National Newswatch

Alberta watchdog reveals consequences of Premier Jason Kenney’s coronavirus relief for the oilpatch

Jun 30 2022 — Carl Meyer — When the Alberta government announced a sweeping suspension of environmental rules to almost all companies in the province’s oil and gas industry in the spring of 2020, it claimed it would continue “all” critical monitoring activities needed to protect public health, the environment and to prepare for emergencies. But a recent report from a provincial […]

Oil lobby wants finance minister involved in climate targets

May 21 2021 — Carl Meyer — Canada’s largest oil and gas lobby group says the federal minister of environment and climate change shouldn’t be solely responsible for setting carbon pollution reduction targets. A senior executive from the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) told the House of Commons environment committee that Bill C-12, the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act, should be […]

Avi Lewis to run for federal NDP in B.C. riding

May 18 2021 — Carl Meyer — Documentary filmmaker Avi Lewis will run in the next federal election as an NDP candidate, he announced Monday. Lewis is expected to be acclaimed as the NDP candidate for the riding of West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country during a campaign launch scheduled for Saturday. Liberal MP Patrick Weiler currently holds the seat.

Tribal nations back Michigan in Line 5 pipeline dispute

May 6 2021 — Carl Meyer — Native American tribes say the risk of an oil spill from the Line 5 oil pipeline poses a “grave threat” to their right to hunt, fish and gather in northern Michigan and the Great Lakes. Michigan’s 12 federally recognized tribal governments — which are sovereign nations that provide services such as health, education and court […]

Canada’s Big Five missing from new net-zero banking alliance

Apr 22 2021 — Carl Meyer — Vancouver credit union Vancity was the only Canadian financial institution to join Wednesday’s launch of a new global banking coalition for net-zero emissions. None of Canada’s big five banks were founding signatories of the UN-convened Net-Zero Banking Alliance (NZBA) that promised April 21 to align investment portfolios with science-based climate targets starting in 2030.

Will Trudeau’s wager on carbon capture help or hurt the environment?

Apr 21 2021 — Carl Meyer — When the Boundary Dam coal plant in Saskatchewan opened the world’s first commercial-scale carbon capture and storage operation in 2014, it was supposed to save a million tonnes of carbon pollution each year. Instead, seven years later, the $1.35-billion project — the recipient of hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding — has captured […]

How the four main federal parties’ climate plans stack up

Apr 16 2021 — Carl Meyer — Infused throughout the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling that Parliament acted constitutionally when it passed the Liberal government’s carbon pricing law is the logic that the provinces are incapable of fully acting on the climate crisis themselves. The provinces could not be relied on to set minimum standards to cut carbon pollution, even if they […]

Green New Deal up for debate at Liberal, NDP conventions

Apr 7 2021 — Carl Meyer — Liberal and NDP national conventions being held this week are both set to feature policy proposals that would embrace a “Green New Deal” for Canada. The 2021 Liberal National Convention runs April 8 to 10, while the NDP’s Convention 2021 runs April 9 to 11. Both events are being held virtually. The governing Liberal Party […]

Canada outpaced on EV investments, clean energy ahead of 2021 budget

Mar 29 2021 — Carl Meyer — Canada is being outpaced on the international stage when it comes to green investments in electric vehicles and clean energy, environmental groups say. The federal government has an opportunity to change course in about three weeks, when the Liberals table their first budget in over two years, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) argued […]