Recent cuts to Environment Canada's operating budget have left the department a shadow of its former self and unable to enforce what little environmental laws are left. The Harper Government has burned enough environmental legislation to keep the Min...
Hydraulic fracturing, a technology used to crack open difficult oil and gas formations, appears to have set off a swarm of earthquakes near Fox Creek, Alberta, including a record-breaking tremor with a felt magnitude of 4.4 last week.
That would likely make it the largest felt earthquake ever caused by fracking, a development that experts swore couldn't happen a few years ago.
Fracking operations in British Columbia's Montney shale generated similar seismic activity of that magnitude last year, and earthquake scientists at Ontario's Western University are still analyzing the two events to see which is the largest.
Some of Canada’s largest wireless and internet providers are responding to shrinking subscriber numbers by extracting more money from those customers they still have.
In its fourth-quarter earnings report, released Thursday, Rogers Communications showed it had lost 103,000 TV customers over the past year, a roughly 5-per-cent decline. But revenue from TV declined only 2 per cent, indicating the company is taking in roughly 3 per cent more per customer
(Bloomberg) -- Hedge funds boosted bearish wagers on oil to a four-year high as U.S. supplies grew the most since 2001.
Money managers increased short positions in West Texas Intermediate crude to the highest level since September 2010 in the week ended Jan. 20, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission data show. Net-long positions slipped for the first time in three weeks.
When Bernd Lange talks about the advantages of a free trade agreement with the US, he often cites the example of the VW bus. The hippy favorite has been the target of a 25 percent tariff since 1964, a punitive move after the European Economic Community raised levies on imported chicken, shutting the Americans out of the market. Sales have been hampered for decades as a result. But if the levy were significantly reduced, its price tag would plunge.
OTTAWA - The Conservative government is considering a strong focus on the manufacturing sector in the upcoming budget, part of a general shift in attention towards Ontario and its prospective voters.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has faced sharp criticism from the opposition parties that he has ignored Canada's industrial heartland in favour of the energy sector in his home province.
"While Mr. Harper was busy not caring about manufacturing jobs drying up, his finance minister was telling Ontarians they had 'no one to blame but themselves,"' Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said in a speech to caucus earlier this week in London, Ont.
If a new study from Deloitte is to be believed, Facebook is one of Canada’s largest indirect employers, responsible for creating 82,000 jobs in the country.
But some question whether the study is to be believed.
Titled “The global economic impact of Facebook” and commissioned by the very same company, it says Facebook is responsible for the creation of 4.5 million jobs around the world, and added $227 billion U.S. to the global economy last year.
The state of Alaska is pushing ahead with a project to rebuild a B.C. ferry terminal with U.S. steel, undaunted by Ottawa’s vow to punish companies that bend to Buy America rules.
A senior Alaska government official vigorously defended Governor Bill Walker’s refusal to seek a waiver from the protectionist purchasing rules that apply to all U.S. government-funded transportation projects.
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Newfoundland and Labrador says it is suspending its participation in all trade agreements because of its dispute with Ottawa over a promised federal-provincial fisheries fund.
The provincial government says the federal government has failed to honour its commitment to provide $280 million in exchange for the province relinquishing minimum processing requirements for fish plants as part of a free trade deal with Europe.
Until a few months ago, the complaint that Canada’s economy isn’t diverse enough, and is too reliant on energy exports, seemed to be a purely academic matter.
When economists warned, for example, that Canada is running an enormous deficit in non-energy trade (i.e. we just aren’t making and selling much other than energy), a common response would be, “So what? In a global economy, we don’t need to produce everything we consume, do we?”
That certainly was the attitude of our federal government which (until very recently) saw little reason to prop up central Canada’s struggling manufacturing sector, and focused much of its efforts on convincing the U.S. to build a pipeline for Canadian oil.
B.C. First Nations are celebrating a "big success" after news that the provincial government is purchasing a controversial piece of land from a private owner.
Grace Islet, located off Saltspring Island, is a First Nations burial site containing at least 16 cairns. First Nations have been raising the alarm about the potential for development there since 2006, but the site drew major attention last summer when owner Barry Slawsky began constructing his retirement home.
OTTAWA -- Statistics Canada says the country's gross domestic product declined 0.2 per cent in November compared with the previous month, primarily because of declines in manufacturing and several of the key resource sectors.
The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce quietly eliminated 500 jobs across the country over the past two weeks, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.
