National Newswatch

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 […]

Ottawa, provinces and territories not on track to meet new climate targets: report

Jul 22 2021 — David Thurton — The federal, provincial and territorial governments have failed to plan emissions cuts sufficient to achieve Canada’s net-zero targets, says a new climate report. The report by the Pembina Institute, an energy and climate think-tank, concludes that Canada isn’t going to achieve its recently announced 2030 or 2050 net-zero goals. “Unfortunately, we are not on track […]

Ottawa kickstarts ‘transition’ process for oil and gas workers

Jul 21 2021 — David Thurton — The federal government is launching a long-awaited process to come up with a plan to support oil and gas workers as economies around the world move away from fossil fuels. “They will not be left behind,” Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan told a news conference today. “Workers will be at the centre of a clean […]

Vote on Annamie Paul’s leadership of Green Party cancelled, sources say

Jul 18 2021 — David Thurton — An imminent threat to Annamie Paul’s leadership of the Green Party of Canada has been eliminated, after a vote of non-confidence originally scheduled for this week was cancelled, CBC News has learned. The Green Party’s governing body, called the federal council, was set to vote on the question Tuesday. But multiple party sources told CBC […]

Climate change threatens remote and rural communities nationwide: report

Jul 5 2021 — David Thurton — The wildfire that destroyed Lytton, B.C. is just the latest vivid example of what rural communities across the country can expect as the planet continues to get hotter, the authors of a new report on climate change say. “I’m extremely worried about the impacts that climate change is having and will have,” said Kelly Vodden, […]

No apologies: Hassan Yussuff faces down his critics as he retires as leader of Canadian Labour Congress

Jun 18 2021 — David Thurton — Heading for the exits, Hassan Yussuff — leader of the country’s largest labour organization — has a terse message for those unhappy with the mark he’s leaving on Canada’s labour movement. “I’m never going to apologize for the advancement of the interests of working people,” Yussuff told CBC. Yussuff, the first non-white person to lead […]

Green Party’s Annamie Paul survives emergency meeting over leadership

Jun 16 2021 — David Thurton — Party instead asks Paul to publicly repudiate a former senior advisor. The leadership of the Green Party’s Annamie Paul is safe— for now — after party brass decided late Tuesday not to kickstart a process that could have ultimately ousted her as leader of the party. The party’s federal council – which is the governing […]

New York state pension fund says it’s selling off a $7M stake in oilsands

Apr 12 2021 — David Thurton — New York’s multi-billion-dollar government-run pension fund announced today that it’s pulling investments worth more than $7 million out of some of Canada’s major players in the oilsands. The New York State Pension Fund — the third largest such fund in the United States — said it would be selling off securities in several Canadian oilsands […]