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Northern Great Plains disappearing faster than Brazil’s Amazon rainforest—who’s paying attention?

By Fawn Jackson      

The clean fuel regulations, the GHG pollution pricing framework, and the recent irrigation funding announced through Canada’s Infrastructure Bank all have potential to drive further conversion of grasslands into cropping systems if not carefully implemented.

At the Waldron Ranch in Alberta, cattle are grazing the grasslands—an endangered ecosystem in Canada. From 2014 to 2018, loss of grasslands across the Great Plains has occurred at an average rate of four football fields every minute, writes Fawn Jackson. Photograph courtesy of Ben Wilson

Stand in the middle of a grassland with no trees in sight, listening to the birds and rustle of the wind and you can’t help but feel a deep appreciation for this ecosystem as unique and vulnerable as the Amazon rainforest. This appreciation only grows when you realize the rich soils under Canadian grasslands store 1.5 billion tonnes of carbon. But this Great Plains ecosystem is highly at risk of disappearing and Canada’s current federal policy direction is putting further pressure on it.

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Has the Hill changed for women in the workplace post-#MeToo?

News|By Alice Chen
New prescribed policies, procedures forced people to think about how they were acting, creating a 'profound' change in terms of staff understanding how they need to relate in the workplace, says the PMO's Marci Surkes.

Syrian security situation used as guise for not having political will to repatriate detained Canadians, say experts

News|By Neil Moss
'I think [the Canadian government] needs to demonstrate a stronger case that there is a real security problem and it has never been able to do so,' says former diplomat Daniel Livermore.

New Senator working group to explore diversity, inclusion training in Red Chamber

Ontario ISG Senator Rosemary Moodie says the new group shows the ‘significant investment’ the Senate is putting into pursuing ‘meaningful improvement.’

Lone wolf MPs break down what it’s like to be a region’s solitary party voice

News|By Alice Chen
'It’s like you walk around and you have a target on your back … there is something a bit, not sadistic, but satisfying in getting rid of the last MP standing,' says McGill Prof. Daniel Béland.

Senate eyes filling The Chambers as renovation plans progress

More interim office space will be needed to house Senators who are set to be displaced by future renovation projects in the Parliamentary Precinct.

UNDRIP law a ‘game changer’ for reconciliation, says AFN’s Bellegarde, calling for accelerated plan in two years

Requiring free, prior, and informed consent is not a veto, says a former judge, it’s about how the government ‘operationalizes’ its approach to projects early on.

Federal auditor general to start probe into vaccines this year

News|By Palak Mangat
The office says it doesn’t anticipate difficulty obtaining information related to its audit, including closely guarded vaccine contracts.

Duelling Liberal, NDP conventions a pre-election glimpse into campaign readiness

It was more important for NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh to distinguish his offer from the Liberal government, say politicos, with both parties presenting resolutions that offered similar progressive policy solutions. 

Canadians are ‘confused and anxious’: COVID-19’s third wave making Trudeau Liberals ‘vulnerable,’ say pollsters

News|By Abbas Rana
Canadians are tired and worried and they aren't making distinctions between the federal and provincial governments.
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