Spokesperson Kevin Dove confirmed the news to The Huffington Post Canada on Thursday, calling the layoffs a “necessary.” The Toronto-based bank is Canada’s fifth-largest and also operates locations worldwide.
“After careful review, we have made the difficult decision to selectively reduce a number of positions across CIBC,” read a statement from the bank, explaining they reflect an “overall alignment” of its resources to streamline services.
WINNIPEG - Federal government documents show Manitoba is one of the worst places for First Nations people to live in Canada.
Internal reports from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development show Manitoba natives are more likely to grow up in poverty, drop out of school, live off social assistance in dilapidated housing and suffer family violence.
Their life expectancy is also eight years shorter than that of other Manitobans.
OTTAWA - "Friends, our opponents have been clear. They would take away the Universal Child Care Benefit. They've said so on many occasions." — Prime Minister Stephen Harper in a speech Sunday prior to the resumption of the House of Commons.
"What does it matter that maple leaves adorn tombstones of various cemeteries in Europe...? Canada has lost none of its nationals during the last two World Wars, at least not officially," begins an article recently published in Le Monde, France's most famous newspaper.
"Because, according to Ottawa, Canadian citizenship never existed before the Citizenship Act on January 1, 1947".
It's a fact many Canadians don't consider as government officials honour soldiers on Remembrance Day, but the feds' official position is that Canadians who died during the world wars were never citizens, since modern citizenship law only came into effect after the fighting ended.
That 1947 cutoff date poses enormous challenges for certain Canadians today. A 92-year-old Canadian war veteran, and an Ontario-raised war veteran's daughter are among those still fighting to be recognized as citizens, due in part because of their pre-1947 birthdate.
"It's really, really wrong. How is a government supposed to serve its citizens if it doesn't even know what it is?" said citizenship advocate Don Chapman, who is a spokesperson for a group called the Lost Canadians — legitimate Canadians, some of whom served in the army and paid taxes in Canada for decades, only to discover they were disqualified from citizenship due to arcane provisions of old laws.
You’ve probably read stories about how Canada’s wage growth is nothing to write home about, but new research from the Broadbent Institute adds a surprising dimension to the story: No fewer than 15 of Canada’s 32 largest metro areas saw incomes slide during 2006-2012.
Economist Andrew Jackson, a senior policy adviser at the Broadbent Institute, compiled StatsCan wage data to see how Canadian incomes have held up in the era of the Harper government.
MONTREAL - Justice Minister Peter MacKay said he doesn't see the need for an in-depth examination of police and justice system protocols as suggested by the head of the RCMP after the recent shootings of two Mounties in Alberta.
RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson said last weekend the fact the suspected shooter was let free despite having a violent criminal history including a series of overlapping firearm bans may spark a review.
"I don't think, in my view, in my experience, having some sort of a pause where we have a full-blown examination or royal commission or some sort of a study is really going to provide us the answers that we need," MacKay said Tuesday in Montreal.
When people say they have no politics, it means that their politics aligns with the status quo. None of us are unbiased, none removed from the question of power. We are social creatures who absorb the outlook and opinions of those with whom we associate, and unconciously echo them. Objectivity is impossible.
The B.C. government won't be getting the full, unredacted version of oil spill response documents from Kinder Morgan for its proposed pipeline expansion, the Vancouver Observer learned on Friday.
In an email, a Ministry of Environment spokesperson said Kinder Morgan will not be required to provide the documents for Trans Mountain, as the Province requested in a motion in December.
The government's request was denied on the basis that "sufficient information has been filed from the existing Emergency Management Plan documents to meet the [NEB's] requirements at this stage of the process".
The decision was made just one day before the information request deadline in the second round of the NEB hearings on Kinder Morgan’s proposed oil pipeline expansion. The Texas-based oil giant is currently applying to triple the capacity of the existing Trans Mountain pipeline, which carries crude oil from Alberta to a terminal in Burnaby, B.C.
Because the taxpayer will pay for any clean-up of oil spills - as per usual!
A new report says one in eight, or approximately 12 per cent, of people in Edmonton are currently living in poverty.
The report, released by the Edmonton Social Planning Council (ESPC) and titled "A Profile of Poverty in Edmonton," also found that Alberta has a higher rate of working poor than any other province in Canada.
The report outlines that while Edmonton's job market has been thriving and increasing in past years, there are several groups that remain in disproportionate circumstances financially.