National Newswatch

Canada’s public pension fund denies it’s ‘entangled’ with oil and gas

Nov 20 2019 — Carl Meyer — Canada’s biggest pension fund says it’s “unfathomable” that the fossil fuel sector could wield disproportionate influence over its investment decisions, after a new report claims members of its board of directors and staff are “entangled with the oil and gas industry.” The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), the Crown corporation that manages the country’s […]

Green Party’s Jenica Atwin wants to liberate New Brunswick from the Irvings

Nov 2 2019 — Carl Meyer — Jenica Atwin, Canada’s newest Green MP, has come out swinging against the powerful Irving family, saying New Brunswickians have been “surrounded by their influence” and must “get out from underneath their thumb.” In a wide-ranging interview in Ottawa on Nov. 1, the first-ever Green elected outside of British Columbia also discussed banning a popular pesticide […]

You have three weeks to weigh in on a proposed gas pipeline

Oct 23 2019 — Carl Meyer — Do you like the idea of a new multibillion-dollar fossil fuel pipeline in Canada? You have three weeks to tell a federal environmental agency what you think. On Tuesday — the day after the federal election — the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada invited the public, and specifically Indigenous groups, to provide feedback on a […]

Ethics watchdog pushes for ‘collusion’ probe of Conservatives, oil lobby

Oct 11 2019 — Carl Meyer — The Conservative Party and Canada’s largest oil and gas lobby group stand accused of possibly “colluding” in violation of the country’s elections law, according to a complaint made to a federal commissioner. Ethics watchdog Democracy Watch said Thursday it was calling on Commissioner of Canada Elections Yves Côté to investigate whether the Canadian Association of […]

Imperial Oil sponsored a gala for $50,000. Then it lobbied Scheer

Jul 17 2019 — Carl Meyer — Imperial Oil says it “took the opportunity” to lobby Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer at a literary gala in May where the oil company paid for everyone’s dinner. In fact, that night both Liberal and Conservative MPs were lobbied by several corporate representatives from various sectors, whose employers paid tens of thousands of dollars to […]

Canadians risk growing ignorant about climate crisis, say scientists

Jun 26 2019 — Carl Meyer — Canadians risk growing ignorant about the global climate emergency because the federal government has failed to maintain predictable and long-term research funding, scientists say in a newly released survey. The survey by advocacy non-profit Evidence for Democracy and non-partisan charity Canadian Climate Forum has prompted Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna to call for […]

Behind the scenes at Andrew Scheer’s backyard climate party

Jun 21 2019 — Carl Meyer — “Thank you for coming, we appreciate it.” That’s how Tom Keeley answered when I asked him if he thought extreme weather was being driven by the climate crisis. I was standing in the sunny, leafy backyard of Keeley’s home, northwest of Ottawa near picturesque Gatineau Park, on June 19, because Andrew Scheer had summoned me […]

Tories pounce on carbon tax analysis that excludes cost of climate crisis

Jun 14 2019 — Carl Meyer — Andrew Scheer’s Opposition Conservatives have pounced on a new analysis of carbon pricing that fails to account for the escalating costs of the global climate emergency. The analysis was prepared by Canada’s independent Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux. The watchdog defended his analysis of the carbon tax needed to achieve Canada’s Paris target, acknowledging that […]

Inuit want a seat at the climate action table

Jun 7 2019 — Carl Meyer — Inuit have long been portrayed as living on the front lines of the climate crisis, forced to deal with shrinking ice seasons and declining availability of food. Less often considered is their seat at the table when Canada crafts climate action. The national Inuit organization in Canada is hoping to change that with proposals in […]

UN investigator asks about discrimination against First Nations after studying toxic pollution in Canada

Jun 7 2019 — Carl Meyer — Indigenous communities in Canada are “disproportionately impacted” by toxic industrial byproducts to the point that it raises questions of discrimination, a UN investigator said Thursday in Ottawa. Baskut Tuncak, the UN’s special rapporteur on human rights and hazardous substances and wastes, spent two weeks touring Canada and visiting First Nations living close to industrial developments […]