National Newswatch

‘Most critical problem we’re facing:’ Medical groups urge climate change action

Oct 10 2019 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — Canada's medical professionals are presenting a solid front during the federal election campaign to urge political parties to take climate change seriously as a public-health issue. "From a population health basis, it is the most critical problem that we're facing," Sandy Buchman, president of the Canadian Medical Association, said Thursday. Buchman's group is one of 22 organizations to have signed […]

Poll suggests Canadian trust in science falling, scientists thought ‘elitist’

Sep 23 2019 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — A survey suggests that the trust Canadians place in science may be eroding. The survey, by the polling firm Ipsos for the multinational 3M company, also found that nearly half of those surveyed thought scientists are elitist and that a significant number of respondents discounted findings that don't accord with their personal beliefs. "While science skeptics represent the minority […]

Alberta ending separate offices for climate change, environmental monitoring

Sep 13 2019 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — EDMONTON — Alberta's United Conservative government plans to eliminate its stand-alone offices for climate change policy and environmental monitoring, a move some say will damage the province's standing and its ability to make science-based plans. "What's going to suffer is Alberta's international reputation (and) our overall approach to science and evidence-based decision making," said New Democrat […]