National Newswatch

N.W.T. premier urges investment in Arctic ports as sea ice recedes

Jul 24 2019 — Lauren Krugel — Climate change has hurt the northern economy in ways few southern Canadians can appreciate, says Northwest Territories Premier Bob McLeod, but he also wants to make sure his territory benefits from increased shipping traffic as Arctic sea ice recedes. "It's getting harder to resupply our communities," Bob McLeod said in an interview Tuesday from Saskatoon, where he spoke at […]

Trudeau stresses balancing economy, environment during brief Stampede visit

Jul 13 2019 — Lauren Krugel — CALGARY — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has told Liberal supporters their party is best positioned to get major projects like the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion built because it's able to take "difficult compromise positions" between growing the economy and protecting the environment. Trudeau made the remarks at a donor reception Saturday during his annual Calgary Stampede visit, which included fewer public events than in the past. […]

Ottawa announces $8.3 million to support beef industry amid China standoff

Jul 10 2019 — Lauren Krugel — CALGARY — Canada's beef industry is getting $8.3 million in federal funds, the bulk of it aimed at growing its international market reach as a trade standoff with China continues. The money is going to six different projects, Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said Wednesday during a visit to the Calgary Stampede. The biggest recipient is marketing organization […]

Alberta government seeking feedback on greenhouse gas emissions reduction plan

Jul 9 2019 — Lauren Krugel — CALGARY — The Alberta government is seeking feedback on its plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions from big industrial players. The province's environment, energy and agriculture ministers are meeting with 150 stakeholders over the next three days in Calgary. That includes representatives of the oil and gas, chemicals, mining and agriculture industries, among others.   Albertans can […]

Protesters target Alberta premier at Stampede over gay-straight alliances

Jul 8 2019 — Lauren Krugel — CALGARY — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney was met at his Calgary Stampede pancake breakfast by a handful of people voicing opposition to an education law that they say puts gay and transgender students at risk. Kenney was shaking hands and taking photos in a mostly friendly crowd when two women wearing T-shirts reading "outing kids is not in my […]

‘Like-minded’ premiers flip pancakes, talk politics on Calgary Stampede visit

Jul 8 2019 — Lauren Krugel — CALGARY — Five premiers with similar grievances against Ottawa gathered Monday for an informal confab in Calgary, where they shared notes ahead of this week's first ministers' meeting and took in some Stampede festivities. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney hosted counterparts from Ontario, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick and the Northwest Territories during Calgary's 10-day celebration of cowboy culture, which sees a […]

Scheer flips pancakes, appeals for votes on Calgary Stampede circuit

Jul 6 2019 — Lauren Krugel — CALGARY — Federal Conservative leader Andrew Scheer made the rounds on the Calgary Stampede circuit on Saturday, with the aim of strengthening voter support in the traditional party stronghold ahead of this fall's election. Andrew Scheer spent his day glad-handing and flipping pancakes in the only two Calgary ridings the Conservatives lost in the 2015 election. They […]

Alberta to hold $2.5-million public inquiry into funding for oil and gas foes

Jul 5 2019 — Lauren Krugel — CALGARY — The Alberta government will hold a public inquiry into environmental groups that it says have been bankrolled by foreign benefactors hell-bent on keeping Canada's oil and gas from reaching new markets while letting oil production grow unabated in the Middle East and the United States. "They often say that sunlight is the best disinfectant. This public inquiry […]

‘Loaded gun:’ B.C. seeks injunction against Alberta’s turn-off-the-taps law

Jun 28 2019 — Lauren Krugel — CALGARY — A lawyer for the British Columbia government has argued Alberta's turn-off-the-taps law is a weapon that should be defused until a court decides whether it's constitutional. "There's a loaded gun," B.C senior counsel Gareth Morley told a Calgary courtroom Friday.  "We need to make sure that it doesn't accidentally go off." The legislation was passed  — but […]

Youth minimum wage rollbacks won’t apply at this year’s Calgary Stampede

Jun 26 2019 — Lauren Krugel — CALGARY — A rollback to Alberta's minimum wage for young people won't apply to those working at this year's Calgary Stampede. The marquee 10-day celebration of cowboy culture kicks off on July 5. A new $13-per-hour minimum wage for workers aged 13 to 17 takes effect today. The old $15 rate, the highest in Canada, remains in place for everyone else. […]

Alberta energy war room must avoid online morass, preaching to choir: experts

Jun 16 2019 — Lauren Krugel — CALGARY — Tzeporah Berman only learned of her cameo appearance at an Alberta government news conference about its so-called energy war room after a flood of nasty messages. Industry advocate Robbie Picard held a poster calling the prominent environmentalist an "enemy of the oilsands" as he introduced Premier Jason Kenney at the Calgary event. Berman says dozens of violent, sexist social media […]

Alberta students walk out to protest expected gay-straight alliance changes

May 3 2019 — Lauren Krugel — CALGARY — Throngs of teenagers spilled out onto a sidewalk along a busy Calgary street to protest expected changes to the province's rules for gay-straight alliances, clubs meant to provide a safe space for LGBTQ students. The boisterous demonstration outside Western Canada High school was one of many 20-minute walkouts across Alberta on Friday morning.  Premier Jason Kenney said […]

Alberta’s Notley talks pipelines, energy on last day of election campaign

Apr 15 2019 — Lauren Krugel — CALGARY — Alberta's NDP leader spent the final day of the provincial election campaign contrasting her winning-hearts-and-minds approach to building pipelines with the more combative strategy of her chief rival. Rachel Notley donned a hard hat and work boots Monday as she toured a pipe fabrication yard in Calgary, a key battleground in Tuesday's election. "Through […]

Notley hopes for momentum shift as provincial election campaign winds down

Apr 14 2019 — Lauren Krugel — CALGARY — Alberta's NDP leader said she's hopeful momentum is moving toward her party in the waning days of what has been a nasty provincial election campaign. "We're really feeling good on the ground and we're certainly seeing that there's a lot of volatility, a lot of movement," Rachel Notley told reporters Sunday while visiting a […]