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Feds’ sweeping, new environmental assessment bill keeps power in ministers’ hands, say observers

The government’s new Impact Assessment Act includes hundreds of pages detailing changes to the environmental assessment process in Canada, but keeps ultimate power over approving natural resource projects in the hands of the federal environment…
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is considering a proposal to block Canadians from accessing websites that “blatantly, overwhelming, or structurally engage in piracy.” The proposal expands on successful efforts in other countries to address the…
Opinion|By Les Whittington
OTTAWA—Thomas Mulcair got it right a few years back when, commenting on the approach of Stephen Harper’s government to the role of science in policy development, he said the Conservatives relied on “decision-based fact-making.” But,…
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
OTTAWA—Earlier this month, Conservative Party defence critic James Bezan put forward a motion requesting that Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan appear before a House of Commons committee. It was Bezan’s hope that Sajjan could answer questions…
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Opinion|By Leah Olson
Farming may not be the first thing that comes to mind when Canadians think about technology, but because of this country’s harsh climate, rugged and vast land, Canada has developed a reputation for producing high-quality,…
Opinion|By David Crane
TORONTO—At first glance, it may sound like a crazy idea. But are the Big Tech companies—Amazon, Apple, Alphabet-Google, Facebook, and others—the reason for the declining rate of entrepreneurship and the related loss of dynamism in…
Opinion|By Susan Riley
CHELSEA, QUE.—When it comes to pipeline politics, the unproven claims flow much faster than Alberta bitumen. Diverting as the ongoing interprovincial punch-up has been—Rachel Notley, Justin Trudeau, Andrew Scheer, and most of Canadian punditry championing…
Opinion|By Ian Waddell
VANCOUVER—Yes this tale involves Donald Trump but first we need a short history lesson. The Porcupine caribou herd, ranging between 100,000 and 200,000 animals, migrate annually 2,400 km between their winter range in the boreal forests…
Opinion|By Phil Gurski
OTTAWA—Every year, many Canadians flock to Trinidad and Tobago to escape the harsh winter climate. In addition, there are some 70,000 Canadians of Trinidadian stock. The ties between the two nations run deep. Alas, these…
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OTTAWA—There used to be a consensus in Parliament about combatting racism and hate. That doesn’t exist anymore. The Liberal government and its MPs want to embark on some new or renewed initiatives, the NDP want…
The joke on social media following the Alberta government’s decision to boycott B.C. wine was British Columbians saying, “More for us!” But obstructing trade between Canada’s provinces is no laughing matter, and in the long…
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  Rahul K. Bhardwaj President and CEO Institute of Corporate Directors From the time the federal government launched consultations on updating the Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA) in 2014, the Institute of Corporate Directors has…
New Democrats agreed they want their party to demand a national inquiry into the “gross miscarriage of justice” in Colten Boushie’s shooting death and the RCMP’s handling of the case as well as confront sexual…
In the waning hours of the NDP policy convention’s second day dozens of delegates stood in silence with hands raised holding posters proclaiming “Free Palestine” as they protested what some called a “watered down” resolution…
Opinion|By Elio Antunes
Each year, physical inactivity costs the Canadian health-care system $6.8-billion, kills 3.2 million people worldwide, and negatively afflicts eight in 10 Canadians. Surprised? Don’t be. Over the last few decades, major worldwide trends including urbanization,…
News|By Emily Haws
As Finance Canada is in the midst of its review of the Bank Act, observers are saying the rules need to better accommodate the emerging financial technology sector—known as “fintech”—and bring banking regulations into the…
Opinion|By Joseph Caron
Canada’s engagement in Asia dates back to Confederation. Reaching Asia was one of the notable reasons we built the Canadian Pacific Railway. We didn’t use these words at the time but our “geopolitical” partners—those who…
Opinion|By Matt Jeneroux
Encouraging free trade is a cornerstone of the Conservative Party’s foreign affairs strategy. Gaining access to new markets in a mutually beneficial manner facilitates the dissemination of Canadian innovation, while creating jobs and a strong…
Opinion|By Douglas Roche
EDMONTON—In the year marking the 70th anniversary of the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, the founder of the nonviolence movement, Donald Trump is raising the prospect of the use of nuclear weapons, the ultimate form of…
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