National Newswatch

‘The shift is hard’: An exclusive look at the disquieting new political reality for Kathleen Wynne and Ontario’s defeated Liberals

Oct 10 2018 — — On their first day back at Queen’s Park after the June 2018 Ontario election, the seven elected Liberals couldn’t find a place to meet. There were meeting rooms galore for the Liberals in the castle-like legislative building when they were in government, but on this day, the Liberals regrouped in a restaurant in the basement. […]

Unscrambling the language of Canada’s G7 climate diplomacy

Sep 25 2018 — Carl Meyer — What is the difference between “many ministers” and “several ministers”? If you think you know the answer, you’re well on your way to decoding Canada’s pronouncements about the meetings of representatives from G7 nations and observer states that it hosted in Halifax last week. Canada has released what are known as “chair’s summaries,” the official […]

Climate scientists won’t be assessing Trump effect just yet

Sep 25 2018 — Carl Meyer — A major upcoming international climate report won’t be assessing how the White House’s actions have hurt humanity’s chances of surviving climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – an organization of 195 governments that harnesses the intellect of hundreds of experts to assess peer-reviewed, published science – is still lacking the needed source material […]

Équiterre accused of breaking election law in Quebec

Sep 19 2018 — — Équiterre has accused Quebec’s elections watchdog of trying to “muzzle environmental groups,” and is defying the watchdog’s demand to remove an election campaign survey from its website. Équiterre received a notice Monday from the Directeur général des élections du Québec (DGEQ) demanding that it pull the questionnaire by midday Wednesday or face a fine up […]

Catherine McKenna poised to steer the world away from plastic waste

Sep 14 2018 — Carl Meyer — Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna won’t be deterred by the United States and Japan refusing to sign a G7 charter on plastics pollution, heading into the group’s ministerial meeting in Halifax next week. If some governments won’t yet play ball, she suggested there are plenty of other players. “We’ve been working with industry […]

Tories deny responsibility for ‘critical’ Trans Mountain mistake made under Stephen Harper’s watch

Sep 4 2018 — Carl Meyer — Federal Conservatives denied responsibility on Tuesday for a “critical” mistake made under their watch, which has left a major west coast oil pipeline and tanker expansion in limbo. Instead, Tory MPs pointed the finger at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government for failing in its own due diligence, in the wake of a stunning Aug. 30 […]

Andrew Scheer’s office tries to explain why he called oil the ‘cleanest’ form of energy

Aug 31 2018 — Carl Meyer — The leader of Canada’s official Opposition party on Friday appeared to walk back an erroneous tweet that describes oil as the cleanest form of energy available. Andrew Scheer was reacting to the Federal Court of Appeal ruling that quashed the federal government’s approval of the Trans Mountain expansion project, when he tweeted a comment about […]

Postmedia loses Pecker following Cohen guilty plea

Aug 28 2018 — — Postmedia has lost a key board member who was recently linked in a U.S. court document to an illegal corporate donation to help President Donald Trump, the Canadian media company announced on Tuesday. The resignation comes less than a week after National Observer reported on how David Pecker’s situation may have conflicted with the company’s […]