National Newswatch

David Suzuki broke down barriers – now youth are rising

Sep 16 2019 — — It’s been a long road for David Suzuki. This is his 40th year of hosting CBC’s documentary series, The Nature of Things. He helped establish the David Suzuki Foundation, a non-profit focused on sustainability, in 1990. And he says he’s become jaded after years of broken promises from politicians and business people about combating climate […]

The man from Irving

Sep 16 2019 — — The IJack Technologies Inc. plant — which makes equipment for the oil and gas industry — stands on a lonely highway in the big-sky prairies of southeastern Saskatchewan, just up the road from Moosomin, population 2,500. This remote corner of the country gained a national profile last February when 250 people gathered at the factory […]

Andrew Scheer’s Indigenous ‘hostage’ comment provokes tongue-lashing at first election debate

Sep 13 2019 — — “Hold hostage.” That one particular phrase from Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer about Indigenous rights sparked an intense, minutes-long altercation between the three federal political leaders who showed up for the first debate of the 2019 election campaign. At the debate, hosted in Toronto by Maclean’s and CityTV, Scheer was discussing whether he would implement the […]

For activists, CSIS-spying revelations were cold comfort

Aug 29 2019 — — When Tori Cress would talk on the phone with her friend and fellow Idle No More organizer Lynda Kitchikeesic back in the early 2010s, the two of them made sure any eavesdroppers who might be on the line didn’t feel left out. “We’d say things like, ‘Blow me, CSIS,’” she recalled with a laugh recently. […]

Doug Ford government sues privacy commissioner to block release of cabinet letters

Aug 21 2019 — Fatima Syed — The Doug Ford government is suing the office that preserves public sector transparency in an effort to block the release of documents outlining Ford’s expectations for each cabinet minister. Brian Beamish, Ontario’s information and privacy commissioner (IPC), said his office, which upholds and promotes open government and the protection of personal privacy in Ontario, had […]

How the Trudeau government reversed Harper’s anti-science agenda

Aug 16 2019 — — Canada’s federal science minister says the Liberal government has done all it could to amplify the scientific evidence that backs its environmental efforts, as Canada heads toward an election in which climate change is likely to feature prominently. Science Minister Kirsty Duncan, a medical geographer who represents the riding of Etobicoke North, argued to National […]

Environment laws are stalling development in Ontario, study says

Aug 16 2019 — — Imagine there’s a severe flood in a small Ontario town. Imagine the flood washes out a key bridge, which serves as a fire and ambulance route. The town leaders want to replace the bridge but in a different location, so that it’s safe from future weather events. They also want to elevate it, and reinforce […]

Singh calls Trudeau’s withholding of SNC-Lavalin report ‘troubling’

Aug 13 2019 — — Justin Trudeau has decided not to release a report by former Liberal cabinet minister Anne McLellan on the SNC-Lavalin affair. Instead, the prime minister will wait until the federal ethics commissioner, Mario Dion, releases his report, expected in early September. New Democratic Party Leader Jagmeet Singh called Trudeau’s decision a “cynical” and “troubling” move, in […]