National Newswatch

Retired senior Mountie says answers could still come in B.C. homicides

Aug 9 2019 — Colette Derworiz, The Canadian Press — Investigators should be able to provide some answers about three homicides in northern British Columbia even though two suspects in the case are believed to be dead, says a former RCMP assistant commissioner. The manhunt for Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, from Port Alberni, B.C., ended Wednesday when two bodies were found in dense brush in northern Manitoba. […]

Parks puts up toilet etiquette signs to help international tourists use outhouses

Aug 1 2019 — Colette Derworiz, The Canadian Press — YOHO NATIONAL PARK, B.C. — Some new signs are popping up in the Canadian Rockies to show international visitors how to properly use outhouses. Staff at Lake O'Hara in British Columbia's Yoho National Park installed toilet etiquette signs, which ask users to sit rather than stand on toilet seats, in bathroom facilities in June. "We've noticed that some visitors […]

‘Fearsome-looking animal’ discovered at Burgess Shale in B.C. national park

Jul 30 2019 — Colette Derworiz, The Canadian Press — Researchers at the Royal Ontario Museum and University of Toronto have uncovered fossils of a large predatory species in 506 million-year-old rocks in the Canadian Rockies in British Columbia. The species, described in a study published Tuesday in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, is named Cambroraster Falcatus. "This animal has this really unique looking […]

Trudeau visits Alberta pipeline site, says national unity is not under threat

Jul 12 2019 — Colette Derworiz, The Canadian Press — EDMONTON — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is dismissing claims by conservative politicians that national unity is under threat. The Liberal leader says conservative politicians are playing petty politics, which is hurting people across the country. "Conservative politicians are choosing to play a high degree of politics, including bringing up threats to national unity, which we categorically reject," Trudeau […]

Trudeau visits Alberta pipeline site, says national unity is not under threat

Jul 12 2019 — Colette Derworiz, The Canadian Press — EDMONTON — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is dismissing claims by conservative politicians that national unity is under threat. The Liberal leader says conservative politicians are playing petty politics, which is hurting people across the country. "Conservative politicians are choosing to play a high degree of politics, including bringing up threats to national unity, which we categorically reject," Trudeau […]

Bison in Prince Albert National Park declining from overhunting: study

Jun 30 2019 — Colette Derworiz, The Canadian Press — Research into free-roaming plains bison in Saskatchewan's Prince Albert National Park says the herd could go extinct from overhunting in fields outside the protected area. The study, published in the journal Biological Conservation, looked at why the Sturgeon River herd's population has decreased to about 120 animals. "We had about 500 bison back in 2005 and the population […]

Alberta asks Court of Appeal to look at constitutionality of federal carbon tax

Jun 20 2019 — Colette Derworiz, The Canadian Press — EDMONTON — Alberta's justice minister says the province is asking for a legal opinion on the constitutionality of the federal government imposing its carbon tax. At a news conference Thursday, Doug Schweitzer said the province has filed a reference case with the Alberta Court of Appeal. "The federal government has recently announced that it will impose a carbon tax […]

Alberta asks Court of Appeal to look at constitutionality of federal carbon tax

Jun 20 2019 — Colette Derworiz, The Canadian Press — EDMONTON — Alberta's justice minister says the province is asking for a legal opinion on the constitutionality of the federal government imposing its carbon tax. At a news conference Thursday, Doug Schweitzer said the province has filed a reference case with the Alberta Court of Appeal. "The federal government has recently announced that it will impose a carbon tax […]

‘We’re deeply sorry:’ Husky fined $3.8M for leak into North Saskatchewan River

Jun 12 2019 — Colette Derworiz, The Canadian Press — LLOYDMINSTER, Sask. — Husky Energy was fined $3.8 million Wednesday for a pipeline oil leak that fouled a major river, harmed fish and wildlife and tainted the drinking water supply for thousands of people in Saskatchewan. "We recognize that the spill had a significant impact on communities along the North Saskatchewan River and we're deeply sorry for that," Duane Rae, the company's vice-president […]