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Oh, Canada don't be smug. What happens in America can spill across the border

Oh, Canada don't be smug. What happens in America can spill across the border

Recently, I was asked whether Canada is vulnerable to fake news. The question brought me back to a Sunday almost two years ago. I was spending a warm-for-winter evening with my family at home in Vancouver. The mood was dark; the recent inauguration of a certain president cast a long shadow over all of us. I was thinking about what National Observer’s lead story would be. For the life of me, I can’t remember what the choices were. And it doesn’t matter. Because just around dinner time, the first news alert came across my computer. There had been a shooting at a mosque in Québec City. There...

December 14, 2018
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Ontario natural resources minister accused of violating endangered species law

Ontario natural resources minister accused of violating endangered species law

The man appointed to lead Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry last week is facing accusations he violated the province's endangered species law.Graydon Smith, MPP for Parry Sound—Muskoka, is named in a court case alleging he was partially responsible for putting a threatened species at risk last summer when he was mayor of Bracebridge, Ont. Before becoming an MPP, Smith served as mayor of the town for more than a decade; he was named Ontario’s minister of forestry and natural resources Friday. The accusations have not been proven in court.Michael Opara owns a hobby farm in...

Jun 29
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Dog photos and veiled threats: How Canada’s fertilizer lobby is fighting against climate laws

Dog photos and veiled threats: How Canada’s fertilizer lobby is fighting against climate laws

On a Thursday afternoon last May, Canada's Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau logged into a virtual meeting with Karen Proud, CEO of Fertilizer Canada, an organization representing Canada's $23-billion fertilizer industry. The meeting, also attended by assistant deputy minister Tom Rosser and special adviser on agriculture and climate change Javier Gracia-Garza, was poised to be delicate. A few months earlier, in December 2020, the government had challenged Bibeau's ministry to reduce emissions from artificial nitrogen fertilizers by 30 per cent by 2030. Nitrogen...

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‘We’re just at the foothills here’: Ojibway priest reflects on what else Catholic Church can do to advance reconciliation

‘We’re just at the foothills here’: Ojibway priest reflects on what else Catholic Church can do to advance reconciliation

When Father Daryold Corbiere Winkler, an Ojibway priest, spoke to CBC after the open-air mass in Edmonton, Alta., on Tuesday, he felt like he had just experienced the twilight zone. Canadian bishops speaking Latin in front of hundreds of residential school survivors harkened back to a time when every Catholic mass was delivered in Latin, including those some survivors attended as children. “This was the liturgy that children would have heard when children were in residential schools,” Winkler told Canada’s National Observer. “Did they not think that liturgy would trigger survivors...

Jul 29
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Turning soil to gold

Turning soil to gold

It is a grey day in Vancouver, but deep inside a nondescript office building, Karn Manhas, the CEO of Terramera, is bathed in artificial sunlight emanating from a miniature, high-tech cabbage farm. Dozens of potted baby cabbage plants, illuminated by LED lights, are laid out in a mobile grid housed inside a structure that resembles a shipping container. Every few seconds, the grid moves, rotating the tiny green shoots through a watering robot that looks a bit like a miniature car wash, without the soap. The outfit can mimic real-life growing conditions like temperature, humidity, sunlight...

May 30
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Export Development Canada taps former oil and gas lobbyist to join climate advisory team

Export Development Canada taps former oil and gas lobbyist to join climate advisory team

A former top oil and gas lobbyist has been chosen by Export Development Canada (EDC) as a sustainable investment adviser as the Crown corporation attempts to align its financing with a climate-safe future.Dave Collyer, former president of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), which lobbies on behalf of oil and gas companies, was appointed last week along with four others to the environmental, social and governance (ESG) advisory council of the agency tasked with providing financing and connecting Canadian companies to international markets.“These enhancements to the...

Jul 21
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‘It just feels so raw’: National Chief RoseAnne Archibald reflects on the papal visit

‘It just feels so raw’: National Chief RoseAnne Archibald reflects on the papal visit

Can you begin by giving me your reflections and impressions of the week that just passed? It just feels so raw. Emotions are so high, especially for our survivors who were in these institutions. It just feels like an emotionally intense time. I felt like that in this journey as national chief and as an intergenerational survivor myself. Did you have any conversations with the Pope? What were they like? I only had one opportunity to talk to him, and that was at the airport [in Edmonton last Sunday]. I welcomed him first of all because I promised him if he did come to Turtle Island, I...

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Canada's debt level and fiscal policy sustainable over long term: parliamentary budget officer

Canada's debt level and fiscal policy sustainable over long term: parliamentary budget officer

The says Canada's current fiscal policy is sustainable over the long term. The 's latest fiscal sustainability report finds that Canada's overall debt level is projected to decline steadily over time. At the federal level, the report says, the government could permanently increase spending or reduce taxes by 1.8 per cent of GDP and remain fiscally viable. That amounts to $45 billion in current dollars. Our award-winning journalists bring you the news that impacts you, Canada, and the world. Don't miss out. "It's generally a pretty good news story overall, for the fiscal outlook for Canada,"...

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Pickering nuclear station is closing as planned, despite calls for refurbishment

Pickering nuclear station is closing as planned, despite calls for refurbishment

The Ontario government will not reconsider plans to and instead stop-gap the consequent electricity shortfall with natural gas-generated power in a move that will hike the province’s greenhouse gas emissions substantially in the coming years. In a report released this week, a urged Ontario to refurbish the aging facility east of Toronto, which is set to be shuttered in phases in 2024 and 2025. The closure of Pickering, which provides 14 per cent of the province’s annual electricity supply, comes at the same time as Ontario’s other two nuclear stations are undergoing refurbishment and...

Jul 29
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Elizabeth May reportedly gunning for Green Party leadership

Elizabeth May reportedly gunning for Green Party leadership

After taking a step back a couple of years ago, the Green Party’s Elizabeth May may be running for federal leadership once again. May ran the party between 2006 and 2019 but resigned after she promised her daughter that year’s election would be her as leader. However, after a rough period of infighting and an in 2021, the Toronto Star Thursday that May is planning to run as a co-leader with Jonathan Pedneault, who used to work as a researcher at .Canada’s National Observer reached out to May for comment. She said she can “neither confirm or deny” the reports until Aug. 31 when candidates...

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