Carol Linnitt

Documents obtained by The Narwhal reveal Canada Action, an organization that promotes the natural resources industries while criticizing the environmental movement, receives funding from the oil and gas sector

Carl Meyer
The Sumas Pump Station on the morning of June 13, 2020 showing the oil spill before cleanup. Trans Mountain photo

June 17th 2020

The chief of Sumas First Nation is calling for an independent investigation into the Trans Mountain pipeline, following an oil spill this past weekend near a significant burial ground for the community.

Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan’s office says it is monitoring the situation closely and expects all companies to “adhere to the highest standards of safety and environmental stewardship.”

Robert Tuttle
June 13, 2020

The Trans Mountain pipeline was shut after an oil spill was discovered at a pump station in British Columbia early Saturday.

Jennifer Koshan, Lisa Silver, and Jonnette Watson Hamilton
University of Calgary - Faculty of Law -

June 9, 2020

 PDF Version: Protests Matter: A Charter Critique of Alberta’s Bill 1

Bill Commented On: Bill 1, the Critical Infrastructure Defence Act, 30th Legislature, 2nd Session (2020)

Ben Parfitt
Fort McKay First Nation member Michael Bouchier, middle, takes his friends on a boat ride toward a Suncor Energy operation on the Athabasca River. The Fort McKay recently won a legal battle against a new oilsands project near Moose Lake. Photo: Aaron Vincent Elkaim

May 28, 2020

A recent ruling by three Appeal Court justices has transformed the nature of Treaty 8 First Nations’ legal battles against the Site C dam and oil and gas development, finding the Crown must consider the cumulative impacts of industrial projects

When Woodland Cree Chiefs met with commissioners of the Crown at Lesser Slave Lake in June 1899 to sign Treaty 8, it’s likely no one completely understood the full scale of industrial development that lay ahead.

Charlie Smith 
The Christina Lake oilsands facility south of Fort McMurray is owned by one of the big five, Cenovus, which all are majority foreign-owned. CENOVUS
 May 11th, 2020
The Canadian fossil-fuel sector and its political allies, including Alberta premier Jason Kenney, repeatedly drive home the point that Canadian environmental groups receive foreign funding.

But some of these same groups have turned the tables on the industry with a new report showing that foreign-controlled operational profit from the Canadian oilsands nearly doubled from 2012 to 2016 to 58.4 percent.

Andrew Nikiforuk

May 20, 2020 - Alberta’s oil patch regulator made history of a sort last week by saying the word no. The reasons it did pitted a crusty cowboy against a wealthy ballet aficionado, and exposed a gambit by one of the world’s oil giants to offload its responsibilities in a way, the ruling said, that would have defied provincial law.


Late last week, Bloomberg reported that a US$320-billion Saudi wealth fund controlled by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had snapped up shares in Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. and Suncor Energy, becoming CNRL’s eighth-largest and Suncor’s 14th-largest owner. The fund made its move after CNRL’s shares lost 43% of their value this year, and Suncor’s dropped 46%, compared to a 15% decline across the Standard & Poors/Toronto Stock Exchange Composite Index. 

Charlie Smith
Dr. Bonnie Henry has raised concern about a community outbreak of COVID-19 at the Kearl Lake oilsands project north of Fort McMurray, Alberta.

May 2nd, 2020\

The provincial public health officer wants Alberta oilsands workers who come back to B.C. on their breaks to self-isolate.

Dr. Bonnie Henry pointed out that there continue to be positive test results for COVID-19 linked to a project north of Fort McMurray.

"One of the more challenging issues that we've had recently is an increase in numbers of cases here associated with the Kearl Lake plant in Alberta," Henry told reporters today. 


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