Canada goes from ‘fail to fail’ on climate change

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We start with Canada’s environmental watchdog, who has not shied away from lambasting the federal government in a report released today that documents three decades of failure to turn words into action when it comes down to it. acts to reduce emissions.

“Canada was once a leader in the fight against climate change. However, after a series of missed opportunities, it has become the worst of all G7 countries since the adoption of the Paris Agreement on climate change in 2015 ”, said the Commissioner for Environment and Development durable Jerry DeMarco in a statement. “We cannot keep going from failure to failure; we need actions and results, not just more goals and plans.

Environment and Sustainable Development Commissioner Jerry DeMarco is seen during a press conference Thursday, November 25, 2021 in Ottawa. (Adrian Wyld / The Canadian Press)

He said this inaction plays an “important role in the dangerous build-up of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere,” and warned there would be deaths from forest fires, extreme heat and natural disasters. They will also become more frequent and more expensive to respond. “Past inaction on climate change has created the current crisis. Meanwhile, continued inaction unfairly weighs on future generations, who will suffer even greater effects from long-lasting greenhouse gases that have already been emitted. “

DeMarco told reporters there was no urgency on this issue from the Trudeau government, but he still hopes Canada can break its streak of “broken promises.” As The Globe and Mail reports, Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault and Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson have championed the government’s work to date. programs, to take Canada’s climate action to the next level, ”they said in a statement.

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole speaks to reporters on Parliament Hill on November 9. (Sean Kilpatrick / The Canadian Press)

Meanwhile on the Hill: Speaking ahead of a vote on whether to set up a hybrid Parliament, Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole said Liberals and NDP expect special treatment by asking to work from home – an option millions of Canadians do not have. t have. While the Conservatives and the Bloc Québécois want to return to face-to-face sessions, the Liberals and the NDP, who form the majority of votes, want to continue with hybrid sessions.

“To hold the government to account, as Canadians expect, we have to be here in Ottawa, working for Canadians,” said O’Toole. “This is why Canada’s Conservatives do not support the Liberal plan to return to virtual parliament, and why Canadians should be asking why the Liberals can meet in Glasgow (at the 2021 United Nations climate change conference ), but are out of sight in Ottawa. ” He added that because the Liberals staged rallies that drew large crowds in September’s “pandemic election”, they are also guilty of hypocrisy for wanting hybrid sessions. Report Rachel Emmanuel.

Also with O’Toole, sources tell Global News his team spent more than $ 1 million in party funds for his election studio in Ottawa. He says it was money well spent, however, given the possibility that leaders may have been stranded in recent elections due to the pandemic.

The CD Howe Building in downtown Ottawa, where the Auditor General’s office is located (Jolson Lim / iPolitics)

More than 160 workers in the Federal Auditor General’s office are going on strike tomorrow morning, less than two weeks before the next scheduled spending watchdog report. Administrative and clerical employees belong to the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and provide detailed and timely reports to Parliament from the Office of the Auditor General of Canada (OAG). Seventy-five percent of workers are women and are the lowest paid at the OAG, according to the PSAC. They have been without a contract since September 2018.

“Our members deserve salaries like other federal government employees,” said Kevin King, president of the Union of National Employees, the union component of the PSAC responsible for members at the OAG, in a statement. This Janet Silver story.

If the proposed purchase of Shaw Communications by Rogers Communications is approved, stations operated by Corus could lose $ 13 million in funding, which could be disastrous for local news, officials at the largest union warned today. from Canada’s private sector at the Telecommunications Hearing on the $ 26 billion deal. Shaw provides funding to Corus Entertainment for its news programming on Global Television stations. Rogers, owner of Citytv and CityNews, has announced that it will cancel funding from Corus and use it to boost its own news programming, particularly in Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg and Vancouver.

“The purpose of local finance arrangements is not to ensure that spending is concentrated in a smaller and smaller number of markets or to funnel more money to larger markets or to ensure that one given broadcaster can strengthen its competitive advantage, ”said Katha Fortier, assistant to Unifor president Jerry Dias. “The purpose of these arrangements is to provide financial support to more markets, especially smaller markets, so that viewing audiences in places like Kelowna, BC… have access to a wide range of local voices. in its media coverage. Jeff Labine reports.

