National Newswatch

G7 still negotiating as clock runs down on climate commitments

Jun 5 2018 — Carl Meyer — Environmental policy experts are watching to see if Prime Minister Justin Trudeau can deliver a strong outcome on climate change at this week’s G7, as the U.S. continues to avoid consensus deals and Canada faces backlash over its pipeline purchase announcement. The issue of climate at the summit in Charlevoix, Que. remains front and centre […]

Facebook suspends 200 apps as part of data scandal probe

May 14 2018 — Carl Meyer — Facebook has suspended roughly 200 apps out of thousands it has investigated, as it continues to try and dig itself out from the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. The social media giant gave an update Monday on its investigation, first announced March 21, into applications that vacuumed up large amounts of personal information from its platform […]

Alberta rolls out $1.2 million pro-pipeline ad campaign

May 10 2018 — Carl Meyer — Alberta is rolling out an advertising campaign primarily targeting British Columbians to drum up support for the Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion. Premier Rachel Notley announced Thursday that the province is spending $1.2-million to convince the public that Texas-based Kinder Morgan’s proposed pipeline linking Alberta oil producers to a terminal in Metro Vancouver would benefit […]

Trudeau government says Canada will avoid billions of dollars in losses from new crackdown on oilpatch pollution

Apr 26 2018 — Carl Meyer — Canada’s fossil fuel industry will soon have to make sure a potent form of its carbon pollution doesn’t escape from its operations, in order to protect the environment, clean the air and save over 10 billion dollars in avoided climate change costs, according to new federal rules. The Trudeau government published long-awaited regulations on fossil […]

Scott Pruitt delivers another Trump-era shock to Canada’s climate change plan

Apr 2 2018 — Carl Meyer — The Trump administration has announced new plans to weaken environmental rules that could place the Trudeau government in a climate change bind. The announcement by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt, that proposes to weaken tailpipe pollution standards on new cars, delivers another Trump-era shock to Canada, which has worked for years with the […]

After decade of muzzling, Trudeau’s science advisor wants to send public servants back to school

Mar 27 2018 — Carl Meyer — Canada’s chief science advisor wants to send Canada’s public servants back to school so they can learn how to properly use evidence in their decisions and policies. Mona Nemer, brought on by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government to safeguard public access to government science, said in an interview Monday her office is working with […]