Election 2021

News and views related to the 44th Canadian general election, scheduled for Sept. 20, 2021.

Sustainable Cities

Cities lead the way in the race to net zero. Find your city here and learn more about climate solutions.

Canada's plastics problem

A Canada's National Observer investigation into the battle between government, industry and environmentalists to bring our country's rising plastic pollution under control.

Food Insider

Marc Fawcett-Atkinson reports from Vancouver and the Lower Mainland on the tension between the global corporate industrial and the local artisanal food economy, food security and the food supply.

Canada's National Observer is a proud participant of the Local Journalism Initiative, which supports the creation of original civic journalism that covers the diverse needs of underserved communities across Canada.

First Nations Forward

Produced in collaboration with the Real Estate Foundation of BC, I-SEA, Vancouver Foundation, Vancity, Catherine Donnelly Foundation, Donner Canadian Foundation, Clayoquot Biosphere Trust, North Foundation, Willow Grove Foundation, Canadian Center for Journalism, Victoria Foundation, and the Port Moody Foundation. National Observer retains full editorial control over the topics and the reporting.

Canada's Clean Economy

In collaboration with I-SEA, Ivey, Trottier, and Vancity foundations. National Observer retains editorial control over the reporting. Produit en collaboration avec les fondations Ivey et Trottier, Vancity et I-SEA. National Observer conserve le contrôle éditorial total sur les rapports.

A green stimulus package for Canada

This special project is being produced in collaboration with I-SEA, The Canadian Journalism Centre, the Trottier Family Foundation and the Ivey Foundation. Canada's National Observer maintains complete editorial control of all aspects of the reporting.

Zoning out: Doug Ford's special land-use orders

A Canada's National Observer investigation into the Doug Ford government's use of controversial ministerial zoning orders to approve development projects, in some cases benefitting political donors and despite environmental concerns.

Trans Mountain

Reports on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

Race Against Climate Change

Readers fund this ongoing series on the challenges Canadian cities, provinces, and the world itself face as governments, business and citizens respond to the climate emergency. Daily coverage of the race to net zero, climate tragedies, visionaries and climate solutions.


Join Editor-in-Chief Linda Solomon Wood on Zoom for real-time conversations with fascinating people on the big stories happening in our world. Some are subscriber-exclusives while others are open to the public. Stay tuned to our newsletter for announcements on guests and availability. Coming soon as a podcast as well.

The Price of Oil

An unprecedented national collaboration between National Observer, The Toronto Star, Global News, the Michener Awards Foundation, the Corporate Mapping Project and four journalism schools investigating the impacts of the oil and gas industry on Canadian communities.

Canada's Oilsands

Our award-winning series on the people, places and conflicts on the front lines of resource development in the Alberta oil patch.

Toxins in Canada

A series exploring the pros and cons of pesticide use in Canada, the strengths and weaknesses of its regulatory landscape and who exercises the greatest influence on this landscape. Produced in collaboration with The Echo Foundation. National Observer retains full editorial control.

House of Irving

A series by investigative reporter Bruce Livesey examines the powerful role the Irving family plays in the business, politics and media of New Brunswick and beyond. To fund more investigative reporting on National Observer by Bruce Livesey, please subscribe.

Homesick: Inuit between two worlds

Produced in collaboration with the Echo Foundation, this series focuses on the challenges faced by Inuit in the north as well as what happens when they arrive in Montreal.

Great Bear Rainforest

An epic story of collaboration between government, First Nations, environmentalists, and industry to save one of the world's largest temperate coastal rainforests. In collaboration with Teck, Inc. Tides Canada and Vancity.


Investigating threats to the world's oceans and the solutions that might save them.


Reporting on the challenges faced by Canadian communities in a warming world as wildfires consume resources, property and lives.

State Of The Animal

In Canada, wildlife face many challenges, as they are hunted, managed, and their food sources and habitats are altered by climate change. This Special Report has received generous funding from readers to pay for reporting on an issue which, like its subjects, is often out of sight and out of mind. Please subscribe or make a donation to ensure their story continues to be told.

The Climate Innovator Next Door

What motivates people to take on the challenge of climate change? Our reporters look at how Canadians are coming up with solutions in our own backyards. If you'd like to see more of this reporting, please subscribe.

Canada's Extraction Secrets

Are the stories true? This investigative series digs into the activities and ongoing operations at Canadian-owned mines abroad.

Fraser River

Gravel mining of The Fraser River is a window into how British Columbia's government makes decisions about complex environmental issues. This Special Report investigates money, power, politics, and more.

Trophy Hunt

Our award-winning team looks at the personalities and policies behind BC's controversial trophy hunt.

Secrets of Government

This report takes you behind closed doors to investigate the conversations happening between government and corporations. It is reader-funded through subscriptions.

Coronavirus in Canada

In this series, our journalists bring you important public health updates, breaking stories and in-depth analysis about meeting the challenges of the pandemic. Please note, as a public service, we are offering all of our reporting on the coronavirus for free. It's moments like these that show why sustainable, truthful journalism matters so much.

State of Journalism

Our latest reporting on the state of media in Canada and beyond. Supporting independent journalism has never been more important. Help us protect it by subscribing or donating today.

Beyond the Wall

Linda Solomon Wood takes you into a powerful movement building relationships, trust and collaborations behind the wall.


Reporting on one of the most distressing humanitarian crises of our time, we've taken you into refugee camps from Greece to France.


Reports about meetings of the G7 countries hosted in Canada in 2018.


Coverage of Ontario's provincial election, funded by readers like you

Up in Smoke

A plan by the Metro Vancouver regional authority would have taxpayers spending half a billion public dollars on an incinerator to solve the region’s garbage problem. Would that send Vancouver's Greenest City aspirations up in smoke?

Quebec 2018

Coverage of Quebec's provincial election, funded by readers like you.

Election 2019

News and views related to the 43rd Canadian general election, scheduled for Oct. 21, 2019.

Europe on Alert

This special report investigates how Europe is responding to racism and the rise of the far-right.

Header photo by Benh Lieu Song used under Creative Commons.

Budget 2019

Our full coverage of federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau's 2019 budget, the last budget of the Trudeau government's mandate heading into the 2019 election.