National Newswatch

Inquiry begins into shooting death of Edmonton-area RCMP officer

Apr 24 2019 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — ST. ALBERT, Alta. — A fatality inquiry into the shooting death of a Mountie at an Edmonton-area casino heard Wednesday that the killer was wanted on 29 warrants and had drugs in his system. Const. David Wynn, 42, was investigating a stolen truck in the bedroom community of St. Albert when he was killed in 2015. Court heard during the […]

New study suggests oilsands greenhouse gas emissions underestimated

Apr 23 2019 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — New federal research suggests greenhouse gas emissions from Alberta's oilsands may be significantly higher than industry reports. In a study published Tuesday, Environment Canada scientists say four major oilsands mines are releasing an average of about one-third more carbon dioxide per barrel of oil than they report — a crucial number used for everything from determining national emissions […]

Environment charities may benefit from new Alberta premier’s vow to fight them

Apr 17 2019 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — EDMONTON — Alberta's incoming premier plans to take on environmental charities that he says are blocking exports of the province's oil, but those groups may be saying "bring it on." In his victory speech Tuesday, Jason Kenney repeated his promise to fight back against Canadian environmental groups that take money from American foundations with what he says […]

Ottawa considers approval of B.C. methane rules called ‘weak’ in report

Apr 4 2019 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — The federal government has proposed accepting British Columbia's rules to cut methane emissions that cause climate change despite an independent report that says the regulations would be weaker than Ottawa's. Some environmental groups fear the same could happen in Alberta and Saskatchewan, which they say would make it harder for Canada to meet its greenhouse gas commitments. […]

Ottawa considers approval of B.C. methane rules called ‘weak’ in report

Apr 4 2019 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — The federal government has proposed accepting British Columbia's rules to cut methane emissions that cause climate change despite an independent report that says the regulations would be weaker than Ottawa's. Some environmental groups fear the same could happen in Alberta and Saskatchewan, which they say would make it harder for Canada to meet its greenhouse gas commitments. […]

‘I’m really happy:’ Edmonton judge rules Omar Khadr’s sentence has expired

Mar 25 2019 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — EDMONTON — The last legal restrictions on Omar Khadr were lifted Monday when an Alberta judge ruled that a war crimes sentence for the former Guantanamo Bay prisoner has expired. "I'm really happy with the decision today," Khadr said outside Edmonton's courthouse. "It's been a while, but I'm happy it's here. Right now I'm just going to […]

Government delays threaten N.W.T. satellite data industry: company

Mar 6 2019 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — A Norwegian company with millions of dollars invested in the Canadian North is weeks away from losing a major contract in the emerging space satellite industry because of a lengthy government delay. Kongsberg Satellite Services owns seven satellite-reading antennas in Inuvik, N.W.T. The community's location on Canada's northwestern tip makes it an ideal spot for downloading data from the ever-growing number of government-owned […]