National Newswatch

U.S. ramps up concern over B.C. pollution; eight senators write to premier

Jun 17 2019 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — Eight U.S. senators say Canadian mines in British Columbia are endangering cross-border rivers through a combination of poor environmental assessments and inadequate monitoring. "We remain concerned about the lack of oversight of Canadian mining projects near multiple transboundary rivers that originate in B.C. and flow into our four U.S. states," says a June 13 letter […]

Federal carbon tax coming to Alberta in January: environment minister

Jun 13 2019 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — Ottawa plans to impose the federal carbon tax on Alberta starting Jan. 1 and federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says she has written the province about the decision. "We need to move forward to tackle climate change," McKenna said in Ottawa before question period on Thursday. "We see the impacts of climate change through extreme weather, including in […]

Research suggests bird personalities vary widely and are tough to change

May 30 2019 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — EDMONTON — Research from the University of Alberta is fledging out the idea that birds may travel in flocks but have personalities of their own. "In some ways, it's analogous to the human term 'personality,'" said behavioural ecologist Kimberley Mathot. "Individuals show predictable differences in behaviour." Mathot has been looking into individual bird behaviour for years. […]

Food insecurity grew in Nunavut after federal program to fight hunger: study

May 21 2019 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — Newly published research has concluded that food insecurity in Nunavut grew after a federal program was brought in to fight hunger in the North. The study, published Tuesday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that the ability of northerners to dependably put food on the table declined significantly during the years Nutrition North was being rolled out […]