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Trans Mountain pipeline expansion could be at least two months late

Sep 25 2020 — — Last week, Trans Mountain said its pipeline expansion project is on schedule to be done by the end of 2022. But the environmental non-profit Wilderness Committee says it appears Trans Mountain has missed its window to start key construction work in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, meaning the project is at risk of at […]

What will the throne speech say about poverty?

Sep 23 2020 — Ricardo Tranjan — Anti-poverty advocates and social policy wonks will be watching today’s throne speech for signs of how the government plans on addressing poverty in this complicated pandemic period. I, for one, am hoping the government chooses to leave behind notions of “deserving” and “undeserving” poor that have shaped social policy for almost two centuries. It’s the […]

Climate strikers are trying to trademark Erin O’Toole’s ‘Take Back Canada’ slogan

Sep 17 2020 — — A group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth climate activists have filed to trademark the ‘Take Back Canada’ slogan used by Conservative Party of Canada Leader Erin O’Toole. Climate Strike Canada, which organized nationwide climate strikes last September, served O’Toole and the Conservatives with a cease and desist letter Thursday morning, saying the activist group has […]

Trudeau Liberals shouldn’t shelve $100 billion climate plan

Sep 15 2020 — Linda Solomon Wood — As of Sunday, around 4 million acres have been scorched by wildfires in California, Washington and Oregon. These fires are a reminder that for all our struggles with COVID-19, climate change remains the number one threat against human civilization. Yet even now, we can’t even acknowledge this reality. The Liberal government was expected to unveil […]

The Conservative Party has a new direction on climate. Will it work?

Sep 15 2020 — — Next story Already, Conservative Party leader Erin O’Toole is striking a different tone on climate than his predecessor. Like former leader Andrew Scheer, O’Toole has rejected the current Liberal government’s carbon tax. And like Scheer, O’Toole has been friendly toward emissions-intensive oil and gas in Western Canada. But where Scheer delivered a climate plan that […]

Trudeau asked to enshrine top scientist’s position in law

Sep 15 2020 — Carl Meyer — Canada’s scientific community is calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government to enshrine its federal science adviser in law, saying it is crucial that the country has the right tools at hand to cope with the uncertain future it faces from COVID-19 and the climate crisis. Chief Science Advisor Mona Nemer plays several prominent roles […]

Indigenous vice-chief calls on correctional service commissioner to resign

Sep 13 2020 — — Congress of Aboriginal Peoples Vice-Chief Kim Beaudin is calling for accountability after a panel of experts assigned to look into the use of Structured Intervention Units (SIUs), in Canadian prisons released a scathing report on 19 Aug. detailing how their work was obstructed, undermined and blocked by the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC). “The panel […]

Doug Ford facing second lawsuit over environmental assessment changes

Aug 31 2020 — — A group of environmental advocates is suing the Ford government over its COVID-19 economic recovery bill, asking a judge to order the province to go back and consult the public. The suit announced Monday is the latest in a flurry of court challenges against Bill 197, which contained a major overhaul of the province’s environmental […]

Chrystia Freeland’s golden opportunity

Aug 21 2020 — Sheila Block — There’s a global pandemic. A deep recession. And a federal budget deficit the size of last year’s revenues. Chrystia Freeland is becoming finance minister in interesting times. To make matters even more interesting, the country is divided. Like so many times in the past, it’s divided along political lines, with a minority government and five […]

Growing number of First Nations raise concerns about Doug Ford’s omnibus bill

Aug 19 2020 — — A growing number of northern Ontario First Nations are raising concerns about Premier Doug Ford’s controversial economic recovery bill. Bill 197, an omnibus piece of legislation that was passed last month without public consultation, included a rewrite of environmental rules that critics said weakened key protections. Both the Fort Albany and Attawapiskat First Nations denounced […]