National Newswatch

Greens pitch an unconventional leadership race featuring video games and an open mic night

Aug 10 2022 — David Thurton — The Green Party of Canada prides itself on doing politics differently, and its upcoming leadership race appears poised to live up to that approach. While the party isn’t abandoning traditional events like debates, Canadians could also see candidates going head-to-head playing popular online party games like Quiplash and Trivia Murder Party during the upcoming campaign. […]

Budget watchdog says Trans Mountain expansion is no longer profitable

Jun 22 2022 — David Thurton — Canada’s budget watchdog says building the federally owned Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is no longer a profitable investment after costs ballooned to more than $21 billion. “Trans Mountain no longer continues to be a profitable undertaking,” the Parliamentary Budget Officer wrote in a report released Wednesday. According to the government-owned pipeline corporation, the projected cost […]

After years of missed targets, Liberals table their climate plan this week

Mar 28 2022 — David Thurton — The Liberals will this week table their most detailed plan to date for achieving Canada’s climate goals — after years of governments missing their marks. “Canada has never reached any of its own climate targets,” said Caroline Brouillette, national policy manager at Climate Action Network Canada, a coalition of more than 130 groups. “This plan […]

Trans Mountain blames massive spike in project cost on natural disasters, debt costs — and frogs

Mar 20 2022 — David Thurton — The projected cost of twinning the Trans Mountain pipeline has nearly tripled because of natural disasters, environmental protection measures and rising debt payments, according to the government-owned pipeline corporation. The latest figures show TMX’s initial $7.4 billion price tag — projected when the federal government purchased the project in 2018 — has since ballooned to […]

Ottawa reveals its latest plan to plant 2 billion trees by 2030

Dec 17 2021 — David Thurton — The federal government has released its latest plan to plant two billion trees by 2030. Ottawa has tasked Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN) with the job and it has given it a decade to finish. According to the latest figures, NRCAN expects its partners to plant 30 million trees this year and double that number next […]

Threatened with insolvency, Green Party considers closing its head officew

Dec 3 2021 — David Thurton — As it looks for ways to cut its costs and avoid insolvency, the Green Party of Canada is considering ditching its Ottawa party office. A report from the party’s financial arm, presented to party members at last weekend’s virtual general meeting, says the cash-strapped party is considering all of its options, including shutting down the […]

Annamie Paul says she was blindsided by leadership review

Nov 2 2021 — David Thurton — Green Party Leader Annamie Paul told a party meeting recently she was blindsided by the decision to put her leadership to a membership vote without informing her first. Paul said she only learned about the leadership review when the party sent a message out to the membership, catching her “by surprise.” Paul made the remarks […]

Green Party members are voting on Annamie Paul’s leadership — weeks after she said she would quit

Oct 28 2021 — David Thurton — Green Party of Canada members have started voting on whether to remove Annamie Paul as party leader — roughly a month after Paul herself announced her resignation. “Yes, the leadership review is underway,” Green Party communications director John Chenery said in an email to CBC. Voting on Paul’s leadership review began yesterday and will end […]

Green Party postpones national convention as federal election gets underway

Aug 16 2021 — David Thurton — In the midst of a federal election campaign, the Green Party has postponed its national convention that was supposed to take place this week, sources confirm to CBC News. The convention — scheduled to run virtually from Aug. 20-22 — would have distracted from the party’s ability to focus on its election campaign. It would […]