Doug Ford slashes Ontario watchdogs

Premier Doug Ford’s government moved to slash several key provincial watchdogs on Thursday, making the case that less oversight was producing savings in its efforts to balance Ontario’s finances.

U.S. fishermen file climate lawsuit, name Canada's Encana

A major Calgary-based energy company is facing its fourth lawsuit in U.S. courts over climate change. The Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations — the largest commercial fishermen’s group on the West Coast — has included Encana in a lawsuit attempting to link greenhouse gas emissions from 30 energy companies to damage in the crab fishery.

Guess where Quebec gets its oil

In the last six years, Quebec has gone from supplying its refineries with crude oil mostly from overseas to supplying them mostly from North American sources, thanks in part to the 2015 reversal of Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline.

Mike Schreiner proposes climate solution

Mike Schreiner, who became the first Green Ontario legislator after winning the seat for Guelph in the June election, said that "the Ford government is on the wrong side of history and on the wrong side of the electorate" given that a majority of votes cast in that election were for parties (the Liberals, New Democrats, Greens) which included pollution pricing in their platforms.
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'It's a disgrace': One year after Ontario promised change, toxic emissions are still spilling into Sarnia

Toxic releases are still very common, despite provincial government promises to crack down on the problem. Local residents say the alerts and scares are far too common. “They just tell us ... to just shut your doors and your windows and shut off your air conditioning," said one resident who lives near a refinery.

Native author Tommy Orange on Trump, the power of fiction and supermassive black holes

Tommy Orange, an Oakland-based author, was surprised his first novel 'There There' hit The New York Times best seller list, 11 weeks in a row. In an interview with National Observer, Orange told reporter Emilee Gilpin about rarely reading as a kid, the important role of fiction in society, and how the success of his first novel rode a strange parallel to Donald Trump's presidency.
Rachel Notley meets with premiers in Ottawa on Dec. 9, 2016. Photo by Alex Tétreault

Alberta's 2019 battleground

Will a price on carbon be a central issue in Alberta's 2019 election? With opinion polls that show Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party has a wide lead over Premier Rachel Notley's NDP, and signs that oilpatch leaders are undermining the government's approach to pollution, the pressure is on for Notley's team to show their work on the economy, climate change and renewable energy issues.