Damian Carrington
Jason Kenney speaks at the Manning Networking Conference in Ottawa on Feb. 10, 2018. Alberta premier Jason Kenney’s government has pledged $5bn in support for the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline. File photo by Alex Tétrault

April 19th 2020

This story was originally published by The Guardian and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration

Polluting industries around the world are using the coronavirus pandemic to gain billions of dollars in bailouts and to weaken and delay environmental protections.

Jesse Firempong & Priyanka Vittal
Alberta oil sands. Photograph by Andrew S. Wright. / Image of the novel coronavirus

April 20th 2020

How far is too far?

It’s a question that’s been debated since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, especially when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau eyed broader emergency powers for the federal government and left the door open to using cellphone data to track compliance with physical-distancing rules.

Dean Bennett
Alberta chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw updates media on the Covid-19 situation in Edmonton on Friday, March 20, 2020. File photo by The Canadian Press/Jason Franson

April 16th 2020


Alberta has reached almost 2,000 cases of COVID-19 and is now dealing with an outbreak at an oilsands facility.

Chris Campbell
Extinction Rebellion protesters at Trans Mountain's Burnaby tank farm. Submitted

APRIL 15, 2020

Trans Mountain’s tank farm in Burnaby was the scene of a protest today (Wednesday), with the company accused of not following social distancing measures amid the COVID-19 crisis.

George Monbiot
A man demonstrates as Greenpeace stages a climate protest at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport in Netherlands on Dec. 14, 2019.Piroschka van de Wouw/Reuters

[Note: This in the National Post.]

April 11, 2020

George Monbiot: Capitalism relies upon perpetual growth, which cancels out all our efforts in combating climate change

The following is adapted from the opening remarks made by George Monbiot in a Munk Debates Podcast with Andrew McAfee. Listen to the whole episode on climate change and capitalism here:

Macdonald Stainsby
Photograph Source: Jernej Furman – CC BY 2.0

We all have this feeling right now. Fear, sometimes verging on terror, and the main strategy to stay human is to never panic. Still, there is a lot of reason to be greatly afraid. Covid-19 has passed into every country, and most people on earth are on some variant of lockdown. The psychology of it is immense. There is an invisible enemy, somewhere out there, and it is threatening immediately our families and loved ones, and it has removed all outdoor life, socialization, schooling, etc.

Gabriel Friedman
Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage and Premier Jason Kenney see a need for $20 billion to $30 billion injected into the province's oil sector. IAN KUCERAK/POSTMEDIA

April 13, 2020

Hopes for as much as $30 billion to help sector survive double hit

Alberta’s Minister of Energy Sonya Savage expects the federal government to announce a “liquidity package” this week that would help oil and gas companies in her province survive through the severe price collapse caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic.

James Peters
Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion
Apr 14, 2020

KAMLOOPS — Trans Mountain has confirmed its pipeline expansion construction schedule within Kamloops has been pushed back.

In a memo addressed to the Canada Energy Regulator dated April 1, Trans Mountain says construction in the Kamloops Urban Area will begin in June, 2020. This is a revision from the previous schedule, which had Kamloops construction beginning this month.

Construction in the Black Pines area is scheduled to begin in August, 2020.

Robert Green
Bank of Canada - Photo: Etienne Martin

APRIL 10, 2020

The Bank of Canada’s response to this crisis shows we have the capacity to rebuild social programs, fund Indigenous communities and transition to clean energy, what we lack is political will

“The process by which banks create money is so simple that the mind is repelled,” famed Canadian economist John Kenneth Galbraith once wrote.


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