Highlights / federal

Environment, Society

Canada still wants to ban single use plastics in 2021

The Canadian federal government said that it’s still on track to ban single use plastics in 2021. “Science confirms that plastic pollution is everywhere and is negatively impacting our environment. This assessment will inform our decisions as our government follows» 

Environment, Internet, Science and Technology, Society

Federal incentive budget for electric cars nearly halved in 8 months

The Canadian government has nearly spent half of its incentive budget for electric cars in just 8 months. The $300 million budget was supposed to last for the next three years. Instead, the federal government has already given out $134» 

Health, Society

Ottawa releases first national dementia strategy

Canada’s Minister of Health announced the release of the first national dementia strategy on Monday. It focuses on prevention, advancing therapies and finding a cure, as well as improving the quality of life for people with dementia and their caregivers.» 

Economy, Environment, Internet, Science and Technology, Politics, Society

Federal electric vehicle rebate incentive

Starting today a new federal rebate plan kicks in as part of an effort to get more electric vehicles on Canadian roads. The plan originally announced in the budget in March would grant up to $5,000 on the purchase of» 

Economy, International, Politics

How the press and politics have evolved in Canada (and likely elsewhere) (part 2 of 2) 

Book: Power, Prime Ministers and the Press: The Battle for Truth on Parliament Hill In the beginning was politics, shortly after came the press. In the early days in Canada, and undoubtedly elsewhere, newspapers –print journalism- was very biased. Papers» 


The federal government cabinet shuffle

International trade, pipelines, illegal migrants and other issues were beginning to mount up against the Canadian government. Two-thirds into its mandate the federal Liberal government has moved around its cabinet ministers in a move commonly known as a “shuffle”. This» 


Still more problems for aboriginal inquiry

The non-stop controversy continues with the national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) as yet another executive leaves. It is the latest in a series of high-level turnovers at the inquiry since it began in 2016» 

Health, Politics, Society

Solitary confinement struck down as unconstitutional

A long legal effort to change rules on solitary confinement of prisoners has won a substantial victory. The non-profit civil liberties and constitutional rights organisation, The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA)  has been fighting the battle to end the practice» 

Indigenous, Politics, Society

Controversial  aboriginal inquiry moves to Winnipeg

It’s called the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls inquiry (MMIWG). It was launched by the federal Liberal government of Justin Trudeau after years of calls for an investigation into the high proportion of indigenous women who have been» 

Economy, Environment, Politics, Society

National government to pressure provinces on GHG

Canada’s environment minister is poised to impose a price on carbon on any provincial government that fails to do so or fails to set up its own cap-and-trade system. But she will not adopt a more aggressive target for reducing»