Quebec Finance Minister Eric Girard answers questions from journalists after presenting his financial update Thursday in Quebec. (Jacques Boissinot / The Canadian Press)

Presented as a “mini-budget”, the November update of Quebec’s finances for 2021-2022 shows that the deficit of $ 12.2 billion announced last March has reduced to $ 6.8 billion in due to stronger than expected economic growth. “The year 2021 is a year of exceptional growth,” Finance Minister Eric Girard told reporters, stressing that at 6.5%, Quebec’s economy is growing faster than that of Canada, which is 5%. %, as well as that of the United States of 6%. “and the world.” Kevin Dougherty has more on the content of the update.

And back to the reports: Proposed changes to a federal support program for provinces could increase access to funds and significantly increase payments, according to a new document from the federal spending watchdog. In September last year, Canada’s premiers demanded that Ottawa change the Fiscal Stabilization Program (FSP) to help them pay the higher costs associated with the pandemic. The FSP provides money to provinces whose revenues have declined significantly year over year. Resource-dependent provinces, such as Alberta, are more likely to use PSF because its revenues are more sensitive to market fluctuations, such as the price of oil.

The premiers’ proposal would eliminate the per capita payment limit, which is $ 60 per person, and lower the threshold for loss of income that does not come from resource extraction from five to three percent. For income from lost resources, it would be reduced by 50 to 40 percent. The proposed changes increase the likelihood that provinces will qualify for both PSP and payments, according to the report. Jeff Labine also has this story.

The latest episode of No Talking Points is now live. This week we are talking about the fallout from the Speech from the Throne and a hybrid house. You can have a listen here.

Hill Movers: Duclos and O’Regan change staff lists

The Sprout: British Columbia braces for heavier precipitation as costs rise

Net Zero: MPs organize emergency debate on British Columbia and climate change

In other titles:

General Wayne Eyre officially takes over as new Chief of Defense Staff (Global)
No extension beyond 2030 for New Brunswick coal-fired power plant, says Ottawa (CBC)
Boeing said its offer to sell fighter jets in Canada did not meet Ottawa’s requirements (CP)
Freeland says Canada could retaliate against U.S. softwood lumber duty rate (PC)
Quebec City chooses the mayor by drawing the name from the hat after the result ends in a tie (CP)
David Suzuki apologizes for saying pipelines could ‘explode’ (CBC)
As Ethiopia comes to the brink, Canada warns citizens to leave immediately (CBC)
AFN Announces 13 Delegates To Meet Pope Francis To Lobby Indian Residential Schools Apolo (CP)


Happy Thanksgiving to our friends south of the border. As it is a public holiday, the news has been relatively calm, although balloons and giant tanks made their way through the streets of New York City today, a welcome sight after the pandemic rains on the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade last year.

Across the pond, the UK has sounded the alarm on a new variant that could potentially beat existing vaccines. Today, the World Health Organization called a special meeting tomorrow to discuss the variant, which is found in South Africa and has up to 30 mutations. Following the meeting, UK Secretary of State for Health and Social Affairs Sajid Javid temporarily suspended flights from six countries. “More data is needed, but we are taking precautions now. From midday tomorrow, six African countries will be added to the red list, flights will be temporarily banned and British travelers must self-quarantine, ”he wrote on Twitter.

In other international titles:

France calls for European aid after 27 migrant deaths at sea (AP)
South Korea to launch dog meat ban task force (AP)
New variant of COVID-19 identified in South Africa worries scientists (Reuters)
Despite the deal, the Sudanese mobilize to demand the departure of the military leaders (PA)
Interpol appoints UAE general accused of torture as president (The Guardian)
Afghan ‘green-eyed girl’ in iconic NatGeo cover takes refuge in Italy (Daily Mail)

In Notice:

Alan Freeman: Damn the public: once again, dairy farmers do whatever they want

There is a reason the Speech from the Throne was not more detailed

The kicker:


In a turn of events that would have had proud uOttawa alumnus Alex Trebek shaking his head, two Jeopardy! contestants were taken aback by a clue to the capital’s famous winter festival earlier this week. Now, while they might have lost in Final Jeopardy !, they’ve won (well, been offered) an all-expenses-paid trip to Ottawa, during Winterlude, of course.

“We want to show them what they might have missed,” said Michael Crockatt, president and CEO of Ottawa Tourism, in a statement.

Good night.

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