureau abruptly dropped its inquiry earlier this summer into three groups that had displayed information in public raising doubts about the […]

Liberals struggling to reverse Harper’s cuts to climate science

Sep 6 2017 — Carl Meyer — Five years ago, climate change scientists said they were in the midst of a severe funding crisis. For more than decade, they had benefited from tens of millions of dollars in federal funding, which allowed Canada’s academic leaders to build a robust research network that pioneered significant breakthroughs. An independent organization, the Canadian Foundation for […]

Scheer makes a smart move to exclude Kellie Leitch

Aug 31 2017 — Bea Vongdouangchanh — Conservative leader Andrew Scheer announced his new shadow cabinet Wednesday, giving his leadership rivals some prominent portfolios. It’s not surprising, however, that Kellie Leitch was excluded from the new Tory configuration designed to keep Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals to account when the House returns on Sept. 18. There isn’t a Minister of Canadian Values […]

Trudeau’s shuffle was no small matter

Aug 29 2017 — Bea Vongdouangchanh — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Cabinet shuffle Monday afternoon involved six ministers only but was no small matter. In fact, it has been a long time coming, some 21 years in the making — ever since the 1996 Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples Report. One of 440 recommendations from that commission called for a split in […]

McKenna gets advice from scientist muzzled by Harper

Aug 24 2017 — — David Tarasick became a poster boy of government muzzling in the Harper era. In 2011, he was blocked by the Harper government from talking to journalists about his co-discovery of the Arctic ozone hole. He has spent over 30 years in the department, written over 75 scientific papers, represented Canada at science summits abroad and […]

David Suzuki endorses Charlie Angus in race to replace Tom Mulcair

Aug 15 2017 — — Celebrated Canadian scientist and activist David Suzuki has chosen a favourite in the race to replace Tom Mulcair as leader of the federal New Democrats The host of CBC’s The Nature of Things endorsed Ontario NDP MP Charlie Angus in a statement early Monday morning, calling the Timmins—James Bay representative the guy who “doesn’t just […]

Trudeau Liberals change their tune on ozone monitoring

Aug 8 2017 — Carl Meyer — Five and a half years ago, a mustachioed Justin Trudeau rose from his seat in the corner of the House of Commons opposition benches to challenge the Harper government on “cuts” to scientific research. “Mr. Speaker, I have a simple question on ozone monitoring, based entirely on what the minister of the environment himself has […]

Coalition uses cow farts to target oilpatch

Aug 1 2017 — Carl Meyer — A new coalition of environmental, business and labour groups wants Albertans to know: methane is so much more than just cow farts. is a new website backed by 10 groups hoping to convince the Alberta government that easy solutions for strong methane restrictions are available, and to educate the public about the dangers of […]