Canada

13/03/24
Author: 
John Woodside
eputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland takes questions from reporters before tabling Budget 2023 on March 28 at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa. Photo by Natasha Bulowski

Mar. 13, 2024

A majority of Canadians want Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government to implement a windfall tax on oil and gas companies’ profits, according to a new poll.

The findings from Leger come approximately one month before the federal government unveils its next budget. Before the budget is unveiled, environmental advocacy groups are urging Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland to respond to public support by taxing the record profits of the fossil fuel sector.

12/03/24
Author: 
Elizabeth Thompson
A wildfire burns near a home in the city of Kelowna, B.C., on Aug. 18, 2023. An internal RCMP report warns that a series of geopolitical and national threats — including climate change — will test the ability of governments and police services to protect Canadians in the coming years. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

Mar. 10, 2024

Canada faces a series of 'crises' that will test it in the coming years, RCMP warns

Report examined 'shifts in domestic and international environments' that could affect policing

The "crises" rocking national and international affairs are likely to get worse over the next few years and could have a significant effect on the federal government and Canada's federal police force, says an internal report prepared for the RCMP.

08/03/24
Author: 
John Vaillant
David Erickson/Associated Pressb - Texas fire

Mar. 2, 2024

Mr. Vaillant is the author, most recently, of “Fire Weather: A True Story From a Hotter World.”

On Thursday, as flames from the Smokehouse Creek fire raced eastward across the Texas Panhandle for the fourth straight day at speeds faster than a person can run, a cold front, driving a snow squall, swept southward over the Great Plains. In an elemental collision, the fire and snow met east of Amarillo, the swirling flakes joining and then melting into the smoke and ash of the colossal prairie fire.

08/03/24
Author: 
Winnipeg Free Press
Slim hugs Jessalyn Dimanno, the manager of outreach for the Coalition for the Homeless. CALLAGHAN O’HARE / FREE PRESS

Mar. 8, 2024

HOUSTON — The bright Texas sun bears down on the cracked cement landscape behind a gas station on the city’s outskirts. Here, an elaborate makeshift structure shields its resident, a lanky man called Slim, from the elements — it can get cold at night, he says.

07/03/24
Author: 
John Woodside
Artwork by Ata Ojani / Canada's National Observer

Mar. 7, 2024

Despite commitments to align their portfolios with net-zero emissions, Canada’s largest banks are increasingly financing fossil fuel companies and pushing their decarbonization goals out of reach.

07/03/24
Author: 
Paul Kahnert
Tree in a light bulb

Mar. 7, 2024

While the world burns, conservative governments in both Alberta and Ontario continue to spend billions hiding and protecting their failed hydro deregulation schemes. This is money that should be spent combatting the climate crisis.

05/03/24
Author: 
Andrew Nikiforuk
BC Hydro’s Revelstoke hydroelectric dam spans the Columbia River. Drought forced the utility to import expensive power from Alberta and the US in 2023. Photo via Shutterstock.

Mar. 4, 2024

Hydro Power’s Conundrum: Rising Demand in a Drier Climate

Central to low-carbon economic plans is an electricity source threatened by drought.

05/03/24
Author: 
Rochelle Baker
The Gitanyow and climate critics are calling on the province and federal government to tackle false advertising on LNG. Canada Action bus ad / screenshot

Mar. 5, 2024

The Gitanyow Nation is calling on both the provincial and federal governments to do something about deceptive ad campaigns that greenwash the climate impacts of liquified natural gas projects in B.C.

Its concerns relate to a deluge of paid ads across the province touting claims by gas companies that LNG is somehow a green source of energy aligned with net-zero emissions targets.

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