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Turkey struck by ‘sea snot’ because of global heating

May 30 2021 — — When seen from above, it looks like a brush of beige swirled across the dark blue waters of the Sea of Marmara. Up close, it resembles a creamy, gelatinous blanket of quicksand. Now scientists are warning that the substance, known as sea snot, is on the rise as a result of global heating.

P.E.I. government settles lawsuit with Provincial Nominee Program whistleblowers

Nov 7 2019 — — The provincial government has announced a settlement of a lawsuit involving three former employees who blew the whistle on the province’s Provincial Nominee Program. The province announced the settlement in an emailed statement late on Thursday afternoon. The three former employees, Susan Holmes, Cora Plourd Nicholson and Svetlana Tenetko had named former premier Robert Ghiz, […]

SNC-Lavalin could still avoid prosecution, Trudeau tells media during P.E.I. stop

Mar 4 2019 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his new attorney general could still negotiate a deferred prosecution agreement with embattled Quebec engineering firm SNC-Lavalin. During a news conference held at the Charlottetown headquarters of BioVectra Inc. on Monday, Trudeau did not contradict recent statements made by Attorney General David Lametti. During an interview on Sunday with Global […]

Trudeau tells P.E.I. Liberals his political opponents are playing up ‘division and fear’

Mar 4 2019 — — In morning remarks to Liberal party members in Charlottetown on Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau focused on his political opponents instead of the ongoing SNC-Lavalin political scandal. Trudeau, flanked by newly appointed Veterans Affairs Minister Lawrence MacAulay and Charlottetown MP Sean Casey, spoke before a crowd of roughly 50 people at the Delta Prince Edward. […]

P.E.I. Green party now in second place: CRA poll

Mar 6 2018 — Teresa Wright, — The Green party of P.E.I. has moved into second place among preferred political parties in the province and are within striking distance of the governing Liberals, according to the latest Corporate Research Associates poll. The Liberals are the preferred party of a plurality of Island voters at 42 per cent this quarter. This is an […]

Is Scheer just a smiling Harper?

Jul 29 2017 — Alan Holman — Andrew Scheer, the 38-year-old leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, accompanied by his wife and five young children, spent a couple of nights on the Island earlier this month. Advertisement Mr. Scheer is far different from the cold, austere, Stephen Harper, the former Tory leader. He’s a pleasant man, with an easy smile and […]

Q&A: Trudeau says ACOA minister from Toronto reduces bad politics

Jul 3 2017 — Teresa Wright — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he appointed an MP from Toronto to head the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency to “reduce the kind of politics” that have plagued regional development agencies. In an interview with The Guardian last week during a visit to P.E.I., Trudeau said he wanted all regional development agencies under one roof, so […]

Trump is deleting climate change, one site at a time

May 14 2017 — — During inauguration day on 20 January, as Donald Trump was adding “American carnage” to the presidential lexicon, the new administration also took a hammer to official recognition that climate change exists and poses a threat to the US. One of the starkest alterations to the White House’s website following Trump’s assumption of office was the […]

Trudeau’s NAFTA red line

Apr 20 2017 — Peter McKenna — One of the most contentious areas of the Canada-U.S. trade negotiations in the mid-1980s was the creation of a binding dispute-resolution mechanism. Given its importance, Ottawa was determined to find a way to guard against the often politically-motivated imposition of U.S. countervailing duties, safeguard measures and anti-dumping penalties. Based on a clear set of bilateral […]

Kevin O’Leary says Canada needs “a political exorcism”

Mar 22 2017 — — Kevin O’Leary says he’s going to perform an exorcism in 2019. The former judge on Dragon’s Den, who is one of 14 people running for the Conservative Party of Canada leadership, spoke to about 40 people at a Conservative event in Pooles Corner on Wednesday. “I promise to make (Prime Minister Justin) Trudeau’s life a […]

O’Leary says Atlantic provinces rely too heavily on transfer payments

Mar 21 2017 — Teresa Wright — Conservative leadership candidate Kevin O’Leary says the Atlantic provinces had better not get used to transfer payments if they don’t “get on board” with his plans to grow the economy. O’Leary said the region relies too much on money Ottawa distributes to “have-not” provinces through equalization. “What I’m not happy about is some of the […]

Ex-Liberal premiers have political and wireless connections

Feb 28 2017 — Kevin J. Arsenault — Premier MacLauchlan missed a golden opportunity to honour his promise to be transparent when he refused to release the Robert Ghiz contract with Bell Aliant. It should not have taken an order from the privacy commissioner for Islanders to learn the deal cost $23.3 million, not $8.2 million as initially disclosed. The Premier could reclaim […]

P.E.I. Liberals drop 18 points in latest CRA poll

Dec 6 2016 — Teresa Wright — Premier Wade MacLauchlan and his P.E.I. Liberals have taken a beating in the polls this quarter while the Green party is seeing its highest ever polling success. Support for the Liberal party dropped 18 points since August, according to the latest data from Corporate Research Associates. Over this same period, the Green party has gained […]