David Climenhaga, Todd Pruner
An image of a military drone illustrates the Department of National Defence website promoting next week’s “Counter Uncrewed Aerial Systems Sandbox 2024” in Alberta. (Photo: DND).

May 22, 2024

Israeli weapons manufacturers will soon be using Alberta as a testing ground to market their latest weapons

By facilitating this ‘sandbox’ in Alberta, Canada’s DND is directly involving itself in the sale of weapons that have been – and will be – used to kill civilians, writes Todd Pruner

Natasha Bulowski
Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Chief Allan Adam pictured speaking at a press conference in Ottawa last spring. File photo by Natasha Bulowski / Canada's National Observer

May 14, 2024

A massive carbon capture project in Canada’s oilsands should require an environmental impact assessment, say a local First Nation and environmental groups who are calling on the provincial government to make it happen.

Eugene Kung, Staff Lawyer
Protect the Inlet march - Mar. 10, 2028 - Ian MacKenzie

Today Trans Mountain commenced operations on its new expanded oil pipeline system (TMX). It is a solemn day for us at West Coast Environmental Law, as we have been part of the massive social movement opposing this megaproject for more than 10 years, fighting for climate action, land and water protection, and Indigenous self-determination. 

David Climenhaga
Alberta Finance Minister Nate Horner says the 22,000 government workers should accept an offer of a 7.5-per-cent wage increase over four years. Photo via Alberta government.

Apr. 17, 2024

To hear Alberta Finance Minister Nate Horner tell it this week, you’d almost think there’s been no inflation in Alberta since the pandemic.

Emily Eaton, Andrew Stevens and Sean Tucker
Corporations are using calls to continue using fossil fuels to delay action on a just transition for workers. Photo by Christian Lagerek via Shutterstock.

Apr. 24, 2024

Fossil fuel companies are building on right-wing protests to stop change and cut salaries.

What comes to mind when you read the slogan “I love Canadian oil and gas”? Energy independence? Royalties for government coffers? Good jobs for Canadian workers?

Chris Russill, Patrick McCurdy & Jenny Kliever
We need to get to the bottom of fossil fuel greenwashing people encounter when conducting searches on Google. Photo by fotdmike/Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 DEED)

Apr, 12, 2024

When we are confused about carbon taxes or other climate policies, we often turn to Google for help. Some of us Google Search for information on “climate payment” or “climate action incentive payment” or "carbon tax rebate." Others seek government sources by searching “Environment and Climate Change Canada” or “net zero.” A few use special operators for searches, like “filetype:pdf climate change,” to filter for climate reports in PDF format.

Steve Lorteau
The federal government has spent $35 billion on the Trans Mountain pipeline alone. Photo via Trans Mountain.

Apr. 11, 2024

Worried about Taxpayer Dollars? Focus on Fossil Fuel Subsidies.  They cost Canadians a lot more money than the carbon tax.

The federal carbon tax increase is now in effect, and will raise gas prices by three cents per litre in most Canadian provinces.

Natasha Bulowski
Alberta's Environment and Protected Areas Minister Rebecca Schulz at a news conference on Nov. 28, 2023. Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta

Feb. 16, 2024

The federal government’s ideas to make major electricity regulations more flexible and responsive to provincial and industry concerns did not win over Alberta.

“This report makes no meaningful corrections to the most destructive piece of Canadian electricity regulation in decades,” said Environment Minister Rebecca Schulz in an emailed statement to Canada’s National Observer.

Andrew Nikiforuk
St. Mary Reservoir, near Lethbridge, just 11 per cent full. Climate change is only part of the reason Alberta is reeling for lack of water. Photo via Alberta government.

Feb. 19, 2024

Scientists who studied the region’s arid past warned this drought was coming. Thirst for growth won out. A Tyee special report.

Zoë Yunker
Trans Mountain’s expansion project is stuck at a section of hard rock containing pressurized aquifers running alongside the Fraser River. Photo via Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC.

Feb. 15, 2024

Or can it? Canada’s energy regulator has reversed its decision to quash a last-minute pipeline variance.


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