National Newswatch

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 […]

Canada launches homegrown version of Bill Gates-led clean energy fund

May 28 2019 — Carl Meyer — Canada is helping to fund a new initiative connected with a group of wealthy donors like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Jeff Bezos to help startups finance new energy technologies that can lower carbon pollution. Breakthrough Energy Solutions Canada is expected to be a “public-private” initiative orchestrated out of Natural Resources Canada, and will involve […]

Postmedia hopes it can thread the needle between Kenney and Trudeau

May 23 2019 — Carl Meyer — Postmedia, the owner of Canada’s largest chain of newspapers, says its lobbying efforts to get its sales division involved with a provincial “war room” supporting the Alberta oilpatch are consistent with its bid to help itself to Ottawa’s $595 million media support package. Finance Minister Bill Morneau was urged this week to take a second […]

Watchdog warns lobbyists about partisan fundraisers, expressing political views

May 13 2019 — Carl Meyer — A parliamentary watchdog is warning lobbyists to be careful about participating in partisan activities such as fundraising events and expressing personal political views in public, to avoid placing themselves in a conflict of interest. Federal Lobbying Commissioner Nancy Bélanger delivered the warning in updated guidelines for lobbyists, posted online on April 2, a few days […]