National Newswatch

Inside the World Petroleum Congress and the pushback against net zero

Sep 22 2023 — — Early in the morning on Sept. 18, the first full day of the World Petroleum Congress in Calgary, the hall was largely empty. Volunteers and security far outnumbered the delegates in the cavernous BMO Centre on the edge of downtown. Exhibitors stood around waiting for someone to talk to, or warming up the many espresso […]

Oilsands giants pushed feds to delay and weaken emissions cap rules

Jul 5 2023 — Carl Meyer — The Pathways Alliance plastered Toronto streetcars and Vancouver billboards with optimistic messages about its plan to slash pollution and help Canada meet its climate goals. Behind the scenes, the coalition of fossil fuel producers struck a different tone. A collection of internal government documents obtained by The Narwhal show how six major oil companies lobbied […]

‘TD crew’ got heads up Canada would obscure involvement in Trans Mountain pipeline bailout

May 24 2023 — Carl Meyer — An executive at the federally owned Trans Mountain corporation gave TD Bank a heads up that the government would obscure the financial institution’s involvement in a multibillion dollar bailout for the struggling oil pipeline, according to an email obtained by The Narwhal. Trans Mountain chief financial officer Mark Maki gave the assurance to six people […]

30 federal politicians each disclosed over $10,000 in oil and gas investments

May 2 2023 — — Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson and his staff have praised Enbridge and Shell in recent months, after his spouse invested in the two large fossil fuel companies. The case is just one example of a broader trend of investment ties between Canadian lawmakers or their families, and the oil and gas industry. In November last […]

Mark Carney says governments, boardrooms need to think harder about ‘when things go wrong’ with climate

Feb 28 2023 — Carl Meyer — Senior officials in corporate boardrooms and governments need to stop resisting financial reforms that are needed to make the economy more resilient to the climate crisis, Mark Carney says. The former governor of the Bank of Canada and the Bank of England told a Montreal audience of financial regulators and accountants that corporations and governments […]

The complicated truth about pipelines crossing Wet’suwet’en territory

Oct 5 2022 — — Three years after starting construction on a gas pipeline in northern B.C., Calgary-based energy giant TC Energy has begun to drill and lay pipe under the Wedzin Kwa (Morice River) on Wet’suwet’en territory. The river crossing, about 63 kilometres south of the town of Houston, has been the focal point of conflict between the pipeline […]

Climate crisis will make road and transit maintenance very expensive: Ontario watchdog

Sep 22 2022 — — As Doug Ford looks to break ground on new highways, Ontario’s financial watchdog is warning that extreme climate events will drive basic maintenance costs on transportation infrastructure drastically higher. In a new report out today, the Financial Accountability Office projects that extreme rainfall, heat and freeze-thaw cycles caused by the warming of the planet will […]

Canada slammed Doug Ford for axing cap-and-trade. Now, as it battles Koch Industries, it’s defending him

Sep 7 2022 — Fatima Syed — In 2021, Justin Trudeau and Doug Ford took their two-year clash over climate policy — specifically, Ford’s rejection of, in his words, “the Trudeau Liberal carbon tax” — to the Supreme Court of Canada. The battle was heated, with sniping on both sides. “Cap-and-trade and carbon tax schemes are no more than government cash grabs […]

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