National Newswatch

Catherine McKenna poised to steer the world away from plastic waste

Sep 14 2018 — Carl Meyer — Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna won’t be deterred by the United States and Japan refusing to sign a G7 charter on plastics pollution, heading into the group’s ministerial meeting in Halifax next week. If some governments won’t yet play ball, she suggested there are plenty of other players. “We’ve been working with industry […]

Tories deny responsibility for ‘critical’ Trans Mountain mistake made under Stephen Harper’s watch

Sep 4 2018 — Carl Meyer — Federal Conservatives denied responsibility on Tuesday for a “critical” mistake made under their watch, which has left a major west coast oil pipeline and tanker expansion in limbo. Instead, Tory MPs pointed the finger at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government for failing in its own due diligence, in the wake of a stunning Aug. 30 […]

Andrew Scheer’s office tries to explain why he called oil the ‘cleanest’ form of energy

Aug 31 2018 — Carl Meyer — The leader of Canada’s official Opposition party on Friday appeared to walk back an erroneous tweet that describes oil as the cleanest form of energy available. Andrew Scheer was reacting to the Federal Court of Appeal ruling that quashed the federal government’s approval of the Trans Mountain expansion project, when he tweeted a comment about […]

Feds never fully probed carbon price impact on Ontario

Aug 2 2018 — Carl Meyer — Federal public servants never analyzed the full impact of a national price on carbon in Canada’s most populous province, and are now holding additional meetings as a result of Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s election, a senior federal official revealed Thursday. John Moffet, assistant deputy minister at Environment and Climate Change Canada’s environmental protection branch, confirmed […]

Youth, LGBTQ+ and health groups rally to pressure Ontario’s Doug Ford into reinstating modern sex-ed

Aug 1 2018 — Carl Meyer — Over 20 organizations representing hundreds of thousands of Canadians are demanding the Ford government nix its plans to roll back Ontario’s sexual education curriculum to the ‘90s. An open letter to Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Education Minister Lisa Thompson was released Wednesday. It was co-signed by 21 groups in community and sexual health, reproductive […]

Ontario’s Doug Ford strands ‘thousands’ on waiting list for solar, says industry group

Jun 21 2018 — Carl Meyer — Doug Ford’s decision to abandon Ontario’s price on pollution has left “thousands” of Ontarians waiting for solar installations hanging out to dry, the national industry group says. John Gorman, president of the Canadian Solar Industries Association, said Thursday that the shutting down of a rebate agency that had been funded by the cap and trade […]

Trudeau is planning intervention in Ontario after Doug Ford abandoned Canada’s national climate plan

Jun 20 2018 — Carl Meyer — A disappointed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday that he was planning an intervention after learning that Ontario premier-designate Doug Ford was withdrawing from a national climate change plan. “On the environment, the premier-designate has notified us that he intends to withdraw from the national climate plan,” Trudeau told reporters at a news conference marking […]

A Soviet propaganda expert from Canada’s national library asks Facebook to show its cards

Jun 19 2018 — Carl Meyer — An archivist who studies Soviet propaganda and works for Canada’s national library is calling on Facebook to reveal more of its plan to boost media literacy in an age of rampant misinformation. Jennifer Anderson, archivist for science, environment and economy at Library and Archives Canada, has investigated how false or exaggerated information originating in the […]