Sam Gindin

October 29, 2023  • 

“There’s something happening here
But what it is ain’t exactly clear.”

– “For What It’s Worth,” Buffalo Springfield.

Darren Major, Olivia Stefanovich
The class-action lawsuit against Ottawa was based largely on a Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruling which found Ottawa discriminated against First Nations children and families. (Chad Hipolito/The Canadian Press)

Oct. 24, 2023

The settlement agreement is the largest ever in Canada


The Federal Court has approved a $23 billion settlement agreement — the largest in Canadian history — for First Nations children and families who experienced racial discrimination through Ottawa's chronic underfunding of the on-reserve foster care system and other family services.

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A replacement pipeline segment is lowered into the Coquihalla River by Trans Mountain near Hope, B.C., on Aug. 9, 2022.  CBC News 2023

Oct. 24, 2023

Reuters) – More than two-thirds of Canadians oppose the federal government taking a multibillion-dollar writedown on the Trans Mountain pipeline, a survey showed on Tuesday, a dilemma for Justin Trudeau’s Liberals as they look to sell it ahead of an election expected by 2025.

Ottawa has sunk roughly C$35 billion ($25.6 billion) into the Trans Mountain oil pipeline, which the federal government bought in 2018 to ensure a controversial expansion project known as TMX went ahead.

Kiley Price
A small herd of Woodland Caribou on the tundra, Mackenzie Mountains, Yukon, Canada. Credit: by DeAgostini/Getty Images.

Oct. 19, 2023

As new areas become suitable for planting, researchers predict that vast swaths of biodiversity will be at risk, particularly in northern regions and the tropics.

Climate change has the potential to restructure the world’s agricultural landscapes, making it possible to plant crops in places where they have never been viable historically. Within the next 40 years, these new growing regions could overlap with 7 percent of the world’s wilderness areas outside Antarctica, putting those ecosystems at risk, scientists reported Thursday. 

Raffy Boudjikanian, Darren Major
Smoke rises after an Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip, as seen from southern Israel, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2023. Israel has been striking targets throughout Gaza since a bloody, cross-border attack by Hamas militants killed over 1,400 and captured many Israelis on Oct. 7. (Ariel Schalit/The Associated Press)

Oct. 20, 2023

One former minister and several Parliamentary secretaries say Trudeau should advocate for a ceasefire

More than 30 MPs — 23 of them Liberals — have written a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calling on him to advocate for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

John Woodside
NDP MP Charlie Angus at the Standing Committee on Natural Resources on Oct. 16, 2023. Photo by Natasha Bulowski/Canada's National Observer

Oct. 17, 2023

Following a federal committee hearing that dragged a Suncor executive over the coals for his company’s plans to expand fossil fuel production, NDP MP Charlie Angus says now is the time to hold Big Oil accountable, and Ottawa is failing Canadians by not acting.

Barry Saxifrage
Methane map

Oct. 18, 2023

Methane is becoming a serious threat to humanity, and Canada’s oil and gas industry is emitting a huge amount of it.


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