National Newswatch

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 […]

New federal Arctic policy focuses on human health, environment, infrastructure

Sep 11 2019 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — The federal government has released its long-awaited policy on developing the Canadian Arctic in a changing environmental and political world. But after three years of work on the lengthy document, some are left asking, "Where's the caribou?" The document proposes eight priorities. Health, infrastructure and economic development are at the top. It mentions a shopping […]

Use of fake social media bots in Alberta election coming in federal vote: experts

Sep 9 2019 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — EDMONTON — A federal report confirming the use of false social media posts to try to manipulate last spring's Alberta election points to dangers for the upcoming federal vote, political scientists say. "Absolutely!" said Duane Bratt of Calgary's Mount Royal University. "I think there are greater opportunities in the federal election. What the bots did is exploit already […]

Federal probe finds “co-ordinated” social media bots in Alberta election

Sep 6 2019 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — EDMONTON — A federal agency investigating the recent Alberta election has found evidence the campaign featured tactics including co-ordinated, false social media postings. In a report released late Friday, the Rapid Response Mechanism — created by the G-7 to monitor foreign influence on democratic elections — identified social media accounts that demonstrated "co-ordinated inauthentic behaviour." The agency […]

Hotter, larger fires turning boreal forest into carbon source: research

Aug 21 2019 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — Bigger, hotter wildfires are turning Canada's vast boreal forest into a significant new source of climate-changing greenhouse gases, scientists say. The shift, which may have already happened, could force firefighters to change how they battle northern blazes, said Merritt Turetsky, an ecologist at the University of Guelph and co-author of a paper that appeared in the […]

Northerners applaud funding for long-awaited road through Arctic tundra

Aug 15 2019 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — Two federal announcements this week are expected to kick-start a long-awaited road into the heart of the Canadian Arctic that would lower grocery costs for northern families and unlock billions of dollars in mineral resources. Transport Minister Marc Garneau pledged more than $50 million to cover preliminary studies and planning for an all-weather road from Yellowknife in […]

Deadline coming: Scientists tell environment minister to speed up conservation

Jul 26 2019 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — Some of North America's top conservation scientists have written to the federal government urging it to speed up land protection in Canada. The 32 scientists from 23 universities and other organizations say Ottawa is not on pace to meet the 2020 conservation targets it promised in an international agreement. The letter, addressed to federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, also […]

Mercury tops out on top of the world: Alert in Nunavut warmer than Victoria

Jul 15 2019 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — Weather watchers are focused on the world's most northerly community which has been in the middle of a record-breaking heat wave. "It's really quite spectacular," said David Phillips, Environment Canada's chief climatologist. "This is unprecedented." The weather agency confirmed that Canadian Forces Station Alert hit a record of 21 C on Sunday. On Monday, the military listening post […]