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Kinder Morgan pipeline supporters and detractors are being swarmed by online 'bots'

An industry ad to amplify pro-pipeline perspectives is just one example of how the online conversation around the troubled Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion is, increasingly, being pushed to its edges by actors on both sides of the debate. Casual opinion polls and social media platforms are open battlegrounds as messages spread quickly and debate become increasingly polarized.
Alberta Premier Notley wearing an Enbridge cap.

'Hard cap' for oilsands climate pollution has loopholes the size of Nova Scotia

Prime Minister Trudeau says Alberta's 100 million tonne "absolute cap on oilsands emissions" was a key factor in approving Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. But a close look at this cap reveals it has loopholes you could fit all of Nova Scotia's emissions through, or even entire nations like Costa Rica or Nicaragua.
Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario leadership hopeful Doug Ford sits on stage with reporter Anthony Furey for an interview on Day Three of the Manning Networking Conference in Ottawa on February 10, 2018. Photo by Alex Tétreault

How Doug Ford skated around the media in his first week as Ontario Tory leader

National Observer watched, listened and transcribed parts of seven one-on-one interviews Doug Ford gave after becoming Ontario PC leader. While it would not be fair to say media members only lobbed softball questions at the public figure, many gave him a great deal of space to touch broadly on his winning platform without getting into the weeds on what he will actually do if elected premier.