National Newswatch

Ford cuts to drive Mowat Centre out of business

Apr 29 2019 — Carl Meyer — A prominent Ontario think tank that reports on immigration, Indigenous education and other key issues says it will soon be going out of business after the provincial government cut its funding. The 10-year-old Mowat Centre, a research organization at the University of Toronto, has recently examined issues such as the “uneven success” of the province’s […]

New York City’s Green New Deal is music to Quebec’s ears

Apr 23 2019 — Carl Meyer — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Green New Deal is music to the ears of Quebec Premier François Legault‏. Under de Blasio’s plan to tackle climate change, unveiled Monday, all city operations would run on 100 per cent “zero-emission Canadian hydropower” within five years. Negotiations would begin “right away” with the aim of signing […]

Suzuki Foundation, Tides and other groups brace for impact of Jason Kenney’s new war

Apr 17 2019 — Carl Meyer — Prominent Canadian environmental leaders say they hope to focus on priorities such as fighting climate change as they brace for the impact of government-led attacks and investigations promised on Tuesday night by the incoming premier of oil-rich Alberta. The comments came in response to a blistering victory speech delivered by Alberta United Conservative Party Leader […]

Head of new national climate institute is ‘perturbed’ by tweet from Doug Ford’s office

Apr 11 2019 — Carl Meyer — The head of a new national climate change institute says she is “perturbed” by a recent partisan attack from the office of Ontario Premier Doug Ford. The new institute, called the Pan-Canadian Expert Collaboration, is meant to hold Ottawa to account on its policies to reduce carbon pollution. The eligibility requirements for the competitive process […]

Andrew Scheer’s Tories now say their climate plan will come ‘well before the election’

Apr 3 2019 — Carl Meyer — The Conservative Party of Canada’s forthcoming plan to tackle climate change will be revealed “well before the election” set for October, says its environment critic. Still, with six months until Canadians go to the polls, Conservative MP Ed Fast won’t reveal much about how Leader Andrew Scheer’s party plans to bring pollution down to “near-zero” […]

Canada’s environment department didn’t think the Trans Mountain purchase was a fossil fuel subsidy

Apr 2 2019 — Carl Meyer — The federal government’s Environment Department did not consider the Canadian government’s $4.5 billion purchase of the Trans Mountain crude oil pipeline and expansion project in its ongoing assessment of corporate handouts to the oil and gas sector, says a new report tabled in Parliament on Tuesday. The pipeline purchase, completed by the Trudeau government last […]

Canada wants you to help public servants identify fossil fuel subsidies

Apr 1 2019 — Carl Meyer — Canada wants you to help public servants identify subsidies to the oil and gas industry. Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna announced a new public consultation on March 29 asking all Canadians what they believe the definition of “fossil fuel subsidy” should be. The announcement came four days before Environment Commissioner Julie Gelfand is […]

Violent white supremacists threaten Canada’s stability, says Freeland

Mar 28 2019 — Carl Meyer — Canada’s foreign affairs minister says violent white supremacists and other far-right groups threaten Canada’s stability and should be the primary focus of the international community’s counter-terrorism effort, including by stopping the spread of hate online. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland spoke at the United Nations Security Council on March 28. She said she felt a […]

Bank of Canada commits to probing climate liabilities

Mar 27 2019 — Carl Meyer — The Bank of Canada is committing to investigate and be more transparent about how climate change will affect the country’s economy, as scientists warn of extreme weather that could disrupt global trade and damage critical infrastructure. Canada’s central bank said Wednesday it is now “building climate-related risks into our financial system review process” and will […]