National Newswatch

Feds can tackle affordability and climate change at the same time, says Steven Guilbeault

Sep 14 2022 — — As affordability woes dominate the national political conversation, the Liberal environment minister says climate change is linked to cost-of-living concerns and will remain high on the federal government’s agenda. Although climate issues are “probably not as much at the forefront as they’ve been … it’s still an area of concern for many, many Canadians,” federal […]

Pierre Poilievre’s war on the media has only just begun

Sep 13 2022 — Max Fawcett — You don’t have to squint too hard to see the parallels between former U.S. president Donald Trump and newly crowned Conservative Party of Canada Leader Pierre Poilievre. Both are economic populists with a gift for weaponizing working-class grievances and an unusual ability to connect with their audiences through social media. But that comparison does a […]

Can Charles be Climate King?

Sep 10 2022 — — On the first of November last year, Britain’s King Charles III, as he is now called, addressed a who’s-who of world leaders gathered in Glasgow for the COP26 climate conference. Speaking in the event’s cavernous main hall, the septuagenarian royal warned his audience to summon a “war-like footing” to tackle the “existential threat” of climate […]

Critics say Ontario moving too slowly on old oil and gas wells

Sep 9 2022 — — The Ontario government is in the “early stages” of developing a strategy to deal with old oil and gas wells in the wake of recent disasters, including an explosion last summer that decimated downtown Wheatley and injured 20 people. Natural Resources spokesperson Anita Tamrazi said via email that the ministry will work with other governments, […]

Justin Trudeau has been weirdly silent about Laith Marouf

Aug 31 2022 — Max Fawcett — If there’s a defining aspect to Justin Trudeau’s tenure as prime minister, it’s his fondness for big promises and soaring rhetoric. But as supporters of electoral reform can attest, those words haven’t always been backed up by deeds. Now, the Laith Marouf scandal is providing yet another reminder — perhaps the most important one yet […]