By Laurie Tritschler, Shootin’ the Breeze, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Kevin Van Tighem, NDP candidate for Livingstone-Macleod, was careful to differentiate his party from its federal cousins when he addressed Pincher Creek’s mayor and council on Monday.
“There’s a reason we call ourselves Alberta’s NDP,” he said, recalling that party leader and former premier Rachel Notley “went to war” with Jagmeet Singh’s Canadian New Democrats after her government backed the federal Liberals’ Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion project.
Continue reading ‘There’s a reason we call ourselves Alberta’s NDP,’ says Van Tighem
Green Party leader Elizabeth May flew in from Ottawa on Saturday, May 6. She was the feature speaker at the North Island – Powell River Electoral District Association (EDA) AGM at the Maritime Heritage Centre in Campbell River. Around 60 people from Campbell River, Comox, Powell River, Port McNeil, Quadra Island and Cortes Island were in attendance.
This is an edited transcript of her speech, and a couple of excerpts from the subsequent remarks made by local Green Party candidate Jessica Wegg.
Continue reading Elizabeth May comes to Campbell River: Why Greens matter
By Kaitlyn Bailey, Prince Rupert Northern View, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Taylor Bachrach is frustrated by Liberal MPs who voted against his bill to lower the voting age to 16 after it was a recommendation that came out of the Liberal government’s own consultations with youth.
Continue reading Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP’s bill to lower voting age blocked by Conservatives, Liberals
National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
The grieving moms who headed to Ottawa Wednesday to urge federal MPs of all stripes to support an NDP bill designed to tackle the deadly toxic drug crisis found their pleas fell on deaf ears.
Most Liberal MPs, and Conservative members without exception, voted against Bill C-216 to decriminalize the simple possession of illegal drugs nationally and shape a federal strategy for safer alternatives to poisoned street supply.
Continue reading ‘We are losing a whole generation of Canadians’: Bill to curb toxic drug deaths defeated
By Natasha Bulowski, Canada’s National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Canada must do its part to bring down planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions, but the country also needs to prepare for harsher consequences from climate change, the federal environment minister said Monday in the wake of a new United Nations report.
“We need to reduce our emissions [but] we’ve entered the era of climate change. We know there will be more catastrophes, we know they will be more severe. So, we need to better prepare,” Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault told Canada’s National Observer in an interview.
Continue reading Environment minister says Canada must prepare for “unavoidable” climate risks detailed in new IPCC report