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Economy, Environment & Animal Life, Society

Provincial challenges of federal carbon tax at Supreme Court today

After a long delay due to the pandemic, provincial challenges to the federal government’s imposed carbon tax will begin today in Canada’s highest court, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC). As part of an environmental effort to slow global warming »

Arts & Entertainment, Economy, Health

The COVID grinch that may have stolen a big Christmas event in Toronto

it may be that another major annual event in Canada’s biggest city has become a victim of COVID-19. The Toronto Christmas market is modelled loosely on European Christmas markets such as Germany’s Chriskindlesmarkts. This was to be the 11th year »

Economy, Politics, Society

Premiers seek $28B in additional health transfers from Ottawa

Four of Canada’s conservative-leaning premiers are calling on the federal government to increase health funding to the provinces by $28 billion as provincial budgets are getting a double whammy hit of rising healthcare costs and dwindling revenues due to the »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, Indigenous, International

Lobster dispute between Indigenous and commercial fishers boils over, again

Yelling, cursing, but no physical confrontation on or off the water Another contentious chapter in a very long dispute over Indigenous fishing rights and federal laws on conservation has begun. Thursday saw a handful of Indigenous lobster boats head out »

Economy, Politics

Guaranteed basic income for Canadians costly: analysis

Costs could be between $131 to $464B–Fraser Institute The idea of a universal guaranteed basic income (or universal basic income) has gained momentum during the pandemic. This comes as Canada’s federal government has instituted a number of emergency funding programmes »

Economy, Society

Vancouver pilot project to increase access to transit for low income earners

A pilot project to increase access to transit for low-income residents in the city of Vancouver was approved by the city council on Tuesday. The approved pilot project is a reduced fare transit program that is looking to design, test, »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, Society

Food unlikely to transmit COVID-19, says Canada’s food inspection agency

A notice this week from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) says there is no evidence that food or food packaging can transmit SARS-CoV2 . It says that there have been no reported cases of food or packaging being associated »

Economy, International, Politics, Society

Washington backs down in aluminum tariff fight with Ottawa

Ottawa is welcoming an announcement from Washington that the U.S. is dropping taxes on Canadian aluminium. The announcement by the U.S. Trade Representative’s office that it was repealing the 10 per cent levy it set in August came Tuesday afternoon, »

Economy, Health, International

COVID carrying flights continue into Canada

Canada’s borders may in theory be closed to non-essential travel, but flights continue to arrive in Canada carrying passengers testing positive for SARS-CoV2. Reports from various news sources say several flights into Canada’s major international airports since the beginning of »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, International

The end of peak oil demand?

Oil demand will decline, renewable energy sources increase: BP 2020 report For decades environmentalists have been calling for reductions in the use of fossil fuels which they say contributes to global warming resulting also in climate change. For almost the »