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  1. Australian mining giant signs key deal for Ring of Fire EV nickel processing plant

    By Darius Snieckus A mining giant owned by Australian billionaire Andrew Forrest aims to build Canada's first processing facility for low-carbon nickel used in electric vehicle (EV) batteries and forge a key “missing piece” in the country’s plans to become a global EV manufacturin
  2. Gun-wielding Saskatchewan cabinet minister nearly caused security alert at legislature

    By Jeremy Simes A leaked letter says Saskatchewan Trade Minister Jeremy Harrison nearly triggered a security incident when he walked into the legislature in camouflage gear toting a long gun in a case. The Opposition NDP said Wednesday the document stokes further suspicions of Harr
  3. ‘No evidence’ Big Oil is serious on climate, report finds

    By Dharna Noor This story was originally published by The Guardian and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Major oil companies have in recent years made splashy climate pledges to cut their greenhouse gas emissions and take on the climate crisis, but a new repor
  4. Innovative programs make Colchester homes cosier — and more climate-friendly

    By Allison Lawlor Joanna Burris is well acquainted with the Salmon River, which runs through central Colchester and the town of Truro before rising up into the Cobequid Hills, descending through a valley and finally emptying into the Bay of Fundy. Growing up in the community of Bib
  5. An oligopoly is driving up grocery prices. What can we do?

    By Marissa Alexander, Wade Thorhaug Ryan Labatiuk, a resident of Prince George, BC, is on disability benefits. Recently, it has been getting harder for him to stretch payments to cover his daily needs. As he told CKPG Today , he has seen some frozen meals jump by $4 in a year and s
  6. When Toronto went dark, the scramble was on to save the wine. That was only the start

    By Marisa Sittheeamorn When Toronto went dark in 2003, the only thing on Arron Barberian’s mind was his multi-million dollar wine collection. North America’s largest power outage hit that summer and suddenly, Barberian had hundreds of bottles in sizzling heat and enough unrefrigera
  7. Conservatives should be careful what they wish for with Carney

    By Max Fawcett Once again, the Conservative Party of Canada is trying to bait Mark Carney into entering the political fray. After passing what they called a “Common Sense Conservative motion” in the House of Commons finance committee calling on Carney to testify, CPC finance criti
  8. Developed countries deliver on $100B climate promise

    By John Woodside Rich countries have finally delivered on a longstanding commitment to provide developing countries with US$100 billion to grapple with the climate emergency, according to new figures, but still much more will be required to meet their needs. On Wednesday, the Organ
  9. More protections for MPs needed after Toronto office vandalized

    By Alessia Passafiume A Toronto MP says vandalism that defaced the outside of her constituency office is an "attack on democracy." Liberal MP Julie Dzerowicz, who represents the riding of Davenport, said two people dressed in black approached her constituency office at 1 a.m. on Tu
  10. Weather Network predicts warm summer, wildfire risks in some regions

    By Tara Deschamps Get ready to feel the heat, Canada. The Weather Network is predicting more sunshine and warmer temperatures for the summer. The weather broadcaster's annual summer forecast released Wednesday indicates Canada will be blanketed in heat over the next three months as
  11. A photo that sunk a political career

    By Alessia Passafiume They say a photo is worth a thousand words. Sometimes, it's worth your career. A momentary snapshot can send the public a strong signal about what a politician's fate could be. It can seem to seal that fate. That was in part the case for former Progressive Cons
  12. House Speaker survives latest attempted ouster by Conservatives

    By Mickey Djuric House of Commons Speaker Greg Fergus has survived a vote put forward by the Conservatives to remove him from his position. The effort to oust Fergus failed by a vote of 142-168 after the NDP sided with the Liberals, with both accusing the Conservatives of undermini
  13. Big Six must finance green for good

    By Annabelle Liao Earlier this year, Change Course, and Canada’s National Observer launched the first annual Climate Finance Scholarship Contest, an opportunity for young people across Canada to showcase and share visionary, solutions-oriented essays that reimagined th
  14. Feds extend Chemical Valley benzene order for two years

    By Matteo Cimellaro Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault’s emergency interim directive ordering the petrochemical industry in southern Ontario to clean up its act has been extended for two years. The interim order to mitigate dangerous levels of benzene pollution in Sarnia, Ontar
  15. Bottled water is full of microplastics. Is it still ‘natural’?

    By Joseph Winters This story was originally published by Grist and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Is bottled water really “natural” if it’s contaminated with microplastics ? A series of lawsuits recently filed against six bottled water brands claim that it’s
  16. Offshore renewables could ‘definitely’ power a $220B Canadian ocean economy by 2035

    By Darius Snieckus Offshore renewable energy could surge into a $100 billion industry in Canada in the next ten years, powering a domestic "blue economy" of more than twice that market value, the head of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster (OSC), a maritime industry-led group, said on Mon
  17. Report used in Axe the Tax rallies contains ‘big error’

    By Natasha Bulowski The Parliamentary Budget Officer made an error in its carbon-pricing reports that are frequently cited in the Conservative Party's “axe the tax” attacks, and the Liberals want a more prominent correction issued. The PBO quietly published a note on its website on
  18. Quebec man grabbed dog and jumped into basement for safety as tornado hit

    By Morgan Lowrie Daniel Gélinas says he had only a few seconds to react before his 150-year-old farmhouse was hit by a tornado Monday afternoon. Gélinas was having a coffee in his home in Très-Saint-Rédempteur, Que., near the Ontario border, when he looked up and saw his belongings
  19. Hollywood movies seldom reflect climate change crisis. These researchers want that to change

    By Patrick Whittle Aquaman might not mind if the oceans rise, but moviegoers might. That's one of the takeaways from a new study conducted by researchers who set out to determine if today's Hollywood blockbusters are reflective of the current climate crisis . The vast majority of mo
  20. B.C. grasslands are preserved thanks to Nature Conservancy of Canada B.C. land purchase

    The Nature Conservancy of Canada says a new conservation area north of Cranbrook, B.C., will protect important bird habitat and preserve grasslands in the province's southeast. The conservancy says money from the federal government and private donors went to buying up 271 hectares

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