National Newswatch

SNC-Lavalin announced confidential deal with feds, four days after Trudeau’s first throne speech in 2015

Mar 11 2019 — Carl Meyer — Four days after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals opened their first session of Parliament with a throne speech in 2015, the federal government entered into a new confidential deal with SNC-Lavalin. The Quebec construction and engineering giant touted the deal in December of that year, noting that it would allow it to continue scoring lucrative […]

Trudeau-appointed task force proposes solutions to address fear, anxiety and mistrust among coal workers

Mar 10 2019 — Carl Meyer — There is mistrust and suspicion of government intentions. There are fears about devastating impacts to communities. There’s anxiety over whether officials can deliver on promises. And there’s frustration with being disparaged as dirty. These are some of the stark assessments from the thousands of workers in coal mines and coal-fired power plants across Canada that […]

Canadian government plans to award millions of dollars for group to create climate watchdog

Feb 27 2019 — Carl Meyer — Canadian Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is planning to award a multimillion dollar grant to a non-profit organization that will take on a watchdog role, holding the federal government to account for its climate change commitments and policies, says a spokeswoman from her office. The minister’s office confirmed the plans after McKenna’s staff met with the […]

‘It’s like pulling teeth’: Catherine McKenna accused of stalling on fossil fuel subsidies

Feb 14 2019 — Carl Meyer — Two years after the auditor general concluded that the Trudeau government had failed to identify its subsidies for the oil and gas industry, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says federal officials are still working on it. In a letter sent to Karen Hamilton, a program officer at Ottawa-based corporate accountability organization Above Ground, McKenna suggests this […]

Parliamentary watchdog rejects Morneau’s criticism of its Trans Mountain report

Feb 12 2019 — Carl Meyer — Canada’s parliamentary watchdog has made some changes to a recent report on the Trans Mountain pipeline and its expansion project, rejecting previous criticism of its research by Finance Minister Bill Morneau. The blog post that accompanied the Jan. 31 report of the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) was also updated Tuesday afternoon to “respond to additional […]

Oilpatch giants deny involvement in covert U.S. pollution campaign

Feb 4 2019 — Carl Meyer — Three Canadian oilpatch giants say they had nothing to do with a campaign to weaken car emissions rules backed by a U.S. trade group to which they belong. In comments to National Observer, officials from Suncor, Husky and Cenovus distanced themselves from recent findings by investigations at the New York Times and ProPublica that revealed […]

Electric vehicle strategy sputters as provinces battle it out on green policies

Jan 18 2019 — Carl Meyer — Talks between the federal and provincial governments appear to have sputtered on launching a national electric vehicle strategy. A joint agreement addressing vehicle electrification is expected to be unveiled Monday when transport and highway safety ministers meet in Montreal for their annual meeting. But this agreement is unlikely to be the national Zero-Emission Vehicle Strategy […]

Pipeline shortfall not the only thing punishing Canadian oilpatch

Jan 4 2019 — Carl Meyer — A lack of pipelines isn’t the only thing that has been choking Alberta’s oilpatch, Canada’s energy regulator says. The National Energy Board (NEB) has released a report that clarifies what has plagued fossil fuel companies in the oil-rich province over the past year. The economic turmoil persisted as the industry ramped up production in a […]

Ford cuts all provincial funding to Ontario College of Midwives

Dec 13 2018 — Carl Meyer — Doug Ford’s government has revoked current and future funding for the College of Midwives of Ontario, the regulatory body that oversees more than 900 midwives and has had government support for 25 years. The halt in funding is retroactive to April 1, 2018, and includes almost $800,000 in operational grants for the College’s current budget […]